13-09-2021

tbtbangla

Monday

Dhaka: September 13, 2021; Bhadra 29, 1428 BS; Safar 5,1443 hijri

www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www.bangladeshtoday.net

Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.19; N o. 138; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00

international

Pope Francis meets

Viktor Orban in

worldview clash

>Page 7

Medical equipment

lying packed at 16

hospitals; HC

orders probe

DHAKA : The High Court on Sunday

ordered the health ministry to investigate

the allegation over keeping 28

medical diagnostic equipment unused

for long at 16 government hospitals,

reports UNB.

The High Court bench of Justice M

Enayetur Rahim and Justice

Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman passed

the order after hearing a petition filed in

the form of Public Interest Litigation.

The Health Services Division

Secretary has been asked to execute the

order and submit a report on it to the

court. The court also issued a rule seeking

explanations as to why the negligence

of the defendants for keeping

those equipment unused for long should

not be declared illegal.

Twenty-one officials concerned,

including the health secretary, the director

general of DGHS, and the directors

of 16 hospitals, have been asked to

respond to the rule within four weeks.

On August 24, a report was published

in a national daily saying 28 medical

equipment remained unpacked at 16

government hospitals.

Later, Manoj Kumar Bhowmik filed

the writ petition with the High Court on

August 26.

In the report, 28 diagnostic devices

including X-ray, ultrasonogram (USG)

and ECG machines and ventilators are

left packed in 16 government hospitals

of the country. And some of those have

already gone out of order while some

more are about to get damaged.

4 killed, 30

injured in Magura

road accident

MAGURA : At least four people were

killed and 30 others injured on Sunday

afternoon in a road accident on Magura-

Jashore highway, police said, reports

UNB.

The accident occurred as an overloaded

passenger bus fell into a roadside

ditch at Ramakantpur area on the highway

in Shalikha upazila of Magura.

The deceased were identified as the

bus helper Mamun Mia (20) of

Langalbad village in Sreepur upazila:

Sahiran Nesha (50) wife of Bari Miah of

Dighalgram in Shalikha upazila and

Nazma Khatun (32) wife of Harun Miah

of Shatkhali village.

The fourth dead, a 25-year-old

remained unidentified yet but he could

be the driver of the bus, said police

sources.

Officer-in-charge of Shalikha Police

Station Hossain Al Mahmud said the bus

carrying extra passengers fell into a ditch

at Ramakantpur at around 3 pm as the

driver lost control.

Fire service members recovered four

bodies from the spot. Locals rescued the

injured and took them to Magura and

Shalikha hospitals, he said. Police seized

the bus and the bodies were sent to the

morgue for autopsy.

Zohr

04:29 AM

12:00 PM

04:21 PM

06:10 PM

07:30 PM

5:43 6:06

DHAKA : Action will be taken against

those who will defy health protocols in

their educational institutions, said

Education Minister Dipu Moni,

reports UNB.

"If any violation of Covid norms is seen

at educational institutions, action will be

taken against those responsible for that,

no matter whether he/she is a teacher or

an official from the Directorate of

Secondary and Higher Education

(DSHE)," she said. The education minister

came up with the warning while talking

to reporters after visiting Azimpur

Government Girls' School and College in

the city on Sunday.

"The Covid infection rate has dropped

to 7 percent, and when we had a meeting

on August 26, we witnessed a downtrend.

After considering it, we took the

decision to reopen the educational institutions.

The students have been suffering

a lot socially and mentally due to the

prolonged closure of the educational

institutions," she said.

If there is any possibility of a surge in

Covid cases, then there is an option to shut

SPortS

No Ronaldo, no wins

for Juventus after

losing at Napoli 2-1

>Page 9

No room to defy Covid

norms at schools,

colleges:Dipu Moni

schools, colleges again, she added.

Everyone should keep it in mind that

Dengue cases are on the rise alongside

Covid-19 and the experts asked to wear

full-pants and full-sleeves uniform for

avoiding any mosquito bite, she said.

The school and college authorities

should take steps to maintain cleanliness

at their institutions to prevent dengue,"

said Dipu. She also urged the guardians to

leave the school premises after dropping

their kids, otherwise, there would be a

problem. If any guardian needs to stay at

the school premises, then she/he should

also maintain health protocols.

Replying to a question about the

reopening of universities, the Education

Minister said, "The syndicates and academic

councils of the universities will take

the decision though we have a preparation

to reopen those in the middle of October.

We'll sit next week."

Talking about tuition fees, the minister

said, "The authorities concerned can take

their monthly tuition fees as those were

fixed before, and the educational institutions

can't be inhuman over it."

Appointing 409 anaesthesiologists a

revolutionary step: Health minister

AsRAful IslAm AsRAf

Health and Family Welfare Minister

Zahid Maleksaid, "in light of the Covid-

19 pandemic it is a revolutionary step as

409 anesthesia doctors has been

appointed in sixth grade. There is a great

need for anesthesia doctors in hospitals

in remote areas of the country. There

were only 30 doctors serving in this post

as opposed to the previously approved

608 posts. In 2020, 169 doctors have

been promoted. There were no suitable

candidates at that time, it was not possible

to promote the remaining from the

ranks for 409 posts. As a result, the

Bangladesh Public Service Commission

was requested to fill 409 vacant posts on

July 7, 2021, a notification has been

issued on September 5, 2021." The

health sector will be grateful to Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina for appointing

such a large number of doctors in such a

short period of time, despite some irregularities,

the minister remarked.

The health minister was present as the

chief guest at the "Joining and

Orientation Program of Newly

Appointed Physicians for the post of

Junior Consultant (Anesthesiology)" at

Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the

capital this afternoon.

The health minister called upon the

newly appointed doctors to work in

remote areas of the country beyond surpassing

all concerns. Promising to take

care of all the facilities of the newly

recruited, the health minister requested

the doctors to work in the service of the

common people of the country.

The health minister highlighted the

contribution of the present government,

especially Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina, in tackling the pandemic.

Hundreds of people are continuing their movement on this risky

culvert in Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district. photo : star mail

art & culture

Pori Moni resumes

work on her incomplete,

upcoming characters

sHAfIqul IslAm (sHAfIq)

>Page 10

secondary school Certificate (ssC), Higher secondary Certificate (HsC) and primary education

Completion (peC) examinees attend classes yesterday as the schools and colleges reopened

maintaining guidelines and health protocols.

photo : TBT

Covid-19

Bangladesh logs

51 more deaths

TBT RepoRT

DHAKA : Bangladesh logged 51 more

Covid-19 deaths and 1,871 cases in 24

hours till Sunday morning, according to

the Directorate General of Health

Services (DGHS).

The country reported 38 Covid-related

deaths and 2,325 cases on Friday,

indicating a significant drop in daily

cases but a slight increase in fatalities,

DGHS said. The daily case positivity

rate increased a bit to 7.46% from 7.03 %

on Saturday suggesting that the pandemic

is easing in Bangladesh.

The fresh numbers pushed the country's

total fatalities to 26,931 while the

cases reached 15,30,413, the DGHS said.

The new cases were detected after

testing 25,074 samples during the 24-

hour period.

Besides, the recovery rate rose to

96.63 per cent while the case fatality

remained unchanged at 1.76 per cent

compared to the corresponding period.

Court accepts charges

against cartoonist

Kishore, 6 others

DHAKA : A tribunal on Sunday accepted

the charges against seven people, including

cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore in a

case filed under the Digital Security Act

(DSA) Act on charges of spreading

rumours and carrying out anti-government

activities, reports UNB.

Judge of the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal

Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein accepted the

chargesheet in the case.

Writer Mushtaq Ahmed's name was

dropped from the charge sheet as he

died on February 25. The three others

accused who were exonerated from the

charges are-US-based journalist Shahed

Alam, Germany-based blogger Asif

Mohiuddin, and Philip Schuhmacher.

The tribunal also fixed September 30

for framing charges against them.

Besides, the tribunal also issued arrest

warrant against Shamiul Islam Khan alias

Zulkarnain Saer Khan, Netra News Editor

Tasneem Khalil, Ashik Imran and Swapan

Wahid. On June 13, police submitted a

supplementary charge sheet against seven

people, including cartoonist Kishore.

Afsar Ahmed, Counter Terrorism and

Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) subinspector

and also the investigative officer

of the case, submitted the charge

sheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan

Magistrate's court.

The chargesheeted accused are---

Shamiul Islam Khan alias Zulkarnain Saer

Khan, cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore,

Dildar Bhuiya, former managing director

of BLE securities Minhaj Mannan Emon,

Netra News Editor Tasneem Khalil, Ashik

Imran and Swapan Wahid.

Joy of the students at

school after long closure

The students finally returned to the school

classroom after a year and a half. On

Sunday (September 12) morning, children

were seen walking to the educational institutions

on the way to the neighborhoods

across the country. Someone came with a

guardian. Someone has teamed up with

classmates.

Someone was alone. They were wearing

school dresses and backpacks. After 544

days, real joyful atmosphere came back to

the school classroom. The teachers and

students were overwhelmed.

The students in particular were overjoyed

to find classmates after a long

time. On that day,

teachers in many

educational institutions

have welcomed

the students

with flowers,

books and

chocolates. All the

students had to

enter the class following

the

hygiene rules.

According to

the decision of

the government,

even if the

DHAKA : Criticizing Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina for her remarks on the

demolition of around 300 houses under

the Ashrayan-2 Project, the BNP standing

committee alleged that now "corruption is

backed by the state", reports UNB.

The Prime Minister's remark on having

the list of those who damaged the houses

of gift is tantamount to backing the corruption

of Awami League-backed contractors

and partisan bureaucrats in the construction

of houses under the Ashrayan-2

Project, BNP said.

At their weekly virtual meeting on

Saturday, the BNP policymakers also said

the Awami League government is giving

corruption an "institutional shape" in all

spheres of the state.

"The meeting sharply criticised the

Prime Minister's remarks (on the

Ashrayan hoses)," said a press release on

Sunday. On Thursday, the Prime Minister

alleged that some people damaged the

houses, given by her government to the

homeless as a gift for Mujib Borsho, with

hammers and shovels and the media published

photos of those broken houses.

Hasina said she has got the full details of

the culprits, including their names and

others, after an investigation.

school-college is opened, not all the

students will go together. Only SSC

and HSC candidates of 2021 and 2022

and fifth class students will go to the

educational institution every day (six

days a week).

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education

Dr. Dipu Moni said, schools and colleges

have been opened all over the country on

Sunday considering the right time. But I

had many messages not to open schoolcollege.

She said this while visiting Azimpur government

Girls School and College on

Sunday (Sept 12). She said the educational

institutions have been reopened as the

rate of corona infection is declining.

Now state 'backs corruption': BNP

The BNP standing committee members

also strongly protested and denounced the

gunning down of a Bangladeshi citizen,

Shahibar Rahman, by Indian Border

Security Force along the Dantbhanga border

in Kurigram's Roumari upazila on

September 4.

They alleged that it has never been possible

to take effective action against all

these killings due to the government's

"knee-jerk" foreign policy.

In no country in the civilized world, people

are shot dead in this way along the border.

It's against international law, they

observed.

The BNP standing committee meeting

urged the government to take effective

measures to force the Indian authorities to

refrain from such heinous killings.

It also condemned the statement of State

Minister for Information and Broadcasting

Dr Md Murad Hasan on removing the

museum named after Ziaur Rahman at the

old circuit house in Chattogram. "People

will never accept such a decision."

The meeting protested the recent

arrest of opposition leaders and activists

and demanded their immediate release

after withdrawing all false cases filed

against them.


monDAY, September 13, 2021

2

Emirates restarts

services to KSA,

St. Petersburg

DHAKA : Emirates restarted

services to the Kingdom of

Saudi Arabia from Saturday

and it is set to resume

operations St Petersburg

from October 8, 2021, reports

UNB.

Flights between Dubai and

St Petersburg will be operated

four times a week, and the

airline will increase its

services to daily flights from

October 21.

Emirates now operates 24

weekly flights to Saudi

Arabia, including daily flights

to the capital Riyadh, daily

A380 flights to Jeddah, daily

flights to Dammam and three

weekly flights to Medina.

Flights to Riyadh will increase

to double daily from

September 16, and plans are

underway to boost

frequencies across the other

gateways by the end of

September.

Emirates has been

gradually rebuilding its global

network, and has resumed

passenger services to over 120

passenger destinations,

allowing travellers to

conveniently and safely

connect to the Americas,

Europe, Africa, Middle East,

and Asia Pacific via Dubai.

Serbian companies keen to

hire Bangladeshi workers

DHAKA : Bangladesh Ambassador to Serbia Md Shameem

Ahsan discussed the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers with

Serbian Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs

Minister Dr Darija Kisic Tepavcevic during a recent meeting at

her office in Belgrade, reports UNB.

The minister told the ambassador that the Serbian companies

are highly interested in hiring skilled and semi-skilled workers

from Bangladesh through legal channels.

Acknowledging the historic bonds between Dhaka and

Belgrade and the huge potential to strengthen bilateral ties -

especially in labour and employment - the ambassador and the

minister discussed the possible signing of a memorandum of

understanding (MoU). According to the National Employment

Agency of Serbia, 30 work permits were recently issued to

Bangladeshi workers.

Fourteen Bangladeshis joined Serbian energy company

Bedem recently, and the ambassador also visited their office

and interacted with the top managers and the employees.

Bangladeshi workers expressed their satisfaction with the

working condition and the packages offered to them.

GD-1316/21 (12x4)


MoNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

3

Summit declaration and press meet over Bangladesh International Investment Summit-2021 was

held at BIDA multi-purpose hall of the capital city yesterday.

Photo : TBT

Extensive plans taken for development

of fisheries in haor areas : Rezaul

KISHOREGANJ : Fisheries and

Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim

yesterday said, a comprehensive plan

has been taken for the development

of fisheries in the haor area.

"The present government will do

whatever is necessary to develop and

enrich the Haor regions. Several

plans have been taken to improve the

haor area by keeping the natural

environment normal. In particular,

the government is working on how to

increase the fishery resources in the

haor area, how to turn the fishery

resources into a national economic

resource, how the fish from the haor

area can be transported to different

parts of the country and how to create

fish products easily," he said.

The minister was speaking at the

DMP arrests 45 for

consuming, selling

drugs in city

DHAKA : In a regular antidrug

campaign by the

Detective Branch (DB)

under the Dhaka

Metropolitan Police (DMP)

has arrested 45 persons for

consuming and selling drugs

in the capital city.

According to a DMP

statement issued on Sunday,

the police raided different

areas under various police

stations and detained 62

drug abusers and recovered

drugs from their possession

from 6 am on September 11,

2021 to 6 am on Sunday.

During the anti-drug

campaign, police seized 232

grams and 135 puria (small

packet) of heroin, 64.570

kilograms of cannabis and

32,092 pieces of yaba tablets

from them, the statement

added. Police filed 33 cases

against the arrestees in this

connection with respective

police stations under the

Narcotics Control Act.

Dengue: 319

more hospitalized

in 24 hrs, no

fresh death

DHAKA : Although no death

from dengue was reported in

24 hours till Sunday

morning, 319 more people

were hospitalised with the

mosquito-borne disease,

said the Directorate General

of Health Services (DGHS),

reports UNB.

Among the new patients,

244 were admitted to

different hospitals in Dhaka

while the remaining 75 cases

were reported from outside

the division, according to

DGHS.

Some 1,260 patients

diagnosed with dengue fever

are receiving treatment in

the country as of Sunday

morning. Of them, 1,079

patients are receiving

treatment at different

hospitals in the capital while

the remaining 181 were

listed outside Dhaka.

This year's total death toll

from dengue stood

unchanged at 54 for the last

three days.

Among the deceased, 50

died in Dhaka city alone, two

in Chattogram division, one

in Khulna and one in

Rajshahi.

native fish-fry release-ceremony at

Mithamoin Haor in Kishoreganj

district as the chief guest, a release

said.

The event was organized by the

Bangladesh Fisheries Research

Institute under the Ministry of

Fisheries and Livestock, it added.

The haor fish research center of

Bangladesh Fisheries Research

Institute will be set up in Kishoreganj

soon, the minister said.

Responding to a question from

reporters, the minister said fisheries

are severely damaged due to plastics

or other wastes.

Fish eggs are wasted and

reproduction is hampered, he added.

Public awareness should be raised

so that no one dumps plastic or other

wastes in the haor, he said.

He urged all including public

representatives and concerned

administration as well as the media to

be vocal to this end.

"If the natural environment is

destroyed, we will face its

consequences. Therefore, all

measures will be taken to protect the

environment of the haor," he

continued.

Kishoreganj Deputy Commissioner

Mohammad Shamim Alam presided

over the ceremony while

Kishoreganj-4 MP Rezwan Ahamed

Taufiq, Fisheries and Livestock

Secretary Raunak Mahmud and

Mithamoin Upazila Parishad

Chairman Asiya Alam were present

as special guests.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP exchanged views

with project directors of various projects under LGED's Rajshahi division

at LGED headquarters on Sunday.

Photo : Courtesy

BIDA to hold int'l investment

summit in November

DHAKA : Bangladesh Investment

Development Authority (BIDA) with support

from International Finance Corporation

(IFC) is going to host the 'Bangladesh

International Investment Summit (BIIS)

2021' on November 28-29.

The information was revealed on Sunday

at a press conference at BIDA Multipurpose

Hall in the city.

Prime Minister's Private Industry and

Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman

was present as the chief guest at the press

conference and inaugurated the logo and

website for the summit. BIDA Executive

Chairman Md Sirazul Islam presided over

the function.

