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Myanmar's ruling party grabs

majority of parliamentary

seats in general elections

>Page 7

art & culture

Legendary actor

Soumitra Chatterjee

passes away

>Page 8


Salah confirmed to

have Covid-19 after initial

confusion over test results

>Page 9

Tk9 lakh looted

from Chuadanga

Sonali Bank in

broad daylight

CHUADANGA: Robbers looted around

Tk9 lakh at "gunpoint" from Sonali

Bank in Chuadanga's Jibonnagar

upazila on Sunday, reports UNB.

Ashraful Islam, security guard of the

branch, said three people wearing face

masks and helmets entered the bank at

1:15pm. "Within a few minutes, they

confined all the bank staffs including

the manager at gunpoint."

The robbers then looted everything

from the bank's cash counter and left

the spot.

Branch Manager Abu Bakar Siddique

said, "The robbers took away our

mobile phones and all the money from

the cash counter."

Locals said the robbers threatened to

shoot as they tried to stop them.

Trump finally


Biden 'won'

US President Donald Trump finally

seemed to acknowledge Sunday that he

lost the presidential election and won't

be president anymore from January

20th, 2021 even as he repeated his

claims that contest was 'rigged' in

favour of his opponent, president-elect

Joe Biden., reports UNB.

In amongst a flurry of tweets posted

on Sunday morning (US time), was one

in which he wrote:

"He won because the Election was


OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated

by a Radical Left privately owned company,

Dominion, with a bad reputation

& bum equipment that couldn't even

qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!),

the Fake & Silent Media, & more!"

This was the first time he publicly

conceded that Biden won, fairly or not.

It came as a number of lawsuits

brought by his campaign in various states

mostly failed to make any headway in

court, more-or-less wiping out the possibility

that the result could be overturned.


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Rohingya relocation

to Bhasan Char likely

to begin soon

DHAKA: Bangladesh wants to begin

relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char

soon as the government finds the

weather and overall environment suitable

for such relocation, officials said.

The relocation is likely to begin this

month as the weather is improving, a

senior official told UNB.

However, no date is fixed yet to begin

relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char,

he said. The government says Bhasan

Char is built in such a beautiful way with

many facilities in place and Rohingyas will

never try to return once they go there.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million

Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar camps in very

congested way. Some 100,000 Rohingyas

will be shifted to Bhasan Char.

"The Rohingya women have opened

parlour in Bhasan Char who are staying

there. It's a very beautiful place. Once

someone goes there, he or she doesn't

want to return," said Foreign Minister Dr

AK Abdul Momen on Sunday.

More than 300 Rohingyas are now living

in Bhasan Char. He said the government

wants to

reduce the risk

of deaths due to

landslides in

Rohingya camps during rainy season

easing burden on congested Cox's Bazar


Dr Momen said if any Rohingya dies

due to landslides, all will create noise saying

Bangladesh killed Rohingyas. "That's

why Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has

taken the decision to relocate."

The Foreign Minister said Rohingyas

are getting involved in drug peddling and

trafficking in persons in Cox's Bazar

camps. But if they go to Bhasan Char,

Rohingyas will get opportunity to get

involved in economic activities, he said.

In Rajshahi, the Foreign Minister said

international agencies and some NGOs

are encouraging Rohingyas not to go to

Bhasan Char.

"We believe Rohingyas will go to

Bhasan Char," he said adding that they

are taking Rohingyas there first to see the


Several Bangladeshi media outlets

have recently visited Bhasan Char and

found the facilities there far better than

the Cox's Bazar camps.

Meanwhile, a joint letter on Bhasan

Char issue, written to Foreign Secretary

Masud Bin Momen on September 21,

was publicly released on Thursday.

How gaps in probes

stall Dhaka's fight

against black money

DHAKA : Bangladesh's National Board of

Revenue (NBR) seems to have all the elements

in place, except the investigation,

reports UNB.

In five years since 2015, when the

Customs Intelligence and Investigation

Directorate (CIID) was asked to operate the

Money Laundering Prevention Act, it has

filed as many as 82 such cases but is yet to

make any concrete breakthrough in them.

CIID's failure to link the cases against

anyone successfully in a court has been

attributed to setbacks at the investigation

stage itself "due to discrepancy in accounting

processes" by none other than NBR

Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul


The NBR boss flagged the issue at a recent

meeting on 'Money Laundering and

Terrorism Prevention' , sources in the

bureau told UNB. "For this, he had emphasised

on collecting actual facts, figures and

sheets before filing of a case and a

chargesheet in the same."

The sources in the NBR said that of the 80

cases, probes into 50 of them are on. "But

the revenue collection authority has managed

to submit chargesheets in three cases

only. CIID has sought permission from NBR

to file charges in seven more cases."

Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption

Commission, Criminal Investigation

Department (CID) and CIID are jointly

investigating one case. Besides, CID is investigating

21 cases, which have been lodged

for frauds, according to the sources.

After completing investigation, the CIID,

the sources said, has already filed reports in

10 cases to NBR for getting an approval for

further action. Currently, there are some 15

cases of money laundering at the investigation


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday commissioned two offshore patrol vessels, five in-shore patrol ones, two fast patrol

boats and BCG Base Bhola virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Photo: Courtesy

Mind Aid hospital

director remanded

in ASP Shipon

murder trial

DHAKA: A Dhaka court on Sunday

placed Fatema Khatun, a director of

Mind Aid Psychiatry and De-Addiction

Hospital, where Senior Assistant

Superintendent of Police Anisul Karim

Shipon was beaten to death, on four-day

remand in the case lodged over the murder,

reports BSS.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Baki

Billah passed the order as police produced

Fatema before the court and

pleaded to place her on five-day remand.

Earlier on November 10, Dhaka

Metropolitan Magistrate Shahidul Islam

placed officials and staff of the hospital on

seven-day remand in the case.

Those 10 remanded accused were- hospital

marketing manager Arif Mahmud

Joy, coordinator Redwan Sabbir, chef Md

Masud, pharmacist Md Tanvir Hasan,

ward boys Jobayer Hossain, Md Tanim

Mollah, Sajib Chowdhury, Asim Chandra

Paul, Md Liton Ahammed and Md Saiful

Islam Palash.

According to the police, ASP Shipon

was brought to the hospital at around

11.30am on November 9 for mental treatment,

but no doctor was present at that


"The 10 accused took the victim to the

observation room on the second floor of

the hospital by force. They beat him

repeatedly there, at one stage a couple of

them pinned him on the ground and

thrashed him on head and shoulder.

They tied the victim with a scarf," the

investigation officer said.

Commuters are not allowed to walk and get down off busses on flyover. Still no rules and regulations are being followed.

The photo was taken from 'Mayor Mohammad Hanif' flyover in the capital on Sunday.

Photo: Star Mail

Bangladesh Coast Guard

to be strengthened: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said

the Bangladesh Coast Guard will be

strengthened so that they can play a

role in helping the government tap the

potential of the 'Blue Economy', a press

release said.

"Keeping in mind the Blue Economy

and Vision 2030 and 2041 for Coast

Guard, the government has planned to

increase its manpower from 4,781 to

15,000 gradually," she said on Sunday.

The Prime Minister said this while

addressing the commissioning programme

of two offshore patrol vessels,

five in-shore patrol ones, two fast patrol

boats and BCG Base Bhola.

The programme was held at Coast

Guard Berth Patenga while the Prime

Minister joined it virtually from her official

residence Ganobhaban.

Sheikh Hasina asked the Bangladesh

Coast Guard members to discharge

their responsibilities with patriotism,

honesty and faith.

"You'll to pay a special attention [to

your duties] so that the good image of

the Coast Guard remains unharmed

always," she said.

The Prime Minister assured the force

of all-out cooperation from the government

in maintaining its forward march.

"I can give you that assurance."

She said Narayanganj dockyard and

Khulna shipyard, now operating under

Bangladesh Navy, are building two

inshore patrol vessels, one floating

300 more ventilators to be

procured to face COVID-19

pandemic : Maleque

crane, two tugboats and 16 boats.

"Soon, these will be inducted in the

Coast Guard fleet."

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that a

dockyard is being prepared in Gajaria

for the Coast Guard to increase its

capacity of repairing and maintenance.

"To enhance the capacity of this force,

initiatives have been taken to procure

hovercraft, drone, 3500 metric-tonne

vessel which can in all weathers. We

want to build the Coast Guard as a

modern and time befitting force," the

Prime Minister said.

Terming Bangladesh a land of natural

calamities, she said the people of the

country have to live facing all these natural

adversities. "We've to live with

these, we've to put our attention

towards saving the lives of people facing

all the odds, we've to acquire that capabilities."

Hasina said Bangladesh has got a vast

ocean boarder which can be utilised for

the economic development of the country.

"The Bay of Bengal is a very important

ocean, trade and commerce of

many countries run through this area."

The Prime Minister mentioned that

the government wants to ensure security

in coastal districts and improve their

economic condition.

Director General of Bangladesh

Coast Guard Rear Admiral M Ashraful

Haque also spoke at the programme

from Coast Guard Berth, Patenga.

DHAKA: Health and Family Welfare

Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday

said the government has decided to

purchase 300 more ventilators to deal

coronavirus pandemic successfully,

reports BSS.

"Ventilators are very effective medical

facilities for critically infected COVID-19

patients… we are mulling procurement

of 300 more ventilators at the quickest

possible time," he told a function at

Kurmitola General Hospital in the city.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R.

Miller handed over 100 ventilators to

the health minister at the function, an

official release said.

Director General of Directorate

General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof

Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid

Alam, Director of Kurmitola General

Hospital Brigadier General, senior officials

of the health ministry and physicians,

among others, were present at the


Maleque described the US as a trusted

friend and added that both the countries

were committed to strengthen existing

friendly relations to fight the pandemic.

The US government deserves special

appreciation from Bangladesh as the

country (USA) is extending its both

financial and technical supports to contain

the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The US ambassador expressed his

gratitude as Bangladesh provided

much-needed healthcare equipment -

Personal protective equipment (PPE) -

to protect the US medical professionals

from the pandemic.

He said the US government wants

to work with Bangladesh through

strengthening existing relations further

to handle the deadly disease successfully.

MondAY, noveMber 16, 2020


Treasurer of narsingdi Prabin Hitaishi Sangha and member of narsingdi Samajik nagorik Awaj

belayet Hossain's remembrance meeting and doa mahfil has been held recently. From the left side

Abdul Kasem Sarkar, Md. Imam Hossain-member of Prabin Sangha, Shahidullah bhuiyan president

of Prabin Sangha, A. rashid, General Secretary of Samajik nagorik Awaj K. M. Kamrul Islam and

president of Samajik nagorik Awaj M. Kamal Hossain and son of the late belayet Hossain,Md rasel

were present in the program.

Photo: Courtesy

Thousands rally behind Trump,

insisting he won race he lost

WASHINGTON : Fervent supporters of

President Donald Trump rallied in

Washington on Saturday behind his

spurious claim of a stolen election and

swarmed his motorcade in adulation

when he detoured for a drive-by on his

way out of town, reports UNB.

Hours later, after night fell in the

nation's capital, demonstrators favoring

Trump clashed in the streets with

counterprotesters, videos posted on social

media showing fistfights, projectiles and

clubs. Police arrested at least 20 people on

a variety of charges, including assault and

weapons possession, officials said. One

stabbing was reported, two police officers

were injured and several firearms were

also recovered by police.

A week after Democrat Joe Biden was

declared the winner of the election,

demonstrations in support of Trump also

took place in other cities. Fury at the

prospect of a transfer of executive power

showed no signs of abating, taking a cue

the president's unrelenting assertion of

victory in a race he actually lost.

"I just want to keep up his spirits and let

him know we support him," one loyalist,

Anthony Whittaker of Winchester,

Virginia, said from outside the Supreme

Court, where a few thousand assembled

after a march along Pennsylvania Avenue

from Freedom Plaza, near the White

House. A broad coalition of top

government and industry officials has

declared that the Nov. 3 voting and the

following count unfolded smoothly with

no more than the usual minor hiccups -

"the most secure in American history,"

they said, repudiating Trump's efforts to

undermine the integrity of the contest.

In Delray Beach, Florida, several

hundred people marched, some carrying

signs reading "Count every vote" and "We

cannot live under a Marxist government."

In Lansing, Michigan, protesters gathered

at the Capitol to hear speakers cast doubt

on results that showed Biden winning the

state by more than 140,000 votes.

Phoenix police estimated 1,500 people

gathered outside the Arizona Capitol to

protest Biden's narrow victory in the state.

Protesters in Salem, Oregon, gathered at

the Capitol.

PM mourns legendary

actor Soumitra's death

DHAkA: Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina on Sunday

expressed deep shock and

sorrow at the death

of legendary actor of

West Bengal Soumitra

Chattterjee, reports BSS.

In a condolence message,

she said a big vacuum has

been created in the acting

arena due to the death of this

brilliant actor. "Soumitra

Chatterjee will remain in the

hearts of people through his

creative works," she said.

Moon sighting committee

meets today

DHAkA: A meeting of the

National Moon Sighting

Committee will be held on

Monday to review the

reports of moon sighting of

Arabic month RabiusSani

of 1442 Hijri, reports BSS.

The meeting will be held

at the Islamic Foundation's

Baitul Mukarram office

here at 6.15pm, said a press

release today. People are

requested to inform the

concerned district Deputy

Commissioner or Upazila

Nirbahi Officer or the

committee over the

following phone and fax

numbers if they see the

moon from anywhere of

the country, the release


GD- 1521/20 (6 x 3)

GD- 1515/20 (10 x 4)

GD- 1526/20 (12 x 4)


mondAY, november 16, 2020


dhaka declaration on defending

media freedom launched

Dhaka: a Dhaka Declaration was

launched on Sunday defending media

freedom, journalists' protection and

citizen's rights from the grassroots level

to international institutions, reports


The declaration came ahead of the

second 'Global Conference for Media

Freedom-2020' which will be held on

November 16 virtually.

