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Germany's Merkel

backs Laschet as

party lags in polls


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Tigers gear up to

confirm series against

New Zealand today

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information and Broadcasting minister Dr hasan mahmud on Tuesday met indian External

affairs minister S Jaishankar.

Photo : Courtesy

Covid in Bangladesh


fatalities fall to 56

DHAKA : Bangladesh logged 56 Covid-

19 deaths and 2,639 cases in 24 hours till

Tuesday morning, showing a decline in

single-day fatalities and cases compared

to the ones a day before.

The country reported 65 Covid-related

deaths and 2,710 cases on Monday.

The daily case positivity rate also fell

slightly to 9.69% from Monday's 9.88%,

according to the Directorate General of

Health Services (DGHS).

The fresh numbers pushed the country's

total fatalities to 26,684 while the

cases reached 15,19,805, the DGHS said.

The new cases were detected after

testing 27,466 samples during the 24-

hour period.

Besides, the recovery rate rose to

96.11%, while the case fatality remained

unchanged at 1.76 per cent compared to

the corresponding period.

Among the new deaths, 20 died in

Dhaka division, 15 in Chattogram, six in

Khulna, five in Sylhet, four in Barishal,

three in Rajshahi, two in Rangpur, and

one in Mymensingh divisions.

Of them, 19 were men and 37 women.

The country last saw 54 Coronavirusrelated

deaths on June 18 and the

upswing in the fatalities reached its peak

on August 5 and 10 when 264 deaths

were recorded.

However, the situation was much

more catastrophic than June in the latter

part of August as the country experienced

a surge of Covid-related caseloads

and deaths during that time.

Between May and June this year,

there was a 273% rise in monthly caseloads

and 162% in fatalities. In July,

there was a 150% increase in caseloads

and a 170% rise in deaths compared to

the previous month, according to the

World Health Organization (WHO).

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Hasan for joint efforts to

make people's movement

easier in region

NEW DELHI : Information and

Broadcasting Minister Dr. Hasan

Mahmud on Tuesday called upon all

concerned to work together to help

make people's movement easier in the

region for their betterment.

"It is a reality that the region is a

least integrated one although there is a

cultural bondage and attachment

among the people since long," he said

and cited an example from the present

Europe where anybody can move one

country to another freely.

Interacting with the Indian media fraternity

at Bangladesh mission yesterday

afternoon, he said the movement of

people between Bangladesh and India

has to be made easier as their movement

increased many folds in the recent

times for different purposes ranging

from tourism to treatment.

Journalists working in different foreign

and local media joined the programme

followed by a working lunch.

Giving an example, the minister

said when an artiste (from

Bangladesh) wants to visit India,

he/she needs clearance from customs

department, ministries of cultural

affairs, foreign affairs and

Indian ministry of External Affairs.

"We have connectivity…we have road

link, river link, rail link, air link…Now

we have to make movement of people

easier," he said and urged all concerned

to work together on it. He urged especially

the journalist community to

build up public opinion in this regard.

Referring to meetings with Indian

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

and Information and Broadcasting

Minister Anurag Thakur, he said that

they had discussed wide ranges of bilateral

issues covering connectivity, cultural

cooperation, corona issue and vaccine


Bangladesh High Commissioner to

India Muhammad Imran gave a welcome

address on the occasion.

Later, the minister joined a book

launching ceremony at Indian Council

of World Affairs here. The book titled

"Bangladesh War Commentary" was

written by U. L Baruah on the War of

Independence of Bangladesh.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister

paid rich tribute to the martyrs especially

the Indian army personnel who laid

down their lives during the Bangladesh's

1971 War of Independence.

No tradition of calling govt officials

Sir or Madam: Farhad Hossain

Shafiqul iSlam (Shafiq)

State Minister for Public Administration

Farhad Hossain has made it clear that

there is no such thing as government

officials have to say sir or madam. He

also said that 55 BCS cadre officers have

been punished in 32 months for breach

of discipline. Besides, government officials

and employees as well as ministers

will give an account of their assets. He

was responding to various questions

while participating in a dialogue organized

by the Bangladesh Secretariat

Reporters Forum (BSRF) at the Media

Center at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

BSRF President Tapan Biswas presided

over the dialogue and General Secretary

Masudul Haque conducted the dialogue.

The chief information officer of

information department Shahenur Mia

and others was also present at the event.

The state minister for public administration

said, Sir, madam or something like

that has to be addressed, there is no such

custom. Addressing the government officials,

he said, your attitude is very important

when someone goes to take service.

If you don't have a welcoming attitude

when someone goes to get a service, you are

reprimanded or angry- these are corruption.

Abuse amounts to corruption. It can't

be done. You speak beautifully, fluently.

Your behavior means the behavior of the

government. Everyone thinks your office is

a part of the Prime Minister's Office.

He said an incident had taken place

recently when an official in the field

administration did not address him. As

we saw there, it happened to those who

were around.

State Minister said the word sir means

sir. Madam means greatness. Mr. or Mrs.

It is not in the Rules of Business. What

was the direction of the father of our

nation? Look at those who come to you for

service, like your brother, like your father,

like your relatives.

Khaleda's family seeks

permission again to

send her abroad

DHAKA : The family of BNP Chairperson

Khaleda Zia has submitted an application

to the government seeking further extension

of her conditional release and allowing

her to go abroad for receiving

advanced treatment, reports UNB.

On behalf of the family, Khaleda's

younger brother Shamim Iskander

recently submitted the application to the

Home Ministry, an official at the ministry

said on Tuesday.

Contacted, Law Minister Anisul Huq

told UNB, "As the suspension of

Khaleda Zia jail sentences is going to end

on September 24, her family has applied

for its extension."

In the application, the minister said,

the BNP chief's family claimed that her

physical condition has worsened due to

post-Covid complications, and they

again sought the government permission

to send her abroad for treatment.

Upon their application, Anisul said,

the Home Ministry sent a file to the

Law Ministry afew days back seeking

its legal opinion. "We gave our opinion

over the matter, and sent the file back

to the Home Ministry this (Tuesday)

morning," he said. The minister said

the Home Ministry will now send the

file to the Prime Minister's Office for



Bangladesh kicks

off 2nd dose mass



DHAKA : The government on Tuesday

started administering the 2nd doses of

Covid-19 vaccine under its mass vaccination

campaign, aiming to fight the

deadly virus.

Vaccination centres in Dhaka and

elsewhere in the country drew huge

crowds as vaccine seekers were seen

standing close to each other with little or

no regard to social distancing rules.

The vaccination campaign will continue

for three days in all cities from September

7-9 while one day outside the cities on

September 7, reports UNB. The decision

came from a videoconference held on

Monday with PM's Principal Secretary Dr

Ahmad Kaikaus in the chair.

In the city areas, those who received

the first doses on August 7 and 8 will be

given the second doses on September 7,

while those who got the first doses on

August 9 and 10 will receive the second

doses on September 8 and the people

who received the first doses on August 11

and 12 will be given the second doses on

September 9, according to a decision

taken in the meeting.

art & culture

Rakul appears

before ED in

drugs case

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Padma Bridge

Sujan worries about inauguration

of road, rail route together

MUNSHIGANJ : Railways Minister

Md Nurul Islam Sujan yesterday said

that it will not be possible to introduce

train on Padma Bridge on the same

day, with inauguration road communication,

if the railway section of the

bridge is not handed over to the railway

authority by next January.

"It will take six months to install rail

tracks on the main bridge. If the

Bridge Authority hands over (the rail

section to the rail authority) by next

January, train can run on Bhanga-

Mawa route through the Padma

Bridge on the same day along with the

road," he said.

While inspecting the railway links on

both sides of the Padma Bridge, Sujan

said that the Dhaka-Bhanga railway

route will be launched on December 16

in 2022.

He said the Bridge Authorities is not

allowing the railway authority to start

Sinha murder trial

COX'S BAZAR : The third day of second

phase of testimonial statements in the murder

case of Maj (retd) Sinha Mohammad

Rashed Khan concluded at a Cox's Bazar

court Tuesday with the testimony and statement

of the fifth witness, reports UNB.

The court adjourned at around 5 pm after

Hafeez Mohammad Amin's testimony as an

eyewitness and his interrogation by defense

lawyers. The statement was recorded before

Cox's Bazar district and session court Judge

Md Ismail. He was presented before the court

amid tight security around 10 am on the day.

After the hearing, defense lawyer Rana

Dasgupta told the media that Mohammad

Amin is a Rohingya.

"He said that he saw the murder from atop

a mosque and he used to work there.

However, the president and the general secretary

of the mosque informed us that they

don't know anyone by this name."

Public Prosecutor Faridul Alam refuted the

claim and said that the witness is a

Bangladeshi citizen. He went on to say that

the national identity of the witness is irrelevant

and the matter is being brought up to

steer the conversation to a different direction.

Plaintiff's lawyer Advocate

Mohammad Jahangir added that the

aforementioned mosque does not have

the construction of roads, electricity

and gas connections and walkways on

the Padma Bridge before March next.

"And it will take six months to complete

the work of the railway. As a

result, it will not be possible to complete

the work by June.

That's why there is an uncertainty

about the inauguration of the bridge's

road and railway together," the railways

minister said.

Railways Secretary Selim Reza,

Director General of Bangladesh

Railway Dhirendranath Majumder,

Padma Bridge Rail Link Project

Director Md Afzal Hossain, Additional

Superintendent of Police of

Munshiganj (Srinagar Circle) Md

Asaduzzaman, Louhjong Upazila

Nirbahi Officer Abdul Awal and

Padma Bridge Executive Engineer

Dewan Abdul Quader were, among

others, present on the occasion.

Fifth witness testifies

before court on day 3

any committee.

"The concept of the president and general

secretary not knowing the witness is ludicrous

as the mosque doesn't have a committee

in the first place," he added.

Earlier, during the three-day testimonial

statements recording from August 23 to

August 25, plaintiff Sharmin Sahariya

Ferdous, sister of Sinha, and witness

Shahedul Islam Sifat's statements were

recorded. On Sunday, third witness

Mohammad Ali's statement was recorded at

the court on the first day of the second phase

of testimonial statements.

On Monday the court heard from the

fourth witness, CNG driver Kamal Hossain's

testimony. The 11 other witnesses who

received the court notice are scheduled to testify

by Wednesday. On July 31 last year, Sinha

was shot dead at the Shamlapur police checkpost

in Baharchhara Union of Cox's Bazar

while returning to town after filming for a


On August 5, Sinha's sister, Sharmin

Shahriar Ferdous, filed a case with Teknaf

Senior Judicial Magistrate Court accusing

nine members of law enforcement agencies

of being involved in the killing, including

Pradeep Kumar Das and Baharchhara police

outpost inspector Liakat Ali.

The government on Tuesday started administering the 2nd doses of Covid-19 vaccine under its

mass vaccination campaign. The picture is taken from Rajarbagh Police hospital. Photo : TBT

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Jagannath university (Jnu) has passed the main revenue (nondevelopment)

budget of Tk 148.87 crore for the year of 2021-22.

as well as by person examination policies are approved.

On Monday at 3 pm Jagannath university Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Md. imdadulhaque chair the 85th syndicate meeting.

in this syndicate meeting, the revised budget of Jagannath

university for the year 2020-21 was Tk 128 crore 6 lakh 45

thousand and the basic revenue (non-development) budget of

Tk 148 crore 87 lakh for the financial year 2021-22 was passed.

among the notable sectors, the budget of the research sector for

the last financial year 2020-21 has been increased from Tk 2

crore to Tk 5 crore for the financial year 2021-22.

in addition, capital grant (equipment, vehicles, information

communication technology, other grants) sector 8 crore 46

lakh, recurring grant (teachers and staffs salaries and

allowances) 98 crore 37 lakh, goods and services assistance 32

crore and 90 lakh. 2 crore 30 lakh has been allocated for

pension and retirement benefits and 1 crore 84 lakh has been

allocated for other grants.

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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Encouraging need

based education

The Minister for Education told an

international workshop sometime

ago that enlarging the sphere of

vocational education to create human

resources amply should be the thrust point

in the educational sector of the country.

He could not be more apt in his

observation. But the same also invites the

question of what is being done to increase

government run centres for technical or

vocational education.

Of course, the present government has to

its credit the taking of steps to expand

opportunities for technical and vocational

education. It has done more compared to

previous governments in the last two

decades to increase facilities for technical

and vocational education. But as it is,

government run polytechnic institutes in

Bangladesh are 77, technical schools and

colleges 64, technical training centres 38,

medical colleges 18, agricultural colleges 4,

agricultural university 1, textile institute 6,

agricultural institutes 13, forest institute 1,

marine institute 1 and textile vocational

institutes 40. The above figures clearly

show that for a country with over 165

million people and a big part of them being

teenagers or fast reaching the age to enter

the labour market through some kind of

need based education, the number of state

run organizations to impart such

education, is small compared to the need.

For example, when there should be at

least two or three polytechnics in each of

the country's 64 districts, the total number

of polys is 77. The same kind of

insufficiency is noted in the other groups

particularly in the areas of technical

schools and colleges and technical training

centres. It is also relevant to mention in

this connection that the media often

focuses on the poor state of whatever

institutions are there in the state sector for

vocational or technical education. In many

cases, it is alleged that these do not have

adequate number of teachers or trainers

against sanctioned posts or equipment

and machines for training are missing or

remain dysfunctional.

The budget makers are seen spending

money to pave the way for getting degrees

by hundreds of thousands of youngsters in

general, theoretical and religious

education every year. But what good such

generalists or potential prayer leaders--

who pass out in hordes annually-- can do

to fill the ranks of skilled manpower needs

to take the country to a higher level of

economic existence ?

It is imperative from the highest levels of

the government to realize that the

priorities in education must be redefined

at the fastest and remedial actions taken

just as fast. Useless and redundant forms

of education need to be discouraged and

curtailed. Allocations must be much

increased for creating centres for types of

education that would create real human


How was The person Bangabandhu

Honourable reader! Let

us introduce you to

Bangabandhu anew

today. You all know

about Bangabandhu's

contribution in politics.

But today we will discuss

what this man was like outside of politics. Once

a gentleman asked Bangabandhu, "What do

you expect your children to be when they grow

up?" In reply, Bangabandhu said, 'I want my

children to become human beings. This is

Sheikh Mujib. In response to this question, his

attitude towards life and his character traits

came to light. He said about their careers, they

will choose their careers as per their choice. I

don't want to sniff at her. He has been a gentle,

humble and considerate person since his

student days. His behavior is extremely sincere.

His always majestic face is easily filled with a

generous smile. His sense of humor has saved

him from all the pains and lawsuits of his life.

The thing that amazes his the most is his great

confidence. Once he decides that he has made

the right decision, he has pushed forward no

matter what obstacles come his way. He would

easily catch the eye in the crowd. Wherever he

was, Bangabandhu could easily attract the

attention of everyone. His transformation from

a tall, slender body in his youth to a great

personality leader. When Bangabandhu stood

in the midst of the people and addressed them

in a strong and powerful voice about the

stupidity of the government, the real man could

not be recognized. When one came closer, one

could understand how sincere, domestic and

sensitive Bangabandhu was in his behavior,

with a smile on his face. But no one could fool

him. Although Bangabandhu likes new ideas,

he does not reject the previous ones without

looking at them well. Sheikh Mujib's life is a very

ordinary life of austerity. He is one of the

successful world leaders today because he did

not have any fascination with comfort, luxury

etc. This indifference towards home, money,

comfort, etc. has increased the respect and

esteem of the people towards him many times.

His steps towards life were faster and stronger

than usual.

Sheikh Mujib used to spread the charisma of

his strong personality among the people who

used to come near him. When he spoke on

stage, he spoke in clear, simple language, and

occasionally added funny anecdotes. This ability

to handle people with sensitive and skilled

hands has further increased Bangabandhu's

popularity and power. It is very rare that he had

a stubborn and strong temperament. Sheikh

Mujib's characteristic was a stubborn and

arrogant affair. Although stubborn, he was a

forgiving man. Michelle was a marvel of

stubbornness and power. Bangabandhu used to

forgive people and forget about people's crimes.