In his speech, Salman F Rahman said the

first objective of the summit will be to

highlight the business potentials of

Bangladesh.

Through attending road shows and

different business events in different

countries, he said, he realized that the

promotional activities is lower than the

advancement the Bangladesh economy has

achieved so far.

He said that the second objective of this

summit will be to increase the flow of

foreign, domestic and expatriate investment

in the country. Bangladesh has not been able

to take advantage of the favorable business

environment that has been created in

Bangladesh in the last few years, he added.

Md Sirazul Islam said that Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the

event virtually.

The BIIS 2021 will promote opportunities

in high-growth thrust sectors by hosting

both in-person and virtual participants, he

added. He mentioned that the event will be

held at the Radisson Blu Water Garden

Hotel in the city. Secretary to the Prime

Minister's Office, Md Tofazzal Hossain Miah,

Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority

(BEZA) Executive Chairman Sheikh Yusuf

Harun, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones

Authority (BEPZA) Executive Chairman

Major General Md Nazrul Islam, Public

Private Partnership Authority ( PPPA) CEO

Sultana Afroz and Federation of Bangladesh

Chambers of Commerce and Industries

(FBCCI) President Md Jasim Uddin were

also present at the programme.

Dr. Md. Sabur Khan honored as

a Board Member of Eurasian

Universities Union (EURAS)

Founder & Chairman of Daffodil

International University (DIU) Bangladesh,

Dr. Md. Sabur Khan has been honored as a

Board Member of Eurasian Universities

Union (EURAS); announced in the recent

Annual General Assembly held in Istanbul,

Turkey. Being the Board Member of EURAS,

Dr. Khan will contribute to advancement of

the mission of EURAS by setting futuristic

goals, promotion, networking, and effective

collaboration for the partnership

development and significant growth of

Bangladesh's higher education globally, a

press release said.

Daffodil International University is an

active member of EURAS since 2017 which

is one of the fastest growing higher education

associations that connects universities and

higher education institutions of different

cultural backgrounds with the aim of

internationalization to enhance exchanges

and best practices. Currently, EURAS has

around 150 active member universities from

all across the West and Central Europe,

Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East as well as

the whole of Asia and working for the global

advancement of educational standards in the

Eurasian region.

Jamaat secy

general, 4 others

on fresh remand

DHAKA : A court yesterday

placed five leaders of

Jamaat-e-Islami, including

its secretary general Mia

Golam Porwar, on two-day

remand each afresh in a case

lodged under the Anti-

Terrorism Act.

The other remanded

accused are- Jamaat

assistant secretary generals

Rafiqul Islam Khan, central

executive council members

Ijjat Ullah and Mobarak

Hossain and former

president of Islami Chhatra

Shibir Yeasin Arafat.

Dhaka Metropolitan

Magistrate Masudur

Rahman passed the order as

police produced the five

before the court and pleaded

to place them on 10-day

remand each again in the

case lodged with the capital's

Bhatara Police Station.

Dhaka Metropolitan

Magistrate Begum

Mahmuda Akter on

September 7 had placed nine

leaders and activists of

Jamaat-e-Islami, including

Mia Golam Porwar, on fourday

remand each in the

same case.

Police on September 6

arrested them from a flat in

Block-D of Bashundhara

residential area.

Deputy Commissioner of

Dhaka Metropolitan Police's

(DMPs) Gulshan zone Md

Asaduzzaman later said the

accused had gathered in the

flat to plan subversive

activities.

'Ami-e Bangabandhu'

documentary screened

at BNCC Training

Academy

DHAKA : A documentary on

Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman titled

'Ami-e Bangabandhu (I

myself is Bangabandhu)'

was screened on Sunday at

the Bangladesh National

Cadet Corps (BNCC)

Training Academy at Baipail

in Savar outskirt of the

capital. BNCC cadets under

the supervision of BNCC-3

Battalion of the Headquarters

Ramna Regiment made the

documentary

on

Bangabandhu's political life

with the theme 'Know

Bangabandhu

as

Bangabandhu was', said an

ISPR press release.

Secretary of the Liberation

War Affairs Ministry Khaja

Miah was present at the

documentary screening

event and addressed a

discussion as the chief guest,

it said.

BNCC Director General

Brigadier General Nahidul

Islam khan, Ramna

Regiment Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Rahat

Newaz and senior military

and civil officers were also

present at the function.

8 injured as

Bangladesh Bank's

wall collapses in

Chattogram

CHATTOGRAM : Eight

people including

pedestrians and hawkers

were on Sunday injured

when the boundary wall of

Bangladesh Bank in

Chattogram collapsed after

being hit by a covered van,

police said.

The identity of the injured

couldn't be known

immediately, reports UNB.

Kotwali Police Station

Officer-in-Charge Nezam

Uddin said a covered van

lost its control and crashed

into the boundary wall of

Bangladesh Bank at around

12:15 pm on leaving at least

eight people injured. The

injured were taken to

Chattogram Medical College

and Hospital.

The driver of the van was

arrested and the vehicle was

seized, the OC added.

Manikganj keen to host cricket

stadium named after PM

DHAKA : Paturia in Manikganj, on the

banks of the mighty Padma, might just be

the location for Bangladesh's next

international cricket stadium, one hears.

This is not something that can brook any

opposition of course. Who would object to a

cricket ground after all? To be sure, we don't

have enough.

State Minister for Youth and Sports

Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russell visited the

proposed site for the stadium on Saturday

(September 11) afternoon.

"A work order for the feasibility study

would be issued within a week," he added.

The cricket stadium is going to be built in

Manikganj as promised by Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina, the minister added.

"A plot of land behind the Padma

Riverview Resort on the right side of the

Manikganj-Paturia ferry terminal has been

selected for the construction of the stadium.

The stadium would be named after the prime

minister," he continued.

Expressing hope that the work would start

in the current financial year, the Minister of

State for Youth and Sports said, "Various

types of surveys are carried out by the

technical team to determine whether the soil

here is suitable or not. It usually takes three

to six months to complete such a process. We

will try to start construction of the stadium

this financial year."

He also informed that the government has

already allocated around Tk 4 crore for

laying the ground works including the

feasibility study.

"After conducting a feasibility study, we

have made initial plans to build a modern

and self-contained stadium on 25 acres of

land, if considered suitable," he added.

The state minister also said that the

stadium will have all the facilities of

international standard including state-ofthe-art

dormitories.

After the inspection, the state minister

participated in an exchange of views on the

proposed stadium with local administration,

people's representatives, dignitaries and

sports personalities at the Padma Riverview

Resort premises.

A press conference was held at National Press Cub yesterday housemaid

protection.

Photo : TBT

STCL receives BAB certificates

DHAKA : Summit Power Limited (SPL)

initiated the Summit Testing and

Calibration Laboratory (STCL) which has

received the accreditation certificates from

Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB)

under the ministry of industries, reports

UNB.

This is a milestone, as SPL is the first IPP

to receive the national level accreditation of

its labs, located in Narayanganj, said a press

release.

The labs were developed to test and

calibrate power plant's instruments as per

international standards and awarded

accreditation certificate in the latest

standard of ISO/IEC, 17025:2017.

MoU between DU and

BSMRAAU signed

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

between Dhaka University (DU) and

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Aviation and Aerospace University

(BSMRAAU) was signed on Sunday at the

VC's lounge of DU. Treasurer of DU Prof.

Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed and Registrar of

BSMRAAU Air Commodore AKM Enayetul

Kabir signed the MoU on behalf of their

respective university.

Vice-Chancellor of DU Prof. Dr. Md.

Akhtaruzzaman and Vice-Chancellor of

BSMRAAU Air Vice Marshal Muhammed

Nazrul Islam were present on this occasion,

With accreditation from BAB, Summit

Testing and Calibration Laboratory (STCL)

is recognized by the national governing body

that this laboratory maintains appropriate

standards with integrity.

Presently, STCL is the only accredited

laboratory in Bangladesh with capacity in

the electrical testing i.e. earth, soil and

insulation resistance tests, low resistance

test as well as oil di-electric strength

measurement test.

The lab can also calibrate gauge and

sensors of both temperature and pressure,

IR and glass thermometers, AC/DC of

voltage and electric current, said the press

release.

a press release said.

According to the MoU, the two universities

will exchange faculty members, researchers

and students. They will share educational

and research materials, publications and

academic information. Besides, they will

jointly organize conferences, seminars,

symposia and workshops.

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md.

Akhtaruzzaman thanked the BSMRAAU

authorities for signing the MoU and hoped

that the teachers, students and researchers

of these two universities would be highly

benefited by this initiative.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Dhaka University and

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University

was signed on Sunday at the VC's lounge of DU. Treasurer of DU Prof.

Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed and Registrar of BSMRAAU Air Commodore AKM

Enayetul Kabir signed the MoU on behalf of their respective university.

Vice-Chancellor of DU Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman and Vice-Chancellor

of BSMRAAU Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Nazrul Islam were present on

this occasion.

Photo : Courtesy


MOnDAY, SePTeMBeR 13, 2021

4

Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Monday, September 13, 2021

Afghanistan : Live

and let live

One remembers a James Bond movie

titled Live and Let Die. The

implications of the name was obvious

and sinister meaning that the super villain had

a game plan to live for himself only while he

cared nothing about whether others lived or

not. If one scratches the memory he/she will

remember too well that when the Taliban

ruled over Afghanistan in the eighties it was

exactly this version of the live and let die. In

other words they had their too stubborn, too

inflexible life view and world view. They

considered themselves as the chosen people

who represented all correctness and reserved

the rights to crush all so called deviant or

pluralistic minded people like ants.

Moreover this self righteousness was

believed heart and soul by them as their holy

mission to be piously executed rigorously. No

sense of human rights, tolerance, democracy,

etc. bothered them. For all practical purposes,

the same were bullshit. Under the Taliban in

the eighties women were to be treated like

slaves- kept like almost jailed animals in their

homes, flogged like beasts for the slightest

even unproved charges of promiscuity, raped

at will by their men folks as the males' natural

rights.

Women had no fundamental freedoms or

political and civil rights, no rights to pursue

formal education, employment, etc. Thus,

under the Talibans' first stint in power in the

eighties, women were the worst underdogs in

Afghan society.

Come 2021. The Talibans in power in

Afghanistan appear to be a changed or

changing lot. They are giving back limited

opportunities to females for education and

employment. They are at least not seen firing

or beating women in roads for staging

protests. Observers see hope in the situation

that the new Taliban would gradually be a

force they could coexist or live with or that

they have given up their extreme intolerance

and bigotry. Day after day Taiban actions are

also helping to feed this optimistic view of the

Talibans.

In this connection, the views expressed by

the Chinese leadership are quite sobering,

They say that they may find ways of coexisting

with the new Talibans. They said that Pakistan

Iran, Russia and China are talking to the new

Talibans and at least giving then some kind of

quasi legitimacy. We also believe this to be the

prudent path for the international community

to take.

Ostracizing the Talibans or shunning them

like pariahs will only alienate them and

rekindle in their hearts the previous instincts

of hating foreigners. In that case they may

withdraw back to the womb of their previous

hard line Taliban philosophy. And this would

be a tragic development. A great opportunity

would be wasted to draw the Taliban into the

bosom of the internal community or etiquette

or standards consistent with the international

system. This can't be done by keeping them

isolated and angry.

Unfortunately a bias is seen in the West,

specially in the West that Talibans would not

be reliable to work with in the long run. These

quarters are keen to operate their financial

leverage to arm twist the Talibans. The US

Administration and other Western countries

used to be the main supplier of money and

resources to Afghanistan. Cutting off these

supplies suddenly would surely bedevil the

Talibans to run the country smoothly. The

same could be interpreted as unfriendly acts

designed to put the Talibans in trouble. Thus,

instead of cutting off supplies to Afghanistan

abruptly and in a punitive manner, the West

or specially the US can use the same as a

useful leverage to retain influence in

Afghanistan and in a friendly manner nudge

the country gradually towards conforming to

internationally accepted behavior and values.

20 years after 9/11, the American colossus has gone

The 20th anniversary of the

September 11 terrorist attacks on

New York and Washington carries

with it two punctuation marks. The first

are the attacks themselves on the World

Trade Center and the Pentagon. These

shocked a country that was both

psychologically and physically

unprepared for such a brazen assault on

American soil. The second are the chaotic

events of the past several weeks, in which

the US was forced to admit its two-decade

mission in Afghanistan was, to all intents

and purposes, an expensive - more than

US$2 trillion - failure. The merciless truck

bombing on August 26 near Kabul

airport, in which 13 US military personnel

died as well as scores of Afghan civilians,

underscored the futility of an unwinnable

conflict in a country that has resisted

outside influence for thousands of years.

One of the most pressing issues now is

where the US stands in the Middle East,

where its power and influence have

receded as a consequence of its ill-fated

decision to invade Iraq before completing

its mission in Afghanistan.

The two disasters cannot be separated,

since they were driven by a global policy

enacted by the George W Bush

administration under the rubric of the

"war on terror." This was used to justify a

series of decisions that led to American

forces and their allies being mired in post-

9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan,

Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. Together,

they have cost more than 7,000 American

lives, an estimated 900,000 war dead and

expenditure of $8 trillion.

This does not include 30 million to 40

million refugees who have been displaced

in various conflicts across the Middle East

and beyond. There are more to come

judging by the rush in Afghanistan to

escape the Taliban. William Galston of the

Brookings Institution puts the case

colorfully for the degree of self-harm the

US has inflicted on itself as a consequence

of flawed decisions made two decades ago

in the heat of the moment.

"In his long war against America,

Osama bin Laden has won a sweeping if

posthumous victory. The US reaction to

the 9/11 attack he masterminded is like

the cytokine storm that can occur when

Covid-19 attacks us: the defensive

measures our bodies mount go too far and

damage the vital organs our antibodies

were meant to protect."

So to what extent will a battered

America will step back from the region,

and what this might imply for shifting

balances of power in a combustible part of

the world? The short answer is: We don't

know. However, it is clear the era of

American engagement in the volatile

Middle East has run its course.

America invaded Afghanistan in 2001 in

partnership with its NATO allies and

countries such as Australia. The aim was

to eradicate al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Twenty years later, the Taliban are back,

although their control of a tribalized and

inherently unstable country will be

tenuous at best. Various terrorism

franchises like al-Qaeda and Islamic State,

in the guise of its local affiliate ISIS-K, will

inevitably find a home amid the likely

chaos.

TOnY WALkeR

DAISY nGUYen

America's strategic interests in the

region, and its ability to influence events,

will be pared back. These security

imperatives, driven partly by its economic

interests, could be briefly summarized as

follows.

Stability in the Persian Gulf, through

which two-thirds of the world's tradable

oil passes each day.

Maintenance of an uneasy status quo in

the Eastern Mediterranean, where the US

Sixth Fleet is positioned and Russian

naval influence is growing. Guarantor of

Israel's security. A commitment to

prevent Iran gaining a nuclear capability.

Beyond these imperatives, it is hard to

see the US becoming involved on the

ground again in the Middle East unless

there is no other choice from a national

security standpoint.

No American president would savor the

task of making the case for a recommitment

of ground forces that would

again put his citizens' lives in harm's way.

The question then becomes: What are

the implications for the wider Middle East

of a paring back of American engagement

and a further erosion in Washington's

authority? This is the new post-9/11

Middle East in which various players are

asserting themselves. Iran emerged as the

main beneficiary of the Iraq

misadventure. Its Shiite surrogates are

now in power in Baghdad and its

influence regionally has spread.

Russia and China are taking advantage

of America's failures to assert themselves.

Moscow's custodial relationship with

Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria enabled

Russia to extend its sphere of influence

down into the Mediterranean, where it

has been granted naval facilities at the

Syrian port of Tartous.

China has its own commercial and

strategic interests in the region. It is, for

example, a significant importer of Iranian

crude oil. Both Russia and China have

engaged in naval exercises with Iran in the

Gulf region as an affront to the US

presence there. Where this leaves the

Arab Gulf states is unpredictable. While

an American security umbrella remains in

place against more egregious pressures

from Iran, hereditary rulers will be

discomforted by indications of dwindling

US power in the region. In recent years,

Saudi Arabia has begun to balance its

strategic options by drawing closer to

Russia. This might all be described in

years to come as part of a new great game.

In the meantime, the biggest challenge

in the Middle East for the bruised

administration of President Joe Biden is

to persuade Iran, under its new hardline

president, to return to the negotiating

table to revive the nuclear deal of 2015,

which then-US president Donald Trump

abandoned in 2019.

Early indications are that Iran is

reluctant to go back to the terms of the

2015 agreement. Instead, it would favor

one that accommodates progress it has

made in enriching weapons-grade

uranium in its nuclear program since

Trump rescinded America's participation.

Tony Walker is a vicechancellor's

fellow at La Trobe

University in Melbourne.

COVID-19 demands a new global response

As temperatures fall in the West with

another difficult autumn and

winter pandemic season ahead, the

debate is hotting up over global vaccines

distribution with many developing

countries still having low vaccination

rates.

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon

Brown turbocharged the issue, rightly

asserting that scarcity of vaccines in poor

countries was not just a moral failure, but

also could come back to haunt the West

given the prospect of new mutant variants

of the virus emerging. About 70 percent of

people in the West are now vaccinated,

but only 2 percent in Africa, while

hundreds of millions of doses lie in

warehouses in Europe and North

America.

