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SUNDAy, OCTOBEr 23, 2022


Bangabandhu Udyan "Eco Tourism Park" has been inaugurated in Paikerdanga area of Shuktail Union of Gopalganj

Sadar Upazila. On Saturday afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Shahida Sultana inaugurated the "Eco Tourism Park"

built on 11 acres of land.

Photo: S M Nazrul Islam

Reap potentials of agri, tourism,

geographic location to boost Sylhet's

economic growth: Speakers

DHAKA : Speakers at a workshop in

Sylhet yesterday called for reaping the

full potentials of local agriculture,

tourism as well as geographic location to

enhance the economic growth of the


Simultaneously, they called for

creating a business-friendly environment

for the non-resident Bangladeshis

(NRBs) for attracting investment from


Support to Sustainable Graduation

Project (SSGP) of the Economic

Relations Division (ERD) organized the

workshop styled "Local Level

Stakeholders Consultation on Inclusive,

Smooth and Sustainable LDC

Graduation" at Sylhet Circuit House

Conference Room in collaboration with

the district administration as well as the

Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (SCCI).

ERD Secretary Sharifa Khan graced

the occasion as chief guest while

President of SCCI Tahmin Ahmed

attended the event as special guest.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Sylhet

Md. Mozibor Rahman chaired the

workshop, said a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, ERD

Secretary Sharifa Khan termed LDC

graduation as a matter of pride for the


Recalling that Bangladesh had been

able to successfully tackle various global

challenges in the past, she said adding

that Bangladesh would similarly be able

to maintain the development

momentum even after the LDC


DC Sylhet Md.

Mozibor Rahman, in his speech, said

National Committee for

taking action against

lakhs of illegal vessels

DHAKA : The National

Committee to protect Shipping,

Roads and Railways on

Saturday demanded taking

action against lakhs of illegal

inland water vessels operating

across the country.

NCPSRR president

Mohammad Shahid Mia and

general secretary Ashis Kumar

Dey came up with the demand

in a statement.

The organisation leaders also

stressed the need for starting

the vessel census immediately

to prevent movement of illegal


that awareness building and

sensitization about LDC graduation at

the grass root level would help to make

the country's development process more

inclusive and sustainable.

President of the SCCI Tahmin Ahmed

emphasized on imparting necessary

training and skill enhancement of the

local population to prepare the country

for LDC graduation.

Additional Secretary of the ERD and

the Project Director of SSGP Farid Aziz

delivered the welcome remarks at the

event. He emphasized on sensitizing the

local private sector representatives,

especially the export-oriented industries

about the opportunities to be created by

LDC graduation of the country.

Component Manger of SSGP Md.

Anwar Hossain delivered a presentation

on 'Inclusive, Smooth and Sustainable

LDC Graduation: Challenges and Way

forward' during the workshop.

Chief Executive Officer of BUILD

Ferdaus Ara Begum delivered a

presentation on 'Participation of Private

Sector and other Stakeholders at Sub-

National Levels for Graduation with

Momentum: Strategy Going Forward'.

Speakers at the workshop highlighted

on the process of LDC graduation as well

as its impacts on Bangladesh. They

emphasized on productivity

enhancement as well as diversification of

local industries and export sectors in the

context of LDC graduation.

The workshop also discussed on the

effective role that can be played by all

stakeholders in creating a more

business-friendly environment for

women entrepreneurs as well as small

and medium enterprises.

Upazila Chairman of Sylhet Sadar

Alhaj Ashfaque Ahmed, managing

director of Baraka Power Ltd. Fahim

Ahmed Chowdhury and Associate

Professor of the Department of

Architecture of the Shahjalal Science and

Technology University Subrata Das also

spoke at the workshop.

Officials from ERD and SSGP, officials

from the district administration as well

as the representatives from the private

sector and civil society participated in the


It is notable that Bangladesh met all

the criteria for graduation from the LDC

status during the triennial review of the

Committee for Development Policy

(CDP) of the United Nations back in

2018 and 2021.

Consequently, CDP recommended

Bangladesh for LDC graduation with a

five-year long preparatory period. The

recommendation has been duly

endorsed by the United Nations

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Subsequently, United Nations General

Assembly (UNGA) has taken note of



recommendation during its 76th session

held in November 2021. The country is

set to leave the list of LDCs by 2026 after

enjoying a preparatory period of five


The ERD with support from SSGP has

been organizing a series of workshops at

the local level to sensitize the grass-root

level stakeholders regarding the process

and opportunities of LDC graduation as

well as to discuss on how the local level

stakeholders can be involved in the

process of ensuring smooth and

sustainable LDC graduation.

Sultan Haitham bin Tarik lauds role

of Bangladeshi workers in Oman He

wishes to visit Bangladesh

DHAKA : Sultan of Oman

Haitham bin Tarik has

praised the role of

Bangladeshi expatriate

workers played in Oman,

reports UNB.

Sultan Tarik accepted the

invitation to visit

Bangladesh and wished to

undertake the visit at a

convenient time.

He also underscored on

strengthening bilateral

relations in other areas of

mutual interest including

trade and investments,

according to the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs.

The issues were discussed

when Ambassador of

Bangladesh to the Sultanate

of Oman Md. Nazmul Islam

presented his credentials to

Sultan Tarik at the Al

Baraka Royal Palace in

Muscat recently.



commenced with a guard of

honour by the Royal Guard

of Oman and playing of

national anthems of

Bangladesh and the

Sultanate of Oman followed

by the presentation of the

letter of credence to the


The Ambassador

conveyed warm greetings

and best wishes of the

President and the Prime

Minister of Bangladesh to

the Sultan.

He also conveyed the

invitation to the Sultan

from the President and the

Prime Minister to visit


The Ambassador

expressed his firm

commitment to further

enhance bilateral relations

between the two brotherly

countries during his tenure.



congratulated Ambassador

Nazmul Islam for his new

appointment and

reciprocated his greetings

to the President and the

Prime Minister of


The Sultan assured the

Ambassador of his

government's full support

during his tenure.

The ceremony concluded

with Ambassador's signing

the guest Book at the

Baraka Royal Palace.

Rohingyas impose 5 conditions

to return to Myanmar

(From Page 1)

The conditions are;-

1) Rohingyas are indigenous people of Arakan

and therefore their native status or (local

status) should be restored by passing a law in

parliament which should have international


2) Rohingyas living in Arakan state should

be given citizen card. Rohingya refugees in

camps in Bangladesh should also be

repatriated with citizenship cards and given

the status of local citizens. At the same time,

the Rohingyas in other parts of the world

should be given the status of local citizens with

citizenship cards.

3) The Rohingyas should be taken back to

their own villages and the lands taken from

them should be returned with proper


4) UN peacekeepers should be deployed

along with Rohingya police forces to protect

Rohingya lives and property in Arakan.

5) Genocide and torture committed in 2017

must be prosecuted.

The Rohingyas said they want freedom from

camp life. Myanmar took everything from

them. Even then, they will go back if they get

some assurance of peace. Teknaf Unchiprang

Camp No. 22 Rafiq said to Bangladesh Today,

"We don't want to stay in Bangladesh

anymore." We want to return to our country. I

don't want to spend my life as a prisoner.

Bangladesh government has done enough for

us. I can never forget the love that the people of

this country have shown us.

But various conspiracies are going on to

prevent our repatriation. We seek the

cooperation of world leaders. Ukhia

Kutupalong camp head Majhi Amin told the

reporter, we will return home if our 5 demands

are fulfilled. Among them, issues like

guarantee of citizenship, security, home land

return. We don't want to be trapped in the cut

wires anymore. We are human too. We did not

come to live in Bangladesh. We also

understand the situation in Bangladesh. We

welcome this decision of China.

Ordinary Rohingyas say that they want to

return to their homeland with their families

where all the rights as a citizen will be. Karim

Ullah, a resident of Ukhia Balukhali camp

number 11, said, "There are 18 members in our

family. We will not go the way we were taken

to Vashanchar. We will return to Myanmar

with our whole family at once. Another

Rohingya named Abdullah said, "We are

willing to return to our country, but they have

to accept our demands." Before returning to

our country, we need guarantee of the return

of citizenship, security, home and land.

Otherwise we will be victimized again. If they

don't give us land, nationality then how will we

return with hope..? So they have to fulfill the 5-

point requirement first.

Mohammad Zubair, chairman of an

organization called Arakan Rohingya Human

Rights and Peace Society, told "The

Bangladesh Today" that China's initiative to

send the Rohingyas back to the country has

given hope. They are ready to return home if

their rights are confirmed. But going back in

the middle of the current war is unsafe. At this

moment it is completely unsafe to return to

our country. According to the Refugee Affairs

Commission, Myanmar is selecting only

60,000 Rohingyas as residents of its country

from a list of more than 800,000. Helal Uddin,

a member of Khia Kutupalong UP, said that

the locals have suffered a lot because of the

Rohingyas. Because of them, the natives have

lost everything from cropland to labor market.

As drug and drug trafficking has increased,

Rohingyas will become a threat to the locals if

repatriation is not done quickly.

China's decision to take back 1.1 million

Rohingya should be implemented quickly. He

also said that 11 million Rohingyas have agreed

to be taken back to Myanmar. Although this is

like the joy of Eid for us, the black shadow still

surrounds us. Because NGOs never wanted

Rohingyas to go back and they will never want

in the future. This human rights leader said

that the administration should increase the

surveillance of local and foreign NGOs before

preparing to start the repatriation of


'Drivers must stop speeding

competition '

RANGPUR : Alongside enforcement of

the related laws, drivers must stop

speeding competition while driving

vehicles to restore order on the roads for

reducing road accidents and casualties.

The opinion came yesterday at a postrally

discussion held at the conference

room of the Deputy Commissioner,

Rangpur in observance of the National

Road Safety Day-2022 in the metropolis

The district administration, Roads and

Highways Department (RHD) and

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority

(BRTA) chalked out programmes

including rally, releasing balloons and

discussion marking the day.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Md.

Asif Ahasan launched the observance by

releasing balloons on his office premises

in presence of the officials, politicians,

students, transport owners, drivers,

helpers, and civil society members.

Presided over by Additional District

Magistrate Shahnaz Begum, the Deputy

Commissioner attended the discussion

as chief guest.

Superintendent of Police Md. Ferdous

Ali Chowdhury attended the event as a

special guest.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of

Police (Traffic Division) of Rangpur

Metropolitan Police Abul Kalam Azad,

Executive Engineer of RHD Mahbub

Alam, Divisional Deputy Director

(Engineering) of Rangpur Circle of

BRTA Engineer ATM Jalal Uddin, its

Assistant Director Engineer Md. Faruk

Alam and Assistant Commissioner of

Police (ACP) of Rangpur Highway Police

Zahidur Rahman Chowdhury spoke.

The speakers discussed various laws

enacted by the government and

significant steps taken in different times

and activities of law enforcement

agencies in preventing road accidents.

They called upon the government

agencies concerned to stop driving

without valid documents, take effective

action on unfit vehicles and a strict stand

against those who violate the laws.

There is no alternative of skilled

drivers in preventing road accidents as

most accidents are caused by reckless


They said if the drivers do not stop

speeding competition while driving, it

will not be possible to restore order on

the roads even with stringent

enforcement of related laws by the will of

the government alone.

Alongside raising awareness, transport

owners, workers, passengers and

pedestrians must be more responsible in

obeying the laws to build safe roads,

reduce accidents and human casualties,

they said.

The chief guest stressed on ensuring

safer use of roads, enhancing

professional skill of drivers and abiding

by traffic rules alongside strict

enforcement of the related laws to build

safe roads.

Miscreants have killed about two lakh taka worth of fish of different species by pouring poison in the pond

of former UP member Abdul Hannan of Gopinagar village of Patnaushar union of Kamalganj upazila of

Moulvibazar. The affected farmer is getting frustrated as the fishes are floating dead in the pond. There

have been allegations of killing fish by pouring poison on Saturday morning. Photo: Pintu Debnath



DU VC Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman addressing the inaugural program of three-day long 4th

International Mime Festival at TSC auditorium yesterday.

Photo : Courtesy

BNP gathers terrorists,

criminals to hold rallies : Maya

DHAKA : Awami League (AL)

Presidium Member Mofazzal

Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir

Bikram yesterday said BNP is

gathering terrorists and

identified criminals to hold

rallies at different areas of the

country in the name of political


"In the name of political

activities, BNP is holding rallies

at different areas of the country

gathering identified criminals

and terrorists," he said.

The veteran AL leader said

this while addressing a

discussion organized by the

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote

at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) here

on the occasion of the 59th

Birthday of Shaheed Sheikh

Russel, the youngest son of

Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur


Journalist Raihan

M Chowdhury dies

DHAKA : Raihan M

Chowdhury, Senior News

Consultant at The Financial

Express (FE), died at a city

hospital on Saturday. He

was 57.

Raihan, who had been

suffering from liver cirrhosis,

breathed his last at Islami

Bank Central Hospital

around 2 pm on Saturday, his

colleagues said. He left

behind his wife, two sons and

a host of relatives and wellwishers

to mourn his death.

He had been working for FE

since 1996. During his tenure, he

also worked as the newspaper's

Senior Business Editor.

A discussion meeting was held at Chattogram Circuit House yesterday

on the occasion of Road Safety Day.

Photo : TBT

Awami League always stands by distressed people: Sujon


Railways Minister Md

Nurul Islam Sujon

yesterday said Awami

League is working to

change the fate of poor and

distressed people

throughout the country.

"The party is able to

mitigate any kind of

natural disaster . . . Awami

League always stands by

disaster-affected people

Describing BNP as a political

party of murderers, terrorists

and identified criminals, he

said the pro-liberation forces

will counter all terrorist

activities of BNP in December,

the month of freedom fighters.

Mentioning that BNP is

nothing but a paper tiger, he

said this political party (BNP)

was formed with war criminals

through conspiracy and

murder inside the cantonment.

Issuing a warning against

BNP, he said that there is no

use in threatening Awami

League as it does not fear any

movement or struggle.

"...Awami League is the

leading organization of War of

Liberation. (With the hand of

AL) an independent-sovereign

Bangladesh was gifted to the

Bangalee nation in 1971

through movement and

with financial and other

assistances," he said. The

Minister said these while

handing over vans among

20 families, whose family

members died in a boat

capsize in the Karatoa river

on September 25. The

vans were provided at

Mohajonpara of the

district town, marking the

59 birth anniversary of

Sheikh Russel.

struggle," he continued.

With Bangabandhu

Sangskritik Jote Vice-

President Arup Ratan

Choudhury in the chair, the

discussion was addressed,

among others, by Presidium

Member of AL Advocate

Kamrul Islam, AL Cultural

Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar

Ukil, MP and Former general

secretary of Dhaka South City

unit of Awami League Shah-e

Alam Murad.

Demanding to stop the

politics of anti-liberation forces

including BNP-Jamaat, AL

Presidium Member Kamrul

Islam said that BNP will not be

found in December because

BNP is a broken party.

"This political party was

formed by the killers of

Bangabandhu and war

criminals," he added.

Dengue death toll stands

at 112 as 2 more die

DHAKA : Two more deaths from dengue confirmed in 24 hours

till Saturday morning raised this year's fatalities from the

mosquito-borne disease in Bangladesh to 112.

During this period, 922 more patients were hospitalised with

the viral fever as cases keep rising, according to the Directorate

General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the latest deaths, one was reported from Dhaka and

another from Chattogram division raising the death tolls in the

divisions to 67 and 36 respectively. The dengue death toll

remained static in Mymensingh and Khulna at two and in

Barishal division at five. Of the new patients, 520 were admitted

to different hospitals in Dhaka and 402 outside it, according to

the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A total of 3,404 dengue patients, including 2,328 in the

capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the

country. The Directorate has recorded 30,029 dengue cases and

26,513 recoveries so far this year.

Bangladesh Awami

League Samaj Kallan subcommittee

provided the

fund for these vans. Boda

Upazila Parishad

chairman Faruk Alam

Tobi, Municipality Mayor

of Boda Ohahiduzzaman

Suja, general secretary of

district Awami League

Anwar Sadat Samrat and

other party leaders were

present at the event.

Bangladesh reports

another Covid

death, 124 cases

DHAKA : Bangladesh reported

another Covid-linked death

and 124 more cases in 24

hours till Saturday morning,

reports UNB.

The total fatalities remained

unchanged at 29,412 while

the caseload rose to

2,034,002 with the new

infections, according to the

Directorate General of Health

Services (DGHS).

The daily case test positivity

rate declined to 5.49 per cent

from Friday's 5.87 per cent as

2,259 samples were tested

during the period.

The mortality rate

remained unchanged at 1.45

per cent and the recovery rate

rose to 97.22 per cent.

In September, the country

reported 40 Covid-linked

deaths and 13,251 cases.

Bangladesh registered its

highest daily caseload of

16,230 on July 28 last year

and its highest number of

fatalities of 264 on August 10

the same year.

Mission in Poland

urges Bangladeshis

in Ukraine to get in

touch urgently

DHAKA : The Bangladesh

Embassy in Poland has urged

Bangladeshis in Ukraine to

communicate with it as soon as

possible. The mission issued the

latest urgent advisory Friday

amid the worsening security situation

in Ukraine.

Earlier, Indian nationals

had also been advised against

travelling to Ukraine.

Indian citizens, including

students, had been advised to

leave Ukraine at the earliest

by available means. It is not

known yet how many

Bangladeshis are still staying

in Ukraine.

US Bangla to operate

Dhaka-Male flights

from Oct 31

DHAKA : US Bangla Airlines

will operate Dhaka to Male

flights six days a week from

October 31 considering the

increased passenger demands.