But Bangabandhu had no revenge against the

former politicians who slandered

Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu never wished

them misfortune.

One of the vice-presidents of the Awami

League thought that Sheikh Mujib would end

up in the Agartala conspiracy case and he would

have to spend at least 20 years in jail. The man

slandered Sheikh Mujib but later returned to

the Awami League. Later he started traveling to

the Awami League office. When Mujib met him,

he seemed to realize that he had completely

forgotten about the past. However,

Bangabandhu had earlier said to his political

colleagues, 'I will not allow this man to join the

Awami League again. This shows how

generous, kind and compassionate

Bangabandhu was.

John Gunther said that Gandhiji enjoyed the

solitude of prison. He meditated and meditated

on God. Sheikh Mujib also had no fear of jail. It

can be said that the jail was Bangabandhu's

second residence. One day he said to one,

'Prison is my other home. However, life in

prison was not very pleasant for him. He

thought it was a waste of time to stay in jail

because there was so much work outside.

According to him, "solitary confinement is the

most heinous punishment of the government."

He can also be called a prisoner. He had to

spend nine years and eight months in jail after

the creation of Pakistan. It was the longest

imprisonment for any Pakistani politician.

Sheikh Mujib would have been the first victim of

a change of government. Putting him in jail

seemed to be a casual affair of the government.

After martial law was imposed in 1958, he was

imprisoned along with Maulana Bhasani and

Abul Mansur. The first night they spent together

and spent the whole night talking. To them it

was a political get-together. They discuss the

dire consequences of politics and military rule.

The next day they were sent to a separate cell. It

was a torture for a happy-go-lucky man like

Sheikh Mujib. Like many other politicians, he

settled in prison, reading books, planting

vegetables and flowers. He collected a mango

sapling from another ward of the jail and

planted it in the backyard of his cell. While

planting the saplings, he told the jail

superintendent, "I want to eat mangoes from

this tree before I get out of this jail." The prison

superintendent was impressed by the way he

spoke, even though he was joking. Sheikh Mujib

was not only brave, his soul was as strong and

solid as granite. Every time he has gone to jail in

the past, there have been problems with where

and with whom to leave the five children.

However, after taking up residence in

Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangabandhu breathed a

sigh of relief, thinking that the family had a place

to live. One day he said, "Even my friends did

not dare to rent me a house after martial law

was imposed." This anxiety has returned to his

wife. In those uncertain, miserable days, he had

to move from house to house. Having a

permanent address in Dhaka, he no longer had

to worry about his family. He can now jump into

any risk without causing any pain to his

relatives. Thinking this, Bangabandhu breathed

a sigh of relief.

He used the living room of Dhanmondi's

house occasionally. Anyone could easily enter

the bedroom in front of him. There he would sit

in a reclining chair or in a corner of the bed.

When he saw the visitor, he would smile and

greet him, hug him and let him sit in the chair.

Bangabandhu loves to watch movies. But only

historical pictures. He said, 'I haven't had a

chance to see one or more pictures in two or

three years. He has seen the historical picture

Sirajuddaula after the recent martial law was

imposed. Although he had wanted to watch this

movie for a long time.

When Bangabandhu was asked about his

favorite books, he would say, "I like the writings

of Nazrul, Rabindranath, Bernard Shaw,

Kennedy and Mao Zedong." Bangabandhu was

a big fan of former US President John F.

Kennedy. He liked Kennedy very much as a

man. A quote from Kennedy was

Bangabandhu's special choice, "Don't ask what

the country can give you, but ask yourself what

you can do for the country." His list of likes and

dislikes was quite extensive and sophisticated.

However, Bangabandhu rarely got time to read

books as he had to give lectures in the districts

or give time to the visitors. In his home library,

there were only two bookshelves full of books -

Churchill, Karl Marx, History of Bengal, History

of France and England, Kennedy and Bertrand

Russell. Bangabandhu had deep respect and

confidence in Islam. He said, 'I am a Muslim.

Through these words, confidence and inner

faith of the mind are sounded in his voice. This

is possible only if one has deep faith in the

original. He was more a believer in the

fundamentals of Islam than in performing

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religious rites. He feared that the years-long

rituals would surround Islam in a way that

could lead Muslims astray.

As Bangabandhu once said in context, my

wife is extremely frugal and cautious, she is

always ready for adversity. I have given him all

the authority to run the battlefield called Sansar.

The joke came out in his eyes, 'I have given full

autonomy to my wife to run the home

administration just as I want autonomy for East

Pakistan. His wife is a majestic woman with a

happy disposition. All the qualities of a Bengali

mother exist in her. She is gentle, loving and

kind. Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib used to help

the poor and needy people with open heart. The

humor of this majestic woman was also very

strong. A few days after the imposition of

martial law, she remarked that martial law had

become better. I have a chance to talk to him

now. Otherwise, he is always surrounded by

visitors. They stay with him till 12 o'clock at

night, again they come to him at dawn. She has

comforted her husband in times of financial

hardship. She has always stood by her side in

times of misery and suffering. Sheikh Mujib has

occasionally jumped into danger and risk

because he knew his wife would not be

overwhelmed by anxiety or worry. Behind

Mujib's sacrifice is the sacrifice of his wife, who

has endured years of grief and suffering. When

Mujib goes to jail, she does not know when her

husband will be released from jail. Belief in her

husband's thoughts and actions was the only

source of strength for this majestic woman.

Sheikh Mujib was full of praise for his wife.

Mujib is not worried about going to jail, because

he knows he is leaving his children in safe

hands. He thinks his wife is a loving and kind

woman. But the thing that attracted

Bangabandhu the most was that his wife was

very brave. In the past, when the police came

and took him away and put him in jail

indefinitely, his wife never shed a tear and

showed no sign of breaking up. Did she cry

during the Agartala conspiracy case? To this

question Mujib said, I don't know by crying.

Maybe she cried behind me. I can't say for sure.

Sheikh Mujib is undoubtedly lucky to have such

a life partner.

Mujib's parents arranged the marriage. Their

marriage was very successful and both were

suitable as a couple. Apparently the two seem

different. Mrs. Mujib is soft-spoken, silent and

Sheikh Mujib is her opposite. He is very warm,

friendly and prefers to take risks. Yet they are

bound in the same bond of courage and

compassion. The party workers greeted

Bangabandhu with great respect and courtesy.

Fazlul Haque used to call him grandson and

Suhrawardy used to caress him like his own

child. "I am not Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the

people of my party," he told a US journalist. "I

am Mujib bhai."

Apart from family, people and politics,

another place of love for Mujib was the

countryside of East Pakistan. He once told a

friend that if I had a house on the side of the

road in the village. Then I would see green

nature from a distance for a while.

Despite his love of life and politics, he was a

nature lover. Everyone will need a few hands of

land. "Do you sometimes think about death?

When asked, Bangabandhu replied, "I always

think of death." Sheikh Mujib had no qualms

about eating habits. "I like white rice, pulses and

mashed potatoes the most," he said of his

favorite food. He also likes fish broth. Sheikh

Mujib is a man of real perception. His insights

did not come from reading books or from

abstract things, but from the frustration of

unemployed youth, the helplessness of farmers,

the hunger and sickness of their children.

Insight was more important than intelligence.

He does not like lazy, incompetent and

emotional idealists. Their stupidity made him

angry. He yelled at his colleague, the secretary,

but forgot about it after a while. This quality was

also present in his leader Suhrawardy. Loyalty

and gratitude are two good political weapons,

Bangabandhu believed. The goal of

Bangabandhu's life was to do good to the

people. He used to say, 'I have demanded

autonomy for both East and West Pakistan. In

my eyes, there is no difference between the poor

people of East and West Pakistan. After his

release from the Agartala conspiracy case,

Bangabandhu was much happier than before.

Thinking that West Pakistanis may have

understood the plight of East Pakistanis.

Despite all the arrogance and pride of East

Pakistan, Bangabandhu was not a lowly and

introverted nationalist. When Ayub Sarkar tried

to narrow down our cultural life by omitting

Rabindranath Tagore's poems and songs,

Sheikh Mujib declared, 'Rabindranath is not

just a Bengali poet, he is a world poet. Just as

people want to read Shakespeare, Aristotle, Karl

Marx, they also want to read the writings of

Rabindranath Tagore.

He is in dire straits, yet he has not given up

hope. As he has always felt, he is an element of

East Pakistan's destiny. He once said to himself,

'I thought I might be jailed for 20 years in the

Agartala conspiracy case. Even if the sentence is

commuted considering the case, I will be 64

when I get out of jail.

If the exploitation of my people still does not

stop and my six points are not achieved, I will

fight for it.

Bangabandhu was kind from his childhood.

Even before the beginning of political life, seeing

the misery of the impoverished people of the

village, he was clearly moved by it. He did not

hesitate to donate his sheets to the coldblooded.

He was a righteous man all his life.

Observing his political life, we can see his

honesty, devotion and concentration. He used

to speak in simple language, he used to express

the faces of common people in his speeches. He

loved ordinary people. Wherever he went,

ordinary people would become his relatives.

His honesty, devotion has made him a

legend. Wherever he has gone, everyone seems

to be his own, very close person. Bangabandhu

is not just a name, it is a history. Bangladesh and

Bangabandhu are inseparable.

If you want to know Bangladesh, you also

need to know Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu is a

perfect example of how to build yourself as a

leader. His long struggle was very diverse.

Repeatedly faced death but did not

compromise. The man who has spent his whole

life to liberate the country from subjugation, to

see an independent sovereign country. But just

four years after independence, the man was

killed by some greedy and misguided army


We have come to the very edge of the

discussion. I'm finishing with a few more

discussion! Bangabandhu was not a party

leader. He is the national leader of all,

irrespective of party affiliation. Although he was

the leader of one party, he built national unity

with all parties to liberate the country.

Bangabandhu knew that the country could not

be made independent without unity.

People from all walks of life also adorned him

with seats of honor. So he is the leader of all the

party. He always loved national unity. Not as the

head of the party, but as the leader of the people

of the country, the leaders of different parties

have accepted and respected him. Analyzing the

life of Bangabandhu, one can learn that

"Courage is not a thing that can be achieved by

a single act. You have to live with this courage

for the rest of your life."

Nayeem Islam Nibir is a young

generation political leader and columnist

in Bangladesh. He can be reached:


U.S. attempt to pressure China by politicizing

COVID-19 origins-tracing doomed to fail

The United States is playing its old

trick again by releasing a so-called

summary of the intelligence

community assessment on COVID-19

origins, under the delusion that it can

hamper China by politicizing COVID-19


The summary, released by the Office of

the Director of National Intelligence of the

United States on Friday, does not rule out

either natural exposure or laboratory

accident, and blatantly claims that China

"continues to hinder the global

investigation, resist sharing information

and blame other countries."

Obviously, the "report" concocted by the

U.S. intelligence community is not

scientifically credible. As a matter of

science, the origins-tracing should and

can only be left to scientists, not

intelligence experts.

The assertion of lack of transparency on

the part of China is only an excuse for the

U.S. politicizing and stigmatizing

Sheikh Mujib used to spread the charisma of his strong personality

among the people who used to come near him. When he spoke on

stage, he spoke in clear, simple language, and occasionally added

funny anecdotes. This ability to handle people with sensitive and

skilled hands has further increased Bangabandhu's popularity and

power. It is very rare that he had a stubborn and strong temperament.

campaign. China has taken an open,

transparent and responsible attitude since

COVID-19 cases were reported in the city

of Wuhan.

As the first to cooperate with the World

Health Organization (WHO) on global

origins-tracing, China has invited WHO

experts to conduct the investigations twice

in the country. The openness and

transparency China have displayed have

won full recognition from international


The joint study report of the scientists of

the WHO and China, which was released

earlier this year after two joint study

missions in the country, has reached the

The U.S. side has been shying away from tracing the virus origins

at home and closing the door on any such possibility. If the U.S.

side insists on the lab leak theory, it should invite WHO experts to

investigate military bio-lab Fort Detrick. If the U.S. side is "transparent

and responsible," it should make public the data of its early

cases and examine it to find out what happened on its turf first.

conclusion that introduction through a lab

accident in Wuhan is "extremely


The United States, however, has chosen

to ignore this finding.

The U.S. intelligence community's

"report" is based on a presumption of guilt

on the part of China, seeking to scapegoat

China for the U.S. side's failure to

effectively protect its citizens from the

virus. With its rich medical resources, the

United States has, however, registered the

most infections and death cases from

COVID-19 across the globe.

The U.S. side has been shying away

from tracing the virus origins at home and

closing the door on any such possibility. If

the U.S. side insists on the lab leak theory,

it should invite WHO experts to

investigate military bio-lab Fort Detrick.

If the U.S. side is "transparent and


it should make public the data of its

early cases and examine it to find out what

happened on its turf first, instead of

continually slinging mud at others.

China stands a clear-cut position on

global origins-tracing: this is a matter of

science. And any attempt to pressure

China by politicizing COVID-19 originstracing

is doomed to fail.

The writer is Senior Editor,

Xinhua News Agency

WEDnESDay, SEPTEmbEr 8 , 2021



At 2.16am, I stumble to the

bathroom. I catch a glimpse

of myself. The light from the

red bulb is flattering - I've

been told to eliminate all

blue light on my nocturnal

trek - but the sleep-tracker headband, currently emitting the

sound of gently lapping waves, kills any woke-up-like-this

vibe. I adjust its double straps and feel my way back to bed.

The next time I wake is at 6.30am - after fractured dreams

in which the Dreem 2 headband makes many cameos - to

birdsong, also from the headband. When I check the app, I

see I have slept six-and-a-half hours of my anticipated eight.

Anxious to remedy this, I head out for my first coffee. In his

new book Blueprint: Build a Bulletproof Body for Extreme

Adventure in 365 Days, athlete Ross Edgley warns that this

sort of overriding behaviour can bring about "biochemical

bankruptcy". Not now, Ross.

Health influencers like Edgley are all over sleep lately, and

no wonder, when so many of us obsess over it. A 2021 report

released by the Sleep Health Foundation estimates around

one in 10 Australians have a sleep disorder, while a report

from 2019 found that more than half are suffering from at

least one chronic sleep symptom. Studies have suggested

that sleep deficiency can lead to weight gain and a weakened

immune system and that poor sleep patterns may contribute

to later dementia risk.

In recent years, sleep-fretting has intersected with fitnesstracking,

with the latest bio-hacks regularly featured on the

podcasts of personal-development heavyweights such as Joe

Rogan, whose Whoop Strap - worn around the wrist - told

him he was getting four or five hours a night, not the seven

or eight he'd thought; and Aubrey Marcus, whose Oura ring

measures various biomarkers overnight and gives him a

total score in the morning. "If I can get close to 80%, I'm

golden for the day," Marcus told the authors of My Morning


Wearables, such as watches, rings and headbands, appeal

to those of us who enjoy geeking out on our stats, but could

they also be cultivating anxiety and feeding into insomnia?

Associate Prof Darren Mansfield, a sleep disorders and

respiratory physician who is also deputy chair of the Sleep

Health Foundation, thinks some balance is needed.

"These devices in general can be a good thing," he says.

"They're not as accurate as a laboratory-based sleep study,

but they are progressing in that direction, and technology

enables the person to be engaged in their health. Where it

can become problematic is people can become a bit enslaved

by the data, which can lead to anxiety or rumination over the

results and significance. That might escalate any problems,

or even start creating problems."

As a clinician, Mansfield thinks that the most useful role of

these devices is monitoring routine, not obsessing over the

hours of good-quality sleep. "There will be some error

margin, but nonetheless when we're looking for diagnostic

The smart devices help us sleep

an Oura smart ring, designed to measure resting heart rate.

information, like timing of sleep and duration of sleep, they

can capture that," he says.

Since Mansfield admits his sleep doesn't need much

hacking, I seek out an insomniac-turned-human guinea pig.