Prof. Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the

Oxford Vaccine Group, which developed

the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, said the

world needed to "turn the tap on" to fight

the "fire" of coronavirus internationally. It

is not only that the West had a moral

obligation to vaccinate other countries

but, as his Pollard's colleague Prof. Dame

Sarah Gilbert also argued, booster third

jabs in the West should be given only to

the elderly and those with weakened

immune systems. This intervention is

important, coming amid rows in many

Western countries over whether there

should be mass booster jabs.

So just as many hoped that vaccine

shortages in the developing world would

Huge wildfire near Lake Tahoe slows as weather improves

The Caldor Fire remained only a few

miles from the city of South Lake Tahoe,

which was emptied of 22,000 residents

days ago, along with casinos and shops across

the state line in Nevada, but no significant fire

activity occurred since Thursday , officials said.

Tim Ernst, an operations section chief, said

fire officials were cautiously optimistic thanks

to "a lot of hard work" by firefighters over the

past two weeks.

The nearly 333-square-mile (862-squarekilometer)

fire was not making any significant

advances and was not challenging

containment lines in long sections of its

perimeter, but Ernst said "the risk is still out

there" with some areas that remained hot.

Residents on western and northern sides of

the fires were allowed back home by Friday

afternoon, but fire officials said they don't have

a specific timeline for repopulating South Lake

Tahoe. Utility companies have to make sure

power is restored, fire crews will have to

remove hazardous trees and other threats to

power lines, and roadways have to be cleared

of debris. Jake Cagle, another operations

section chief, said fire and law enforcement

officials are evaluating the issue in meetings

several times a day to determine when to lift

evacuation orders.It's all based on fire

behavior. For now, things are looking good.

China has its own commercial and strategic interests in the region. It is, for example,

a significant importer of Iranian crude oil. Both Russia and China have engaged in

naval exercises with Iran in the Gulf region as an affront to the US presence there.

Where this leaves the Arab Gulf states is unpredictable. While an American security

umbrella remains in place against more egregious pressures from Iran, hereditary

rulers will be discomforted by indications of dwindling US power in the region.

be eased, plans to offer boosters mean that

a lot more vaccine doses have to be

obtained and stored in the West. This

extends the time needed for the rest of the

world to catch up, meaning many

thousands of people or even tens of

thousands will die.

And the global emergency is not only in

healthcare. Education in a quarter of

countries at risk of collapse due to the

pandemic's impact. The education of

hundreds of millions of children is

hanging by a thread with the UN

estimating that, for the first time in

history, about 1.5 billion children were out

of school during the pandemic, with at

least a third unable to access remote

learning, threatening a "lost generation of

learners" with all the social, political and

economic fallout that could ensue in

coming years.

The UK has given almost as many doses

to its own citizens as the COVID-19

Vaccines Global Access program has been

able to ship to 120 countries in dire need

On that contingent, we're getting close," he

said. The fire had been driven northeast on a

course leading to South Lake Tahoe for days

by southwestern winds, but that pattern

ended this week. Calmer winds and increased

humidity Thursday and Friday helped crews

increase containment of the blaze to 29%.

"Very positive trends with regards to weather,"

said Dean Gould, a U.S. Forest Service

administrator. "That's huge for us. Let's take

full advantage of it while we have this

window." With the fire growing at the smallest

rate in two weeks, he said, "Things are clearly

heading in the right direction for us." Amid the

positive outlook, incident meteorologist Jim

Dudley warned that the air mass in the Sierra

Nevada drains downslope every night and

then sloshes upslope during the day and that

the region's terrain of ridges and deep canyons

AnDReW HAMMOnD

of jabs.

There is not just a moral rationale for

ending the global vaccine chasm, but also

a compelling economic case. In June, the

heads of the International Monetary

Fund, World Bank Group, World Health

Organisation and World Trade

Prof. Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, which developed

the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, said the world needed to "turn the tap on"

to fight the "fire" of coronavirus internationally. It is not only that the West

had a moral obligation to vaccinate other countries but, as his Pollard's colleague

Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert also argued, booster third jabs in the West

should be given only to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Organisation issued an extraordinary call

for $50 billion of investment in vaccines to

generate $9 trillion in global economic

returns by 2025. In so doing, they argued,

the ambition of the WHO to vaccinate

about 30 percent of the population in all

countries by the end of 2021 could be

boosted to 40 per cent, and at least 60

percent by the first half of 2022.

To be sure, there is some movement.

The G7 leaders committed in June to

provide one billion vaccine doses for low

and low-middle income countries over the

next year, but the WHO says this falls far

short of the 11 billion vaccine doses

needed.

With the UK playing a world leadership

role in 2021, not just with its presidency of

can create winds that go in "squirrely

directions." "Just because we don't have red

flag wind conditions across the fire, the wind

threat is still there and it's all localized," he

warned. The fire - which began Aug. 14, was

named after the road where it started and

raged through densely forested, craggy areas -

was still considered a threat to more than

30,000 homes, businesses and other

The wildfire dealt a major blow to an economy that heavily

depends on tourism and was starting to rebound this

summer from pandemic shutdowns. "It's a big hit for our

local businesses and the workers who rely on a steady

income to pay rent and put food on their table," said

Devin Middlebrook, mayor pro-tem of South Lake Tahoe.

buildings ranging from cabins to ski resorts.

Residents who were forced to flee South Lake

Tahoe earlier this week remained evacuated

along with people across the state line in

Douglas County, Nevada. The resort area can

easily accommodate 100,000 people on a

busy weekend but was eerily empty just before

the Labor Day weekend. The wildfire dealt a

major blow to an economy that heavily

depends on tourism and was starting to

the G7 but also COP 26, London should be

leading the world on this agenda given

that so much of the UK population has

been vaccinated already. To translate this

to the global picture, the UK has given

almost as many doses to its own citizens

as the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access

program has been able to ship to 120

countries in dire need of jabs.

UK Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden

insisted London could help to jab the

world while delivering a domestic booster

program. He noted that the UK was

committed to 100 million jabs by 2022,

and had already delivered nine million.

Positive as these commitments are,

however, the UK government must do

much more alongside its international

partners. The impact of creating what is

in effect a sterilised wedge from the rest of

the world is not just unjust, but also

potentially self-defeating given the

possibility of vaccine-resistant variants.

At the 18-month point of the pandemic,

there is now an urgent need for an

increasingly global response to the

continuing challenge it poses. The more

policymakers act on a key lesson of the

crisis - that no one is safe until everyone is

safe - the faster the crisis may pass and the

world can move into the "new normal"

that comes next.

Andrew Hammond is an

Associate at LSE IDEAS at the

London School of Economics

rebound this summer from pandemic

shutdowns. "It's a big hit for our local

businesses and the workers who rely on a

steady income to pay rent and put food on

their table," said Devin Middlebrook, mayor

pro-tem of South Lake Tahoe. He said the

shutdown will also hurt the city, as it gets most

of its revenue to pay for police and fire services,

as well as road maintenance, from hotel taxes

and sales taxes. Friday's forecast called for

lighter winds but also extremely dry daytime

weather, with a warming trend through the

weekend as high pressure builds over the

West, fire officials said. More than 15,000

firefighters were battling dozens of California

blazes that have destroyed at least 1,500

homes. One blaze, the Dixie Fire, was about 65

miles (105 kilometers) north of the Caldor

Fire. It is the second-largest wildfire in state

history at about 1,350 square miles (3,496

square kilometers) and is 55% contained.

California has experienced increasingly

larger and deadlier wildfires in recent years as

climate change has made the West much

warmer and drier over the past 30 years.

Scientists have said weather will continue to be

more extreme and wildfires more frequent,

destructive and unpredictable. No deaths have

been reported so far this fire season

Source: ABC news


MoNDAy, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

5

Aid cuts could undo 20 years

of Afghanistan's progress

kEViN WATkiNS

Watching Afghanistan's

unfolding trauma, I've

thought a lot about Mumtaz

Ahmed, a young teacher I met

a few years ago. Her family

fled Kabul during Taliban rule

in the late 1990s. Raised as a

refugee in Pakistan, Ahmed

had defied the odds and made

it to university. Now, she was

back in Afghanistan teaching

maths in a rural girls' school.

"I came back because I believe

in education and I love my

country," she told me. "These

girls have a right to learn -

without education,

Afghanistan has no future."

Ahmed's story was a

reminder of Afghanistan's

achievements in the face of

adversity. Western efforts at

nation-building may have

been a case study in hubris.

But in this remote mountain

village, two decades after the

Taliban had closed schools,

viciously suppressed girls'

education and banned female

teachers, was a class of girls.

Today, Afghanistan's

achievements are under

threat, and not just from the

Taliban.

Western

governments are cutting the

aid lifelines that sustain the

country's economy and

finance health, education and

other services. The

International Monetary Fund

(IMF) and World Bank

suspended operations.

Bilateral donors have

collectively pulled the plug on

anything other than

humanitarian support. The

policy is counterproductive. It

threatens to reverse the

human development gains

made possible through 20

years of aid investment, allied

to the quiet heroism of

teachers such as Ahmed,

health workers and Afghan

civil society organisations.

Sadly, the UK is complicit.

Fears that the Taliban will roll

back the gains of the last two

decades are justified. The

caretaker cabinet announced

last week is a lineup of the

Taliban old guard. It is all

male, overwhelmingly

southern Pashtun and led by

hardline clerics. The

education minister's primary

qualification for office appears

to be a deep aversion to

education.

Donors face tough choices.

How do you engage with a

government which, apart

from a cast featuring on UN

sanctions lists, is manifestly

ill-equipped to run a country

facing economic crisis, a

humanitarian emergency and

daunting

human

development challenges? Not

by imposing an aid coldturkey

regime.

Afghanistan is the one of the

A protest against the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan at the US embassy in

Athens.

Photo: louisa Gouliamaki

world's most aid-dependent

countries. Donors have

invested $65bn (£47bn) in

grants since 2002. Aid

accounts for about 40% of

GDP and three-quarters of

government spending -

paying for teachers' and

health workers' wages, the

construction of schools and

health clinics, and economic

infrastructure.

The results have been

extraordinary. There are more

than 9 million children in

school - nine times the

number of when the Taliban

were ousted in 2001 -

including 3.6 million girls.

The under-five mortality rate

dropped from 191 to 50 deaths

for every 1,000 live births

from 2006 to 2018. The aidfinanced

Sehatmandi

programme is the closest

thing Afghanistan has to a

national health service,

operating 3,000 clinics across

all 34 provinces. Aid has also

supported a flourishing

movement of civil society

organisations.

Britain has a major stake in

what has been achieved. The

UK has been one of

Afghanistan's biggest donors,

providing about 8% of aid.

That has trained thousands of

teachers and delivered

stipends that keep girls in

school and out of early

marriage. The prime minister,

Boris Johnson, rightly told the

House of Commons that the

UK could be proud of the

legacy of girls' education in

Afghanistan.

Aid withdrawal poses a real

and present danger to that

legacy. Hundreds of health

clinics face the immediate

threat of closure. Schools are

already closing. With the

suspension of the World

Bank-managed multidonor

Afghanistan reconstruction

trust fund (ARTF), the largest

source of financing for basic

services has dried up.

Reduced aid, coupled with US

sanctions and the IMF's move

to freeze resources, has

squeezed liquidity, driven up

prices and reinforced a

banking crisis.

Donor reluctance to operate

through a Taliban-controlled

budget is justified. The failure

to identify alternatives is not -

there are alternatives. Most

basic health services are

delivered by Afghan NGOs

that could be supported

through the ARTF and the

World Health Organization,

bypassing the government

budget. In Yemen, the World

Bank and bilateral aid donors

operate through UN agencies

and NGOs. That model could

be applied in Afghanistan.

Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than hiV, malaria, breast cancer or even war.

Photo: Alamy

Suicide still treated as a crime

in at least 20 countries

SARAh JohNSoN

Suicide is still considered a

crime in 20 countries,

punishable by fines of

thousands of pounds and up

to three years in prison,

research has revealed. In

many nations children can be

prosecuted for attempted

suicide and in Nigeria,

children as young as seven can

be arrested, tried and

prosecuted, said the report by

United for Global Mental

Health, a group calling for

decriminalisation. A further

20 countries make suicide

punishable under sharia law.

In four of the countries in

the report - the Bahamas,

Bangladesh, Guyana and

Kenya - the will of someone

judged to have killed

themselves may be

discounted.

"Criminalisation of suicide

is counterproductive, it does

not deter people from taking

their own lives," said Sarah

Kline, co-founder of United

for Global Mental Health. "It

does deter people from

seeking help in a moment of

acute crisis and it can prevent

people receiving the support

they need for their mental

health."

Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar, a

psychiatrist in Chennai, India

and founder of a suicide

prevention organisation, has

seen the impact of laws that

criminalise suicide. She

believes legislation

contributes to stigma and

discrimination around mental

health.

"These laws are not

theoretical. They directly

affect the most vulnerable

people in the most vulnerable

countries," she said, adding

that the legislation is in

middle- and low-income

countries where 77% of

suicides occur.

One suicide survivor from

the Sindh region of Pakistan,

who asked to remain

anonymous, said police came

to her house to arrest her.

"I felt guilty and stupid for

attempting suicide," she said.

"Plus what made it worse was

the way the police dealt with

it. They humiliated my dad

just so they could get money

out of him. [The police

officer's] words were: 'Either

your daughter is going to jail

or you are.'" Her father ending

up paying a bribe to stop

further action.

In recent years suicide

legislation has been

successfully repealed or

superseded by new legislation

in some countries. In the

Cayman Islands, suicide was

decriminalised in December

2020 after a campaign

highlighted that only 5% of

children and young people at

risk were seeking help due to

stigma caused in part by the

criminalisation of suicide. It

made the case that suicide is a

mental health issue and never

a crime.

Suicide remains a leading

cause of death worldwide.

Every year, more people die as

a result of suicide than HIV,

malaria, breast cancer or even

war. In 2019, more than

700,000 people died by

suicide: one in every 100

deaths. For every person who

dies, 20 more have attempted

suicide.

EMMA NAlUyiMA

The pandemic has pushed

poverty and malnutrition to

rates not seen in more than a

decade, wiping out years of

progress. In 2020, the

number of people in extreme

poverty rose by 97 million and

the number of malnourished

people by between 118 million

and 161 million.

Recent data from the World

Bank and the UN shows how

poverty is heavily

concentrated in rural

communities in Africa, Asia

and Latin America where

people are surviving by

smallholder farming. This

autumn there will be two key

events that could rally

support for them.

The first is this month's UN

food systems summit, a

gathering seen as a potential

turning point in generating

support for more sustainable,

equitable food systems. The

second is the UN climate

summit (Cop26) in

November, where world

leaders will be pressed to

make major investments that

will help rural farming

communities adapt in the face

of the climate crisis.

But it's surprising to see

that, in both arenas, a major

opportunity is being

squandered. Livestock

farming is essential to half a

billion poor families in the

developing world. Yet the

growing chorus of criticism

directed against industrial

farming in the west is

threatening to undermine

support for livestock

everywhere - including in the

developing world.

In poorer countries, most

people are not factory

farming. The cows, pigs,

goats, sheep, chickens or

camels that many families

keep are often their most

valuable economic and

dietary assets. They serve as a

hedge against the impacts of

the climate crisis on their

farms. They help ensure

children don't grow up

malnourished.

The importance of animal

products to preventing

Haiti’s earthquake prompts

new generation of orphans

JoE PARkiN DANiElS

Lilian, six years old and alone,

still asks when her mother will

return from the market on the

edge of Les Cayes in southern

Haiti. When last month's

earthquake struck, Lilian was

at home, occasionally checked

on by her neighbours as her

mother, Genieve, was selling

fruit a few blocks away. When

the ground began to convulse,

the market partly collapsed.

Genieve was hit by falling

concrete and buried under

rubble. Her death has left

Lilian without anyone to care

for her. "I don't see my mum,"

Lilian would repeat, according

to Ketia Loraus, 40, a social

worker who has been

overseeing her case. "It was

heartbreaking to hear her say

that."

The human tragedy of the

7.2-magnitude earthquake

has yet to be fully counted.

More than 2,200 people died

and 30,000 homes were

destroyed across towns and

villages still cut off from relief

workers. Hundreds are

missing, and survivors

suspect many will never be

found. Tropical Storm Grace,

arriving two days later, only

piled on the misery.

Amid the carnage, an

unknown number of children

such as Lilian - whose name

has been changed to protect

her identity - have been

separated from their parents

and caregivers, who were

either killed or disappeared.

"Most stay at a neighbour's

house, or in a makeshift

shelter," says Loraus, at a

school on the outskirts of Les

Cayes, a port badly affected by

the earthquake.

Loraus is working with

AVSI, an Italian charity, to

provide psychological support

for children who survived the

disaster. "There's at least 15

children whose parents

haven't been located that have

passed through here today."

A young child on a goat farm in the mountains near Mbale, Uganda.

Photo: Graeme Robertson

Criticism of animal farming in the west

risks health of world’s poorest

malnutrition shows how vital

it is to evaluate risks and

benefits. The average

European consumes 69kg of

meat every year, the average

African 10kg. Many eat less -

often far less - than that. In

2020, 149 million children

under five were stunted by

malnutrition. Many of those

cases could have been

prevented with greater access

to animal-source foods.

We are an unlikely pair: an

award-winning holistic

farmer from Uganda and a

US public health nutrition

scientist. But we are united in

our commitment to using our

expertise to seek a more

balanced and informed

discussion of the very

different roles of livestock

around the world today.