According to a press

release issued on Saturday,

the private carrier will

operate flights to Maldives'

capital Male from Dhaka

every day in a week except

on Thursday, according to

the new schedule.

From October 31, Dhaka-

Male flight will leave Dhaka

airport at 9 am on every

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

while on every Wednesday,

Friday and Sunday it will leave

at 8:45 am.

Meanwhile, US Bangla

flights will leave Male's

Velana International Airport

for Dhaka at 1:20 pm on

every Monday, Tuesday and

Saturday. Flights will leave

for Dhaka at 1:05 pm from

Male on every Wednesday,

Friday and Sunday.

Cooperation between Bangladesh, US

militaries growing: Ambassador Muhith

DHAKA : Permanent Representative of

Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador Muhammad

A. Muhith has said multidimensional

cooperation between the militaries of Bangladesh

and the United States is increasing.

Welcoming a US Army War College

delegation, comprising 26 members, at the

Permanent Mission of Bangladesh on Friday,

he discussed Bangladesh's engagements in

maintaining international peace and security.

The Ambassador focused on Bangladesh's

important contribution to UN peacekeeping

operations as the topmost troops and policecontributing

country. He highlighted the

visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina in Bangladesh's graduation from the

LDC category. He talked about Bangladesh's

leadership in adopting two resolutions titled

'Culture of Peace' and 'Women, Peace and

Security' at the United Nations.

The envoy also went over few other

resolutions which were introduced by

Bangladesh, such as Vision Impairment,

Prevention of Drowning, Natural Plant Fibers

and Doha Programme of Action (DPOA).

Bangladesh is now serving as the chair of the

Peace Building Commission, the President of

the UN Women Executive Board and recently

Bangladesh was elected as a member of the UN

Human Rights Council securing the highest

number of votes from the Asia-Pacific Group.

Ambassador Muhith also highlighted the

leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in

combating the Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

He discussed Bangladesh's various initiatives at the

UN to resolve the Rohingya Crisis.

Defense Advisor (DA) of Bangladesh

Dhaka's air

quality stays


DHAKA'S DHAKA : With winter inching

closer, Dhaka's air quality continues to be in

the 'unhealthy' zone. With an air quality index

(AQI) score of 144 at 8.50am on Saturday, the

metropolis ranked eighth in the list of world

cities with the worst air quality.

India's Delhi, and Pakistan's Karachi and

Lahore occupied the first three spots, with AQI

scores of 213, 183 and 183, respectively.

An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered

'unhealthy', particularly for sensitive groups.

Similarly, an AQI between 201 and 300 is said

to be 'poor', while a reading of 301 to 400 is

considered 'hazardous', posing serious health

risks to residents.

AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality,

is used by government agencies to inform

people how clean or polluted the air of a certain

city is, and what associated health effects

might be a concern for them. In Bangladesh,

the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants-

Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2,

CO, SO2 and Ozone. Dhaka has long been

grappling with air pollution issues. Its air

quality usually turns unhealthy in winter and

improves during the monsoon.

Permanent Mission Brigadier General Md

Sadequzzaman briefed the delegation about

Bangladesh's engagement in the UN

peacekeeping operations and the dedicated

role played by the Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

The participation of all branches of military

forces and police in the peace keeping operation

is rare in the world, said Md Sadequzzaman. So

far, 1,81,661 Bangladeshi peacekeepers have

participated in 56 UN peacekeeping missions.

Currently, there are 7144 Bangladeshi

peacekeepers deployed in 9 different missions.

"As many as 165 peacekeepers lost their lives

in the line of duty while 258 have been injured,"

he said. The DA also mentioned that there are

currently 542 women peacekeepers deployed

in the peacekeeping missions. At present,

Bangladesh Police has a female Formed Police

Unit (FPU) in the mission. The US Army War

College delegation applauded the Bangladesh

Mission for the valuable exchange of

information and warm hospitality. The

Permanent Representative thanked the US

Army War College delegation for choosing

Bangladesh Permanent Mission for their visit.

The US Army War College has been visiting

Bangladesh Mission every year in recent times

to learn about Bangladesh's experiences in the

field of peace operation, according to the

Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN.

This partnership comes as recognition of

Bangladesh's remarkable contribution to UN

peace operations and the reputation and

professionalism of Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

A senior officer of Bangladesh Army

undergoing training in the War College was a

part of this delegation.

'Albatross Education' has been selected

as an authorized test center for ELLT

(English Language Level Test)

examination in Bangladesh by Oxford

Int'l Digital Institute, recently, says a

press release.

Subsequently, the official opening of

Albatross v Education test center was

announced today at 3 pm on October 22

at Lakeshore Hotel in Gulshan from UK.

Inaugurated by the Nazrul Islam Khan,

Former Education secretary, Mr. RHM

Alaol Kabir, Sr assistant Secretary at ICT

Division, Barrister Ahsan Bhuiyan,

Senior Journalist of Ittefaq Forazi Azmal

Hossain, Assistant Editor of daily

samakal Zia Hasan.

The English Language Level Test

(ELLT) is a test to determine a student's

proficiency in the English language, and

is evaluated through four steps. The

entire process takes place online. The

course is currently a very popular

alternative to IELTS.

The popularity of ELLT is increasing

overtime. The exam is conducted by the

Oxford International Education Group.

UK has approved of ELLT in many


IMF team to

visit Dhaka

starting Oct 26

DHAKA : An International

Monetary Fund (IMF) team

plans to visit Dhaka from

October 26 to November 9

to start discussions with the

Bangladeshi authorities on

economic and financial

reforms and policies, and a

much-discussed $4.5 billion

loan as budget support.

The team will be led by

Rahul Anand, IMF mission

chief to Bangladesh. The

objective is to make progress

towards a staff-level

agreement on a prospective

Extended Credit Facility/

Extended Fund Facility

programme and access under

the newly created Resilience

and Sustainability Facility

(RSF) in the coming months.

The RSF aims to provide

affordable, long-term

financing to help build

resilience against climate

risks in countries highly

vulnerable to climate

change, such as Bangladesh.

IMF staff would also

continue the engagement

with other stakeholders

during the visit. This is the

first mission, and

programme discussions

could continue over the

coming months.

'Albatross Education' approved

as an exam center for ELLT

At present, the opportunities for

foreign students to study in the UK have

increased. As a result, students can

acquire admission in ELLT approved

universities through this test. Albatross

Education acts as a bridge for students

who are interested in studying

in the UK. This institution provides

all kinds of support, advice and

guidelines to the students. Earlier, an

education expo was held here at 10.30

in the morning. Various aspects of

ELTT course were highlighted in the

expo. Initially, one exam center of

ELTT has been initiated, but later on

more exam centers will be assembled

simultaneously across the country.

Recently, TMSS and Harvest Plus organized a discussion meeting on 'Zinc Rice Seed Value Chain


Photo : TBT

Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim MP addressing an farmers rally

in Naria upazila of Shariatpur district yesterday.

Photo : PID

SuNdAy, OCTOBER 23 2022


Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com


Sunday, October 23, 2022

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.

n employee walks past the

headquarters of ASML, a Dutch

company that is currently the largest

supplier in the world of semiconductor

manufacturing machines via

photolithography systems, in Veldhoven on

April 17, 2018. Photo: AFP / Emmanuel


Upon becoming president of the United

States, Joe Biden immediately set forth to

promote "rule-based international order,"

ostensibly for the world community, but the

message was really intended for China. The

"world order," according to Biden, was for

Beijing to conduct its foreign affairs in line

with Washington's expectations.

Now into the second year of his regime, it

has become increasingly clear that Biden's

idea of order is actually disorder and is

causing chaos not only in the world but

especially to the American economy.

The latest example is the most recent series

of sanctions and embargoes forbidding sales

of semiconductor chips and manufacturing

equipment to China.

Up to now, China has been far and away

the largest buyer for semiconductor

processing equipment and is the major

market for advanced chips designed by such

Silicon Valley companies as Nvidia and made

by such foundries as Taiwan Semiconductor

Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

The ban seeks all the members of the

semiconductor industry, foreign and

domestic, to go cold turkey and stop doing

business with China.

Heretofore, the industry has been a prime

example of a virtuous circle created by

globalization. In simplified terms, we can say

that innovations in chip designs for new uses

are created in Silicon Valley, fabricated by

foundries in Taiwan and South Korea, and

then shipped to China to assemble into

devices and final products, which are then

sold around the world.

Companies engaged in making fabrication

and processing equipment kept pushing the

boundaries of their technology and

collaborated with the foundries to produce

the next generation of advanced chips. The

equipment companies were not just in the US

but also in Japan and the Netherlands.

In a virtuous circle, everybody does what he

does best and contributes to a supply chain at

the most cost-effective efficiency. Everybody

wins in such a circle.

By breaking up the circle, everybody loses.

South Korean foundries such as Samsung sell

40% of their output to China, including

foundries they operate inside China.

China represents around 30% of sales for

semiconductor fabrication equipment from

American companies such as Applied

Materials and Lam Research.

China is also the most important market

for ASML, the Netherlands-based company

that is in essence the only maker of advanced

lithographic machines. Despite the justimposed

ban, the company has continued to

increase its local hire in China to support its

sales and technical services.

Every member of the circle now faces a

perplexing dilemma: Do they obey the

Washington edict at the expense of their

financial interests and companies' futures?

Or do they pay a lot of money to lawyers and

lobbyists to plead on their behalf and secure

certain dispensations that would allow their

continuing to do business with China,

perhaps at a more subdued level?

Or do they find questionable routes and

intermediaries to continue their sales to

China? Or can they flat out defy Washington?

In theory, their lost sales to China would be

replaced by the expansion of a new and

growing US market, as foreign companies

such as TSMC and Samsung are enticed or

coerced into building new fabs in the US.

The challenge is whether other members of

the circle can survive long enough while

waiting for the new capacities in America to

make up the immediate shortfall around the

world. Furthermore, there are serious

concerns and doubts as to whether new fabs

could actually happen in the US.

The cost of defying Washington's order will

be high, but the industry can already see that

the cost of yielding to Biden's sanctions

makes no sense given the devastating


TSMC obediently gave up on serving


Huawei, its most important customer, under

orders from Donald Trump's White House

more than two years ago. Now it apparently

has given up on the rest of the China market

in exchange for locating fabs in the US. Since

then, the market capitalization of the

company has declined by half from its peak.

Washington doesn't offer any incentives or

rewards, just threats and intimidation if they

are not obeyed. This is what a hegemon does,

but increasingly the world is disenchanted

and not convinced

South Korea is the latest to feel the sting

that goes with being a loyal American ally.

Washington expected the Koreans to give up

their huge markets in China, and the reward

was for their president to face a rude and very

public brushoff when he greeted Biden at the

UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York


According to K J Noh, who understands

the Korean language, South Korean

President Yoon Suk-yeol cursed in the foulest

terms at the way he was treated. Hard to

blame him though. Biden is asking his

country commit economic seppuku but acted

like Yoon was some Asian scumbag - another

gaffe that the White House staff will have to

repair. The European Union has also learned

that there is no upside in being a groupie of

American foreign policy. By joining the US in

supporting the Ukrainians and sanctioning

Russia in the Ukrainian war, the EU is facing

a bleak cold winter with a shortfall of fuel to

heat homes and fire the boilers that the

German industries will need to keep


Facing record-breaking inflation, the

people in the EU are becoming restless and

beginning to agitate and question the reasons

for antagonizing Russia and bringing

economic misery on to themselves.

Shortly before the UNGA, the Shanghai

Cooperation Organization concluded its

annual conference, held in Samarkand,

Uzbekistan. Under China's leadership, the

SCO welcomed Iran and Belarus as new

members, with a long list of other nations

applying to join, including Turkey, Saudi

Arabia, Egypt and others. The SCO now

accounts for half of the world's population

and more than 25% of global GDP.

Non-aligned countries find the SCO

increasingly attractive as an antidote to

American unilateralism. Geopolitical rivals

such as India and Pakistan or Saudi Arabia

and Iran can leave their contentions outside

and join the organization to work on trade

and economic cooperation, and collaborate

on combating terrorism.

Unlike the American led groups of nations,

political or military alliances are specifically

excluded within the SCO. There are, by the

way, no nations waiting to join the US

alliance to contain China.

As I observed in June, the US approach to

recruiting others to join in an alliance to

contain China is a faltering strategy that will

lead to America's self-destruction. Biden's

insistence on decoupling China from the

semiconductor supply chain is another step

in that direction.

Washington seems not to have anticipated

China's likely response to the latest sanctions.

Its semiconductor industry is redoubling its

efforts and investments to develop technical

advances that would replace the chips and

fab equipment that have been cut off by the

American sanctions.

China has the raw technical manpower

graduating from their colleges and

universities every year and has recruited

senior engineers and fabrication

technologists - Asia Times called them

godfathers - from Taiwan, Japan and South

Korea to advise on the technical and

management direction.

News from China already indicates that

they are making breakthroughs getting

around the American embargoes. Even

American analysts say that the trade barriers

are doomed to fail. In the long run, the Biden

sanctions will help China create its own

independent semiconductor industry and

leave the currently established providers out

in the cold.

George Koo retired from a global

advisory services firm where he advised

clients on their China strategies and

business operations.

Time for multinationals to change their record on Asia

The warning lights are blinking on the

dashboard of the world economy.

Germany has slashed its economic

outlook for the next two years, predicting

negative growth in 2022. Britain is also

forecasting contractions as it struggles to

stay on top of skyrocketing bond yields.

Inflation in the US is at a four-decade high,

and the Federal Reserve's aggressive

interest-rate increases are exporting

monetary pain far and wide.

As European economies begin a

gradual slide into recession, all eyes are

now turning to Asia. The world's most

populous continent has established itself

as an economic linchpin, sheltered from

the worst economic ramifications of the

crisis created by Russia's invasion of

Ukraine by its booming labor market,

abundant mineral and energy resources,

and technological innovations.

But confidence in the institutions of

capitalism is being steadily eroded in

many Asian countries, where

multinational behemoths have engorged

themselves on the continent's plentiful

assets for years, leaving environmental

damage, poverty, and lawsuits in their


Such behavior lays a time bomb in

global supply chains, imperiling not only

local ways of life and ecosystems, but

indirectly threatening the whole global

economy by sowing mistrust and

resentment toward globalization, the

countries they represent, and even

capitalism itself.

If the coming economic crisis has an

upside, it will be the opportunity it

affords us to pause and assess the

strengths and failures of the established

modus operandi. With any luck, 2022

will be remembered as the year that

multinationals in Asia began to

compromise on profits in the name of


Multinationals behaving badly in Asia

is nothing new. They established

themselves as the 17th century, when the

Dutch East India Trading Company was

formed as the world's first joint-stock

company. It soon began vying with other

colonial businesses in Asia, such as the

British East India Company, with both

engaging in a moral race to the bottom

and carving out corporate fiefdoms in the

name of their governments.

These companies were actively

involved in the slave trade, shipping

US pushes ‘rule-based disorder’

China has the raw technical manpower graduating from their

colleges and universities every year and has recruited senior

engineers and fabrication technologists - Asia Times called

them godfathers - from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea to

advise on the technical and management direction.

millions of Africans around the world for

the purposes of trade or unpaid labor.

India and Indonesia both became hubs in

this egregious market, and locals were

systematically enslaved and put to work

in inhumane conditions in service of the

companies' profits.

These were the swashbuckling

forebears of today's multinational

corporations, and while the methods

have certainly changed, some of their

descendants still show a reckless

indifference toward human rights and

fair distribution of profits, all while

abnegating their responsibility toward

the regions where they operate.

The vivid image of Western

governments sending their garbage to

Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam

has dominated headlines when it comes

to exporting pollution. But unbeknownst

to many, a similar phenomenon occurs in

many resource-intensive industries.

Multinational companies, keen to

satisfy strict environmental limits in their

home jurisdictions in order to avoid fines,

end up producing more emissions in

foreign countries.

Oil and gas companies are big culprits

in this regard, with China, Russia, Japan,

India and South Korea all among the

world's largest refiners of oil products.

Around 50% of the world's greenhouse

gas emissions are produced in Asia,

which suffers from poorer air quality,

regular oil spills, and waste-management

crises as a result.

Anglo-Australian mining conglomerate

Rio Tinto has also been implicated in

environmental scandals.

In the 1990s, allegations surfaced on

the Pacific island of Bougainville linking

Rio Tinto to violations of international

environmental rights. These included

depriving islanders of a key source of

subsistence by destroying the rainforest

using chemical defoliants and dumping

toxic waste in rivers and on land. The


plaintiffs also accused the multinational

of viewing locals as "inferior due to their

color and culture."

They also alleged that Rio Tinto's

mining operations had "incited a 10-year

civil war, during which thousands of

civilians died or were injured."

Ultimately, the case was thrown out by

a US appeals court, which said that a

precedent set by the Supreme Court

meant that it was unable to rule on claims

for violations of international law

committed by corporations. But Queen

Mary University's International State

The vivid image of Western governments sending their

garbage to Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam has

dominated headlines when it comes to exporting pollution.

But unbeknownst to many, a similar phenomenon occurs

in many resource-intensive industries.

Crime Initiative says that the Australian,

British and American governments all

lobbied for this outcome.

The Bougainville scandal returned to

haunt Rio Tinto again in 2021, when 150

people living on the island filed a

complaint with the Australian

authorities, alleging that waste from the

closed copper mine was causing health

problems for 12,000 locals.

Rio Tinto has since recognized

"concerns about impacts to water, land,

and health," and agreed to set up a fund

to help address the harms allegedly

caused by the mine and assist long-term

rehabilitation efforts.