Canada and Botswana will co-host the

conference which will provide a forum to

strengthen joint efforts in defending

media freedom worldwide, connect with

journalists and media workers, civil

society and governments.

The Dhaka Declaration has been

developed based on the

recommendations put forward by the

participants at the virtual consultation on

Defending Media Freedom for

Democracy and Citizen's Rights in

Bangladesh organized by aRTICLE 19

Bangladesh and South asia in

collaboration with the Canadian high

Commission and the British high

Commission in Dhaka on November 2.

More than 140 human-rights

defenders, human rights-based

organizations, local and national level

journalists, activists, law experts,

professors and civil society

representatives signed the declaration

until November 14, said a media release.

a broad group of experts, including

journalists, media organizations,

international organizations, head of the

international missions and embassies,

academics, law experts, bloggers,

activists, human rights defenders,

women, and marginalized journalist

groups, youth leaders, and civil society

representatives attended the consultation

and discussed how to address the

challenges to media freedom and the role

of media in a vibrant democracy.

The Dhaka Declaration covered a range

of topics concerning media freedom and

civic space in Bangladesh.

It highlighted three foremost concerns:

prevention, protection, and prosecution;

in relation to the four key priorities:

Media Freedom and Democracy; Safety

of Journalists and Right to Information

(RTI); Gender and Social inclusion; and

Youth Leadership Building to claim civic


GD- 1525/20 (15 x 4)

GD- 1529/20 (20 x 4)

Monday, novEMbEr 16, 2020


our response cannot be based on nationalism’

Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Monday, November 16, 2020

For a balanced and consistent

foreign policy

Geographic location of Bangladesh has made it geopolitically as

well as geo-strategically significant in the South Asia which is

now at the center of international politics along with the

Europe, South-East Asia and the already volatile Middle East.

Bangladesh is a claimant of sufficient attention while discussing

about rising importance of the South Asia in global politics as it occupies

some but very crucial part of the region. The country has now

largely attracted America's attention mainly for two reasons. First

one is the possibility of the rise of religious extremism and the other

one is the geo-strategic setting of the country in South Asia and on

the edge of the Bay of Bengal.

The key to understanding geo-strategic significance of a country is

the comprehensive apprehension of the country's geographical setting.

Bangladesh is almost entirely surrounded by India. Importantly,

its close geographical proximity with China often times vexes the

US a great deal as China is considered as America's strategic rival in

Asia. In this way Bangladesh is a close neighbor of the two leading

members of BRICS, an organization formed with a view to countering

the monopolizing of power of the US, and undoing her claim of

'unipolarity'. In addition, Bangladesh shares 'small but crucial' land

boundary with Myanmar which is a Chinese ally on the other hand.

It stands in the Bay of Bengal as a bridge between the two regional

blocs- SAARC and ASEAN. Bangladesh's geographic setting on the

edge of the Bay of Bengal, and its access to Indian ocean entice the

US into making it a strategic partner with a view to safeguarding its

interests vis-à-vis China, India, and Myanmar, and allure it to establish

naval base at Bangladesh's territorial seas.

However, it is apparent from different analyses that Bangladesh

also depicts same geo-strategic significances to China in the region.

China has over the decades improved its relations vis-à-vis the developing

countries of Asia as well as Africa. Especially China's relations

with Bangladesh and Pakistan are notable. Russia aside, China has

also agreed to provide Bangladesh with assistances for peaceful use

of nuclear energy for medicine and electricity generation along with

military assistance. By expanding its hands of cooperation , China is

now longing for maintaining friendly relations with Bangladesh , and

sustaining in this way her influence on the country. Such a development

in their bilateralism often makes the US vexed since

Bangladesh is an 'exclusive option' for securing its strategic interests

in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

Since the end of second World War, the Bay of Bengal and Indian

Ocean regions have drawn immense global attention and been

increasingly militarized by the great powers in order to defend their

own interests. The US and China are the two main 'nonnative' great

players of geopolitical games in these regions. However, the US naval

base, if once it gets established, in Bangladesh's territorial seas would

possibly be converted into a permanent base for US/NATO militaries

as it is perceived as a 'strategic necessity' of the United States

to strengthen its naval presence not just in the region but in the

South China sea and whole Asia- Pacific region.

Pertinent to be mentioned here , America's naval strategy is to

project itself as a 'resident Pacific power' and thus to ensure for itself

the global maritime supremacy. Generally America's naval strategy

is mostly affected by Alfred Thayer Mahan who was the Union

Navy's Rear Admiral and most distinguished US naval strategist of

the 19th century. Mahan in his legendary work 'The Influence of Sea

Power Upon History, 1660-1783' had accentuated greater sea power

for greater global ascendency.

However, President Obama in his first term reinvigorated US's

naval strategic policy towards the Asia-Pacific. In 2010, Hilary Clinton

during her office as Secretary of State even declared in a speech

at the East-West Centre in Hawaii that 'America's future is linked to

the Asia-Pacific and the future of the region depends on America'.

Nonetheless, the United States has now become irked by China's

gradual moves towards the Indian Ocean and naval base establishment

in the South China Sea which will significantly expand its

strategic presence in the area by enabling its increased submarine


China has already established a surveillance base in Myanmar's

Coco Islands. Contrarily, the US has deepened its military ties with

the Philippines, Singapore and Australia with a view to countering

Chinese maritime rise in the regions. The United States has already

taken initiatives vis-à-vis the rotational deployment of 2,500 US

marines in Darwin- Australia, and the deployment of up to four of its

Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in Singapore.

Hence the continued militarization in the Indian Ocean and

beyond by USA and China would result in greater volatility in the

regions. America's 7th fleet in the Bay of Bengal that directly connects

the Indian Ocean, might lead to a tripartite- Indo- Bangladesh-

US strategic partnership against the rise of China's maritime ascendency.

But in consequences the whole scenario would menace the

Indian national security as it would fall into between one friend and

one foe ( the US and China respectively). Rijul Singh Uppal , an Indian

writer , has expressed concerns over the possibility that the 7th

fleet would undermine the Indian current maritime dominance, and

bring all Indian missile test sites on its eastern coast under direct US


Rijul suggests New Delhi has to have a stab at urging Dhaka not to

let the US park the 7th fleet in Bangladesh's territorial seas in the Bay

of Bengal. Hence , to improve ties with Dhaka is again a 'strategic

necessity' of New Delhi, which on the other hand provides Dhaka

with a prerogative in diplomatic bargains on efficaciously resolving

the issues of Teesta Water crisis, disputes over land and maritime

boundaries, and BSF's continued border killings etc.

So, it is pertinent to say that aforementioned aspects of geo-strategic

and geopolitical dimensions of Bangladesh can help empathize

with its potentiality and increasing significance in international politics.

The country is now a claimant of great appreciation in regional

as well as global politics despite its diminutive figure in the global

map. Geo-strategic and geopolitical implications of Bangladesh draw

the attention of not just the US but of the other regional and global


So, the politicians and the bureaucrats should now make a stab at

reassessing and reckoning the country's growing geo-strategic

importance. They ought to prioritize the highest national interests

over the regime interests while formulating policies vis-à-vis other

countries. Generally, Bangladesh's foreign policy is formulated

upon the basis of the regime interests. Consequently, regime

changes lead to the frequent changes of foreign policy which can

contribute less, and /or be proved ineffectual while dickering with

other partners on particular issues. Therefore, Bangladesh needs to

have a stab at formulating a very viable and consistent foreign policy

for securing and upholding its national interests at the regional

and international levels.

The upcoming G20 Summit will be

truly historic: It will be the first

ever to be chaired by an Arab

country, and will take place in the

exceptional context of the coronavirus

disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the

particularly troubled times we live in

when international cooperation and

solidarity are more important than ever.

By calling an extraordinary Leaders'

Summit on March 26 to address the

consequences of the pandemic, Saudi

Arabia rose to the gravity of the global

health crisis.

In another first, the Kingdom has also

been able to organize the November

summit in virtual mode.

Since last December, the Saudi

presidency of the G20 has been

exemplary and I welcome the wise

decision-making and responsibility that

Saudi Arabia has exhibited in recent


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an

unprecedented impact on the global

economy and the livelihoods of people

throughout the world, while revealing

vulnerabilities in our preparedness and

response and highlighting common


The G20 had to rise to this historic

challenge, which is why French

President Emmanuel Macron pleaded

for an ambitious G20, one that would be

capable of addressing global issues

which could not be resolved by

countries in isolation but only through

increased international cooperation.

The most urgent challenge has been

organizing the international response to

the pandemic.

France considers that the World

Health Organization is the proper

framework within which we must

develop and implement our collective

THE season of rallies is upon us.

There has been a lot of talk about

mid-term or early elections by the

opposition political parties and the media.

Even Prime Minister Imran Khan, though

dismissive of the demand, has alluded to it

with caveats. It does not matter when the

general elections are held between now

and 2023; the country will likely remain in

election mode.

This gives the electorate a wider-thanusual

window of opportunity to assess

what the major political parties have been

promising in their manifestos through the

past few elections, and demand that each

one of them presents a new and precise

road map to take the country out of the


The media and civil society must help

the layperson unbundle the rhetoric that

litters the election manifestos. It is not

rocket science for us to come up with a

brief list of questions concerned with the

big picture as well as the most basic needs

and rights of the person on the street.

The electorate should simply refuse to

be entertained by the spectacle of 'Kaun

Banega PM' (who will be prime minister).

Let us not care who among the Sharifs it

will be; Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari or his

father; or if the Pakistan Democratic

Movement proposes to form a broad

coalition filling the Prime Minister's Office

by turns, like the Chief Minister's Office

was in Balochistan between 2013 and

2017. What we should demand is that

each party announce its finance minister

for the next administration. If they dare

come up with tried and tested loyalists of

answer; it is important that the G20

gives its full support to this


Our response to a pandemic cannot be

based on nationalism or competition:

We therefore promote fair and

affordable access to COVID-19

diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines

and support the Access to COVID-19

Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative and

its COVAX facility, as well as the

voluntary licensing of intellectual


The world's most fragile economies,

particularly in Africa, have been hit very

hard by the pandemic. This continent

now faces the real risk that some

countries will slide back into a spiral of

poverty and over-indebtedness.

For years, France has persistently

asked the G20 to make a commitment

to supporting Africa. In close

coordination with the Saudi presidency,

we have achieved the establishment of a

moratorium on the debt of the poorest

countries until 2021.

The G20 must be an opportunity to

reaffirm the importance of

implementing the Paris Agreement.

This moratorium, though, is only one

aspect of the problem: In order to

prevent debt from hampering

a lot to answer

the ruling families or the imported types,

we must be ready with their scorecards

from their past stints in power.

The politicians must present new

manifestos for the next polls.

The incumbents will be skewered by the

price hike that the common folk are

getting crushed under for as long as they

remain in office. We must also ask

everyone delivering thundering speeches

at rallies, presenting themselves as

saviours, as to how exactly they propose to

bring the prices down? We must help the

electorate to not get misled by tall claims

about price management committees and

bogus comparisons between price control

mechanisms run by deputy

commissioners or nazims. The voters

must know that no number of across-theboard

subsidies will get them even shortterm

relief, that every rupee of subsidy

comes from their taxes and mostly helps

the well-to-do.

One big consensus Pakistanis must

arrive at and relay to those who cannot

wait to 'serve us' is that anyone who so

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SHaHzad SHarjEEL

development, we must make sure that it

is bearable. We therefore propose that

the rules of the Paris Club should extend

to the rest of the world.

Poverty cannot be tackled effectively

without economic growth, but recent

years have shown that growth can be

accompanied by rising inequalities. The

pandemic has had a devastating impact

poverty cannot be tackled effectively without economic

growth, but recent years have shown that growth can

be accompanied by rising inequalities. The pandemic

has had a devastating impact on labor markets as millions

of workers continue to face job and income loss.

We cannot allow part of the population to be placed in

a situation of such great vulnerability.

on labor markets as millions of workers

continue to face job and income loss.

We cannot allow part of the population

to be placed in a situation of such great


True to its tradition of social justice,

France promotes access to

comprehensive, robust, and adaptive

social protection for all.

Since women have been

disproportionately affected by the crisis,

there is a real risk that gender

inequalities will further widen unless we

collectively take vigorous measures.

In cooperation with the Saudi

presidency, France has aimed for strong

commitments in favor of gender

equality and the promotion of women's

and girls' empowerment. Tremendous

progress has been made in recent

decades, but it remains fragile: It is up to

us to make it irreversible.

But all these efforts will be in vain if we

much as utters inanities like 'we inherited

these problems' or '70 years of mess

cannot be cleared in five', will be

considered to have resigned. This should

apply to the current lot as well in case they

are re-elected. They know exactly what

they are getting into while presenting

themselves for public office; they better be

ready to roll up their sleeves and mop up

the collective mess even if it means

remaining on all fours for the entirety of

HanS a. von SpakovSky

do not respond to the climate

emergency. As we recover from the

pandemic, we are committed to

safeguarding our planet and building a

more environmentally sustainable and

inclusive future for all.

The prevention of environmental

degradation, the conservation,

sustainable use and restoration of

biodiversity, the preservation of our

oceans, clean air, clean water, the

response to natural disasters and

extreme weather events, and the fight

against climate change are some of the

most pressing challenges of our time.

By proclaiming that the only way to

tackle global warming is if we all stand

together, the Paris Agreement was an

important step forward. The G20 must

be an opportunity to reaffirm the

importance of implementing the Paris


France counts on participating

countries to upgrade or maintain their

nationally determined contributions,

whilst recognizing that further global

efforts are needed.

