29-10-2020

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DHaKa : October 29, 2020; Kartik 13, 1427 BS; Rabi-ul awal 11, 1442 Hijri

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Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.17; N o.206; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00

InternatIonal

Turkish leaders condemn

Charlie Hebdo

cartoon of Erdogan

>Page 7

art & culture

Nicole Kidman

on Big Little Lies

Season 3

>Page 8

sports

Shakib's participation

gives T20 tournament

a new dimension

>Page 9

Provide loans to

small businesses

more sincerely,

PM to pvt banks

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina on Wednesday asked the private

banks to be more sincere in providing

loans at low interest to small business

enterprises to offset the Covid-19

fallout, reports UNB.

"In our incentive packages, we've

taken measures to extend financial

assistance to various small businessmen

by providing them with loans at

low interest. But I think our private

banks need to be a little more sincere in

this regard," she said while addressing a

function virtually from her official residence

Ganobhaban.

Some 35 commercial banks under

Bangladesh Association of Banks

(BAB) provided 25,95,000 blankets to

the Prime Minister's Relief and Welfare

Fund to help the poor during the

upcoming winter.

On behalf of the Prime Minister,

Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus

received the donations from top representatives

of the banks at the Prime

Minister's Office.

The Prime Minister said though the

beginning may be a little difficult for the

banks due to cost hike, the banks will

ultimately be benefited when the small

enterprises are revived.

Maldives wants to

recruit doctors,

nurses from BD

DHAKA : The Maldives has expressed

its keen interest to recruit more doctors

and nurses from Bangladesh while the

island nation hosts nearly one lakh

Bangladeshi expatriate workers at its

tourism and fishing sector.

The interest was showed while outgoing

Maldivian High Commissioner to

Bangladesh Aishath Shaan Shakir

made a farewell call on Foreign

Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the

State Guest House Padma in the capital

on Sunday, a press release said.

Dr Momen welcome the interest and

said Bangladesh, with its ready pool of

talented professionals, would be happy

to meet further need for human

resources in the Maldives.

High Commissioner Shakir appreciated

the diligence and sincerity with

which Bangladeshi workers are serving

in the Maldives as the largest expatriate

community in South Asia.

Dr. Momen suggested that all recruitments

need to be made through agencies

nominated by the government of

Bangladesh and duly endorsed by the

Bangladesh High Commission in Male to

protect the workers right and wellbeing.

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Turkey wants enhanced

ties with Bangladesh

exceeding $2 bln trade

DHAKA : Turkey wants enhanced trade

relations with Bangladesh to substantially

push up the bilateral trade volume

between the two countries, Foreign

Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said

Wednesday, reports UNB.

"Turkish President (Recep Tayyip

Erdogan) is committed to enhancing

ties with Bangladesh.Trade should

exceed US$ 2 billion," he told reporters

at State guesthouse Padma referring to

his recent discussion with the Turkish

President.

Last year, the bilateral volume stood

at $935.8 million.Turkey mainly

imports jute yarns and twine, jute

manufacturers knitwear, woven garments,

leather and ceramics from

Bangladesh. Its main export items to

Bangladesh include iron and steel

construction material, cotton, milk

and milk products, machines and

their components, textile machinery,

spices, generators.

While receiving a special gift of medical

equipment sent by the Turkish

President through its Ambassador in

Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan,

Foreign Minister Dr Momen said the

relations between the two countries will

grow in the future.

Turkey had previously sent medical

equipment to Bangladesh four more

times during COVID-19 crisis.

Minister Momen said the new

Turkish Mission in Bangladesh is ready

to open and his counterpart Mevlut

Cavusog will visit Dhaka soon to inaugurate

it.

Dr Momen reiterated that the

Turkish President will visit Bangladesh

in person as soon as COVID-19 pandemic

is over either to attend the finale

event of "Mujib Borsho" on March 17

event or the D-8 Summit.

"We remain excited and we're ready

to welcome the Turkish President," said

the Foreign Minister.

The Turkish President accepted

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's invitation

to visit Bangladesh.

If he cannot come to Bangladesh due

to COVID-19 pandemic, he shall participate

through technology.

Bangladesh is celebrating "Mujib

Barsho" marking the birth centenary of

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

WFP reopens fresh food

corners at Rohingya camps

DHAKA : The United Nations World

Food Programme (WFP) has reopened

its fresh food corners at Rohingya

camps in Cox's Bazar, allowing trade

and business activities to resume after

months of closure due to Covid-19 prevention

measures, reports UNB.

By May 2021, WFP hopes to bring the

farmers' market to 30 percent of the population

at the camps in Cox's Bazar, with monthly

transactions touching US$500,000.

An important economic opportunity for

local farmers and traders in Cox's Bazar,

the fresh food corners have benefitted

both the refugees and their host community,

the WFP said on Wednesday.

The fresh food corners are part of the

Farmers' Market initiative where local

smallholder farmers and traders are

engaged in selling their produce at WFP

e-voucher outlets and farmers' market

sites at the camps.

From there, Rohingya families can get a

variety of foods using their WFP

Assistance Card. WFP then transfers the

money directly to the farmers and traders.

"This initiative shows the dual benefits

that can come out of a humanitarian

response. WFP is proud to be supporting

the local community and the

Rohingya families, to improve their lives

and contribute to social cohesion," said

Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director

in Bangladesh.

"WFP plans to take this initiative further

so that more local farmers and retailers

can benefit from this programme."

Before the farmers' market had to be

paused due to the pandemic, around

US$47,000 were transferred to 12

smallholder farmers and traders from

the local community every month.

With the reopening, four market

sites are now active, with a combined

transaction of more than US

$100,000 each month.

Autumn is in full swing. The message of the arrival of winter in the air. The demand for winter clothes as well as

blankets has increased in the markets. Many people have stopped selling their previous products in the hope of

making extra profit. The picture was taken from Narayanganj yesterday.

Photo : Star Mail

The court granted three-day remand to Irfan Selim, son of Haji Selim and sacked councilor of Dhaka South City

Corporation's 30th ward, and his bodyguard Mohammad Zahid. They were produced in the Additional Metropolitan

Magistrate's Court in Dhaka from jail for remand hearing on Wednesday.

Photo : Star Mail

Raihan's death

Constable Titu

lands in jail

SYLHET : A Sylhet court on Wednesday

sent a suspended constable Titu

Chandra Das to jail after conclusion of

eight days of remand in two phases over

the death of Raihan Ahmed at

Bandarbazar police outpost, reports UNB.

Sylhet Additional Chief Metropolitan

Magistrate Court Judge Ziadur

Rahman passed the order after members

of Police Bureau of Investigation

(PBI), produced him before the court.

On Oct 20, Titu was placed on a fiveday

remand and on Oct 25 he was again

put on a three-day remand. A team of

PBI arrested him on October 20 from

Sylhet Police Lines.

On October 11, Raihan, 34, a resident

of Akharia in Sylhet city, was beaten to

death in police custody, said the victim's

family.

His wife Tahmina Akter Tanni filed a

case at Kotwali Police Station the following

day accusing a number of

unidentified people.

Besides, the authorities on October 12

suspended four policemen, including

the then in-charge of Bandarbazar

Police outpost Akbar, in connection

with the death.

Three policemen were withdrawn in

this connection on the same day.

ACC begins probe against

Haji Selim's son

DHAKA : Anti-Corruption Commission

(ACC) on Wednesday started collecting

data on the wealth statements of Irfan

Selim, son of Awami League leader Haji

Selim and suspended councillor of the

30th ward of Dhaka South City

Corporation (DSCC), reports UNB

The anti-graft body started the investigation

after Irfan was arrested for

assaulting a Navy officer.

ACC is investigating the wealth statements

of MP Haji Selim and his son

Irfan Selim, said ACC (Commissioner)

Mozammel Haque Khan.

Legal action will be taken against

them if any irregularity is found in their

wealth statements, Khan said.

Earlier, four separate cases were filed

against Irfan and his bodyguard Zahid

under the Arms Act and Narcotics

Control Act. Each of them were also

placed on three-day remand on

Wednesday in another case filed over

the assault on the Navy officer.

Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan of

Bangladesh Navy filed the case at

Dhanmondi Police Station naming four

Suu Kyi asked to secure

Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA : The United States has urged

the Myanmar government to secure the

voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable

return of Rohingya and other

refugees and internally displaced persons,

reports UNB.

Under Secretary of State for Political

Affairs David Hale spoke to Myanmar

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and

discussed the issue. Under Secretary Hale

reaffirmed American support for democratic

reforms and humanitarian relief

efforts in Burma and a credible, transparent,

and inclusive national election in Nov.

"Under Secretary Hale pressed the

Burmese [Myanmar] government to end

conflict across the country and secure the

voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable

return of Rohingya and other refugees

and internally displaced persons," said

Spokesperson at US Department of State

Morgan Ortagus on Tuesday.

Earlier, the United States sought equal

role from Myanmar's all neighbours

with "broad and unified voice" so that

Rohingyas can get the confidence back

to return to their homeland without any

fear of further deportation.

people.

Apart from Haji Selim's son Irfan and

Zahid, the other accused are-AB Siddique

Dipu, 45, and Md Mizanur Rahman,

30.All four are now behind bars.

According to the case statement, a car

hit Wasif's motorcycle near Labaid

Hospital at Dhanmondi around

7:45pm when he and his wife were

returning to their Mohammadpur residence

from Nilkhet.

Some people came out of the car and

physically assaulted the navy official

and verbally abused his wife.

Rab arrested Irfan from his father

Haji Selim's residence on Devdas Lane

in Old Dhaka on Monday afternoon.

Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and

liquor were seized from Irfan's house

during the drive. Later, a Rab mobile

court sentenced Irfan and Zahid to one

year in jail for possessing illegal walkietalkies

and drinking liquor.

Rab said they were given six-month

jail sentences each for drinking liquor

and another six months for the illegal

possession of walkie-talkies.

"We need every single one of

Myanmar's neighbours," said US Deputy

Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun while

responding to a UNB question at a roundtable

discussion with a small group of journalists

during his recent visit. Myanmar is

bordered by Bangladesh and India to its

northwest, China to its northeast, Laos

and Thailand to its east and southeast, and

the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to

its south and southwest.

Biegun made it clear that this is not

simply the responsibility of the government

of Bangladesh, as generous as that

government has been.

"This is a global priority and one that

every major country in the Indo-Pacific

should be speaking with equal outspokenness

to the government of Myanmar

to take the steps necessary to ease this

crisis," he said adding that they need to

find out every possible means.

Biegun laid emphasis on international

cooperation and collaboration staying outspoken

like the US so that Myanmar

ensures that Rohingyas will no longer be

mistreated and they have confidence to

start returning to the Rakhine State.


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360 students of Green university have been awarded VC and deans certificates for achieving

meritorious results in the examinations.

Photo : Courtesy

Man cheats wife with fake

divorce certificate

One held 'with

foreign currencies'

at Ctg Airport

CHATTOGRAM : Customs

officials arrested a man

along with 'huge foreign

currencies equivalent to TK

42 lakh' at Shah Amanat

International Airport in

Chattogram on Tuesday

night, reports UNB.

The arrestee was identified

as Rakibul Islam of

Araihazar upazila in

Narayanganj district.

Mohammad Musa Khan,

assistant commissioner of

Chattrogram customs, said

Rakibul was waiting to

board a Dubai-bound flight

at the airport.

Coronavirus cases hits

43.8 mln globally

DHAKA : Coronavirus has infected more

than 43.8 million people globally as of

Wednesday, according to the latest data of

John Hopkins University (JHU), reports

UNB.

The data shows that the total caseload

reached 43,895,968 with 1,165,455 fatalities

across the world.

The US, the worst-hit country in the world,

has reported 66,784 new confirmed cases

and 477 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the

total cases to 8,774,118. The country's total

death toll reached 226,613 till Wednesday

morning.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll reached

157,946 after 549 more daily deaths were

reported, its Ministry of Health said on

Tuesday.

The single-day fatalities were almost

double the number reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, tests detected 29,787 new

cases of the virus, bringing the total number

of cases since the onset of the epidemic to

5,439,641.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous

in the country, has been the worst affected

one by the virus, with 38,885 deaths and

1,098,207 cases.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic

continues to spread in Asia-Pacific countries

as India's tally is approaching 8 million on

Tuesday.

staff reporter: Abdul

HannanRatan, the

organizing secretary of

Brahmanbaria district

Awami League, has been

accused of trying to forge a

divorce certificate after he

was accused of smuggling

huge amounts of money

from the country. He has

tried to prove that his wife

has been 'divorced before'

with him by making this fake

divorce certificate.

FarzanaRatan Sonia, exwife

of Abdul HannanRatan,

has filed a case (Section

196/465/48/471/109) in the

Dhaka Chief Magistrate's

Court on September 18 this

year. Another person has

also been charged with

aiding and abetting Ratan's

fraud.

Defendant Abdul

HannanRatan is the son of

Torab Ali of Bagair area of

Sarail in Brahmanbaria

district. The other accused is

SadeqUllahBhuiyan. He is a

'Kazi' by profession. On the

other hand, plaintiff

FarzanaRatan Sonia is the

daughter of Iqbal Hossain of

PaikparaTankerpar area of

Sadarupazila

of

Brahmanbaria district.

According to the case

sources, Sonia and Ratan got

married on September 6,

1996 in Den mohor of 6 lakh

BDT. Ratan had been

torturing Sonia physically

and mentally in various ways

since the marriage.

Meanwhile, the couple has a

son and two daughters. The

plaintiff was concerned with

social status and the future of

the children. On January 8

this year, Sonia filed a

petition in a Canadian court

seeking a divorce from the

accused Ratan. After

receiving the divorce papers

from his wife Sonia, the

accused Ratan with the help

of KaziSadiqUllah, prepared

a divorce certificate and

submitted it to the Canadian

court. A later investigation

revealed that the divorce

decree in the name of 'Kazi'

was illegally made. Upon

learning the matter, a case of

cheating was filed against the

accused Ratan at the Kotwali

police station, Dhaka.

The divorce is applied in

Canada when the level of

torture to the wife increases

in this year. According to the

rules, if there is a divorce, a

part of the property will need

to be handed over to the wife

in Canada. The political

leader took the initiative to

make a fake paper that

indicated the divorced have

been filed before to protect

his property. Where the

victims and the accused were

together from the time of

marriage in 1996 till last year

December.

Meanwhile, Ratan accused

that the divorce letter sent to

Sonia at 2016, through the

Sundarbans courier service.

It is learned that Abdul

HannanRatan is trying to

show that the divorce

certificate was sent through

courier service in 2016 by

collecting a book of 2020

through forgery. To clarify

the divorce procedure, we

asked 6 'Kazi' and they said

that if a divorce is to be

granted, it must be sent by

registered post service and

both parties must confirm

that it has been received. Not

only that, according to the

latest published gazette, a

copy of the divorce granted

must be sent to the arbitral

tribunal in the area where the

girl lives with post registry.

But Abdul HannanRatan is

trying to make a fake receipt

of the Sundarbans Courier

Service to prove a registry for

divorce which was never

received by any other two

parties.

KaziMaulanaSadiqUllah

said, 'the divorce certificate

that was prepared using my

office address and my name

is a completely sorted and

fraudulent forgery. It has

nothing to do with me.'

When the case was filed,

Shamsul Huda, the assistant

of KaziMaulanaSadiqUllah,

appeared at the police station

and told that the divorce

certificate was forged.

Mizanur Rahman, OC of

Kotwali police station said, 'I

know that there has been a

case in the court in this

regard. The case is under

investigation.' Also Dhaka

District Registrar

SabikunNahar said, 'We have

received a complaint. I am

investigating the matter. I

will be able to give details

about this next month.'

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An opinion exchange meeting titled 'progress of NpA's implementation and submission of regular

report' was held at YWcA auditorium at Mohammadpur in the capital on Wednesday. photo : TBT

'proper evaluation of NpA key to

prevention of human trafficking'

BAB provides 26

lakh blankets for

pM's relief fund

DHAKA : Thirty-five

commercial banks under

Bangladesh Association of

Banks (BAB) at a function

on Wednesday provided

25,95,000 pieces of blankets

to the Prime Minister's

Relief and Welfare Fund to

help the poor during the

upcoming winter, reports

UNB.

Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina virtually joined the

function through a

videoconference from her

official residence

Ganobhaban.

On behalf of the Prime

Minister, Principal

Secretary Dr Ahmad

Kaikaus received the

donations from top

representatives of the banks

at the Prime Minister's

Office.

ex-BpdB engineer Abdul

Motaleb passes away

TBT RepoRT

Abdul Motaleb, former

executive engineer of the

Bangladesh Power Development

Board (BPDB), died at Labaid

Hospital in the capital on

Monday. He was 75 years old.

He had been suffering from liver

complications for a long time.

Abdul Motalebleft behind

his wife, one son, three

daughters and grandchildren.

He is the father-in-law of Samakal's chief

reporter Loton Ekram.

He was buried after the first janaza at Pallabi

Section 12 Mosque in Mirpur after Fajr on

Tuesday and the second janaza at Chiladi

Munshibari premises in Senbagh Upazila of

Noakhali after Joharwith state of honor at this

family graveyard.

During the time, he was given a guard of

honor by the upazila administration. Former

commander of Noakhali district command

Mozzamel Haque Milon,

former commander of

Senbagh Upazila command

Abdul Wahab, Mohammad

Idrisof Senbagh Upazila

selection committee along

with Freedom fighters,

politicians, journalists and

people from all walks of life

including took part.

BNP secretary general

MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir

has expressed grief over the

death of Abdul Motaleb. Acting editor of

Samakal family Mustafiz Shafi has expressed

deep grief on behalf of Samakal family.

He expressed his condolences to the bereaved

family and prayed for the forgiveness of the soul

of the deceased. Besides, former acting secretary

general of Muktijoddha Central Command

Council Shafiqul Bahar Majumder Tipu, former

chief whip Joynal Abdin Farooq, other

politicians, journalists and other organizations

expressed their condolences.

Stressing on proper evaluation of

National Plan of Action (NPA) 2018-22

on prevention of human trafficking

and regular submission of its report,

Civil Society activists said it can help

prevent trafficking.

The NPA stipulated that

programmes, projects and strategies

must be taken up for tackling all kinds

of internal and cross-border

trafficking, a press release said.

The NPA also underscored on

building a coordinated protective

system for combating the crime and

making an effective system for its

supervision and evaluation and regular

submission of report on its

implementation to the Home Ministry,

they said.

They remarked while addressing an

opinion exchange meeting titled

'progress of NPA's implementation

and submission of regular report' at

YWCA auditorium at Mohammadpur

in the capital on Wednesday.

Md. Rafiqual Islam Khan Alom,

coordinator, PCTSCN Secretariat,

INCIDIN Bangladesh, while

presenting the key-note paper, said

NPA's evaluation and submission of its

report are not being held regularly,

hampering anti-trafficking activities in

the country. Overall situation of

trafficking can be known and necessary

steps can be taken up to address the

problem through the evaluation.

Hence, the evaluation is important

relating to combating the crime, said

Alom.

Terming trafficking as a national

problem, he called for steps for proper

evaluation of NPA and regular

submission of its report to the ministry

in the interest of eradicating the

problem.Community Participation

and Development (CPD), a consortium

member of Prevention of Child

Trafficking through Strengthening

Community and Networking

(PCTSCN), organized the meeting on

behalf of PCTSCN.

Md. Shahidul Islam, additional

director (Institution), Department of

Social Services, attended as the chief

guest, while Shahidul Islam, executive

director of Bangladesh Rural

Economic Development (BRED),

chaired it.

Moslema Bari, executive director of

CPD; AKM Masud Ali, executive

director of INCIDIN Bangladesh and

chair of PCTSCN consortium; M.

Rabiul Islam, deputy director of

National Human Rights Commission

Bangladesh, among others, spoke at

the event.

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A national dialogue

Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Make Bangladesh number

one in global RMG

It is a realistic view that Bangladesh now stands a unique

opportunity of achieving the number one RMG (ready

made garments) band in world market if it can successfully

carry out some ongoing reforms and upgradation in the RMG

sector. It will be another milestone Bangladesh can achieve on

the way of achieving full fledged mid income country status .

Cheap but hard working honest labour, cheaper gas and

power helped develop Bangladesh grow into a preferred brand

of ready Made Garments (RMG) in the world market. In our

usual visits to shopping malls in Northern America, Western

Europe, Middle Eastern countries and even in Australia we

come across made in Bangladesh quality garments products

almost everywhere.

But some incidents of fire and building collapse with special

mention of Tajrin Garments and Rana plaza dented

Bangladesh Garment sector reputation quite a bit. But as far as

competitiveness and quality Bangladesh RMG is still number

two band just behind China in world market. With China

intending moving out of low end RMG products gradually,

Bangladesh stands a huge opportunity of claiming the Number

One band if we can make some very critical reforms and

upgrading of our RMG industry. This prospect has further

heightened with the recent Chinese announcement of

withdrawl of all tariff restrictions on the entry of Bangladeshi

made garments products in the vast China market.

Let us try to assess what are the present challenges and what

needs to be done?

Some quarter believes USA suspending GSP from

Bangladesh RMG will cause major impediments. But the

continued growth of RMG export even after US withdrawal of

GSP proves the apprehension wrong. USA is only part of

Bangladesh market of RMG. Bangladeshi RMG is still enjoying

preferred brand advantage in EU Countries , Canada , Eastern

European countries and in some Middle eastern countries.

The important state visit of PM Hasina to China among other

milestone achievements of potential China Bangladesh

cooperation and collaboration has also achieved a major

stepping stone in RMG sector.

Bangladesh and China have agreed on setting up modern

self-contained garments village on the outskirts of Dhaka city

at Gazaria. In addition to that China will have an exclusive

Chinese industrial zone where Chinese investors will also set

up export oriented RMG factories and products will be

exported as Bangladesh brand. Even the Japan visit has also

opened avenues of Japanese investors making Bangladesh

their preferred locations for setting up industries including

RMG.

There is no denial that enabling environment for RMG and

competitive edge of Bangladesh RMG in world market led to

mushrooming of RMG industry of RMG factories in the city

centers of Dhaka and Chittagong cities and suburbs. Many

foreign nationals working in Bangladesh RMG sector hardly

cared for providing minimum working environment and

facilities of low earning RMG workers. After a few hiccups

present government is desperately trying to address the issues

of RMG sector bringing discipline and creating accountability.

In the recent past high powered committees have conducted

surveys and auditing and implementation process of their

recommendation is in place.

For better control and management all RMG factories from

the heart of the major city centers should be phased out and

relocated to properly planned RMG villages having better

organized and reliable utility services , world class safety and

security arrangements , accommodation , health care facilities

of RMG workers. Minimum wages and fringe benefits must be

reviewed. RMG workers getting at least US$ 250-300 will not

cause much reduction of profits of huge earning of RMG

owners.

For security and safety of RMG workers and the industry a

special police unit as RMG Police or in a larger concept

Industrial police unit can be created. It may have a sub unit

named RMG Intelligence unit for surveillance of possible

subversive activities in our RMG industry. All foreigners

working in RMG must have valid work permits and their

records must be maintained and monitored.

We must appreciate the RMG boom has done a great work in

our poverty alleviation as a special section of village girls are

now self-dependent and supporting their families as well. They

must get due respect from society. Facilities like day care

center, community clinic, adult education etc can be set up in

the special garments village for them.

SajibWazed IT adviser of PM Hasina is in a mission of

digitizing different key sectors of Bangladesh. One of his prime

objectives must be digitizing RMG sector which is major

revenue earner for Bangladesh. Let all RMG factories be

digitalized and reliable database created and preserved of all

RMG related data and information. This will enable centralized

monitoring of all RMG related business and commercial

operations including safety and security. The information

among others must include data base of all workers and

executives working in RMG including their nationality, salary

and benefits. Some officials of each RMG must be trained to

introduce IT facilities in each RMG.

Bangladesh Foreign missions and Ministry of Foreign affairs

must work to promote to expand RMG market access in

countries which may be potential new buyers.

Government may consider a preferential special pricing of

gas and electricity for export oriented RMG factories and Tax

holidays and other benefits for modern RMG units for a given

time. Bank loans of easier terms should be considered as

incentives for owners for relocating the RMG from existing

locations to properly set up RMG villages. Export credits and

other facilities may be thought of. Also government can

encourage investors in setting backward and forward linkages

of RMG industries for achieving more self-reliance.

Opportunities have emerged for Bangladesh in achieving

number one RMG branding now. We must grab it with both

hands. Let China, Korea, Japan be our partners in progress in

achieving this dream.

IT seems as if Prime Minister Imran

Khan's container speeches are coming

back to haunt him as he confronts the

opposition's onslaught. The difference is

that he has little with which to defend his

government's pitiable performance.

Blaming the previous administrations for

everything that has gone wrong in this

country doesn't sound convincing halfway

through his term.

Now he speaks of a 'foreign conspiracy'

- the last refuge of a flailing dispensation.

"It is unfortunate that all the enemies of

Pakistan, including India and Israel, are

with them," the prime minister said in a

recent TV interview referring to the

opposition alliance. This is the typical

response of a leader who is not willing to

face reality.

Obstinacy is reflected in the statement

that he would get Nawaz Sharif deported

from the UK even if it meant talking to

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We

are constantly reminded by the prime

minister that he has spent a large part of

his life in Britain and knows the West

better than anyone else. He should then

be able to display more knowledge about

the British legal system. The situation will

not be salvaged by making such remarks.

It is evident that the opposition's antigovernment

campaign has gained

momentum. The alliance seems to have

capitalised on the government's

ineptitude and blunders that are never in

short supply. What happened in Karachi

where the entire provincial police

command threatened to go on leave in

protest against the alleged treatment

meted out to their chief by a security

agency has exposed the federal

government's transgressions. The prime

minister nonchalantly dismissed the

incident as a "comedy", when, in fact,

such episodes have serious ramifications

for the federation.

It's not just about the prime minister;

the crisis has also exposed the basic flaw

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in the existing hybrid power structure that

seems to have developed cracks. The

security establishment is directly under

fire, with the government hiding behind

it. The Karachi saga that allegedly

involved the Rangers and the top

intelligence agency has also put the

military leadership in a defensive

position. The army chief's intercession

may have defused the situation but the

issue is not going to go away. The

comments made by the top leadership of

the ruling party has further inflamed

matters.

It remains to be seen if the army

leadership takes any action against those

responsible for the incident. The clash

between state institutions is a serious

matter and cannot be dismissed as a

"comedy". The perpetual state of tension

between Sindh and the federal

government is disastrous for the whole

system. Predictably, the Pakistan

Democratic Movement has upped the

ante sensing the government's ineptness.

There has been a tangible escalation in the

criticism against both the PTI

government and the military leadership

with each opposition rally. Never before

has an opposition alliance brought

together such a large spectrum of political

forces.

There may be some variance in tone but

not the broad objective of the movement.

The Quetta rally presented a unique array

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of forces ranging from mainstream

parties to regional and nationalist groups.

Branding them anti-state is self-defeating.

Together, the opposition parties represent

the much larger majority.

In fact, it is the government for whom

the space is fast shrinking. The opposition

coalition not only appears to be

dominating the public space, it also has a

significant presence in the provincial and

federal legislatures. The government's

confrontational policy and relentless

persecution of the opposition in the name

of accountability have cemented that

unity. The one-sided accountability

exercise is nothing but a farce. The prime

minister's mantra of coalition parties

being anti-state has further isolated him.

It is apparent that the survival of the

hybrid dispensation is entirely dependent

on the support of the security

establishment. The crisis has pushed the

security leadership into the storm. It is

becoming increasingly clear that not only

has the establishment's project failed to

deliver but that a manipulated system has

also distorted the entire political system

that will be extremely difficult to correct.

Given the leadership's obstinacy and

incapacity to take a rational approach, the

onus flatly lies on the alleged sponsors. It

is an untenable situation. A domino effect

could start from Punjab where the PTI

government's life is hanging by a thread.

A more serious effort by the PML-N and

the alliance partners could easily bring

down the Usman Buzdar government.

That may also bring a weak coalition

government at the centre to an extremely

precarious point.

All that could push the country towards

further chaos. To stop the fall, there is a

need for a national dialogue among the

political forces and other institutions as

suggested by many opposition leaders.

There is a growing understanding that

this is the only way to prevent further

instability and correct course. The country

has seldom faced such serious internal

and external challenges. There is a need

for a new political charter and a

framework for institutional democracy.

No government can deal with this

situation when institutions and political

forces are in a perpetual state of

confrontation. The prime minister needs

to climb down from his high horse and

realise the gravity of the situation. His

obsession with putting opposition leaders

in jail makes him more vulnerable. His

government has made the accountability

process controversial thus weakening the

legal process.

The real question is: who will take the

initiative in arranging a national dialogue

in such an atmosphere of hostility?

Parliament has virtually become

redundant with reluctance by both sides

to engage in serious debate on critical

issues in the country. The prime minister

has already rejected the idea of making

contact with opposition leaders, let alone

engaging in any serious dialogue with

them.

It leaves us with very few options.

Directly involving the security

establishment in any political process too

has its consequences. The cost of this

continuing political stand-off will be huge.

What is most depressing is the lack of

rational thinking that is needed to take the

country out of the current crisis.

Source: Dawn

uS elections 2020: A polarised America goes to the polls

Americans go to the polls next

Tuesday to cast their votes in the

presidential election, a birthright

first granted in 1776 only to White, male

property owners, and in later decades to

women, Blacks and Native Americans.

Meanwhile, people around the world will

be watching, knowing that what happens in

America often always reverberates globally,

willy-nilly affecting their own individual

destinies. Ya, we all catch cold when

America sneezes, though, having lived in its

own political bubble over the last four years,

this new America has lost its shimmer as

"leader of the free world".

President Trump, evidently, is betting

on a replay of 2016, when, after igniting a

populist surge in the country, he defied

the odds and scored a win. We all

remember those rumbustious rallies that

year where he worked the crowds,

lambasting Nato allies for not paying their

share, slandering Mexicans as "criminals"

and "rapists", reviling Muslims as the

other to be barred from entering the US

and demanding that America come first.

This year, the packed rallies are the

same, as are the tattooed, red-hatted and,

yes, mostly unmasked crowds (seemingly

unperturbed by a harrowing new surge of

Covid cases across the country) where

Trump has hurled unsubstantiated

accusations against Joe Biden, his

Democratic rival, who he claims had,

while in office as Barack Obama's right

hand man, "spied" on his first presidential

campaign. At a rally in Ohio on Saturday,

for example, his frenzied supporters

began a "lock him up" chant, an echo of

"lock her up" calls about Hillary Clinton.

Well, looks like the more things change

around here, the more they stay the same.

The important question now - and not

important just to those who care about or

are engaged in interpreting the

Constitution of the United States - is what

happens if Donald Trump, were he to lose

the election, cries fraud and refuses to

concede defeat, which he has repeatedly

threatened to do in recent months? Will

torch-holding villagers from the red states

march on Washington wielding

pitchforks? Barton Gellman, best-selling

author and journalist who in 2013 led the

Washington Post's coverage of the US

National Security Agency (NSA), based on

top-secret documents provided him by

Edward Snowden, wrote a lengthy article

in Atlantic last month in which he said

this: "This is not going to be a normal

election ... The danger is not that [it] will

just bring discord. Those who fear

something worse take turbulence and

controversy for granted. Students of

election law and procedure are warning

that conditions are ripe for a

constitutional crisis that would leave the

nation without an authoritative result. We

have no fail-safe against this calamity".

Less than a week before election day

and the red lights are still blinking ...And it

is not just Trump supporters who may

march in the streets and raise hell. Anti-

Trump activists are also ready to "stand

back and stand by", a colloquialism given

a menacing edge by Donald Trump during

This year, the packed rallies are the same, as are the

tattooed, red-hatted and, yes, mostly unmasked

crowds (seemingly unperturbed by a harrowing new

surge of Covid cases across the country) where Trump

has hurled unsubstantiated accusations against Joe

Biden, his Democratic rival, who he claims had, while

in office as Barack Obama's right hand man, "spied"

on his first presidential campaign.

that night of bluster, insults and hectoring

on September 29 that passed for the first

presidential debate. A coalition called

Stand Up America, for example, has been

preparing its members to take to the

streets if Trump were to contest the

election results.

These are tactics that sound straight out of

a lawless police state rather than a

democratic country like the United States,

accustomed to seeing social change, such as

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civil rights, women's rights, minority rights

and the like, adjudicated in the courts or

debated by the legislative branch of

government. But in a now polarised

America, that's where you go today to be

heard - all the way, as recent events attest,

from Portland, Oregon to Washington, DC.

Imagine, the New Yorker - like the New

York Times a revered and always cautious

publication - last week had an article, by

Lizzi Widdicombe, a level-headed and

respected journalist, that carried the

provocative title "What If Donald Trump

Stages a Coup?"

But what do you do when an incumbent

chief executive in the White House - who

by all accounts has shown himself to be

totally unqualified for the job - tells

reporters, as Donald Trump has been

telling reporters for months, that he

effectively will not concede defeat were he

to lose in November nor commit to a

peaceful transfer of power! "There won't

be a transfer, frankly", he said. "There will

be a continuation".

Never before in American history has

one president enabled such lowbrow,

pedestrian and anti-intellectualist

impulses to insinuate themselves into the

very soul of America's political culture.

All of which invokes that lament by the

late George Carlin (d. 2008), son of

Brooklyn working class Irish immigrants

and in his heyday arguably the most

influential stand-up comedian of all time.

"True, in America anyone can become

president", he deadpanned. "That's the

problem".

Source: Gulf news

Russia’s proposal for Gulf security fails to win support

Russia last week convened a meeting of

the UN Security Council to discuss Gulf

security. Foreign Minister Sergey

Lavrov presided over the virtual meeting,

which took place during Russia's month-long

UNSC presidency. The hearing's main

objective appeared to be the promotion of an

old idea to establish a collective security system

in the Gulf, in which Russia could play a greater

role. In addition to the UNSC's 15 members,

the meeting was attended by the Gulf

Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab

League, as well as Iran and Iraq, but not

Yemen. UN Secretary-General Antonio

Guterres opened the meeting with a thoughtful

call for the prioritization of confidencebuilding

measures.

Lavrov spoke next, laying down the rationale

for an "effective system of collective security"

It remains to be seen if the army leadership takes any action

against those responsible for the incident. The clash between

state institutions is a serious matter and cannot be dismissed

as a "comedy". The perpetual state of tension between Sindh

and the federal government is disastrous for the whole system.

Predictably, the Pakistan Democratic Movement has

upped the ante sensing the government's ineptness.

and indicating that the US was largely to blame

for the region's troubles. He reiterated the idea

of convening a summit for the leaders of the

five UNSC permanent members, plus

Germany, to discuss security in the region. It

was a curious suggestion, especially singling

out Germany to join this proposed gathering of

the P5.

There was scant support at the meeting for

the setting up of a new collective security

system in the Gulf. Most speakers implied that

the idea was premature because of a lack of

trust between the key players in the region.

Instead, they called for confidence-building

measures to take place first.

China, Russia's closest ally on the UNSC,

suggested a more pragmatic approach.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed an

incremental method, starting with dialogue on

less sensitive topics such as energy, shipping

and trade. Wang said: "No matter how long the

journey might be, step by step we'll eventually

reach the destination. The first step for

dialogue, even a small one, will be one giant

step toward peace."

There are serious reasons behind the

reluctance to endorse Russia's idea of

establishing a new collective security system.

These include its timing and a failure to

recognize the main threats to security in the

Gulf. It also ignores previous attempts at

dialogue between Iran and its neighbors,

including the most recent GCC efforts, led by

the late emir of Kuwait. Those attempts failed

mainly because of Iran's refusal to commit to

universally accepted norms, such as respect for

borders and the political independence of its

neighbors, or renounce the use of force or

threats to resolve disputes. It is difficult to take

dialogue with Iran seriously when its forces

and those of its assorted proxies and allies are

busy destabilizing the region in Yemen, Syria,

Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere. Tehran has also

launched repeated attacks, directly by its own

forces in the Gulf and indirectly in the Red Sea,

threatening maritime security and

international shipping. And Iran has recruited,

trained and equipped terrorists to carry out

attacks in countries such as Bahrain, Saudi

Arabia and Kuwait. Last year, Iran attacked

ships in the Gulf and launched an attack on

major Saudi oil installations. The Houthi

militia - a key Iranian proxy - has launched

hundreds of ballistic missile and drone attacks

against civilians and civilian

Source: Arab news


THURsDAY, OCTObER 29, 2020

5

Unlocking ancient Egyptian DNA secrets

MouttasemAlbarodi

Are modern Egyptians related to ancient Egyptians? The

country's largest-ever research project is seeking an

answer to this mystery.The Academy of Scientific

Research and Technology has launched a US$64 million

study to build a reference genome for today's Egyptians,

study ancient Egyptians' genes, and look for genomic links

to illnesses.

A human genome includes all of a person's genetic

material, which is made up of DNA and which provides the

instructions for growth and functions. Genetic studies

examine a single gene, while genomics includes all genes

and how they interrelate.

The project will study 20,000 volunteers over five years,

with hopes that this could expand to up to 100,000 people,

while genetic material will be extracted from mummies for

analysis."Understanding dominant and natural patterns

by building a reference Egyptian genome will pave the way

for investigating different genetic variants associated with

prevalent diseases, and Egyptians' risk factors," academy

president Mahmoud Sakr tells.

"This occurs by comparing the reference genome with

patients' genes, which is the basis of personalised

medicine."Personalised, or precision, medicine is the

recent development of specialised treatment, diagnosis

and prevention based on an individual's unique genetic

make-up, lifestyle and environment.

It has grown from genomic research, such as the US-led

Human Genome Project, which revealed in 2003 that

there were about 20,500 human genes. In 2018, the

United Kingdom announced it had sequenced 100,000

genomes as part of a project to create a new genomic

medicine service for its National Health Service (NHS).

But, these reference genomes may not be useful to

medical care in North Africa as they are largely based on

European DNA, says Saleh Ibrahim, a professor of

genetics at the University of Lübeck.Ahmed Sayed,

director of the Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt's

genomics programme, says the major challenges facing

genetic diseases research include delays in importing

chemicals and increasing prices. He says that the Egyptian

reference genome project might entice pharmaceuticals

companies to invest in Egypt, in turn decreasing product

prices and boosting the research process. "Having an

Egyptian reference genome is essential for finding more

competent treatments for intractable cancers and almost

all diseases," says Sayed.Sakr agrees. "Our heavy

dependence on importing medicines can be very risky," he

says. "Future treatments will be designed according to

genetic factors, that's why we cannot delay establishing a

A human genome includes all of a person's genetic material and provides the instructions for growth

and functions.

Photo: MIKI Yoshihito

genetic database for Egyptians. We also need to train staff

on studying this data and use it to develop more relevant

health system."

YasmineAguib, director of life sciences and molecular

research at the Aswan Heart Centre, MagdiYacoub

Foundation, says identifying specific genetic variables that

are exclusive to Egyptians could boost the development of

treatments. Her team established a genetic database using

samples from the hearts of healthy Egyptians, to compare

with samples from people with heart diseases. Studying

the genes of the ancient Egyptians requires extracting

genetic material from mummies. However, much of it is

not well preserved due to the mummification process,

explains Ibrahim, and handling it will require training

from experts.

A lab will be set up at a medical research and

regenerative medicine centre, affiliated to the Ministry of

Defence. The centre will coordinate research groups from

several Egyptian universities and scientific institutes."This

is an historic moment for science in Egypt," Ibrahim tells

SciDev.Net.

It is expected that the project will find that modern

Egyptians have mixed origins, including Arab, African,

Berber and European. But, this does not rule out the

probability that there is a unique dominant genetic pattern

specific to Egyptians, says Ibrahim.

He was part of a team that recently created a reference

genome based on data from 110 Egyptians. The study

proved the need for a national project to build an Egyptian

reference genome based on a much larger group of people,

Ibrahim says.

A bioinformatics group will also be established to create

software for data analysis. Ahmed Moustafa, a

bioinformatics professor at the American University in

Cairo, tells SciDev.Net that accurate recording and data

storage will be vital to ensure reliable results and patterns.

Appropriate oversight will be central to this process, says

Ibrahim. The volume of data that is expected to be

produced will require enormous storage and advanced

computer capacities, as well as stringent security systems,

says Moustafa.All this will provide young researchers with

opportunities for training and experience in the

bioinformatics field, he says.

Inside Crimea's slow-burn water crisis

The Kashmir Himalayas contain plants with properties found nowhere else on earth.

Photo: Collected

Kashmir gradually losing

its medicinal plants

David Axelrod

Water shortages in the Russianoccupied

peninsula are getting worse -

and a real solution is not yet in

sight."We have a large family, three

kids, so of course we don't have enough

water," says Tatyana Mikhalchuk, who

lives in Gresovsky, a settlement near

Simferopol.

A year ago, Tatyana and her husband

Arseny decided to move to the Crimean

capital from Armyansk, a town in the

north of the peninsula. She says that one

of the reasons for their relocation was a

fear of being left without any water.

Northern Crimea is considered the

peninsula's driest area, so towns like

Armyansk would be the first to suffer in

case of trouble.

There's reason to be concerned.

Dried-up rivers, decreasing reservoirs

and a bad harvest - this is what Crimea

has been through in 202,0 the driest

year in the last 150, according to local

officials. To combat the drought, the

Crimean authorities have introduced a

water supply timetable in some areas of

the peninsula, and are even ready to try

cloud seeding to generate artificial

precipitation. Tatyana's husband caught

pneumonia as a result, and several of his

friends were diagnosed with respiratory

burns. "When we moved, we believed

that the authorities would at least

always find a way to provide the capital

with water," Tatyana recalls.

openDemocracy explores how the

population of Crimea is dealing with the

water crisis and how the local

authorities are planning to overcome it.

"It's not water that comes out the tap,

but some kind of brown liquid," Tatyana

tells me. "Every day I get up at six in the

morning and spend thirty minutes

running water into the bathtub, so that

it is at least a bit transparent, and my

husband can take a shower before going

to work and I can wash the floors."

Tatyana says that the acute shortage

of water is not the only problem facing

Simferopol residents as a result of the

drought. Immediately after the

shortages started, the quality of water

also noticeably deteriorated.

Since the end of August, timetables

for water supply have been introduced

in Simferopol and Bakhchysarai.

Authorities restricted water supply in

three steps. Currently, private flats and

houses in Simferopol receive water for

six hours per day (three hours in the

morning, and three in the evening).

Initially, it was assumed that this would

be the strictest possible measure, but

officials now state that if levels at water

reservoirs do not improve, Simferopol

will receive water every other day.

Meanwhile, the authorities have

acknowledged the problem of water

quality in some districts of Simferopol,

and claim it is related to water washing

up metal corrosion from the pipes.

Indeed, Tatyana and

ArsenyMikhalchuk have had to switch

off the water filters installed in their flat

- a company engineer told them that the

filtration system would break in a few

days at this level of contamination.

For cooking and washing her two

young children, Tatyana has to buy

water at special terminals and bring it

home in plastic bottles with her car. This

water costs three-four roubles (£0.03-

0.04) per litre, and her family uses 40

litres per day. Tatyana says that in

theory one can collect water for free:

across different districts of Simferopol,

special plastic barrels with drinking

water have been installed. However,

this service is far from perfect:

sometimes you have to drive around the

city to find water; barrels everywhere

are empty.

Representatives of the Ukrainian

authorities have repeatedly stated that

they would not restart the water supply

to annexed Crimea. This summer, head

of the Ukrainian government Denys

Shmyhal said that "restarting water

supplies via the North Crimean canal is

not on the agenda, and is not the subject

of any kind of negotiations."

Currently, Crimea is home to more

than ten natural drainage water

reservoirs, with an additional one in

Sevastopol - and these reservoirs are the

only source of water supplies in the

region.

Experts have been calling

attention to warning signs of

drought since 2018. For example, at

a session of Russia's Federation

Council, representatives of Crimean

state water company reported that

the regular seven-year water cycle

was coming to an end and that water

levels in local reservoirs would be

substantially lower in the near

future.

In spring this year, meteorologists

noted that an acute shortage of

precipitation had been observed in

Crimea's mountains. In comparison to

the previous year, their level was lower

by 91-96%, while there was no

precipitation at all in some mountain

river basins.

When the volume of water that flows

into Simferopol's reservoirs started

approaching a critically low level,

Crimean authorities took measures to

sustain the water balance in the capital.

For example, they deployed a Russian

military pipeline unit to build a 50-

kilometre water pipe to connect

Simferopol to the Taygan water

reservoir, located in nearby Belogorsk.

MudassirKuloo

In one month, Mohammad Adil, a

research scholar studying the

reproductive biology of medicinal

plants, made two journeys to Afarwat, a

mountain in the north of Jammu and

Kashmir. He intended to collect

samples of Arnebiabenthamii,

commonly known as Kahzaban.

Both times he returned emptyhanded.The

flowers of Kahzaban have

been found to help people with heart

problems. The plant also contains high

levels of antioxidants."Eight years ago

Kahzaban was abundant, but it is rarely

found now," said Adil.

Eventually, in August this year, he

collected his sample in the upper

reaches of Sonamarg, a remote hill

station."If there were 500 plants of any

species at one place a decade ago, now

their number has reached 50. This

shows how much medicinal plants have

been destroyed," he said.

A study published in 2018 identified

50 native medicinal plant species in the

region as in need of "immediate

conservation action", based on

ecological and socioeconomic

factors.The Himalayas are one of the

world's 36 biodiversity hotspots, and

are rich in endemic plants (found

nowhere else on Earth).

OP Sharma, former director of the

State Forest Research Institute for

Jammu and Kashmir, said some of

region's medicinal plants are rarely

found anywhere else.Their uses are

extensive. Saussureacostus, a type of

thistle known locally as kuth, is used to

treat joint and back pain, ulcers,

dysentery and fever. From Aconitum

heterophyllum (paewakh), a lotion is

made to treat headache and cough. A

decoction made from the leaves of

Dioscoreadeltoidea (kraeth) is used as

eyedrops to treat infections and

sharpen eyesight. But their usefulness

has led to exploitation; the plants

described are all endangered.

A resident of Sonamarg told The

Third Pole that in the first week of

September he walked hours to the

upper reaches.There, he spotted a

threatened Trillium govanianum plant,

commonly known as Tripater, and

uprooted it.

"We extract plants from the soil then

sell to people. This is how we make our

living. We get INR 2,500 (USD 34) for

each kilogramme of Trillium," he

said.Trillium govanianum is thought to

cure many sexual disorders, especially

infertility in men. It is also a cancer

treatment, Akhtar H Malik, a botanist

at the University of Kashmir.

A resident of the town of Tangmarg

said locals are paid INR 2,500-3,000

(USD 34-41) per kg of Trillium

govanianum. After that it is sent to

Chandigarh in Punjab in trucks, then to

European countries and China.

"It has a value of INR 70,000 [USD

950] per kg there," he said.Mohit Gera,

principal chief conservator of forests

for Jammu and Kashmir, said many

measures have been taken to preserve

the forests and that "nobody can extract

forest produce without permission".

Nawchoo, disagreeing, said, "There

are no exact figures on how much is

being sold in Kashmir as the majority of

medicinal plants are being smuggled

and not recorded." He added that forest

dwellers are not aware that the plants

are being overexploited.Malik said

some plants (Trillium govanianum,

Fritillariaroylei, Saussureacostus,

Arnebiabenthamii) cost INR 50,000-

100,000 (USD 680-1,360) per kg in the

international market.

Water crisis is getting worse in Crimea.

Photo: Dmitry Karyshev


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

6

Solar table lights have been distributed among 120 meritorious students of 12 educational institutions of

Gobra Union of GopalganjSadarUpazila on Wednesday.

Photo: S M Nazrul Islam

Table lights distributed among 120

meritorious students in Gopalganj

S M Nazrul Islam, Gopalganj

Correspondent: Solar table lights

have been distributed among 120

meritorious students of 12 educational

institutions of Gobra Union of

GopalganjSadarUpazila. The lights

were distributed among 120 first and

second place winners of all classes of 9

primary schools and 3 secondary

2.25 lakh meters

of fishing net

seized in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: A team of the

river police seized 2.25 lakh

meters of fishing net worth

about Taka 67.5 lakh from

different areas in the Padma

river under Pabaupazila of

the district on Tuesday,

reports BSS.

The police team

accompanied by other

officials including Upazila

Fisheries Extension Officer

Mahmudur Rahman

conducted frequent raids in

different areas and seized the

huge quantity of nets.

The team also seized one

kilogram of brood Hilsa

fishes during the drives.

However, none could be

arrested as they fled away

leaving behind their nets.

"The fishermen were

catching fish using the

current nets, which are

banned for fishing,"

Assistant Superintendent of

Police Belayet Hossain said,

adding that all the lawviolators

will be brought to

book as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the seized nets

were destroyed instantly.

The seized fishes were

distributed among the

inmates of a nearby

orphanage.

A 22-day ban on catching,

selling, hoarding and

transporting of Hilsa came

into effect from October 14 to

protect the fish with eggs.

The ban will be effective until

November 4. This is the peak

period when the mother

Hilsa releases eggs.

Some 4,000 fishermen

families received 80 tonnes

of rice under special

vulnerable group feeding

(VGF) programme in

Rajshahi city and four

upazilas in the district.

The fishermen families

were brought under a special

VGF programme so that they

remain abstained from

fishing mother Hilsa fish in

the river Padma here.

Abdul Jalil, Deputy

Commissioner of Rajshahi,

said Hilsa has the highest

contribution in the country's

fish production.

Under the special VGF

programme, 1,265 fishermen

will get 25.3 tonnes of rice in

GodagariUpazila, 960

fishermen to get 19.2 tonnes

in PabaUpazila, 825

fishermen to get 16.5 tonnes

in BaghaUpazila, 560

fishermen to get 11.2 tonnes

in CharghatUpazila and 390

fishermen will get 7.8 tonnes

of rice in Rajshahi City

Corporation area.

schools of Gobra Union at Zaman

Advance Center in Gopalganj Sadar

UpazilaGhonapara on Wednesday. The

lights were distributed at the initiative of

Gobra Union Parishad with the funding

of LGSP.

Eliasur Rahman, Deputy Director,

Local Government Department,

distributed the lights among the

students.

During the time, Sadar Upazila

UpazilaNirbahi Officer Sadiqur

Rahman Khan, SadarUpazilaMohila

Vice Chairman Nirunnahar, Upazila

Education Officer Rubaiya Yasmin and

Gobra Union Chairman Shafiqur

Rahman Tutul were among others

present on the occasion.

22,796 infected, 21,495 recover

in Khulna COVID-19

KHULNA: With detection of 16 new positive

cases in all ten districts of the division, the total

number of COVID-19 infected patients now

hit 22,796 till last noon, reports BSS.

A total of 21,495 have been cured from the

lethal virus infection and recovery rate now

stands at 94.29 percent," Assistant Director

(Health) for Khulna division Dr. Ferdousi

Akhter told BSS.

The total number of COVID-19 patients rose

to 22,796 with 16 new positive cases were

reported after testing 76 samples at the

Khulna Medical College Laboratory and two

others COVID-19 laboratories in Khulna

division in the last 24 hours ending last noon.

Of the total new positive cases, five were

detected in Khulna, followed by four each in

Narail and Kushtia, two in Jashore, one in

Satkhira in the division. With the new

Upazila Civil Society Forum'

formed in Taraganj

Biplob Hossain, Taraganj Correspondent:

'Upazila Civil Society Forum' formation and

discussion meeting was held at

Taraganjupazilain Rangpur. The first

meeting of the Upazila Civil Society Forum

was held on Wednesday in the conference

hall of Taraganj O / A Girls School and

College with the financial assistance of

European Union, technical assistance of

CARE Bangladesh and Plan International

Bangladesh and collaboration of JANO

project implemented by ESDO.

The meeting also discussed the activities of

the JANO project as well as the

responsibilities and functions of the Upazila

Civil Society Forum. At the end of the

discussion, a 17-member final committee of

the Civil Society Forum was formed.

With the consent of all the members

detected cases, the district-wise break-up of

the patients are 6,610 in Khulna, 4,080 in

Jashore, 3,435 in Kushtia, 2,053 in

Jhenaidah, 1,506 in Chuadanga, 1,403 in

Narail, 1,109 in Satkhira, 1,011 in Bagerhat,

940 in Magura and 649 Meherpur, she added.

"Among the total 22,796 coronavirus

infected persons, 2,519 are undergoing

treatment at isolation units of different

hospitals as 21,595 have been recovered and

402 died while the rest are undergoing

treatment in isolation at their respective

homes in the division", Dr. Ferdousi

continued.

Talking to BSS yesterday, Divisional

Director (Health) Dr. Rasheda Sultana said

the number of total fatalities stands at 402 in

the division with one more death was reported

in Kushtia in the division on Tuesday.

present at the meeting, former principal of

Taraganj and O/A Degree College lecturer

AbdusSattar Shah has been made president,

Taraganj O / A girls school and college

physical education teacher Laila Sarkar has

been made vice president, Daily Industry

Rangpur bureau chief and daily KholaKagoj

correspondent Biplob Hossain Opu was

elected vice-president and headmaster of

KurshaAdarsha High School was elected

member secretary.

During the time, Daily IttefaqTaraganj

Correspondent and Alampur UP Member

Sabina Akhter, CSG Member Abdul

Wahab, BRAC Upazila Manager Alauddin,

Nutritionist Mukta Begum, Shefali Akhter

and TFD Member Sukumar Chandra Roy

were among others present at the

occasion.

Upazila Civil Society Forum' formation and discussion meeting was held at

Taraganjupazila on Wednesday.

Photo: TBT

Science,

technology

fair begins in

Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA: A three-day

national science and

technology fair began at

Gaibandha Govt. Boys' High

School here on Tuesday

amid much enthusiasm

among the students,

teachers and the visitors,

reports BSS.

District administration

has arranged the fair with

the theme of 'Modern Waste

Management, the Usage of

Science and Technology' at

the directive of the Ministry

of Science and Technology.

The objective of the fair is

to widely spread a message

about the significance of

scientific applications in the

daily life of the people and

display all the activities,

efforts and achievements in

the field of science for

welfare of the people.

The other objectives of the

fair also include giving an

opportunity to the scienceminded

citizens,

encouraging the people as

well as popularizing science

and technology.

A discussion meeting was

also held at the hall room of

the school in the afternoon

with additional deputy

commissioner (ADC)

AlamgirKabirSaikat in the

chair.

DC Abdul Matin attended

the function as the chief

guest and general secretary

of district Awami League

Abu Bakar Siddique was

present as the special guest.

The function was also

addressed among others by

additional police super Abu

Khayer, district education

officer Md. Enayet Hossain,

head teacher of the school

ShahanaBanu, head teacher

of Gaibandha GOVT. Girls'

High School Shushanta

Kumar Dev, while assistant

commissioner of the DC

office ShahinDelwar was the

moderator.

Earlier, the DC formally

inaugurated the fair through

cutting a red tape and

releasing balloons in the sky.

Govt allots Tk 9.61 cr

as incentive for

Jamalpur farmers

JAMALPUR: Agriculture

department under the

government's post flood

rehabilitation programme

has allotted Taka 9 crore 61

lakh 83 thousand as

incentive for farmers to

cultivate 8 kind of crops in

the district during this

season, reports BSS.

Department

of

Agricultural Extension office

sources here said a total of

one lakh 10 thousand small

and marginal farmers will

get the incentives for

cultivation wheat, mustard,

sunflower, ground nut,

lentil, Khesari pulse, tomato

and green chilly.

Each farmer will get

incentive for cultivation one

crop on one Bigha of land,

they said, adding that all of

the farmers will get seeds

but the farmers who will

cultivate mustard, lentil,

Khesari pulse, tomato and

chilly will get fertilizer as

well.

Sources said Tk 3 crore 45

lakh was allotted for

cultivation of wheat on

25000 Bighas of land, Tk

one crore 45 lakh 86

thousand for mustard on

33000 Bighas of land, Tk 84

lakh 24 thousand for

sunflower on 6000 Bighas of

land, Tk one crore 28 lakh

for groundnut on 10,000

Bighas of land, Tk 84 lakh 52

thousand 500 for lentil on

10500 Bighas of land, Tk

one crore one lakh 97

thousand for khesari pulse

on 11000 Bighas of land, Tk

38 lakh 26 thousand 700 for

tomato on 8500 Bighas of

land and Tk 33 lakh 97

thousand 200 for green

chilly on 6000 Bighas of

land.

Matiranga police in a drive arrested smuggler along with 124 pieces of

Indian sari and 26 lakh 40 thousand pieces of Indian medicinesin the

upazila on Tuesday.

Photo: Abul Hashem

Smugglers held with Indian

saris, medicines in Matiranga

Abul Hashem, Matiranga

Correspondent: Matiranga police have

seized 124 pieces of Indian sari and 26 lakh

40 thousand pieces of Indian medicine

brought to Matiranga in Khagrachhari

illegally. Its current estimated market value

is more than 3 crore.

At the same time, a jeep (moon car)

(Chittagong-G-2532) and two others were

detained by Matiranga police.

They were detained around 10pm on

Tuesday (October 28) from the side of

Chairmanpara Cemetery in Ward 5 of

Matiranga Municipality in Khagrachhari.

Matiranga Police Station Officer-in-

Charge (OC) Muhammad Ali confirmed the

arrest to the media around noon on

Wednesday (October 26).

According to police sources, Sub-Inspector

(SI) of Matiranga Police Station Mohammad

Ali on the basis of reliable news came to

know that Indian saris and various

medicines were entering Matiranga through

a jeep. Later the smugglers were arrested

from Matiranga'sChairmanpara area in a

raid led by Saiful Islam.

Matiranga police sub-inspector (SI)

Mohammad Saiful Islam became the

plaintiff in the incident. Shah Alam

(38),Eshaq Mia, 18 including 2/3 of the

accused and helper. A case has been filed

against Miaranga police station under the

Special Powers Act.

Matiranga Police Station Officer-in-

Charge (OC) Muhammad Ali said Indian

goods were often entering Matiranga

illegally through government tax evasion.

Matiranga police have been working from

the beginning to prevent the import of goods

through these illegal routes. He sought the

cooperation of journalists and civil society in

this regard.

Training of the members of BanariparaUpazila Platform, a project to motivate

social organizations to prevent violence against women, has been

completed on Tuesday.

Photo: TBT

Training of platform members

to prevent violence against

women completes

S Mizanul Islam, Banaripara Correspondent: The training of the members of

BanariparaUpazila Platform, a project to motivate social organizations to prevent violence

against women, has been completed on Tuesday. SyedaTaslima Hossain Flora,

UpazilaMohila Vice Chairman and Upazila Platform Convener, presided over the training on

the implementation of AVASH in collaboration with USAID, UK Aid, Counterpart and

Rupantar while maintaining social distance in the cultural organization Natunmukh

Auditorium.

Platform Member Secretary and Senior Journalist S. Mizanul Islam moderatedthe training

while among others, Natunmukh President Moajezz Hossain Manik, Assistant Professor of

Banaripara College Md. Imam Hossain, Hosneara Begum, Training Coordinator

NasrinKhanam, Trainer Ali Ahsan, Municipal Councilor Konika Rani Chanda, journalist

Abdul Awal and other leaders of various organizations were present.

Educational materials and nutritious foods have been distributed to 1311 sponsored

children of Good Neighbors Bangladesh Bochaganj CDP in Bochaganj.

Educational materials and nutritious foods were distributed to the sponsored

children at the office of Good Neighbors Bangladesh Bochaganj CDP on

Wednesday. Bochaganj CDP Project Manager RatanBala presided over the

function whileUpazila Chairman Advocate Md. Zulfiqar Hossain spoke as the

chief guest at the occasion.

Photo: Suman Chandra


THURSdAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

7

Israel looks to far-right figure to

head Holocaust memorial

Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its

cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused it of sowing "the

seeds of hatred and animosity.

Photo : AP

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie

Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

ANKARA : Turkish officials on

Wednesday railed against French

satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over

its cover-page cartoon mocking

Turkish President Recep Tayyip

Erdogan and accused it of sowing "the

seeds of hatred and animosity."

The cartoon could further heighten

tensions between Turkey and France,

which erupted over French President

Emmanuel Macron's firm stance

against Islamism following the

beheading of a teacher who showed his

class caricatures of the Prophet

Muhammad for a free speech class,

reports UNB.

The Prophet cartoons upset many in

the Muslim world. But it was Erdogan

who led the charge against France and

questioned Macron's mental state.

France then recalled its ambassador to

Turkey for consultations, a first in

French-Turkish diplomatic relations.

"We strongly condemn the

publication concerning our president of

the French magazine, which has no

respect to faith, the sacred and values,"

Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin,

wrote on Twitter.

Kalin said: "The aim of these

publications, that are devoid of

morality and decency, is to sow seeds of

hatred and animosity. To turn freedom

of expression into hostility towards

religion and belief can only be the

product of a sick mentality."

The cartoon depicted Erdogan in his

underwear holding a drink and lifting

the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic

dress.

"I condemn this incorrigible French

rag's immoral publication concerning

our president," Turkish Vice President

Fuat Oktay wrote on Twitter. "I call on

the moral and conscientious

international community to speak out

against this disgrace."

Macron's stance sparked anti-

France protests in Turkey and in

other Muslim countries as well as

calls for the boycott of French good.

Tensions between France and

Turkey have mounted in recent

months over Turkish actions in Syria,

Libya and the Caucasus Mountains

region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

JERUSALEM : Israel plans to

nominate a far-right former general

and Cabinet minister who once called

for the expulsion of Palestinians from

the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem

Holocaust memorial, officials said

Tuesday, reports UNB.

Effie Eitam, a religious nationalist

with a history of harsh rhetoric toward

the Palestinians and Israel's Arab

minority, is also a staunch advocate of

Jewish settlements in the occupied

territories, which are widely seen as a

violation of international law and an

obstacle to peace.

Groups representing Holocaust

survivors have expressed concern his

appointment could tarnish one of the

world's leading institutions for

Holocaust remembrance and open it

up to criticism from the Palestinian-led

boycott movement as well as those who

question or deny the Nazi genocide.

Higher Education Minister Zeev

Elkin, a member of Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party,

selected Eitam for the post, Israel's

Haaretz daily reported. An Israeli

official, speaking on condition of

anonymity to discuss the appointment,

which has not been made public, said

Netanyahu supports his candidacy. A

spokesman for Elkin did not respond to

requests for comment.

In an interview, Eitam said

Netanyahu offered him the job two

months ago but said he has heard

nothing since then. He indicated he

would be interested in the post if the

appointment becomes official and said

he was unaware of any controversy

surrounding his candidacy. A

parliamentary committee would have

to give final approval.

Eitam, 68, served in the Israeli

military during the 1973 Middle East

War and the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

During the first Palestinian intifada, or

uprising, in 1988, troops under his

command beat up two Palestinian

suspects, one of whom later died. The

soldiers, who were convicted of assault

by a military court, said they were

following orders.

He retired as a brigadier general in

2000 and later entered politics, serving

in the Knesset, or parliament, from

2003 until 2009. He also briefly served

as a Cabinet minister before resigning

in 2005 to protest Israel's withdrawal

from the Gaza Strip. Eitam lives in the

Golan Heights, which Israel seized

from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed

in a move not recognized

internationally.

During the second intifada in the

early 2000s he advocated harsh

measures, saying then-Palestinian

leader Yasser Arafat and his "gang of

murderers" should be put to death. In

2006 he was bloodied in clashes

between settlers and Israeli troops

during the evacuation of a West Bank

outpost. Later that year, in a speech at

a memorial service for a soldier killed in

Lebanon, he reportedly called for the

expulsion of most Palestinians from the

West Bank and for the removal of

Israel's Arab citizens from the political

system, referring to them as a "fifth

column" and a "group of traitors."

Arabs make up 20% of Israel's

population.

Eitam told The Associated Press he

did not recall making the remarks,

which were widely reported by Israeli

media.

Eitam described himself as a "unifier"

and consensus builder, and said his full

record would be fairly reviewed.

"Those people who will have to make

the decision, no doubt they will

consider all the aspects of the

nomination and they will come to a

decision," he said.

Eitam would replace Avner Shalev,

81, who announced his retirement

earlier this year after leading Yad

Vashem for 27 years. A spokesman for

Yad Vashem declined to comment.

Yad Vashem is a non-political and

almost sacred institution in Israel.

Before the coronavirus pandemic it

regularly hosted visits by students,

soldiers and other tour groups, as well

as the country's annual Holocaust

remembrance day ceremony. Visiting

world leaders nearly always pay their

respects at Yad Vashem for the 6

million Jews murdered by Nazi

Germany and its collaborators during

the Second World War.

Colette Avital, a former Israeli

diplomat and lawmaker who heads the

Center of Organizations of Holocaust

Survivors in Israel, expressed concern

over Eitam's nomination, saying Yad

Vashem should be led by someone with

a background in Holocaust research

and education.

Strong typhoon

leaves 1 dead, 12

missing as it

nears Vietnam

HANOI : Typhoon Molave

roared closer to Vietnam

with destructive force

Wednesday, leaving one

villager dead and causing

two boats with 12 fishermen

to sink as the country braced

for the most powerful storm

in 20 years, state media said,

reports UNB.

A man died after winds of

up to 150 kilometers (93

miles) per hour knocked

him off his roof while trying

to reinforce it in southcentral

Quang Ngai

province, where the typhoon

was forecast to make landfall

later Wednesday, the official

Vietnam News Agency

reported.

The navy deployed two

rescue boats to search for the

fishermen in rough waters

off Binh Dinh province,

according to state-run VTV

network.

At least 40,000 people

have been evacuated to

emergency shelters farther

inland from coastal villages.

Prime Minister Nguyen

Xuan Phuc has ordered

provincial authorities to

prepare to move up to 1.3

million people in regions

lying on the typhoon's path.

VTV showed displaced

villagers huddled in

classrooms that were

converted into an

evacuation center, where

they spent the night.

Provincial authorities shut

down offices, factories and

schools and asked people to

remain indoors to prevent

casualties. Vietnam is still

recovering from severe

flooding and landslides that

killed 136 people and left

dozens missing in three

provinces.

At least five airports were

closed as the typhoon

approached, with more than

200 flights canceled. Train

services were also

suspended Wednesday and

will resume when the

weather improves, the VTV

network reported.

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow

to Indian Ocean islands

COLOMBO : U.S. Secretary of State Mike

Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump

administration's anti-China campaign to two

Indian Ocean island nations considered

particularly at risk for what American

officials allege is Chinese exploitation,

reports UNB.

Pompeo is visiting Sri Lanka and the

Maldives to press the two countries to be on

guard against potential predatory lending

and investment by China. He was making

the case less than a week before the

American election in which President

Donald Trump is seeking to paint his rival,

former Vice President Joe Biden, as weak on

China and beholden to it.

Even before Pompeo arrived in Sri Lanka,

China had fired back at the U.S. message,

accusing Washington of bullying smaller

nations. In Sri Lanka, the Maldives and then

in Indonesia on Thursday, Pompeo plans to

press each nation to push back against

increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-

Pacific, which U.S. officials complain is

highlighted by development and

infrastructure projects that benefit China

more than the presumed recipients.

Earlier this month, Beijing announced it

would provide Sri Lanka with a $90-million

grant to help rural development, after

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa sought help

from a visiting Chinese delegation in

disproving a perception that China-funded

megaprojects are "debt traps."

China considers Sri Lanka to be a critical

link in its massive "Belt and Road" global

infrastructure building initiative and has

provided billions of dollars in loans for Sri

Lankan projects over the past decade. The

projects include a seaport, airport, port-city,

highways and power stations.

Critics like the U.S. say that the Chinesefunded

projects are not financially viable and

that Sri Lanka will face difficulties in

repaying the loans.

In 2017, Sri Lanka leased out a Chinesebuilt

port located near busy shipping routes

to a Chinese company for 99 years to recover

from the heavy burden of repaying the

Chinese loan the country received to build it.

Ahead of Pompeo's arrival in Colombo, the

Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka denounced

his visit, accusing one of his top aides of

making unacceptable threats against the

country. In those comments, the top U.S.

diplomat for South Asia, Dean Thompson,

warned Sri Lanka of the dangers of allowing

China to get a foothold on the island.

Qatar apologizes, investigates

forced airport examinations

DUBAI : Qatar apologized Wednesday after

authorities forcibly examined female

passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to

Australia to try to identify who might have

given birth to a newborn baby found

abandoned at the airport earlier this month,

reports UNB.

Under pressure after Australia condemned

the searches, Qatar's government said it had

begun an investigation into the treatment of

the women who were taking Qatar Airways

Flight 908 to Sydney on Oct. 2.

Qatar offered no immediate explanation of

how officials decided to perform invasive

vaginal examinations on the women. Human

rights activists describe such examinations

conducted under duress as equivalent to

sexual assault. The small, energy-rich country

on the Arabian Peninsula is a major hub for

East-West travel and host nation for the 2022

FIFA World Cup. Hamad International

Airport is the main hub for state-owned longhaul

carrier Qatar Airways.

In Qatar, like much of the Middle East, sex

outside of marriage is a criminal act. Migrant

workers in the past have hidden pregnancies

and tried to travel abroad to give birth, and

others have abandoned their babies

anonymously to avoid prison.

Qatar's Government Communications

Office issued a statement early Wednesday

that authorities discovered the newborn

"concealed in a plastic bag and buried under

garbage" at the airport. It called the discovery

an "egregious and life-threatening violation of

the law." The statement said officials searched

for the baby's parents, "including on flights in

the vicinity of where the newborn was found."

"While the aim of the urgently decided

search was to prevent the perpetrators of the

horrible crime from escaping, the state of

Qatar regrets any distress or infringement on

the personal freedoms of any traveler caused

by this action," the government said.

Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the

expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, officials

said Tuesday.

Photo : AP

Trump to appeal to

Nevada voters from

neighboring Arizona

LAS VEGAS : President

Donald Trump will make a

crunch-time appeal to voters

in Nevada. But he'll do so

from Arizona.

The president is under

pressure Wednesday to

prevent a repeat of a

September rally in Nevada

that attracted thousands of

people. The airport that

hosted that event was fined

more than $5,500 for

violating crowd restrictions

aimed at preventing the

spread of the coronavirus.

Rather the curb the

crowds as virus cases spike

across the U.S., Trump is

simply shifting his event

across the banks of the

Colorado River to Bullhead

City, Arizona. The move is

the latest example of

Trump's efforts to downplay

the virus and condemn

Democratic leaders in states

such as Nevada who have

imposed limits on

gatherings to combat the

worst public health crisis in

more than a century.

That was a message

Trump emphasized on

Tuesday as he campaigned

in Michigan and Wisconsin,

critical battlegrounds with

Democratic governors who

have set restrictions to

address the pandemic.

"Speaking of lockdowns,

let's get your governor to

open it up," Trump said in

West Salem, Wisconsin.

Biden faces challenges in quickly

combating the pandemic

WILIMINGTON : If Joe Biden wins next

week's election, he says he'll immediately call

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top

infectious-disease expert. He'll work with

governors and local officials to institute a

nationwide mask-wearing mandate and ask

Congress to pass a sweeping spending bill by

the end of January to address the

coronavirus and its fallout, reports UNB.

That alone would mark a significant shift

from President Donald Trump, who has

feuded with scientists, struggled to broker a

new stimulus deal and reacted to the recent

surge in U.S. virus cases by insisting the

country is "rounding the turn."

But Biden would still face significant

political challenges in combating the worst

public health crisis in a century. He will

encounter the limits of federal powers when

it comes to mask requirements and is sure to

face resistance from Republicans who may

buck additional spending.

"There are no magic wands," said Dr.

Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public

health practice at Johns Hopkins University

and former Maryland state health

department chief who recently briefed Biden

on reopening schools during the pandemic.

"It's not like there's an election, and then the

virus beats a hasty retreat."

Biden's handling of the coronavirus is

taking on new urgency as cases spike around

the country. Average deaths per day

nationwide are up 10% over the past two

weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday,

according to data from Johns Hopkins

University. Confirmed infections per day are

rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34.

Meanwhile, a fresh outbreak of cases at the

White House among Vice President Mike

Pence's staff has revived concerns about the

impact of the virus on the government.

The early days of a Biden administration

would be consumed by a pandemic

response. "I'm here to tell you we can and

will get control of this virus," Biden said

Tuesday during a campaign stop in Georgia.

"As president, I will never wave the white flag

of surrender."

A $3 trillion spending package that cleared

the Democratic-controlled House has stalled in

the Senate, where Republicans currently hold

the majority. Biden has called the Senate GOP

"so damn stupid" for not passing that measure,

but has failed to propose a single

comprehensive package of his own.

Instead, he has said Congress should

approve $30 billion to help schools reopen

and has proposed a $700 billion economic

plan. But that plan isn't solely focused on the

coronavirus and includes provisions to boost

industries like manufacturing to create jobs

and help revive the economy when the

pandemic begins to subside.

Biden also wants to declare reopening

schools a "national emergency" and access

potentially billions more dollars in Federal

Emergency Management Agency disaster

response aid. He'd seek a national system for

tracing the exposure path for those

diagnosed with the virus - part of a larger

public health corps that Biden suggests

might function like the civilian-led

conservation corps that President Franklin

Delano Roosevelt created during the New

Deal. And he's vowed to increase testing

capacity in every state until the U.S. is

screening daily the 7.5 million people it

currently tests per week, according to the

Covid Tracking Project.


THURSDAY, oCToBER 29, 2020

8

Musician Arnob ties knot with

long time girlfriend

TBT REpoRT

Musician Shayan Chowdhury

Arnob has tied knot with his

long time girlfriend Rabindra

Sangeet singer Sunidhi Nayak

in Kolkata.

Their marriage took place in

Asansol, West Bengal on

Wednesday. Arnab's cousin

and actress Rafiath Rashid

Mithila's younger sister

Missouri Rashid confirmed the

matter to media.

She said, "Arnab's registry

marriage took place yesterday

in Asansol, West Bengal."

Meanwhile, producer and

Mithila's husband Srijit

Mukherjee had earlier posted

a post on Facebook

congratulating Arnob-Sunidhi.

"It's important news that

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has gifted a car to a

member of her staff. She was spotted in

Mumbai, handing him the keys of his new car

and also performing a puja with him.

The video shows Jacqueline in a traffic

cop's costume. She is asked to step back

as her staff member breaks a coconut

on the road, next to the new car.

Others around them cheer as the

coconut spills water in first stroke.

The source shared, "On the

auspicious occasion of Dussehra,

Jacqueline surprised a member of her

staff who has been with her

since she made her

debut in Bollywood,

she gifted the member

a car but didn't know

when it would've

delivered hence

Jacqueline can be

seen donning the

uniform of a

traffic police

inspector

because she

was on the

sets of her

film.

Previously,

Jacqueline

had also

gifted a

car to

her

makeup artist

and is known for

being very kind

hearted and loving

towards everyone in

life."

Jacqueline also shared a

picture from the sets of the

movie on Instagram. "How

was everyone's Sunday?? Fun

project coming up soon!

#myhappyplace," she wrote along

with a picture in which she is also

seen holding a coffee mug. The Kick

actor also shared a few Instagram

stories of her getting ready for the

you're lost," he wrote.

Congratulations. Arnob wrote

in reply, "Thank you." Sharing

the post, Sunidhi wrote,

'Alright'.

Earlier, Arnob married

Indian-Bangladeshi musician

Sahana Bajpaie in 2001. They

divorced in 2008 after 7 years

of marriage.

After that Sahana married a

citizen of London but Arnob

remained bachelor till

yesterday.

Jacqueline gifts swanky new

car to her staff member

upcoming project.

Recently, she extended gratitude to

her fans as her follower count on

Instagram hit the 46 million

mark. She shared three nearlytopless

pictures in which she

was seen holding a bunch

of yellow and pink roses

against herself. "Love

you, thank you," she

wrote in the

caption of

one of the

pictures.

Jacqueline

will be seen in

Kick 2 with

Salman Khan

and in Cirkus

with Ranveer

Singh. She also has

Bhoot Police with

Saif Ali Khan, Yam

Gautam and Arjun

Kapoor. She also

has a film with

John Abraham

called Attack. Her

podcast Feels

Good with

Amanda Cerny

was also released

recently.

Souerce: indiatvnews.com

TBT REpoRT

Launch of a dark-comedy thriller - 'Mainkar

Chipay' announced on ZEE5 Global, the first

Bangladeshi Original, at a virtual press

conference on Tuesday. The announcement

was made by Archana Anand, Chief Business

Officer, ZEE5 Global.

She also announced the development and

production of three new Bangladeshi content

projects over the next few months, with more

in the pipeline. The announcements were

made at a star-studded event attended by the

likes of Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Nusraat Faria,

Afran Nisho, Bidya Sinha Mim, Arifin Shuvoo

and many more. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, the

former Minister of Cultural Affairs of

Bangladesh, Vice Chairman of Asiatic 360,

and a legendary veteran actor himself, also

graced the event with his presence. The event

also saw the trailer of the upcoming venture

being unveiled. All these shows will be

available to ZEE5 Global subscribers in over

190 countries.

The film is set to release on 9th November

and will mark the beginning of ZEE5's

Bangladeshi Original Content chapter.

"We're super excited to shoot the first

Bangladeshi original on Zee 5. The film was shot

in record time and we wrote the script in a way

that didn't require a large crew or a lot of

equipment. It's a crime thriller comedy and we

really hope people have as much fun watching it

as we did making it," said Director Abrar Athar.

Amit Goenka, President - Digital Businesses

& Platforms, ZEE Entertainment said,

"Investing in local content that resonates with

global audiences and building out strong local

Actor Faruk

to land Dhaka

today

TBT REpoRT

Bangladeshi veteran actor cum politician Akbar

Hossain Pathan (Faruk) will land to Dhaka

today from Singapore.

He is set to fly in on an evening flight after

being diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) in

Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Faruk, along with his wife Farhana Faruk, was

flown to Singapore by a special flight on

September 13 amid Covid-19 pandemic as

doctors could not identify his disease here after

several tests were conducted on him.

The veteran actor, also a Member of

Parliament from Dhaka-17 constituency, was

under treatment and observation for a month

under four doctors including Li Ching.

The actor said to media from Singapore,

"After few tests the doctors found TB in my

blood and later I recovered after going through

treatment for a month. Now the doctors

permitted me to return to Bangladesh after

completing important heath check-up."

Faruk said, "By the grace of Almighty and

prayer of all loved one and well wishers I am

now in good health condition. I will be returning

to Bangladesh today in a flight at 3:30 pm of

Biman Bangladesh Airlines."

Launch of 'Mainkar Chipay'

on ZEE5 Global announced

partnerships is high on our agenda this year.

Bangladesh is a high priority market for us and

we're very glad to be rolling out our first set of

Originals in this market today as a first step

towards our vision for strong collaborations

with this market."

Announcing the line-up, Archana Anand,

Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said:

"Bangladesh has an immense pool of talented

directors and artistes and rich cultural stories.

In line with our vision of creating rich local

narratives with the local talent, and giving

them a global audience, we're thrilled to be

announcing a slate of multiple projects, and

the launch of our very first Bangladeshi

Original - Mainkar Chipay. We have brought

together the best of talent from Bangladesh to

create these unique narratives which are sure

to resonate with viewers, not just in this region

but across the globe."

Nicole Kidman on Big

Little Lies Season 3

The third season of the criticallyacclaimed

series Big Little Lies is being

actively developed by writer Liane

Moriarty, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman

has revealed.

The show's first season, which debuted

in 2017, was based on Moriarty's novel of

the same name. The second season came

out in 2019. Kidman, 53, featured in the

David E Kelley-created series alongside

the likes Reese Witherspoon, Shailene

Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz.

In an interview with Jam Nation,

Kidman was asked about the status of

season three and the actor shared that its

story is being "concocted".

"There's a story being concocted. Liane

Moriarty is working on a book. Our group

of women all wants to do it. It's more the

kernel of ideas that just need to be

solidified," the actor said.

Earlier this month, Kidman told Marie

Claire Australia that the makers have

come up with a "really good idea" for

season three.

"Reese and I talk or text once a week.

She's just moved back to Nashville and

we're really close. We all just want to work

together again. I texted Zoe and Laura

and they're in. David and Liane have a

really good idea for it," she had said.

Kidman, Witherspoon, Kelly, and

Moriarty also serve as executive

producers.

Kidman currently stars in the HBO

miniseries The Undoing, which

premiered on October 25.

The Hollywood star will also be seen in

Nine Perfect Strangers, a miniseries from

Hulu which reunites her with Kelley and

Moriarty.

Source: indianexpress.com

H o R o S C o p E

ARIES

(March 21 - April 20) : Today you

could complete a creative project that

you've been working on for a while,

Aries. You will be more than happy

with the results and inspired to move on to bigger

and better things. You will feel strong enough to

take on just about any type of project. It's possible

that you might get started on the next one right

away. Don't wear yourself out!

TAURUS

(April 21 - May 21) : Things seem to be

returning to normal after the hectic

pace of late, Taurus. Life has slowed

down, and the energy is lower but

more peaceful. There's also no rush to get anything

done. The deadlines can be postponed to another

day. You might take whatever spare time you have

to just lie back and enjoy the quiet. Don't feel guilty.

You can work hard again tomorrow!

GEMINI

(May 22 - June 21) : Have you been

waiting for a letter or call from a

business or romantic partner for a long

time, Gemini? If so, you will probably

receive it today. Don't be surprised if it's long! News

and useful information could be exchanged. You will

feel energized and determined once the

communication is completed. The partnership's

future goals will be more strictly defined as a result.

CANCER

(June 22 - July 23) : Your time finally

seems to be your own, Cancer. There

are probably no rush jobs to finish, no

urgent phone calls to make, and no

one looking over your shoulder. This causes a

significant release of stress, and you're better able

than usual to focus on what you have in front of you.

In the evening, relax at home, order delivery, and

watch a movie.

LEo

(July 24 - Aug. 23): A love relationship

seems more stable than usual today, Leo.

The security wraps itself around you like

a blanket as you consider the events

leading up to this new sense of commitment. You and

your partner may spend the evening doing nothing

more than being together, which feels great! Mark this

day in your memory so you can recall it whenever your

insecurities get the better of you.

VIRGo

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): Today you may

not feel much like working, and you

might even decide to play hooky from

your responsibilities, Virgo. If you have

nothing urgent to do, consider indulging this whim.

Relax with a good book and a cup of tea. Watch a

favorite movie. Take a long walk in a beautiful park.

In the evening, cuddle with a love partner. Savor the

day's gentle energy.

LIBRA

(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): A community issue

may come up today concerning you

and your neighbors, Libra. Perhaps a

virtual meeting will be held. Something

requires change in your neighborhood, and most of

you are probably firmly united behind it. This bodes

well for your future, so you will probably feel good

about the entire situation after the gathering breaks

up. Onward and upward!

SCoRpIo

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22): A new

opportunity could come your way

today, Scorpio. There's no promise or

guarantee, but there is an indication

that if you devote yourself thoroughly, your chances

of progress are pretty good over the next month for

any activity that you begin today. Keep up the good

work and keep smiling! The latter action is as

important as the former.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): Have you wanted

to take a certain online course or

workshop, Sagittarius? If so, this is a

good day to consider all the details, make

some phone calls, or enroll. As far as your educational

goals go, you're very focused. You're apt to stick with

any program you decide to tackle. You're also apt to

learn more quickly and retain more. Think about it,

read the pertinent literature, then make some calls!

CApRICoRN

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): Decisions regarding

investments, savings, or other financial

matters might need attention today,

Capricorn. Don't panic. You're in the right

frame of mind for this. Your business sense is at an alltime

high, as is your ability to focus on the task at hand.

Intuition plays a strong role. Even if you don't feel like it,

it's important to get this done. Tomorrow you might not

be quite as focused as you are today.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : Have you and a friend

been discussing the possibility of going

into business together? If so, Aquarius, the

two of you might want to have some

serious discussions now about the nature of the

business, how it should be structured, and what the

financial arrangements may be. You're both sharp

enough to see both the promise and the downside of

your enterprise. Get some paper and pens and go to it!

pISCES

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : Has a certain

project been a drag for you lately,

Pisces? Don't be surprised if today you

get your second wind. You're looking

at your tasks in a practical manner, your interest in

them is up, and you're able to accomplish them

quickly and efficiently with minimal stress.

Relationships should also be going well. Make the

most of this while you can!


THURSDAY, OCTOBeR 29, 2020

9

Shakib had to stay out of the field for a year due to the ban imposed by the International Cricket

Council (ICC).

Photo: BCB

Shakib’s participation gives T20

tournament a new dimension

Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket

Board (BCB)-organized Twenty20

tournament is set to get a new

dimension because of the participation

of the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan,

reports BSS.

The Poster Boy of Bangladesh cricket

is set to return to competitive cricket

with the tournament, which BCB would

organize in mid-November.

Shakib had to stay out of the field for

a year due to the ban imposed by the

International Cricket Council (ICC).

It is believed Shakib's 'comeback' T20

tournament has already got an extra

importance.

It is not yet to be sure whether the

T20 tournament will be a Corporate

T20 tournament but some corporate

houses and some individuals had

already expressed interest in

sponsoring the tournament and buying

'Worst time to resign'

says under-fire Barca

president

Sports Desk; Underpressure

Barcelona

president Josep Maria

Bartomeu suggested

Monday that "now would be

the worst time" to leave his

post, reports BSS.

Bartomeu faces a vote of

no confidence after

turbulent times at the Camp

Nou, not least the stand off

with club legend Lionel

Messi who was blocked from

leaving this summer.

Speaking after a board

meeting Bartomeu said:

"There are lots of issues. I

believe that it would be the

worst time to leave Barca to

an interim management

board". A caretaker board

would assume control until

new elections should

Bartomeu stand down.

A petition against him

passed the required 16,250

signatures last month.

In the referendum which

Bartomeu wants to be held

on November 15/16, his

opponents will need two

thirds of the votes cast to

remove him.

Presidential elections

would likely be held in

January or February,

slightly ahead of the

scheduled date in March.

Bartomeu is not running.

His departure could affect

the future of Messi, who

explained in September how

the way the club is run had

been a key reason for his

attempt to leave.

Victor Font is one of the

leading candidates to

succeed Bartomeu and has

linked his campaign to the

arrival of Messi's former

teammate Xavi Hernandez

as coach, although Font

suggested this week Ronald

Koeman could also continue

with Xavi taking up a

different role. Joan Laporta,

the president who appointed

Pep Guardiola coach in

2008, is also in the running.

Bartomeu's opponents

want to stage the

referendum next week, but

coronavirus.

a team. After the BCB President's Cup

final on Sunday, BCB president

Nazmul Hassan Papon also said, "It is

not yet certain what kind of

tournament the T20 will be. However,

the five-team T20 tournament will start

on November 15."

The BCB president informed that

Shakib Al Hasan will play in the

tournament. Because, the best allrounder

in the world will be free from

ban before that.

"We have already talked to him and

he said he would play the tournament.

He will return to the country from the

USA before the tournament," Papon

informed.

The BCB president also added,

"There are some sponsors who want to

be with us (BCB) in this tournament.

However, they are not a sponsor of

BPL. Everyone is new. Now, if

sponsorship is available for five teams,

it could be a corporate league."

Meanwhile, the BCB has started

looking for a sponsor after seeing the

interest of various corporate houses to

take part in the T20 tournament.

BCB chief executive Nizam Uddin

Chowdhury said: "BCB is looking for

sponsors for the T20 tournament. For

this, advertisement will be given

officially. Those who are interested will

be asked to sponsor the team. '

The BCB CEO added, "It's not just

about being an established or large

corporate house, any person or entity

who can fulfill the conditions of the

BCB can also be a sponsor if they show

interest." The Players Draft will be held

if the T20 tournament gets corporate

houses and it is believed most of the

houses will chase Shakib Al Hasan to

have him in the team.

Mbappe has already decided

to leave PSG amid Real

Madrid links, says Rami

Sports Desk: Kylian Mbappe's days as a

Paris Saint-Germain player are numbered,

according to the striker's former France

team-mate Adil Rami, reports AP.

The 21-year-old has been repeatedly linked

with Real Madrid, while Premier League

champions Liverpool have also been touted

as having an interest in his future.

Mbappe is contracted to PSG until the end

of the 2021-22 season, and if he holds off

signing a new contract then the prospects of

him leaving before then may increase.

He could join fellow World Cup winner

Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu,

and Rami is convinced Mbappe is planning

for a future away from the Parc des Princes.

Speaking on RMC Sport show Top of the

Foot, Rami said the lack of news about a new

deal for Mbappe at PSG makes his exit an

inevitability. "I think it's done, especially

since it's not moving forward in the

[contract] discussions," Rami said when

quizzed on the possibility of the Frenchman

signing for Madrid. "You have the

impression that it annoys him to talk about

it, he does not talk about it with the club, his

entourage.

"And from the moment where it annoys

him, it means he does not want to hear it. It

is awkward for him. "His future is all

mapped out and it's sad for the Parisians,

even for Ligue 1. I love this player."

Rami, who was a member of France's 2018

World Cup-winning squad alongside

Mbappe, is now playing in Portugal with

Boavista. Mbappe has shown startling form

in the early years of his career, following up

his 33 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 with 18 from

20 games in the truncated subsequent

campaign. This season he has begun with six

goals and three assists in four starts and an

appearance off the bench for PSG in their

domestic campaign.

He will be back in contention for a place in

Thomas Tuchel's starting XI when the

reigning Ligue 1 champions take in a trip to

Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions

League. PSG will arrive at the Fatih Terim

Stadium on Wednesday looking to bounce

back from a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester

United in their opening Group H fixture,

with Mbappe confident of a strong response.

"It's not the first time that we've lost the

first match of the group stage. We know how

to react," he told PSG's official website.

"The matches succeed each other quickly

and we'll try to win in Istanbul in order to

honour the shirt and the club."

The French forward has been tipped to seal a move away from Parc des

Princes by a former international team-mate.

Photo: AP

Nadal nets

sixth place in

Mallorca golf

tournament

Sports Desk: Two weeks

after his 13th French Open

title Rafael Nadal proved his

prowess in another sporting

arena when he finished tied

sixth in the Balearic Golf

Pro-Am Championships on

Monday, reports BSS.

The 34-year-old, who

boasts a handicap of 0.3,

came in 10 shots behind the

winner after the three day

tournament in Llucmajor on

his native Mallorca, Marca

reported.

The world number two in

his chosen sport of tennis

followed up 74s in the

opening two rounds with a

77 on Monday in the

combined Pro-Am event

won by Sebastian Garcia.

Nadal swops clubs for

rackets when he returns to

the court for the Paris

Masters at Bercy starting

next Monday.

At the French Open, Nadal

beat world number one

Novak Djokovic in a onesided

final to move level with

Roger Federer on 20 Grand

Slam titles.

Aguero out

for up to a

month says

Guardiola

Sports Desk: Manchester

City striker Sergio Aguero

will be out for perhaps as

much as a month, coach Pep

Guardiola told a press

conference in Marseille on

Monday, reports BSS.

City will be without the

Argentine on Tuesday

against Marseille in the

Champions League.

Aguero, who had just

returned from injury,

suffered a muscle problem

in the Premier League draw

at West Ham on Saturday.

"We knew he wasn't in the

best condition," Guardiola

said. "When you are out four

or five months for a knee

injury you always have the

risk when you come back of

injuries."

"It will be 10-15 days

minimum. If it is longer it

will be three weeks to a

month. I don't know."

Guardiola said he wants

"Sergio to come back when

he has fully recovered. We

miss him a lot. What he has

done for this club is

extraordinary, he is a City

legend."

Injured Rohit left

out of India's squad

for Australia tour

Sports Desk: Senior

batsman Rohit Sharma was

left out of India's upcoming

tour of Australia due to injury

when the country's cricket

board announced the Test

and limited-overs squads on

Monday, reports BSS.

Paceman Ishant Sharma

also misses out of the highlyanticipated

series that

includes four Tests, three

one-day internationals and

three Twenty20 matches in

the coming months.

"The BCCI Medical Team

will continue to monitor the

progress of Rohit Sharma

and Ishant Sharma," the

Board of Control for Cricket

in India said in a statement.

Rohit, captain of Indian

Premier League defending

champions Mumbai

Indians, injured his

hamstring in a game on

October 18 and missed his

team's next two matches.

Ishant was ruled out of the

T20 tournament after

playing just one match for

Delhi Capitals following a

muscle tear during training

session earlier this month.

Opening batsman KL

Rahul has returned to the

18-member Test team after

his prolific scoring in the IPL

being held behind closed

doors in the United Arab

Emirates.

Ibrahimovic strikes twice

but Roma level three

times in Milan stalemate

Sports Desk: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored

twice but AC Milan dropped their first points

of the Serie A season as Roma came from

behind to draw 3-3 at the San Siro on

Monday, reports BSS.

In a game played in an empty stadium

after the imposition of a coronavirus curfew,

Milan were without goalkeeper Gianluigi

Donnarumma and young Norwegian striker

Jens Petter Hauge, who the club announced

earlier on Monday had tested positive for

Covid-19.

Veteran Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian

Tatarusanu, who joined Milan in September,

made his debut in place of Donnarumma,

and was twice caught on his line from

corners and also spilled a shot in the build up

to Roma's second-half penalty.

Ibrahimovic struck after just two minutes,

running onto a diagonal pass behind the

defence from Rafael Leao and poking the ball

past goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Milan's problems at corners were not

entirely the fault of Tatarusanu. Edin Dzeko

was unmarked in front of goal when he

headed his team's first equaliser after 13

minutes.

Milan started the second half as they had

the first. Portuguese winger Leao outpaced

his fullback and laid the ball back to Belgian

Alexis Saelemaekers who guided a shot in

from 10 yards.

French midfielder Jordan Veretout

levelled from the penalty spot after 70

minutes following a clumsy challenge by

Ismael Bennacer.

Ibrahimovic completed his third double in

three league appearances with a penalty after

78 minutes, but had an unwitting assist as

Roma levelled for a third time.

The Swede jumped to meet an 83rd

minute corner but only deflected it to the far

post where Roma's Albanian defender

Marash Kumbulla slid in to volley Roma's

third equaliser from close range with

Tatarusanu stranded. Milan, with 13 points,

remain at the top of the standings, two points

ahead of Napoli who have won all four games

they have played, and Sassuolo. Roma

remained ninth.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice but AC Milan dropped their first points of

the Serie A season as Roma came from behind to draw 3-3 at the San Siro

on Monday.

Photo: AP

Saha, Warner and Rashid

demolish Delhi Capitals

Sports Desk: Sunrisers Hyderabad kept

their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive

with a dominant victory over Delhi Capitals.

Playing stellar roles were Wriddhiman Saha,

David Warner and Rashid Khan as they

completed a 88-run victory giving their Net

Run Rate a fillip, reports Cricbuzz.

All thanks mainly to Warner, who could do

little wrong on his 34th birthday. At the toss,

he got what he wanted (to bat first) despite

losing. To top it off, the surprise move of

dropping Jonny Bairstow (for Kane

Williamson) and opening with Saha seemed

to pay off just in the first couple of overs.

Saha outscored Warner comfortably in the

first half of the powerplay. But the innings

really picked up momentum when Warner

too got stuck into Delhi's attack, particularly

their lead pacer and Purple Cap Holder

Kagiso Rabada. After picking up 12 from an

Anrich Nortje over, Warner opened his front

leg to smash Rabada off his lines, and picked

up 22 of his second over. Within the blink of

an eye, he had notched up a 25-ball fifty

within the powerplay. And with that also

racked up 77/0 in the powerplay,

BCB President's Cup hero Sumon

Khan now eying top level cricket

Sports Desk: After hogging the limelight

through BCB President's Cup, fast bowler

Sumon Khan now sets his target to play at

International level and shifts his focus now

solely on that, reports BSS.

Sumon Khan finished the tournament

with nine wickets, including 5-38 in the final

that earned him the best bowler of the

match. He is also one of the five players to get

the President's Special Award.

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon

particularly singled out his name as one of

the findings of the tournament. However

Sumon Khan's didn't follow the path to what

others follow as a cricketing journey.

While most of the cricketers go the path of

aged-level cricket, Sumon Khan didn't come

from there. In fact he was studying in BBA in

comfortably the highest of IPL 2020.

He'd played only one game all season and

scored a run-a-ball 31 but today, he made the

difference for SRH with a brilliant 45-ball 87.

Delhi's extra pace played into his strengths

quite well and Saha responded with aplomb,

using the glides and drives along with a few

pulls too. The spinners were read expertly to

be lofted, and no one was spared of his clean

striking. If the 107-run opening stand was

not enough, Saha would also add 63 with

Manish Pandey who came in next. By the

time Delhi went to a more effective ploy of

taking the pace off, the damage had been

done, and was severe.

The attack had the look of a deer caught in

the headlights after the initial onslaught. But

Delhi did not waver from their original plans

despite the caning. Apart from not taking the

pace off against Saha, the biggest setback came

through an expensive Rabada, who went for 54

in his four overs. Tushar Deshpande was

unable to provide any relief either during

Rabada's off day while R Ashwin continued to

be lacklustre for the second game running

despite picking the wicket of Warner.

North South University but such was the

passion for cricket that he left the university

after his fourth semester to pursue study in

BKSP as he wants to play cricket.

His passion is key to what position he

reaches at this moment. But Sumon Khan's

goal is bigger.

"In fact, from the day I left my studies in

North South and went to cricket, all my

attention has been on cricket. I will go ahead

with cricket, I hope to play at the top level.

One day I will play," Sumon Khan said here

today.

"The tournament (BCB President's Cup)

went very well for me as I got the opportunity

to give my best. It's a short tournament, I

have tried to do well, by the grace of Allah I

have done well, the feeling is really good."


THURSDAY, OCTOBeR 29, 2020 10

Premier Bank : Bank of mass people

MD. TAReq UDDIN

Banking has become the main driving

force of any country's economy. The

Premier Bank Limited, one of the

major private sector banks, has been

playing a similar role in the country's

economy. This third generation top

bank is not only contributing to the

development of business but also

playing a commendable role in

alleviating poverty and creating selfemployment

for the poor and the

destitute at the grassroots level.

The main reason behind this is the

founder of this bank, the heroic

freedom fighter, former MP Dr. H. B.

M. Iqbal. The philosophy that is

constantly stirred in this heroic

freedom fighter is that we fought the

war of liberation under the direction of

Bangabandhu, with the aim of

establishing a happy, prosperous, selfreliant

and exploitation-free

Bangladesh. Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman has spoken in every one of his

speeches about changing the destiny of

the poor and miserable people.He

spoke of the creation of their selfemployment,

the establishment of a

happy and prosperous self-reliant

Sonar Bangla. In that light he has

added these to the basic policy of the

state.He said that Premier Bank

Limited is the product of this

ideological thinking. The bank is not

only investing in the development of

industry and commerce, but is also

directly helping the poorest to change

their fortunes by providing interest /

low interest loans, which is bringing

huge benefits to the economy of

Bangladesh.

The third generation bank has 120

branches. In fact, this bank is a bit

different than other banks. Because

this bank is not only giving importance

to profit making, it is also giving

important initiatives and role in

poverty alleviation.

Efficient and experienced leadership

is the main condition for the smooth

running of any organization. No

organization can move forward

without visionary and efficient

leadership. From that point of view,

Premier Bank has a skilled and

experienced board of directors and

management authority. The bank's

advisor is the renowned banker,

economist Mohammad Ali, and the

managing director and CEO is the

eminent banker M.S. Reazul Karim,

FCMA.In their overall management,

the Bank has made unprecedented

progress in massive infrastructural

development, enhanced human

resource excellence and diversification

of customer service and products to

make the best use of modern

information technology.

Premier Bank Limited has come out

of the traditional conventional banking

system of the country. A few years ago,

this bank used to conduct traditional

banking like ten other banks. The bank

has made many changes in this regard.

As per the instruction of valiant

Freedom Fighter and Bank Chairman

Dr. H. B. M. Iqbal, Premier Bank has

now reached out to the masses.In

particular, the bank is working to bring

a large number of customers, including

cottage, small, medium, agricultural

and women entrepreneurs, under

banking. Not only have that, for the

last three years, more importance has

been given to alternative banking

channels than the conventional ones.

Digital apps have already been

launched. Customers get better service

through these apps.

ATM booths, agent banking, subbranches

have been introduced as

alternative channels. The number of

accounts has also increased. RMG is

making a huge contribution in the

sector. The growth of this bank in

import and export is better than many

other banks.

Premier Bank Limited continues to

make significant contributions to the

country's garment industry. The bank

has accounts of more than 260 exportoriented

garments industries. From

this it can be realized that this bank is

making important contribution in the

development of garment industry of

the country. Apart from this, the bank

is also providing grassroots banking

services in other sectors of industrial

trade. The bank's chairman Dr. H. B.

M. Iqbal believes that today's child is

the citizen of tomorrow and has the

potential entrepreneurial mentality

hidden in him or her. That is why he

has introduced school banking.

Premier Bank is a pioneer in school

banking in Bangladesh. So far 53,743

student accounts have been opened in

different branches of the bank. The

amount of their deposit is also above

Tk 11 crore 15 lakh. This deposit saves

their tiffin money they are

depositing.It is through the initiative of

this bank that children and adolescents

have become accustomed to the

banking system and have not been able

to develop themselves as worthy

citizens of the future. Even during the

coronavirus epidemic, the bank has

been able to contribute to the country's

economic activities and continues to

do so.

The government has tasked the

banking sector with disbursing Tk

5,000 crore as an incentive for the

export sector, including garments, to

cope with the economic crisis caused

by the coronavirus infection. Premier

Bank has opened accounts for about

40,000 garment workers and

distributed salaries for the three

months of April-May-June through

those accounts. These employees are

now involved in the banking system

and have access to modern banking.

The bank has also opened a bank

account of Tk 10 in the light of

government directives and farmers are

getting government assistance through

this account. Farmers now have

deposits of around Tk 1.5 crore in

4,000 accounts.

Premier Bank Limited has given

more importance to the SME sector.

Mohammad Ali, an advisor to the

bank, thinks that today's successful

SME borrowers will emerge as the

biggest corporate customers of the

future. At the same time, the country's

economy will expand, employment

will grow and it will have a positive

impact on national production.

Premier Bank has been leading the

digital banking business since its

inception. At present, that trend has

accelerated, resulting in increased

customer service. Customers are able

to enjoy a variety of benefits, including

transactions, from the comfort of their

own home. It is integrating the

country's banking sector with

international banking and has been

able to establish itself on a par with

banking in developed countries.

Premier Bank Managing Director

and CEO, eminent banker personality

M. Reazul Karim, FCMA said, "With

the foresight of our Board of Directors,

we have moved forward with our

duties and in continuation of this,

Premier Bank has come forward with

an exceptional work plan during

coronavirus pandemic." We have

deployed manpower where it is needed

and all kinds of facilities including

annual increment of all officers and

employees as per rules continue.We

are working to cut the coronvirus

recession and make an effective

contribution to the domestic economy

through other banking activities,

including state debt incentives. "

This private sector bank is operating

with utmost care and confidence. It

has been able to set an example of

consistent financial results, corporate

good governance, ethics, transparency,

accountability and proper

performance in social responsibility.

The main person behind these

achievements is the efficiency of the

chairman of the board of directors Dr.

H. B. M. Iqbal. He guarded the bank

like a guardian angel.

He said, "It is true that we are the

founders of the bank and we have

established the bank. But we do not

own this bank. Owners are the

customers who have deposited here. It

is our responsibility to protect the

deposited money. He constantly

reminds the bank executives about

this". He further said, "Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman has made the country

independent and we have become

entrepreneurs of the bank. You can

become officers of the bank including

MD and DMD." If the country was not

independent, then one would have

been a clerk. So much development, so

many banks, so many industries could

not have been possible if the country

did not get freedom".

So everyone has to work with

honesty and dedication. Under his

guidance, Premier Bank has been

able to establish itself as a people's

bank. Rural farmers and even the

poorest of the poor have been able

to join the bank and improve their

quality of life through micro-credit.

The modern bank of the time

Premier Bank Limited is entering

its 22nd year of establishment.

Marking this great occasion we

wish good luck to all and constant

love to everyone.

The writer is Md. Tareq Uddin,

SVP, Head of Brand Marketing

and Communication, The

Premier Bank Limited.

Premier Bank celebrates 21 years of growth

The Premier Bank Ltd celebrated their 2 decades of successful operations

at a spectacular event held under the banner of "Celebrating 21 years of

Growth Together" recently. The event, held at the bank's head office, was

inaugurated by the Premier Bank's founder Chairman, Freedom Fighter

Dr. H.B.M.

Photo: Courtesy

The Premier Bank Ltd

celebrated their 2 decades of

successful operations at a

spectacular event held under

the banner of "Celebrating 21

years of Growth Together"

recently. The event, held at the

bank's head office, was

inaugurated by the Premier

Bank's founder Chairman,

Freedom Fighter Dr. H.B.M.

The event rejoiced all the

significant milestones of their 21

year journey with special

emphasis on how they are

proud and humbled to have

played an important role in

transforming the economic

sector and facilitating the

development of the country as a

key financial player. It is this role

that has contributed to earning

the trust, appreciation and

respect of the people and other

organizations solidifying their

position as one of the leading

private banks now-a-days, a

press release said.

Dr. H.B.M. Iqbal, who is a

renowned Freedom Fighter

and one of the pioneers of the

country's financial sector, led

the celebrations of the day as the

events Chief Guest. Joining him

as special guests were M. Reazul

Karim (FCMA), the Managing

Director and CEO of the

Premier Bank; Golam Awlia,

Additional Managing Director

of the bank. In his speech at the

celebration, Chairman Dr.

H.B.M. Iqbal stated, "Ever since

we started way back in 1999, we

strived every single day to

perform our best and keep our

promise of "Service first" which

has helped us rise to a position

of trust while earning the love

and respect of the people. Our

bank has been playing an

important role in the

development of various sectors

of the country and we have

garnered massive success in

many different areas. However,

without your continuous help

and support for the last 20

years, we would not have

reached recent position."

The Managing Director and

CEO of the bank M. Reazul

Karim (FCMA) thanked

everyone and said, "Despite

the effect of pandemic, our

deposit has grown by 9.67%

from the year end of 2019

(from BDT 20,977.62 crore as

on 31.12.2019 to BDT

23,005.41 as on 25.10.2020).

During the same time, our

loans and advances has grown

by 10.01% (from BDT

18,824.74 crore as on

31.12.2019 to BDT 20,709.73

crore as on 25.10.2020). We

hope that within the next five

years, premier bank will

achieve all the parameters and

become one of the top most

profitable banks in the

country."

The Horishchar Bazar Sub-branch of First Security Islami Bank Ltd. recently started its operation

recently at Hanif Tower, Horishchar Bazar, Lalmai, Cumilla with a view to providing shariah based

modern banking services to its clients. Syed Waseque Md Ali, Managing Director of First Security

Islami Bank inaugurated the sub-branch through Video Conference. Among others, Abdul Aziz and

Md. Mustafa Khair, Additional Managing Director(s), Md. Zahurul Haque, Deputy Managing

Director along with other officials were present at the occasion. A Doa Mahfil was organized in this

regard.

Photo: Courtesy

Jamuna

Bank gets its

New DMD

Md. Fazlur Rahman

Chowdhury appointed as the

Deputy Managing Director

recently. Chowdhury will

take the role of the Head of

Corporate Banking Division

as well as the Regional Head

Md. Fazlur Rahman

of Chattogram Zone, a press

release said.

Prior to joining Jamuna

Bank, Chowdhury was the

Additional Deputy Managing

Director & Head of

Chattogram Zone leading 27

(twenty seven) branches.

Chowdhury has around 25

years of experience in

banking service and has held

senior management

positions in different

capacities mainly focused in

Corporate Banking, Credit

Management and Branch

Banking. He started his

banking career in 1995 as

Probationary Officer (2nd

Batch) with Eastern Bank

Ltd and joined ONE Bank

Ltd, Agrabad Branch as AVP

& Branch Credit Head in

2000. He worked as

Agrabad Branch Manager

for seven years and was

honored with "Best Manager

Award" during his tenure.

Chowdhury completed his

Masters in Accounting from

University of Chittagong. He

completed CA Article ship

from Rahman Rahman

Huq. He was awarded as one

of the Top Class Deputy

Governors of the Year 2017 -

18 in Rotary International

under Rotary District 3282.

He attended many training

and workshops in home and

abroad.

Standard Bank Ltd donated 75,000 pcs blankets for the cold stricken

people to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Prime Minister & Leader of the

People Sheikh Hasina joined the program through video conferencing.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Standard Bank Ltd. Kazi Akram

Uddin Ahmed handed over the blankets to Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Principle

Secretary of Prime Minister.

Photo: Courtesy

Trumps says will pass 'best

stimulus' after election

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump

said Tuesday that Republicans will approve a

pandemic rescue package for the US

economy after the November 3 election,

seeming to concede defeat on efforts to reach

a deal this week, reports BSS.

He also improbably predicted Republicans

would regain control of the lower house of

Congress, and blamed House Speaker Nancy

Pelosi for the impasse in talks over steps to

help counteract the devastating impact that

the health crisis has had on households and

businesses.

"She's not interested in helping the

people," Trump told reporters at the White

House.

"But after the election we will get the best

stimulus package you've ever seen because I

think we're going to take back the House,"

said Trump, who is trailing well behind

former vice president Joe Biden in the polls.

After months of negotiations between

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven

Mnuchin, and despite signs of recent

progress, there appears to be no time left to

get the deal approved before Trump and

Biden go before voters next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Republican Senate Majority

Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the

upper house of Congress after rushing

through confirmation of a conservative

Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett,

late Monday. And though he could still call a

vote, he has opposed another massive

stimulus package.

The two sides are looking at a package of

measures that would total around $2 trillion,

but remain divided over provisions to

combat the coronavirus and help struggling

state and local governments.

But Trump again indicated he opposes

providing aid to Democratic-led cities and

states.

With Covid-19 cases on the rise

nationwide, the need for stimulus has taken

on a new urgency, especially as many

support programs have expired or are about

to, including a moratorium on foreclosures

and evictions as well as loans for small

businesses. This threatens to spark a wave of

bankruptcies and homelessness.

Whether a measure can be approved in the

"lame duck" session before the new Congress

is seated in January is unclear.


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ShasthoBatayon is the largest telehealth center in Bangladesh which is being run under the auspices

of MIS, DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and under the overall supervision of the

country's first tier of ICT and digital healthcare providers Synesis IT.

Photo: Courtesy

"ShasthoBatayon- 16263" provided services

to 1 crore people during Covid-19

"ShasthoBatayon" has provided

services to more than 1 crore people

during the corona period. From March

1 to October 20, about 1,01,75,080

people received various services from

the telehealth center run by Synesis IT

at the initiative of the Ministry of

GD- 1420/20 (6 x 3)

Health and Family Welfare, of which

86,48,818 people called for

coronavirus issue. One out of every 16

people of the country has availed of

this telehealth service, a press release

said.

A total of 1 crore 52 lakh people have

received the service since 2015.

ShasthoBatayon is the largest

telehealth center in Bangladesh which

is being run under the auspices of MIS,

DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family

Welfare, and under the overall

supervision of the country's first tier of

ICT and digital healthcare

providers Synesis IT.

In this regard, Chief

Executive Officer of Synesis

Health and Public Health

Specialist, Dr. Nizam Uddin

Ahmed,

said,

"Multidimensional services

are being provided through

the 'ShasthoBatayon' call

center during the corona

period and the service has

played a huge role in the

welfare of the people. 200

doctors are providing this

service every day and

Shastho Batayon-16263 can

provide services to about 3

lakh people every day. In

addition to medical

treatment and counseling

services, emergency

ambulance services, health

information services,

complaints about public and

private medical services,

accidental medical services,

etc. are provided through

ShasthoBatayon. Besides,

there is an arrangement to

transfer the phone calls to

the specialist call center of

Bangabandhu Medical

Hospital for specialist

services. As well as

providing mental health

services by psychiatrists,

providing services through

maternal and child

specialists, etc., significant

services are provided from

ShasthoBatayon

Synesis Health.

and

GD- 1423/20 (7 x 4)

GD- 1421/20 (6 x 4)

GD- 1419/20 (10 x 4)


Thursday, Dhaka, October 29, 2020, Kartik 13, 1427 BS, Rabi-ul Awal 11, 1442 Hijri

‘Always be ready for

facing any threat’

Gazipur workers

block road,

vandalise factory

GAZIPUR : Workers of a sweater factory

in Gazipur blocked the road protesting

the factory authority's decision to

retrench workers, reports UNB.

Vehicular movement on the Dhaka-

Tangail Highway remained halted for

more than an hour on Wednesday

morning as agitated workers blocked

the road. Rafiqul Islam of Basan Police

Station said the workers of Diganta

Sweater Factory have been demonstrating

demanding an end to minimising

workers from the factory.

On Wednesday morning, when the

workers went to the factory they noticed

some lights and machinery of different

sections were broken. They alleged the

authorities concerned vandalised them

to falsely implicate workers.

Later, they demonstrated inside the

factory and vandalised valuables.

They also blocked the Dhaka-Tangail

Highway, disrupting vehicular movement

on the busy road. At one stage, they brought

out a procession and broke into the 'Coast to

Coast' factory and carried out vandalism.

The window panes, computers, and

machines were vandalised. The protesters

also damaged 10 vehicles in the area.

Ten people, including a number of

passers-by, were injured during the

incident. On information, police went

to the spot and brought the situation

under control.

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina on Wednesday asked the

Bangladesh Army to be always ready for

facing any threat from home and abroad

to protect the sacred Constitution and

sovereignty of the motherland, reports

UNB.

"For protecting the sacred

Constitution and sovereignty of the

motherland, you have to be ever ready to

face any threat from inside and outside

keeping the unity intact," she said.

The Prime Minister said this while

delivering her speech in a programme

raising flags of eight units and organisations

of Bangladesh Army. She joined

the programme, which took place at

Sheikh Hasina Cantonment, Lebukhali

in Patuakhali, virtually from her official

residence Ganobhaban.

She said that Bangladesh Army is the

symbol of confidence and trust and they

have to step forward through gaining

the trust of the people.

She mentioned that as the members

of the Army, the first need for army personnel

is professionalism and training.

"And to attain this desired standard of

this professionalism, you all have to be

skilled professionally, imbued with religious

and social values, maintain honest

and benignant life," she said.

The Prime Minister hoped that members

of the Army will sincerely discharge

their responsibilities maintaining the

key driving forces of the Army including

confidence in upper leadership, mutual

trust, compassion, brotherhood, dutifulness,

responsibility and above all, maintaining

discipline.

She said that the government wanted

that members of the armed forces would

perform their duties towards the country

and its people with responsibility,

dutifulness and affection to the motherland.

Reiterating the foreign policy of the

country, which was introduced by

Father of the Na tion Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 'Friendship to

all, malice to none', she said that

Bangladesh does not want war with anyone,

rather it wants friendship with all.

"With these friendly relations, we

want to develop Bangladesh socioeconomically,"

she said.

But she firmly said that if Bangladesh

is attacked at any time, the government

wants to maintain its preparation for

facing that attack.

"We want to be ready like that way, we

want peace and friendship, we don't

want enmity and war, because we've

already witnessed the destructiveness of

war, we're the victims of war, we don't

want to engage in that type of conflict

DHAKA : Attorney General AM Amin

Uddin yesterday said that the people's

confidence in the judiciary is increasing

due to speedy disposal of cases and

announcement of verdicts.

Referring to the drug and child rape

cases disposed in Khulna and

Bagerhat courts, the Attorney General

said, "The settlement of these case

ensuring proper facilities to the parties

as per the law is a milestone for us.

This is increasing people's trust in the

judicial service."

He also said that measures will be

taken to expedite the hearing of all the

cases pending in the High Court, including

Rifat murder case.

"As soon as Paper Book is ready, steps

will be taken to ensure that the appeals

and death references of the accused in

the Rifat murder case are heard expeditiously

on priority basis," he added.

On October 4, the death reference of

six accused, including Ayesha Siddika

Minni, reached the High Court.

On September 30, the Barguna

District and Sessions Judge's Court convicted

six accused and gave them death

sentence, and acquitted four others.

The convicts were Rakibul Hasan

again," she said.

She said that Bangladesh wants to go

through the path of prosperity keeping

its journey on the path of peace.

Sheikh Hasina said that economic

development and prosperity of the

country are the main goals of the government

and it has been working restlessly

towards that direction.

The Prime Minister said the government

has taken all necessary steps to

develop Bangladesh Army as capable of

facing geo-political and military challenges

of the 21st century.

In this regard, she mentioned that the

government has been implementing

forces goal-2030 that was formulated

following the Defense Policy of the

Father of the Nation.

Praising members of the army for

their integrity and responsibility in facing

various natural disasters and

humanitarian crises, she asked them to

continue their efforts in the days ahead.

The Prime Minister also appreciated

the role of the army in facing the

COVID-19 pandemic and said members

of the army are lauded for creating mass

awareness on coronavirus.

About the national standard, the

Prime Minister said, it is a matter of dignity

and pride for any battalion or unit of

the forces to receive the national flag.

Railway authorities have started a drive to evict illegal establishments in Narsingdi. The drive started at 10 am on

Wednesday after the rescue drive was halted due to the Corona crisis.

Photo: PBA

Speedy disposal of cases

increasing people's

confidence in judiciary : AG

alias Rifat Faraji, Al Qayyum alias

Rabbi, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, Rezoan

Ali Khan Hridoy alias Tiktak Hridoy,

Mohammad Hasan and Ayesha

Siddique Minni.

Mohammad Musa, Rafiul Islam

Rabbi, Mohammad Sagar and Kamrul

Hasan Saimun were given acquittal

from the case.

The Attorney General said that on

October 28, for the first time in the country's

judicial administration, a district

court in Khulna announced verdict in a

drug case within three working days.

The verdict sentenced the only accused

in the case, Mohammad Samrat, to six

months' rigorous imprisonment for keeping

Marijuana and another six months'

rigorous imprisonment for possession of

contraband Yaba tablets.

Besides, the accused has been sentenced

to one more month rigorous

imprisonment for non-payment of a

fine of Tk 10,000, he added.

AM Amin also said that a district court

has sentenced a rapist to life imprisonment

in a child rape case at Mongla in

Bagerhat on October 19. The trial of the

case has been completed in seven working

days.

Children and teenagers are risking their lives at Patenga beach in Chittagong to serve travel enthusiasts. Accidents

can happen at any time.

Photo : Star Mail

Covid-19 infected

Habiganj-3 MP Zahir

airlifted to Dhaka

DHAKA : MP of Habiganj-3 Advocate

Md. Abu Zahir, who was infected with

Covid-19, was brought to Dhaka on

Wednesday by MI-helicopter of

Bangladesh Air Force, reports UNB.

The MP was undergoing treatment in

Habiganj . He has been airlifted to

Dhaka following deterioration of his

condition, said a press release of ISPR.

Later, he was taken to Combined

Military Hospital, Dhaka for better

treatment. Bangladesh on Wednesday

announced the detection of 1,493 new

coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours

and 23 more deaths.

The country's caseload stands at

403,079 with 5,861 fatalities.

With the recovery of 1,610 patients,

the total number of recovered patients

jumped to 319,733. The current recovery

rate is 79.32 percent.

The fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.45

percent, the Directorate General of

Health Services (DGHS) said.

Dhaka-M’singh

rail link restored

GAZIPUR : Train communication on the

Dhaka-Mymensingh route remained

suspended for nearly two hours after a

derailment at Dhirasram Station in

Gazipur on Wednesday, reports UNB.

Dhirasram Railway Station Master

Helal Uddin said the engine of the Dhakabound

'Commuter Express' train from

Jamalpur veered off the track around

10:30am, snapping train communication

on Dhaka-Mymensingh route.

Arelief train from Joydebpur went to

the spot and salvaged the train around

noon. A number of trains were stranded

at Joydebpur and Tongi stations after

the derailment. Train communication

resumed on the route around noon.

Govt forming policy

to safeguard poultry,

dairy industries

DHAKA : Fisheries and Livestock

Minister SM Rezaul Karim on

Wednesday said that the government is

formulating a policy to safeguard the

poultry and dairy industries of the country,

reports UNB.

He made the remarks at a meeting

with the Animal Health Companies

Association of Bangladesh (AHCAB)

and Bangladesh Agro Feed Ingredients

Importers and Traders Association

(BAFIITA) at the secretariat. Poultry

and dairy industries will be provided

with the highest benefits in the policy, he

said, adding that the government will do

its best to help the sector develop.

"Covid-19 has damaged many industries

of the country. There is no alternative

to the advancement of the poultry

and dairy industries to run the rural

economy and alleviate poverty," he said.

He urged AHCAB and BAFIITA representatives

to operate trade activities

with responsibility after making the

market economy stable.

Trump makes frenetic election

push in states that highlight

his Covid denial

President Donald Trump's final sprint to

shore up states he won four years ago

led him Tuesday into the epicenter of

America's quickening viral surge in

Wisconsin, as the state's record single

day spikes in Covid-19 cases and deaths

crystalized his administration's failures

that could end his political career.

A week from the night when

America could learn the identity of its

next President-depending on prolonged

mail-in voting counts and possible

legal challenges-Trump greeted a

crowd, packed together, with few

masks worn. He did so as Badger State

hospitals are critically understaffed

and facing the threat of being overwhelmed

by Covid-19 patients. But on

a chill fall night, the President wove an

alternative reality he bets will win him

reelection, reports CNN.

Trump's three-state swing Tuesdayhe

also visited Michigan and Nebraskareflected

the sleight of hand he's using a

week from Election Day, creating a false

impression that the pandemic is all but

over as it gets worse each day.

"We are turning the corner. We are

rounding the curve, we will vanquish the

virus," Trump said in West Salem,

Wisconsin, as the US piles up record

numbers of new infections that have

added half a million new cases in the last

week alone.

More than 226,000 Americans have

died. The current death rate is 800 per

day, and experts warn the trend is only

increasing ahead of a grim winter.

But in his closing election pitch,

Trump is denying the disastrous impact

of the gravest challenge facing the country,

holding potential superspreader

events that put his own supporters and

anyone they meet at risk and yet again

prioritizing his political survival above

his duty to guard public health.

While Trump complained in

Wisconsin that all the media talks about

is "Covid, Covid, Covid," the state's

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers warned

Tuesday: "There is no way to sugarcoat

it, we are facing an urgent crisis and

there is an imminent risk to you and

your family."

Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of

Wisconsin's Department of Health

Services, warned: "The increasing cases,

and our increase in deaths today are the

largest single day increases we've seen

throughout the course of this pandemic.

We must take significant and collective

action."

Public disquiet about the

President's handling of the worst

public health crisis in 100 years has

contributed to a situation in which

Trump appears to be struggling to

hang on to states like Wisconsin,

which he won in 2016, and is seeking

to shore up Michigan, Pennsylvania,

North Carolina and Iowa.

With more than 68.5 million

Americans having voted so far -- surpassing

half the total votes four years

ago -- time is running out to change the

dynamics of a race in which he is trailing

Democratic nominee Joe Biden in key

battlegrounds.

Cabinet body okays Dhaka Wasa's supply

network improvement proposal, 3 others

DHAKA : The Cabinet Committee on

Public Purchase has approved 4 procurement

proposals of Tk 428.98 crore including

a contract awarding for Dhaka

WASA's network improvement project.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal

presided over the meeting, reports UNB.

According to a proposal placed by the

Rural Government Division, a contract

of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage

Authority (WASA) was awarded to

Germany's Ludwing Pfeiffer Hochund

Tiefbau GmbH and Co. KG, as lowest

bidder for rehabilitation of 163.95 km of

water supply pipe in Mods Zone-7 at a

contract value of Tk 164.09 crore.

The contractor will also do the job of

operation and maintenance for one year

under the contract with commissioning

of 7 District Metered Area (DMA).

Another proposal of the LGED

approved by the Cabinet body is

appointment of a project implementation

consultant for Rural Connectivity

Improvement Project.

A joint venture of 1. Development

Design Consultants Ltd. Bangladesh, 2.

GITEC-IGIP GmbH, Germany, 3. Dev

Consultants Limited, Bangladesh and 4.

Resource Planning and Management

Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd. Bangladesh won

the contract at a cost of 88.75 crore.

The committee gave its nod to a proposal

to award a contract to a bidder for the

civil works of New Dhaleswari-Pungli-

Turag-Bangshi-Buriganga River System

Project (2nd amendment) of Lot-3 under

the Buriganga River Restoration project

for at a contract value of Tk 50.62 crore.

A tender proposal of the Roads and

Highways Department to award a contract to a

joint venture of 1. Ataur Rahman Khan Ltd.,

and 2. Mahabub Brothers (Pvt.) Ltd., for upgradation

of existing road from Monihar to Murali

to 4-lane at Palbari-Daratana-Manihar-Murali

Highway received nod from the committee.

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