American oil and gas corporation

ExxonMobil was accused of humanrights

abuses in a lawsuit brought in US

courts by the International Labor Rights

Fund in 2001. Like the Rio Tinto

Bougainville case, the litigation has been

dragged out for years. After being passed

around between courts for decades, the

lawsuit is still ongoing.

ExxonMobil hired units of the

Indonesian Army as security for its oil

and gas projects, estimated to generate as

much as US$1.5 billion a year. The

plaintiffs allege that they were tortured,

sexually assaulted, raped and beaten by

soldiers in and around the ExxonMobil

oil and gas plant. ExxonMobil pleads that

it cannot be held responsible because it

didn't know about the alleged humanrights


Corruption and tax avoidance have

proved another stumbling block for some

multinationals operating abroad. The

State of Tax Justice Report published in

November 2020 found that tax-dodging

multinationals were losing India more

than $10.3 billion annually - around half

of India's total health-care budget in the

year the report came out.

Meanwhile, Rio Tinto cropped up again

in a corruption-related context when the

Pandora Papers were released in October

2021. The mining giant, which industry

critic Danny Kennedy once described as a

"poster child for corporate malfeasance,"

was embroiled in scandal when the

leaked files showed that it had continued

to trade with Chinese steel mogul Du

Shuanghua after he confessed to paying

bribes to a Rio Tinto executive.

Since Du Shuanghua admitted to

paying the "good-deed fees" in return for

contracts, Rio Tinto has done more that

$200 million worth of trade with his


The accused Rio Tinto executives,

including Australian citizen Stern Hu,

were sentenced to between seven and 14

years in jail. The Australian government

said there were still many "serious

unanswered questions" in the case.

Some analysts are beginning to factor

the ESG (environmental, social and

governance) risks of Rio Tinto and other

multinational giants into their ratings,

indicating that the markets may soon

begin to penalize companies that are

perceived to flout good management

principles overseas. But the biggest

victim here is undoubtedly globalization.

As paranoia surrounding exposure to

foreign economic and political interests

takes hold, it is more important than ever

that multinationals are responsible

ambassadors for international


Certainly, not all multinationals are

malign actors, but the example set by a

visible few is enough to stir up

resentment and accelerate the trend

toward onshoring and protectionism.

Now is the perfect moment finally to

consign the colonial principle of profit

before morals to the annals of history.

Theo Normanton is the Moscow

correspondent for bne IntelliNews.

SunDay, oCToBer 23, 2022


How digital currencies went from boom to collapse

aLex hern

Yuri Popovich had watched his neighbours' houses burn down

to the ground in Kyiv and he needed a safe place to put his

money. So he did what millions of amateur investors have done

in recent years: he turned to cryptocurrency.

"It was impossible and unsafe to store funds in the form of

banknotes. There was a big risk of theft, we also had cases of

looting. Therefore, I trusted a 'stable and reliable'

cryptocurrency. Not for the purpose of speculating, but simply

to save," he says. The digital asset that Popovich chose in April

was terra, a "stablecoin" whose value was supposed to be

pegged to the dollar.

It collapsed in May, sparking a rout in the cryptocurrency

market whose victims include Popovich. He lost $10,000

(£8,200). Popovich says his losses were "devastating", although

donations from sympathetic onlookers on social media have

helped make up some of the shortfall. He says: "I stopped

sleeping normally, lost 4kg, I often have headaches and


Popovich is one of many experiencing the deep chill of the

current crypto winter, more than four years after the market's

cornerstone, bitcoin, marked the first digital freeze by tumbling

from its then peak.

It went on a long tear after that but it has come to a juddering

halt, with bitcoin falling below the $20,000 mark at one point

this month - far below its peak of nearly $69,000, which it hit

last November. The fall has been sharp and spectacular: an

overall market that was estimated to be worth more than $3tn

barely six months ago is now worth less than $1tn.

Bored white collar workers, stuck at home because of

pandemic lockdowns but awash with disposable income,

turned to day trading as a way to pass the time. Subscribers to

the r/WallStreetBets forum on the popular online discussion

site Reddit doubled over the course of 2020 and then

quadrupled in the first month of 2021, as a small army of retail

investors flooded into assets as varied as the then bankrupt car

rental company Hertz, the troubled video game retailer

GameStop and the electric car manufacturer Tesla, pushing the

latter from $85 at the beginning of the pandemic to a high of

$1,243 towards the end of 2021.

Cryptocurrencies also benefited from the surge in day

trading. Bitcoin soared from a low of $5,000 in March 2020 to

more than $60,000 a year later. The currency has had that sort

of precipitous increase before: in 2017, it had risen 20-fold, to

its then peak of $19,000. But in the latest boom, ethereum, the

number two cryptocurrency, had an even more impressive

climb, from just $120 to a high of almost $5,000 in 2021.

Cryptocurrency is the name for any digital asset that works

like bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, which was invented in

2009. There is a "decentralised ledger", which records who

owns what, built into a "blockchain", which secures the whole

network by ensuring transactions are irreversible once made. In

the years since then, a dizzying amount of variations have

arisen, but the core - the blockchain concept - is remarkably

stable, in part because of the social implications of truly

decentralised networks being immune to government oversight

or regulation.

Where, 10 years ago, people simply spoke of trading in

bitcoin, the space has ballooned. As well as cryptocurrencies

themselves, , the sector has developed in a complex ecosystem.

It encompasses Web3, a broader selection of apps and

services built on top of cryptocurrencies, DeFi, an attempt to

bootstrap an entire financial sector out of code rather than

Bitcoin trading has exploded in the past decade.

contracts, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which use the same

technology as cryptocurrencies to trade in objects rather than


The flood of money washing into the world of crypto did more

than simply inflate the paper wealth of pre-existing

shareholders. Instead, it led to a surge of interest in, and

funding for, the vast array of projects that aimed to capitalise on

the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies.

For a generation of new investors, the "decentralised finance"

opportunities of the sector were appealing. Built on top of the

"programmable money" of the ethereum cryptocurrency, the

"DeFi" [decentralised finance] sector is an attempt to expand

bitcoin's anti-establishment ethos to cover the entire economy.

A product dating back to 2014, NFTs take the tech used to

create cryptocurrencies, but let creators link unique assets to

the blockchain, instead of money-like currencies. That means

NFTs can be traded that represent works of art, virtual

collectibles, or even function as tickets to events or membership

of clubs. And like cryptocurrencies, they can be bought or sold

in open exchanges, held pseudonymously, and packaged up or

securitised in complex financial instruments.

A boom within a boom, individual NFTs sold for silly

amounts of money in mid-2021. One token, representing years

of work by the digital artist Beeple, sold for $69m; another,

linked to the first tweet sent by the Twitter founder Jack Dorsey,

was bought for $2.9m. Individual NFTs in the Bored Ape Yacht

Club collection - the most consistently desired examples of

"profile pic" NFTs, designed to be used as pre-packaged online

identity - regularly sold for $1m-$3m apiece.

But by the beginning of 2022, the NFT bubble appeared to

have already popped. "Floor" prices for large NFT collections

had plummeted, and, while many large NFT acquisitions have

stayed in private collection, those that have been put back on

the market have fared poorly: the Dorsey tweet was withdrawn

Photo: Sascha Steinbach

from sale after achieving a top bid of just $14,000.

The crypto crisis has played out against the backdrop of wider

market problems, as fears over the Ukraine conflict, rising

inflation and higher borrowing costs stalk investors. Some

market watchers play down the prospect of a crypto crash

triggering serious problems elsewhere in the financial markets

or the global economy. The total value of all cryptocurrencies is

about $1tn currently (with bitcoin accounting for about 40% of

the total), which compares with approximately $100tn for the

world's stock markets.

Since November the value of all cryptocurrencies has fallen

from $3tn, meaning that $2tn worth of wealth has been wiped

out, with no serious knock-on effects to the broader stock

market - so far.

Teunis Brosens, the head economist for digital finance at the

Dutch bank ING, says the traditional financial system is

relatively well shielded because established banks - the

cornerstones of the financial world that buckled in 2008 - are

not exposed to cryptocurrencies because they do not hold

digital assets on their balance sheets, unlike during the financial

crisis when they held toxic debt products related to the housing


"What has happened in the crypto market has caused great

losses for some investors and it's all very painful and not

something I want to downplay," he says. "But it would be

overplaying the role that crypto currently has in the economic

and financial system if you were to think there could be

systemic consequences for the wider financial system or even a

global recession directly caused by crypto assets."

To date, the turmoil has been limited to the crypto sector.

Digital assets have been hit by some of the same economic

issues that have affected the wider global economy and stock

markets. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been affected

by concerns over rising inflation and the ensuing increases in

interest rates by central banks, which has made risky assets less

attractive to investors. This meant that as stock markets

declined, so too did crypto assets.

But the collapse last month of terra also hit confidence in

cryptocurrencies. In June, a cryptocurrency lender, Celsius, was

forced to stop customer withdrawals. And a hedge fund that

made big bets on the crypto markets slid towards liquidation.

Crypto investors and firms that had made bets on the crypto

market using digital assets as collateral were forced into a

selling spree.

Kim Grauer, the head of research at the cryptocurrency data

firm Chainalysis, says: "It was a combination of the stock

market plus the kind of excessive reaction that is typical of

crypto markets because of these cascading liquidations. In this

case the key event was terra."

She added: "Crypto is not going away. And it has experienced

crashes more severe than this crash." Regulators and various

government agencies are looking closely. Harry Eddis, the

global co-head of fintech at Linklaters, a London-based law

firm, says recent events in the crypto asset market will

strengthen regulators' determination to rein in the industry.

"I think it will certainly stiffen the sinews of the regulators in

saying that they're more than justified in regulating the

industry, because of the obvious risks with a lot of the crypto

assets out there," he says. In the UK, the financial watchdog

continues to expand safeguards on crypto products. Its latest

proposals on marketing crypto products to consumers could

lead to significant restrictions on crypto exchanges operating in

the UK. Consumers reported 4,300 potential crypto scams to

the Financial Conduct Authority's website over a six-month

period last year, far ahead of the second place category, pension

transfers, which had 1,600 reports. The FCA has 50 live

investigations, including criminal inquiries, into companies in

the sector.

The terra collapse has also heightened regulatory concerns

about stablecoins, because they are backed by traditional assets

and therefore could pose a risk to the wider financial system. In

the UK, the Treasury wants a regime in place for dealing with a

stablecoin collapse, saying in May that a terra-like failure could

endanger the "continuity of services critical to the operation of

the economy and access of individuals to their funds or assets".

"Even just the top three stablecoins hold reserves totalling

$140bn in traditional assets, much of this being in commercial

paper and US treasuries. A run on redemptions of the largest

coin (tether) could destabilise the entire crypto asset system

and spill over into other markets," says Carol Alexander, the

professor of finance at University of Sussex Business School.

Elsewhere, the EU is drawing up a regulatory framework for

crypto assets with the aim of introducing it by 2024, while in the

US Joe Biden has signed an executive order directing the

federal government to coordinate a regulatory plan for

cryptocurrencies including ensuring "sufficient oversight and

safeguard against any systemic financial risks posed by digital

assets". The Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer

watchdog, says 46,000 people have lost more than $1bn to

crypto scams since the start of 2021.

In general, regulators have been talking tough about

cryptocurrencies. The chair of the FCA has called for "strong

safeguards" to be put in place for the crypto market, while the

head of the US financial regulator has warned consumers about

crypto products promising returns that are "too good to be

true", while Singapore has said it will be "brutal and

unrelentingly hard" on misbehaviour in the crypto market.

Aussie startup raises $9m for

mental wellness game

JoSh TayLor

A Melbourne startup has

raised $9m in funding for

a mobile game aimed at

mental wellness in what is

said to be the largest

venture capital seed

investment for a game

studio founded by women

in Australia.

Lumi Interactive has

been developing Kinder

World since 2020. Its

players take care of

houseplants - which can't

be killed, and won't die if

they leave the game for

too long. There are

emotional check-ins

where they can write

down how they are

feeling, or express daily

gratitude, and messagein-a-bottle

type kindness

notes can be left for other


The premise was was

conceived during the six

pandemic lockdowns in

Melbourne between 2020

and 2021 when, according

to Lumi's co-founder

Lauren Clinnick, random

acts of kindness made the

world a better place.

"[It was] a really

conscious design decision

[for the plants to live] so

that it wouldn't feel like

something you could fail

or feel really pressured

and never come back to,"

Clinnick said.

She said the wellness

aspect had been

developed on the advice

of a behavioural

researcher, Dr Hannah

Gunderman, and had

been embraced by women

and non-binary users on

TikTok who provided

feedback on the game's


Kinder World was not

designed to replace other

ways people could

improve their mental

health, Clinnick said, nor

to lock people into the

game all day.

"It's just another

experience in the basket,"

she said. "A big amount of

our players are actively in

therapy, actively doing

other work.

"They just want

something that feels like a

nice community space,

and a lot of them will

show up because when

you do your wellbeing

activity, you then put your

little plant on a windowsill

Their game kinder World was conceived during the Melbourne Covid lockdowns. Photo: Collected

and you will get a message

from another player

almost like a fortune

cookie that's just a

message like, 'I hope you

can drink or eat

something you really like


The app is ad-free and

free to play but the

company is developing inapp

purchases and a

subscription option.

Clinnick said a major

roadblock to obtaining

funding was that the app

pushed back against the

traditional expectation of

social media and mobile

game apps designed to

keep players in the app for

as long as possible.

"It was very important

to us that we designed for

pretty much a five-minute

session in the morning

and a five-minute session

in the evening," she said.



crowdfunding, Lumi last

week raised US$6.75m

from a range of investors

including 1Up Ventures

and Galileo Ventures, in

what Clinnick called a

daunting process.

"I'm serving up my

hopes and dreams. This is

my baby … it really can be

a very emotional

experience. Especially as

a female founder, I had

some very disrespectful

and confronting

experiences for pitching.

"It is tricky being in

Australia, especially just

because of the timezone.

We were pitching to

people in Europe and

Israel but it meant it was a

very late night, or people

in the US and it was a very

early morning." The app

is still in testing on iOS

and Android, before an

expected launch towards

the end of 2022.

The body of a Tesla Model S is transported by an automated crane at

the carmaker's factory in Fremont, California. Photo: Stephen Lam

Tesla hit by new lawsuit

alleging racial abuse

TeChnoLogy DeSk

Fifteen black former or

current employees at Tesla

have filed a lawsuit against

the electric carmaker,

alleging they faced racial

abuse and harassment at its


The workers said they

were subjected to offensive

racist comments and

behaviour by colleagues,

managers, and human

resources employees on a

regular basis, according to

the lawsuit filed in a

California state court.

The harassment, which

allegedly occurred mostly at

Tesla's Fremont factory in

California, included using

the N-word and terms such

as "slavery" or "plantation"

or making sexual

comments, the lawsuit

claims. It alleges that the

automaker's "standard

operating procedures

include blatant, open and

unmitigated race


Some of the plaintiffs

were assigned to the most

physically demanding posts

in Tesla or passed over for

promotion, according to the


It said that Montieco

Justice, a production

associate at Tesla's Fremont

factory, was immediately

demoted upon returning to

Tesla after taking an

authorised leave of absence

as a result of contracting


Tesla did not immediately

respond to a request for

comment. The automaker

is facing at least 10 lawsuits

alleging widespread race

discrimination or sexual

harassment, including one

by a California civil rights


It previously has denied

wrongdoing and says it has

policies in place to prevent

and address workplace

misconduct. On Monday, a

federal judge in California

ordered a fresh trial on the

damages Tesla owes to a

black former factory worker

who accused the company

of race discrimination, after

he turned down a $15m

(£12.4m) award.

This month, a Tesla

shareholder filed a lawsuit

accusing the chief

executive, Elon Musk, and

the company's board of

directors of neglecting

worker complaints and

fostering a toxic workplace


SUNDAy, OCTOBER 23, 2022


The chief guest Former senior secretary of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation Managing Director Dr.

Namita Halder NDC spoke at the exchange meeting with the members of Kishori Club of Paikardaria

village of Bhadsa Union of Joypurhat Sadar.

Photo: Masrakul Alom

PKSF managing director visits

various sites in Joypurhat

Masrakul Alom, Joypurhat

Correspondent : The managing

director and former senior secretary

of PKSF Dr. Namita Halder NDC

visited various development projects

funded by Palli Karma Sahayak

Foundation (PKSF) for poverty

alleviation in remote rural areas.

From yesterday morning, she

visited various development projects

implemented in Vadsa Union of

Joypurhat Sadar Upazila, Jamalganj

of Akkelpur Upazila and Baghopara

of Khetlal Upazila.

Former senior secretary Dr. Namita

Halder NDC and Palli Karma Sahayak

Foundation managing director spoke

as the chief guest at the exchange

meeting held with the members of the

Kishori Club of Paikardaria village of

Sadar's Vadsa Union.

In addition to the poverty

alleviation program, Palli Karma

Sahayak Foundation is working to

remove bad culture from the society,

she said, to establish Bangabandhu's

dream of Sonar Bangla, bad culture

Four-day Bonsai

exhibition begins

in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI : A four-day

Bonsai exhibition began in

Rajshahi on Friday aimed at

making the Bonsai culture

popular among common

people along with

disseminating its economic

values, reports BSS.

Rajshahi Bonsai Society

arranged the fair at the Green

Plaza of Rajshahi City

Corporation with the support

of Home Stone Limited.

Former Secretary of Anti

Corruption Commission Abu

Muhammad Mustafa Kamal

and former principal of

Rajshahi College Prof

Habibur Rahman addressed

the inaugural event of the

exhibition as chief and special

guest respectively with RBS

president Syed Mahfuz-E

Towheed in the chair.