We acknowledge livestock

are a significant source of

greenhouse gases. They have

contributed to the destruction

of tropical forests and other

pristine natural areas. And

overconsumption of certain

animal products can

contribute to chronic health

Lilian was at first taken in

by a neighbour, whose young

daughter was injured in the

earthquake and remains in

hospital, then sent to an uncle.

Social workers say the

authorities are unlikely to

resolve anything quickly,

given that the limited

resources they had before

have been depleted by the

earthquake. Relief workers

have also reported more

children on their own.

"These cases are practically

normal now, we're always

finding them," Loraus says, as

a group of young children play

behind her, singing in a circle.

"In the hospitals, there's kids

being treated without

knowing where their parents

are. When we go to shelters,

we see kids looking for food,

again separated from their

families." The risks for

unaccompanied children in

Haiti are myriad. Street gangs

are always on the lookout for

young recruits, while distant

relatives who end up caring

for them could put them to

work, begging or selling on the

streets. Girls are at particular

risk of suffering sexual

problems.

But a recent assessment

from UN nutrition, coauthored

by Lora Iannotti,

shows that for a significant

portion of the world's

malnourished people, milk,

meat and eggs are a source of

essential nutrients not

available - not now, nor in the

foreseeable future - in plantbased

alternatives.

Iannotti's research shows

that among young children,

modest portions of nutrientdense

animal products are

uniquely effective in

preventing or addressing

chronic malnutrition. The

high concentration of

essential nutrients in animalbased

foods - often

impossible to replicate in

plant-based foods - also

makes them highly valuable

during other life stages,

especially adolescence,

pregnancy and lactation.

There are also

opportunities to realise these

benefits through sustainable,

nature-positive approaches to

livestock farming. On Emma

violence.

In Haiti, children often

choose to flee disaster zones,

and wider insecurity and

poverty, alone. After

Hurricane Matthew ravaged

southern Haiti in 2016,

leaving 546 people dead and

causing $2.8bn (£2bn)

damage, rights groups saw a

marked increase in

unaccompanied children

moving to Port-au-Prince,

Haiti's chaotic capital.

One shelter on the border

with the Dominican Republic

- with which Haiti shares the

Caribbean island of

Hispaniola - said that more

young boys arrived in the

months after that disaster.

The earthquake that struck

the capital in 2010, killing

220,000 people, also

triggered a wave of child

migration.

Complicating the response

for vulnerable children is the

damage sustained by so many

of the region's schools. In

Camp Perrin, a town 13 miles

from Les Cayes, the

Immaculate Mary school, run

by missionaries since it was

founded in 1945 and with 900

Naluyima Mugerwa's farm in

Uganda, she raises pigs,

cattle, chickens and fish. She

grows vegetables, fruit and

matoke, a type of banana. The

pig dung feeds maggots that

feed her chickens. Instead of

chopping down trees for

firewood, she uses the dung

from her cows to produce

biogas, a renewable fuel that

cooks her food and provides

electricity for the farm. She

and her family consume some

of her farm's nutritious foods

and make a good income by

selling the rest to her

community.

This is just one example of

sustainable approaches to

livestock farming that are

good for people and the

planet. There are many other

creative and innovative

solutions. But what we need

are investments and targeted

government policies that can

encourage wider adoption,

not wholesale bans or

misguided anti-meat

"moonshots" that leave

millions of people stranded

ever-further behind.

pupils at the time of the

earthquake, was completely

destroyed.

"We have no idea when we

will open again, we have to

rebuild from scratch," says

Jean-Pierre Loubeau, 60, one

of the school's governors, as a

group of volunteers works to

shift the rubble. After working

frantically in the scorching

sun, some take breaks sitting

on salvaged school desks.

"Whenever we open our

classrooms again, that's when

we'll know the extent of how

many separated kids we're

dealing with," says Loubeau,

who like other teachers has

been sleeping in his car since

the earthquake damaged his

home. "The kids will need

somewhere to go, because

they are at great risk of

exploitation if they don't."

The schools that survived

are closed for the summer

holidays, which have been

pushed back at least a week to

allow communities more time

to reckon with the disaster.

But when they open again,

survivors who have been

sheltering in the buildings will

have to be evicted.

A girl checks her phone in les Cayes as she sits among the ruins of her

home, which was destroyed in August's earthquake. Photo: orlando Barría


MoNDAY, SePTeMBeR 13, 2021

6

Institutional delivery to eliminate

obstetric fistula stressed

Drive conducted by the BGG station in the area adjacent to Katabuniya in Sabrang Union under

Tokenaf Police Station on Sunday midnight and 28,000 pieces of yaba were seized. Photo : Courtesy

RMCH records five more

fatalities in Covid-19 unit

RAJSHAHI : Rajshahi

Medical College Hospital

(RMCH) recorded five more

fatalities at the Covid-19 unit

in the last 24 hours till 6am

on Sunday, taking the death

toll to 80 so far this month.

The previous day's death

figure was also five while on

Wednesday's it was just two,

which was the ever-lowest

since the second coronavirus

wave hit the region around

five months back.

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 while

one each from

Chapainawabganj, Natore

and Kustia districts. Among

the fresh five fatalities, three

were female and two male.

"Of the fresh fatalities,

three tested positive for

Covid-19 and two had covid-

19 symptoms," he said.

Seventeen 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 137, including 56 positive

cases. Nine of the patients

are undergoing treatment in

the Intensive Care Unit

(ICU).

Twenty-three patients

returned home from the

RMCH Covid-19 unit after

being cured during the time.

Yazdani said the infection

rate has decreased by 1.83

percent in Rajshahi

compared to the previous

day.

A total of 16 people were

diagnosed with Covid-19

after testing 277 samples in

Rajshahi's two laboratories

on Saturday, showing 5.78

percent positivity rate

against 7.61 percent on

Friday. The fresh positivity

rate is the ever-lowest in the

last six months.

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.

All the educational institutions of the country reopened after 17 months after

overcoming the corona pandemic. That is why there was excitement and initiative

among all the students. The body temperature of each student is measured

and the wearing of the mask is ensured. The photo was taken from

Bogura Government Girls High School (VM) School yesterday. Photo : TBT

Covid-19 cases reach 97,147 with

76 afresh in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI : Seventy-six

more people were tested for

Covid-19 positive in seven

districts of the division on

Saturday, taking the number

of detection to 97,147 since

the pandemic began in March

last year.

However, 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

six months back. The previous

day's positive cases were 51

here.

Meanwhile, a total of 186

more people were cured from

Covid-19 in the division on the

same day, taking the recovery

cases to 92,532 so far.

The death toll reached

1,635, including 674 in

Bogura, 304 in Rajshahi with

180 in its city, and 170 in

Natore, as one fresh case of

fatality was reported during

the period, Dr Talukder

added. However, the fatality

figure is the ever-lowest since

the second wave of pandemic

hit the country around six

months back.

Besides, all the positive

cases for Covid-19 have, so far,

been brought under

treatment while 22,280 were

kept in isolation units of

different dedicated hospitals

for institutional supervision.

Of them, 18,527 have by now

been released.

Meanwhile, 113 more

people have been sent to

home and institutional

quarantine afresh while 144

others were released from

isolation during the same

time.

Of the total new positive

cases, the highest 20 were

detected in Pabna, followed by

17 in Rajshahi, including 16 in

its city, 14 in Bogura, 11 in

Sirajganj, eight in Natore, four

in Joypurhat and two in

Naogaon districts.

With the newly detected

patients, the district-wise

break-up of the total cases

now stands at 27,563 in

Rajshahi, including 22,209 in

city, 5,559 in

Chapainawabganj, 6,336 in

Naogaon, 8,210 in Natore,

4,553 in Joypurhat, 21,258 in

Bogura, 11,168 in Sirajganj

and 12,500 in Pabna.

A total of 1,11,235 people

have, so far, been kept under

quarantine since March 10

last year to prevent the

community transmission of

the deadly coronavirus

(COVID-19).

Concerted efforts

to make

corruption-free

country stressed

RAJSHAHI : Anti-Corruption

Commission (ACC) Secretary

Dr Md Anwar Hossain

Hawlader has called for

building a corruption-free

country through forging social

resistance against corruption.

He said there is no

alternative to make the

country free from all sorts of

corruption and all the

government and nongovernment

organizations

should come forward and

work together to attain the

cherished goal.

The ACC Secretary came up

with the observation while

addressing a meeting with the

divisional level officials and

the corruption prevention

committee members at the

conference hall of Deputy

Commissioner (DC) in

Rajshahi on Saturday

afternoon as chief guest.

Chaired by Additional

Divisional Commissioner

Ziaul Haque, the meeting was

addressed, among others, by

Additional Deputy Inspector

General of Police Joydev

Kumar Bhadra and BGB

Battalion Commander Lt Col

Sabbir Ahmed.

Dr Anwar Hawlader said

that

spontaneous

participation of the

community and the young

generation for building an

anti-corruption campaign has

become an urgent need for

building mass-opinion

against corruption.

He underlined the need for

enhancing empowerment of

the community people so that

they can raise their voice

against corruption.

Besides, he laid importance

on making both the

government and nongovernment

service-delivery

activities transparent and

accountable for freeing those

from corruption. The ACC

Secretary also issued a strong

note of warning that no

corrupt element will go

unpunished.

One held with

1-kg heroin in

Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI : Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB) in an anticrime

drive arrested an

alleged drug peddler with

one kilogram of heroin from

Charghat upazila of the

district on Saturday night.

RAB sources said the

arrested person was

identified as Monirul Islam

alias Jonny, 32, son of

Mahbubur Rahman of

Natunpara in Charghat

upazila. On a tip-off, a team

of the elite force conducted a

raid in Nandangachhi area

of the upazila at around 9.30

pm and arrested Monirul

with the huge heroin, the

RAB sources added. Later,

the arrested person along

with the seized heroin was

handed over to the police

yesterday morning. A case

was recorded with Charghat

Police Station in this

connection.

RAJSHAHI : Health experts and

development activists observed that

ensuring institutional delivery coupled

with antenatal and postnatal care can

be the best ways of eliminating the

obstetric fistula.

Besides, all the government and nongovernment

entities concerned should

come forward and work together to

combat the obstetric fistula besides

treatment and rehabilitation of the

patients suffering from the disease for

the sake of their family and social

integration.

They came up with the observation

while addressing an advocacy meeting

with different government agencies for

rehabilitation of the fistula survivors

virtually on Sunday adding that the

patients suffering from obstetric fistula

are subjected to repression and

oppression.

LAMB Hospital hosted the meeting

with assistance of the Department of

Health Services and financial support

from the UNFPA Bangladesh,

discussing and devising ways and

means on how to attain a desired yield

in this humanitarian field.

Civil Surgeon Dr Gausul Azim

Chowdhury addressed the meeting as

chief guest, while Deputy Director of

the Department of Women Affairs

Shahidul Islam and Deputy Director of

the Department of Social Services Abu

Syed Kawser spoke as special guests,

reports BSS.

Upazila Social Service Officers

Nahida Sultana and Subir Kumar Pal

also spoke. UNFPA Technical Officer

Dr Animesh Biswas and Field Officer

Dr Kaniz Zohura and LAMB Hospital

Project Manager Mahatab Liton spoke

as focal persons disseminating their

expertise on the issue.

Dr Tahrima Hossain from LAMB

Hospital presented a keynote paper

titled "End Obstetric Fistula in

Rangpur and Rajshahi Division:

Achievements and Challenges" giving

an overview of the present situation of

the problem and way-outs.

She told the meeting that obstetric

fistula is one such chronic debilitating

condition for women around the

country. Obstructed and prolonged

labors are the prime causes for

developing obstetric fistula, she said.

She mentioned that various

government and non-government

organizations concerned including

LAMB Hospital are implementing

need-based programmes including

case Identification from the

community, referral for diagnosis,

timely management, motivation,

counseling, follow up and

comprehensive rehabilitation and

reintegration to free the society from

obstetric fistula by 2030.

Identification of obstetric fistula

cases coupled with quality surgery and

Agriculture Minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque addressing a program in Khulna.

Saline-lands of coastal areas have huge

potential for agri production :Razzaque

DUMURIA, KHULNA : Agriculture Minister

Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday

said there is huge potential for agricultural

production in the saline lands of the coastal

and southern parts of the country.

"There is a huge potential for agricultural

production in the saline lands of the coastal

and southern parts of the country as our

agricultural scientists have been able to

develop saline tolerant improved-varieties of

many crops including paddy, pulses,

watermelon, potato, maize, barley,

sunflower, vegetables," he said while

addressing a farmers' rally in Dumuria

upazila here.

Work is underway to rapidly expand these

varieties and production technologies among

all farmers in the vast coastal areas, he added.

A roadmap is being prepared for this

purpose, he said, adding that if the farmers

cultivate these crops, a new agricultural

revolution will take place in the saline-prone

areas of the southern sides of the country.

Earlier, the agriculture minister also

inspected the advance bean cultivation, offseason

watermelon and Chili cultivation

there.

Razzaque added that about 25 percent of

the country's area is coastal.

Due to the salinity of the area, only one crop

was cultivated all year round, he said, adding

that for the rest of the year after harvesting

aman paddy, fields were left idle.

The government is working on how to

cultivate crops twice or thrice a year in this

unfavorable environment, he said.

There have already been many successes

and it will be further expanded so that

different crops can be produced in the area

throughout the year, he added.

Initiatives are being taken to dig or reexcavate

more than 600 canals in Khulna

and Bagerhat to alleviate the problem of

irrigation water, the minister said.

During the visit, local MP and former

minister Nayan Chandra Chanda, senior

secretary of the agriculture ministry Md

Mesbahul Islam, additional secretary

Wahida Akter, director general of the

Department of Agricultural Extension Md

Asadullah, Bangladesh Agricultural

Development Corporation (BADC) chairman

Dr Amitabh Sarkar and Bangladesh

Agricultural Research Council (BARC)

Executive Chairman Dr Sheikh Mohammad

Bakhtiar were present, among others.

Prize distributed among the winners of boat race which was held in Nagarpur

of Tangail yesterday.

Photo : TBT

safe surgery is extremely needed as

rehabilitation and reintegration of

patients should be strengthened

further, he mentioned.

Utmost emphasis should be given on

mitigating the problem with collective

efforts of all government and nongovernment

and specialists concerned.

In his remarks, Dr Gausul Azim

Chowdhury stressed ensuring hundred

percent institutional deliveries with

antenatal and postnatal care for

substantial and sustainable reduction

of obstetric fistula.

He clarified obstetric fistula is one of

the most devastating pregnancyrelated

morbidity in Bangladesh,

mostly affecting women from

marginalized socio-economic

backgrounds, particularly the people

who are often referred to as 'left

behind.' A number of people are living

behind char areas, hard to reach areas,

ethnic communities are the most

vulnerable to the disease.

Defining as one of the most

devastating pregnancy related

morbidity in the country, he viewed

that mostly affected women from

marginalized socio-economic

backgrounds remained neglected. So,

collective efforts of all the government

and non-government organizations

concerned are very crucial to mitigate

the problem, he added.

Photo : TBT

Ctg gets marine

technology

institute for

first time

CHATTOGRAM : The

Institute of Marine

Technology (IMT) is going

to be established for the first

time here to develop skilled

manpower for shipbuilding

industry. All are set to

construct IMT on the bank

of Karnafuli River, adjacent

to Kalpalok residential area

at Bakalia Thana in the city.

Land acquisition has

already been completed in

this regard, sources said.

The institute will be

conducted by the Manpower

Employment and Training

Bureau under the Ministry

of Expatriate Welfare and

Overseas Employment. The

students of the Institute will

be able to make a significant

contribution to Bangladesh's

emerging shipbuilding

industry and increasing

foreign remittances after

completing studies at a very

lower cost.

Chattogram District

Employment and

Manpower Office sources

said it will be constructed

under a project taken to set

up 40 technical training

centers in 40 upazilas and

one Institute of Marine

Technology (IMT) in

Chattogram. The cost for the

project has been estimated

at Tk 1,667.7 crore.

Chattogram district

administration has already

acquired 2.5 acres of land in

city's Bakalia area and

formally handed over to the

Chattogram District

Employment and

Manpower Office on August

25 last.


An American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at sunrise on

the morning of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The American flag is draped over the

site of impact at the Pentagon. In the foreground, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, opened in

2008 adjacent to the site, commemorates the lives lost at the Pentagon and onboard American

Airlines Flight 77.

Photo : AP

FBI releases newly declassified

record on Sept. 11 attacks

WASHINGTON : The FBI late Saturday

released a newly declassified document

related to logistical support given to two

of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the

Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The

document details contacts the hijackers

had with Saudi associates in the U.S. but

does not provide proof that senior Saudi

government officials were complicit in

the plot, reports UNB.

Released on the 20th anniversary of

the attacks, the document is the first

investigative record to be disclosed since

President Joe Biden ordered a

declassification review of materials that

for years have remained out of public

view. The 16-page document is a

summary of an FBI interview done in

2015 with a man who had frequent

contact with Saudi nationals in the U.S.

who supported the first hijackers to

arrive in the country before the attacks.

Biden last week ordered the Justice

Department and other agencies to

conduct a declassification review and

release what documents they can over

the next six months. He had encountered

pressure from victims' families, who have

long sought the records as they pursue a

lawsuit in New York alleging that Saudi

Iraq PM visits

neighbour

Iran for

economic talks

TEHRAN : Iraq's Prime

Minister Mustafa al-

Kadhemi met Iran's

recently-elected President

Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday to

discuss the neighbours'

economic relations, official

sources said.