Mike Toner runs the dance music agency Thick as Thieves,

and has been on a mission for five years to fix the sleep issues

earned from a decade of late nights in Melbourne clubs and

reaching for his phone to answer international emails at


"I tried everything," he says. "Magnesium capsules and

spray, melatonin and herbal sleep aids. I even signed up for

treatment at a sleep centre. You sleep in this room with all

these wires connected to you, things coming out of your

nose, cameras trained on you. Ironically, I slept better that

night than I have any other night."

He decided to start monitoring his body in earnest,

learning about the latest devices from the Huberman Lab

Podcast and The Quantified Scientist. Sleep-monitoring

wearables have progressed from having an accelerometer to

track movements which are fed through an algorithm to

predict when a person is asleep, to being able to track sleep

Photo: Winni Wintermeyer

latency; sleep efficacy; heart-rate variability; light, deep and

REM sleep and sleeping positions.

Toner's accumulated a few as the technology becomes

more sophisticated. He estimates having spent around

$1,500 on them, and a further $3,500 for the sleep-centre


Then there are the cooling devices. Toner beds down on a

Chilipad as soon as the weather gets warmer - a hydropowered

cooling mattress.

The idea is that lying down in a cool room - perhaps after

taking a warm shower - tricks the body into slumber, since

our body temperature drops when we're asleep.

Non-techy strategies include having hands and feet out

from under the covers, or using a fan. Lifestyle guru and

entrepreneur Tim Ferriss recommends a short ice bath

before bed. Be warned, though: Dave Asprey - founder of

Bulletproof, which sells high-performance products - once

tried putting ice packs on his body right before bed. As he

told MensHealth.com: "I ended up getting ice burns on

about 15% of my body."

Mansfield says that ensuring you're cooler in the evenings

may help with sleep.

"Generally, a lower-level

temperature is better

tolerated at night … 25C can

make a beautiful,

comfortable day, but can be

unbearably hot at night

when our own core temperature drops, so 18C or 19C is

more tolerable.

"Then in the last two hours before getting up, your

temperature rises again - you might have thrown off the

blanket in the night and then might wake up at 5am feeling

freezing cold."

And what about the new frontiers of technology?

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, in his

influential book Why We Sleep, in the future, we can expect

the marriage of tracking devices with in-home networked

devices such as thermostats and lighting. "Using common

machine-learning algorithms applied over time, we should

be able to intelligently teach the home thermostat what the

thermal sweet spot is of each occupant in each bedroom,

based on the biophysiology calculated by their sleeptracking

device," Walker says. "Better still, we could

program a natural circadian lull and rise in temperature

across the night that is in harmony with each body's


Mansfield thinks this kind of integration is feasible, and

that a thermostat linked to a device measuring circadian

rhythms offers plausible benefits in preparing people's sleep,

but he predicts that automated control of room lighting will

wind up being manually overridden, because technology

can't necessarily gauge when we're in the middle of reading

a book or having a conversation. "It's liable to just irritate

people," he says. He's more interested in technology that will

track conditions like sleep apnoea.

As Toner has concluded, no device is a silver bullet.

Ultimately, it was a $70 online cognitive behavioural therapy

(CBT) course that his GP referred him to that fixed his sleep

over three months of strict adherence. Now he just uses

technology to make sure he's not drifting off track.

The key lessons? Only use your bedroom for sleep and sex.

Set your alarm for the same time, no matter how late you get

to bed. Screens off early. No day-napping. Alcohol is a bad

idea. All of these things are easily monitored yourself using a

good old notebook, and they don't cost a cent. They just take


With those good habits in place, Toner is now mindful of

how he will put the CBT pointers he's learned during

lockdowns into practice once his life picks up its pace again.

"I used to put this obligation on myself to be there all the

time with my artists, but interestingly, coming out of this

pandemic, a lot of the artists are having the same train of

thought as I am, wanting to avoid late nights," Toner says.

He's even coaching some of them for a charity run - quite

the lifestyle change for many. "I've spent so long fixing this

that one of the things I've realised, when we eventually go

back to work routines, is I'm going to be fiercely protective of

my sleep."

The most common long-haul

COVID symptoms in kids

The nature of long-haul COVID in kids may be changing due to the delta variant. Sergey Sidorov


One of the few mercies of the

coronavirus pandemic is that

children are, by and large,

spared the most serious

outcomes. More than 4.7

million pediatric cases have

been diagnosed in the United

States so far, and under 2%

have resulted in


But questions still remain

about the long-term effects of

COVID-19 on kids, especially

its long-haul iteration. Here's

what parents need to know

about the most common

symptoms, and how to protect

their children.

For the most part, the most

common complaints of

children grappling with longhaul

COVID ? which the

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention now often

refers to as a "post-COVID

condition" ? are pretty much

the same as those of adults.

Difficulty breathing,

shortness of breath, and

tiredness or fatigue are right

at the top of the list, but the

severity of those symptoms

runs the gamut. For example,

Carey Lumeng, a pediatric

pulmonologist with C. S. Mott

Children's Hospital who leads

the Pediatric Post-COVID

Syndrome Clinic, said that his

team has treated several

pediatric patients who are

athletes and noticed they were

unable to run and play in the

same way they could pre-


Other kids experience levels

of tiredness that are profound

and relentless. Experts are

exploring how long-haul

COVID in children might

overlap with serious

conditions like chronic fatigue

syndrome or postural

orthostatic tachycardia

syndrome, which can cause

lightheadedness, exhaustion,

and heart palpitations.

"I think it's important for

parents to know that in most

children, thankfully, COVID is

mild," said Dr. Diane Arnaout,

a Texas-based pediatrician

who regularly posts COVID

tips for families on her

Facebook page. "But it doesn't

mean they can't get severely

or chronically sick."

Children with long-haul

COVID also report dealing

with "brain fog," which is a

broad (and non-clinical) term

used to describe difficulty

thinking or concentrating.

"In children and

adolescents, this can look like

they suddenly developed



(ADHD) without the

hyperactivity," according to

the American Academy of


While those are among the

most common symptoms,

they're not the only ones. One

study, which focused on

adults, found that there may

be 200 symptoms associated

with long-haul COVID-19.

"I have one poor teenager

who, months out from her

COVID infection, smells feces

anytime she's near meat of

any kind," said Arnaout. "That

seems mild, but it can really

do a number to one's appetite

and mental wellbeing."

Long-haul COVID is a

syndrome - a group of

symptoms that often occur

together - so it's not

something that can be

diagnosed with a test. "Longhaul

COVID in kids can look

like a lot of things," Arnaout


Furthermore, children can

develop long-term symptoms

even if they initially had no

symptoms, or just very mild

symptoms. They might not

even have been tested for

COVID-19, or could have

inconsistent results on

subsequent antibody tests.

"There is no one diagnostic

test for [long-haul COVID]. In

addition, there's no one single

treatment for it," said

Lumeng, who added that in

the clinic he oversees,

treatments tend to be based

on symptoms. So if a child has

asthma-like symptoms, they

deal with those the same way

they'd treat a child with

asthma. An ear nose and

throat specialist might help

with loss of smell or taste.

But to further complicate

matters, there is not a

universal definition for what

"long-haul" means, though

many experts consider the

starting point to be three

months after the onset of


"The definition of 'long

COVID' is still being decided.

We definitely know children

can have symptoms for as

long as four weeks, and that's

actually fairly normal,"

Lumeng said, though he

noted he was not dismissing

how challenging it can be on

kids and parents when a child

is unwell for weeks on end.

"Many children can have

symptoms that are prolonged

as long as two to three months

that eventually resolve.

Certainly, that's distressing to

the family. They don't know

what's going on. But there is

actually a kind of drop-off at

about three months when

things do get better," he


Talk to your child's

pediatrician if you're at all

concerned that they're dealing

with long-haul COVID. Early

on in the pandemic, there was

some research suggesting that

the prevalence of long-haul

COVID symptoms in children

may be as high as 60%,

Lumeng said.

But subsequent research

has been much more

reassuring. One study found

that about 4% of children had

symptoms about one month

after their initial infection,

and two months out, less than

2% of children did. However,

research published this week -

which has not been subject to

peer review - found that

somewhere between 2 and

14% of kids have symptoms

several months after the fact.

By contrast, studies suggest

that one in four adults may

develop long-haul symptoms,

even if their initial infection

was relatively mild.

"Thankfully it seems to

happen more rarely in kids

than adults," said Arnaout.

While doctors are heartened

by the fact that long-haul

COVID in children is a lot less

common than they once

feared, pediatric cases are

surging right now as a result

of the more-contagious delta


The chronic stress

survival guide

EllE HunT

At a time when all life's challenges have

been amplified by the pandemic - and

awareness of burnout, at home and at

work, has never been higher - stress

might seem to be our baseline

condition. For most of us, these periods

of pressure pass relatively quickly. Even

serious stress can be temporary and,

given the chance to recover, we usually

will. "But emotional resilience won't

solve everything," says Rachel Boyd,

from the mental health charity Mind.

"Some of the causes of stress are very

challenging to cope with, even when we

feel OK."

Many of our everyday challenges

have been amplified by the pandemic

and its consequences for the economy

and society. Those living with financial

hardship, health conditions, or

caregiving responsibilities, in

particular, may feel there is no end in

sight. But even if stress seems essential

to your circumstances and you don't

have the option or the resources to

change them, there are ways you can

support yourself.

Short-term bursts of stress can be

weathered without a negative impact

and can even be productive, says

Victoria Zamperoni, senior research

officer for the Mental Health

Foundation. "But if stress is really

intense, frequent or chronic, that's

when you see it having knock-on effects

… and the threshold will be different for


Harvard University's Center on the

Developing Child distinguishes

between positive, tolerable and toxic

stress (the terms refer to the effects on

the body, not the stressful event or

experience itself - though questions of

context, intensity and duration are

relevant). Toxic stress response can

result from strong, frequent or

prolonged adversity without adequate

support - and the health effects can

accumulate and last for a lifetime.

When your situation is so

overwhelming, protecting your

wellbeing can seem irrelevant or even

impossible. But it's important to take

whatever steps you can. Ongoing stress

can cause or exacerbate many serious

health problems including

cardiovascular disease, high blood

pressure, heart disease and heart

attacks, and stroke. It impairs your

memory, thinking and judgment in the

present, and has been linked to

developing depression, anxiety and

perhaps even Alzheimer's disease.

"Stress is a really important physical

influence and it deserves to be taken

seriously," says Zamperoni. "If

someone is struggling, they should

reach out for help."

"Stress is often a legitimate response

to difficult circumstances, that no

amount of resilience or self-care can

overcome," Boyd says. Much prolonged

stress is a product of poverty, financial

struggle and health conditions and

exacerbated by cuts to benefits and

support services. So any discussion of

ways to cope must acknowledge that

the solution lies in structural societal

change, such as welfare reform, more

protective labour laws and more

support and resources for caregivers.

Middle-aged women, in particular,

shoulder the burden, often working

full-time while also caring for young

children and elderly parents. "It's

unfair to put all of the responsibility for

staying healthy on the individual," says

Zamperoni. "At the same time, that

social change is often slow - so people

do need resources they can draw on in

the meantime."

Everyone's experience of stress is

different, says Zamperoni. "Stressors

can vary by your environment, your

past and present, and the social or

economic situation you find yourself


Even genetics inform our stress

response, meaning other people's

strategies won't necessarily help you;

the key is to come up with your own.

Public Health England's Every Mind

Matters online tool helps people come

up with a personalised "mind plan".

"You could say, 'I've got to learn to

cope', but there are specific things that

will help you," says Paul Gilbert, a

clinical psychologist and the founder of

the Compassionate Mind Foundation.

"What's going to help you with your

elderly relatives is not going to be

what's helpful on a Covid ward.

Different stressors require different


Try to approach your stress with

curiosity: what triggers it and what

makes you feel better? Boyd suggests

taking time to reflect on your specific

experiences, either alone or with a

friend. "You might be surprised to find

out just how much you're coping with

at once."

We all know the importance of

movement, nutrition and sleep, but it's

not always easy to do something about

it, especially when resources are

stretched. In desperate circumstances,

these might seem like simplistic

solutions. But they can either

exacerbate your experience of your

circumstances or help you to cope. "A

good night's sleep makes a world of

difference, which sounds like a pat

thing to say - but it really does," says

Stress can feel like a baseline condition for many of us.

Photo: Steven Gregor


As stress is partly physiological, says

Gilbert, paying attention to physical

health is relevant to regulating our

response. Even breathing matters: "Get

your body into a position where it's

much more grounded."

If just the thought of taking this on is

overwhelming, Boyd suggests only

doing what feels comfortable, and

taking small steps at a time: "Pick one

or two things that feel achievable at

first, before moving on to try other

ideas. Something as simple as looking

after an indoor pot plant or counting

the birds you see from your window can

help." Establishing a daily routine adds

to a sense of control.

If making time for sleep or exercise

feels self-indulgent when others are

depending on you, reframe it as what

you need to do to be an effective

provider or caregiver for them.

Not only does asking for help lighten

your load, it will make your situation

feel more tolerable. Individuals'

biological response to stress is

moderated by genetics, over which we

have no control - but also the

availability of supportive relationships,

which we do.

WeDneSDAY, SePTeMBeR 8, 2021


The roof casting of the two-storied building of Panchbibi Shiratti Mastafabiya Fazil Degree Madrasa

in Joypurhat has been inaugurated onTuesday.

Photo: Masrakul Alom

29 more test

positive for


in Bhola

BHOLA: A total of 29 people

detected positive for Covid-

19 in the district after testing

163 samples at Bhola 250-

bed General Hospital Covid-

19 laboratory during the last

24 hours till last morning.

Among the newly positive

cases, 15 are in Sadar

upazila, two in Daulatkhan

upazila, seven in

Charfashion and five in

Lalmohan upazila, Civil

Surgeon Dr KM

Shafiquzzaman told BSS.

With the diagnosis of 29

cases, the total number of

Covid-19 cases reached

6,645 in the district.

Meanwhile, a total of 48

patients recovered from

Covid-19 in the span of 24

hours, climbing the total

healed patients to 6,117 here,

the health official said.

A total of 89 people have

so far died due to Covid-19 in

the district, he added.

Dr Shafiquzzaman said

infected 10 people are now

undergoing treatment at

Bhola 250-bed General

Hospital and the rest are at

home quarantine under the

supervision of their

respective Upazila Health

Complex doctors.

He urged all to follow the

health rules strictly and use

masks to prevent the spread

of the lethal virus and also

called upon everyone to be

more aware for preventing

Covid-19 infection.

RAJSHAHI: Wide-ranging

promotion of model

poultry farming can be the

effective means of

protecting the public health

from various health

hazards through ensuring

safe poultry products,

reports BSS.

To make the poultry

farming and its products

safe and hygienic, all

concerned, including

poultry farmers, traders,

buyers, feed manufactures

and sellers should come

forward and work together.

The observations came at

a workshop titled "Market

Linkage with Consumers,

Buyers and Model Poultry

Farmers to Promote Safe

Poultry Products" at Hotel

Warisan in Rajshahi city


Local unit of Consumers

Roof casting of Shiratti

Mustafabiya Madrasa

inaugurated at Panchbibi


The roof casting of the two-storied building of Panchbibi

Shiratti Mastafabiya Fazil Degree Madrasa in Joypurhat has

been inaugurated on Tuesday.

Marking the occasion, the President of the Governing Body

of the Madrasa, Abu Taher Sheikh, presided over the

function while parliament member of Joypurhat-1

constituency Adv. Shamsul Alam Dudu was present as the

chief guest. Among others, Panchbibi Thana Awami League

President Abu Bakar Siddique, Organizing Secretary Razaul

Karim, Madrasa Principal Abdul Bari Sardar, Shiratti College

Principal Shahjahan Ali, Awlai UP Awami League President

Ibrahim Hasain, General Secretary and former UP Chairman

Ekramul Haque Wahidir were also present at the occasion.

RMCH records five more

deaths in Covid-19 unit

RAJSHAHI: Five more deaths were recorded at the Covid-

19 unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in the

last 24 hours till 6am yesterday, raising the fatality to 52 in

last seven days of this month.