During his welcome

address, RBS Treasurer Esrar

Ali illustrated the various

aspects of Bonsai culture and

its positive impact on the


Terming the Bonsai

practice as an art of precision,

Mustafa Kamal said it can

play a vital role in reducing

social crimes.

Highlighting the various

other aspects of Bonsai

culture he said the country

could earn a lot of foreign

currency through the export

of quality Bonsai to the

developed countries.

Some 65 Bonsai-lovers are

participating in the exhibition

with 240 Bonsai of 45


Many varieties of Bonsai

are on display at the

exhibition, with banyan,

'pakur', fig, tamarind,

Bougainvillea, Epil Epil and

even pine trees done in

various formations like

formal upright, slanting,

broom and rock-style.

Some of the works are in a

landscape format with small

clay houses and bamboo

bridges. Many tree lovers

throng the exhibition to view

and buy the dwarfed trees.

Bonsai is a Japanese word

meaning planted in a

container. The origin of the

art can be traced back

thousand years. Bonsai is the

art of making miniature lifesize


must be removed from the society. To

achieve that goal, PKSF is working in

remote areas through poverty

alleviation programs as well as

Kishori clubs. Various programs are

being implemented through Kishori

Club to prevent child marriage,

increase awareness about puberty

and develop their latent talent. Md.

Nurul Amin, Executive Director of

JAKS Foundation, a local nongovernmental


organization, presided over the

exchange meeting.

PKSF board member Parveen

Mahmud, Senior Managing Director

Golam Tauhid, Deputy General

Manager Md Ashraful Haque,

Assistant General Manager Md Monir

Hossain spoke as special guests. Local

private development organization

JRDM Executive Director Razia

Sultana, ESO Executive Director

Matinur Rahman, JRDM Senior

Deputy Director Shaukat Ali, JAKS

Foundation Deputy Executive

Director Abul Bashar, Director

Rafiqul Islam Badsa, Deputy Director

Khorshed Alam, Sabrina Sultana,

Assistant Manager, PKSF

Communication and Publications

Department etc were present.

At the end of the discussion, the

Kishori Club members performed

dance, recitation and music.

After that the Managing Director of

Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation

visited the development project

funded by PKSF in Baghopara area of

Khetlal Upazila. Those are:

development projects managed by

JAKS Foundation at Vadsa Union in

Joypurhat Sadar, Emran Aquarium,

Animal Resources and Agricultural

Goods Sales Center, development

projects managed by JRDM in

Jamalganj Bazar, Akkelpur, country

chicken parent stock farm, organic

waste composting chamber, black

soldier fly (machi) cultivation, quality

orchard creation and management

(dragon fruit), off-season watermelon

cultivation, broiler type duck for


The 21st Annual General Meeting of Joka Daridro Nirodh Samabay Samity

Ltd. (Da-Ni-S) was held on Wednesday.

Photo: M.R.Jinnah

Da-Ni-S Annual general

meeting held in Sreepur

M.R.Jinnah, Sreepur Correspondent :

The 21st Annual General Meeting of Joka

Daridro Nirodh Samabay Samity Ltd. (Da-

Ni-S) was held at its office compound in

Sreepur Upazila, under Magura district on

Wednesday .

The program was presided over by A, S, M,

Saifuzzaman, Chief Adviser of Joka Daridro

Nirodh Samabay Samity Ltd( Da-Ni-S) and

Da-Ni-S President Shishir Sikder delivered

welcome speech . Sreepur Upazila Nirbahi

officer (Additional-charge) Shyamananda

Kundu was present and spoke as the chief

guest. The chief guest, in his keynote

address, praised the cooperative-based

activities of the female members of Joka

Daridro Nirodh Samabay Samity Ltd.

Among others Magura District Cooperative

Officer Mrinal kanti Mollik, Sreepur Police

Station Officer-in-Charge Md. Jabbarul

Islam, Sreepur Upazila Cooperative Officer

Sharoshoti Rani dash, Magura Sadar Upazila

Cooperative Officer Biraj Mahon Kundu,

Freedom Fighters Molla Motiar Rahman

spoke as special guests. In his address, A, S,

M, Saifuzzaman, Chief Adviser of Da-Ni-S,

introduced the guests to the individuals

involved in the activities of the Association

and gave an overview of the past, present and

future activities of the Association. At the

21th Annual General Meeting, it was decided

to improve the working environment and

organizational efficiency of Da-Ni-S in the

future with the ongoing program. On the

occasion, awards were given to the

employees of the Joka Daridro Nirodh

Samabay Samity Ltd (Da-Ni-S) who were

able to repay 100% of the loan last year and

among the members of the borrowers who

have repaid the loan installments properly

and provided savings. People of all walks of

life attended in the event.

A full-day fasting program was held in the premises of Feni Shaheed Minar of Feni

District Branch of Bangladesh Hindu Christian Association. Prof. Nirmo Chandra

Bhamik spoke as the chief guest on the occasion. Photo: Kamal Uddin Bhuiya

Four drug peddlers

held with 56-kg

cannabis in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI : Members of

the Rapid Action Battalion

(RAB) arrested four alleged

drug peddlers from a place

of the district here this noon

and recovered 56 kilograms

(KGs) of cannabis (Ganja)

from their possessions,

reports BSS.

The arrested persons were

identified as Mehedi

Hassan, 40, Rabiul Haque,

34, Belal Hossain, 26, and

Zakir Hossain.

On a tip-off, a team of RAB

conducted a raid at

Kharkhari Bazar area under

Matiher Police Station

around 1:30 pm and

arrested them with the

hemp after searching a

truck, RAB sources said.

The arrestees with the

seized contraband goods

along with the truck were

handed over to police.

A case was filed with

Matiher police station in this


National Road Safety

Day observed in


NATORE : National Road

Safety Day-2022 was

observed in the district

yesterday, reports BSS.

On the occasion, a colorful

rally was brought out from

old stadium which paraded

the important streets and



commissioner's office this


After the rally, a discussion

meeting was held on the

occasion at the Conference

Room of Deputy

Commissioner .



commissioner (DC) Shamim

Ahmed in the chair, the

meeting was addressed,

among others, by assistant

director of Bangladesh Road

Transport Authority (BRTA)

Md. Rasheduzzaman,

deputy divisional engineer

of Roads and Highways

Department Abdul Mannaf

Akand, crime inspector Zia

Latiful, president of Natore

Press Club

Faraji Ahmad

Rafiq Baban and president

of safe roads, Natore Golam

Mostafa, among others.


seriously injured

in an attack

S. Mizanul Islam, Banaripara

Correspondent:A businessman

named Sabbir Morshed Shishir

alias Babu Molla was seriously

injured in the attack by the

bodyguard of Upazila

Chairman Golam Faruq, Tapu

Khan near the tea shop of

Banaripara Ferighat on

Thursday. The injured Babu

Molla alleged that he was

standing near Monir's tea shop

and talking to newly elected

member former UP Chairman

Md Mamunur Ur Rashid

Swapan. At that time Tapu

Khan, the bodyguard (cadre) of

Upazila Chairman Golam

Faruq, a resident of College Mor

of the municipality, made a

surprise attack. At one point, a

cake cutter from a tea shop

attacked him on the head with a

sharp knife. Babu was removed

in a bloody state with the

intervention of former UP

Chairman Md. Mamunur Ur

Rashid Swapan and the local

people present. Babu

immediately reported the

matter to OC Investigation Md

Zafar Ahmed and SI Osman

Gani in the absence of OC at

Banaripara police station.

Police sent Babu to Banaripara

Upazila Hospital first for

treatment. The doctor on duty

there sent the seriously injured

Babu to Barishal Ser -E- Bangla

Medical College Hospital for

advanced treatment with first

aid.Injured Sabbir Morshed

Shishir alias Babu Molla said

that family dispute is going on

with upazila chairman Golam

Faruq, Abul Kalam Bali Gang

and ex-wife of deceased elder

brother Maksuda Moni. He

also said that on Thursday

afternoon, the tenant of the

shop next to the public library of

the municipality was

threatened to leave the shop.

Discussion meeting held in

Ctg on Road Safety day

Mahbubur Rahman, Chattogram City

Correspondent : The port city of

Chattogram does not have a specific terminal

for trucks. Due to which the cars have to be

kept on the road. This leads to traffic jams,

and a school to train drivers is yet to be

established. A good driver requires advanced

training. On an average, five to eight

thousand trucks leave Chattogram every day

from Chattogram port and various

companies in the remote areas of the

country, but there is no terminal in this

important township. General Secretary of

Bangladesh Road Transport and Labor

Federation Chattogram Oli Ahmed has

demanded the establishment of an

emergency terminal and training school to

reduce road accidents.

He made these demands at a discussion

meeting organized on the occasion of 'Safe

Road Day' at Chattogram Circuit House on

Saturday morning. Chattogram Additional

District Magistrate Mohammad Sumani

Akhter said, we all depend on the road.

Everyone from officers to the lower classes

came out to earn a living on the road. A safe

road to return home safely needs to be built

first. Therefore, the transport workers, the

public should be aware. Don't just blame the

transport drivers. Pedestrians have a role to

make roads safer too.

Transport leaders want drivers to take a

serious look at driving 12 hours a day. He also

suggested changing drivers after a 6-hour drive.

He further added that, for the pedestrians, we

have conducted various operations in the city to

remove the illegal structures on the footpaths.

But then the day set up again. For that, local

representatives should come forward.

Chattogram Highway Police Additional

Superintendent of Police Md. Farhad said in the

speech of the special guest, a country develops

on communication system. The

communication system of our country is also

improving. A driver, a common pedestrian on

the road must obey the law at the same time.

Drivers should refrain from driving

continuously for ten to eleven hours.

A discussion meeting organized on the occasion of 'Safe Road Day' at

Chattogram Circuit House on Saturday morning. Photo: M Faysal Elahi

Two die in Thakurgaon

road crash

THAKURGAON : Two members of a family

returning home died when their bike was hit

allegedly by a speeding vehicle in Baliadangi

upazila of Thakurgaon in the small hours of


The deceased were identified as Shahidul

Islam, 28, and his nephew Mohammad Payel,

18, both residents of Barunagaon village in

Thakurgaon Sadar upazila.

The accident occurred around 12am near the

Kalmegh Bardali area in Baliadangi upazila,

said Pradip Chandra Roy of the Baliadangi Fire

Service. "We were alerted about the bodies of

the two lying on the roadside by a passerby,

and later police were also informed," he said.

Khairul Anam Don, officer-in-charge of

Baliadangi police station, said that Shahidul

and Payel were returning home on their bike

when they met with the accident.

"We suspect their bike was hit by a large

vehicle like truck. The bodies have been

handed over to the family," he said. Efforts are

on to identify the vehicle and arrest the

accused, the OC said.

Two members of a family returning home died in a road accident on


Photo: UNB

National Road Safety Day

observed in Pirojpur

PIROJPUR: National Road Safety Day-

2022 was observed in the district yesterday

as elsewhere across the country, reports BSS.

This year's theme of the day is 'Ain Meney

Sorokey Choli, Nirapodey Ghorey Phiri (Let

us follow the law on the road and return

home safely".

On the occasion, a colorful rally was

brought out from the premises of the Zila

Parishad which paraded the important

streets and ended at the Shaheed Omar

Farak auditorium in Sadar upazila yesterday


After the rally, a discussion meeting was

held at the Shaheed Omar Farak auditorium

in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad

Zahedur Rahman addressed the function as

the chief guest with Additional District

Magistrate Md. Aminul Islam in the chair.

The chief guest said the main objective of

the government is to make the road system

of Bangladesh safe and create public

awareness. He urged everyone to obey the

traffic laws and rules.

Superintendent of Police Mohammad

Saidur Rahman, Panel Mayor of Pirojpur

Municipality Md. Abdul Hai, General

Secretary of District Bus and Minibus

Owners Association Sardar Shahidul Islam,

Journalist Gautam Chowdhury, among

others, spoke on the occasion.

A program was held in Barisal University in memory of poet Jibanananda

Das. On the occasion of the death anniversary of the great poet, Barisal

University's "Jibanananda Das Research Center" and Dhaka-based organization

"Jibanananda Aloy" organized a recital titled "Opar Jibanananda"

on October 22, 2022 at Barisal University's Jibanananda Das Conference

Hall. Vice-Chancellor of Barisal University Professor Dr. Md. Sadekul

Arefin inaugurated the program virtually.

Photo: Courtesy

SuNdAy, OCtOBER 23, 2022


It was pitch black when the waters came, forcing mother Fortune Lawrence and her eight children to jump on a makeshift boat

and flee their house.

Photo : AP

Displaced by flooding, Nigerians

in desperate need of help

AHOADA : It was pitch black when

the waters came, forcing mother

Fortune Lawrence and her eight

children to jump on a makeshift boat

and flee their house.

For the past two weeks, they have

been living in dire conditions near

Ahoada, in Rivers state, in a school

now crowded with more than a

thousand people displaced by

Nigeria's worst floods in a decade.

"I was afraid to die in the water,"

said Lawrence, surrounded by other

families. "Here, we have nothing. Not

enough food, no diapers, no

mosquito nets."Flooding is frequent

during Nigeria's rainy season but this

year, more than 600 people have

died and 1.3 million others were

forced to leave their homes,

according to the latest government


In southern Rivers state, one of the

worst affected, informal camps have

popped up for those who managed to


Some people are still stuck in

flooded towns and villages, according

to resident Obed Onyekachi.

There was "no way they could cross

and come here," said the 32-year-old,

with anger in his voice. "How many

of our brothers have been swallowed

by the water, have gone missing?"

"Crops have been destroyed. We

have no hope anymore. We will have

to face starvation."

Travelling across the state is a

challenging task and makes it

difficult to deliver aid.

On the main road, a tank truck has

tipped over in the floods, and

residents said several people had

died in the area, where there are

strong currents.

Others have managed to cross,

wading through waist-deep water.

Alamin Mohamed, 25, was trying to

travel on his motorbike, but said he

had been stuck on the road for seven


Researchers at Europe's science lab CERN, who regularly use particle physics to challenge our understanding

of the universe, are also applying their craft to upend the limits to cancer treatment.

Photo : Internet

Particle physics pushing cancer

Russia 'delaying'

grain exports from

Ukraine: Zelensky

KYIV, UKRAINE : Ukraine's

President Volodymyr Zelensky

on Friday accused Russia of

"deliberately delaying" the

export of grain from Ukrainian

ports bound for countries in

Africa and Asia.

"Today more than 150 ships

are in a queue to fulfil

contractual obligations for the

supply of our agricultural

products," Zelensky said in a

video address.

"This is an artificial queue. It

arose only because Russia is

deliberately delaying the

passage of ships."

He did not specify what was

causing the queues but said

Algeria, China, Egypt,

Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon,

Morocco and Tunisia were

among the countries affected

by these delays.

He said "due to the Russian

slowdown", Ukraine has

under-exported "about three

million tonnes of food".

"Russia is doing everything

to ensure that at least

hundreds of thousands of

these people become forced

migrants, who will seek

asylum... or die of hunger," he


treatment boundaries


Researchers at Europe's

science lab CERN, who regularly use

particle physics to challenge our

understanding of the universe, are also

applying their craft to upend the limits

to cancer treatment.

The physicists here are working with

giant particle accelerators in search of

ways to expand the reach of cancer

radiation therapy, and take on hard-toreach

tumours that would otherwise

have been fatal.

In one CERN lab, called CLEAR,

facility coordinator Roberto Corsini

stands next to a large, linear particle

accelerator consisting of a 40-metre

metal beam with tubes packed in

aluminium foil at one end, and a vast

array of measurement instruments and

protruding colourful wires and cables.

The research here, he told AFP during

a recent visit, is aimed at creating very

high energy beams of electrons-the

negatively charged particles in the

nucleus of an atom-that eventually

could help to combat cancerous cells

more effectively.

They are researching a "technology to

accelerate electrons to the energies that

are needed to treat deep-seated

tumours, which is above 100 million

electron volts" (MeV), Corsini


The idea is to use these very high

energy electrons (VHEE) in

combination with a new and promising

treatment method called FLASH. This

method entails delivering the radiation

dose in a few hundred milliseconds,

instead of minutes as is the current


This has been shown to have the same

destructive effect on the targeted tumour,

but causes far less damage to the

surrounding healthy tissue.

With traditional radiation therapy, "you

do create some collateral damage," said

Benjamin Fisch, a CERN knowledge

transfer officer.

The effect of the brief but intense

FLASH treatment, he told reporters, is to

"reduce the toxicity to healthy tissue while

still properly damaging cancer cells."

FLASH was first used on patients in

2018, based on currently available medical

linear accelerators, linacs, that provide

low-energy electron beams of around 6-10


At such low energy though, the beams

cannot penetrate deeply, meaning the

highly-effective treatment has so far only

been used on superficial tumours, found

with skin cancer.

But the CERN physicists are now

collaborating with the Lausanne

University Hospital (CHUV) to build a

machine for FLASH delivery that can

accelerate electrons to 100 to 200 MeV,

making it possible to use the method for

much more hard-to-reach tumours.



to meet

press today

BEIJING : Members of the

Standing Committee of the

Political Bureau of the 20th

Communist Party of China

(CPC) Central Committee

will meet the press on

Sunday after they are elected

at a plenary meeting on the

same day.

The new CPC leadership

will be elected at the first

plenary session of the 20th

CPC Central Committee.

They will meet Chinese and

foreign journalists in Beijing

at around 12 pm.