Kadhemi is the first

foreign leader to visit the

ultra-conservative Raisi, and

brought along a "high level

political and economic

delegation," Iran's official

IRNA news agency said.

Television showed the

Iraqi premier welcomed by a

guard of honour, before

immediately beginning a

meeting that IRNA said

touched on "questions of

mutual and international

interest".

The two leaders are

expected to hold a news

conference later Sunday,

state broadcaster Iribnews

reported. As Iran's

neighbour to the west, Iraq

has sought a mediating role

between Tehran and Arab

nations. Since April, it has

tried to broker talks with

Saudi Arabia to soothe

tensions between the

regional rivals.

An Iraqi source had said

Friday that Kadhemi would

raise energy cooperation

and Iranian-Saudi relations

in the talks.

Other hot topics include

Iraq's six-billion-dollar debt

to Iran, after shortages

pushed it to turn to its

neighbour to cover one-third

of its gas and electricity

needs.

government officials supported the

hijackers.

The heavily redacted document was

disclosed on Saturday night, hours after

Biden attended Sept. 11 memorial events

in New York, Pennsylvania and northern

Virginia. Victims' relatives had earlier

objected to Biden's presence at

ceremonial events as long as the

documents remained classified.

The Saudi government has long denied

any involvement in the attacks. The

Saudi Embassy in Washington has it

supported the full declassification of all

records as a way to "end the baseless

allegations against the Kingdom once

and for all." The embassy said that any

allegation that Saudi Arabia was

complicit was "categorically false."

The trove of documents are being

released at a politically delicate time for

the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, two nations

that have forged a strategic - if difficult -

alliance, particularly on

counterterrorism matters. The Biden

administration in February released an

intelligence assessment implicating

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in

the 2018 killing of U.S.-based journalist

Jamal Khashoggi, but drew criticism

from Democrats for avoiding a direct

punishment of the crown prince himself.

Victims' relatives cheered the

document's release as a significant step

in their effort to connect the attacks to

Saudi Arabia. Brett Eagleson, whose

father, Bruce, was killed in the World

Trade Center attack, said the release of

the FBI material "accelerates our pursuit

of truth and justice."

Jim Kreindler, a lawyer for the victims'

relatives, said in a statement that "the

findings and conclusions in this FBI

investigation validate the arguments we

have made in the litigation regarding the

Saudi government's responsibility for the

9/11 attacks.

"This document, together with the

public evidence gathered to date,

provides a blueprint for how (al-Qaida)

operated inside the US with the active,

knowing support of the Saudi

government," he said.

That includes, he added, Saudi officials

exchanging phone calls among

themselves and al-Qaida operatives and

then having "accidental meetings" with

the hijackers while providing them with

assistance to get settled and find flight

schools.

‘Don’t focus on hate’: World

marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

NEW YORK : The world solemnly marked

the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday,

grieving lost lives and shattered American

unity in commemorations that unfolded just

weeks after the bloody end of the

Afghanistan war that was launched in

response to the terror attacks.

Victims' relatives and four U.S. presidents

paid respects at the sites where hijacked

planes killed nearly 3,000 people in the

deadliest act of terrorism on American soil.

Others gathered for observances from

Portland, Maine, to Guam, or for volunteer

projects on what has become a day of service

in the U.S. Foreign leaders expressed

sympathy over an attack that happened in

the U.S. but claimed victims from more than

90 countries.

"It felt like an evil specter had descended

on our world, but it was also a time when

many people acted above and beyond the

ordinary," said Mike Low, whose daughter,

Sara Low, was a flight attendant on the first

plane that crashed.

"As we carry these 20 years forward, I find

sustenance in a continuing appreciation for

all of those who rose to be more than

ordinary people," the father told a ground

zero crowd that included President Joe

Biden and former presidents Barack Obama

and Bill Clinton.

In a video released Friday night, Biden said

Sept. 11 illustrated that "unity is our greatest

strength."

Unity is "the thing that's going to affect our

well-being more than anything else," he

added while visiting a volunteer firehouse

Saturday after laying a wreath at the 9/11

crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He

later took a moment of silence at the third

site, the Pentagon.

The anniversary was observed under the

pall of a pandemic and in the shadow of the

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is

now ruled by the same Taliban militant

group that gave safe haven to the 9/11

plotters.

"It's hard because you hoped that this

would just be a different time and a different

world. But sometimes history starts to repeat

itself and not in the best of ways," Thea

Trinidad, who lost her father in the attacks,

said before reading victims' names at the

ceremony.

Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi met Iran's recently-elected

President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday to discuss the neighbours' economic

relations.

Photo : Internet

Two Ukraine

soldiers die in

clashes in

separatist east

KIEV : Two Ukrainian

soldiers have been killed and

10 others wounded in the

country's war-torn east, as

clashes tick back up, the

army said on Sunday,

reports BSS.

Over the past 24 hours

pro-Russian separatists

fired at Ukrainian positions

using large calibre artillery,

grenade launchers and

drones, the military said in a

statement.

Most of the attacks took

place in the eastern Donetsk

region, the statement said.

"As a result of enemy fire,

two members of the Joint

Forces were killed," the

Ukrainian military said.

"There are no victims

among the local

population."

The Ukrainian army is

locked in a conflict with

breakaway fighters in the

Donetsk and Lugansk

regions that erupted after

Russia annexed the Crimean

peninsula in 2014.

Kiev says at least 52

Ukrainian troops have been

killed since the start of the

year, compared with a total

of 50 the previous year.

The separatists say they

have lost more than 30

soldiers since the start of the

year.

Ukraine and its Western

allies accuse Russia of

sending troops and arms to

support the separatists,

which Moscow denies.

On Friday, Ukrainian

President Volodymyr

Zelensky said it was

conceivable that an "all-out

war" with Russia could

break out.

Russian President

Vladimir Putin's spokesman

Dmitry Peskov has

dismissed the comment as

"apocalyptic".

On Friday, Russia and

Belarus launched military

drills involving 200,000

personnel, one of the

country's biggest drills in

recent years.

In April, Russia amassed

around 100,000 troops on

Ukraine's borders, raising

fears of a major escalation in

the protracted conflict.

Moscow later announced a

pullback.

Gorillas at US

zoo being

treated for Covid

WASHINGTON : Several

gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in the

southern US state of Georgia

have tested positive for the

Covid-19 virus, the zoo said.

The western lowland

gorillas were tested after

keepers saw them coughing

and other symptoms, it said.

Initial tests indicated they

were positive for the SARS-

CoV-2 virus that causes

Covid-19 and the zoo said in

a statement Friday it was

awaiting the results of

confirmatory tests from the

National Veterinary Services

Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

Gorillas at risk of

developing complications

were being treated with

monoclonal antibodies and

the zoo's whole population

of 20 gorillas was being

tested.

"The teams are very

closely monitoring the

affected gorillas and are

hopeful they will make a

complete recovery. They are

receiving the best possible

care," said Sam Rivera,

senior director of animal

health at Zoo Atlanta.

"We are very concerned

that these infections

occurred, especially given

that our safety protocols

when working with great

apes and other susceptible

animal species are, and

throughout the pandemic

have been, extremely

rigorous."

The zoo said it believed the

gorillas were infected by an

asymptomatic keeper,

despite the employee being

fully vaccinated and wearing

personal protective

equipment.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

7

Pope Francis meets Viktor

Orban in worldview clash

BUDAPEST : Pope Francis arrived in

Budapest on Sunday to celebrate a mass,

with eyes focused on his meeting with the

anti-migration Hungarian Prime Minister

Viktor Orban.

The head of 1.3 billion Catholics will have a

half-hour meeting with Orban --

accompanied by Hungarian President Janos

Ader-in Budapest's grand Fine Arts

Museum, in what could be an awkward brief

encounter, reports BSS.

On the one side, Orban, a self-styled

defender of "Christian Europe" from

migration. On the other, Pope Francis, who

urges help for the marginalised and those of

all religions fleeing war and poverty.

But the approach, eminently Christian

according to the pope, has often been met

with incomprehension among the faithful,

particularly within the ranks of traditionalist

Catholics. Over the last few years, there has

been no love lost between Orban supporters

in Hungary and the leader of the Catholic

world.

Pro-Orban media and political figures

have launched barbs at the pontiff calling

him "anti-Christian" for his pro-refugee

sentiments, and the "Soros Pope", a

reference to the Hungarian-born liberal US

billionaire George Soros, a right-wing betenoire.

The pope's plane touched down just before

7.45 a.m. local time (0545 GMT), according

to an AFP reporter travelling with the pontiff.

Eyebrows have been raised by the pontiff's

whirlwind visit to close the 52nd

International Eucharistic Congress.

His seven-hour-long stay in 9.8-millionpopulation

Hungary will be followed

immediately by an official visit to smaller

neighbour Slovakia of more than two days.

"Pope Francis wants to humiliate Hungary

by only staying a few hours," said a pro-

Orban television pundit.

Born Jorge Bergoglio to a family of Italian

emigrants to Argentina, the pope regularly

reminds "old Europe" of its past, built on

waves of new arrivals.

Pope Francis arrived in Budapest on Sunday to celebrate a mass, with eyes

focused on his meeting with the anti-migration Hungarian Prime Minister

Viktor Orban.

Photo : AP

India reports 28,591 new

coronavirus infections,

338 deaths

NEW DELHI : India saw a single-day rise of

28,591 coronavirus infections, taking the

overall tally to 3,32,36,921, even as active

cases declined by nearly 6,600 in a day to

stand at 3,84,921, according to Union Health

Ministry data updated Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,42,655 with

338 daily fatalities reported Sunday, the data

released at 8 am showed.

The number of active cases declined by

6,595 in a span of 24 hours to stand at

3,84,921, constituting 1.16 per cent of the

total infections, while the COVID-19

recovery rate was recorded at 97.51 per cent,

the health ministry said.

Also, 15,30,125 tests were conducted

Saturday, taking the cumulative number of

tests conducted so far for the detection of

COVID-19 in the country to 54,18,05,829.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at

1.87 per cent. It has been less than 3 per cent

for the past 13 days. The Weekly positivity

rate was recorded at 2.17 per cent. It has been

below 3 per cent for the past 79 days,

according to the health ministry. The

number of people who have recuperated

from the disease surged to 3,24,09,345,

while the case fatality rate was recorded at

1.33 per cent.

The cumulative number of Covid vaccine

Taliban flag rises over seat of

power on fateful anniversary

KABUL : The Taliban raised

their flag over the Afghan

presidential palace

Saturday, a spokesman

said, as the U.S. and the

world marked the 20th

anniversary of the Sept. 11

attacks.

The white banner,

emblazoned with a Quranic

verse, was hoisted by

Mullah Mohammad

Hassan Akhund, the prime

minister of the Taliban

interim government, in a

low-key ceremony, said

Ahmadullah Muttaqi,

multimedia branch chief of

the Taliban's cultural

commission.

The flag-raising marked

the official start of the work

of the new government, he

said. The composition of the

all-male, all-Taliban

government was

announced earlier this week

and was met with

disappointment by the

international community

which had hoped the

Taliban would make good

on an earlier promise of an

inclusive lineup.

In a tweet, Afghanistan's

first president to follow the

2001 collapse of the

Taliban, Hamid Karzai,

called for "peace and

stability" and expressed the

hope that the new caretaker

Cabinet that included no

women and no non-Taliban

would become an "inclusive

doses administered in the country has

exceeded 73.82 crore, according to the

ministry.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-

lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on

August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50

lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh

on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11,

crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on

November 20 and surpassed the one-crore

mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore

on May 4 and 2 crore on June 23.

The 338 new fatalities recorded Sunday

include 181 from Kerala, and 35 from

Maharashtra.

A total of 4,42,655 deaths have been

reported so far in the country including

1,38,096 from Maharashtra, 37,487 rom

Karnataka, 35,46 from Tamil Nadu, 25,083

from Delhi, 22,874 from Uttar Pradesh,

22,484 from Kerala and 18,567 from West

Bengal. The health ministry stressed that

more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred

due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the

Indian Council of Medical Research," the

ministry said on its website, adding the statewise

distribution of figures is subject to

further verification and reconciliation.

government that can be the

real face of the whole

Afghanistan."

He marked the 20th

anniversary of the 9/11

attacks on America with a

meeting of tribal elders on

his high-walled compound

in the Afghan capital where

he has remained with his

family since the August

return of the Taliban to

Kabul.

Two decades ago, the

Taliban ruled Afghanistan

with a heavy hand. Television

was banned, and on Sept. 11,

2001, the day of the horrific

attacks on America, the news

spread from crackling radios

across the darkened streets of

the Afghan capital of Kabul.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

8

Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited distributed relief materials among the unemployed people at Kanthal

Bilboka area, Trishal in Mymensingh District as part of the CSR activities of the Bank.The Chairman of

Trishal Upazila Parishad Abdul Matin Sarkardistributed relief materials among 550 families as Chief

Gueston 11 September 2021. The Chairman of Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited Md. Sanaullah Shahid

presided over in the program. Among othersthe Mayor of Trishal Municipality ABM Anisuzzaman, the

Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Trishal Mostafizur Rahman, the UP Chairman of 3-No. Kanthal Delwar

Hossain Kamal &Prominent Businessman Md. Wahiullah Sagar were also present as special guest, the

Head of Public Relations Division & Bank Foundation of the Bank Md. Shamsuddoha and local prominent

people were also present in the relief distribution program.

Photo : Courtesy

Brazil records

highest August

inflation in 21

years

BRASILIA : Brazil's inflation

rate leapt in August in the

latest sign of trouble for

Latin America's biggest

economy, whose pandemic

recovery is taking a hit from

high unemployment and

fears of electricity shortages.

The annual inflation rate

rose 0.69 points to 9.68

percent, said national

statistics institute IBGE-far

above the central bank's

target ceiling of 5.25 percent.

The monthly inflation rate

meanwhile came in at 0.87

percent, the highest for

August since 2000.

The biggest price increases

came from the transport

sector, hit by a 31-percent

increase in gasoline prices

on the year, and two sectors

suffering from a severe

drought: food and

electricity.

Iraq PM visits neighbour

Iran for economic talks

TEHRAN : Iraq's Prime

Minister Mustafa al-

Kadhemi met Iran's

recently-elected President

Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday to

discuss the neighbours'

economic relations, official

sources said.

Kadhemi is the first

foreign leader to visit the

ultra-conservative Raisi,

and brought along a "high

level political and economic

delegation," Iran's official

IRNA news agency said.

Television showed the

Iraqi premier welcomed by

a guard of honour, before

immediately beginning a

meeting that IRNA said

touched on "questions of

mutual and international

interest".

The two leaders are

expected to hold a news

conference later Sunday,

state broadcaster Iribnews

reported.

As Iran's neighbour to the

west, Iraq has sought a

mediating role between

Tehran and Arab nations.

Since April, it has tried to

broker talks with Saudi

Arabia to soothe tensions

between the regional rivals.

An Iraqi source had said

Friday that Kadhemi would

raise energy cooperation

and Iranian-Saudi relations

in the talks.

Other hot topics include

Iraq's six-billion-dollar debt

to Iran, after shortages

pushed it to turn to its

neighbour to cover onethird

of its gas and electricity

needs.

This summer Iran

suspended exports for

several days over the

outstanding amount.

Sunday's meeting is also

expected to address the

issue of visas for Iranian

pilgrims travelling to Shiite

holy sites in Iraq.

Iraqi authorities late

Thursday announced new

quotas for foreign pilgrims

for the Arbaeen pilgrimage

in the Shiite shrine city of

Karbala later this month.

Kadhemi's office said that

60,000 Iranian pilgrims

would be allowed to attend,

up from 30,000 previously

announced.

Arbaeen marks the end of

the 40-day mourning period

for the killing of Imam

Hussein, grandson of the

Prophet Mohammed, by the

forces of the caliph Yazid in

680 AD.

The number of visas

issued to foreign pilgrims

permitted has dropped

sharply in the past two years

due to the coronavirus

pandemic.

The 205th Rangamati Branch of United Commercial Bank PLC (UCB) was

inaugurated on 12 September, 2021. Mr. Mohammed Shawkat Jamil,

Managing Director, United Commercial Bank PLC inaugurated the branch as

Chief Guest. Among others Mayor of the Rangamati Pouroshova Mr. Akbar

Hussain Chowdhury, Additional Managing Director of UCB Mr. Arif Quadri,

Deputy Managing Director of UCB Mr. N. Mustafa Tarek, Deputy Managing

Director of UCB Mr. Mohammed Habibur Rahman and Deputy Managing

Director & Company Secretary of UCB Mr. ATM Tahmiduzzaman FCS along

with other officials of the Bank were present at the event. Managing Director

stated, 'UCB is firmly contributing as catalyst to the enhancement of entrepreneurship

and everybody's assistance is highly desired to broaden our service

more.' United Commercial Bank PLC, one of the largest private commercial

banks of the country is committed to give the best service to clients with a wide

range of branch networks all over the country since 1983. Photo : Courtesy

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited Jashore Zone organized webinar on

'Compliance of Shari'ah' in banking operations on 11 September 2021,

Saturday. Profesor Dr. Qazi Shahidul Alam, Director of the bank addressed the

webinar as chief guest. Muhammad Qaisar Ali, Additional Managing Director

of the bank addressed the program as special guest. Prof. Dr. Mohammad

Abdus Samad, Member Secretary of Shari'ah Supervisory Committee of the

Bank addressed the webinar as chief discussant. Md. Maksudur Rahman,

Head of Jashore Zone presided over the program. Md. Shamsuddoha,

Executive Vice President also addressed the webinar. Head of Branches and

officials under the Zone attended the webinar.