The previous day's fatality figure was ten. Earlier, the

number of casualties was 340 in August, 566 in July and 405

in June, health officials said.

RMCH Director Brigadier General Dr Shamim Yazdani

told newsmen that two of the deceased were the residents of

Rajshahi, two from Chapainawabganj and one from

Naogaon, he said.

"Of the fresh fatalities, one tested positive for Covid-19 and

four others had its symptoms," he said.

Twenty-two more patients were admitted to the designated

Covid-19 wards of the hospital in the last 24 hours, raising

the total number of admitted patients to 140, including 50

positive cases.

Sixteen patients returned home from the Covid-19 unit

after being cured during the time.

Yazdani said the infection rate has decreased by 1.7 percent

in Rajshahi compared to the previous day.

A total of 48 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after

testing 476 samples in Rajshahi's two laboratories on

Monday, showing 13.25 percent positivity rate against 14.95

percent on Sunday.

Yazdani said the number of admitted patients has declined

during the last couple of weeks. So, the number of designated

wards and beds in the hospital was reduced, he added.

Promoting model

farming to ensure

safe poultry food


Association of Bangladesh

(CAB) organised the

workshop in association

with an issue based project

on Food Safety in Poultry

Sector and UKaid and

British Council.

The meeting discussed

and devised ways and

means on how to build a

strong linkage with

farmers, buyers and

consumers for the sake of

their mutual interests in

terms of safe poultry

products and safe food.

District Livestock Officer

Dr Julfiker Akter Hossain

and Deputy Director of the

Department of National

Consumers Rights

Protection Apurba Kumar

Adhikary addressed the

workshop as the chief and

special guests respectively

with CAB local unit General

Secretary Golam Mostofa

Mamun in the chair.

Upazila Livestock Officer

Dr Monirul Islam, Senior

Vice-president of Rajshahi

Chamber of Commerce and

Industries Masudur

Rahman and Paba Upazila

Vice-chairman Wazed Ali

Khan also spoke.

CAB Project Field

Coordinator Mizanur

Rahman gave an overview

of the project along with its

aims, objectives and

implementation strategy

during his keynote


Police distribute

relief to flood

victims in



yesterday handed over food

items to over 200 flood

affected people of different

char areas at Fulchhari

upazila in the district,

reports BSS.

Superintendent of Police

(SP) Muhammad Towhidul

Islam formally distributed

the food material.

He also assured of

providing all sorts of help

and assistance from the

district police during the

natural calamities.

Additional SP-B circle Abu

Laichh Md. Illias Ziku,

officer-in-Charge of

Fulchhari Thana Md. Kaisar

Ali, Traffic Inspector

(Admin) Noor Alam Sohag

and other police officials

accompanied the SP during

the relief distribution.

Three drug

traders held

with phensidyl

in Gobindaganj

GAIBANDHA: Gobindaganj

Thana Police in a drive

arrested three drug traders

with 94 bottles of Indian

phensidyl from a passengers

bus at Gobindaganj upazila

town on Monday night,

reports BSS.

The arrested are identified

as Masud Rana, 26, son of

Hamidul Islam of Dalla

Nunamati village and Noor

Islam, 21, son of Hafizur

Rahman of Dallah

Baniakhari village under

Chirir Bandar upazila and

Sakib Miah, 21, son of Bablu

Miah of Baraipur village

under Kotoali Thana of

Dinajpur district.

Acting on a tip-off, a team

of the Gobindaganj Thana

Police halted a Dkaka-bound

Passengers bus coming from

Dinajpur in Badhan Patrol

Pump area of the upazila

town around 10.30 pm and

recovered 94 bottles of

contraband phensidyl

wrapped in a school bag

while searching the

passenger's bags of the bus.

Besides, police also held

three persons in this


Officer-in-Charge (OC) of

Gobindaganj Thana AKM

Mehedi Hasan confirmed

the incident and said a case

was filed with the thana

against them under

Narcotics Control Act.

The flood situation has improved in Gaibandha's Sundarganj upazila. However, water has not yet receded

from many homes in remote char areas. The floods have inundated 550 hectares of crops in Tarapur,

Belka, Haripur, Chandipur, Sreepur and Kapasia unions of the upazila.

Photo : Rafiqul Islam

Bicycles and




in Lohagara



Bicycles have been

distributed among poor

female students and sewing

machines have been

distributed among poor

women in Lohagara on

Monday. According to

sources, bicycles were

distributed among 30

female students and sewing

machines among 60 poor

women Upazila Parishad

conference room under the

LGSP-3 project organized by

Lohagara Upazila




Commissioner Mohammad

Habibur Rahman

distributed bicycles and

sewing machines as the chief

guest. Lohagara Upazila

Nirbahi Officer Roksana

Parveen presided over the

function while among

others, Additional Deputy

Commissioner (General)

Mohammad Fakhrul Hasan,

Narail Coordinator of LGSP-

3 Project Farzana Mustahid,

Assistant Commissioner

(Land) Rakhi Banerjee, UP

Chairman Kazi Bani Amin

were among others also

present on the occasion.

Covid-19 cases reach 53,837

with 100 afresh in Rangpur

RANGPUR: The number of Covid-19 cases

reached 53,837 with the diagnosis of 100

cases afresh on Monday in Rangpur division

where the coronavirus situation continues

improving during the last one month,

reports BSS.

"The 100 new Covid-19 cases were

reported after testing 895 samples at the

positivity rate of 11.17 percent on Monday,"

said Focal Person of the Covid-19 and

Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur

division Dr ZA Siddiqui.

Earlier, the daily positivity rates were 9.79

percent on Sunday, 9.80 percent on

Saturday, 6.88 on Friday, 13.48 percent on

Thursday, 12.04 percent on Wednesday and

12.08 percent on Tuesday last in the division.

The district-wise break up of total 53,837

patients include 12,221 of Rangpur, 3,591

Panchagarh, 4,336 of Nilphamari, 2,700 of

Lalmonirhat, 4,562 of Kurigram, 7,293 of

Thakurgaon, 14,372 of Dinajpur and 4,762 of

Gaibandha districts in the division.

"Meanwhile, two more patients died in

Thakurgaon and Gaibandha districts during

the last 24 hours ending at 8 am yesterday

raising the number of casualties to 1,211 in

the division," he said

"The average casualty rate currently stands

at 2.25 percent in the division," Dr Siddiqui


The district-wise break up of the 1,211

fatalities currently stands at 287 in Rangpur,

79 in Panchagarh, 87 in Nilphamari, 64 in

Lalmonirhat, 66 in Kurigram, 245 in

Thakurgaon, 320 in Dinajpur and 63 in

Gaibandha districts of the division.

"Since the beginning of the Covid-19

pandemic, a total of 2,62,396 collected

samples were tested till Monday, and of

them, 53,837 were found Covid-19 positive

with an average positivity rate of 20.52

percent in the division," Siddiqui added.

Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md

Motaharul Islam said the number of healed

Covid-19 patients reached 49,313 with

recovery of 313 more patients on Monday

raising the average recovery rate to 91.60

percent in the division.

The 49,313 recovered patients include

10,072 of Rangpur, 3,241 of Panchagarh,

4,158 of Nilphamari, 2,486 of Lalmonirhat,

4,293 of Kurigram, 6,505 of Thakurgaon,

13,891 of Dinajpur and 4,667 of Gaibandha

districts in the division.

Among the 53,837 patients, 141 are

undergoing treatments at isolation units,

including 11 critical patients at ICU beds and

seven at High Dependency Unit beds, after

recovery of 49,313 patients and 1,211 deaths

while 3,172 are remaining in home isolation.

"Meanwhile, the number of citizens who

got the first dose of the Covid- 19 vaccine rose

to 21,21,541, and among them, 8,45,253 got

the second dose of the jab till Monday in the

division," Dr Islam added.

Talking to BSS, Chief of Divisional

Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task

Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical

College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu

said the overall Covid-19 situation is

improving now in Rangpur division.

"However, everyone should be careful

enough and properly abide by the health

directives, hygiene rules, wear masks and

maintain physical distance to further contain

spread of the deadly virus in the division," he


Bicycles have been distributed among poor female students and sewing machines have been distributed

among poor women in Lohagara recently.

Photo: Iqbal Hassan

831 more cured from Covid-19

in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI, A total of 831 more people were

cured from Covid-19 in the division on

Monday, taking the recovery cases to 91,442

since the pandemic began in March last year,

reports BSS.

A number of 184 more people have tested

positive for the deadly virus in all eight

districts of the division on the day, taking the

caseloads to 96,655, said Dr Habibul Ahsan

Talukder, divisional director of health.

The new daily infection figure is one of the

ever-lowest in the last couple of weeks since

the second wave hit the country around five

months back. The previous day's positive

cases were 174 here.

The death toll however reached 1,625,

including 669 in Bogura, 301 in Rajshahi

with 177 in its city, and 170 in Natore, as

three fresh cases of fatality were reported

during the period, Dr Talukder added.

Besides, all the positive cases for Covid-19

have, so far, been brought under treatment

while 22,119 were kept in isolation units of

different dedicated hospitals for institutional

supervision. Of them, 17,884 have by now

been released.

Meanwhile, 137 more people have been

sent to home and institutional quarantine

afresh while 440 others were released from

isolation during the same time.

Of the total new positive cases, the highest

44 were detected in Natore, followed by 37 in

Rajshahi, including 33 in its city, 30 in

Sirajganj, 28 in Pabna, 23 in Bogura, 18 in

Joypurhat, three in Naogaon and one in

Chapainawabganj districts.

With the newly detected patients, the

district-wise break-up of the

total cases now stands at 27,414 in

Rajshahi, including 22,088 in city, 5,524 in

Chapainawabganj, 6,324 in Naogaon, 8,184

in Natore, 4,529 in Joypurhat, 21,156 in

Bogura, 11,104 in Sirajganj and 12,420 in


A total of 1,10,784 people have, so far, been

kept under quarantine since March 10 last

year to prevent the community transmission

of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 1,07,159 have, by now, been

released as they were given

clearance certificates after completing

their 14-day quarantine.

A number of 184 more people have tested

positive for the deadly virus in all eight

districts of the division on the day, taking the

caseloads to 96,655, said Dr Habibul Ahsan

Talukder, divisional director of health.

The new daily infection figure is one of the

ever-lowest in the last couple of weeks since

the second wave hit the country around five

months back. The previous day's positive

cases were 174 here.

The death toll however reached 1,625,

including 669 in Bogura, 301 in Rajshahi

with 177 in its city, and 170 in Natore, as

three fresh cases of fatality were reported

during the period, Dr Talukder added.

Besides, all the positive cases for Covid-19

have, so far, been brought under treatment

while 22,119 were kept in isolation units of

different dedicated hospitals for institutional

supervision. Of them, 17,884 have by now

been released.

Meanwhile, 137 more people have been

sent to home and institutional quarantine

afresh while 440 others were released from

isolation during the same time.

Of the total new positive cases, the highest

44 were detected in Natore, followed by 37 in

Rajshahi, including 33 in its city, 30 in

Sirajganj, 28 in Pabna, 23 in Bogura, 18 in

Joypurhat, three in Naogaon and one in

Chapainawabganj districts.

With the newly detected patients, the

district-wise break-up of the total cases now

stands at 27,414 in Rajshahi, including

22,088 in city, 5,524 in Chapainawabganj,

6,324 in Naogaon, 8,184 in Natore, 4,529 in

Joypurhat, 21,156 in Bogura, 11,104 in

Sirajganj and 12,420 in Pabna.

2 more die, 1

test positive for

COVID-19 in



Two more persons died of

Covid-19 during the last 24

hours raising the total

number of deaths to 154 in

the district, reports BSS.

The new fatalities are

from sadar upazila.

A total of 104 persons of

Chapainawabganj sadar

upazila, 29 persons of

Shibganj upazila, 10

persons of Gomostapur

upazila, six persons of

Nachole upazila and five

persons of Bholahat

upazila have so far died of

COVID-19 in the district.

On the other hand, the

number of Covid-19 cases

climbed to 5,768 as one

more people was detected

positive after testing 39

samples in the district

during the last 24 hours

while the infection rate is

2.56 percent, Civil Surgeon

Office sources confirmed.

The newly detected

patient is from sadar


At present there are 126

COVID-affected patients in

the district and of them, 26

patients are undergoing

treatment in dedicated

Covid hospital and others

at home.

Meanwhile, 5,488

patients with 71 new have

recovered from the disease

here, the sources added.

The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan over Monday after claiming to have wiped out the last

pocket of armed resistance, while they vowed to form a new government soon. Photo : Courtesy

Taliban claim control of whole

country, say war is over

ISLAMABAD : The Taliban declared

the war in Afghanistan over Monday

after claiming to have wiped out the last

pocket of armed resistance, while they

vowed to form a new government soon,

reports UNB.

"War has ended," Taliban spokesman

Zabihullah Mujahid told a press

conference in Kabul, local broadcaster

TOLONews reported three weeks after

the group swept to power in the Afghan


His remarks came just hours after the

Taliban announced its forces had

completely captured Panjshir, a small,

mountainous valley province northeast

of Kabul, from opposition forces led by

Ahmad Massoud.

But the opposition forces, which call

themselves the National Resistance

Front, earlier denied the Taliban claim,

saying in a Twitter post that they

"continue the fight" from strategic

positions across the valley.

Massoud, in a message to the nation

posted later Monday on Twitter, issued

a call for a general uprising throughout


"Stand up, seize the moment, and

accept our call for resistance! For those

who want to take up arms, we are with


For those who will resort to protests,

we will stand next to you, and will join

you," he said.

The Taliban was previously in power

between 1996 and 2001, before being

ousted by a US-led invasion in the

months after the September 11 terrorist

attacks orchestrated by al-Qaeda,

which was then under the protection of

the Afghan group.

The seizure of Panjshir, the last

holdout among 34 provinces, would

complete the Taliban's takeover of


They captured Kabul on August 15,

two weeks ahead of the withdrawal of

the last US and NATO troops.

Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman,

said the group initially wanted to

resolve the issue of Panjshir via

dialogue with the resistance forces, but

the talks failed.

Massoud, for his part, accused the

Taliban of ignoring Islamic clerics' call

for a ceasefire and negotiations, and

instead of initiating "a full-scale

military offensive on people which led

to numerous victims." The Taliban

media showed a video of the Taliban

flag being raised at the alleged Panjshir

governor's office.

The province has historically been

difficult to capture, and the Taliban

were unable to control it when they

were previously in power.

On the future government, Mujahid

said it would be announced soon but

would likely act as a caretaker

government to usher in changes and

reforms, according to TOLONews. He

said he would be an Islamic and

accountable government.

When asked about the fate of the

Afghan security forces, Mujahid

reportedly responded that those

trained in the last 20 years would be

asked to rejoin security departments

alongside Taliban forces.

On Afghanistan's foreign relations,

Mujahid said the Taliban wants good

relations with the world, especially with

China as it is a big economic power and

it can help Afghanistan in

reconstruction and development, the

local broadcaster reported.

Taliban fire shots

to disperse

protests in Kabul

KABUL : The Taliban on

Tuesday fired shots into the

air to disperse hundreds of

people who had gathered at

several rallies in Kabul, the

latest signs of defiance by

Afghans against the hardline

Islamist movement which

swept to power last month.

Afghanistan's new rulers

have yet to form a

government, but many in

the capital are fearful of a

repeat of the Taliban's

previous brutal and

repressive reign between

1996 and 2001.

At least three rallies were

held across Kabul in a show

of resistance that would

have been unthinkable

during the Taliban's last

stint in power-when people

were publicly executed and

thieves had their hands

chopped off.

"Afghan women want

their country to be free. They

want their country to be

rebuilt. We are tired,"

protester Sarah Fahim told

AFP at one rally outside the

Pakistani embassy, where

more than 70 people, mostly

women, had gathered.

"We want that all our

people have normal lives.

How long shall we live in

this situation?"