The event will be

broadcast live by China

Media Group and

Xinhuanet. It will also be

relayed simultaneously by

television and radio stations

across China, as well as news

websites, new media

platforms, large outdoor

screens and mobile


Druglord 'El Chapo'

asks US court to free

him or order new trial

NEW YORK : Convicted

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El

Chapo" Guzman has asked a

US federal court to dismiss his

2019 conviction for drug

trafficking and money

laundering or to order a new

trial, according to a court


In the document, signed by

Guzman September 6 and

made public through the court

this week, the Mexican kingpin

said he was provided

"ineffective assistance" by his

attorneys in his past trial.

He asked the court to "either

dismiss the indictment, order a

trial, or schedule an evidentiary


Guzman, who at one time led

the Sinaloa Cartel, the largest

drug trafficking syndicate in the

world, is currently serving a life

sentence in a Colorado prison.

Through his lawyers,

Guzman argued before the

court that previous attorneys

failed to explore a plea bargain

and object to government

motions regarding what they

said was classified information.

"The cumulative effect of

these errors deprived

(Guzman) of fair trial," the

motion says.

The court document also

argued irregularities in his

extradition from Mexico in

2017, saying that the US

extradition request stipulated

that he be tried in Texas or

California, not Brooklyn.

Guzman has appealed

previously for a new trial.

A US appeals court on

January 25 upheld Guzman's

conviction, denying his

allegation of juror misconduct

in his earlier trial. His lawyers

said that one anonymous juror

disregarded a judge's

instructions to ignore media

coverage of the trial.

Trump ordered to testify

in Capitol assault probe

WASHINGTON : Lawmakers probing the

2021 attack on the US Capitol subpoenaed

former president Donald Trump Friday to

testify on his involvement in the violence, in

a major escalation of their sprawling inquiry.

The summons came after the House panel

of seven Democrats and two Republicans

voted unanimously last week to compel

Trump's appearance before investigators.

It requires the 76-year-old Republican to

produce documents by November 4 and to

appear for a deposition beginning on or

around November 14 -- the Monday after the

crucial November 8 midterm elections.

"As demonstrated in our hearings, we have

assembled overwhelming evidence,

including from dozens of your former

appointees and staff, that you personally

orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort

to overturn the 2020 presidential election

and to obstruct the peaceful transition of

power," the committee told Trump in a


Trump, who urged his supporters to "fight

like hell" in a fiery speech near the White

House on January 6, 2021, was impeached

for inciting the mob to storm Congress later

that day to halt the peaceful transfer of

power to Joe Biden.

The letter accuses Trump of bidding to

overturn the election despite knowing claims

of fraud had been overwhelmingly rejected

by more than 60 courts and refuted by his

campaign staff and senior advisers.

"In short, you were at the center of the first

and only effort by any US president to

overturn an election and obstruct the

peaceful transition of power, ultimately

culminating in a bloody attack on our own

Capitol and on the Congress itself," it added.

Without confirming Trump had received

the subpoena, his lawyer David Warrington

said his team would "review and analyze" the

document and "respond as appropriate to

this unprecedented action."

Biden weighed in on the matter later

Friday during an interview with MSNBC,

saying it "would make sense" for Trump to

comply with the subpoena.

Subpoenas from the panel have proved

difficult to enforce, with former White House

aide Steve Bannon the only target convicted

of contempt of Congress for refusing to


Bannon was sentenced to four months in

prison on Friday, although he remains out

on bail pending an appeal.

Trump is notorious for his ability to run

down the clock on congressional

investigations and legal action, and it

remains highly unlikely that he would agree

to give evidence.

The subpoena expires in any case with the

new congressional term in January.

Republicans are expected to win back the

House of Representatives in November's

elections, and plan to immediately end the


But the move marks an aggressive

escalation of the probe, which has issued

more than 100 subpoenas and interviewed

more than 1,000 people since its launch in


While no sitting president has ever been

forced to testify before Congress, lawmakers

have summoned several former presidents

to discuss their conduct in office.

Trump's compliance would mean

testifying under oath and could result in

being charged with perjury were he to lie.

If he refuses to comply, the full House can

hold him in criminal contempt in a vote

recommending him for prosecution, as it did

with Bannon.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 20th Communist

Party of China (CPC) Central Committee will meet the press on Sunday after they

are elected at a plenary meeting on the same day.

Photo : Internet

Far-right Meloni named

Italy's first woman PM

ROME : Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni

was named Italian prime minister on

Friday, becoming the first woman to head a

government in Italy.

Her post-fascist Brothers of Italy party-

Eurosceptic and anti-immigration-won the

September 25 legislative polls but needed

outside support to form a government.

Meloni's appointment is an historic event

for the eurozone's third largest economy

and for Brothers of Italy, which has never

been in government.

Shortly after she was named, the 45-yearold

from Rome named her ministers, who

will be sworn in on Saturday in front of

President Sergio Mattarella.

Her Brothers of Italy party won 26 percent

of the vote last month, compared to eight

and nine percent respectively for her allies

Forza Italia and the far-right League.

Her list of 24 ministers, including six

women, revealed a desire to reassure Italy's

partners. She named Giancarlo Giorgetti as

economy minister, who served under the

previous government of Mario Draghi.

Giorgetti, a former minister of economic

development, is considered one of the more

moderate, pro-Europe members of Matteo

Salvini's League.

Meloni also named ex-European

Parliament president Antonio Tajani, of

Forza Italia, as foreign minister and deputy

prime minister.

Salvini will serve as deputy prime minister

and minister of infrastructure and


That appointment is likely to disappoint

Salvini, who wanted Meloni to give him

the role of interior minister again after he

previously held the post between 2018 and


The position went instead to a

technocrat, Rome prefect Matteo


A formal ceremony for the handover of

power from Draghi to Meloni will take

place on Sunday before the premier leads

the first cabinet meeting.

The consultations to cobble together a

government had been overshadowed by

disagreements with her two would-be

coalition partners over Meloni's ardent

support for Ukraine since the Russian

invasion. The leaders of Forza Italia and

the League are both considered close to


A recording was leaked during the week

in which Italy's former prime minister

Silvio Berlusconi-who heads Forza Italiatalks

about his warm ties with Moscow

and appeared to blame the war in Ukraine

on Ukrainian President Volodymyr


Her other coalition partner, Salvini, is a

long-time fan of Russian President

Vladimir Putin and has criticised Western

sanctions on Russia.

Despite her Eurosceptic stance, Meloni

has been firm about her support for

Ukraine, in line with the rest of the

European Union and the United States.

"I intend to lead a government with a

clear and unequivocal foreign policy line,"

she has said. "Italy is fully, and with its

head held high, part of Europe and the

Atlantic Alliance (NATO)."

"Anyone who does not agree with this

cornerstone will not be able to be part of

the government, even at the cost of not

forming a government," Meloni has


Berlusconi, 86, has said his personal and

political positions "do not deviate from

that of the Italian government (and) the

European Union" on Ukraine.

But the tensions add to concerns that

Meloni's coalition, held together by the

need for a parliamentary majority, will

struggle to maintain unity.

Berlusconi's allies insist his comments

in the recording, from a meeting with

lawmakers earlier this week, were taken

out of context.

The billionaire media mogul described a

rekindling of relations with long-time

friend Putin, who he said sent him 20

bottles of vodka and a "very sweet letter"

for his birthday.



ABM Mokammel Hoque Chowdhury, Managing Director& CEO of Union Bank Limited inaugurated

the Chattogram area Quarterly Business Review Meeting-2022as the chief guest in Chattogram. In

his welcome address, Chowdhury, congratulate to all participate for success of quarterly business

and advised to achieve the all Business Target 2022 through providing best services. Deputy

Managing Director Md. Nazrul Islam and SEVP Golam Mostafa were present as special guests.

Besides, Head of Divisional of Head Office and Branch Managers of Chattogram area were also present

at the conference.

Photo : Courtesy

Social Islami Bank arranged a view-exchange meeting with the female employees on 20 October at its

head office. Zafar Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the Bank, was present as the chief guest.

Mohammad Forkanullah, Deputy Managing Director, Kazi Obaidul Al-Faruk, Head of HRD, Md.

Moniruzzaman, Head of Marketing and Brand Communication, Md. Mahfuzur Rahman, Head of

SIBL Training Institute, were also present. Female employees of head office, branches & subbranches

attended the event. The Managing Director & CEO acknowledged the contribution of the female

employees in the overall development of the Bank and also advised them to acquire knowledge for

professional development.

Photo : Courtesy

IMF reaches deal with Malawi for

$88 mn emergency funding


Friday that it reached a staff-level

agreement with Malawi for up to

$88.3 million in emergency funding

to tackle food crisis needs, making

this the first low-income country to

reach such a deal.

The disbursement comes under the

International Monetary Fund's Food

Shock Window, a new emergency

lending facility to help countries

struggling with acute food insecurity

as prices rise globally.

The facility, approved in September,

comes as countries grapple with

climate shocks, conflict and fallout

from the Covid-19 pandemic-which

have disrupted food production and


"This emergency financing... will

help Malawi address urgent balance

of payments needs related to the

global food crisis," said the IMF in a

statement on Friday.

The funds will also help to support

the East African nation's economic

adjustment and structural reforms,

the fund added.

It noted that Malawi is also

implementing debt restructuring

needed to restore debt sustainability.

The new facility will operate for one

year, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva

earlier said, and it is part of two

emergency aid programs created to

help countries deal with the impacts

of the pandemic.

The programs are the Rapid Credit

Facility, providing zero-interest loans

for up to 10 years for the poorest

countries, and the Rapid Financing

Instrument for wealthier economies

and must be repaid in five years at


In September, Georgieva met with

Malawi's President Lazarus McCarthy

Chakwera and committed to support

the country as it faced economic

challenges and unsustainable public


Malawi's government has been in

discussions with the Washingtonbased

crisis lender for months on its

request for an aid program.

Mercantile Bank Limited (MBL) has recently organized a day-long virtual seminar on 'Celebration of

Cyber Security Awareness Month-October 2022' on 15.10.2022 as part of the global Celebration of

Cyber Security Awareness month. 226 MBL officials from all over the country, including all Senior

Management of the bank, Head of respective Divisions at Head Office, Head of Branches, In-Charge

of Uposhakhas, CEO of Mercantile Bank Securities Limited, CEO of MBL Asset Management Limited

were present in the session. Md. Quamrul Islam Chowdhury, Managing Director & CEO of the bank

inaugurated the virtual program and advised the participating officers to strictly follow all the cyber

security policies and guidelines in all aspects of banking operations. Mati Ul Hasan, Additional

Managing Director & CRO broadly highlighted the cyber risks and the significance of adequate

awareness for staying safe in cyberspace.

Photo : Courtesy

US budget deficit

drops by half in

2022 on pandemic



budget deficit fell by half in

the past year to $1.4 trillion

on the back of a pandemic

recovery and as relief

spending eased, the

government said Friday.

Covid-related spending on

things like unemployment

insurance and other

programs have declined

following a recovery in the

world's biggest economy

from the virus outbreak,

with businesses returning to


The drop in the budget

deficit marks the "largest

one-year decrease," said the

Treasury Department and

White House budget office

on Friday.

This was helped by higher

individual and corporation

tax collections, bolstered by

employment growth, with

tax revenues for the fiscal

year ended September 30

surging a record $850

billion from 2021.

President Joe Biden hailed

the big drop as evidence of a

resurgent economy just

three weeks ahead of

November's crucial midterm

elections to decide control of


Hailing the "largest ever

decline in the federal

deficit," Biden called the

development "further proof

that we're rebuilding the


The development, he said,

was part of "the good news

on the economy" that he

predicted would help

Democrats climb back in the

polls, which currently show

Republicans poised for


Treasury Secretary Janet

Yellen, in a statement citing

the American Rescue Plan

stimulus package, said

"today's joint budget

statement provides further

evidence of our historic

economic recovery."

Challenges for Italy’s

new government

ROME : Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni has

been named Italian prime minister at a

particularly difficult time, as soaring

inflation and global uncertainty weigh on an

already debt-laden economy.

Here are the major challenges facing the

leader of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy

party and her allies as they prepare to take

the helm of the eurozone's third largest


Inflation was up 8.9 percent on the year in

September, fuelled by rising prices of food

(up 11.4 percent) and energy (up 44.5

percent), causing pain for households and

businesses alike.

While many countries face similar issues,

the pressures are set to send Italy into

technical recession next year, alongside

Germany, according to the International

Monetary Fund.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi's

government has already pledged 66 billion

euros ($65 billion) to help families and

businesses with energy prices, using largerthan-expected

tax receipts.

Business association Confindustria has

called for 40 to 50 billion euros more to stop

thousands of companies failing, but if

economic growth slows, so will the

budgetary room for manoeuvre.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right

League party and one of Meloni's

government allies, has been pushing for

more spending to help businesses for


But Meloni has been at pains to reassure

investors she will not blow up the budget in a

country long plagued by weak growth and


Italy has a colossal debt of more than 2.7

trillion euros-around 150 per cent of its gross

domestic product (GDP), the highest ratio in

the eurozone after Greece.

Under the guidance of former European

Central Bank chief Draghi, the economy has

returned to strong growth following the

coronavirus-induced slump in 2020.

The government is expecting a public

deficit of 5.1 percent of GDP this year,

compared to 7.2 percent in 2021, with debt

expected to fall to 145.4 percent from 150.3

percent in 2021.

A day-long workshop on "To Expedite Effective Implementation of

Agricultural Credit Program" of Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) for the FY

2022-23 was held at the Staff College auditorium at, Mirpur on October 21,

2022. The Secretary of Financial Institute Division of Finance Ministry

delivered the speech in the workshop as chief guest. The Chairman of the

Board of Director of the Bank Md. Nasiruzzaman presided over the workshop.

The Managing Director Md. Ismail Hossain, the Board of directors

Abdus Salam, Mrityunjoy Saha also delivered their speeches as special

guests. The Deputy Managing Directors (DMDs) Chanu Gopal Ghosh & Mir

Mofazzul Hossain were also present in the workshop. Among others, all

the General Managers, Chief Regional Managers, Corporate Branch

Heads, Divisional/Regional Audit Officers and concerned executives of

Head office were also present on the occasion. Photo : Courtesy

Babuland holds seminar on importance of children's

physical, social and psychological dev

Babuland recently held a

seminar shedding light on

the aftermaths of physical

and mental stress imposed

on children by contemporary

urban lifestyles, and the

importance of a stress-free

childhood in ensuring a

positive impact on children.

The seminar was held on

today, at Babuland's Badda


Babuland, country's

largest chain of indoor

playgrounds serving almost

40,000 children per month,

held the seminar to

essentially discuss the

importance of children's

proper physical, mental and

social development in the

modern times.

Children should ideally

grow up amidst greeneries

and fresh air, but now such a

scenario is a rare find among

the modern cities filled with

skyscrapers. This accounts

for a major hindrance within

the proper physical, mental

and social growth of

children. Participants at the

Babuland seminar expressed

their grave concern on this

issue, and urged everyone to

look for ways to overcome it.

Key persons from

Babuland management

attended the event. Also,

were present company

Investors, Business Partners

and Media Personnel.

Babuland Co-Founder &

Chairman Ishnad

Chowdhury said, "Dhaka

City only has 294 acres of

playground against a

requirement of 1876 acres,

which is only a mere 16%.

Consequently, 77% children

are deprived of sufficient

physical exercise, every day.

Eventually, this leads to risks

of illnesses such as heart

disease, diabetes or even

mental depression. We are

here to help the society to fill

this gap and impact physical

and mental development of

the next generation by

providing safe and hygienic

indoor playgrounds".

According to a survey

conducted by the

Bangladesh Institute of

Planners (BIP) on the

current population of

Bangladesh, areas under the

jurisdiction of two city

corporations of Dhaka city

consists of only 235

playgrounds, against a

requirement of 2400. To fill

in that gap, children are

alarmingly becoming

addicted to smart devices,

which is also causing

significant psychological

harm to them. According to

research institutes like We

Are Social and Hootsuite,

children spend at least 5-6

hours a day on the internet.

Such interruption within the

psychological development

from such a young age may

push these children towards

becoming depressed and

suicidal. Besides, a survey by

Aachol Foundation says that

out of 364 students who

committed suicide within

the first eight months of this

year, 194 (53.30 percent)

were school students.

Besides informative

discussions regarding the

mentioned topics, the

seminar also underline

various issues, including

urbanization, traffic

congestion, noise pollution

etc., which stand as barriers

against children's healthy

development. The seminar

ended with an open call to

take these issues into

account and work together

for a bright future for the

next generations.

It is mentionable that

Babuland set out their

journey in 2018 to provide

safe, hygienic and accessible

play space for children, with

the commitment to provide

some relief to children and

their parents. Babuland's

unique approach not only

provides a play space and

entertainment, but all the

branches are also designed

and managed to put special

focus on the mental, physical

and social development of

children. Further, Co-

Founder & Managing

Director, Anamul Haque

said "We have developed the

Babuland Science to ensure

service and proper care of

children. We appoint

passionate "Happy Helpers"

in our branches and heavily

invest on training them for

service excellence".

Moreover, Babuland also

organizes super fun events

with focus on local culture,

activities to build good habits

and activity classes


At present, Babuland has

four branches in the capital's

Badda, Mirpur, Uttara and

Wari. It has recently received

an investment of BDT 40

million from a consortium of

angel investors, which shall

help the brand to expand

their services across the

nation and to launch its

franchise model to spread

the happiness even faster. To

know more, visit


SunDAY, oCtober 23, 2022


Juventus' Adrien rabiot scores their third goal during the Serie A match against empoli at Allianz

Stadium in turin Friday.

photo: Ap

Infantino says

broadcasters offer

'100 times less' for

Women's World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni

Infantino on Saturday

criticised television

broadcasters who have

offered "100 times less" to

screen the Women's World

Cup compared to the men's,

reports BSS.