Photo : Courtesy

HARARE : After 20 years of

not paying its debts,

Zimbabwe is taking steps to

clean up its balance sheet and

its image by making payments

to major creditors.

Even if admittedly token

amounts, the government

hopes they will build goodwill

towards Zimbabwe, reports

UNB.

Finance Minister Mthuli

Ncube announced during a

video conference this month

that Zimbabwe had made its

Seeking to change

deadbeat image,

Zimbabwe pays debt

first payments in two decades

to a group of rich countries

known as the Paris Club.

"We have started paying

them because, as a country,

we ought to be known as good

debtors and not bad debtors,"

Ncube said. In addition to the

first payments in two decades

to the 17 nations that are part

of the Paris Club, he said

Zimbabwe was also settling its

debts to

multilateral lenders. "We

have taken the step of

beginning to pay token

payments to the World

Bank, the African

Development Bank and the

European Investment Bank,"

Ncube

said. Clearing Zimbabwe's

debts, or simply catching up

on payments, is a mammoth

ICMAB held

thanks giving

ceremony for its

office bearers

DHAKA : The Institute of Cost

and

Management

Accountants of Bangladesh

(ICMAB) has organized a

thanks giving ceremony for

the Office Bearers of the

Council-2020 and Branch

Councils-2020 on September

10, 2021. Md Jasim Uddin

Akond, President, ICMAB for

2020 graced the occasion as

the chief guest while President

of South Asian Federation of

Accountants (SAFA) and Past

President of ICMAB A K M.

Delwer Hussain spoke on the

ceremony.

President Abu Bakar

Siddique, Vice-Presidents Md

Mamunur Rashid and Md

Munirul Islam, Council

Member Md Ali Haider

Chowdhury & Chairman DBC

A K M. Zakaria Hossain,

Chairman CBC Md

Anisuzzaman, Chairman,

KBC Abdul Motaleb spoke on

the occasion.

ICMAB Secretary, Kazi

Muhammad Ziauddin

delivered the welcome Speech

while

Vice Chairman DBC Dr

Syed Abdulla Al Mamun

moderated the program..

Blackstone scraps

$3b takeover of

property giant

Soho China

BEIJING : A US private

equity firm has abandoned a

planned $3 billion purchase

of Chinese property

developer Soho China, with

antitrust authorities yet to

approve the deal.

Blackstone had hoped to

expand its presence in the

country through acquisition

of Soho China, which holds

prime real estate in cities like

Beijing.

But its offer had been

conditional upon clearance

from China's competition

authorities, and the parties

concluded that the preconditions

would not be

satisfied within a designated

time frame, according to a

filing to the Hong Kong

exchange dated Friday.

Both sides have now

"agreed that the offer should

not be made," the filing

added.

Blackstone's offer in June,

at HK$5 per share, was over

30 percent above Soho

China's closing price at the

time-and valued the

property group at HK$26

billion ($3.3 billion).

A June filing said

Blackstone owned

"approximately 6 million

square meters of properties

in China".

NRBC Bank launched its banking services at Jamalpur Sadar. On 12 September, 2021, Sunday, Mirza

Azam, MP and Organizing Secretary of Awami League inaugurated the Sub-branch as Chief Guest. Eng.

Mozaffar Hossain, MP, Jamalpur-5, Faruk Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman of Jamalpur Zila Parishad,

Sanower Hossain Sanu, Mayor of Jamalpur Municipality, Mirza Golam Kibria Kabir, Mayor of Madarganj

Municipality were present in the program. Chief Guest Mirza Azam, MP said NRBC Bank will continue

to work for social and economic development of this area and stay with them in this journey toward

progress and prosperity. He stressed that, the Bank authority shell provide technology based banking to

the under-privileged who are beyond the reach of the banking network. He thanked the NRBC Bank

authority for working in partnership with a number of government services.

Photo : Courtesy

Nagad is a service approved by the PM

Brushing aside the recent

ongoing propaganda by a

vested quarter about Nagad's

partnership, Posts and

Telecommunications Division

Secretary Md Afzal Hossain

said that Nagad is a financial

service approved by the Prime

Minister, says a press release.

In a video statement on

Sunday, the Posts and

Telecommunications Division

Secretary said that it is known

to all that Posts and

Telecommunications Division

and Postal Department have

partnershipover the mobile

financial serviceNagad.

Secretary MdAfzal Hossain

said, "It is a well-known fact

that, the Honorable Prime

Minister has approved of this

service and she herself started

the transaction of it with BDT

10,000. So, the Prime

Minister's approval on the

service is there."

Before the Secretary, Posts

and Telecommunications

Minister Mustafa Jabbar and

Postal Department's Director

General MdSiraj Uddin,

refuting the propaganda, in

separate statements said that

there is no room for confusion

that Nagad is a service of the

Postal Department.

In line with that, Posts and

Telecommunications Division

Secretary Md Afzal Hossain

said, "Postal Department and

Third Wave Technologies tieupped

and started their

journey in 2017 with the

Nagad service. With time and

overcoming obstacles, now in

2021 Nagad has gained a

significant position."

Nagad will serve extensively

for citizen's wellbeing and will

contribute to create cashless

society in the coming days,

hoped the Secretary. "Nagad

in an exceptional financial

service among all the financial

services of the country.

Nagad's customer base and

profit is also increasing day by

day," he said.

The Secretary said, "Nagad

will come over as a complete

information-based technological

service overcoming the obstacles

in the future. Now we are at the

second position and I hope very

soon we will become number

one and serve the country and its

people better."

Sri Lanka central bank chief quits as forex crisis worsens

COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's

central bank chief resigned

on Friday over "political and

personal issues" as a foreign

exchange crisis intensified

and the government

imposed new import

controls. W.D. Lakshman

said he will step down next

Tuesday, six weeks ahead of

his planned retirement at

the age of 80, citing severe

"mental stress" over the past

10 days. Lakshman said he

had drawn up President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa's

economic policy, but he was

unable to implement it fully

due to ideological and

personal clashes, reports

BSS.

"There have been

unpleasant reports in the

media in the past week to 10

days," he told reporters.

"There are some political

issues, there are some

personal issues. Generally,

getting things done

according to my plan was

not easy." The

announcement came three

days after Finance Minister

Basil announced that Sri

Lanka faced a "dangerous

foreign exchange crisis".

The president declared a

state of emergency last week

with most private banks

running out of foreign

currency to finance essential

imports. Queues have

formed outside stores on

most days for sugar and rice.

The government had already

banned imports of cars,

some cooking oils,

spices and other goods in a

bid to save currency. On

Thursday, the central bank

further tightened

restrictions, telling banks

not to provide credit to

finance imports of mobile

phones, consumer goods,

tyres and clothing.

Sri Lanka's coronavirushit

economy shrank by a

record 3.6 percent last year

after the key tourism sector

shut down. Official figures

show foreign reserves fell to

$2.8 billion at the end of

July. Sri Lanka has to

repay about $2 billion to

service its foreign debt

during the rest of the year.

International rating

agencies have downgraded

the country's credit status,

expressing fears it could

soon default.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

9

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates with teammates Victor Osimhen and Fabián Ruiz. Photo: AP

No Ronaldo, no wins for Juventus

after losing at Napoli 2-1

SPORTS DESK

No Cristiano Ronaldo. No wins for

Juventus. The Bianconeri remained

winless in Serie A and slumped to their

second consecutive defeat since

Ronaldo went back to Manchester

United after losing at Napoli 2-1 on

Saturday, reports UNB. Napoli center

back Kalidou Koulibaly scored five

minutes from time after Moise Kean

inexplicably headed the ball toward his

own goal following a Napoli corner,

setting up a tap-in for Koulibaly.

Matteo Politano equalized for Napoli

near the hour mark following Álvaro

Morata's opener for Juventus 10

minutes in at Diego Armando

Maradona Stadium.

"We need to change the way we play,"

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini said.

"When you have a superstar like

Ronaldo you can't not play for him. …

We should be grateful to Cristiano for

these years at Juventus but we need to

move on."

Juventus remained with just one

point from a 2-2 draw at Udinese in its

season opener. With Massimiliano

Allegri having returned as Juventus

coach after Andrea Pirlo's unsuccessful

tenure last season ended a run of nine

straight Italian league titles, Juventus

also lost at home to promoted Empoli

before the international break.

The loss to Empoli came a day after

Ronaldo's transfer, while this defeat

Sri Lanka name

squad for cricket's

T20 World Cup

SPORTS DESK

Sri Lanka named a 15-player

squad for next month's

Twenty20 World Cup, but

said they were undecided on

whether to play against

Afghanistan over the

Taliban's reported ban on

women playing sport,

reports BSS.

Sri Lanka Cricket retained

Dasun Shanaka as captain

with Dhananjaya de Silva as

his deputy for the T20

World Cup which runs from

October 17 to November 14

in the United Arab Emirates

and Oman.

"We have now finalised

the squad, but we are yet to

take a decision regarding

Afghanistan," Sri Lanka

cricket board secretary

Mohan de Silva told AFP.

"We are aware of reports

that some (teams) may

boycott playing Afghanistan

over the Taliban's position

on women, but we are yet to

take a decision on that," de

Silva said.

Australia Test captain Tim

Paine said Friday he

believed teams could pull

out of the Twenty20

tournament or boycott

matches

against

Afghanistan unless the

Taliban regime change their

stance on women's sport.

Under International

Cricket Council regulations,

nations with Test status

must also have an active

women's team.

Australia on Wednesday

said it would cancel a

maiden Test against

Afghanistan in Hobart in

November unless the

Taliban backtracks.

came on the day that Ronaldo scored

twice in his first match and win for

United in 12 years in the English

Premier League.

"We put in a worse performance

against Empoli but today unfortunately

we paid the price for errors," Allegri

said. "In soccer, when you don't win,

you can only shut up and work hard."

Juventus doesn't have much time to

train, though, before traveling to

Sweden for its Champions League

opener against Malmö on Tuesday.

Napoli, meanwhile, has won all three

of its matches under new coach

Luciano Spalletti and moved three

points clear of Lazio, Inter Milan,

Roma, AC Milan and Fiorentina, which

won at Atalanta 2-1.

"I've got to thank Spalletti for making

the team solid," Napoli president

Aurelio De Laurentiis said of the former

Roma, Zenit St. Petersburg and Inter

coach. "I chose Spalletti because he's

diligent, orderly and handles things

firmly, just the way I like it. You can talk

to him and he doesn't get offended if

you ask for an explanation, because he

isn't haunted by his ego."

The equalizer came when Juventus

goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny didn't do

enough to control a long-range curled

effort from Lorenzo Insigne and

Politano slotted it in from near the

'keeper's left post.

Morata's goal came following a

defensive error from Kostas Manolas,

who was attempting an ill-advised pass

back to goalkeeper David Ospina.

Morata took possession instead and

beat Ospina from a sharp angle.

United States midfielder Weston

McKennie played the opening 72

minutes for Juventus despite being

banned from a pair of U.S. World Cup

qualifiers for violating the national

team's COVID-19 protocols.

McKennis also missed Juventus'

derby against Torino in April after

violating COVID-19 protocols in Italy.

Allegri needed McKennie's services

after deciding not to use South

American players Paulo Dybala, Juan

Cuadrado, Rodrigo Bentancur, Danilo

and Alex Sandro because they had just

returned from international duty.

ATALANTA STRUGGLES

Dušan Vlahovic converted two

penalties for Fiorentina in a 2-1 win at

Atalanta, which was expected to

contend for the title but has only one

win in three matches.

Duván Zapata pulled one back for

Atalanta but Fiorentina goalkeeper

Pietro Terracciano saved several

potential equalizers. VENEZIA'S BACK

Venezia earned its first points in Serie

A in nearly 20 years after beating Serie

B champion Empoli 2-1.

Back in the top division for the first

time since 2002, Venezia's goals came

from two newly acquired players:

French forward Thomas Henry and

Nigerian striker David Okereke.

US Open: Flying below radar, Daniil

Medvedev could be the giant killer

Daniil Medvedev hits a backhand during his US

Open semi-final.

Photo: AP

SPORTS DESK

The US Open started with

Stefanos Tsitsipas' lengthy

bathroom break scandal. The

first week of play was

highlighted by thrillingly close

matches, and the shock Naomi

Osaka exit in the third round of

the women's draw. For the first

time since 1999, two teenagers

will face off for the women's

singles title, reports UNB.

And of course, all eyes have

been on Novak Djokovic as he

aims to become the first male

player in 52 years to win all four

Majors in a single year.

Amid all these dominating

storylines, Daniil Medvedev

has snuck into the US Open

men's final for the second time

in his career. And this time was

quite unlike the first. Rancour

of '19 Two years ago, the tall

Russian kicked-up a storm

(angrily snatched a towel) in

the early rounds that irked the

New York crowd. Neither side

hid their displeasure. The

audience would boo and jeer

the then World No.5.

Medvedev would flip the bird at

them. When he played that

final against Rafael Nadal, he

came back from two-sets-tolove

down to narrowly lose in

the fifth set. That display of

tenacity, coupled with some

scintillating strokes got him

back on the right side of the

crowd. And the graceful postmatch

speech made the

Russian a crowd favourite. This

time, the World No.2 and

second seed made it to the final

without much social media

attention. Under the

radarEarlier in the tournament,

American player Frances

Tiafoe was asked the reason

why so many matches had gone

the distance - 18 of the 64 firstround

matches ended in the

fifth set.

"I definitely think guys are

trying extra hard, because there

is (no) Roger (Federer), Rafa. I

truly believe that," he said. "I

see, like guys are foaming in the

mouth, like it's pretty funny to

watch. I'm in the locker room

cracking up. Guys are like,

there's a f-opening, like I got to

f-push."

None of Medvedev's matches

ended in the deciding set. The

25-year-old quietly went about

his business, outplaying his

opponents and dropping just

one set in the 11 hours 51

minutes he spent on court. But

in the way he's reached the

final, without much noise, has

been a stark contrast to his run

to the final in 2019.

Djokovic again The World

No.1 is just a win away from

becoming the first male player

since Rod Laver in 1969, and

first player since Steffi Graf in

1988, to win all four Majors in a

single year. But the Serbian will

first have to beat the towering

6-foot-6 Medvedev. In

February, Medvedev reached

the Australian Open final on

the back of a run that saw him

beat each of the top 10 players

(except Roger Federer who was

recovering from surgery at the

time). He was seen as the only

player capable of putting an

end to Djokovic's dominance

over the Melbourne title (the

Serb had never lost any of the

eight finals he had played in).

Djokovic walked away with his

ninth title that tournament

after a straight-sets win.

Recent wins boost

Bangladesh's T20 World

Cup chances: Shakib

SPORTS DESK

All-rounder Shakib Al

Hasan says Bangladesh will

head to the T20 World Cup

later this year full of

confidence after series wins

against Zimbabwe, Australia

and New Zealand, reports

BSS.

Bangladesh's Twenty20

side defeated hosts

Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat

Australia 4-1 at home in

August and completed a 3-2

series victory against New

Zealand in Dhaka on Friday.

"I think we have a good

chance in the World Cup.

We had a good preparation.

The big reason for this is that

we won our last three

series," Shakib told

reporters on Saturday.

"When a team keep

winning, carries a winning

mentality, they give it the

confidence of a different

level."

Teen US Open

champ Raducanu

gets epic first

qualifier Slam win

SPORTS DESK

British teenager Emma

Raducanu completed the

greatest underdog title run

in tennis history on

Saturday, becoming the first

qualifier to capture a Grand

Slam crown by defeating

Canada's Leylah Fernandez

in the US Open women's

final, reports BSS.

The 18-year-old was the

first British woman in 44

years to win a Slam crown

after beating 19-year-old

left-hander Fernandez 6-4,

6-3 to take the $2.5 million

(2.1 million euro) top prize.

"I knew I would have to

dig deep," Raducanu said.

"It was an incredibly difficult

match but I thought the level

was really high. I had to play

some of my best tennis."

It was a stunning

achievement for the

unheralded 150th-ranked

teen, who didn't drop a set in

three qualifying matches

and seven main-draw

matches over two weeks in

producing a stunner for the

ages. Raducanu is the

youngest Slam champion

since Maria Sharapova at 17

in 2004 at Wimbledon.

Not since Virginia Wade in

1977 at Wimbledon had a

British woman taken a Slam

singles title, with Raducanu

the first Briton to claim the

US Open crown since Wade

in 1968. Queen Elizabeth II

was among the first to pay

tribute to Raducanu's

incredible triumph.

"It is a remarkable

achievement at such a young

age, and is testament to your

hard work and dedication,"

the British monarch said in a

statement. Wade and British

men's tennis legend Tim

Henman were among a

sellout crowd of 23,700 that

created an electric

atmosphere at Arthur Ashe

Stadium in the first-ever

women's Slam final between

unseeded players.

Bellingham catches, drinks beer

thrown from the crowd while

celebrating Dortmund winner

SPORTS DESK

Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham

showed off a novel celebration involving a

cup of beer during his side's gripping 4-3

victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday,

reports UNB.

A late penalty from Erling Haaland helped

the visitors prevail in a match which saw

them come back from behind on three

occasions before finally sealing the win.

But their young England star also shared

the headlines for his "first beer" and earned

some scorn from his own organisation for

the antics.