WeDneSDAY, SePTeMbeR 8, 2021


Lake Tahoe residents relieved

homes spared from wildfire


sunbathed with his dog on the otherwise

empty beach at Ski Run Marina on Monday,

as residents trickling back into town filled up

their cars at a gas station behind him and

employees of a water sports rental company

docked jet skis and boats they had anchored

away from the shores of Lake Tahoe to

prevent them from igniting from wildfire.

He and others living in the resort city of

South Lake Tahoe breathed a collective sigh

of relief on Sunday when officials

downgraded a mandatory evacuation order

put in place a week ago to a warning.

"I figure they wouldn't take repopulation

lightly and, if they made the decision to allow

people to come back, then they were probably

confident that they're not going to have any

issues," he said.

When the Caldor Fire gobbled up pine trees

and crossed the Sierra Nevada last week,

South Lake Tahoe, a scenic community of

22,000 people on the California-Nevada state

line, transformed into a smoke-choked ghost


After worrying throughout all of last week

about the fire approaching their homes and

landmarks they hold dear, residents who

returned on Monday said they were thankful

firefighters had stopped the blazes on the

town's doorstep. But it appeared most

residents remained away and most shops

remained closed in usually thriving Labor

Day destination town.

While many large wildfires have ripped

through large swaths of Northern California

in recent years, it's the first time in more than

a decade that South Lake Tahoe residents saw

a blaze get this close. As of Monday evening,

5,072 firefighting personnel were battling the

Caldor Fire, which had scorched roughly 338

square miles (876 square kilometers).

The threat to the region hasn't entirely

vanished, with mandatory evacuation orders

remaining for parts of unincorporated El

Dorado County south of South Lake Tahoe,

including Meyers and Christmas Valley. And

questions remain about the smoke blanketing

the region and how long it may take for the

clean air and crystalline waters that draw

millions of tourists to the area annually to


Authorities warned residents, that in the

absence of humans, bears had gone to town,

spreading trash. "The delicate balance

between humans and bears has been upset,"

and anyone who thinks a bear may have

entered their home should call law

enforcement, El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt.

Simon Brown said. Chirawat Mekrakseree

said he had seen signs. of bears sifting

through the trash at his restaurant on Lake

Tahoe Boulevard, My Thai Cuisine.

Mekrakseree plans to reopen and start

serving curries and noodle dishes on

Wednesday but worries the tourists he

depends on may not come back while the

smoke lingers. And he doesn't know what to

tell his staff about when business will return

to normal after an already uncertain year with

the pandemic, he said.

"Everybody has expenses, rent, car

payments," he said as he power-washed ash

off outdoor picnic tables.

UN ramps up Afghan aid

appeal as 'catastraphe' looms

GENEVA : The United

Nations appealed for almost

$200 million in extra funding

for life-saving aid in

Afghanistan after the

Taliban's takeover sparked a

host of new issues, reports


The UN humanitarian

agency OCHA said the extra

sum meant a total of $606

million in aid was now

needed for Afghanistan until

the end of the year.

"Basic services in

Afghanistan are collapsing

and food and other life-saving

aid is about to run out," said

OCHA spokesman Jens


The issue will be discussed

next Monday at a ministerial

meeting in Geneva hosted by

UN chief Antonio Guterres.

The country, now under the

control of the Taliban after 20

years of war, is facing a

"looming humanitarian

catastrophe", Guterres's

spokesman Stephane

Dujarric warned last week

when announcing the


OCHA voiced hope that

countries would pledge

generously at the conference,

saying $606 million was

needed to provide critical

food and livelihood assistance

to nearly 11 million people,

and essential health services

to 3.4 million.

The funds would also go

towards treatment for acute

malnutrition for more than a

million children and women,

water, sanitation and hygiene

interventions, and protection

of children and survivors of

gender-based violence.

Most of the requested funds

had already been asked for at

the end of last year as part of a

$1.3-billion humanitarian

appeal for Afghanistan, which




Even before the Taliban

victory, Afghanistan was

wearing inappropriate

dress shoes to the scene.

But Merkel defended

him during a visit to the

city of Hagen on Sunday,

telling reporters he was

"leading the largest state

in Germany very

successfully". The CDU-

heavily aid-dependentwith

40 percent of the

country's GDP drawn from

foreign funding.

New Orleans: Seniors left in

dark, hot facilities after Ida

NEW ORLEANS : Officials in New Orleans

will thoroughly inspect senior living

apartments in the city in the aftermath of

Hurricane Ida after finding people living in

buildings without working generators, which

left residents trapped in wheelchairs on dark,

sweltering upper floors, Mayor LaToya

Cantrell said Monday.

Hundreds were evacuated Saturday and the

city later said five people had died in the

privately run buildings in the days after the

storm. The coroner's office is investigating

whether the deaths will be attributed to the

hurricane, which struck land nine days before.

The managers of some of the homes for

seniors evacuated out of state without making

sure the residents would be safe after the

storm, New Orleans City Council member

Kristin Palmer said at a news conference.

"They're hiding under the loophole of

'independent living,'" Palmer said. "It's not

independent living if there's no power and

you're in a wheelchair on the fourth floor."

The city is creating teams of workers from

the health, safety and permits, code

enforcement and other departments. Their

first focus is to make sure the senior homes are

safe and evacuate people if necessary, Cantrell

said. But after that, management will be held

accountable, and the city will likely add

requirements that include facilities having

emergency agreements in place with

contractors who will make sure generator

power is available at the sites, the mayor said.

Crews in Louisiana have restored power to

nearly 70% of greater New Orleans and nearly

all of Baton Rouge after Hurricane Ida, but

outside those large cities, getting lights back

on is a complex challenge that will last almost

all of September, utility executives said


It's going to involve air boats to get into the

swamps and marshes to string lines and repair

the most remote of about 22,000 power poles

that Ida blew down when it came ashore on

Aug. 29 as one of the most powerful

hurricanes to hit the U.S. mainland, Entergy

Louisiana President and CEO Phillip May


More than 530,000 customers still don't

have power in Louisiana, just under half of the

peak when Ida struck eight days ago. In five

parishes west and south of New Orleans, at

least 98% of homes and businesses don't have

power, according to the state Public Service


UN denies Sudan refugee camps

used as bolthole for Tigray rebels

ADDIS ABABA :The UN on Tuesday denied

claims that refugee camps in Sudan were

being used by Ethiopian rebels as a bolthole

after Ethiopian officials said fighters had been

caught with refugee ID cards, reports BSS.

Tens of thousands of Ethiopian refugees have

streamed across the border into Sudan since

war broke out 10 months ago in Ethiopia's

northernmost Tigray region, exacerbating

tensions between the two Horn of Africa


Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into

Tigray to topple the regional ruling party, the

Tigray People's Liberation Front, saying the

move came in response to TPLF attacks on

army camps.

Although the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

winner vowed a swift victory, the war has

dragged on and spread into the neighbouring

Afar and Amhara regions.

In recent days, Ethiopian officials have said

TPLF fighters recently crossed from Sudan to

Ethiopia carrying IDs issued by the UN

refugee agency UNHCR.

"The TPLF has tried to expand the conflict

by entering Benishangul Gumuz and Amhara

regions crossing the long Sudanese border,"

Ethiopia's foreign ministry said late Monday.

"All of its attempts in these areas have proven

futile but new evidence has come to the

surface. Some TPLF soldiers infiltrating from

the Sudanese side, have been captured

carrying UNHCR ID cards."

A UN official told AFP Tuesday that

UNHCR was aware of reports alleging

Ethiopian refugees registered in Sudan were

now involved in the conflict but said the

agency was "not in a position to verify" them.

Connor Jones sunbathed with his dog on the otherwise empty beach at Ski Run Marina on Monday, as residents

trickling back into town filled up their cars at a gas station behind him and employees of a water

sports rental company docked jet skis and boats they had anchored away from the shores of Lake Tahoe

to prevent them from igniting from wildfire.

Photo : AP

Germany's Merkel backs

Laschet as party lags in polls

BERLIN : German

Chancellor Angela Merkel

on Tuesday endorsed

Armin Laschet as the best

choice to succeed her,

ahead of September 26

elections that polls show

her CDU party losing

under its gaffe-prone new

leader, reports BSS.

"It is a special election,

not only because for the

first time since 1949 no

incumbent chancellor is

running for re-election,"

Merkel said in what was

likely her last speech in

parliament ahead of the


"It is also a special

election because it is a

decision on the direction

of our country in difficult

times-and it is not

irrelevant who governs

this country," she said.

"The best way for our

country is a CDU/CSU-led

federal government with

Armin Laschet as

chancellor, because his

government stands for

stability, reliability,

moderation and

centrality." Laschet, the

chancellor candidate for

Merkel's CDU and its

Bavarian CSU ally, was

long the favourite to

replace her as chancellor,

but his ratings have

plummeted following a

series of gaffes.

As the head of North

Rhine-Westphalia state,

one of the areas worst

affected when deadly

floods swept western

Germany in July, Laschet

was criticised for his

lacklustre response to the

disaster. The 60-year-old

Rhinelander was caught

on camera joking with

local officials during a

tribute to flood victims,

and was also mocked for

CSU alliance has seen

some of its worst poll

results in years as Merkel

prepares to bow out of

politics after 16 years in


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday

endorsed Armin Laschet as the best choice to

succeed her, ahead of September 26 elections

that polls show her CDU party losing under its

gaffe-prone new leader.

Photo : AP

One survey for the Bild

daily on Sunday showed

the conservative alliance

on 20 percent, its worst

score in the post-war

period. The bloc won 33

percent at the last election

in 2017 under Merkel.

The frontrunner is now

Vice Chancellor and

Finance Minister Olaf

Scholz, whose centre-left

Social Democrats (SPD)

scored 25 percent in the


Turkey says 'no need to

rush' recognising Taliban

ISTANBUL : Turkey said on

Tuesday there was "no need

to rush" in recognising the

Taliban's rule in

Afghanistan, adding that

Ankara was still holding

discussions about operating

Kabul's strategic airport.

In a wide-ranging

television interview, Foreign

Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

sounded a cautious note

about Turkey's future

relations with the

fundamentalist Islamist

group, reports BSS.

He said Afghanistan's new

government needed to be

"inclusive", adding that

women and a range of ethnic

groups should be given

ministerial posts.

The Taliban on Monday

claimed total control over

Afghanistan, saying they had

won the key battle for the

Panjshir Valley, the last

remaining holdout of

resistance against their rule.

But Cavusoglu said the

international community

should take a wait-and-see

approach before recognising

its rule, sounding a similar

tone to one adopted by the

European Union at a

meeting last Friday.

"There is no need to rush,"

he said. "This is our advice to

the entire world. We should

act together with the

international community."

Turkey has been holding

talks with the Taliban in

Kabul, where it still has a

diplomatic presence, about

the conditions under which

it could help operate the

Afghan capital's airport.



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Revenue/Taxes through Automated Challan System (ACS) recently. Md. Forkan Hossain, General

Manager, Accounts & Budget, Bangladesh Bank & Abul Kashem Md. Shirin, Managing Director &

CEO of Dutch-Bangla Bank signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations. Ahmed

Jamal, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank was present as the Chief Guest in the program. Under

this agreement Revenue/Taxes can easily be paid through Automated Challan System (ACS) from

any branches of Dutch-Bangla Bank. These services are also available through Bank's Nexus


Photo: Courtesy

Khondoker Rashed Maqsood, Managing Director & CEO recently inaugurated

a day-long workshop on "Streamlining Investment Assessment

Process" as chief guest at Standard Bank Training Institute. Md. Touhidul

Alam Khan, Additional Managing Director, CRO & CAMLCO of SBL conducted

whole day sessions of the workshop as resource person, where he

covered topics like "Investment Risk Assessment & Decision Making

Process", "Customer Relationship Management", "Teamwork &

Leadership" etc. Managers of 40 Branches attended the session as participant.

Mohammad Amzad Hossain Fakir, Faculty of the Training Institute

coordinated the Workshop.

Photo: Courtesy

Executive Vice Chairman of MRA Md. Fashiullah handing over the permission

letter of collecting money from stock and money market. Photo: Courtesy

TMSS gets

permission to

collect money

from stock market

Microcredit Regulatory

Authority (MRA) has given

a permission letter to

TMSS to collect money

from stock and money

market for expanding the

NGO's financial activities

to overcome the economic

damage caused by the

Pandemic Corona Virus.

This approval has opened

new horizons for NGO's

and MFI's. Under this

approval TMSS can collect

money from stock and

money market.

In this regard EBL and

Mutual Trust Fund (MTF)

would be doing their duties

respectively as issue

manager and fund

manager. In the handing

over ceremony, the

Executive Vice Chairman

of MRA Md. Fashiullah

and the other high officials

of two organisations were


UK awaits fallout from end

of jobs support scheme

LONDON: e British government's furlough scheme that

has supported millions of private-sector jobs during the

pandemic is close to ending, a move that risks a spike in

unemployment according to economists.

Experts, however, do not expect sectors seriously affected

by a shortage of staff owing to the virus outbreak and Brexitsuch

as road haulage-to necessarily benefit from the bigger

pool of available workers.

"The furlough scheme has played a key role... protecting

nearly 12 million jobs over the last 18 months," the Treasury

told AFP in a statement ahead of the multi-billion-pound

programme finishing at the end of September.

With the UK economy in recovery mode thanks to the

lifting of lockdown restrictions at home and abroad, Britain's

unemployment rate stands at 4.7 percent, down from a

pandemic peak of 5.2 percent at the end of last year. But the

UK already has more than one million job vacancies despite

the furlough scheme supporting jobs at a cost of almost o70

billion ($95 billion, 82 billion euros).

"It is certainly possible, if not likely, that there will be a

temporary fall in employment and rise in unemployment in

October," noted Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital

Economics research group.

"But we think that the strength of the economy will mean

that either most of those workers will find a job before long

or, more likely, that other unemployed people will find work

and offset the decline." Britain's economy rebounded 4.8

percent in the second quarter as the government began

relaxing lockdown restrictions amid its fast-paced

vaccination programme.

However the country's factories, restaurants and

supermarkets are facing stubborn supply problems.

China trade enjoys


surge in August

BEIJING : ina's exports and

imports enjoyed forecastbeating

growth in August, as

data on Tuesday showed

overseas demand for cars,

electronics and consumer

goods surged while a

domestic coronavirus

resurgence was brought to

heel, reports BSS.

The news follows a recent

spate of weak figures that had

suggested the recovery in the

world's top economy was

flattening owing to a spike in

the Delta Covid variant that

has forced some countries to

impose strict containment

measures and hit consumer


It also came despite the

shutdown of a major port

caused by a virus outbreak,

which observers had expected

to hit shipments.

Exports jumped 25.6

percent on-year, while

imports rose 33.1 percent,

according to the Customs

Administration. The readings

were both sharply up from

July and far better than

estimates in a Bloomberg

survey of 17.3 percent and

26.9 percent, respectively.

The eye-popping numbers

were boosted by last year's low

base of comparison when the

virus was rapidly spreading.

Outbound shipments were

helped by "improving

overseas demand for

consumer goods", said

Moody's Analytics in a

Monday note.

Social cost of

2019's plastic

more than

GDP of India

MARSEILLE: The pollution,

emissions and clean-up

costs of plastic produced in

2019 alone could be $3.7

trillion, according to a report

released Monday by wildlife

charity WWF, warning of

the environmental and

economic burden of this

"seemingly cheap" material,

reports BSS.

There is increasing

international alarm over the

sheer volumes of fossil-fuel

based plastics entering the



microplastics have

infiltrated even the most

remote and otherwise

pristine regions of the

planet. In its report, WWF

said societies were

"unknowingly subsiding"

plastic, with their estimates

for the lifetime costs of 2019

production equivalent to

more than the gross

domestic product of India.

"Plastic appears to be a

relatively cheap material

when looking at the market

price primary plastic

producers pay for virgin

plastic," said the report

Plastics: The cost to society,

environment and the

economy, produced for

WWF by the consultancy


A mechanical engineering

graduate of the International

University of Business

Agriculture and Technology

(IUBAT) A Matin Sobuj gets

a job at Oxford Immune

Algorithmics (OIA), UK. OIA

is an award-winning Bio and

MedTech Company

incubated by the University of

Oxford which builds

technology to move

healthcare away from its

reliance on population-wide

symptom pattern matching

toward value-based precision

medicine and personalized

diagnostics, a press release


Sabuj passed Mechanical

Engineering from IUBAT in

2015. Recently secured this

prestigious job in OIA. The

young talented mechanical

engineer was offered a

position in UK, in December

last year. However, Covid-19

crisis caused a delay in

joining. As everything is

coming back to normal, he is

set to join the global company

by the second week of

September 2021.

A reception was organized

for him by the Mechanical

Engineering chapter of the

Alumni Association of IUBAT

on Friday, 3rd September

2021 at IUBAT conference

hall. IUBAT Vice Chancellor

Prof Dr. Abdur Rab and

Treasurer Professor Selina

Nargis congratulated Sobuj

for his brilliant achievement.

Chairman, Coordinator,

faculty members and Alumni

of Mechanical Engineering

Departments also spoke in

the ceremony. Sobuj shared

his feelings on the road to

Oxford Immune Algorithmics

job. He advised graduates

who are entering the job

market to not just rely on

mainstream education as

learning surpasses the

boundaries of an academic


Bangladesh Bank and NBLi

signed an agreement

Bangladesh Bank and

National Bank Limited have

signed an agreement on

Automated Challan System

(ACS) services that will

empower the customers to pay

the VAT, Tax, or other Govt.

bills through challan system at

all the NBL branches & Subbranches

using online banking

recently, a press release said.

The agreement was signed

at the Zahangir Alam

Conference Hall of

Bangladesh Bank by Md.

Forkan Hossain, General

The Computer department

of Walton Digi-Tech

Industries Limited has

recently launched a new

model of affordable laptop

with latest features and

attractive design which is

best for all kinds of graphical

work. The Karonda series

laptop has already received

huge response from users, a

press release said.

According to Walton

Computer department,

priced at only BDT 79,990,

the Karonda GX510H laptop

has Intel's Core i5 10300H

series processor, 3200MHz


MX350 2GB graphics card,

512GB M.2 SSD, 15.6 inch

IPS full HD display along

with many other features.

Engineer Mir Shah Arfin,

product manager of

Walton's computer

department, said this is the

second model of the

KarondaGX series as

Walton had released

another core i7 processor of

Karonda GX710G Pro model

laptop earlier in the market.

The new laptop is suitable

for all kinds of graphical

work along with playing

light games. The laptop can

be a great choice for various

users especially for

Manager, Accounts and

Budgeting Department of the

Central Bank and Shah Syed

Abdul Bari, Managing

Director and CEO of The

National Bank Limited on

behalf of their respective

organizations in presence of

the Chief Guest of the signing

ceremony Ahmed Jamal, the

Deputy Governor of

Bangladesh Bank.

From the National Bank

Limited, Sheikh Akhter Uddin

Ahmed, Senior Executive Vice

President; Krishna Kamal

freelancers and people who

make contents for social


The device has Intel's

dedicated HM470 express

chipset and it is combined

with the built-in Intel UHD

Graphics 630 and 2GB

external graphics card. In

addition, the laptop has a

full HD resolution IPS

display panel and a

multicolor illuminated

keyboard, giving the users

an unique experience.

The black colored laptop's

RAM can be expanded up to

32 GB. The device provides

two 2 watt speakers to

Ghose, FCA, Senior Vice

President; AKM Salah Uddin

Khan, Senior Vice President

were also present at the


The automated Challan

System will allow the

customers to pay their

Treasury Challan Bills from

any branches, sub-branches of

The National Bank Limited

which will gradually ensure

smooth payment of all Govt.

revenues in real-time in Govt.

Treasury without any hassle.

ensure high definition audio.

The sound quality will

remain unchanged using

separate speakers as it has

sound blaster cinema 6. It

also has built-in array


Runs on windows-10

operating system, a powerful

4-cell polymer battery pack

has been used to ensure

long-term power backup of

the laptop which will

provide over 8 hours of

battery back-up. It has a 1

mega pixel HD camera for

video calls and selfies.

Connectivity features

include 2 USB 3.2 Type A

IUBAT is one of the leading

private universities in

Bangladesh, maintaining a

conscientious focus on social

development across the

country by providing higher

education. IUBAT was

founded in 1991 by eminent

academician Prof Dr M

Alimullah Miyan. The longterm

vision is to produce at

least one professional

graduates from each village.

High inflation

looms over

ECB meeting


eurozone inflation provides the

backdrop for the meeting of

European Central Bank

governors Thursday, with

markets hoping for hints when

policymakers might start

easing their massive pandemicera

stimulus, reports BSS.

As the economic recovery

gathered steam in the 19-nation

club, consumer prices rose in

August at a pace not seen in the

past decade, climbing beyond

three percent-overshooting the

ECB's new two-percent target.

ECB president Christine

Lagarde previously promised

to "look through" the surge and

policymakers expect the rate to

rise even further in coming

months before falling back.

"We are more worried about

the inflation rate being too low

in the medium term rather

than too high," Isabel Schnabel,

a member of the ECB's

executive board, said last


The ECB considers the jump

in consumer prices to be driven

by one-off, pandemic-related

effects as energy prices recover

and policies aimed at

mitigating the economic

impact are rolled back.

Walton launches new laptop

of Karonda series

ports, 1 USB 3.2 Type C port,

1 USB 2.0 port, six in one

card reader, dual band WiFi,

Bluetooth 5.0, 2 M.2 card

slots, HDMI and mini

display port etc.

With its versatile features,

the laptop can be easily

carried out anywhere as its

total weigh is only 1.85 kg

with 359.5mm width,

238mm depth and 21.9mm


Customers will get 2 years

after sales service for the

laptop from Walton service


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Bangladesh are keen to hit back in the winning way and thereby confirm the five-match twenty20

International series against New Zealand.

photo: BCB

Tigers gear up to confirm series

against New Zealand today

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Bangladesh are keen to hit back in the

winning way and thereby confirm the

five-match Twenty20 International

series against New Zealand as they take

on the visitors in the fourth game today

(Wednesday) at the Sher-e-Bangla

National Cricket Stadium, reports BSS.

The match which starts at 4 PM will

be aired live in Gazi TV and T sports.

After winning the first two matches

by seven wickets and four runs,

Bangladesh conceded a 52-run defeat,

allowing New Zealand to keep the series


The Kiwis in fact showed their ability

to cope with the slow surface in

surprisingly quick fashion and suddenly

raised a prospect of winning the series

too when talks were doing the rounds of

a 5-0 result in Bangladesh's favour.

In fact the way Bangladesh crushed

Australia by 4-1 in the five-match series,

they were dubbed absolutely favourite

against Blackcaps who sent a team, full

of young players, who are yet to cement

their place in the main team.

But the Kiwis performance in the last

two matches spoke a volume of their

capability. In second match, they are

actually on the way to win the game but

only an extraordinary bowling effort of

Mustafizur Rahman denied their

victory. But they didn't let Bangladesh

dominate the proceedings in the third

match and won it in style, bowling

Bangladesh out for their joint second

lowest ever score of 76, which is also

their lowest ever at home.

Despite getting the wicket, strongly

suited their strength, Bangladesh's

performance was below par when Kiwis

came up with spirited performance. It

clearly indicated Bangladesh need to lift

their game to a great degree if they want

to hit back in the winning ways.

Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, who

now lost the game on his 100th T20

International game as first Bangladeshi

batsman, rued for lack of partnership

but believed they are capable of

bouncing back and thereby confirm the

series. "What was missing were the

partnerships and hopefully we can come

back hard. Still two games to go and

hopefully we like to win the next game

and the series," Mahmudullah said.

"The bowlers did a great job to restrict

them to 130. We started well, but we lost

wickets in a cluster, and couldn't

capitalise on it."

The main problem of Bangladesh

was the off form of Shakib Al Hasan in

the third game. Standing on the brink of

being the first player to score 12000

runs and claim 600 wickets

simultaneously and also being the

highest wicket- taker in T20

International cricket, going past Lasith

Malinga's 107 wickets, Shakib was

surprisingly off-colour.

Shakib needed just two wickets to

reach those two milestones. But he went

wicket-less in the last match, was

dismissed for duck and also missed a

catch. Shakib's performance is needed

to help the team get back on track.

When Bangladesh is looking to plug

the loopholes that were now wide open

after the defeat, New Zealand vowed to

keep the winning spree.

"It is nice to win and keep the series

alive. As a group, we are improving

every game. The conditions have varied

in each game, which is another

challenge in itself. It is great to see guys

learning on the job effectively," said New

Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls who

were part of a match-winning 66 runs

partnership with Tom Blundell for

unbeaten sixth wicket to help the side

win the third game eventually.

"Tom (Latham), as the captain, has

been really clear with the guys telling

them that it is tough but we have to look

to find ways to improve. If we keep

doing it each game, those results will

come. We turned the tables a little bit on

Bangladesh. Put them under pressure. It

can be tough for them as well,"

"We saw Australia come here before

and they struggled in a format they

know really well. When we play at home,

we take pride on that as well. We knew

they were going to be a strong challenge.

The spinners set the tone for us, and we

could put them under pressure. We

know if we can do the little things well,

there's a lot of success there for us."

Djokovic tested but wins at US

Open to advance Slam quest

Novak Djokovic struggled but advanced within three matches of completing the

first men's singles calendar-year Grand Slam in 52 years on Monday. photo: Ap

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Novak Djokovic struggled

but advanced within three

matches of completing the

first men's singles calendaryear

Grand Slam in 52 years

on Monday by outlasting

American Jenson Brooksby

at the US Open, reports BSS.

World number one

Djokovic rallied past 99thranked

Brooksby 1-6, 6-3, 6-

2, 6-2 to book a quarter-final

encounter with Italian sixth

seed Matteo Berrettini in a

rematch of July's

Wimbledon final.

"It's going to be exciting,"

Djokovic said. "He loves the

big stage. Big serve, big game

overall. I know what to

expect. Going to try to

prepare a good game plan

and hope for the best."

The 34-year-old Serbian

star would become the first

man since Rod Laver in 1969

to sweep all four major titles

in the same year by

capturing his fourth career

US Open crown.

Djokovic also seeks a

men's singles record 21st

Slam trophy, which would

boost him one ahead of "Big

Three" rivals Roger Federer

and Rafael Nadal, both

absent with injuries.

An epic shocker seemed

possible when Brooksby, a

20-year-old American

wildcard who hadn't played

Djokovic before, broke in the

second and sixth games and

fired a service winner to

claim the first set in 29


"He just played a perfect

first set," Djokovic said. "I

could do nothing. I was still

finding my footing on the

court. "I must say it wasn't a

great start. Jenson was

pumped. He had a clear

game plan. He was executing

his shots tremendously. I

was on my back foot. He was

reading the play well for a set

and a half." Djokovic broke

in the second game of the

second set, but was broken

in a electrifying 20-minute

fifth game, netting a

backhand on Brooksby's

sixth break chance as the

American raised his arms

and jumped for joy. But

Djokovic broke back in the

sixth game, ripping a crosscourt

forehand winner for a

4-2 lead, and held from there

to take the 68-minute set.

"After that, I started hitting

more cleanly and through

the court," said Djokovic.

"Whenever I needed a serve I

found my spot well. It was

physical, a lot of exhausting


In all, Djokovic won 15 of

the last 20 games after the

marathon broken serve,

rolling to victory in the

stamina test after two hours

and 59 minutes.

Berrettini advanced by

defeating 144th-ranked

German qualifier Oscar Otte

6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Tokyo

Olympic champions

Alexander Zverev and

Belinda Bencic advanced

with straight-set triumphs,

as did British 18-year-old

qualifier Emma Raducanu.

German fourth seed

Zverev stretched his win

streak to 15 matches by

beating Italian 13th seed

Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 7-6


Swiss 11th seed Bencic

eliminated Polish seventh

seed Iga Swiatek, last year's

French Open champion, 7-6

(14/12), 6-3.

UAE cricketer

banned under anticorruption


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UAE wicketkeeper-batsman

Gulam Shabbir has been

banned from all cricket for

four years after admitting

breaching the International

Cricket Council's anticorruption

code, the global

governing body said on

Monday, reports BSS.

The six breaches included

failing to disclose

approaches and attempted

approaches to "engage in

corrupt conduct" in relation

to matches in 2019.

The player, 35, also

admitted to obstructing the

anti-corruption unit's

investigation by "concealing

information that may have

been relevant to the


He has accepted the

sanction of a four-year

period of ineligibility which

ends at midnight on August

20, 2025, the ICC said in a


Shabbir last represented

the UAE in a Twenty20

international in October


Alex Marshall, the general

manager of the ICC's

integrity unit, said: "Shabbir

played 40 matches for the

UAE and was expected to



responsibilities as an

international cricketer.

"He also attended at least

three anti-corruption

education sessions in which

players were reminded of

their obligations to report

any approaches by


Former France

defender Adams

dies after almost

40 years in coma

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Former France defender

Jean-Pierre Adams has died

aged 73 after almost 40 years

in a coma, his former club

Nimes announced on

Monday, reports BSS.

Adams, who made 22

international appearances in

the 1970s, slipped into a coma

after a mistake by the

anaesthetist during routine

knee surgery in 1982.

The anaesthetist had to take

responsibility for eight

patients that day -- many of

the staff at the hospital were

on strike -- and left a trainee

to keep an eye on Adams.

Both were found guilty in

court in the 1990s and

received a one-month

suspended sentence and a

750 euro ($890) fine.

"I was not up to the task I

was entrusted with,"

commented the trainee later.

His widow Bernadette

cared for him for the

remainder of his life following

his discharge from hospital 15

months after the operation.

"Jean-Pierre feels, smells,

hears, jumps when a dog

barks. But he cannot see,"

Bernadette said in 2007.

Bernadette, who had two

sons with Adams, told the

BBC in 2016 that despite the

sentences handed to the

anaesthetist and the trainee,

the hospital in Lyon had

never apologised.Born in

Dakar in 1948, Adams was

one of the first men born in

West Africa to play for France.

His centre-back

partnership with Marius

Tresor for France was

nicknamed "the black guard"

by then French national

coach Stefan Kovacs.

"We learned this morning

of the death of Jean-Pierre

Adams," Nimes wrote on

Twitter, extending their

"sincere condolences to his


Adams also played for Nice

and Paris Saint-Germain.

Nice tweeted their

condolences and said they

would pay homage to him

before their next Ligue 1

home match with Monaco on

September 19.

PSG also tweeted a tribute

to "one of its glorious old

players" saluting his "joie de

vivre" and his charisma.

Brazil legend Pele recovering

after tumor operation

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Brazilian football great Pele has undergone

surgery for a suspected colon tumor and is

recovering, the hospital in Sao Paulo treating

him announced on Monday, reports BSS.

"The tumor was identified during routine

cardiovascular and laboratory examinations

and the material was sent for pathological

analysis," said the Albert Einstein Hospital,

where Pele has been treated since August 31.

"I thank God for feeling very well," the 80-

year-old wrote on his Instagram page on

Monday. "Fortunately, I'm used to

celebrating great victories alongside you.

"I will face this match with a smile on my

face, a lot of optimism and joy for living

surrounded by the love of my family and


Pele is due out of intensive care on

Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement.

His former club Santos shared a message

of support for the star on Twitter. "It will be

one more victory in your life, we wish you a

Ganguly brags of Indian

cricket supremacy after

defeat of England

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India's cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has said

his country's win over England proves they

are "far ahead" of the rest in the Test world,

reports BSS The Indian board president said

it had been a "great show" to see Jasprit

Bumrah lead the Indian attack to bowl out

England for just 210 on the final day, giving

India a 157-run win and a 2-1 lead in the

fivbragse-match series.

"The skill is the difference but the biggest

difference is the absorbing power of

pressure. Indian cricket is far ahead than the

rest," the former national captain wrote on


India, second in the world Test rankings,

made a remarkable turnaround after being

dismissed for 191, and after England claimed

a first-innings lead of 99.

Rohit Sharma scored 127 as the tourists

made 466 in the second innings.

"What a comeback! The boys just kept

bouncing back after every setback," batting

great Sachin Tendulkar said on Twitter.

"What a way to stamp authority on the last

day when England were 77-0."

The Times of India newspaper headlined

their report "The Oval Renaissance" while

former batsman V.V.S. Laxman said it had

been a "special" win.

The tourists still have worries as coach

Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and

fielding coach R Sridhar tested positive for

coronavirus and will have to stay away from

the fifth Test starting Friday.

The Times of India said the Board of

Control for Cricket in India was angry

because captain Virat Kohli and other

players had not sought approval to attend

the launch of Shastri's book before the

fourth Test.

India, second in the world test rankings, made a remarkable turnaround

after being dismissed for 191, and after england claimed a first-innings

lead of 99.

photo: Ap

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FIFA said Monday it regretted the chaotic

scenes that preceded the suspension of the

World Cup qualifier between Brazil and

Argentina and a decision on possible

disciplinary action would be taken "in due

course", reports BSS.

The match at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica

Arena on Sunday was halted when Brazilian

health officials ran onto the pitch seven

minutes after kick-off, triggering a melee

involving team officials and players from

both sides.

The officials intervened just hours after

health authorities in Brazil said four

England-based players in Argentina's squad

should be placed in "immediate quarantine"

for breaching Covid-19 protocols.

"FIFA regrets the scenes preceding the

suspension of the match between Brazil and

Argentina for the CONMEBOL qualifiers of

the FIFA World Cup 2022 which prevented

millions of fans from enjoying a match

between two of the most important football

nations in the world," football's world

governing body said in a statement.

"The first match official reports have been

sent to FIFA. This information will be

good recovery!" the club said.

Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes

do Nascimento, has been in poor health in

recent years, and has had various spells in

hospital, most recently in April 2019, in

Paris, because of a severe urinary tract


Back in Brazil, he had a kidney stone


At the end of 2014, he suffered from a

serious urinary tract infection and was

placed in intensive care and on dialysis.

He also has hip problems and needed a

walker to move around during his latest

public appearances.

In February 2020, Pele reassured his fans

about his mental health, after remarks by his

son Edinho saying that he was "reclusive"

and suffering "from a certain form of


The only player in history to win three

World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele is

considered by many to be the greatest

footballer of all time.

FIFA 'regrets' chaos at

abandoned Brazil v

Argentina match

analysed by the competent disciplinary

bodies and a decision will be taken in due

course," FIFA added.

Brazil's National Health Surveillance

Agency (ANVISA) said the Argentinian

Premier League players -- Giovani Lo Celso

and Cristian Romero of Tottenham, and

Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez and

Emiliano Buendia -- had given "false

information" when they entered Brazil.

Romero, Lo Celso and Martinez were all in

Argentina's starting line-up for Sunday's

game, prompting the intervention of

ANVISA officials.

In scenes of confusion on the pitch,

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and his

teammates left the field while Brazil's squad

began a practice game.

After the game was abandoned, Messi

criticised the intervention of the Brazilian


"We've been here for three days, why are

you doing this just now?" he said on

Argentina's TyC network.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni told

reporters that "at no time were we told that

they could not play the game".

The Argentina team arrived back in

Buenos Aires early Monday.

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Bibek's song 'Sreshtho Shontan'

about Bangabandhu


Musician-director Imtiaz Rahman Bibek composed

a song about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman, the best Bengali of the millennium and

the father of the nation. The title of the song is

'Sreshtho Shontan'.

The melody of the song is composed by Bibek and

IrfanaTusi with the words of Shibbir Ahmed.

Sung by Ankur Mahmud, Shahnaz Chitra, Tuhin

Asad, Shumi Tumpa Khan, Irfan Tusi and

Shuvendu Das Shuvo respectively. The

arrangement of music is by Bibek himself.

Regarding the song, Imtiaz Rahman Bibek said,

'The song was composed out of patriotism and love

for Bangabandhu. Through this song, I was able to

pay homage to the father of the nation on pen and

paper, this is the most beloved thing. I believe the

audience will like the song too.'

In the last week of August, the month of

mourning, Bibek released the song in a lyrical video

on his Facebook page. Meanwhile, Bibek is

currently composing new songs for himself as well

as a number of young artists. He said that the songs

will be released soon.

Rakul appears before

ED in drugs case

Bollywood actress Rakul Preet Singh arrived at the

Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Hyderabad

in relation to the 2017 Drug case. Rakul was called

for questioning on 6th September but due to her

busy schedule the actress had requested to prepone,

due to which ED asked her to come on 3rd

September. Along with Rakul Preet Singh, 12 big

names from south were also called

up for questioning, including

Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja,

Puri Jagannad, and



Shyam K. Naidu,

actors Subbaraju,

Tanish, Nandu

and Ravi Teja's driver Srinivas were also among

those questioned. Apart from this case, Rakul Preet

Singh was questioned by the Narcotics Control

Bureau (NCB) last year in the drugs probe linked to

Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

Previously, an ED official had told Times of

India, "Around 12 cases were booked by Telangana

Excise and Prohibition department and 11 charge

sheets were filled. Mostly drug traffickers around

eight persons were charge sheeted in the cases

then. Most of them are lower-level drug


The ED officials are questioning the film

personalities about the financial transactions, if

any, with those involved in the drugs case. Both

Puri and Charmme were reportedly questioned

about the suspected links with Calvin Mascaren

has, a key accused in the case.

Speaking to TOI after the questioning,

Charmee said, "Whatever documents ED

asked, I submitted them. From my side, I am

fully cooperating with them. I will continue

to cooperate with the investigators and be

ready to give everything that the law

wants. I can't speak anything further as

the law doesn't allow me." The drugs

racket was busted on July 2, 2017

when customs officials arrested Calvin

Mascaren has, a musician, and two

others and seized drugs worth Rs 30

lakh from their possession.

They had reportedly told the

investigators that they are supplying

drugs to film celebrities, software

engineers, and even students of some

corporate schools. Mobile numbers

of some Tollywood celebrities were

allegedly found in their contact lists.

Source: Times Of India


Internationally famed Bangladeshi

filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar

Farooki's upcoming film 'No Land's

Man' has been nominated for the

Kim Jiseok Award at the 26th

Busan International Film Festival


The other six films in the

competition include Aparna Sen's

'The Rapist' (India), Wang Qi's

'The Bargain' (China), Ilgar Najaf's

'Sughra's Sons' (Azerbaijan-

France-Germany), Ogigami

Naoko's 'Riverside Mukolitta'

(Japan), Royston Tan's '24'

(Singapore-Thailand) and

Brillante Mendoza's 'Gensan

Punch' (Philippines-Japan).

The 26th BIFF, which will be held

from October 6 to October 15, has

selected 7 nominees for the Kim

Jiseok Award. This year, the Kim

Jiseok Award is expected to be

more competitive due to the

inclusion of new titles from

prominent filmmakers such as

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Brillante

Mendoza, Ogigami Naoko, Aparna

Sen, among many others, according

to a press release published on the

website of BIFF on Monday.

Leading Bangladesh's New

Wave, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki,

who is already familiar to Korean

audiences with his BIFF 2012


Abul Hayat is a Bangladeshi actor.

Yesterday 7thSeptember was the birthday of

Ekushey Padak and National Film Awardwinning

actor, playwright and director

Abul Hayat, who turns 78. He started his

career in television with the drama

'Oedipus' in 1968. Afterwards, he has acted

in radio production, theatre and film.

Abul Hayat has been with the country's

entertainment world for more than 60

years. Although he started acting as a hobby

in the beginning, later he chose it as a


Abul Hayat said to The Bangladesh Today,

he shared how hehad celebrated his

birthday this year. "It's my granddaughter's

birthday too. We havecelebrate the occasion

at my house with the family members. In

the evening, I went to my daughter's house

to celebrate my granddaughter's birthday."

When asked about his childhood memories

regarding his birthday, he said, "When I was

a kid, my family didn't celebrate birthdays

that much. The birthday celebration trend

started much later. It started with

celebrating my daughters' birthdays. Now

they celebrate mine. I feel very lucky to have

Actors Jason Statham, Sylvester

Stallone, 50 Cent and Megan

Fox among others will be seen in

the new 'Expendables' film.

Lionsgate and Millennium

Media have announced that a

new 'Expendables' movie is

coming with a bunch of familiar

Farooki's 'No Land's

Man' nominated for

Kim Jiseok Award

closing film, 'Television' (2012), has

been nominated for the Kim Jiseok

Award with his new title, 'No Land's

Man' (2021). The film, which was

selected at the Asian Project Market

(APM) 2020, carefully deals with

discrimination and hate crimes

based on race, religion, and

nationality with AR Rahman's

them in my life." "During my birthday, I

miss everyone who is close to me, especially

my parents. I often feel nostalgic for my

mother on my birthday," he added.

Hayat's notable stage plays include

'Mukhosh', 'Bishorjon' and 'Shot Manusher

Khonje'. He directed 'Bishorjon', which was

inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's novella

of the same name. Hayat received immense

praise for his role in Aly Zaker-directed

'Shot Manusher Khonje' and 'Mukhosh' is

directed by Sara Zaker.

Abul Hayat is one of the founding members

of the pioneer theatre group, Nagorik Natya

Sampradaya, which was established in

faces and some new additions,

reports aceshowbiz.com.

The fourth instalment will

bring back the franchise

veterans such as Sylvester

Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph

Lundgren and Randy Couture.

The four stars, which have

music, the press release added.

The eighth feature film of Mostafa

Sarwar Farooki and second of his

'identity series' (first one is being

'Saturday Afternoon'), the much

anticipated 'No Land's Man' has

already created buzz for casting the

star of critically commercially

successful movie 'Gangs of

Sylvester, Jason, other

big guns reunite for

'Expendables 4'

appeared in the previous three

instalments, are set to reprise

their roles as Barney Ross, Lee

Christmas, Gunner Jensen and

Toll Road, respectively.

Meanwhile, Curtis "50 Cent"

Jackson, Megan Fox and Tony

Jaa are joining the upcoming

movie as new characters. Plot

details have not been revealed,

but according to The Hollywood

Wasseypur' and Netflix series

'Sacred Games', Nawazuddin

Siddiqui. 'No Land's Man' also stars

Australian actor Megan Mitchell

and celebrated Bangladeshi singeractor

Tahsan Khan in the leading

roles. Expressing his feelings about

the film, Farooki said, "As a

filmmaker, I have explained some

of my personal feelings in the film! I

was born in Noakhali, the southern

part of the country. People from this

area have been trolled for many

years. So, at a very young age, I

understood that I had to find a

way to protect myself from this

troll. As I grow up, I realise how it

affects the mind and how it

creates a void in our hearts when

we can't be recognised with our

own identity, can't even accept

ourselves, and not comfortable

with our own identity. This

mental trauma has inspired my

film. The central character in 'No

Land's Man' feels the pain of this

non-existence of my childhood."

'No Land's Man' is produced

under the banner of

Nawazuddin Siddiqui's

production house 'Magic If

Films', alongside awardwinning

US producer Shrihari

Sathe, director Mostafa Sarwar

Farooki, actor Nusrat Imrose

Tisha, Square Group Director

Anjan Chowdhury and Bongo.

Abul Hayat celebrates his 77th birthday

1968. Talking about his theatre days, Hayat

said, "I miss my theatre days a lot. It made

me love acting. It was the starting point of

my acting career. After theatre, I acted in TV

dramas and films. All that happened

because of my involvement in theatre which

is very close to my heart. I have plans to

resume performing in stage plays when the

corona situation gets better."

Abul Hayat told The Bangladesh Today that

two of his most memorable theatrical works

are Nagorik Natya Sampradaya's

'BakiItihash', in which he played Sitanath

Chakrobarty and 'Dewan Gazir Kissa' where

he played the role of a 30-year-old man.

'Hajar Bochhor Dhore' is one of the popular

radio projects of Abul Hayat. His

performances in radio plays 'Shesh Rokkha'

and 'Gora Namok' are particularly notable.

He has appeared in a number of classic

television dramas, including 'Kothao Keu

Nei', 'Eishob Din Ratri', 'Bohubrihi' and

'Ayomoy'. His performance as Misir Ali in

TV under the direction of Mustafizur

Rahman was applauded by the audience.

Abul Hayat made his film debut with Ritwik

Ghatak's 'Titash Ekti Nodir Nam' in 1973. In

the same year, he also acted in 'Arunodayer


Reporter, the movie will once

again focus on a group of

veteran mercenaries.

The movie will also mark

the transition from Stallone to

Statham as the focal point,

with Fox being tapped as the

female lead. "It's so much fun

to bring these stars together

for a no-holds-barred action


H o R o s c o p e


(March 21 - April 20) : Make an effort

to connect with someone you miss

today, Aries. Even if it feels painful at

first, you'll feel a lot better once you do.

Pick up the phone, write a note, or send an email.

Let the person know you miss and care about him or

her. Expressing yourself is often far better than

stuffing your feelings. The person may be missing

you just as much.


(April 21 - May 21) : Today may be a

time of heightened reasoning and

judgment for you, Taurus. What a great

way to get things done! Pull out

unfinished projects and get going. Tackle issues or

problems that have surfaced recently by facing them

directly. Make the most of this day's energy by

thinking about ways to do things more efficiently. Be

confident that you can handle anything.


(May 22 - June 21) : Feed your mind

today, Gemini. The day's energy

supports growth and expansion, so

why not see about learning about

something you're interested in? Challenge

yourself by reading or taking a class. There are

plenty of online subjects to engage you. Find

something that interests you that you can do in

your own time.


(June 22 - July 23) : You're more into

socializing today than anything else,

Cancer. This could be great providing

you don't have a heavy workload. See

who's available and go for it. If you need to get

something done, you'll have to resist the temptation to

chat too long. Use breaks for this and keep your focus

on getting done what you've taken on. There's always

the evening to get together with friends.


(July 24 - Aug. 23): Don't be surprised

if you getting back into the swing of

things more slowly than usual today,

Leo. Not every day starts off with a

bang, so don't be too hard on yourself for this. Just

take things slow and easy. If you have a deadline,

consider asking for a short extension. Pushing

yourself to get things accomplished can leave you

feeling even less productive.


(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): Don't be

surprised if you're pensive, Virgo. It's one

of those days when daydreaming can

happen more readily. Your imagination

may also be at a peak. Rather than fighting this so you

can be more productive, jot your ideas down. It may be

to your advantage, as better and innovative ways of

doing things can pop into your mind. Take time to

ponder. It can bring great results.


(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): Chatting with your

loved ones may be more appealing to you

today than any other day, Libra. It may be

important to curb this desire if there are

many things that need your attention. If you're at home,

don't spend all your time on the phone or loafing.

Consider tending first to things that need to get done.

Socializing will be far more enjoyable without guilty

feelings about what you should be doing.


(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : Scorpio, you can

expect to feel a little more energetic

today. In fact, you may run circles

around everyone. What a great way to

start the day. Head out with the confidence that you

can easily handle anything that comes your way. Take

time to enjoy the company of others as much as

possible. If there are meetings on the agenda, handle

them right away.


(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): You might feel like

doing something different today,

Sagittarius. Everyone needs a break from

the regular grind and this is a good time

to try something new. Perhaps you feel like varying

your routine. If this is your day off, you might spend the

day doing whatever strikes your fancy. Try a new

wardrobe style. Go to a movie. Do something to spice

up your life today.


(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): Start your day

writing in a journal, Capricorn. This

provides an avenue to communicate and

connect with your inner being. Things

you need to do, ambitions, and even challenges can

appear while you're writing, providing a map that you

can follow. Even if starting is difficult, stick with it.

The words will come if you give it a chance. It can

make your day much easier.


(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : You might find it

hard to get going, Aquarius. Taking

direction could rub you the wrong way,

especially if you're set on doing

something different. Communicate your ideas and

how you want to approach things rather than let

irritation get to you. Your approach will be better

received if you leave emotions out of it. You may

even get kudos for staying calm and collected.


(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : You might feel

cheerful and generous today, Pisces.

Helping others will probably suit you,

and matters will move along smoothly. If

there are outstanding projects from earlier, tackle

them first. It's an opportune time to get caught up on

challenges. Don't hesitate to lend a hand if you're

approached or notice someone in need. This will

benefit them as well as you.

wednesdAY, september 8, 2021


Displaced flood-hit people returning

homes in B'putra basin


displaced people started

returning homes following

further improvement of the

flood situation in the delugehit

northern districts in the

Brahmaputra basin during

the last 24 hours ending at 9

am on Tuesday.

Bangladesh Water

Development Board

(BWDB) officials said water

levels of major rivers

marked further sharp falls to

flow below their respective

danger levels (DL) at most

places except at Kazipur and

Sirajganj points Tuesday.

The improving trend in

the flood situation may

continue with further

recession in water levels of

the major rivers in the basin

during the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, sporadic

incidents of riverbank

erosion have been reported

from several points

alongside the Dharla,

Dudhkumar, Teesta,

Brahmaputra, Ghaghot and

Jamuna rivers due to

stronger river current with

recession of floodwater.

Water levels of the

Brahmaputra marked falls

by 25cm at Noonkhawa,

28cm at Hatia and 25cm at

Chilmari while Dharla

marked fall by 41cm at

Kurigram and Ghaghot by

26cm at Gaibandha points

during the last 24 hours.

Water levels of the

Jamuna marked sharp falls

by 32cm at Fulchhari, 35cm

at Shaghata, 34cm at

Bahadurabad, 29cm at

Sariakandi, 22cm at

Kazipur and 25cm at

Sirajganj points during the


Workshop on fact-checking

and verification techniques

on health-journalism held

Bangladesh NGO's Network for

Radio and Communication

(BNNRC) organized a two-daylong

workshop at Zabeer Hotel

International at Jashore on

Fact-Checking and Verification

Techniques on Health

Journalism for an in-depth

reporting on important and

complex health issues to

enhance the professional skills

of journalists with the support

of The Asia Foundation on 7-8

September 2021.

The purpose of the workshop

is to enhance the capacity of

journalists working in creating

and publishing objective,

insightful and influential news

on health management;

Encourage journalists to

acquire knowledge and skills in

modern techniques (info

graphics, data analysis, data

visualization) in data

verification and presentation in

creating neutral and balanced

health reports. A total of 20

journalists from national

dailies, online news portals,

and television channels

participated in the workshop.

At the beginning of the

workshop, AHM Bazlur

ECNEC approves

Tk 4,300cr project

to groom youthfolk

as workforce

DHAKA : The government

on Tuesday approved a Taka

4,300 crore project to groom

the country's youth folk,



disadvantageous section of

people suitable for getting

employed and thus build

themselves as demandbased

workforce of the


The approval came from a

meeting of the Executive

Committee of the National

Economic Council (ECNEC)

held on Tuesday with its

Chairperson and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina in

the chair.

The Premier joined the

meeting virtually from her

official Ganobhaban

residence while Ministers,

State Ministers, Planning

Commission Members and

Secretaries concerned

attended the meeting from

the NEC Conference Room

in the city's Sher-e-Bangla

Nagar area.

Briefing reporters after the

meeting, Planning Minister

MA Mannan said a total of

eight projects were approved

on Tuesday involving an

overall estimated cost of

Taka 7,589.72 crore.

"Of the total project cost,

Taka 5,009.72 crore will

come from the government

of Bangladesh portion while

the rest of Taka 2,580 crore

as project assistance," he


Rahman, CEO of BNNRC,

discussed the goal, objectives,

perspectives of the workshop,

and what challenges are being

faced in the era of the Fourth

Industrial Revolution, and how

to keep pace with the current

technology era. Abu Rushd

Md. Ruhul Amin, Senior News

Editor, Banglavision, and

Farazi Ahmed Sayed Bulbul,

Staff Reporter, Ittefaq Jashore

discussed the issues.

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Strategic plan launched to ensure greater

gender equality in Bangladesh police force

DHAKA : Bangladesh Policewomen

Network (BPWN) Strategic Plan (2021-

2023) was launched on Tuesday which

seeks to ensure gender equality in the

country's police force and empowerment

of female police officials.

The event was jointly organized by UN

Women Bangladesh and BPWN

Bangladesh Police Headquarters in the

city. The Strategic Plan aims to ensure

higher gender equality within the police

force through meaningful participation,

representation, contribution, progression,

and empowerment of female

police officials, as well as safety and

security of women and girls.

It will also act as an important steppingstone

for Bangladesh Police to fulfil

its commitments within the Bangladesh

National Action Plan for Women, Peace

and Security (UNSC resolution 1325),

over a 3-year period.

Speaking at the function, Mia Seppo,

UN Resident Coordinator in

Bangladesh said male-dominated teams

with few women leaders do not cut it.

"Gender parity across ranks is critical

to ensure that the specific needs of

A court on Tuesday placed nine leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami,

including its secretary general Mia Golam Porwar, on four-day remand

each in a case lodged under the anti-terrorism act. Photo : TBT

BNP is flag-bearer of

politics of vengeance,

says Quader

DHAKA : Awami League General

Secretary Obaidul Quader on

Tuesday described BNP as the flagbearer

of politics of intolerance and

vengeance and said that the people

don't believe BNP would establish

democracy as the party itself does

politics in undemocratic ways.

"BNP is the bearer of malevolent

and intolerant politics. The people

don't believe any more that BNP

will establish democracy in the

country by running the party on undemocratic

paths," he said while

speaking at a press conference at

BRTA head office here.

Quader, also Road Transport and

Bridges Minister, said AL always

talks about BNP's practicing of illpolitics

and now pro-BNP intellectuals

have started talking about the

party's irregularities.

Though BNP always utters hollow

words of democracy, a pro-BNP intellectual

revealed BNP's undemocratic

practices inside the party as

well as election process of the party's

leadership, he said.

He said BNP is suffering from

jealousy as their evil-acts are being


Mentioning that BNP leaders are

constantly spreading hatred against

the government, the minister said

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's

government is tolerating these with

its liberalism.

About BNP's allegation that the

country's politics has been going

through a crisis for the last one era,

Quader said actually BNP's politics

is going through a deep crisis

throughout the last era.

He said the people have no trust

in BNP because of the party's evilpolitics.

"BNP is suffering from

frustration as the people have no

trust and confidence in it. Their politics

of falsehood is liable for that,"

he said.

Earlier, the minister joined a

view-exchange with officials of

Bangladesh Road Transport

Authority (BRTA).

BRTA Chairman Nur

Mohammad Mazumder was present,

among others.

Though international flights with

different countries remained suspended

during the Covid-19 crisis,

now the resumption of flight operations

with different countries helps

reopen manpower exports, he said.

Under the circumstances, it has

become essential to provide license

to applicants who intend to go

abroad, he added.

The minister said delay or sluggishness

in providing license can

damage the country's all achievements,

so anymore delay cannot be

accepted by any means. Quader also

gave directives for preparing license

in Bengali.

women and girls are reflected in decisions

at all levels. BPWN leads the way

in the Bangladesh Police toward gender

equality, reaching Zero Tolerance on

Sexual Harassment, and raising awareness

of gender-based violence," she said.

Seppo further stressed on the importance

of senior level engagement in realizing

the Bangladesh National Action

Plan on Women Peace and Security.

Inspector General of Police Dr.

Benazir Ahmed said they are committed

to creating an enabling and conducive

working environment for all women

police officials that is free from all forms

of harassment.

In this regard, alongside the male

police officials playing their part, the

women police officials too, need to voice

their rights as well, he said.

"This practice of gender responsive

policing needs to start from our homes."

Calling the Strategic Plan, a comprehensive

and forward-looking guideline,

the IGP also said that this will ensure a

broader representation of women police

officials within the country and help

strengthen the vision of gender responsive


The BPWN provides a platform to

15,000 female police officers for professional

growth in terms of improved

services, trainings, modern healthcare

and inclusion of new techniques.

BPWN strategy was initiated in 2018

with the support from UN Women, to

strengthen the platform.

Five strategic aims that BPWN will

proactively implement within the next

three years, were presented by Amena

Begam, DIG (Protection and Protocol)

SB, Bangladesh Police and President of


They are: maximize women contribution

in Bangladesh police, increase representation

of women in Bangladesh

Police across all ranks and departments,

support the development and progression

of women throughout Police, promote

appropriate working environment

across police, maximize the contribution

of the BPWN in supporting Bangladesh

Police to provide a gender responsive

policing service thereby improving safety

and security of women and girls

within community.

DSCC conducts

drive against

Aedes mosquito as

dengue cases rise

DHAKA : In a bid to contain the dengue

outbreak Dhaka South City Corporation

on Tuesday filed six cases and collected a

fine of Tk 1.05 lakh from owners of

buildings where Aedes mosquito larvae

was found, reports UNB.

As many as four mobile courts conducted

the drive in Kalabagan, Demra,

and Dhakeshwari area of South Dhaka.

During the drive the mobile courts

inspected153 buildings and found Aedes

larvae in six of them.

Executive Magistrate Tanjira Kabir

Tropa, who led the drive at Kalabagan

said, "Today we conducted a raid in the

Crescent Road area of Kalabagan.

During the raid, stagnant water was seen

in several places on the ground floor of a

house behind the Green Life Hospital."

"We have fined its owner Tk 70,000,"

she said.

Also on Tuesday a record 343 patients

were hospitalised with the mosquitoborne

disease , said the Directorate

General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the new patients, 286 were

admitted to government and private

hospitals in Dhaka while the remaining

57 cases were reported from outside the

division, according to DGHS.

Some 1,281 patients diagnosed with

dengue fever are receiving treatment in

the country as of Tuesday morning,

according to DGHS.

Of them, 1,133 patients are receiving

treatment at different hospitals in the

capital while the remaining 148 were

listed outside Dhaka.

This year's total death toll from

dengue remained static at 52.

Dragon fruit is being cultivated at remote area of Kalapara in Patuakhali. Dragon fruit has become popular

day by day due to its nutritious and good quality.

Photo: PBA

Dhaka, Delhi for quick completion

of 'Bangabandhu' movie

DHAKA : Bangladesh and India have

agreed to fast track the completion of

"Bangabandhu", a biopic on Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman, as it is expected to be

released globally in March 2022, reports


Indian Information and Broadcasting

Minister Anurag Singh Thakur held a

meeting with a delegation of Bangladesh

led by Information and Broadcasting

Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud in New Delhi

on Tuesday and discussed the issue.

They discussed matters of mutual interests

to further the strong ties between the

two countries in areas of broadcasting and

entertainment, strengthen people-to-people

contact and explore the potential of

soft-power interface between the two


Anurag Thakur expressed satisfaction

over the production of the movie on the

life and times of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

and mentioned "major part of the production

has been completed.

"I expect the productionto be over by

March, 2022, if the Covid situation permits,

so that the movie could be released

internationally in March, 2022," he was

quoted by the Press Information Bureau

of India as saying.

Hasan Mahmud thanked Anurag Singh

Thakur for hosting him and his team to

discuss the matters of mutual interest and


He appreciated the pro-active steps

taken by the Indian government and

made special mention of the visit of Shri

Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime

Minister to Bangladesh in March, 2021.

It was also agreed to pro-actively pursue

production of the documentary film on

"Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971".

There were discussions also on

strengthening the ties between the two

countries in the areas of digital entertainment

and screening of films of each other's

country through mutual exchange.

JS body for filling 1585 vacant

posts in CHT primary schools

DHAKA : The Parliamentary Standing

Committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts

(CHT) Affairs Ministry on Tuesday recommended

recruiting teachers in 1,585

vacant posts in the primary schools in

Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) areas,

reports UNB.

It also suggested nationalising 142 primary

schools under special consideration

in the CHT areas under a project that was

taken to establish 1000 primary schools in

the villages where there is no school.

The parliamentary standing committee

came up with the recommendations at its

9th meeting held in the Jatiya Sangsad

(JS) Bhaban with its chairman Alhaj Md

Dabirul Islam in the chair.

The parliamentary watchdog also asked

the government to shift the responsibility

of recruiting Doptori (employee) of primary

schools to District Councils from the

District Administrators (Deputy

Commissioners) as per the rules and policy

formulated in line with the CHT Peace

Accord. In the meeting, it was said that a

total of 1048 head teachers and 6789

assistant teachers are teaching in the primary

schools in three CHT districts.

Committee members CHT Affairs

Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing

(Bandarban), Dipankar Talukdar

(Rangamati), A.B.M. Fazle Karim

Chowdhury (Chattogram-6), Kujendra

Lal Tripura, Mir Mushtaque Ahmed Robi

(Satkhira-2) and Basanti Chakma

(Women Seat-9) attended the meeting.

The CHT Affairs Secretary and other

officials from the ministry and the parliament

secretariat were present at the meeting,

said a Jatiya Sangsad handout.

Part of the small bridge has collapsed for about two years back. So a bamboo bridge has been

made next to it for movement. Its condition is also dilapidated. Van-rickshaws, people move in

any way. The picture is taken of Phulbari Bridge in Kaliganj, Jhenaidah.

Photo : TBT


Record 343 patients


DHAKA : Although no death from dengue

was reported in 24 hours till Tuesday

morning, a record 343 patients were hospitalised

with the mosquito-borne disease,

said the Directorate General of Health

Services (DGHS), reports UNB.

Among the new patients, 286 were

admitted to government and private hospitals

in Dhaka while the remaining 57

cases were reported from outside the division,

according to DGHS. Some 1,281

patients diagnosed with dengue fever are

receiving treatment in the country as of

Tuesday morning, according to DGHS.

Of them, 1,133 patients are receiving

treatment at different hospitals in the capital

while the remaining 148 were listed

outside Dhaka. This year's total death toll

from dengue remained static at 52.

Among the deceased, 48 were in Dhaka city

alone, two in Chattogram division, one in

Khulna and one in Rajshahi. Some 12,434

patients have been admitted to different hospitals

with dengue since January. So far,

11,101 dengue patients have been released

from hospitals after recovery, said the DGHS.

The number of Dengue patients hospitalized

in a single day crossed 300 marks

on September 2 with 330 patients. Health

authorities have been recording over 200

dengue cases per day since August 1.

Tk 850-cr missing

ACC questions

mid-level officers at

Ctg Custom House

DHAKA : Anti-Corruption Commission

(ACC) on Tuesday interrogated a revenue

officer and seven assistant revenue officers

of Chittagong Custom House as part

of investigation into allegations of embezzlement

of government funds by evading

revenue of Tk 850 crore, reports UNB.

Deputy Director of ACC public relations

office Muhammad Arif Sadeq told

UNB over the phone that assistant revenue

officers Saifun Nahar Johnny,

Mirza Saeed Hasan Farman, Mahmudul

Hasan Munshi, Mahbubar Rahman,

Omar Farooq, Saiful Islam, Mahmuda

Akter Lipi, and Revenue Officer Saiful

Islam were all questioned today.

According to ACC, the officials embezzled

the amount using the IDs of two

recently transferred officials, and with

the support of seven Clearing and

Forwarding agents. They abused their

power for various irregularities and corruption,

the Commission also said.

Ziauddin Bablu hospitalised

with Covid infections

DHAKA : Jatiya Party Secretary General

Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu has been admitted

to a city hospital with Covid-19 infections,

reports UNB.

He was admitted to Labaid Specialised

Hospital in the capital's Dhanmondi area

on Monday evening, Jatiya Party chairman's

deputy press secretary Khandaker

Deloar Jalali told UNB on Tuesday.

He said Bablu underwent Covid test

the same day and the result came out


Jalali, however, said the physical condition

of the Jatiya Party leader is good

as there is no major complication.

He said their party chairman, GM

Quader, urged all to pray for the speedy

recovery of Bablu.

Party sources said Bablu recently took

part in electioneering in favour of the

Jatiya Party candidate in Sylhet-3 byelection

held on September 4.

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