Infantino was speaking in

Auckland hours before the

draw for next year's Women's

World Cup in Australia and

New Zealand, and with

women's football breaking

new ground.

The World Cup in July-

August will have 32 teams for

the first time and global

interest is anticipated to be at

an all-time high.

But without naming specific

broadcasters, Infantino said

offers submitted for the

television rights were far too


"Broadcasters offer us 100

times less than what they offer

us for the men's World Cup,"

Infantino told reporters.

He accused television

companies of "pushing us to

do more for equality and at

the same time we are not

going to accept these offers".

Infantino said that FIFA

had invested one billion

dollars into women's football

in recent years.

The 2015 and 2019

Women's World Cups made a

financial loss, but Infantino

said: "The next World Cup

will cost us around $400

million and we hope to break


For the first time, FIFA

plans to sell the commercial

rights separate from the men's


"We are trying to

commercialise the Women's

World Cup for the first time

on its own," he said.

The FIFA boss also doubled

down on assurances that gay

fans who travel to Qatar for

the men's World Cup next

month will be safe, despite

homosexuality being a

criminal offence there.

"I have said it (before), I

repeat it-whatever nationality,

background, gender, sexual

orientation, everyone is

welcome in Qatar," Infantino


Infantino also confirmed

that the FIFA Clearing House,

aimed at regulating the extra

payments around transfer

fees, will come into force on

November 16.

"This will finally bring some



accountability into the whole

transfer market," said


"Payments to strange places

or strange bank accounts will

not be tolerated any more."

He said the transfer market

currently generates about six

to seven billion dollars every

year and predicts the figure

will rise.

"We want to control that

and make sure the money

goes where it is supposed to."

Struggling Juventus

cruise past Empoli

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Juventus comfortably beat

Empoli 4-0 in Friday's

Serie A match ahead of

their Champions League

clash at Benfica which

could seal their elimination

from Europe's top club

competition, reports UNB.

Goals in each half from

Moise Kean and Weston

McKennie and a late

Adrien Rabiot brace gave

struggling Juve their

second straight win in

Italy's top flight, the first

time this league season

that they have managed to

win two matches in a row.

Massimiliano Allegri's

side moved up to seventh,

seven points behind Serie

A leaders Napoli and three

away from Roma who sit in

fourth and host the

pacesetters at the Stadio

Olimpico on Sunday night.

Kean's eighth minute

opener, tapped in from

Filip Kostic's cross, was his

first league goal of the

season and rewarded

Allegri's decision to start

the Italy international

ahead of in-form forward

Arkadiusz Milik.

The 22-year-old thought

he had another shortly

after McKennie headed in

Juve's second in the 56th

minute, a header of his

own from another Kostic

ruled out for offside.

It was France

international Rabiot who

rounded off the scoring,

first forcing another header

just across the line from

Juan Cuadrado's corner

with eight minutes

remaining before tapping

home the fourth in

stoppage time.

Empoli sit 11th on 11

points after their fourth

defeat of the season in

which the closest they

came to scoring was when

Mattia Destro wasted a

great chance to equalize

one-on-one with Wojciech

Szczesny in the 33rd


Friday's match served as

a warm up to Juve's trip

Lisbon to take on Benfica

with elimination from the

Champions League staring

them in the face.

Juve are five points

behind both their hosts on

Tuesday and Group H

leaders Paris Saint-

Germain and have to win

their final two matches to

have any chance of making

it through to the last 16.

Tatum, Brown too hot for

Heat as Celtics roll on

Sports Desk

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen

Brown came up big once

again as the Boston Celtics

maintained their perfect

start to the season with a

111-104 victory over the

Miami Heat on Friday,

reports UNB.

Tatum, who scored 35

points in Boston's seasonopening

defeat of

Philadelphia on Tuesday,

produced a 29-point salvo

as the Celtics outmuscled

their Eastern Conference

rivals on the road in Florida.

Brown, who also scored

35 points in Tuesday's

victory over the Sixers,

backed Tatum with 28

points in another polished

offensive performance.

Derrick White and Grand

Williams were the only

other players in double

figures for Boston with 10

points apiece.

Friday's clash marked

another meeting between

the two Eastern Conference

rivals, who have faced each

other in the post-season in

two of the past three


"I love playing against the

Heat - we've got some

history the last couple of

years," Tatum told ESPN


"They make you a better

team. They've got a lot of

pride, a lot of great players

and a great coach. They

never quit. So it's always a

good test to play against a

team like that because you

know it's going to be a


Boston's latest victory was

another boost for interim

head coach Joe Mazzulla,

who only took over last

month after previous head

coach Ime Udoka was

banned for a season over a

relationship with a female

member of staff.

"I don't know if two games

counts as a winning streak,

but we'll take it," Tatum

said. "(Mazzulla) has been

terrific. He's learning as he

goes. But we're all in this

together - we're trying to

help him out as much as

he's trying to help us out.

"I'm happy for him. It's

hard to win in this league."

Tyler Herro led Miami's

scorers with 25 points while

Bam Adebayo added 19 and

Jimmy Butler 18.

Elsewhere on Friday,

Jonas Valanciunas led the

scoring as New Orleans

preserved their unbeaten

record with a 124-112 road

win over the Charlotte


Brandon Ingram

provided offensive support

with a 28-point haul while

CJ McCollum (21 points)

and Zion Williamson (16)

also posted double-digit


Gordon Hayward led the

Hornets' scoring with 26

points in a game that New

Orleans led from start to


In Brooklyn, Kevin

Durant and Kyrie Irving

combined for 57 points as

the Nets bounced back from

their season-opening loss

with a 109-105 victory over

the Toronto Raptors.

Friday's clash marked another meeting between the two eastern Conference rivals, who

have faced each other in the post-season in two of the past three seasons. photo: Ap

Ex-France winger

Ribéry retires

amid ongoing

knee issues

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Former France winger

Franck Ribéry announced

his retirement on Friday

because of insurmountable

knee problems, reports


The 39-year-old Ribéry,

who played for France in the

2006 World Cup final and

won the Champions League

with Bayern Munich in

2013, announced the

decision in a video posted on

social media, where the

Salernitana player also

thanked his family and fans.

"The fact that I was able to

play at a high level for almost

20 years and to have this

career is also because, even

in difficult times, you were

always there," Ribéry said.

"You have given me the

strength to live this

incredible adventure.

"But today, despite the

efforts I have made over the

last three months, the pain

in my knee has only

worsened and the doctors

are clear: I have no choice

but to stop playing. So I have

to end my career as a

professional player."

Ribéry played for clubs

including Marseille and

Fiorentina, but his most

successful period was at

Bayern Munich where he

won nine Bundesliga titles,

six German Cups and the

Champions League during a

12-year spell with the

German club.

He scored 124 goals in 425

appearances for Bayern and

the club made a series of

posts on social media after

he announced his

retirement, referring to him

as a legend. One was a photo

of Ribéry surrounded by the

trophies he won at Bayern

and the words: "One of the

best players in our history

has called time on his

amazing career. Thanks for


Ribéry also made 81

appearances for France,

scoring 16 times. He played

in the defeat to Italy in the

2006 World Cup final.

Ribéry left Bayern on a

free transfer in 2019 and

played for Fiorentina for two

seasons before joining

Salernitana last year.

Ribéry made regular

appearances for Salernitana

last season but played just

twice in the new campaign

before being injured again.

Salernitana confirmed

they have mutually agreed to

end the winger's playing

contract but added that

Ribéry will continue in

another role at the club. He

will bid farewell to the fans

before Saturday's Serie A

match against Spezia.

West Indies chief

vows 'thorough

post-mortem' of

T20 World Cup exit

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Cricket West Indies president

Ricky Skerritt on Saturday

vowed there would be "a

thorough post-mortem" of the

team's "deeply disappointing"

Twenty20 World Cup exit,

reports BSS.

The two-time champions

crashed out in round one on

Friday after a nine-wicket

drubbing by Ireland in

Hobart, having already

suffered an embarrassing loss

to Scotland.

The West Indies won the

World Cup in 2012 and 2016

but since that last triumph

they have lost six of their eight

matches in the competition.

Skerritt said in a statement

that "a thorough post-mortem

will be carried out on all

aspects of our World Cup



performance". "I am deeply

disappointed with the

performance results of our

team in Australia and I

appreciate the sense of utter

frustration that is being

experienced by many," he said.

Jon Rahm roars into share

of lead at CJ Cup with 62

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Jon Rahm thought his 7-

iron from 195 yards had

come up well short of the pin

because of a long shadow

across the green. Moments

later, he heard the crowd

react to a shot that came an

inch from going in on the

hardest hole at Congaree,

reports UNB.

The way his day went,

Rahm should have expected


He found the middle of the

clubface on just about every

shot and put on an

exhibition Friday at the CJ

Cup in South Carolina,

making 10 birdies in his

round of 9-under 62 that

gave him a share of the lead

with Kurt Kitayama.

Coming off a victory two

weeks ago in the Spanish

Open, Rahm hardly looked

like a player who is easing

his way toward the end of

the year.

He ran off four straight

birdies on the front nine, all

of them inside 10 feet. He

holed a bunker shot from 60

feet on the par-4 eighth,

made a 35-footer on the par-

3 10th and then capped off

three straight birdies with

his shot into the 17th that

grazed the edge of the cup.

Only four other players

made birdie on that hole in

the second round.

So good was this round he

mentioned two swings in

particular that felt perfect,

and those were two he didn't

convert for birdie.

"It was a lot of good out

there today," he said.

Needing one last birdie for

his career-low round,

Rahm's wedge into the 18th

Jon rahm of Spain plays a shot on the 18th hole during the second

round of the CJ Cup at Congaree Golf Club on oct. 21, 2022 in

ridgeland, South Carolina.

photo: Ap

Argentina fear no one at

World Cup, says Messi

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Lionel Messi says Argentina to not fear any

team at the World Cup but he urged fans to

stay calm with the tournament in Qatar less

than a month away, reports UNB.

Copa America champions Argentina,

unbeaten in 35 games since 2019, were

drawn with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and

Poland in Group C as they look to win their

first World Cup title since 1986.

"Today we are doing well and people are

excited and think that we will come back

with the Cup, but it is not like that,"

Argentina captain Messi told broadcaster

Directv Sports.

"The World Cup is very difficult, many

things have to happen (to win it), not only

that we are doing well, many things that can

leave you out and there are many teams that

want the same as us and that are doing well.

"We are eager, we are going to fight, we are

not afraid of anyone because we are ready to

play against anyone, but with peace of


Argentina began their 2018 World Cup

campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland - a

game in which Messi missed a penalty - and

finished second in their group before being

knocked out by eventual winners France in

the last 16.

Messi thinks the opening match against

Saudi Arabia on Nov 22 will be key to the

team's chances.

"In the first minutes of the first game the

nerves and anxiety are difficult to control. I

think the first game is very important

because starting with a win gives you peace

rolled off a steep slope and

came to rest against a

bunker rake. His pitch was

strong, rolling 30 feet by and

he made his lone bogey.

Kitayama, the 29-year-old

Californian who spent his

first six years on the Asian

and European tours, holed a

tough bunker shot for eagle

on the par-5 12th for a 65

and joined Rahm at 11-

under 131.

Aaron Wise spent time on

a putting drill after his

opening round and it paid

off for him in his round of

66. He was two back, along

with Cam Davis (66). Rory

McIlroy (67) was two strokes

behind the leaders at 9


Tom Kim, going for his

third PGA Tour victory in his

last six stars, was hanging

with McIlroy until a late

bogey dropped him into a tie

for sixth, four shots behind.

McIlroy birdied the 18th to

cap off a 30 on the back nine.

McIlroy, the defending

champion who can get to

No. 1 if he wins, was more

worried about what Rahm

was doing in the group

ahead of him.

"I was trying to hang on to

Rahm's coattails," McIlroy

said. He was an example of

how it doesn't take much to

get out of position at

Congaree, a fast course with

severe slopes around the

edges of the green. McIlroy

short-sided himself twice,

and while he wasn't off line

by much, it was enough to

cost him two shots on the

front nine.

And then he holed a 30-

foot putt at the par-3 10th

and was on his way.

of mind," he said.

"Last World Cup, we started with a draw

and I've always said that if I had scored the

penalty and we had won it we would have

changed the whole story."

Argentina play their final warmup match

against the UAE on Nov 16.

Zii Jia blitzes into

Denmark Open


SportS DeSk

Kitayama played earlier

was never too far from the

lead until his round took a

turn for the best on the par-

5 12th hole. He was in the

right bunker, a popular place

to miss, and thought his ball

was running a little hot until

it hit the pin and dropped for


"Went in dead center, so

that was good," Kitayama


He added a pair of 10-foot

birdie putts late in the round

and has a share of the lead

going into the weekend for

the first time in his short

PGA Tour career.

The UNLV grad took a

while to get back home - he

once played a

developmental tour even in

Asia where he was paid in

cash on the spot after

winning - but it couldn't be a

better time. He finished

40th in the FedEx Cup his

first year. That means he will

be in at least eight of the

elevated events next year

that offer at least $20

million in prize money.

As late as it is in the year,

Rahm is still going strong.

The Spanish Open is

important to him, and he

won it for the third time to

tie his national hero, Seve

Ballesteros. He still has

designs on being Europe's

No. 1 with the DP World

Championship next month

in Dubai.

And then?

"It's Thanksgiving, so

probably put on a few

pounds," Rahm said. "Not

that I need them, but I'm for

sure going to be joining that

club like everybody else

most likely."

National men's singles champion Lee Zii Jia

lived up to predictions when he booked his

semifinal slot at the 2022 Denmark Open

badminton tournament in Odense today,

reports UNB.

The fourth seed had to battle it out for 67

minutes in his quarterfinal match against

eighth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia at

the Jyske Bank Arena before prevailing in

21-16, 18-21, 21-18.

The 2021 All England champion will meet

seventh seeded Loh Kean Yew of Singapore

in the semifinals after Kean Yew pulled off an

upset by defeating world number one and

host representative Viktor Axelsen, 21-17, 21-


Earlier, world men's doubles champions

Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik continued their

winning streak when they also advanced to

the semifinals after defeating Indian pair,

R.Satwiksairaj-Chirag Shetty, 21-16, 21-19.

sUNdAY, OcTOBER 23 2022


Sunerah quits ‘Joy

Banglar Dhoni’


National Film Award-winning actress

Sunerah Binte Kamal has recently turned

down her contract in the the governmentgranted

Liberation War-based film 'Joy

Banglar Dhoni.' The 'No Dorai' famed

actress informed her decision to the press

on Thursday evening.

'Joy Banglar Dhoni' is written by

Freedom Fighter, Awami League

Presidium Member and Member of

Parliament Shajahan Khan who was

also the minister of shipping from 2009

to 2019. Recent reports suggest that he

will also do a cameo in the film. The film

will be directed by Kha Ma Khurshid.

About her recent decision, Sunerah

said, "I am not doing the film. It's not

the kind of story I can work on. I asked

to change the lineup. The director did

that too. However, it still seems to me

that it is not going to happen. I am not

saying the script is bad, it is a very

good story. But, it's not for me."

"I will also return the signing money

soon. Yet, the director is now

pressuring me that I have to do the

film. Now, in these conditions, it is

impossible for me to be attached to

that project."

Moreover, Shahjahan Khan and the

film's team held a press conference at

the capital on Thursday afternoon,

before Sunerah's statement. The film's

director Kha Ma Khurshid, Shahjahan

Khan and two other central

characters- Nirob Hossain and

veteran actor and MP Asaduzzaman

Noor were present at the event.

The director said at the event,

"Asaduzzaman Noor is a popular and

well-respected actor in our country. I

am very glad to have him in my movie.

He will act as Shambhu Razakar (war

criminal) in this movie. Hopefully, his

fans will enjoy his character in the film."

'Joy Banglar Dhoni' received the

government film grant for the fiscal

year 2021-2022 and is scheduled to

start its production soon.

MCU Daredevil same from Netflix show, Charlie Cox confirms

Marvel star Charlie Cox confirms that

the MCU's iteration of Matt Murdock

is the same character from Netflix's

canceled Daredevil series.

Charlie Cox confirms that the MCU's

iteration of Matt Murdock is the same

character from Netflix's Daredevil

series. Arguably the most beloved

show among Netflix's own lineup of

Marvel heroes, Daredevil first released

in 2015 and enjoyed a successful

three-season run. With Cox at the

helm, the series followed the stoic and

brooding attorney-at-law Matt

Murdock, whose crime-fighting alterego,

Daredevil saw him work to

protect the people of Hell's Kitchen

against the vicious crime lord,

Kingpin. The series cancelation in

2018 initially appeared to signal the

end for Cox's beloved hero, though the

MCU had other plans.

Following the release of last year's

Spider-Man: No Way Home,

audiences were delighted when a brief

cameo at the very start of the film

welcomed back Matt Murdock,

seemingly promising some form of

future for Daredevil within the MCU.

News later came that Daredevil would

receive his own Disney+ series,

Daredevil: Born Again, with Vincent

D'Onofrio's Kingpin also set to return.

Since this exciting announcement,

Matt Murdock has appeared in

Disney+'s She-Hulk: Attorney-at-law

series, which offered a more unique

and lighthearted take on the Marvel

universe, with many concerned that

Marvel were looking to create a whole

new character with Cox's Daredevil.

However, the actor has now reassured

fans that this is not the case.

Speaking with EW, Cox was asked

whether he has approached this

character differently now that he has

been fully integrated into the MCU, or

whether he sees him as the same

character as in the Netflix show. Cox

immediately confirmed that this is the

very same version of the character,

before explaining how this new

environment that Matt Murdock has

found himself in has a lot to do with

how he acts and participates. Noting

the very "dark and gritty" tone of the

Netflix show, Cox went on to say he

has had a "really good time" exploring

how Daredevil fits into this new world.

Check out Cox's full quote below.

It should be and it is always the same

character. The difference is just like

with people, we morph and change

and are very different based on what's

going on in our lives. The Matt

Murdock from the Netflix show, that

world and what was going on for Matt

meant that most of the time we were

living with a man who had a huge

amount of pressure and strain and

tonally the show was very dark and

gritty and heavy. I don't know what the

new show will be like, but when I came

over to do Spider-Man and She-Hulk,

the tone is much more lighthearted

and tongue in cheek and fun and witty

and full of levity, so the hope was that

Matt is able to fit into that world and

participate in it without it being a

different character, a different person.

I certainly had a really good time

exploring that, experimenting with it

and seeing if it fit.

Source: Collider

Shakib Khan files

GD against 13

social media outlets


Dhallywood superstar Shakib Khan

filed a General Diary (GD) against 13

YouTube channels and Facebook

pages on Thursday evening. His social

media manager, Md Moniruzzaman,

has filed it on his behalf, on the

grounds of slander and spreading false


The OC of Gulshan police station,

Sheikh Shahnoor Rahman

(Investigations) confirmed the news to

the press. He told the press that the GD

had been filed on Thursday evening.

"We have sent the links mentioned

in the GD to the cyber cell, if we gather

proof of these allegations, actions will

be taken against the accused party," he


The 13 accused social media

channels are- 'Purniar Khoj', 'Boro

Bhai', 'Bod Bachan 2.0', 'RJ Nirob',

'Hasan Saidul', '020 Channel', 'The

Young Fellow', 'SK Media', 'Showbiz

Glam Room', 'Swapan Ahmed', 'Desh

Shakib Al

Hasan features

in music video



Dedicated to the T20 World Cup,

popular audio-video production G-

Series has made a music video

featuring cricketer Shakib Al Hasan.

The title of the song is 'Bijoyroth'.

Singers Iqbal Asif Jewel and Raef Al

Hasan Rafa have lent their voice to the


The lyrics of the song have been

penned by Saki Ahmed while Iqbal

Asif has composed the music. The

music video of the song has been

directed by Flybot Studios.

Bangla', and 'Digital Bangladesh


Shakib Khan's marriage and child

with actress Shabnom Bubly was

revealed on September 30. After that,

many individuals have been spreading

rumours, without any verification


Even though Shakib had warned

About the song, Iqbal Asif said, "We

all love cricket very much and

musicians are no exception. We are all

eager for the victory of Bangladesh.

The song is dedicated to the

Bangladesh Cricket Team on the

occasion of the T20 World Cup. The

Bangladesh team will overcome all the

these people multiple times, it was

getting difficult to control, according to

the actor. It is also said that due to

these activities, Shakib Khan's

personal image is being hampered.

Shakib Khan and Bubly are parents

to their one-year-old child, Shehzad

Khan Bir. The two tied the knot on July

18, 2020.

obstacles and bring victory - this is the

hope that emerges in the song.

'Bijoyroth' is a rock-genre song. Hope

everyone will like it."

The song will be released under the

banner of G-Series today. 'Bijoyroth'

will also be available on OTT platform

G Prime.

Pooja suffers injury, shares on social media

Pooja Hegde took to her Instagram

handle and informed that she has

suffered a ligament tear.

Pooja Hegde is under the weather.

The Radhe Shyam actress has suffered

a ligament tear in her foot. Sharing a

picture of the injured foot with a

bandage, she penned on Instagram,

"Ohkayyy then Ligament tear." Well,

now the star will be on rest.

Recently, Pooja Hegde celebrated her

32nd birthday on the sets of her

Bollywood drama Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki

Jaan in the presence of Salman Khan

and Venkatesh Daggubati. The clip of

the celebration also made it to the

internet and was adored by fans.

Furthermore, Pooja Hegde has been

paired with Mahesh Babu in Trivikram

Srinivas' directorial SSMB28. The

untitled movie marks the second

collaboration of the co-stars after the

2019 movie, Maharshi. Coming to the

technical crew of the movie, Navin

Nooli is heading the editing

department, and S Thaman is on board

the team as the music composer for


Meanwhile, PS Vinod has cranked the

camera for the drama. Financed by S.

Radha Krishna under the banner of

Haarika and Hassine Creations, the

venture has already created a lot of hype

among movie buffs.

She will also play the female lead in

Liger actor Vijay Deverakonda starrer

Jana Gana Mana. Helmed by Puri

Jagannadh, the drama is yet to go on

the floors.

In addition to this, Pooja Hegde also

has the Ranveer Singh-led Hindi drama

Cirkus in the making.With her foot

injury, it remains to be seen when the

actress will be able to get back to work.

Source: Hindustan Times

H O R O s c O P E


Your head should be quite clear today,

Aries, and your witty comments will

be met with appreciation and

laughter. Your smile will delight

everyone you encounter. Don't be afraid to let your

feelings out to those who need to hear them. Focus

your energy on the ones you love. Your heart is

warm and generous, so share it with other people



Don't worry about probing too deeply

today, Taurus. Trust people more than

you normally would. You will find that

things go much more smoothly if you

approach them from a neutral or positive and not

accusatory position. Listen to the people you care about

the most. They're trying to convey important

information. You might not want to hear it now, but in

the long run, it's in everyone's best interests that you do.


You might consider taking a short trip

today, Gemini. Perhaps you need to get

out of the house and go across town.

Whatever it is, introduce your brain to a

new reality. It's time to expand and explore. You itch

to see new places and experience new things, either

physically or mentally. Perhaps a religious sanctuary

or quiet place in grove of trees is what you need in

order to quench this inner thirst.


Your mind might be stimulated today,

Cancer, so stay alert and open to new

information. If you feel tired, take a

short nap. It's better to operate at top

speed and full capacity than go through your day

only half present. Don't rely on external stimulants

like caffeine to pick you up. These things will

deceive your body and do damage to your nervous



Communication is flowing smoothly

today, Leo, so take advantage of this

and get the word out. It's important

for you to make connections with

other people now. Run with your instincts and

feel free to enter into debates. Your words and

tone of voice are very convincing. You could sell

anything to anyone today.


Don't let fear of failure or fear of

success hold you back, Virgo. Even

though you may feel a natural

tendency to want to shrink into the

background and take the easiest route, you might

be sacrificing your true purpose when you do.

Become the leader instead of following the leader.

Rid yourself of all fear and take control of your



Powerful thoughts are running

through your brain. You will find that

this information can be transforming,

Libra. The key is to learn from others

and incorporate opposing viewpoints into your state

of mind. Don't automatically disregard the opinion

of another just because it contradicts your own

beliefs. Teamwork is the name of the game on a day

like today.


Information coming your way today

might be unreliable, Scorpio. It could be

hard for you to take a solid hold on the

messages you get. Keep in mind that

there are important answers waiting to be heard. These

answers will come to you when you least expect them.

Keep your mind open to new possibilities and the path

will open up and become clear. Don't compromise your

consciousness with abusive substances.


Be careful about being manipulated by

another person today, Sagittarius. It's

possible that someone is putting words

in your mouth in order to get you to act

a certain way. Don't fall into this trap. Be your own

person and think for yourself. Your mind is

susceptible and vulnerable now. Use your eyes and

ears as a filter and don't let people unload their

garbage on you.


Information you receive today may get

you stirred up, Capricorn. Remember

that it takes two to start an argument.

You play an equal part in any

disagreement. If you want to promote peace and

harmony, your words and body language must

show this. If peace and harmony aren't your

ultimate goal, you may need to look inside yourself

to explore the reasons why.


There's a great deal of power to your

words today, Aquarius, so be careful

how you use them. You may end up

manipulating another's choices if you

aren't careful with your conduct. Make sure you give

others the freedom and empowerment to decide

things for themselves. Be open and honest about all

the facts that might influence their decisions in any



Answers may not be crystal clear

today, Pisces. They probably won't be

laid out in a neat and organized

manner. Get out in the open air and join friends

for a long bike ride. Fly a kite or feel the wind blow

through your hair on top of a mountain peak. The

answer is flowing through the air around you.

Stop looking down at the ground for the

information you seek.

SUNDAy, OCTOBeR 23, 2022


Biden predicts final-hour shift

to Democrats before midterms

WASHINGTON : President Joe Biden

on Friday predicted a final-hour shift in

favor of the Democrats in the midterm

elections, saying that the economy, seen

as the party's weakest issue, is steadily


"It's been back and forth, with them

ahead, us ahead, them ahead, back and

forth," Biden told reporters at the White

House, three weeks before elections

deciding control of Congress.

"Polls have been all over the place. I

think we're going to see one more shift

back to our side in the closing days,"

Biden said.

Recent polls show momentum rising

on the Republican side, with voters

increasingly anxious about high inflation

and likely to punish the Democrats on

November 8.

Biden's party currently has a razorthin

majority in Congress but

Republican leaders say they will block

his legislation if they take over the


Biden, however, maintained an upbeat

outlook, also telling MSNBC in an

interview late Friday that he intends to

seek a second term in 2024, despite

already being the oldest person ever in

his office. He turns 80 next month.

"I have not made that formal decision

but it's my intention, my intention to run

again, and we have time to make that

decision," Biden told MSNBC.

Asked what the first lady, who is

widely judged to be a powerful voice

behind the scenes in the White House,

thinks of him seeking a second term,

Biden indicated she was in favor.

"Dr Biden, my wife, thinks that we're

doing something very important and

that I shouldn't walk away from it," he

said. In fiery remarks predicting that the

In Kushtia's Kumarkhali 30 students studying at the medical and engineering levels of university

from poor families were given scholarships for four years (one thousand per month) and 38 students

of various classes were given education assistance and 200 beautifying tree plantations and

discussion meetings were held in the school premises.

Photo: M R Nayan

3-dose hepatitis

B vaccine fully

protects adults

with HIV: study


doses of HEPLISAV-B

vaccine provide full

protection to adults with

HIV, who were never

immunised against

hepatitis B virus (HBV)

either through vaccination

or infection, according to a


In the research presented

at the annual IDWeek

conference held in

Washington, US from

October 19 to 23, the

researchers from University

of Cincinnati and Cornell

University tested the threedose

course of HEPLISAV-

B among 68 adults living

with HIV at 38 sites in the

US, South Africa, and


None of the participants

had either received a

previous HBV vaccination

or had evidence of a

previous HBV infection - all

were on antiretroviral

therapy to combat infection

by retroviruses such as HIV.

Retroviruses are a group

of viruses that contain two

single-strand linear RNA

molecules per virion, or a

viral particle, and reverse

transcriptase (RNA to


Republicans would "crash the economy"

if they are in charge of Congress, Biden

said voters were starting to see "some

good news in the economy" and would

return to supporting Democrats in time

for voting day.

Biden listed gradually falling gasoline

prices, low unemployment across most

of the country, and Friday's news of "the

largest-ever decline in the federal deficit"

as examples.

The deficit reduction is "further proof

that we're rebuilding the economy in a

responsible way," he said.

Republicans, he said, will eliminate the

minimum tax rate for big corporations

and "double down" on tax cuts for the

most wealthy.

Referring to former president Donald

Trump's far-right Make America Great

Again or MAGA movement, Biden said

the Republican economic plan was

"mega-MAGA trickle-down" economics-

"the kind of policies that have failed the

country before and will fail again."

The Republicans quickly shot back,

citing Biden's "flailing dishonesty."

"Republican-led states continue to

keep Americans working, children in

schools, and small businesses operating,

while Biden and Democrats created a

recession, historic inflation and high gas

prices. This election is about the

economy," Republican National

Committee chairwoman Ronna

McDaniel said in a statement.

In a speech to mostly African

American students at Delaware State

University in his home state, also

Friday, Biden highlighted two recent

widely popular measures that the White

House says show the president keeping

his own election promises.

A ruling to forgive $10,000 of

university student loans -- $20,000 for

poorer students-will "make sure you

have a shot," Biden said.

Referring to Republican opposition,

Biden Trump is notorious for his ability

to run down the clock on congressional

investigations and legal action, and it

remains highly unlikely that he would

agree to give evidence.

The subpoena expires in any case with

the new congressional term in January.

Republicans are expected to win back

the House of Representatives in

November's elections, and plan to

immediately end the investigation.

But the move marks an aggressive

escalation of the probe, which has

issued more than 100 subpoenas and

interviewed more than 1,000 people

since its launch in 2021.

While no sitting president has ever

been forced to testify before Congress,

lawmakers have summoned several

former presidents to discuss their

conduct in office.

Trump's compliance would mean

testifying under oath and could result in

being charged with perjury were he to


underlined his populist message,

insisting "I will never apologize for

helping working and middle class


The Democrat also touted his decision

to pardon thousands of Americans

convicted of marijuana possession-a

longtime demand of Black rights

activists who point out the

disproportionate impact of

criminalizing possession of cannabis on

Black people.

"I'm keeping my promise that no one,

no one should be in jail for barely using

or possessing marijuana," he said.

Trump ally Bannon sentenced

to prison for contempt

of Congress

WASHINGTON : Donald Trump's former

aide Steve Bannon was sentenced Friday

to four months in prison for refusing to

testify in the congressional probe of the

January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

One of the masterminds behind

Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and

victory, Bannon was found guilty on two

counts of contempt of Congress for

defying a subpoena to testify over the riot

by the former president's supporters.

Bannon, who was also fined $6,500,

was permitted by the judge to remain free

while he fights what his lawyer vowed

would be a "bulletproof" appeal.

The longtime Trump strategist struck a

defiant tone upon leaving the federal

court in Washington-lashing out at

President Joe Biden and the Democratic

leaders of the House of Representatives.

"Today was my judgment day by the

judge," Bannon told reporters outside.

"On November 8th there's going to

have judgment on the illegitimate Biden

regime," he vowed-in reference to the

upcoming midterm elections.

"And we know which way that is going,"

he said. "The Biden administration ends

on the evening of the 8th of November."

Asked by reporters at the White House

for a reaction to the Bannon sentencing,

Biden answered dismissively: "I never

have a reaction to Steve Bannon."

The 68-year-old Bannon was greeted

on arrival at the courthouse early Friday

by protesters yelling "Traitor" Fascist!"

His prison sentence was less than the

six months requested by the Justice

Department, but more than the

probation Bannon's attorneys had


Bannon had argued that he declined to

appear before the Capitol riot probe

panel upon advice from his lawyer that

doing so would violate Trump's executive


But he also said he felt that the

investigation was politically driven.

Federal Judge Carl Nichols rejected

those arguments, saying Trump had

never asserted executive privilege in

Bannon's case and that the events at the

Capitol needed investigating.

"The events of January 6th were

undeniably serious," Nichols said before

pronouncing the sentence. "The January

6 committee thus consultations to cobble

together a government had been

overshadowed by disagreements with her

two would-be coalition partners over

Meloni's ardent support for Ukraine

since the Russian invasion. The leaders

of Forza Italia and the League are both

considered close to has every reason to

investigate what happened that day."

He added that Bannon had failed to

cooperate with the committee on issues

not touched by possible claims of

executive privilege.

Bannon has "not produced a single

document... and has not provided any

testimony on any topic," he said.

National Road Safety Day-2022 has been celebrated in Satkhira through a rally and discussion meeting.

To celebrate the day, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Satkhira Circle organized a colorful

rally in front of the Satkhira District Commissioner's office at on Saturday. Photo: Motiar Rahman

Bolsonaro says will

accept defeat if

'nothing abnormal'

in Brazil vote

SAO PAULO : Brazil's farright

President Jair

Bolsonaro said Friday he

would accept possible defeat

in the second round of the

presidential election on

October 30 provided

"nothing abnormal" occurs

during the vote.

"Today, everyone says that

my acceptance (among the

people) is much greater than

that of my opponent (expresident

Luiz Inacio Lula da

Silva). But let's leave it to the

polls ... let's leave this

question with the electoral

transparency commission,"

Bolsonaro said in an

interview on SBT when

asked if he would accept the

result in the event of a defeat.

"If the transparency

commission, in which the

armed forces also

participate, shows nothing

abnormal, there is no reason

to doubt the outcome of the

elections," said the former

army captain who has on

several occasions and

without proof raised the

possibility of "fraud" at the

electronic ballot box.

He had gone so far as to

threaten not to recognize the

results if he lost to his

leftwing rival.

Lula was for months the

big favorite in opinion polls,

with a 21-point lead over

Bolsonaro in May, according

to the Datafolha institute.

But Bolsonaro surprised in

the first round on October 2,

winning 43 percent of the

vote, only five points behind

Lula, a much smaller gap

than polls had predicted.

In the final stretch of the

campaign, Bolsonaro has

reduced his attacks on

electronic voting and turned

on polling firms, which he

accused of "lying" to favor his

main opponent.

LED tech boosts saplings,

hopes for UK net zero bid

DUNDEE : Surrounded by rows of

healthy saplings grown using the latest

LED technology, Scottish forestry

researcher Kenny Hay has been left in

little doubt that the science can boost

Britain's net zero efforts.

The trays of young trees stacked nine

metres (30 feet) high inside the James

Hutton Institute near Dundee in eastern

Scotland are budding proof for Hay and

others that LED light can be relied on to

speed up their growth.

The specimens housed in the vertical

farm unit there grew six times faster

than using traditional outdoor planting

methods, according to Forestry and

Land Scotland (FLS), a government

agency that manages the nation's


Its growth trials-in partnership with

indoor horticultural specialists

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) --

could kickstart a transformation in the

forestry sector and help the UK meet its

net zero targets quicker.

"Initial results were astonishing,"

Hay, a manager at FLS, told AFP during

a tour of the vertical farm, as a

technician controlled a mechanical

elevator accessing the stacks of shelves

filled with seedling trays.

"We can grow a huge amount of trees

in a very, very small area, which is

obviously going to help climate


"We will now look very carefully at

how we might be able to integrate this

into our normal processes." The vertical

farm project, which occupies just 300

square metres (360 square yards), has

"tremendous potential" for tree

production, according to Hay.

The trials found some saplings grew

40-50cm (16-20 inches) tall in 90 days.

A similar rate of growth would take up

to 18 months in an outdoor field.

The air inside the unit is warm and

moist, adjusted to the ideal temperature

and humidity level for the plants.

Researchers can tailor the light,

humidity, water, temperature and soil

so that each plant has its own specific

"recipe", Dave Scott, the founder of IGS,

told AFP.

Water and nutrition are computer

controlled and fed to plants through a

network of plastic pipes. Vertical farms

operate with much higher humidity and

lose far less water through transpiration

compared to trees grown in polytunnels

and glasshouses.

But Scott said advances in LED light

technology were seen as the biggest

factor behind the impressive results.

Each species of tree is assigned its own

unique set of LED lights,

mathematically adapted on the colour


"Over the past years LED technology

reached a tipping point, with efficiency

doubling every year," he said.

Struggle and win, Xi

says as Congress ends

BEIJING : China's five-yearly Communist

Party Congress wrapped up on Saturday with

President Xi Jinping set to emerge from the

event as leader for an unprecedented third


Xi delivered a speech starting about midday

(0400 GMT) in one of the final events of the

week-long gathering at Beijing's Great Hall of

the People.

"Dare to struggle, dare to win, bury your

heads and work hard. Be determined to keep

forging ahead," he told the party faithful.

His speech ended a week of largely rubberstamp

meetings among 2,300 party delegates,

who were selected by the party to approve a

reshuffle of its leadership.

However in an unexpected move at such a

heavily choreographed event, former leader Hu

Jintao was led out of the closing ceremony. No

official explanation was given.

The new Central Committee of around 200

senior Party officials was elected shortly after 11

am Saturday, state media agency Xinhua

reported, without disclosing a full list of

members.Delegates also voted to endorse Xi's

"work report" delivered at the Congress's

opening last Sunday and a resolution on the

Party's constitution.

Xi is now widely expected to be unveiled as

general secretary on Sunday, shortly after the

first meeting of the new Central Committee.

This will allow Xi to sail through to a third term

as China's president, due to be announced

during the government's annual legislative

sessions in March.

As part of the central program of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad, a mass

hunger strike was held in Sunamganj's Jamalganj to demand the implementation of the government

party's election promise to achieve seven-point demands, including the cessation of communal violence


Photo: Touhid Chowdhury

Sunday, Dhaka : october 23, 2022; Kartik 7, 1429 BS; Rabi-ul-Awal 26 , 1444 Hijri

For the first time in the history of Dhaka University, a two-day long Research and publication fair has

started on Saturday at the central playground of the university. Industries Minister Nurul Majid

Mahmud Humayun, Mp was present as the chief guest.

photo : Courtesy

LGRD minister urges

public representatives

to build 'creative society'

DHAKA : Minister for Local Government

Rural Development and Cooperatives Md

Tajul Islam on Saturday said public representatives

will have to work to build a creative

society, taking the people along with them.

He said this while addressing a training

course organised for the newly elected

councilors of Cumilla City Corporation at

Institute of National Local Government in

the capital's Agargaon as the chief guest.

Local Government Division Secretary

Mohammad Mesbah Uddin Chowdhury

chaired the function where Cumilla City

Corporation Mayor Arfanul Haque Rifat

also spoke.

Urging the representatives of the city

corporation to turn the Cumilla city into

an ideal city, he said the public representatives

are pioneers of the society and will

have to play a role in developing the society,

but not only development of the physical


He said the incidence of dengue in the

country is higher this year compared to

previous years due to weather.

"Though condition of the dengue is

pathetic in the country, we are in a better

condition than Singapore, Malaysia and

Indonesia and Vietnam and Philippines,"

the minister claimed.

He, however, said he already asked the

mayors to conduct a crackdown to curb

the dengue. Mayor Rifat called upon his all

associates to work with honesty and keep

themselves from corruption.

Govt steps make women

entrepreneurs visible in

remote areas : Speaker

DHAKA : Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr

Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday said

that the pragmatic measures taken by the

present government to create womenfriendly

environment has ensured visible

presence of small and medium female entrepreneurs

in the country's remote areas.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina, the incumbent government

has ensured the visible presence of

small-and-medium-level women entrepreneurs

even in remote areas by creating

a women-friendly environment across the

country," she said. The speaker said this

while virtually addressing the National

Women Entrepreneur Conference-2022 at

Multipurpose Hall of Bangladesh

Investment Development Authority (BIDA)

in the city, said a press release.

In association with SME Foundation,

National Association of Small and Cottage

Industries of Bangladesh and NASCIB

Women Entrepreneur Council jointly organized

the conference with NASCIB President

Mirza Nurul Ghani Shovon in the chair.

Dr Shirin said that apart from making

their own position in the national economy,

women entrepreneurs are also contributing


She also said that the National Women

Entrepreneur Conference will play a vital

role in advancing the women entrepreneurship.

Noting that Bangladesh is now the role

model of economic development in the

world, the speaker said when mass employment

generation in Bangladesh is a national

challenge, the small and medium women

entrepreneurs of the country are playing a

pioneering role to face the challenge.

Dr Shirin sought cooperation from all so

that the women entrepreneurs can avail of

the facilities like allocation of incentives

and collateral-free loans easily, saying,

"Access to availability of services should be

ensured for women entrepreneurs".

DU VC emphasizes on research


For the first time in the history of Dhaka

University, a two-day long Research and

Publication fair has started on Saturday at

the central playground of the university.

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor

Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman

presided over the opening ceremony of

this two-day fair.

In the opening ceremony, Industries

Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud

Humayun, MP was the chief guest while

Deputy Minister for Education Barrister

Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, MP was

present as the guest of honor. Pro-Vice-

Chancellor (Administration) Professor Dr.

Muhammad Samad, Pro-Vice-Chancellor

(Education) Prof. Dr. ASM Maksud

Kamal and Treasurer Professor Mamtaz

Uddin Ahmed were present as special

guests. The program was conducted by

Registrar Prabir Kumar Sarkar. After the

inauguration, the guests visited the various

stalls of the fair.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Md.

Akhtaruzzaman emphasized on conducting

education and research programs

according to the needs of the society

and said, this fair has been organized

with the aim of establishing industryacademia

relationship and strengthening

publication, research and innovation

activities. He hoped, this fair will play an

effective role in assessing social needs,

creating and distributing new knowledge.

Emphasizing on the launch of

joint cooperative education and

research programs with various foreign

universities to improve the quality of

education and research of Dhaka

University, he said that the existing policy

for admission of foreign students in

this university needs to be simplified.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid

Mahmud Humayun, MP emphasized on

acquiring technical skills and said, the current

generation should be developed as a

skilled workforce to meet the challenges of

the fourth industrial revolution.

The fair has hundreds of stalls of various

faculties, departments, institutes, publishing

houses and research centers. In these stalls,

55 books, 26 special journals, 216 research

projects, 624 posters and 86 flyers/

brochures with various publications and

innovations published on the occasion of

Dhaka University have been placed.

PM's foresight stands

BD in good stead amid

global crisis:Momen

DHAKA : People in rural Bangladesh

have some money in their pockets now

even amid the global crisis because of

the special policies of Sheikh Hasina,

including the social safety net programme,

Foreign Minister AK Abdul

Momen said Friday.

"She has been providing funds even to

the poorest of the poor. And it's being

done through Digital Bangladesh. These

poor people get money directly," he


Momen was speaking at the programme

"The Mind Behind the Miracle:

Sheikh Hasina Leads Developments"

organised by the Awami League at a city

hotel where diplomats of different countries

stationed in Dhaka were also present.

Sheikh Hasina decided that no one in

Bangladesh would remain homeless,

the foreign minister said.

"When she came to power in 2009,

she decided to provide a subsidy of Tk72

per bag of fertiliser. She also lowered the

price of seeds," he continued.

"Many of her advisors were upset

because they said you cannot provide

that much subsidy. But she said 'if I provide

the farmers with all the essential

inputs - water, electricity, seed, fertiliser

- at affordable prices on time,

Bangladesh will no longer be known as a

food deficient country."

"Also, the World Bank and the

International Monetary Fund (IMF) did

not like it. The IMF stopped our special

drawing rights (SDRs) for almost one

year. We told the IMF that the US and

the EU always provide subsidies to the

agricultural sector," Momen said.

"But Sheikh Hasina ignored it and

provided subsidies to the agricultural

sector. And her decision helped the

growth of the agriculture sector of


"Bangladesh, once known as a bottomless

basket, with no hope of survival,

is now a vibrant economy and a land of

opportunities," Momen said, attributing

it to the prime minister.

Awami League General Secretary and

Road Transport and Bridges Minister

Obaidul Quader, former ambassador

Muhammad Zamir, chairman of the

party's international affairs subcommittee,

and Awami League international

affairs Secretary Dr Shammi Ahmed

were also present at the programme.

'Opening pair' a

headache for Bangladesh

ahead of T20 WC

HOBART : As Bangladesh are set to start

another T20 World Cup mission, they

still looked not to fix the conundrum of

opening pair, which has been a great

cause of concern since the last World of

the shortest format in the United Arab

Emirates (UAE) in 2021.

Since then Bangladesh played 27

matches and lost a staggering number of

20, for which opening partnership was

mostly culpable, reports BSS.

Apart from winning against Oman and

Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh lost all of

the matches in that World Cup. In this

year, they so far played 18 matches and

won just six, which came against the likes

of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, West Indies

and UAE. One match ended in a no


According to the experts, Bangladesh

still remains vulnerable in T20 cricket,

largely due to their opening partnership

and death over bowling. While most of

the teams, aimed to score 50-60 runs in

the first six overs in modern T20 cricket,

Bangladesh seemed to be at a loss in this


Training of Bangladeshi

specialists begins for

safe operations of

Rooppur NPP

DHAKA : To prepare a skilled workforce

for the safe operations of the country's

first-ever nuclear power plant, a training

programme for Bangladeshi specialists

began on October 16 at the Rooppur NPP

Training Centre. Minister for Science and

Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman, and

Rosatom Director General Alexy

Likhachev formally inaugurated the centre

at the Rooppur NPP site at a simple

ceremony held on October 19.

According to Rosatom, the Russian contractor

of the Rooppur NPP, presently two

groups of Bangladeshi specialists are

undergoing training programmes and a

total of more than 50 groups are planned

to be trained at the centre.

Approximately 686 personnel have

already been trained at Rosatom

Technical Academy based at

Novovoronezh NPP, which is the reference

project of Rooppur NPP.

According to the General Contract,

Russia will provide training to 1,119

Bangladeshi specialists in several phases.

Besides, Russia will train another 305

people as a reserve force. 850 Bangladeshi

specialists are to be trained in Russia and

the rest at the Rooppur NPP Training

Centre by Russian instructors.

Each training programme for the specialists

is of approximately 4 to 12 months.

Each programme consists of several

courses of two to six weeks in duration.

Courses include theoretical and practical

parts as well as on-job training at

Rooppur NPP. The training is conducted

by specialists from Novovoronezh NPP.

The Rooppur NPP Training Centre is

now ready for simulator training for the


Rooppur NPP Training Centre is headed

by Bangladeshi specialist Md Golam

Shahinoor Islam. He successfully completed

training at the Rosatom Technical

Academy in 2018-2019. Rooppur NPP will

have two power units, each of 1,200MW

capacity. The project will require over

1,100 specialists for its operations.

The first unit is schemed to start operation

in 2024 and second unit in 2025.

DB of DMp and NSI in a joint drive have arrested five officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for their

suspected involvement in leaking the question of a recruitment test of the national carrier. photo : TBT

Five Biman officials held for

having link to question leak

DHAKA : Detective Branch (DB) of

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and

National Security Intelligence (NSI) in a

joint drive have arrested five officials of

Biman Bangladesh Airlines for their

suspected involvement in leaking the

question of a recruitment test of the

national carrier.

MT Operators Md Jahangir Alam, 36,

Mohammad Mahfuz Alam Bhuiyan , 31,

Md Enamul Haque, 27, and Office

Assistants Aolad Hossain, 29 and

Harunur Rashid, 40, were arrested from

the capital's Kaola area on Friday.

The members of the law enforcement

agencies recovered soft and hard copies of

the question, bank cheques, stamped documents,

four diaries, admit cards of the

examinees, mobile phone sets and cash

from the arrestees during the drive.

According to DB, the one-hour long

recruitment test of Biman was scheduled

to be held on Friday from 3:00pm to

4:00pm. On Thursday night, detectives

came to learn that the question of the test

has been leaked.

After identifying the culprits, the

Hasan for proper publicity

of Islam in global media

DHAKA : Information and Broadcasting

Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday

emphasized on proper publicity on Islam

and Muslim Ummah in the global mass

media and social platforms. "OIC

(Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) and

its member countries could take different

steps to present Islam before the world as

a religion of peace and it doesn't support

terrorism in the name of religion," he said.

The minister stated this while addressing

the 12th Islamic Conference of

Information Ministers (ICIM) of the OIC

at Istanbul in Turkey on behalf of

Bangladesh, said a release received here.

OIC Secretary General Hussein Brahim

Taha and information ministers of the

OCI member countries addressed the conference

titled 'Combating Disinformation

and Islamophobia' with Directorate of

Communications of Turkey President

Fahrettin Altun in the chair. In his speech,

Hasan highlighted the example of communal

harmony and combating militancy

in Bangladesh before the OCI.

He said a peaceful environment is prevailing

across the country and people of all

religions are performing their own religion

rituals peacefully. The government of

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken

'zero tolerance' policy as none could use

the religion as weapon of terrorism, said

Hasan, also Awami League joint general


He said Bangladesh has shown its

unprecedented generosity and gave shelter

more than 11 lakh Rohingyas and the

government is providing human assistance

to them amid the COVID-19 pandemic

and the Russia-Ukraine war. But,

misinformation is spread often about this,

he added.

"I firmly want to say that repatriation of

Rohingyas to their own country by giving

them with full citizenship in Myanmar is

the only solution. And it is better for all,"

said Hasan.

About the Palestine issue, the minister

said Bangladesh believes that the formation

of an independent sovereign

Palestinian state is the only solution. "I

detectives started a drive and recovered

a total of 100 leaked questions from

their possessions.

During primary interrogation, the

arrestees confessed that they started to

plan for leaking the questions since Biman

issued a circular for the recruitment. They

collected the original question through

working with Biman high-ups responsible

for preparing, printing and storing questions

and sold it to the job seekers through


The culprits collected hefty amount of

money ranging from Tk 2 to Tk 7 lakh per

question. They even collected signatures

on non-judicial stamps to embezzle lands

from the job seekers.

The arrestees also admitted that they

have been involved in leaking questions

for a long time. The Biman authorities

usually form a committee to oversee their

recruitment process.

DB sources said that they're currently

investigating how the questions were

leaked under the nose of this committee.

If needed, DB will interrogate the Biman

high-ups, the sources said.

hope that no national issue of any country

can divert us from supporting an

independent Palestine," he added.

He also highlighted the progress of the

country amid COVID-19 and global recession,

saying Bangladesh has achieved 6.96

percent growth in 2021 despite the

Coronavirus situation and the economists

are hoping that the growth will be 7.25

percent in the running year. The country's

economy was vibrant during the COVID-

19 situation due to the declaration of 23

billon US dollar intensive package as per

the farsighted decision of the Premier, said


Additional secretary of Information and

Broadcasting Ministry Md Faruque

Ahmed accompanied the minister.

BNP-Jamaat activists

attack Khulna

Railway station: AL

DHAKA : Bangladesh Awami League on

Saturday claimed that BNP-Jamaat

activists attacked Khulna railway station

and vandalized it.

"Bangladesh Railway is our national

asset. It is the responsibility of all to protect

it," AL said in a message from its verified

Facebook page. Bangladesh Nationalist

Party (BNP) began its divisional rally in

Khulna around 1pm on Saturday.

The ruling party said BNP-Jamaat "terrorist

forces" attacked that railway station

and BNP is walking on the path of terror in

the name of political rallies. "Their language

and activities do not go with politics."

Quoting station master of Khulna

Railway station, the AL said that the

activists of the BNP rally clashed due to a

quarrel among themselves.

At one point they broke the glasses of the

station, said the AL, adding that when

police were informed, they became more


The Facebook post also contains photos

of the attack.

Ansar Al Islam

militant arrested

from N'ganj

NARAYANGANJ : Members of Rapid

Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member

of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam

on Friday from Fatullah in Narayanganj.

The arrestee was identified as Ali Sayfi, 24,

son of Ali Ashraf from the Talla Ajmeri

Bagh area falling under Fatullah model

police station, said police.

He was arrested from a mosque in the

Talla Ajmeribagh area on Friday noon

during a drive conducted by Rab-3.

However, two other members of Ansar

Al Islam - Maruf Taki, 26, and

Mohibulla, 28, managed to flee, said

Rab, reports UNB.

Rab-3 handed over the arrestee to

police on Friday night and filed a case in

this regard at Fatullah model police station,

said Kazi Masud Rana, inspector

and investigation officer in the case.

According to the case complaint, Sayfi

got information about extremist organization

Al Qaeda from the internet in

2018. Later he started spreading

extremist ideology along with Taki and

Mohibullah from the Misbahul Ummah

Hifz Madrasah in Ajmeribagh, as an

Ansar Al Islam member.

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