'My first beer!'

Haaland put Dortmund 4-3 ahead from

the penalty spot with 13 minutes left on the

clock and immediately ran over to the corner

of Leverkusen's BayArena to celebrate, with

Bellingham in hot pursuit.

Their happiness was, rather

unsurprisingly, received in a less than

gracious fashion by the home crowd, which

began hurling paper beer cups at the

celebrating players.

While most of the beverages landed on the

turf, Bellingham showed admirable reflexes

to pluck one of the receptacles out of the air,

and he proceeded to lift the drink up to his

mouth.

"Perfect day for my first beer... Not a fan,"

he later joked on Twitter while sharing a

sequence of the catch.

The ex-Birmingham City youngster was

later taken off in the final minutes as

Dortmund held on for a vital win.

Dortmund staffer Kehl scolds Bellingham

Not everyone was as impressed with

Bellingham's actions, though.

One such critic was Sebastian Kehl, who

heads the club's Licensed Player Division.

"I told him not to do that," Kehl told Sky

Sport Germany after the match. "I'll tell him

again. The boys are of course charged, it was

a heated atmosphere.

"It's nice that there are spectators here

again, but it was very heated, there were a lot

of decisions against us too."

Saturday's win takes BVB up to third in the

Bundesliga standings, having won three and

lost one of their four outings to date.

Novak Jude Bellingham caught and drank a beer thrown at him from the

crowd

Photo: AP

Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan

& Chris Woakes pull out of

IPL, citing personal reasons

SPORTS DESK

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny

Bairstow, Punjab Kings batsman Dawid

Malan and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Chris

Woakes have pulled out of the upcoming

Indian Premier League (IPL) due to personal

reasons. The England and India players were

supposed to fly into UAE from Manchester

together in a bubble to bubble transfer but

Covid-19 cases in the visitors' camp forced

IPL teams to make their own arrangements,

reports UNB . The fifth Test between India

and England was also postponed indefinitely

after a junior physio tested positive for the

virus ahead of the game. Other members of

India's support staff, including head Ravi

Shastri, were already in quarantine after they

tested positive for the virus during the fourth

Test at the Oval. All players arriving in Dubai

now have to do a six-day quarantine and that

could be the reason behind Bairstow and

Malan pulling out.

A BCCI official told PTI that both the

players won't be part of the IPL resuming

September 19. The Guardian reported on

Woakes' unavailability.

"They won't be boarding the flight to UAE.

One of the reasons for their pull out is the sixday

quarantine which they didn't need to do

earlier," said the official.

While Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers

line-up, world number one T20 batsman

Malan made his IPL debut with Kings earlier

this year. Bairstow had made 248 runs at

strike rate of 141 plus in seven games earlier

this season. Bairstow, Woakes and Malan

were part of England's Test squad in

Manchester. Bubble life has taken a toll on

players and with the T20 World Cup to

follow in UAE, not playing the IPL would

allow more family time to Bairstow and

Malan.

All three are also part of England's Ashes

plans but the tour Down Under is also

currently in doubt with Australia imposing

some of the harshest restrictions in the world

on incoming travellers in the COVID times.

Mujib Year Sheikh Kamal Teesta

Swimming Competition held

SPORTS DESK

The Mujib Year Sheikh Kamal Teesta

(46km) Swimming Competition- 2021

held on Saturday entertained thousands

of people of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat

and Rangpur districts, reports BSS.

Rangpur district administration and

District Sports Office jointly organised

the competition from the Teesta Barrage

Project (TBP) point in Nilphamari to the

Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge at Mohipur

Bazar point in Gangachara upazila of

Rangpur.

A total of fifteen male and female

swimmers from across the country took

part in the 46-kilometre long swimming

event arranged marking the birth

centenary of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

At the end of the competition, a closing

ceremony cum certificate handing over

function was organised at Mohipur Bazar

in Laksmitari union of Gangachara

upazila in Rangpur at 4 pm. Swimmer

Rabbi Rahman, a class ten student from

Bogra, finished first taking five hours 38

minutes 26 seconds in reaching the

finishing Mohipur point in Rangpur after

swimming 46 km in river Teesta.

Swimmer Saiful Islam Russell of

Barguna district became second taking

five hours 50 minutes and 50 seconds

and Mitu Akhter, a female swimmer

from Bogura, became third taking six

hours one minute 36 seconds in reaching

the finishing point. The swimmers were

greeted by thousands of swimming-lover

people on both sides of the river Teesta

from the starting TBP point in Dimla

upazila of Nilphamari (opposite to

Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat) to

the finishing Mohipur point in Rangpur.

Mashiur Rahman Ranga, Member of

Parliament for Rangpur-1 constituency,

handed over prizes, certificates and

mementos to the winners as well as all

participating swimmers at the closing

ceremony as the chief guest. Presided

over by Deputy Commissioner of

Rangpur Md Asib Ahsan, Gangachara

Upazila Parishad Chairman Ruhul Amin,

Gangachara Upazila Nirbahi Officer

Taslima Begum and General Secretary of

Rangpur District Sports Association

Advocate Anwarul Islam were present as

special guests.


MoNDAY, sepTeMBeR 13, 2021

10

Sporshia's new music

video 'Asche Ma Durga'

Selim to announce replacement

for Faria in Gunnin

TBT RepoRT

Popular director Giasuddin Selim is going to

announce the replacement of film actress Nusraat

Faria who left the upcoming web film 'Gunnin'

nearly twenty days after signing her contract due to

schedule complications.

Giasuddin Selim confirmed the matter and said,

"Faria scrapped her deal for 'Gunnin' due to

schedule complications," on Friday.

The director further said, "We had to delay our

shooting for a week because Shariful Razz, another

lead cast of the web film got injured in a road

accident. Due to the delay, Faria couldn't match her

shooting schedule with 'Gunnin'. As a result, we

decided to cancel the agreement jointly".

'Gunnin' is adapted from a short story written by

renowned writer Hasan Azizul Haque. The script

and dialogue of the web film are written by director

Selim. The shooting of 'Gunin' is expected to start in

October. Selim further added that the most

important character in 'Gunnin' is Rabeya, which

was supposed to be played by Faria. As 'Gunnin' is

scheduled to go on floors next month, meanwhile,

Following an eventful one-month, Dhallywood's

much-talked-about actress Pori Moni has

recently returned to work, to complete her

remaining film projects and start

shooting for her newly-signed

films, reports UNB. Last

Tuesday and Wednesday,

Pori Moni - real name

Shamsunnahar Smrity -

attended a dubbing

session in Dhaka for

director Iftekhar Shuvo's

forthcoming film

"Mukhosh", which

received government

funding.

Starring as

SohanaSabrin,

a crime

reporter in her

role opposite Ziaul

Roshan, the actress

has also confirmed

the matter on her

social media.

She is also

scheduled to start

shooting for the

highly

anticipated film

"Pritilata", based

on the life of

speculations were doing rounds that Pori Moni

might be signed for the character Rabeya.

When director Selim was asked about this, he said,

"Names of several actresses came to mind that is

suitable for the character. But I don't want to reveal

anything about it now. Hopefully, I will announce

the lead actress in two or three days."

While asking the director what kind of artist Selim

was searching for, he said: "As the story of 'Gunnin'

is in the backdrop of 70s, I need someone who can

portray the look of a conservative Muslim woman of

that time. I need an actress who is comfortable with

a no-makeup look and has good acting skills. I want

someone to portray the character as it is".

He also added that "At that time women used to be

very simple; they were not used to wash their hair

with shampoo regularly. So, I want such an actress

who can pull off the no-makeup look or feel

comfortable with not washing her hair with

shampoo before shooting."

The cast of 'Gunnin' includes Iresh Zaker, Mostofa

Monwar and Azad Abul Kalam in various roles.

Nayla Azad Nupur, Dilara Zaman and Shilpi Sarker

are also expected to join them in the web film.

Pori Moni resumes work on her

incomplete, upcoming characters

Pritilata Waddedar, who was a Bengali

revolutionary nationalist from the Indian

subcontinent who was

influential in the Indian

independence

movement.

Rashid Palash,

director of the film

has informed the

media that the

shooting will begin

after October 24th, the

birthday of Pori Moni.

On August 31, Dhaka

Metropolitan Sessions Judge

Court judge KM Imrul Kayes granted

Pori Moni's release on a Tk 20,000

bail bond in the drugs case, filed

under the Narcotics Control Act.

Earlier, the 29-year-old actress

was arrested by the Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB) from her

Banani residence on August

4, 2021. A case was filed

against the actress for

illegal possession of

foreign liquor. She was

then sent to the

Kashimpur jail and

had been remanded

thrice for interrogation

by the police.

TBT RepoRT

Dhallywood young actress

Orchita Sporshia recently signed

contracts for two new movies

together films titled 'Jolkiron'

and 'Roktomoyur', which will be

directed by H.R Habib. The

shooting will start at the

beginning of next year. This time

the heroine will be seen as model

for a new music video titled

'Asche Ma Durga'.

Singer Pooja has lent her voice

in the music video for the song

was directed by Lincoln. The

shooting has been completed by

making a huge set in a beautiful

location of Rupganj in

Narayanganj near Dhaka.

Anonno Mamun has directed the

video. It is learnt that the music

video will be released in the

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika

Padukone who were supposed

to come together for Sanjay

Leela Bhansali's 'Baiju Bawra'

have backed off from the

project. Here's the reason why!

It's been almost a year since

'Baiju Bawra' has been on the

front covers of news channels

and rightfully so, as director

Marvel Cinematic Universe and

its Avengers have never failed to

impress its audience. The fan

following for MCU is just

immense and the love for it is

3000 from all of its fans.

But, Marvel's 'Avengers' and

many other greatest superheroes

of the universe, apparently

fought against a potentially

world-ending threat and

surprisingly lost! It's not us who

says this. It's the latest issue of

'Savage Avengers' #24 is doing

the talking!

In Marvel's 'Savage Avengers'

#24, 'Doctor Strange' made in

some of his most powerful

comrades to stop Kulan Gath

from snatching over the earth.

But, unlike in 'Avengers:

Endgame', where the Avengers

allied to end Thanos, Kulan

Grath managed to win as he

killed many heroes in the battle.

Durga Puja. Sporshia is going to

model for this music video again,

after many years through this

video. Regarding this context the

actress said, "After many years, I

became model for music videos".

This is because Mamun and

Pooja are both very good friends

of mine. The song is very

beautiful, I like it a lot. We made a

huge set and shot in Rupganj. My

guess is that this time the song

will be quite a hit.'

Sporshia has been seen as a

model in music videos before.

Notable among them are-

"Tomar Chobi", "Chayer Cup E

Tumul Brishty", "Mon Doriya",

"Haralo Ojanaay", "EiBrishti

Bheja Raate", "Tomay Niye",

"Tori Majhe", "TumiJano Na" etc.

Sporshia was last seen in the

Shakib Khan starrer 'Nabab

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was

bringing together a dream team

for the movie. The initial cast for

the movie saw Ranbir, Deepika,

and Alia but now things have

turned around a bit, as both

'Bachna Ae Haseeno' co-stars

are deciding to back off from the

project.

While speaking about the cast

There are few moments in the

latest issue of 'Savage Avengers'

that are more iconic than the

'Avengers last stand against

Thanos. In the scene, the scene

where dozens of heroes were

L.L.B' where she played an

important role. Apart from that,

her film 'Fire Dekha', directed by

Rojina Islam, is awaiting its

release. 'Jolkiron' is focused on a

science-fiction based storyline. A

Bollywood Hungama reported

that "Ranbir Kapoor was offered

the film; however, the actor did

not have a pleasant experience

of working with Bhansali during

Saawariya. He was clear from

the release of his debut film that

he would never work with SLB

again. That aside, he was heard

telling his circle that BaijuBawra

was otherwise a boring script

that had a restricted appeal for

the audiences today. Hence, it

was an easy decision for him to

say a no to Bhansali."

Now as Ranbir Kapoor steps

back, Ranveer Singh takes his

place in the movie. Following

that there were also reports over

DeepikaPadukone quitting the

project as Sanjay LeelaBhansali

teleported onto the battleground

by 'Doctor Strange' to help defeat

the 'Mad Titan', was recreated in

the pages of 'Savage Avengers', as

'Doctor Strange' used identical

gates to call in Marvel's most

group of scientists invent a new

alternative for food, which

changes the traditional social

system alchemically. She will play

the character of a teenage girl in

'Jolkiron' opposite actor Nirab.

Ranbir rejected 'Baiju

Bawra' because of SLB!

rejected to keep her pay equal to

Ranveer's.

Although the source says that,

"After the success of Simmba,

Gully Boy, Padmaavat and

having a formidable line up in a

place with films like '83', 'Rocky

Aur Rani Ki PremKahani',

Shankar's next among others;

Ranveer has upped his market

fees considerably.

Deepika on the other hand is

the highest-paid actress among

the female counterparts, with

an average fee per film in the

range of Rs. 15 crores. There is

no chance of her demanding

equal pay to Ranveer at this

point and no producer would

even pay that amount."

Source: Times Of India

'Avengers' losing 'Endgame' battle would've

been a heartbreaking conclusion

powerful heroes to enable him to

stop the evil conjurer, Kulan

Gath. Strange surpassed across

the universe to bring in 'Thor',

the 'X-Men', 'Guardians of the

Galaxy', and more to stop Gath.

But, the huge war did not go as

anticipated.

In 'Savage Avengers' #24 by

Gerry Duggan, Patch Zircher,

Java Tartaglia, and Travis

Lanham, the Avengers assemble

to take on Kulan Gath, who has

the City of Sickles floating over

New York as he has mindcontrolled

the citizens of the city.

Marvel heroes give their best to

take down Kulan-Gath, but the

evildoer Janls with them with

ease, grabbing and chomping a

chunk off Captain America's

shield while he uses a powerful

blast from his eyes to rip through

'She-Hulk'.

Source: Flip Board

H o R o s c o p e

ARIes

(March 21 - April 20) : An unexpected

development could throw you into a

tailspin, Aries. This could involve a new

person in your life or the reappearance

of someone from the past. This presence could incite

either personal or professional changes. These could

seem like a lot to handle, but could be positive over

the long term. Stay calm, deal with issues one at a

time, and keep your sense of humor.

TAURUs

(April 21 - May 21) : Group activities

could escalate almost to a frenzy.

New short-term goals could

necessitate a lot of work, Taurus. You

might get caught in a rush of phone calls and

errands. This should prove very positive for the

group's goals in the long term, but for now it could

drive everyone crazy. Try to stay focused and just

do what you have to do.

GeMINI

(May 22 - June 21) : News about

changes in your neighborhood

could throw your community for a

loop, Cancer. This may involve new

businesses, laws, or ordinances that don't sit

well with everyone. You can expect a lot of

phone calls, impromptu meetings, and other

community contact that could turn into heated

quarrels. Be prepared, and stay focused.

cANceR

(June 22 - July 23) : News about

changes in your neighborhood could

throw your community for a loop,

Cancer. This may involve new

businesses, laws, or ordinances that don't sit well

with everyone. You can expect a lot of phone calls,

impromptu meetings, and other community

contact that could turn into heated quarrels. Be

prepared, and stay focused.

Leo

(July 24 - Aug. 23): Technology could

set a personal or job-related project back

for you today, Leo. Computers,

telephones, or other important

equipment could malfunction and necessitate calling

in a repairperson. Too many people could vie for your

attention and make demands on you, causing you to

feel distracted. The temptation to lose your temper and

walk out could be strong. Don't do it.

VIRGo

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): Large social

gatherings, perhaps group events or

festivals, could put you in the middle

of an agitated crowd, Virgo. At first it

could seem exhilarating, but after a while you could

feel stifled. Still, you won't want to miss anything,

so you'll be in a quandary. It's OK to leave for a

while and come back. The crowd should dissipate

somewhat by the time you return.

LIBRA

(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): Too many

demands upon you could have you

feeling a bit on edge today. If

possible, this is a good day to get

away by yourself for a while, Libra, as you might

feel a strong need to get your head together. It's a

great day to go for a workout or get out in the

open if weather permits. Take a book with you

and gather your thoughts.

scoRpIo

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : A speech or lecture

you hear or read could cause your way of

thinking to be suddenly and drastically

altered, Scorpio. Some radical

information could overturn concepts you've embraced

for years, and this might shock you. Consider it

objectively and you'll realize that it isn't all that drastic

a change. In the larger scope of things, all ideas stem

from the same source.

sAGITTARIUs

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

shocking information could affect

your current living situation and

cause some upset in your household

today, Sagittarius. This might cause a lot of worry,

although the situation probably isn't as dire as it

seems. Calm everyone down and view the

situation objectively. It's better to find solutions

than to become angry.

cApRIcoRN

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): A phone call from

another state or country could bring

some astounding information your

way today, Capricorn, awakening you

to events and ideas you've never considered before.

You might be in a daze for a while. You may want to

run this by friends to see what they think. Some

interesting discussions could result. By day's end,

you won't be thinking the same way!

AQUARIUs

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : If you're trying to

get your finances together, today

might not be the best day for it,

Aquarius. Put it aside for now.

Indulge in the lighter side of life. Get family or

close friends together and head outside. You can

enjoy a day at the park or zoo. Share some laughs

and grow closer. Those more serious matters will

still be waiting for you tomorrow.

pIsces

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : A surprising phone

call might come today from a close friend

or business or romantic partner, Pisces.