With only a few days to go until the

G20 Leader' Summit, which will mark

the conclusion of the Saudi presidency,

let me express the hope that discussions

there will see levels of ambition

commensurate with the exceptional

nature and magnitude of the challenges

we have faced over the past year.

To conclude, I would like, in my

capacity as ambassador of France to

Saudi Arabia, to underline the

importance that we attach to the

comprehensive strategic partnership

linking our two countries to address

these global challenges.

Source: arab news

their term. No more hiding behind the

'baggage-from-the-past' excuse.

Imagine for a moment each and every

one from amongst the power wielders

during a televised debate, facing an

anchor who just does not let go till the

man or the woman in the hot seat explains

how exactly the circular debt of the power

sector will be paid off. You think this is

being too harsh? Let us give them MCQs

instead. How about a one-time payout like

the last government did? Well, it came

back in no time with a bigger amount of

debt. Do nothing and hound the IPPs

about fudging production costs, and armtwist

them into renegotiating sovereign

contracts to reduce capacity payments like

the present government has done? Look

where it got us; the circular debt stood

over two trillion rupees by October.

The incumbents and their challengers

must present new manifestos for the next

general elections to let the public know the

following: what stroke-of-pen reforms will

be undertaken in the first week in office?

What will be done to reduce the defence

expenditure to create jobs, to enrol 22

million-plus out-of-school children, and

provide education that meets the

demands of the knowledge economy?

What mother-and-child nutrition plans

will be rolled out to prevent stunting that

affects almost 40 per cent of Pakistani

children? What judicial, tax, electoral and

anti-corruption reforms will be

undertaken? What about the missing

persons, holding local government

elections throughout Pakistan, and

addressing the grievances of Balochistan,

erstwhile Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and


A similar questionnaire can be

formulated on the external policy front

but that is a subject for a separate piece.

Pakistanis must be informed by all the

hopefuls how all this gets done in the first

month, quarter, six months, and so on up

to the two-year mark. If movement in the

right direction is discernable by the start

of year three, fine, else it will be rally time


Source: dawn

Effort to win Georgia Senate races by bringing in out-of-staters to vote is illegal

Former House speaker and Georgia

congressman sounds off on the fight

for Senate control on 'Hannity'

Celebrities and politicians urging people

to visit Georgia and falsely claim residency

for the sole purpose of voting in two critical

U.S. Senate runoff elections Jan. 5 are

advocating criminal actions and should be

ashamed of themselves. This call for voter

fraud should be rejected.

The Georgia runoff elections are

extraordinarily important because they will

determine which political party controls the

U.S. Senate.

Results of the Nov. 3 election gave

Republicans 50 seats in the 100-member

Senate and gave Democrats 48. If

Republicans win one of the Georgia seats

Jan. 5 they will hold a 51-49 majority in the

Senate; if the GOP wins both seats it will

hold a 52-48 majority.

But if Democrats win both Georgia races

the Senate will be split 50-50 between the

two parties. Assuming that President

This gives the electorate a wider-than-usual

window of opportunity to assess what the

major political parties have been promising in

their manifestos through the past few elections,

and demand that each one of them presents

a new and precise road map to take the

country out of the morass.

Trump's lawsuits fail and he is replaced by

Joe Biden as president Jan. 20, Kamala

Harris will be vice president and can break

the 50-50 tie in the Senate to give

Democrats majority control of the chamber

by the slimmest possible margin.

Multiple candidates ran for the two

Senate seats representing Georgia,

preventing any candidate from gaining a

majority. As a result, Georgia law requires

the top two candidates for each seat to face

each other in runoff elections to be held

Jan. 5.

It is a felony for people to visit Georgia

and falsely claim to be residents just so they

can vote. Millions of us have visited states

on vacation or business, but that doesn't

make us residents entitled to vote there.

Georgia Code §21-2-561 states that

providing false information when you are

registering to vote is a felony. So is voting by

an "unqualified elector" under §21-2-571.

So if you register to vote when you know

that your assertion of residency is false, and

then you vote or even just attempt to vote

Jan. 5 knowing you are not a qualified voter

of the state, you have violated both of these

state criminal statutes placeholder

Candidates in Georgia Senate runoff

elections Jan. 5, left to right: Jon Ossoff,

Sen. David Perdue, Raphael Warnock and

Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Candidates in Georgia Senate runoff

elections Jan. 5, left to right: Jon Ossoff,

Sen. David Perdue, Raphael Warnock and

Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

The punishment for this illegal activity

under Georgia law is a minimum of one

year and a maximum of up to 10 years in

prison and as much as a $100,000 fine.

Georgia obviously takes this crime very


No matter how interested non-residents

of Georgia are in that state's crucial election,

they should not listen to the ill-informed,

manipulative and reckless tweets and calls

for them to break the law and pretend to be

Georgia residents just so they can vote in

the two Senate races.

This call for illegal voting - coming

primarily from Democrats - is a basic

betrayal of the democratic process.

Everyone who urges or participates in this

criminal activity should be ashamed of

themselves and deserves to be criticized, no

matter who they are and which party they


Fox News reports, for example, that in a

now-deleted tweet, New Yorker journalist

Eric Levitz wrote: "These run-offs will

decide which party controls the Senate and

thus, whether we'll have any hope for a

large stimulus/climate bill. If you have the

means and fervor to make a temporary

move to GA, believe anyone who registers

by Dec 7 can vote in these elections."

Former Democratic presidential

candidate Andrew Yang also tweeted that

he and his wife are moving to Georgia to

help the two Democratic contenders.

Source: Fox news

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Critics argue that the People's republic of China (PrC) has

become a neocolonial power. although it does not hold the kinds

of colonies imperial powers used to lord over, it is said to

conduct itself as one of them. Thus, for instance, according to

Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, a China scholar, "the general features

of China's relations with many countries today bear close

resemblance to the european colonial powers' relations with

african and Middle eastern countries in the 19th and 20th

century. among other things, we witness countries exchanging

their primary products for Chinese manufactured ones; China

dominating the local economy; countries becoming heavily

indebted to the PrC; China exerting greater weight on local

political, cultural, and security dynamics; and Chinese abroad

living in their own 'expat enclaves.'"

Beijing's new transnational infrastructure, like pipelines and

highways, are viewed as initiatives to send more resources to the

PrC. These projects are reported to deplete national treasuries.

Moreover, Chinese projects and investments draw on few local

suppliers and partners and contribute little to job creation,

partly because they employ many Chinese laborers. Finally,

China is said to doing more harm than good to the host countries

because its cheap goods destroy local manufacturing.

africa is depicted as the major victim of this new Chinese

global abuse drive. China is said to propping up its own

industries by extracting raw materials, such as minerals, fossil

fuels, and agricultural commodities, from all over the world,

with africa as its main target. China is "present" in 39 african

countries and is the continent's biggest trade partner. China's

tens of billions of dollars in investments and loans are readily

accepted by cash-starved african states, however they have

come with many strings attached.

China is reported to issue loans to make countries beholden to

the it; that they must be are paid whether through economic

concessions, political support, or a combination of both.

although bilateral trade often grows in the wake of such deals,

critics hold that the trade is skewed heavily in China's favor,

allowing the PrC to get resources while "import[ing] cheap

finished goods of questionable quality that undermine local


For example, in zambia, we are told, China has invested in

copper mines. it "moved men and machinery to the country,

replacing zambian with Chinese workers," leading to an

increase in unemployment in the country. Moreover, the

Chinese companies have ignored safety regulations, denying

local miners' access to basic protective equipment.

african leaders are reported to be different from those of other

regions in that they "are unwilling - or unable - to push back"

against China. "at the 2018 Forum on China-africa Cooperation

(FoCaC), african leaders drowned China in praise in a[n]

unmistakable sign of how indispensable the Middle Kingdom

has become to them, in contrast to the united nations, united

States and european union."

all these criticisms play well in the context of a rising Cold War

between the u.S. and China. however, if one is not caught up in

the mutual recriminations between the two powers, one

observes that, unlike the charges about violations of human

China modernizing


How well do the claims of neocolonialism stand up?

rights, the charges of neocolonialism may be overblown.

Many infrastructure projects financed by China, whether they

be power distribution lines, highways, or railways, "facilitate

internal exchange of goods, services, and peoples. other projects

will integrate countries into global production networks or

regional connectivity schemes. …Chinese-constructed airports,

port, and special economic zones (Sezs) are 'dual use' in that

what goes in and out need not be just from or to China. … China

is not forcing countries to accept bad projects or incur debts

through pressure or deception about project viability.

Furthermore, based on publicly available evidence, China is not

dispensing 'cheap opium' in the form of preferential loans to

ensnare countries in a so-called 'debt trap.'"

Deborah Bräutigam of Johns hopkins university, writes that

"[s]urveys of employment on Chinese projects in africa

Photo: Lintao Zhang

repeatedly find that three-quarters or more of the workers are,

in fact, local." She and her colleagues at Johns hopkins and

Boston university began tracking loans provided by China in

2000. "in africa, [they] found that China had lent at least $95.5

billion between 2000 and 2015. That's a lot of debt. Yet by and

large, the Chinese loans in [their] database were performing a

useful service: financing africa's serious infrastructure gap. on a

continent where over 600 million africans have no access to

electricity, 40 percent of the Chinese loans paid for power

generation and transmission. another 30 percent went to

modernizing africa's crumbling transport infrastructure. … The

stories of large-scale land grabbing and Chinese peasants being

shipped to africa to grow food for China turned out to be mostly


The best way to curb improper Chinese influence is for the

MONdAY, NOvEMBEr 16, 2020



West to provide investments, credits, and aid on better terms

than China offers. This is not taking place for various reasons,

leaving many nations with the choice to accept Chinese offers on

the terms available - or not gain any. additionally, not only do

exports of commodities and agricultural products to China

benefit countries from australia to namibia to Kazakhstan, but

often China is the only market available for these products. and

China's high level of demand means that the resources it imports

are selling for higher prices than they were previously. China is

also helping these countries to industrialize and to develop their

physical, technological, and power infrastructures - all of which

benefits both China and the other nations involved.

The roads, railways, pipelines, and ports that China is helping

to construct in many countries as part of its new Silk road have

no checkpoints that bar entry by nationality. They make trading

with China easier, but they also facilitate trade with other

nations, including those in the West. Moreover, the much

criticized Silk road, has been depicted by the Wall Street

Journal, not a publication making light of the rise of China, in an

article entitled "China's imperial overreach"- as "poorly defined,

horribly mismanaged and visibly failing."

Many of the charges leveled against Chinese corporations are

also leveled against american and other Western corporations.

Thus, nike, apple, and Walmart have been reported to run

sweatshops in developing countries, in which working

conditions are unsafe, employees are paid little, and children are

employed. Western governments also demand that the credits

they extend be used to buy products of their corporations, along

with various other concessions. a main difference is that the aid,

credits, and investments available from China these days are

much larger than those available from the West.

at a World health assembly meeting in 2018, u.S. officials

used threats of hampering trade and eliminating key military aid

to browbeat their ecuadorian counterparts into agreeing not to

introduce a resolution related to breastfeeding. in the rush to

secure a new sponsor to advance the resolution, health

advocates found that "at least a dozen countries, most of them

poor nations in africa and Latin america, backed off, citing fears

of retaliation" from the u.S. This bullying is not reserved for

countries that are small and/or poor. When the u.K. reversed

course on its decision to allow huawei to provide hardware and

services for its public 5g network, government officials privately

told huawei executives that the new ban was partially

attributable to "geopolitical" factors, specifically pressure from

the Trump administration.

if, after the u.S. elections, there is a reexamination of u.S.-

China relations in a less heated context, three propositions are

particularly worthy of reconsideration: (1) There is much room

for setting norms and standards for all nations that extend

credits to other nations in need. (2) The charges leveled against

China as a major violator of human rights, namely the detention

of a million uighurs, the oppression of hong Kong, and

increased authoritarianism at home, are well-taken. however, it

does not follow that China's economic development drives

overseas are necessarily all to be condemned.

Japan’s 2050 climate pledge and nuclear dilemma

ToM CorBen

in his inaugural address to the Diet last month,

Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide officially

announced that his government would revise the

country's carbon-neutrality commitments, aiming

for zero emissions by 2050. Suga expressed his

intent to "put maximum effort into achieving a

green society," framing Japan's inevitable shift to

clean energy as an opportunity for post-CoViD

economic recovery and stating that the country

would "need to change our thinking and realize

that structural changes in industry and society will

lead to significant growth." in line with that pledge

(and with the government's regular triennial

policy review), changes are expected to the

envisaged shares of power generation across

multiple sources as stipulated within Japan's

Basic energy Plan.

Many would argue that one of the areas most in

need of a rethink is the role of nuclear power in the

country's overall energy mix, whether reduced or

increased. however, there has already been some

confusion as to the exact role of nuclear power in

achieving the government's new targets. Suga

himself did not rule out the construction of

additional nuclear power plants, and Liberal

Democratic Party (LDP) upper house secretarygeneral

and former head of the Ministry for the

economy, Trade and industry (MeTi) Seko

hiroshige suggested that Japan would need to

"promote the resumption of nuclear power plants

while keeping in mind their safety and also

consider building new plants that incorporate new


The very next day, however, Chief Cabinet

Secretary Kato Katsunobu stated in no uncertain

terms that the Suga government was "not

considering the construction of additional nuclear

power plants," at least at this stage. Kato

suggested that new renewable sources and

existing nuclear power plants would do most of

the heavy lifting in terms of energy generation.

Minister for the economy Kajiyama hiroshi

echoed Kato in suggesting that the lack of public

trust in nuclear power effectively ruled out

introducing new plants, but said nothing about

the role that existing facilities could play in

meeting Japan's new carbon neutrality targets.

Mixed messaging and divergences in views

amongst government ministers on the role of

nuclear power in Japan's energy and

environmental futures are not new, and it seems

that the Suga administration intends for nuclear

energy to play at least some part in meeting the

2050 target. The question seems to be for how

long nuclear energy could or should contribute to

those efforts. according to the government's

Strategic energy Plan of 2018, nuclear will

account for between 20-22 percent of Japan's

overall energy mix by 2030, a level which could

presumably be sustained by an updated policy just

as it was between the government's 2015 and 2018

documents. at the same time, the government's

ongoing commitment to nuclear power contrasts

poorly with a growing number of unfavorable facts

on the ground.

Most of the country's reactors have remained

dormant since nation-wide shutdowns in May

2012 and September 2013 following the

disastrous events of March 11, 2011 at Fukushima

Daiichi nuclear power plant, with only a handful

successfully restarted since august 2015. of the 54

reactors in Japan prior to Fukushima, only nine

have resumed operations while at least 21 are

slated for decommissioning. nuclear energy

reportedly accounted for only 7.5 percent of

Japan's total power output in 2019, and as little as

3 percent this year so far - a tenth of the

Japan's latest carbon-neutrality pledge puts the spotlight on the challenges facing

the country's nuclear power industry.

Photo: IAEA

percentage supplied prior to Fukushima. That

Japan's imports of nuclear fuel from abroad were

almost zero last year is some indication of the

industry's struggles, while the removal of nuclear

energy from Japan's power mix is a major reason

why the country's energy self-sufficiency rating

has dropped to less than 10 percent (down from

20 percent), the second-lowest amongst oeCD

nations. if new power plants are ultimately ruled

out and the current 60-year cap on plant

operating lifespans is maintained (nearly half of

Japan's current reactors are already over 30 years

old), then the future of nuclear power in the

country is already on limited time. as a result, its

share of the country's overall energy mix is likely

to shrink as 2050 approaches.

Public opposition, shrinking profit margins, and

stricter safety requirements introduced by the

nuclear regulation authority (nra) have

hampered efforts by Japan's power companies to

restart many of their nuclear reactors. The plight

of Kansai electric Power Company captures the

challenges that Japan's power companies face in

trying to make a return on capital-intensive

investments in such an uncertain environment. in

april last year, the nra refused to extend

deadlines for the installation of mandatory antiterrorism

measures at all reactor sites, even after

many of Japan's power companies indicated that

there was little chance of meeting those deadlines.

in March this year, three reactors operated by

Kansai electric faced extended closures after a

fatal accident at Takahama nuclear Power Plant.

operations at another site were suspended in

early october because of delays to the

construction of anti-terrorism safeguards, while

two reactors its oi nuclear power plant will also be

taken offline this month, meaning that all of

Kansai electric's power plants will be offline.

While the coming suspensions will not adversely

impact Kansai electric's capacity to generate

power, its relatively high dependency on nuclear

power as a profit maker will undoubtedly see its

bottom line take a hit. The company has also

recently been rocked by corruption scandals

dating back to the 1980s, further damaging the

industry's already tainted public image. With the

costs of additional mandatory safety features now

nearly equaling the costs of building a new reactor,

drawn-out regulatory processes, a decline in local

industry expertise and talent, and with local

political and public opposition remaining

relatively strong, there will likely remain a notable

lack of incentives for power companies to invest in

building new reactors without reform to the

business environment.

importantly, it seems as though the next

generation of LDP leaders are embracing both

carbon neutrality and the elimination of nuclear

energy. Like abe governments of the recent past,

Suga's cabinet features two particularly prominent

politicians and possible future prime ministers

who have stated their anti-nuclear preferences

before, one of whom - Koizumi Shinjiro - is also

the incumbent minister for the environment.

Though the environment Ministry does not

officially set Japan's energy policy, Koizumi has

nevertheless been a driving force behind many of

Japan's recent environmental and clean energy

initiatives since assuming his post in September

2019, including the revision of Japan's

Pyongyang will want to remind the Biden administration that the North is

not to be ignored.

Photo: Flickr

how will north Korea respond

to the Biden administration?

Liang Tuang nah

Those of us living in asia awoke on

november 8 to the news that former Vice

President Joseph Biden, after having

beaten President Donald Trump in the

2020 presidential election, will become

the 46th president of the united States

after he assumes office in January 2021.

While many would congratulate Biden

on his win, analysts and scholars of north

Korean affairs and northeast asian

security should brace for the possibility of

instability on the Korean peninsula from

provocative actions taken by the Kim

regime. Biden is an unknown factor in

Pyongyang's strategic calculus. While Kim

Jong un had a working relationship with

Trump, the north Korean leader cannot be

sure that Biden and his advisors intimately

realize the value that the Kim regime

places on not being disregarded or

belittled. hence, with the upcoming

leadership transition in Washington, there

exists the real possibility that Kim will

soon order a demonstration of resolve to

prove that north Korea must be treated as

an equal in any dealings with the united


north Korea will be looking to signal to

the new Biden administration that north

Korea is not to be trifled with, that it

should remain a key foreign policy focus

for Washington, and that the u.S. should

negotiate in good faith. There are four

options for demonstrative national

aggrandizement. From the least to most

likely, they are: a nuclear warhead test;

military provocations against South

Korea; testing an intercontinental ballistic

missile (iCBM); and testing several shortrange


While a nuclear detonation would

definitely catapult north Korea to the top

of the Biden administration's list of foreign

policy priorities, it also has the drawbacks

of being impractical and extremely costly.

To begin with, the Kim regime made a

show of detonating a tunnel at the

Punggye-ri nuclear test site. That may

have been cover for reports that the site

has been geologically compromised from

the six underground nuclear tests

conducted there from 2006 to 2017.

Scientists from both South Korea and

China have warned that a seventh nuclear

test could cause the mountain above the

site to collapse and spew radioactive

fallout throughout the region - including

into China, which is the north's only ally,

thereby incurring Beijing's wrath. Based

on that alone, such a test would be illadvised.

While a nuclear detonation would

definitely catapult north Korea to the top

of the Biden administration's list of foreign

policy priorities, it also has the drawbacks

of being impractical and extremely costly.

To begin with, the Kim regime made a

show of detonating a tunnel at the

Punggye-ri nuclear test site. That may

have been cover for reports that the site

has been geologically compromised from

the six underground nuclear tests

conducted there from 2006 to 2017.

Scientists from both South Korea and

China have warned that a seventh nuclear

test could cause the mountain above the

site to collapse and spew radioactive

fallout throughout the region - including

into China, which is the north's only ally,

thereby incurring Beijing's wrath. Based

on that alone, such a test would be illadvised.

MONDAY, NOVeMBeR 16, 2020 6

CHT Secretary holds view exchange

meeting in khagrachhari District


Secretary of the Ministry of

Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Md.

Shafiqul Ahmed held a view exchange

meeting with khagrachari Hill District

Staff including the Chairman,

Members, Officers of the Council.

The meeting was held on Sunday (in

the conference room of the district

council. During the time,

khagrachhari Hill District Council

Chief Executive Officer Md.

Nuruzzaman and khagrachhari Hill

kanjari Chowdhury presided over by

the Chairman of the District Council,

khagrachari the Additional Deputy

Commissioner (General) Mohammad

Habib A. llaha Maruf, khagrachari

Civil Surgeon Dr Nupur kanti Das and

Deputy executive officer Titon khisa

were also present at the occasion.

Apart from khageshwar Tripura,

Advocate Ashutosh Chakma,

Mankachit Chowdhury, Shatarupa

Chakma and Nigar Sultana, one of the

members of the Hill District Council

Officers and employees of the

department of the council were


An event titled "Chattogram District Council 2020" of Bangladesh Railway Posso Society was

held recently at Pahartali.

Photo: Munmun Ahmed

Bangladesh Railway Posso Society holds

‘Chattogram District Council 2020’


An event titled "Chattogram District

Council 2020" of Bangladesh Railway

Posso Society was held on Friday at

Pahartali of the city through different

arrangements. The 26-member

Chattogram District Branch

Committee of the organization was

announced for the first time as a special

surprise at the event organized under

the patronage of Central joint

Secretary Mohiuddin Sagar and

Central Co-Organizing Secretary

Humayun kabir Rabbi.

Saiduzzaman Shipon, President of

the newly formed Chittagong District

Branch Committee chaired the

occasion while Prof. Dr. Gazi Saleh

Uddin, Former Dean of the

Department of Sociology, University of

Chittagong was present as the chief

guest at the occasion. Moniruzzaman

Monir, Founder and President of

Bangladesh Railway Posso Society was

the keynote speaker at the occasion.

Wasim Uddin Chowdhury, Awami

League's nominated councilor

candidate of Pahartali ward No. 13 and

Afsarul Amin MP of Chattogram 10

constituency were present as special

guests on the occasion.

Among others, 13 no Pahartali Ward

jubo League Leader Mir Shamsuddoha

Shaheen, Bangladesh Railway Pet

Society Central Adviser Yusuf Rashidi,

Railway Contractor and Metropolitan

Awami League Leader Mujibur

Rahman Montu, Railway krishak

League Central Committee Member

Shafiqul Islam, and Metropolitan jubo

League Leader and Railway Contractor

Mohammad Idris were also present at

the occasion.

Banaripara Upazila Health Complex has received the Health Minister National Award for being

the best in the Barishal Division. The Upazila Health Complex has received this award and certificate

for providing proper health care including maternity and satisfactory service in cleanliness.

Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr SM Kabir Hasan said Health Minister

Zahid Malek presented the award at Health Minister National Award Ceremony in Dhaka

recently. Health Secretary A. Mannan and DG ABM Khurshid Alam of Health Department were

present at the time. Photo: S Mizanul Islam

llegal gas connection of BGDCL disconnected in Cumilla


Bakhrabad Gas Distribution

Company Limited's illegal gas

connection was disconnected and a

pipeline was removed. About two

kilometers of illegal line was cut. Two

hundred illegal connections were

disconnected. At that time a fine of Tk 1

lakh was imposed by the mobile court.

During the time, Deputy General

Manager (Vigilance) of Bakhrabad Gas

Meeting on Covid-19 and

second wave prevention

held in kishoreganj


Health Secretary Abdul Mannan said that no

private hospital, clinic, diagnostic center,

pathology and medicine shop (pharmacy) can

be run illegally without a license. If necessary,

mobile court will conduct a raid and take

action. Legal jail-fines will also be taken. The

fake hospital in katiadi has already been


He was speaking as the chief guest at a

meeting on Covid-19 and second wave

prevention and prevention of winter cold

diseases at kishoreganj Circuit House

Auditorium on Saturday afternoon. During the

time, Deputy Commissioner Sarwar Murshed

Chowdhury, Superintendent of Police

Mashrukur Rahman khaled, Civil Surgeon Dr.

Mujibur Rahman, BMA leader Dr. Badal,

Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Mustafizur Rahman,

Deputy Director of Family Planning Enamur

Rahman and Deputy Director of Social

Services kamruzzaman khan were present at

the occasion.

Distribution Company Limited

Engineer Md. Azharul Alam, Deputy

General Manager (Safety and Security)

Md. Shahanur Alam and other officials

of BGDCL were present on the


Approximately 200 illegal gas

connections were disconnected over an

area of about two kilometers through

the removal of 1,100 feet of pipeline

with the help of mobile courts and

police-RAB last Wednesday and the

second phase of Break Restaurant

Community Center and kalakchua,

Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. A mobile

court was set up in Cumilla for illegally

lifting a riser and using gas.

Nilufar Sultana, Deputy General

Manager (Public Relations) of

Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company

Limited, said in a press release that the

company was fined Tk 1 lakh during the

operation and the illegal riser was

removed with a ceiling.

Training for account assistants

cum computer operators

begins in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA: A three-day training on Village Court affairs for

account assistants cum computer operators of different union parishads

(UP) has begun at the conference room of District Collectorate Building

here on Saturday, reports BSS.

Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Project, phase-11 of Local

Government Division under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural

Development and Co-operatives, European Union and United Nations

Development Programme has jointly arranged the training.

Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Thakurgaon which is

implementing the project at grassroots level of 52 unions under

Gobindaganj, Palashbari, Sadullapur and Sundarganj upazilas of the

district, also assisted to hold the training as partner organization.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) and also district magistrate Abdul Matin

formally inaugurated the training as the chief guest.

The objective of the training is to develop capacity of the village court

members and support its staff and sensitize all concerned on the role

and function of village courts and their benefits in the overall justice


Deputy commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin , deputy director (DD) of

local government department Rokhsana Begum, district facilitator (DF)

of the project atiqur Rahman, district coordinator of ESDO Syed Ahmed

and upazila coordinators Shah M. Moazzem Billah and Shamima

Begum will conduct the training sessions as resource persons.

A total of 26 account assistants cum computer operators are taking

part in the training.

Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Md. Shafiqul Ahmed held a view exchange

meeting with Khagrachari Hill District Council on Sunday.

Photo: Md Saju

'Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram Seba'

conducts exceptional service activities


4 students of Dhaka University are

working tirelessly to provide services to

the elderly people living in old age homes

across the country. They have launched a

program called "Bangabandhu Ananda

Ashram Seba" during the cornoavirus

period and on the occasion of Mujib's


In continuation to this, they have

provided such exceptional service

activities for the elderly living in Nirapod

Briddashram. They have provided

medical services, food items, gifts and

planted trees.

The four youngsters, who dreamed of

the "Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram

Seba" program, in collaboration with the

University and Medical Students

Association of kishoreganj, donated a

variety of food items including rice,

pulses and vegetables to the elders living

in the safe old age home on Saturday.

They also physical checkup of all the

seniors with a medical team. Necessary

medical supplies were provided. Besides,

medicinal and fruit trees are also planted

in the old age home to enhance the

natural beauty.

Later, on the occasion of Mujib Borsho,

a bound picture of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

was handed over as a gift to Sajedur

Rahman Saju, Director of Nirapod


Earlier, a discussion meeting was

organized on the occasion of this

exceptional service program organized by

"Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram Seba" in

the field adjacent to Nirapod

Briddashram. Former Principal of

kishoreganj Degree College Md. Abdur

Rauf presided over the function and

Upazila Parishad Chairman Shah

Mohammad Abul kalam Bari Pilot was

the chief guest. Officer-in-charge of

kishoreganj Police Station Md. Abdul

Awal was the special guest. Among

others, Md. Nurul karim, Assistant

Professor, Nilphamari Government

College, Begum Rokeya College Assistant

Professor Lion Md. Azaharul Islam Dulal,

Md. Sujauddaula Lipton, Principal of

kishoreganj Technical Women's College,

Abu Hasan Sheikh, Convener of Local

Press Club, Ashikur Rahman Ashiq and

others spoke at the occasion.

Talking to one of the founder of

'Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram Seba'

said that the journey of this activity

started from the old age home of Haishu

located in kashiani of Gopalganj on july

25. Dhaka Range DIG and advisor of the

'Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram Seba'

Habibur Rahman, BPM (Bar), PPM (Bar)

inaugurated the program through video


A discussion meeting held on the occasion of conducting exceptional service program organized by

"Bangabandhu Ananda Ashram Seba" in the field adjacent to Nirapod Briddashram in Kishoreganj on


Photo: Mafe Sheikh

In observance of the World Diabetes Day-2020 a rally organized by Kazi Hedayet Hossain Memorial Diabetes

Hospital was brought out at Rajbari on Saturday. During the time, Dr. Apurba Roy, First Medical Officer of

Diabetes Hospital, Md. Wajiullah Montu, Vice-President of Rajbari Diabetes Association, Abu Dayan Md.

Jahangir and Medical Officer Labiba Haque were present at the occasion. Photo: M Moniruzzaman



A supporter of National League for Democracy holds a picture of Myanmar State Counselor

Aung San Suu Kyi as she waits for results outside the party headquarters after the general

election in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

UK 'will not be

changing' stance

in EU talks: Frost

BRUSSELS:Britain will not

change its stance as it seeks a

post-Brexit deal with the

European Union, negotiator

David Frost said Sunday as

he arrived in Brussels for

talks, reports BSS.

Talks over the next few

days are seen as crucial for

any deal before time runs

out at the end of the year,

when the post-Brexit

transition period ends.

"We are working to get a

deal, but the only one that's

possible is one that is

compatible with our

sovereignty and takes back

control of our laws, our

trade, and our waters. That

has been our consistent

position from the start and I

will not be changing it," he


Frost said he and his EU

counterpart Michel Barnier

would resume their face-toface

negotiations Sunday.

Talks over the next few

days are seen as crucial for

any deal before time runs

out at the end of the year,

when the post-Brexit

transition period ends.

Myanmar’s ruling party grabs

majority of parliamentary

seats in general elections

The ruling National League

for Democracy (NLD) party

won 920 seats, absolute

majority in the general

elections held in Myanmar

on Nov. 8, according to the

final result announced by

the Union Election

Commission (UEC) on

Sunday, reports UNB.

In the elections, 5,639

candidates vied for 1,117

parliamentary seats -- 315

seats in the House of

Representatives (Lower

House), 161 seats in the

House of Nationalities

(Upper House), 612 seats in

the Regional or State

Parliaments and 29 ethnic

minority seats in the Regional

or State Parliaments.

After the UEC's voting

counts completed on

Sunday morning, 920

candidates out of 1,106

candidates fielded by the

NLD party were elected to

three levels of the parliament

-- 258 seats in the House of

Representatives (Lower

House) and 138 in the House

of Nationalities (Upper

Houses), 501 in the Regional

or State Parliaments and 23

ethnic minority seats in the

Regional or State


The Union Solidarity and

Development Party (USDP)

fielded 1,089 candidates and

took total 71 seats for the

three levels of the

parliament -- 26 seats for the

House of Representatives

(Lower House), 7 for the

House of Nationalities

(Upper Houses) and 38 for

the Regional or State

Parliaments, the UEC's

figures showed.

Meanwhile, the rest seats

were taken by other political

parties and independent


President U Win Myint

and State Counsellor Aung

San Suu Kyi won the

elections as representatives

in the Lower House, while

Vice President Henry Van

Thio was elected as a

representative in the Upper

House for the next term of

the parliament.

The 2020 general

elections were the third

under the country's 2008

Constitution. According to

the 2008 Constitution, the

first regular session of a new

term of the parliament

begins with the House of

Representatives which shall

be held within 90 days after

the commencement of the

general elections.

The ruling NLD party won

an absolute majority of

parliamentary seats in the

last general elections on

Nov. 8, 2015, and has been

running the government

since 2016.

UN chief urges all

countries to stop

building new coal

power plants


Nations Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres on Saturday

called on all countries to stop

building new coal power plants

in his video message to the

East Asia Summit 2020,

reports UNB.

"To reach carbon neutrality

by 2050, I am calling for all

countries to stop building new

coal power plants and for

partners to stop financing

them," said the secretarygeneral.

"Countries also need to

put a price on carbon and end

subsidies for fossil fuels.

Our response to the COVID-

19 crisis must be aligned with

the Paris Agreement and

Sustainable Development

Goals. In all these efforts, you

can count on the support of the

United Nations system," the

UN chief added.

Guterres noted that efforts

must be made to "use the COVID-

19 recovery effort to build green

climate-resilient economies and

work towards carbon neutrality

by 2050."


health minister

tests positive

for COVID-19

KIEV : Ukraine's Health

Minister Maxym Stepanov

said Saturday that he had

tested positive for COVID-

19, reports UNB.

"Despite the caution and

observance of all safety

rules today, I got a positive

test for COVID-19," said

Stepanov on his Facebook

page, urging Ukrainian

people to comply with

quarantine measures and

not to visit crowded places.

Ukrainian President

Volodymyr Zelensky and the

head of the President's Office

Andriy Yermak, who on

Monday were diagnosed with

the coronavirus, are currently

in isolated wards at the

hospital, online newspaper

Ukrayinska Pravda reported

on Thursday.

Damage, injuries as

Vamco hits Vietnam

HANOI : Storm Vamco barreled into Vietnam

on Sunday, damaging buildings and injuring at

least five people after wreaking devastation in

the Philippines, reports BSS.

The storm made landfall on Sunday

morning with winds of up to 90 kilometers per

hour (56 mph), according to media reports,

uprooting trees and blowing the roofs off

houses and schools.

Vamco is the latest in a series of storms that

have pummeled Vietman over the past six

weeks causing flooding and landslides that

have killed at least 159 people and left 70 others


Initial reports from the Disaster

Management Authority on Sunday said that

five people were injured while they were trying

to secure their houses.

Vamco has weakened since hitting the

Philippines as a typhoon with winds of up to

155 kph, but state media said it had still caused

significant damage, though details were not

immediately available.

Authorities evacuated nearly 650,000

people from seven coastal provinces to higher

and safer ground before the storm hit to try to

reduce casualties.

Agriculture and Rural Development

Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong told the

VNExpress news website he hoped the

precautions would minimise the storm's


Vamco caused severe damage in the

Philippines, causing flooding that affected

Rescuers pull a rubber boat carrying residents through a flooded street

after Typhoon Vamco hit in Marikina City, suburban Manila on 12


Photo: AP

more than 340,000 people.

Philippine authorities said Sunday the death

toll had risen to 67, though floodwaters are

now receding, giving hope that the worst could

be over.

In Vietnam, weeks of severe weather have

damaged or destroyed more than 400,000

homes, according to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent


Roads and bridges have been washed away,

power supplies disrupted, and crucial food

crops destroyed, leaving at least 150,000

people at immediate risk of food shortages.

Britain will not change its stance as it seeks a

post-Brexit deal with the European Union, negotiator

David Frost said Sunday as he arrived in

Brussels for talks.

Photo: AP

Fire in Romania hospital

kill 10 Covid-19 patients

BUCHAREST :Ten Covid-19 emergency wards when the

patients, undergoing fire broke out.

treatment at the intensive

care unit (ICU) of the Piatra

Neamt County Hospital in

northeastern Romania, were

killed in a fire that broke out

at the hospital on Saturday,

"Seven people are in

critical condition, including

the doctor on duty," said the

spokesperson. The rescued

patients are being sent to

two hospitals in neighboring

said Romanian Health Iasi County for treatment,

Minister Nelu Tataru, according to the local

reports UNB.

"Eight patients died as a

result of the fire, and the

other two later in the


This is the hospital fire

that has caused the most

casualties in the country in

Emergency Department, recent years. The last major

due to respiratory failure,"

said the minister, reports


hospital fire occurred in

August 2010 when six babies

were killed and several

The Health Minister others severely injured at the

visited the hospital in Piatra

Neamt, about 350 km from

the capital Bucharest, soon

after the incident.

Irina Popa, spokesperson

of the local Inspectorate for

Emergency Situations, told

Giulesti maternity hospital

in Bucharest.

It is not yet known from

where the fire started, but no

doubt the flames were

amplified by the existing

oxygen facilities in the ICU,

GD-1519/20 (8 x 3)

local media after the fire was

extinguished that 16 patients

Lucian Micu, the hospital

director, was quoted by local GD-1522/20 (10 x 3)

were in the two Covid-19 media as saying.

MoNDAY, NoVeMBeR 16, 2020


Legendary actor Soumitra

Chatterjee passes away


Soumitra Chatterjee, one of India's most celebrated

actors, died at a private hospital in the eastern Indian

city of Kolkata on Sunday, after contracting Covid last

month. He was 85, reports UNB.

"We declare with heavy heart that Shri Soumitra

Chattopadhyay breathed his last at 12.15 pm (IST) at

Belle Vue Clinic on 15 November 2020. We pay our

homage to his soul," the hospital said in an official


Chatterjee had been undergoing treatment at the

hospital since October 6 after testing positive for

coronavirus a day before. Though his condition initially

improved after receiving plasma therapy, it started

worsening as days passed.

Chatterjee was the favourite of India's Oscar-winning

filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He made his debut with Ray's

Apur Sansar (Apu's Family) in 1959. He went on to act

in 14 more of Ray's films, including masterpieces like

Devi, Charulata, Ghare Baire and Feluda, the detective.

"Satyajit Ray made me what I am today. Had the

director not been a great artist like Satyajit Ray, I

wouldn't have been able to perform so well," Chatterjee

had said in an interview.

The actor's last big film was Sanjhbati in 2019. Apart

Zayed Khan


Actor Zayed Khan is known as the

hero of the film has made his

debut as a singer. He has already

completed the recording of the

first song he sang with the title

'Mui Barisalla'. In it, Zayed Khan

has matched the voice with Pratik

Hasan. The song was directed by

Shahriar Rafat.


(March 21 - April 20) : If you're

feeling irritable and wrung out

today, Aries, it may be a result of

putting far too much pressure on yourself. It might

be wise to take a look at the expectations you have

of yourself. Consider if you would you place the

same demands on those closest to you. If the

answer is no, it's time to revamp your life to suit the

one you're closest to - you.


(April 21 - May 21) : Consider

whether or not you're spending enough time

with everyone who's special to you, Taurus. If

more hours are going to work colleagues,

friends, or partner, there might be an imbalance that you need

to look at. Sit down and create a chart of where your time has

gone lately. If one portion is considerably larger than the others,

make a point of spending some time with the people

represented by the smaller portions.


(May 22 - June 21) : If your partner

acts quickly on his or her passions

today, Gemini, you will probably

want to slow things down a bit. "Nice

and easy" is the phrase of the day for you, so create

an environment that will allow for more time in

such circumstances. Let your partner know how

you feel and what you'd like to see happen. No one

is a mind reader.


(June 22 - July 23) : Consider

planning a romantic interlude, Cancer. With

the influence from today's planetary aspects,

it will be easy to connect with that special

someone. Make dinner with your spouse or partner or make a

date with someone new who's caught your eye, if possible.

Don't let shyness or insecurity stand in your way. If you're

single, consider loving the most important person in your life

- you - by doing something special.


(July 24 - Aug. 23): If someone

takes too long to do something today,

Leo, your temper may flare up. Patience

isn't always your strong suit, and you may

believe in the "if you want it done right, do it yourself"

philosophy. This isn't always fair. Others need to do things

at their own pace, and in some cases, it's essential that you

give them the room to do so. Take a deep breath if you

have to, and be patient.


(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): You might find it

rather tough to take criticism today,

Virgo. This is something that's hard for

many to hear, but it truly depends on

your perspective. Rather than view it as a personal

attack, try to see the value in the criticism. If you're

honest with yourself and recognize that you could learn

and grow from critique, seize it as an opportunity. If

you find that it's out in left field, then leave it there.

from acting, he also directed and acted in plays and

penned poetry. In 2001, he had turned down a state

award for best actor to protest against what he called

the "bias" of the awards committee.

Chatterjee got India's top film honour, Dadasaheb

Phalke Award, in 2012. He also won three National

Awards and the Legion of Honour by France, the

European country's top civilian award. In 1989,

Satyajit Ray got the same award.

Zayed Khan’s song 'Mui Barisalla'

in Bangabandhu T20 Cup

It is learned that this song will be

used as the theme song of 'Fortune

Barisal' team which is going to

take part in the upcoming

Bangabandhu T20 Cup. It has

been done in a mixture of regional

languages of Barisal. The song will

be released before the start of

Bangabandhu T20 Cup.

Zayed Khan sang this song for

the first time after being

introduced as an actor. Although

he used to sing songs while

studying at Dhaka University.

Being his hometown in Pirojpur of

Barisal division, Zayed Khan got

an offer to sing in the song 'Mui

Barisalla'. He could not let the

offer to sing in his regional


Music director Shahriar Rafat

said, 'I thought the song would

sound great with Zayed's voice.

Because after composing the tune

I gave him the guide voice. At that

time it seemed that this voice is the

best for the song. ' Zayed Khan

appeared on the silver screen in

2008 with the movie 'Bhalobasa


H o RoSCoPe


(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): Be careful not to

fall prey to your own idealism today,

Libra. While this is one of your most

admirable qualities, as it contributes to your romantic,

creative nature, too much of anything can be harmful. It's

important to see things as they are, despite how much you

may wish them to be different. The real world doesn't

always go hand in hand with your ideal place. If

something feels off, it probably is. Trust your instincts.


(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22): Don't be

surprised if you feel a real need for

some breathing room today, Scorpio.

As much as you enjoy the company of others, you need

to have time to yourself as well. See if you can work in

a private space or simply shut your door. If you need

to move in order to be alone, hop in the car and go.

Irritability is a good indicator of when you need to get

away from the crowd.


(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): If things haven't

been going too well with those you spend

most of your time with, Sagittarius, it might

be time to consider your expectations of

them. Ask what kinds of demands you place on others and if

they're fair. Is it possible that you expect the same from others

that you give, but perhaps they aren't able to match your level

of performance? Consider talking with the people involved to

find out how they feel.


(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): A little romantic time

with your special someone may be in

order today, Capricorn. With the day-today

chaos of working and living, it can be

tough to get some quality time alone. If you don't make

specific plans, it can be months before this happens. Take

the situation in hand and make those plans. If you're

single, consider making arrangements for a date or

spending time with a friend, if possible.


(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : Take it slow and

easy today, Aquarius. With the

energy from the day's aspects,

rushing around isn't likely to get you

too far. In fact, you're more apt to make mistakes or

leave a bunch of things unfinished. Make your todo

list and go about each thing one at a time at an

even pace. Even if you don't finish everything, what

you accomplish will be done well.


(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : It may be time to

look at where you are in life, Pisces.

Are you where you thought you'd

be? If so, congratulations. This is a

real accomplishment. If not, take heart. Many

people discover that they aren't anywhere close.

The key is to write down solid goals and the steps

needed to reach them. It's your life after all.

Mapping out your route is up to you.

Azizul Hakim's condition

improving gradually


Popular actor Azizul Hakim's health

conditiondetorated and was put on lifesupport,

is improving gradually. The

actor's younger brother Shohel Hakim

said this to the media after visiting him at

a hospital in the capital on Saturday.

Shohel Hakim said, "Requirement of

oxygen supplementation of Azizul Hakim

was 90mm on Thursday while on

Saturday requirement was 40mm.

According to the doctors, if requirement

of oxygen supplementation goes under

40mm it will be considered as good

condition. Gradually Azizul Hakim's

health condition is improving. I urge

everyone to pray for my brother."

Meanwhile, Ahsan Habib Nasim,

general secretary of the Actors'

Association, spoke to Mohiuddin, a

doctor on duty. He said Azizul Hakim

had water in his lungs, low blood

pressure and mild shortness of breath.

They are trying to control these

complications quickly.

Earlier, Azizul Hakim, who has been

suffering from covid-19, was put on life

support on Friday morning as his

The Queen's Gambit:

A mesmerising series

The Queen's Gambit is a sevenpart

miniseries based on the

novel of the same name by

Walter Tevis. It revolves around

Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-

Joy), a shy little girl who,

growing up at a Christian

orphanage, takes to chess like a

duck to water. She is taught the

rules of the game by the

orphanage's janitor Mr. Shaibel

(Bill Camp), and proves to

possess an uncanny knack for

the game. After being adopted

by a childless couple, she begins

taking part in mostly maledominated

chess tournaments

and soon becomes the talk of the

town, and later, the country. In

these tournaments, she easily

destroys her unsuspecting

opponents, who more often than

The teaser of much-awaited

movie Master, starring Vijay and

Vijay Sethupathi, was released on

Saturday, coinciding with the

Diwali festival.

The teaser

condition deteriorated. The actor was

admitted to Bangladesh Specialised

Hospital in the capital on Thursday night

with respiratory problem and was

immediately shifted to the Intensive Care

Unit (ICU).

Azizul Hakim was severely sick with

not underestimate her due to

her gender.

She is eventually defeated by

the Russian Grandmaster Vasily

Borgov (Marcin Doroci?ski), a

much older fellow who has been

in the field for a long time and

was similarly a child prodigy.

But Beth's excessive drinking

and addiction may be a tougher

rival for her than Borgov. Her

addiction has seeds in

tranquillising pills she and other

children were forced to consume

at the orphanage, and it is only

made worse by the fact that Beth

has been a loner for most of her

life. The Queen's Gambit has

been received well universally by

both critics and audiences, and it

is easy to see why. The series is

extremely well-written, acted

Master teaser: Vijay

plays an unruly teacher

introduces Vijay as JD, a heavydrinker

and a teacher at a college.

In campus-based movies, usually,

it is the students who would

create troubles for teachers. But,

director Lokesh Kanagaraj seems

to have flipped that trope. JD

seems to be locked in a cage

fight with Vijay Sethupathi,

who seems to play the role

of a butcher in the movie.

And yes, Sethupathi is

the villain. Lokesh

Kanagaraj has edited

the teaser with the sole

intention of pleasing

the core fan base of


and mounted. Despite some

pacing issues in a couple of

episodes, not a single minute

appears wasted.

Beth initially comes off as a bit

dispassionate and chilly, no

doubt due to her upbringing, but

Anya Taylor-Joy delivers a

warm and humane

performance. The writers help

the viewer get into her

headspace as Beth moves

imaginary chess pieces on the

Vijay. The teaser is action-packed

and gives a solid introduction to

the unruly teacher, who despite

his serious drinking problem,

looks impressively fit and

handsome. A glimpse of Master

has been long overdue as the

filmmakers were reluctant to cut

diarrhoea before testing positive for

covid-19. Screenwriter and playwright

Zeenat Hakim, wife of the actor was also

diagnosed with covid-19 along with their

son Muhaimeen Redwan Hakim. They

are currently in stable condition and

getting treated at home.

The Queen's Gambit is streaming on Netflix.

Photo: Netflix

ceiling, first when as a kid she

does not have a chessboard, and

later as a professional chess

player while cooking up


The performances are

uniformly great, particularly by

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jacob

Fortune-Lloyd and Harry

Melling as Beth's sometimes

love interests and always


Source: indianexpress.com

Master is helmed by Lokesh Kanagaraj Photo : Internet

a teaser during the COVID-19-

induced lockdown. Given that

theatres across the country are

reopening, the filmmakers have

started working towards the

release of the movie.

Source: hindianews.com

Story of 'Authiti App' bit

different than other

commercials: Moushumi

Arifa Pervin Zaman, better known by her stage name Moushumi, is a popular

Bangladeshi film actress and director. Her journey began in the early nineties

with film 'Keyamat Theke Keyamat'. After that she has acted in many popular


Recently, she will be seen as new model in an advertisment called 'Authiti

App'. Last week, the producer shot some scenes in the capital's Uttara.

In the advertisement, Asif Islam will be seen opposite to Moushumi. The

ad was created by Jamal Mallick.

Regarding the work in the advertisement, Moushumi said, 'I have

worked in a tidy unit. So it ended with sincerity without any trouble. I

also like the story of the ad. I think it will be a little different than other

commercials of the time. '

The producer said that the advertisement will be aired on various

satellite channels of the country soon.

Moushumi is not as regular in movies as before. However, she is working

selectively. Besides the big screen, she is also seen in drama and advertisements.

Moushumi runs a production house, Kopotakhsma Cholochitra. She was

associated with Projapoti Cholochitra and she looks after her own foundation,

the "Moushumi Welfare Foundation".

MONDAY, NOveMBeR 16, 2020


Karachi Kings reach first

PSL final via Super Over

after late collapse


After a hiatus for close to eight

months, pakistan Super

League made a roaring return

as karachi kings suffered a

late collapse in what was a

fairly smooth run chase, and

stumbled their way into a

Super over. However,

Sherfane rutherford and

Mohammed Amir saved the

day and carried them into the

first-ever pSL final

Sohail tanvir, who hadn't

put a foot wrong across the

two innings, erred in the

Super over as rutherford

smashed a four and a six off

him in a 13-run Super over.

Multan Sultans were still in

the hunt with the experienced

rossouw and Bopara out to

bat but Amir nailed his yorker

length to perfection

throughout to help his team

over the line eventually.

For long periods of the

chase of an under-par total of

141/7, it looked like karachi

kings would coast through on

the back of a solid bowling

performance complimented

perfectly by Babar Azam's

classy, stroke-filled 65. But

tanvir, whose cameo pushed

Multan Sultans to 141/7,

bowled an incredible doublewicket

over in the 17th to

bring the run-chase to a

screeching halt.

the pendulum swung

frantically as Imad Wasim still

kept his team's hopes alive

even after a flurry of

dismissals at the death. He

went after tanvir in the 19th

over to reduce the equation

from 19 off 12 to just 7 off the

last 6, but Mohammed Ilyas

held his nerve to drag the

Babar Azam made 65 off 53 before Karachi Kings sealed the Super Over win.

game into the Super over.

Asked to bat first on a twopaced

pitch at the National

stadium in karachi, Multan

Sultans had a disastrous start

as they lost three of their topfour

- inside the powerplay

overs. Amidst the collapse,

Multan opener Zeeshan

Ashraf was offered a reprieve

in the fourth over, but couldn't

make the opposition pay as he

fell while attempting to break

the shackles right after the

powerplay, holing out in the

deep off Imad Wasim.

the seasoned Bopara and

khushdil Shah set about

dragging their team out of the

mess, taking them from 40 for

4 in the seventh over to 78 for

4 in 12, including a 14-run

over where Wayne parnell

was at the receiving end of a

Bopara onslaught. khushdil

too was looking to get a move

on, which resulted in his

wicket in the following over

when Arshad Iqbal used

smart change of pace to

induce a mistimed pull shot

that went straight to deep

square leg fielder.

A brief period of lull

followed, before Shahid Afridi

Photo: AP

successfully pulled off an

attempt to deposit the ball

from Iqbal into the stands in

the 17th over. But as is his

wont, Afridi went for a big

shot once again on the

following delivery when Iqbal

took the pace off it. As a result,

Afridi's big heave went to Alex

Hales at long-on. to

compound their woes, Multan

lost Bopara in the 18th over

and put them at the risk of

finishing with a severely subpar

total. But, up stepped

tanvir with his six-hitting

prowess. He went after

parnell and finished with 25*

off 13 as Multan reached 141

for 7.


praises booters


SportS DeSk:

Bangladesh Football

Federation (BFF) president

kazi Mohammad Salahuddin

on Saturday praised the

performance of the players

who snatched a magnificent 2-

0 win over Nepal in the first

match of the 'Mujib Barsho'

FIFA International Friendly

series on Friday evening,

reports BSS.

"Actually it was a good game

….. both sides played well …

Bangladesh played very well in

the first half ….there should

have been one or two more

goals in the first half ….. It was

a good game and after

coronavirus players have

recovered a lot … it needs

some more time …this is

exactly which we are

expecting," said Salahuddin to

the pressmen today at his BFF

office when asked to evaluate

the players performance in the

first match.

He said the players played

with confidence in the first

match scoring both the goals

quality full they have the caliber

to do it but for whatever reason

they weren't able to do it.

the BFF boss also did not

forget to mention the role of

the media by saying that the

print and electronic media

have been giving the support

for the last one or two months

and it has increased the

confidence level of the players

which enabled them to play

better football against Nepal.

Salahuddin said it's a

matter of time to build a top

category football team if the

team has given support from

media, supporters as well as

the government.

Salahuddin announced

taka ten lacs for cash award

for booters after winning the

first match against Nepal,

and possibly the booters

would get more cash award

if they win the series 2-0.


Manchester United

midfielder paul pogba is

being hurt psychologically by

his situation at the club,

according to France national

team boss Didier Deschamps,

reports Ap.

Formerly the world's most

expensive player, pogba has

struggled to hold down a

regular spot at old trafford

over the course of the last 18

months, having been

hampered by injury, illness

and a loss of form.

His struggles continued in

Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus after initial confusion

over the Liverpool star's test result.

Photo: AP

Salah confirmed to have Covid-19 after

initial confusion over test results


the egyptian Football Association (eFA)

confirmed that forward Mohamed Salah has

tested positive for coronavirus after initial

confusion over the Liverpool star's test result,

reports Ap

the eFA originally announced on Friday that

Salah had tested positive before later deleting the

statement and putting out a different

announcement, saying three players from egypt

and their opponents on Saturday, togo, tested

positive and will have a second test before the


But a follow-up statement from the eFA later

on Friday confirmed that Salah's second swab

had also come back positive, meaning the 28-

year-old will now be forced into self-isolation.

"egyptian National team and Liverpool star

Mohamed Salah has undergone a second test,

and the results have confirmed that Salah tested

positive for Covid-19," an eFA statement said.

"All necessary medical precautions have been

taken in line with the global medical protocol and

under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Sutan,

Head of the Medical Committee at the eFA as

well as Dr. Mohamed Abou el ela, egyptian

National team doctor.

"While the first swab offered a positive result,

the egyptian FA has decided to carry out a second

test to confirm the result.

Man Utd struggles

'mentally impacting'


one of his better periods.

"Like all players who have a

club situation that is not

positive, they are also

impacted mentally. I know

him well enough and it can

happen at some points."

While the World Cupwinning

coach backed the

player to recover from his

current issues, he admitted

that pogba cannot be

considered an automatic

starter for Saturday's Nations

League fixture against


"periods like this can

happen," he said. "He has the

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"Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not

showing any symptoms of the virus. He has been

isolated and the National team's doctor is

currently liaising with Dr. Jim Moxon, head of

Liverpool FC's medical staff, regarding this


the news is a fresh blow for Liverpool manager

Jurgen klopp, who has already lost central

defender Joe Gomez during this international

break. the england international was injured

during a training session and had to undergo

surgery on his knee. He now faces months out.

Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and trent Alexander-

Arnold are also long-term absentees with injury

for the premier League champions.

the only silver lining for Liverpool is the case of

Xherdan Shaqiri. He posted a false positive when

initially being diagnosed with coronavirus while

on international duty with Switzerland last

month and did not have to miss any games after

passing the second round of testing.

However, both Sadio Mane and thiago

Alcantara have previously tested positive and

were forced to miss the premier League visit to

Aston Villa, which Liverpool lost 7-2 in a stunning


Salah had been called up for egypt ahead of a

double header against togo in Africa Cup of

Nations qualification. they play at home on

Saturday before travelling to the west African

nation for the return fixture on tuesday.


stun all Blacks

for first ever

win over NZ

SportS DeSk:

A gutsy Argentina stunned

the all Blacks 25-15

Saturday to pull off one of

rugby's biggest upsets,



embarrassed New Zealand

to their first back-to-back

defeats in almost a decade,

reports BSS.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez

scored all the pumas'

points to hand them their

maiden victory over the

rugby powerhouse in the

30 tests they have played.

Mario Ledesma's side

were given virtually no

chance ahead of the tri

Nations match in Sydney

after a coronavirus-hindered

build up of only two low-key

practice games.

But in their first test

since the World Cup last

year, they pulled off a


It was a humiliating

defeat for New Zealand

who were shocked 24-22

by the Wallabies in

Brisbane last week and

have now lost back-to-back

tests for the first time since

2011 when they crashed to

South Africa and Australia.

Coach Ian Foster axed 10

players and named what

many regarded as the All

Blacks' best run-on side

after last week's game, but

they were no match for a

pumas team helped by

former Australian coach

Michael Cheika.

Unlike Australia and

New Zealand, Argentina

did not have a Super rugby

competition to help them

prepare. But after months

of quarantine, they were

chomping at the bit and

took their frustrations out

on a sloppy All Blacks in a

dominant first-half.

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The World Cup-winning coach also gave an update

on Kylian Mbappe's fitness and opined on rumours

linking Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG. Photo: AP

the international arena in

midweek as he was a member

of the France squad that

surprisingly lost 2-0 at home

against Finland.

"He's not in his best form, of

course. I knew that before the

game," Deschamps told the

media on Friday. "this match

was meant to give him some

rhythm. He knew that he

would only play for an hour.

"It's hard to remember to be

positive. obviously, he's not in

knowledge of the highest

level, the pride and the spirit

to be able to answer his critics.

"After that, I have decisions

to make on all the elements

compared to the other


Another high-profile

member of the France squad

struggling for fitness is kylian

Mbappe, with the pSG star

still a doubt to line up against

a portugal squad containing

his idol, Cristiano ronaldo.

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MonDAY, novEMBER 16, 2020


ASEAN, China, other partners

set world's biggest trade pact

China and 14 other countries agreed

Sunday to set up the world's largest

trading bloc, encompassing nearly a

third of all economic activity, in a deal

many in Asia are hoping will help

hasten a recovery from the shocks of

the pandemic, reports UNB.

The Regional Comprehensive

Economic Partnership, or RCEP, was

signed virtually on Sunday on the

sidelines of the annual summit of the

10-nation Association of Southeast

Asian Nations.

"I am delighted to say that after eight

years of hard work, as of today, we have

officially brought RCEP negotiations to

a conclusion for signing," said host

country Vietnam's Prime Minister

Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

"The conclusion of RCEP

negotiation, the largest free trade

agreement in the world, will send a

strong message that affirms ASEAN's

leading role in supporting the

multilateral trading system, creating a

new trading structure in the region,

enabling sustainable trade facilitation,

revitalizing the supply chains

Nearly a third of South Africa's

workforce was unemployed in the third

quarter of 2020, a 12-year high, as the

continent's most advanced economy

was battered by the Covid pandemic,

according to government figures

released Thursday, reports BSS.

Between July and September, the

jobless rate surged by 7.5 percentage

points to affect 30.8 percent of the

workforce, the national statistics agency

StatsSA said.

"In the 3rd quarter of 2020 there were

significant movements in the South

African labour market… which resulted

in a significant increase of 7.5

percentage points in the unemployment

rate to 30.8%," it said.

"This is the highest unemployment

rate recorded since the start of the

(Quarterly Labour Force Survey) in


In raw numbers, the tally of

disrupted by COVID-19 and assisting

the post pandemic recovery," Phuc


The accord will take already low

tariffs on trade between member

countries still lower, over time, and is

less comprehensive than an 11-nation

trans-Pacific trade deal that President

Donald Trump pulled out of shortly

after taking office.

Apart from the 10-member

Association of Southeast Asian

Nations, it includes China, Japan,

South Korea, Australia and New

Zealand, but not the United States.

Officials said the accord leaves the door

open for India, which dropped out due

to fierce domestic opposition to its

market-opening requirements, to

rejoin the bloc.

It is not expected to go as far as the

European Union in integrating

member economies but does build on

existing free trade arrangements.

The deal has powerful symbolic

ramifications, showing that nearly four

years after Trump launched his

"America First" policy of forging trade

The Premier Bank Ltd has recently inaugurated Mirzapur Branch at Mirzapur Bazar, Tangail to

provide financial services to all. (Thandu Market, 1st floor, Kakoli Mor, Mirzapur Bazar,

Tangail).Additional Managing Director of the bank Md. Abdul Jabber Chowdhury inaugurated

the ceremony by cutting ribbon and was present as Chief Guest. Salma Akter, Paura Mayor,

Mirzapur, Tangail was present as special guest. Clients, well-wishers and dignitaries also

attended the local functions.

Photo: Courtesy

Easy Build, a retail chain shop of building materials of RFL Group, has opened its outlet at


Photo: Courtesy

S.Africa jobless rate hits 12-year

high as more seek work

unemployed rose by 2.2 million in the

third quarter over the April-June

period, bringing the total to 6.5 million.

Young people were particularly badly


Unemployment rate increased by

nine percentage points among people

aged 15-24, who accounted for nearly

two-thirds of the jobless surge.

StatsSA said much of the increase in

numbers was for technical reasons

linked to the easing of coronavirus


Millions of people too discouraged to

even look for work during the country's

mobility restrictions were not officially

recorded as unemployed but instead

defined as "not economically active".

This pent-up number thus added to

the jobless figures when the restrictions

were relaxed in the third quarter and

they were able to register as


deals with individual countries, Asia

remains committed to multi-nation

efforts toward freer trade that are seen

as a formula for future prosperity.

Ahead of Sunday's RCEP "special

summit" meeting, Japanese Prime

Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would

firmly convey his government's

support for "broadening a free and fair

economic zone, including a possibility

of India's future return to the deal, and

hope to gain support from the other


The accord is also a coup for China,

by far the biggest market in the region

with more than 1.3 billion people,

allowing Beijing to cast itself as a

"champion of globalization and

multilateral cooperation" and giving it

greater influence over rules governing

regional trade, Gareth Leather, senior

Asian economist for Capital

Economics, said in a report.

China's official Xinhua News Agency

quoted Premier Li Keqiang hailing the

agreement as a victory against

protectionism, in remarks delivered via

a video link.

Easy Build

opens outlet

at Savar

Easy Build, a retail chain shop of

building materials of RFL Group,

has opened its outlet at Savar.

Around 4,000 building materials

including construction, electrical,

safety and security products will be

available at the outlet. Moreover, the

Easy Build outlet will provide

complete building solutions and

guidelines to the customers. Not

only that, if any customer wants,

Easy Build will build complete

building under its supervision as per

consumer requirement, a press

release said.

RN Paul, Managing Director of

RFL Group, opened the outlet

located at Savar DOHS recently.

Engr. Manik Sarkar, In-charge of

Easy Build, Amdadul Islam, Senior

Brand Manager, Brig Gen (Retd)

SM Farhad, President of Savar

DOHS Parishad, Lt. Col Moazzem

Hossain, Secretary of Savar DOHS

Parishad and high officials of Easy

Build were present at the program.

Recently A webinar held on virtual platform on "Settlement of Letters of Credit Related

International Trade Disputes through ADR" was organized jointly by Bangladesh International

Arbitration Centre (BIAC), the first registered Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) institution

of Bangladesh and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), a partner of BIAC and the

largest business chamber in Bangladesh.

Photo: Courtesy

BIAC, DCCI have organized a webinar

Recently A webinar held on

virtual platform on

"Settlement of Letters of

Credit Related International

Trade Disputes through

ADR" was organized jointly

by Bangladesh International

Arbitration Centre (BIAC),

the first registered

Alternative Dispute

Resolution (ADR) institution

of Bangladesh and Dhaka

Chamber of Commerce &

Industry (DCCI), a partner of

BIAC and the largest

business chamber in

Bangladesh, a press release


Participating in the

webinar experts stressed

specifically on the issues and

challenges of resolution of

international trade disputes

arising out of Letters of Credit

(LC) through use of

Alternative Dispute

Resolution (ADR) methods

in Bangladesh, especially in

the wake of the spread of

COVID-19 pandemic

worldwide, which has

created an unprecedented

challenge in our economic

life. Through the webinar

experts explained as to how

ADR can help resolve

disputes between the parties

contracting under LC in

international trade deals.

With ADR institutions like

BIAC in Bangladesh and

other institutions existing in

the region, the webinar was

aimed at suggesting greater

transparency on how the

ADR processes including

arbitration and mediation

work and how they can

provide relatively

inexpensive and quick access

to the resolution of disputes

arising out of LC, particularly

in the developing nations.

President of DCCI Shams

Mahmud and Managing

Director, Shasha Denim Ltd.

& Shasha Garments Ltd. in

his Welcome Address

maintained that to mitigate

risk profile of businesses

institutional ADR processes

including arbitration and

mediation can be of immense

help especially in LC related

international trade disputes.

He emphasied the

importance of Letters of

Credit in businesses in

developing national trade

competency. He lauded

BIAC's role as a trend setter

and pioneer in bringing

businesses, banks, ADR

facilitators and the

Government agencies

together in order to

institutionalise best practices

of ADR in Bangladesh.

In his Closing Address

Chief Executive Officer BIAC

Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali

said that BIAC, as the only

licenced ADR centre of

Bangladesh, has arbitration,

mediation and other

methods of ADR in their

agenda and he emphasised

further cooperation with

DCCI to help resolve

commercial disputes in both

domestic and international

trade. He urged upon

business leaders, lawyers,

mediators and exponents of

ADR to come forward and

join BIAC's efforts in quick

and cost effective

dispensation of business

disputes for the greater

interest of the country. He

stressed the need of provision

of an ADR clause in

commercial contracts and

synchronising LC with Pro

Forma Invoice so that

interests of banks and parties

are well protected.

An expert Panel of

Speakers comprising

eminent business leaders,

bankers, lawyers and ADR

specialists from home and

abroad addressed issues and

impacts of the challenges of

LC related international

trade disputes and the way

forward through the

application of ADR

mechanism in this regard.

Business leaders, experts

from the legal fraternity,

corporate houses,

academicians, Arbitrators,

Mediators and ADR

specialists of high eminence

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from home and abroad

participated in the largely

attended webinar through

Zoom transmission. The

webinar was moderated by

Barrister Shafayat Ullah,

Head of Group Legal Affairs,

Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.

Vincent O'Brien, Director,

International Chamber of

Commerce-UAE and

Member, Executive Board,

ICC Banking Commission,

Paris joined the webinar as a

Panellist. He expressed

satisfaction over BIAC's

contribution and continuous

efforts in facilitating ADR

norms. He said that

Bangladesh has the highest

level of practicing ICC Rules

in settling LC related

international cross border

trade disputes. He opined

that to businesses 'time is

money' and to save both time

and money ADR can be the

best practice to resolve such


Taking part in the

discussion Md. Ahsan-uz

Zaman, Managing Director &

CEO, Midland Bank Limited

narrated his experience of a

banker and emphasised

incorporation of ADR clause

in both local and

international LC. He stressed

on the need of creating

awareness about ADR and

favoured new guidelines for

resolution of cross border

trade disputes in order to do

away with discrepancies in


Barrister Sameer Sattar,

Advocate, Supreme Court of

Bangladesh and Former

Director, DCCI viewed the

issue from a lawyer's

perspective and shared his


MonDAY, noveMBer 16, 2020


In observance of World Diabetes Day 2020, a discussion meeting was held at Kapasia on Saturday.

BCIC-226 Dt. 15/11/20

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Photo: TBT

World Diabetes

Day observed

in Kapasia

Kapasia Correspondent:

A rally and view exchange

meetingwas been held on

the occasion of World

Diabetes Day organized by

KapasiaUpazila Diabetic

Association of Gazipur with

the theme that nurses can

make a difference in

diabetes services.

A rally was brought out

from the office of the Upazila

Diabetic Association on

Saturday and ended at the

Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed

Chattar. During the time,

Awami League President

Abdul Halim Khokon,

General Secretary of the

Diabetic Association Tanvir

Haque Sohail and CEO of

Kapasia Diabetic

Association Dr. Zulkar

Naeem Ibne Noman were


Later a view exchange

meeting was held which was

chaired by Kapasia Diabetic

Association General

Secretary Tanvir Haque

Sohailwhile among others,

Vice President of Kapasia

Diabetes Association and

District Awami League

Member Engineer Hamidul

Haque, CEO of Kapasia

Diabetic Association Dr.

Zulkar Naeem Ibne Noman

and Jugantar'sKapasia

correspondent Saiful Islam

Shaheen were present at the


I took Covid-19 as a

challenge: outgoing

DMCH director

DHAKA: Covid-19 had rung

the alarm bell loud and clear,

creating panic among

people, reports UNB.

But Brigadier General

AKM Nasiruddin, outgoing

director of Dhaka Medical

College and Hospital

(DMCH), took it as a

challenge since the start of

the outbreak in the country.

"I worked at the hospital

from the beginning of the

outbreak, but have not yet

got tested for Covid-19,"

Nasiruddin said.

"And today is my last day,

and I will get a test before

leaving," he said while

talking at his farewell

program at Dhaka Medical

Reporters Association on


Brigadier General

Mohamamd Nazmul

Haque, new director of

DMCH, was also present


"I took Covid-19 as a

challenge and joined other

colleagues at the hospital

even during holidays. Many

doctors and staff of the

hospital got infected while

performing duties, but I did

not get tested," Nasiruddin


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Monday, Dhaka, November 16, 2020, Agrayan 1, 1427 BS, Rabi-ul Awal 29, 1442 Hijri

Construction of 8 LNG power

plants with 3,471MW

capacity underway

Dhaka: eight power plants based on

gas/liquefied Natural Gas (lNG) with a

combined generation capacity of 3,471

megawatts (MW) were under construction,

reports BSS.

"The under construction gas/lNG

based power plants having generation

capacity of 3,471 MW will begin operation

in phases from December 2020 to

December 2022," State Minister for

Power, energy and Mineral Resources

Nasrul hamid told BSS on Sunday.

he said after assuming power, the

present government constructed 111

new power plants having generation

capacity of 18,606 MW in the last 11

years after taking time-befitting, realistic

and sustainable steps.

Nasrul hamid said, "Currently the

country's power generation capacity

reaches 23,548 MW that has helped the

government to bring about 98 percent

people under power coverage and it has

been possible due to bold and dynamic

leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh


"We have been making all-out strides

to light up the country's all households

as well as ensure uninterrupted, quality

and affordable electricity supply for all

by 'Mujib Barsha' (Mujib year), marking

Serve people with love

and smile : IGP

Dhaka: Inspector General of Police

(IGP) Dr Benazir ahmed yesterday asked

police to be more humane and ensure

proper services to people so that no service-seeker

gets harassed or tortured in any

way, reports BSS.

"Police have to be humane to people . . .

They must ensure proper services to service-seekers

so that none gets harassed anyway,"

he told the police, adding that "Serve

people with love and smile."

The IGP said this while exchanging

views with constables, naek and assistant

sub-inspectors (aSIs) of Dhaka

Metropolitan Police (DMP) at Rajarbagh

Police lines auditorium today, with

DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam

in the chair.

additional IG Md Mainur Rahman

Chowdhury, Chief of Special Branch (SB)

Mir Shahidul Islam, Criminal

Investigation Department (CID) Chief

Barrister Mahbubur Rahman and other

senior officials were present there.

Reiterating the incumbent government's

"Zero Tolerance" policy against

corruption, the IGP said corruption in

the birth centenary of Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman," he said.

according to ministry information,

Ghorashal Unit-4 repowering 200MW,

Shahzibazar 100MW, Bibiyana South

383MW, Ghorashal Unit-3 repowering

206MW will begin operation from next


ashuganj 400MW power plant will

join for electricity generation on June

2021 and Rupsha 880MW will begin

operation from September 2022 to

December 2022, as per the schedule.

Information provided by the ministry,

however, said that Meghnaghat

584MW power plant will commence on

July 2022 and Meghnaghat 718MW

plant on august 2022.

according to the Power Sector Master

Plan, the country needs to achieve continuous

economic growth of 7.4 percent

annually for the period 2016-2020 to

initially reach the standard of medium

to high-income nations.

Talking to BSS, Director General of

Power Cell engineer Mohammad

hossain said the power ministry is planning

for setting up five more gas/lNG

based power plants with capacity of

8,575 MW.

police won't be tolerated at all and police's

jobs are not for those who want to be billionaire

by corrupt practices.

The IGP firmly hoped that no police

man would take drugs, do drugs trade and

maintain relations with drug dealers.

"We want to go to the people. Beat policing

has been introduced by dividing the

country into 6,912 beats. This will help

make law and order control easier," he


Dr ahmed said transparency has been

brought in the recruitment and transfer of

police across the country.

Referring to the police services to people,

which got appreciation both at home

and abroad, the police chief said people's

confidence as well as their expectations in

the police has increased.

The IGP told police that each police

member should avail the opportunity as it

is a rare scope as well as a matter of honor

to work for the country and its people.

as a disciplined force, the police should

give utmost priority to discipline, he said

adding that discipline cannot be mixed

with welfare.

Rohingya Crisis

S Korea provides

$ 1.5 million


Dhaka : South korea has provided

US$ 1.5 million to the UNhCR

Bangladesh Office to support its activities

in Cox's Bazar under the 2020 Joint

Response Plan(JRP) for the Rohingya

humanitarian crisis, reports UNB.

Since the outbreak of the Rohingya

crisis in 2017, the South korean government

has been closely working with the

international community to resolve the

refugee crisis, said the korean embassy

in Dhaka on Sunday.

South korea has provided the UNhCR

Bangladesh Office with a total of US$ 4.2

million between 2017 and 2020 for its

Rohingya refugee-related activities.

at the conference on Sustaining

Support for Rohingya Refugee

Response held on October 22, the

korean government expressed deep

concerns over the Rohingya refugees;

protracted humanitarian situation.

The South korean government

announced that this year it will provide

more than US$ 10 million, which

includes US$ 7.5 million for the work of

the UN agencies under the Bangladesh

Joint Response Plan, aSeaN, and the

civil society, to help improve the

humanitarian situation of the affected


South korea stated that it provided a

total of US$ 17 million in humanitarian

assistance from 2017 to 2019 to help

protect the displaced persons and assist

host communities. The South korean

embassy said korea will continue to

make its best effort to address the

humanitarian crisis resulting from the

Rohingya refugees in close cooperation

with the Bangladesh Government and

the international community.

Bangladesh reports

another 1837

coronavirus cases,

21 deaths

Dhaka : Bangladesh reported 1837

new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24

hours until Sunday morning, taking the

country's overall tally to 432,333,

reports UNB.

Besides, 21 more deaths were reported

in the same period, driving total fatalities

to 6,194. So far, 349,542 patients (80.85

percent) have recovered -- 1693 in the last

24 hours. The fatality rate in Bangladesh

is 1.43 percent, the Directorate General of

health Services said.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on

March 8. The number of cases reached

the 300,000-mark on august 26. The

first death was reported on March 18

and the death toll exceeded 6,000 on

November 4.

So far, 2,541,194 tests have been carried

out, including 14,060 new tests, and

17.01 percent of them have turned out


The farmers in Bagerhat use various techniques to produce betel in a non-toxic manner. The yield and taste of

betel has increased. Since its recognition as an export product, the income from betel cultivation has also

increased in the district.

Photo: Star Mail

Marayan Tang Jadi mountain is the highest peak of Miriganga range in Alikadam upazila of Bandarban district.

Adventure lover's travels to the mountain to enjoy the scenic beauty.

Photo: Star Mail

FM hopeful of signing

Teesta deal

Submission of income tax returns

through online resumes

Dhaka: The submission of income tax

returns through online has resumed as

the income taxpayers of Taxes Zone-6 of

the capital were initially enjoying such

facility, reports BSS.

The National Board of Revenue (NBR)

Chairman abu hena Md Rahmatul

Muneem inaugurated the operations of

this programme at the Taxes Zone-6 in

the capital's Paltan area on Sunday.

The valued taxpayers were able to

submit their returns through online for

the last three years, thanks to the operations

of a software, developed by FPT

Information System Corporation of

Vietnam. But, that facility came to a halt

in June last following the completion of

the term of the agreement with the

Vietnamese company.

after reopening of the operations of

online income tax payment, the NBR

Chairman said the taxpayers would be

able to submit their returns through

online from only one taxes zone this year.

"But, such facility will be expanded up to

all taxes zones of the country by the next

year," he added.

Muneem said, "It seems to me that it's

RaJShahI : Foreign Minister Dr ak

abdul Momen on Sunday expressed his

optimism over signing of Teesta water

sharing deal with India saying it remains

ready for signing since 2011.

"India frequently reiterates (its commitment)

about it. It remains ready to be

signed. I think it would be done," he told

reporters at Rajshahi College but did not

give any possible signing date.

he said the Teesta deal could not be

signed due to India's internal reason.

Dr Momen said human resources and

rivers are very important assets but it will

be a curse for all if they cannot ensure best

use of these. The Foreign Minister said

Bangladesh and India are working on 54

common rivers.

In October last year, Prime Minister

Sheikh hasina highlighted that the people

of Bangladesh have been waiting to see

the early signing and implementation of

the framework of interim agreement for

the sharing of Teesta waters as agreed

upon by both governments in 2011.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra

Modi informed that his government is

working with all stakeholders in India

for the conclusion of the agreement at

the soonest possible time, according to

a 53-point joint statement that termed

the relations between the two countries

"a bond transcending strategic relationship".

Indian high Commissioner to

Bangladesh Vikram kumar Doraiswami

has conveyed his government's commitment

to finding mutually acceptable solutions

to all the issues with Bangladesh.

Bangladesh and India are in discussion

to hold a Water Resources Secretary-level

meeting in December before the Ministerlevel

talks between the two countries on

water issues, officials said.

The two countries expressed optimism

to hold a Joint Rivers Commission (JRC)

meeting this year to discuss water sharing

of common rivers.

Dr Momen said the government of

Prime Minister Sheikh hasina will never

sign any deal against interest of the country

and its people but will enhance connectivity

with India for a win-win situation

for both.

Responding to a question, Dr Momen

said the government has planned to shift

100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char for

better living with economic opportunities

for Rohingyas.

however, no date is fixed yet to relocate

them from congested Cox's Bazar camps.

"We wanted to avoid risk of landslides

and deaths in Rohingya camps," Dr

Momen said.

he hoped the new US government

under Biden administration will have

stronger voice on Rohingya issue.

The Foreign Minister hoped to see

growing trade and investment relations

between Bangladesh and the US.

"I believe they will come on their own

for win-win situation. Bangladesh is a

land of opportunity," he said. Dr Momen

said Bangladesh and the US will speak in

one voice on climate issues with increased

assistance from the US.

not a matter of pain for the TIN holders to

pay tax. But, submitting returns seems to

be a problem and in order to address this

issue, we've developed a software to facilitate

submission of income tax returns

through online."

he informed that with the help of this

software, the TIN holders under Taxes

Zone-6 in the capital would be able to

submit their returns directly through


There are a total of 1.35 lakh taxpayers

in this zone and this software would play

an important role to facilitate submission

of income tax returns through online during

this COVID-19 pandemic.

Mentioning that the development of

this software is a "very successful endevour"

of the revenue board, the NBR

Chairman said, "We've now stepped into

the platform of online return submission.

We'll further develop it and based on this,

we'll undertake operations for submission

of income tax through online at other

taxes zones of the capital."

he also informed that the taxpayers

would get the acknowledgement receipts

once they submit their returns.

Home Minister

tests Covid-19


Dhaka : home Minister

asaduzzaman khan kamal was found

infected with Coronavirus on

Saturday night, reports BSS.

home Ministry Public Relation

Officer Sharif Mahmud confirmed

the matter.

Covid-19 test result of home

Minister came positive on Saturday

night, he said, adding that Senior

Secretary of the ministry's Public

Security Department Mustafa kamal

Uddin was also diagnosed with


Meanwhile, Bangladesh reported

1837 new cases of Covid-19 in the

past 24 hours until Sunday morning,

taking the country's overall tally to


Besides, 21 more deaths were

reported in the same period, driving

total fatalities to 6,194.

Bangladesh registered its first cases

on March 8. The first death was

reported on March 18 and the death

toll exceeded 6,000 on November 4.

SMP provides

Tk 50,000 to

Raihan's mother

SylheT : Sylhet Metropolitan Police

(SMP) on Sunday handed over Tk

50,000 to mother of Raihan ahmed

who was killed at Bandarbazar police

outpost, reports UNB.

Superintendent of Police Farid

Uddin handed over the money from

the district Police Welfare Fund at his


Raihan's mother expressed gratitude

to the district police as they

arrested the suspended Sub-

Inspector akbar hossain Bhuiyan.

Farid Uddin also assured Raihan's

mother of getting justice for her lost

son and gave gift items for Raihan's


On October 11, Raihan, 34, a resident

of akharia in Sylhet city, was

beaten to death in police custody, his

family said.

his wife Tahmina akter Tanni filed

a case at kotwali Police Station the

following day accusing a number of

unidentified people.

Four policemen, including the then

in-charge of Bandarbazar Police outpost

Sub-Inspector akbar, were suspended

on October 12. Three policemen

were also withdrawn the same


The case has been transferred to

the Police Bureau of Investigation.

Besides, the Sylhet Metropolitan

Police (SMP) formed a committee to

look into the death of Raihan. after a

primary investigation, it found some

policemen guilty of foul play.

after the autopsy, doctors said

there were 111 injury marks on

Raihan's body and two of his nails

were pulled out.

On October 22, former SMP

Commissioner Golam kibria was

transferred over widespread criticism

of the role of police in Raihan's death.

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