This person might have encountered an

unexpected upset and need to concentrate on getting it

together again. An offer to help might meet with scant

enthusiasm, as this person may prefer to take care of

things alone. The trick is to be supportive and not take

on the troubles as your own.


moNDAY, SePTemBer 13, 2021

11

Class going on at Ahmad Uddin Shah Shishu Niketon and School and College in Gaibandha maintaining

social distance.

Photo : TBT

GD-1314/21 (4x3)

GD-1315/21 (8x3)

Father, sons killed

as train hit CNG in

Brahmanbaria

BRAHMANBARIA : A man

and his two sons were killed as

a train hit a CNG-run autorickshaw

on the Dhaka-

Chattogram highway in

Ashuganj upazila of the district

early Sunday. The deceased

were identified as Sadek Mia,

his sons Rubel, 33, and Pabel,

23, hailed from Rajghar area in

the upazila. Police said the

accident occurred when a

Dhaka-bound Chattogram

Mail train hit the CNG-run

auto-rickshaw in Talshahor rail

level crossing in the area,

leaving Pabel dead on the spot

and injuring his father and

brother.

'Drug peddler' killed

in 'gunfight' with

BGB in Cox's Bazar

COX'S BAZAR : A suspected

Yaba peddler was killed in a

reported gunfight with

members of Border Guards

Bangladesh (BGB) in the

Naf River in Teknaf upazila

of Cox's Bazar district early

Sunday, reports UNB.

The identity of the

deceased could not be

known yet.

A patrol team of BGB-2

noticed a boat with some

people in the Naf River

along the bordering area and

challenged the boat early in

the morning, said

Commanding officer of

BGB-2 Lieutenant Colonel

Mohammad Foysal Hasan.

At one stage, the criminals

opened fire on the BGB men,

forcing them to fire back that

triggered a gunfight.

Man killed after

being hit by

train in Khulna

KHULNA : A 50-year-old

man was killed as a train

him on Phulbarigate level

crossing in Khulna city on

Saturday afternoon, reports

UNB.

The deceased was

identified as Anwar Hossain,

a speech and hearing

impaired man of

M a h e s h w a r p a s h a

Banikpara area of the city.

The Khulna-bound train

from Jashore hit him on the

level crossing around 1 pm

while he was heading

towards a shop, leaving him

dead on the spot, said subinspector

Asad of

Khanjahan Ali Police

Station.

On information, police

recovered the body and

handed it over to family.

Forging unity among AL

leaders, activists stressed

NETRAKONA : Awami

League leaders on Sunday

emphasized on forging

unity among AL leaders and

its activists to steer the

nation towards prosperity

and progress under the

vibrant leadership of Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina,

reports BSS.

They said AL president

and Premier Sheikh Hasina

is working relentlessly to

build the country 'Sonar

Bangla' as dreamt by Father

of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

They came up with the

views while addressing an

extended meeting of AL at

Public Hall in the district

town.

Organizing secretary of

AL central committee Safiul

Alam Chowdhury Nadel

addressed the meeting as

the chief guest with

president of AL Netrakona

sadar upazila unit Bazlul

Kader Shahjahan in the

chair.

Nadel, in his speech,

urged the party leaders and

workers to forge greater

unity among them and gear

up organizational activities

for strengthening the party

and Premier's hand.

General secretary of AL

Netrakona sadar upazila

unit GM Khan Pathan

Bimol conducted the

meeting.

Cultural secretary of AL

central committee Asim

Kumar Ukil, central

committee members -

Remond Areng and Marufa

Akter Popi, state minister

for social welfare Ashraf Ali

Khan Khasru and president

of AL Netrakona district

unit Motiur Rahman Khan

addressed the meeting as

special guests.

Man held with

ganja in Nalchity

JHALOKATHI : Detective

Branch of police held a man

with two kilograms of ganja

from Nalchity upazila of the

district last night. The arrested

was identified as Shahjahan

Molla, 35, hailed from Powta

village.

2 siblings killed as train

hits auto-rickshaw in

B'baria

BRAHMANBARIA : Two

siblings were killed and their

father was injured when a train

hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw

on Talshohor level crossing in

Ashuganj upazila early

Sunday, reports UNB.

The deceased were

identified as Rubel, 33 and

Pavel, 23, two sons of Sadek

Mia of the upazila.

Dharmajit Sinha, subinspector

of Ashuganj Police

Station, said the Dhaka-bound

mail train from Chattogram hit

the auto-rickshaw carrying

four people while it was

passing the level crossing,

leaving Pavel dead on the spot

and two others injured.

1453

GD-1317/21 (4x4)

GD-1312/21 (12x4)


Monday,­Dhaka:­September­13,­2021;­Bhadra­29,­1428­BS;­Safar­5,­1443­Hijri

HC surprises over filing of false

cases by Rajarbagh pir syndicate

DHAKA : The High Court (HC) on

Sunday expressed its surprise over filing

of as many as 49 false cases by Rajarbagh

pir (saint) syndicate against a person

allegedly after failing to grab his land.

"Just look at the work of this pir sahib.

How a pir syndicate is torturing the ordinary

people in the name of religion! How

they are harassing the innocent people!

When only one case can ruin the whole

life of a man, they have filed so many

cases against one person! This is a serious

matter," the court said.

A HC division bench comprising

Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice

Md Mostafizur Rahman came up with

the observation while hearing a writ

petition filed in this regard. The court

adjourned the hearing for a week, saying

it would look into the matter seriously.

Advocate Emdadul Haque Basir

moved the plea before the court, while

Deputy Attorney General Bipul

Baghmar stood for the state.

Victim Ekramul Ahsan Kanchon of

capital's Shantinagar filed the writ on

June 7, 2021, pleading for court's direction

to identify the complainant of these

49 alleged false cases. He also sought

court's direction for compensation.

Forty officials concerned, including

the home secretary, the inspector general

of police, additional inspector general

of police (SB), additional inspector general

of police (CID), director general of

RAB and Dhaka Metropolitan Police

(DMP) commissioner were made

respondents in the writ.

The HC on June 14 asked CID to identify

the complainants of the cases and

also directed the police to take a photocopy

of national identity card of a complainant

at the police station while filing

the case.

According to the court documents,

Ekramul Ahsan Kanchon's ancestral

house is situated just behind the

Rajarbagh dargah sharif. After his

father's death in 1995, his mother, one

brother and a sister became murid (follower)

of the pir. The pir took parts of

their land in the name of expanding the

dargah sharif. But the pir syndicate

couldn't make Kanchon and another

brother Dr Kamrul Ahsan Badol to give

up their part of ancestral land.

Prime

Minister

Sheikh

Hasinainaugurated

five­power

plants­with

a­totalelectricity

generation

capacity­of

879­MW­

virtually.­

Photo­:­

Star­Mail

Development project must not

harm environment:Hasina

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina on Sunday stressed the importance

of keeping the environment in

mind while taking any development

project, reports UNB.

"We must focus on the environment

while taking any project; we always

should take protective measures before

taking any step," she said.

The Prime Minister said this while

speaking at a programme to inaugurate

five power plants with a total electricity

generation capacity of 879 MW.

Hasina inaugurated the power plants

through a videoconference from her official

residence Ganobhaban as the programme

was held at the Bijoy Hall of

Bidyut Bhaban.

The five power plants are the

Bibiyana-III 400MW Combined Cycle

Power Plant in Habiganj, Zulda,

Chittagong 100MW Power Plant Unit-2,

Meghnaghat 104MW Power Plant in

Narayanganj, Modhumoti 100MW

Power Plant in Bagerhat and upgradation

of Sylhet 150MW Power Plant to

225MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in

Sylhet.

The PM renewed her call to people to

maintain austerity while using electricity

as the government provides power at a

huge subsidised price. "The production

cost of electricity is much higher. To provide

services to subscribers, we're giving

huge subsidies. The billing price is much

lower than the production cost."

Requesting all to be careful about

unnecessary usage of electricity, Hasina

said, "If you don't have any need, please

turn the electricity switches off."

She said how much the government

could provide subsidies if people do not

maintain austerity. "That should be

taken care of (by consumers)."

Talking about the huge production of

power in Bangladesh, the Prime

Minister said the transmission lines

have to be set up alongside increasing

the production to meet the demand. "So,

we're constructing the transmission

lines as well."

Hasina said the main aim of the government

is to extensively provide electricity

to rural areas so that the scope of

employment generation increases.

"The overall development of rural people

is on top of our priority list. That's

why we've given the highest importance

to communications and power lines,"

she said.

Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic,

Hasina said the government is providing

vaccines for people so that no one is left

out of it, no matter what the cost is.

She requested all to maintain health

guidelines even after taking vaccines.

Hasina, however, admitted that the

development pace in the country has

suffered a setback due to the pandemic.

Briefly describing the farsighted development

plans of the government, the

Prime Minister said the government has

taken the Delta Plan 2100 so that the

development pace could continue generations

after generations.

Momen seeks

Russian support in

Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA : Foreign Minister Dr AK

Abdul Momen on Sunday sought

Russian support in early repatriation

of forcefully displaced persecuted

Rohingya from Bangladesh to their

land of origin in Rakhine state of

Myanmar.

He made the urge while newly

appointed Russian ambassador to

Bangladesh Alexander Vikentyevich

Mantytskiy called on him at foreign

ministry here, a foreign ministry press

release said here.

Welcoming the new envoy, Dr

Momen expected that the Russian foreign

minister would visit Bangladesh

to attend the inauguration of Rooppur

Nuclear Power Plant in 2023.

As the Russian ambassador proposed

to celebrate 50-year diplomatic

ties between Bangladesh and Russia

together, Dr Momen said that the two

countries could chalk out the joint programme

marking the milestone.

The foreign minister termed

Bangladesh-Russia ties as a special

one and said the countrymen recalled

the Russian support during the country's

great liberation war as well as its

rebuilding efforts after the war.

Govt plans to set up technical training

centers in all upazilas in phases: Mannan

Arrest warrant issued

against Sami, Tasnim,

2 others in DSA case

BGMEA urges AAFA to promote

Bangladesh's business

interests in US market

DHAKA : Bangladesh Garment

Manufacturers and Exporters

Association (BGMEA) Faruque Hassan

has urged the American Apparel and

Footwear Association (AAFA) to promote

Bangladesh as the safe and sustainable

apparel-sourcing destination among

its members, reports UNB.

He also encouraged them to source

more garments including non-cotton

items from Bangladesh.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan

and Vice President Miran Ali met with

Stephen Lamar, President and CEO of

the AAFA in Washington recently and

discussed the issues, said the BGMEA on

Sunday.

High officials of AAFA and other

organizations were also present at the

meeting.

They had discussions on various issues

including how to enhance cooperation

between BGMEA and AAFA to deepen

mutual business engagement and

explore areas of further collaboration.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan

highlighted the unprecedented strides

made by Bangladesh's RMG industry

over the years in safety, sustainability and

social compliance, which have earned the

sector global recognitions.

A recent survey report by Hong Kongbased

supply chain compliance solutions

provider, QIMA, ranked Bangladesh's

DHAKA : The Dhaka Cyber Tribunal on

Sunday issued warrant to arrest four

people, including Zulkarnain Shayer

Khan alias Sami, who appeared in a allegedly

false and politically motivated

documentary of Al Jazeera, and Netra

News editor-in-chief Tasnim Khalil in a

case lodged under Digital Security Act

(DSA).

The other two accused are- Ashik

Imran and Swapan Wahid. The tribunal

passed the order as the four accused refrained

from appearing before the court

in spite of its order.

The tribunal meanwhile, accepted

charge-sheet filed by the investigating

agency Counter Terrorism and

Transnational Crimes (CTTC) against seven

accused in the case. The accused are-

Sami, Tasnim Khalil, cartoonist Ahmed

Kabir Kishore, Rashtrachinta coordinator

Didarul Bhuiyan, former director of

Dhaka Stock Exchange Minhaj Mannan,

Ashik Imran and Swapan Wahid.

The investigation agency dropped

names of four accused from the chargesheet.

They are writer Mushtak Ahmed,

US based journalist Sahed Alam, blogger

Asif Mohiuddin, and Philip Shumakher.

Police on June 13 filed the chargesheet

in the case. Sub-inspector Afsar

Ahmed of CTTC had filed the chargesheet

with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan

Magistrate Court.

Judge Ash Shams Jaglul Hossain of

Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal on February

10 had ordered the CTTC unit to further

investigate the case.

The court came up with the order, allowing

a prosecution plea to further investigate

the case. The prosecution on

February 9 filed a naraji (no-confidence)

petition against the charge-sheet for

dropping names of eight accused including

Sami.

Earlier on January 13, police filed the

charge-sheet against cartoonist Ahmed

Kabir Kishore, Rashtrachinta coordinator

Didarul Bhuiyan and writer Mushtak

Ahmed.

Police, however, excluded the names

of eight accused Minhaj Mannan,

Tasnim Khalil, Sahed Alam, Asif

Mohiuddin, Sami, Ashik Imran, Swapan

Wahid and Philip Shumakher from the

charge-sheet. The investigation officer

pleaded to acquit them of the charges,

saying the allegations brought against

them were not proved.

RAB filed the case against 11 persons

on May 5, 2020, on the charges of

spreading anti-state falsehood to tarnish

the image of Bangladesh and create confusion

from a Facebook page.

garment industry second in "Ethical

Manufacturing."

Apart from ensuring workplace safety,

Bangladesh is the home of the highest

number of green garment factories in the

world.

The BGMEA chief highlighted the

future prospects of the industry and

stressed the importance of industry upgrading

particularly in the areas of skills

and efficiency enhancement, technological

upgrading, and diversification of

products, especially non-cotton.

Faruque Hassan welcomed investments

from AAFA members in these

areas, particularly in non-cotton and

technical textiles and high-end apparel

items.

He urged US brands and buyers to collaborate

with their suppliers to build

their capacities in manufacturing those

apparel items which have demand in the

US market.

Diversification of products is very

important to ensure sustained growth of

Bangladesh's apparel industry.

The BGMEA President also talked

about how Bangladesh's RMG industry

has been able to turn around by addressing

unprecedented challenges caused by

the COVID-19 pandemic.

He pointed out that production costs

have increased while price has witnessed

fall in the US market.

Sheikh Rehana

turns 67 today

DHAKA : Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter

of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, turns 67 today.

Born at Tungipara in Gopalganj district

on September 13, 1955, Sheikh Rehana is

the third of five children of Bangabandhu

and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa

Mujib. As Sheikh Rehana is now in

London, there is no formal programme on

the occasion of her birthday here.

Sheikh Rehana married Professor Dr

Shafique Ahmed Siddique and they have

three children - a son and two daughters.

Their son Radwan Mujib Siddique is

working in an international organization and

a trustee of Awami League's research wing

Centre for Research and Information (CRI),

daughter Tulip Siddique is a Labour Party

MP of British Parliament and youngest

daughter Azmina Siddique Rupanti is working

as Global Risks Analysis Editor of

London- based the Control Risks.

Bangabandhu's entire family except his

two daughters was brutally assassinated

by some disgruntled army men on the

fateful night of August 15, 1975.

His daughters - incumbent Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh

Rehana-survived the massacre as they

were on a visit to the then West Germany.

Sheikh Rehana, known as "Chhoto Apa"

to all, has inherited a simple lifestyle from

her father Bangabandhu. Thousands of

people and followers through social media

extend heartfelt greetings and compliments

to Sheikh Rehana and wished her

long and sound life.

WB delays decision

to fund road safety

project : Quader

DHAKA : Road Transport and Bridges

Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said

the World Bank is delaying its decision to

finance Bangladesh's road safety project

despite repeatedly expressing interest in it,

reports UNB.

"The World Bank has made delays after

expressing interest in financing the road

safety project several times. If they don't

come Bangladesh will implement the project

with its own funding," he said while

inaugurating virtually nine bridges under

Dhaka zone. Bangladesh needs to invest

an about US dollar7.8 billion over the next

decade to halve its road crash fatalities,

according a new World Bank report.

Quader also expressed hope that the

Padma Bridge, Metro Rail, Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel and BRT

projects would be opened to traffic next

year. He instructed the authorities concerned

to expedite the work on roads and

bridges across the country and make up

the delays caused by Covid pandemic.

DHAKA : Planning Minister MA

Mannan on Sunday said that the government

has a plan to set up technical

training centers at all upazilas in the

country in phases.

"The government has also a plan to set

up technical training centers at all upazilas

in Sunamganj. This journey has started

with the inauguration of technical

training center at Sadar upazila," he said.

The Planning Minister said this while

addressing a function as the chief guest

marking the inauguration of Technical

Training Center at Sunamganj this afternoon.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas

Employment Minister Imran Ahmed

and Moazzem Hossain Ratan, MP,

(Sunamganj-1) spoke as special guests,

said a press release.

Mannan also urged all irrespective of

class and creed to work for development

so that the country could stand in the

global arena with its head high.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

has given him the charge of unleashing

overall development in the Haor region

which he has been pursuing accordingly.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas

Employment Minister Imran Ahmed

said that no nation could reach its

desired goal unless it is not educated in

technical education.

He said with the inauguration of this

technical training center at Sunamganj

Sadar, the door of technical education

has been opened in the Haor region

while there would be accommodation

facilities in this center.

Imran also informed that four more

technical training centers would be set

up at upazila level in Sunamganj which

would help to address the unemployment

problem at one hand and also

would help to bring more inward remittance

flow.

­An­ownerless­trawler­sank­after­returning­on­the­beach­of­Kuakata­yesterday.­

Photo­:­Star­Mail

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines