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Ehsan Group

chairman, 3 brothers

remanded in

embezzlement case

PIROJPUR : A Pirojpur court on

Monday placed Chairman of Ehsan

Group Ragib Hasan and three of his

brothers on a seven-day remand in

a case filed over alleged embezzlement

of Tk 17,000 crore from thousands

of small investors, reports


The remand order was passed by

Additional Chief Judicial

Magistrate Md Mohiuddin.

On September 9, Harun ur

Rashid, one of the affected clients,

filed a case against Ragib and his

brothers at Pirojpur Sadar Police

Station accusing them defrauding

thousands of people using their religious

faith and misappropriating

crores of taka collected from the


On September 10, RAB members

arrested Ragib Ahsan and his brother

Abul Bashar from Dhaka while two

other brothers Mufti Maulana

Mahmudul Hasan and Md Khairul

Islam were arrested in Pirojpur.

According to official sources,

Ragib, once an Imam of a mosque,

joined a Multi-Level-Marketing

(MLM) company and he set up

Ehsan Group of Companies in 2010

based in Pirojpur

Starting with a real estate company

first, he later formed 17 firms

under the group's name.

Many cases were filed against the

group on charges of embezzlement

of money from thousands of people

promising to run the company

according to Islamic Shariah law

and offering them a high profit.

An on-duty Rab

constable killed by

bullet triggered from

his own firearm

DHAKA : A Rab member died after

being by a bullet reportedly from

his own firearm at the main gate of

Rapid Action Battalion headquarters

in Uttara, Dhaka on Monday,

an official said, reports UNB.

However, it was not immediately

clear whether Constable Shovo

Mallo, 26, died by suicide or accidental

firing of the bullet.

Contacted, ASP Imran Khan,

assistant director (legal and media

wing) at the Rab told UNB that

Shovo was on duty at the main gate

of the Rab headquarters. Suddenly,

he was hit by a bullet triggered from

his own firearm at around 2:30 pm.

He was rushed to Dhaka Medical

College Hospital where the duty

doctor declared him dead at around

5:15 pm, said Imran.

Replying to a question, he said it

was not immediately clear how the

incident occurred. However, an

investigation has been ordered to

ascertain the actual reason, he



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New curricula in

schools, colleges

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from 2023:Dipu Moni

AsrAful IslAM AsrAf

Education Minister Dipu Moni on

Monday said the government has decided

to introduce new curricula in schools

and colleges from 2023, removing the

divisions of science, arts and commerce

up to class X. She made the remarks at a

Education Minister Dipu Moni

press conference at the ministry's conference

room at noon on Monday. The

education minister said the piloting of

the revised curriculum will continue in

2022 and the implementation of the curriculum

will start from 2023. Primary

and secondary level curriculum will be

implemented in phases by 2025. Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved

the draft curriculum.

The minister said major reforms are

coming in the education system from

primary to secondary. There will be an

integrated curriculum at this stage. She

said, 10 subjects have been fixed till class

ten. Everyone will read that.

Students will read optional subjects in

class XI and XII. That means Science,

humanities and commerce will be divided

from high school.

Dipu Moni said that various strategies

for acquiring skills are mentioned in this

revised curriculum. It is said how much

will be in the primary and how much will

be in the middle while learning. We have

focused on continuous evaluation as well

as collective evaluation. We have shared

where, at what stage there will be continuous


The outline of which issues will be

evaluated in total is given in the outline.

Flexibility has been introduced in the

curriculum. Arrangements have been

made to bring all the physical, mental,

disadvantaged and marginal students.

Regarding the implementation of the

curriculum, she said, "We will be able to

start the implementation of the revised

new curriculum in 2023." In 2023, it will

be introduced in the second class of primary

and in the sixth and seventh class

of secondary.

In 2024, third and fourth class of primary

and eighth and ninth class we will do that. In

2025, we will implement it in the fifth grade

and in the tenth grade of secondary.

Deputy Minister for education Mahibul

Hasan Nawfel, Secretary of the Department

of Secondary and Higher Education

Mahbub Hossain and Technical and

Madrasa Education Secretary Aminul Islam

were also present at the press conference.

It's unfair, discriminatory: FM

on UK's Covid red-listing

DHAKA : Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul

Momen has reiterated Bangladesh's call to

remove it from the red-listed countries with

travel restrictions terming UK's decision

unfair and discriminatory, reports UNB.

"It's unfair and it's discrimination (to

Bangladesh)," he said while talking to a

select group of journalists at his office on

Monday. Referring to the sufferings of

more than 7000 British-Bangladeshis currently

stranded in Bangladesh, Dr Momen

said the UK government is doing disservice

to its own citizens.

He said the UK government argued that

the vaccination rate is low in Bangladesh

but Bangladesh says the UK is allowing

people from other countries having lower

vaccination rate.

Responding to a question, Dr Momen

said Bangladesh has lined up for 24 crore

vaccine doses, and over 2.22 crore people

have already been vaccinated.

Asked about Rohingya issue as the

UNGA is approaching, Dr Momen said

many countries are much interested to see

restoration of democracy in Myanmar and

Bangladesh also wants it.

But, he said, Bangladesh wants the repatriation

of Rohingyas too without any

delay. "Our priority is repatriation."

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md Atiqul Islam took part in the rescue and eviction of illegal occupation

of the Asphalt Plant adjacent to Gabtali embankment in the capital.

Photo : TBT

art & culture

Mahiya Mahi

ties knot again

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People of Trimohini area of 65 wards of Dhaka south City Corporation are still navigating their daily life by

boat. There is no good quality facility for communication.

Photo: PBA

A Hatirjheel-like

lake will be built at

Kalyanpur : Atiqul

DHAKA : Another eye-catching lake

(reservoir) similar to 'Hatirjheel lake'

will be constructed at Kalyanpur in the

capital with walkway and swimming

pool facilities to go with it, reports UNB

Dhaka North City Corporation

(DNCC) Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam disclosed

this while inspecting the land

recovery and eviction drive of the

asphalt plant adjacent to Gabtali

embankment on Monday.

The DNCC mayor said walkway and

swimming pool facilities would also be

added to the reservoir to be constructed

in Kalyanpur.

He said that a well-planned reservoir

is very much needed to solve the problem

of waterlogging in the city. Although

the necessary land has been acquired for

this purpose, most of it is in illegal possession,

which is very unfortunate.

Mayor Atiqul said 170 acres, out of the

173 acres of land earmarked for the

Kalyanpur reservoir and more than half

of the 52 acres earmarked for the asphalt

plant and other activities, adjacent to the

Gabtali embankment, are in the possession

of illegal occupants.

The DNCC mayor said that about 20

bighas of land has been recovered without

any hindrance in today's operation

and the boundary wall will be given to

the rescued land as soon as possible.

Draft on OTT platform

policy completed: Hasan

DHAKA : Information and

Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan

Mahmud yesterday informed that his

ministry has made the draft of policy

on OTT platform.

"OTT platform is now a reality of

growing demand. But, there has no

approval system for releasing cinema,

drama, web series or any other content

in OTT platform till now. We've

already made a primary draft on the

policy for OTT platform," he told newsmen

at the meeting room of his ministry

at Secretariat.

The minister hoped that his ministry

could issue a notification of the policy


Referring to a recent meeting with

his Indian counterpart in New Delhi,

Hasan said they (India) have issued a

notification on February last in this


The all OTT platforms of India

should have follow the rules and

actions would be taken in case of deviation

of the policy, he added.

He said that it is really a very tough to

censor the contents of OTT platform

through censor board. "It is easy to

censor cinemas as 50 to 100 films are

BNP wants a neutral EC and

free-fair national elections

shAfIqul IslAM (shAfIq)

The BNP is preparing a roadmap or

action plan for the national election and

movement. The party has called a meeting

of the party's national executive committee

to finalize the plan. The BNP also

demanded free and fair elections under

a non-partisan government through the

formation of a neutral election commission

(EC). The leaders of the party said

that the decision of the meeting of the

high command with the executive committee

was taken to get the party reorganized


Where leaders will present their views

and advise on what to do in the coming

days. It is learned that a series of meetings

of BNP central leaders will be held

from Tuesday to Thursday.

BNP's Acting Chairman Tarique

Rahman will preside over the meeting

virtually. The decision was taken at a

meeting of the BNP standing committee

on Saturday evening.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul

released in every year. But, it is not

easy to censor hundreds of contents of

OTT platform. For this, we have made

a draft of the policy which will publish

as notification after scrutiny," he


He said the policy is to protect the

culture and heritage from its deviation

and lead the society and its people,

including youths.

The minister said that currently

social media is added with mass


The social media has given unfettered

opportunity to the people of

expressing their own opinion, said

Hasan, also Awami League joint general


At the same time, he said, it was also

seen that the social media was being

used to create instability in the society

and to spread propaganda against the

government or individual.

The minister said that the main

stream media are working properly.

But some (people) tried to spread

rumour and to create confusion among

the countrymen through social media

from home and abroad even during

the COVID-19 situation, he added.

Islam Alamgir, standing committee

members and others will be present in

person at every meeting of the executive

committee at the BNP chairperson's

office in Gulshan.

This meeting will start from 3:30 pm

every day. The first meeting on Tuesday will

be attended by members of the BNP Vice

Chairman and Chairperson's Advisory

Council. Then on Wednesday, the BNP will

sit with the senior joint secretary general,

joint secretary general, organizational secretary,

editor and joint editor.

Besides, a meeting will be held on

Thursday with the central leaders of the

organs and allied organizations. It is

learned that the BNP high command will

hold meetings with the members of the

party's executive committee and district

level leaders in phases.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, "We

want a permanent solution to the issue of

formation of the Election Commission."

But before that we want a neutral government

under which a neutral election commission

will be formed.

TueSDAY, SePTeMBeR 14, 2021


4 of a family arrested

over Ctg ex-UP

member murder

CHATTOGRAM : Police have

arrested four members of a

family over the murder of a

former Chattogram UP


Members of Police Bureau of

Investigation (PBI) arrested

Abdul Quader, 50, his wife

Hasina Begum, their son Md

Riduan, 24, and son-in-law

Touhidul Islam after separate

drives in Barishal City and

Babuganj on Sunday night, said

Superintendent of Police (PBI-

Ctg) Nazmul Hasan.

Abdul Quader is the main

accused in the case filed in

connection with the murder of

Abul Bashar Talukder, 45, a

former Union Parishad member

of East Chapachhari village of

Baharchhara union in

Banshkhali. He was brutally

killed on March 19.

Police held three people-

Abdul Jabbar, 55, Mozakkid, 30,

and Saidur Rashid, 40, on

suspicion of their involvement in

the murder. Banshkhali police

later held current UP member

Nasir over the murder and came

to know about the involvement

of Abdul Quader and his son

during interrogation.

On the occasion of birthday of Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, prayers were offered in all mosques, temples, churches, pagodas

and other religious places across the country to wish her good health and long life. Photo : Courtesy

BNP's meetings with central

leaders to begin Tuesday

DHAKA : BNP policymakers

are going to sit with the

party's vice-chairmen and

advisory council members of

its chairperson on Tuesday as

part of their planned series of

meetings with central leaders

to work out their next course

of action.

The meeting will begin at

3:30pm at the party

chairperson's Gulshan office.

The BNP policymakers will

also hold a meeting with the

party's senior joint secretary

general, secretaries general,

organising secretaries and

assistant organising

secretaries on Wednesday

and another with the leaders

of different associate bodies

on Thursday.

The meetings are meant for

taking opinions of the party

central leaders about the next

general election, antigovernment

movement and

work out the party's next

course of action.

Talking to UNB, BNP

secretary general Mirza

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said

they have decided to hold a

series of meetings with their

party's central leaders to

discuss the overall political

situation in the country.

"We'll take their views on

what we should do for waging

a movement to restore

democracy," he said.

Fakhrul said their party

wants a permanent solution

to the issue of the formation

of an Election Commission.

But before that, we want a

neutral government under

which a neutral election

commission will be formed."

He said the problem over

the formation of a polls-time

impartial government must

be resolved for holding an

inclusive and credible

national election.

BNP organising secretary

Syed Emran Saleh Prince said

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

and the standing committee

members will initially hold

three separate meetings with

the central leaders.

Later, the BNP

policymakers will hold

meetings with the members

of the party's national

executive committee and

district-level leaders.

He said BNP acting

chairman Tarique Rahman

will virtually join each of the


Reopening: Flooding robs of Kurigram

students' enthusiasm

KURIGRAM : Although school and college

students across the country returned to their

classes on Sunday after a long closure for Covid,

the students of many primary, secondary schools

and madrasas in Kurigram district are missing

out the joy as they are bearing brunt of flooding,

reports UNB.

Some 200 schools and madrasas have been

damaged by the recent floods in the district while

seven schools that were washed away in

Roumari, Nageshwari and Ulipur upazilas could

not be reconstructed yet, officials said.

They said the furniture of many schools were

damaged due to prolonged closure and flooding

while the roads connecting many schools are in

very bad shape.

During a recent visit to Sardob Government

Primary School along the Dharla River in Sadar

upazila, the UNB correspondent found its ground

fully under floodwater.

Still, two students came to their school to

submit their assignments wading through waistdeep


Expressing his fear over the poor presence of

students, Atul Chandra Roy, headmaster of

Sardob Government Primary School, said,

"Water is everywhere around the school. The

roads connecting the school got damaged."

Matiar Rahman, a guardian of the school,

said, "The road became unfit for movement as a

number of big holes have developed on it, and it

is just impossible for students to use this road."

More worrying is that seven schools have

recently gone into the gorge of the river due to its

bank erosion. Bandula Kura Government

Primary School in Ulipur upazila, Akbar Ali

primary government school in Nageshwari

upazila, Gatiasham Bagurapra Government

Primary School in Razarhat upazila are among

those. Meanwhile, Faluarchar Char

Government Primary School and Ghughumari

Government Primary School in Roumari

upazila had been shifted last year due to erosion

by the river.

Now the furniture and valuables of the schools

are getting damaged for lack of maintenance as

those have been kept under the open sky.

Abdul Gafur, headmaster of Choto Kalua

Government Primary School in Sadar upazila,

said, "His school building stands threatened by

erosion. Although the school reopened on Sunday,

the presence of students was very thin."

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A CNG run three-wheeler has been burnt in a fire

set by unidentified miscreants in the dark of night

in Bolturam Tila area of of Ramgarh Municipality

in Khagrachhari Hill Tracts. Photo : TBT

16 fishermen held in Sundarbans

for illegal fishing

SATKHIRA : The Forest

Department in a drive on

Sunday night detained 16

fishermen along with a

trawler for unauthorized

entry into the Sundarbans

under Satkhira range and

fishing there.

Mohammad Sultan

Ahmed, in-charge of

Nildumur Station of Satkhira

Forest Department, said

during a regular drive a

surveillance team detained 16

fishermen while they were

engaged in catching fish at

Mandarbaria canal in

Sundarbans without valid

documents and passes.

They also seized a trawler

and fishing net from their

possession. All the detainees

hailed from Rayenda Bazar of

Bagerhat's Sharankhola

upazila. A case was filed with

the local police station in this


Two die from


in Habiganj

HABIGANJ : Two people died

from electrocution in

Madhabpur upazila of the

district yesterday.

The deceased were Shujan

Miah, 27, son of Sadark Miah,

resident of Bara Chandura

village in Andiura union in

Madhabpur upazila of the

district and Shahed Miah, 35,

son of late Kala Miah, resident

of Chankhabulla village in

Bulla union in Madhabpur

upazila of the district.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of

Madhabpur Police Station

Abdur Razzak said that Shujan

and Shahed came touch with a

live electric wire while

charging their battery-run

auto-rickshaw last night in the

garage. They died on the spot.

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The committee members of the Awami League sub-committee on education and human resources

affairs meet to discuss the course of the seminar.

Awami League


on education to

host a seminar


Education Day


The sub-committee on

education and human

resources affairs of

Bangladesh Awami League

will host a seminar to

observe the Education Day.

The seminar will be hosted

on September 17 at the

central office of Bangladesh

Awami League in

Bangabandhu Avenue. The

focus will be given on

education's strategy

determination to achieve

the goal of 2041.

The event will be chaired

by professor Abdul

Khaleque, chairman of the

sub-committee on

education and human

resources affairs. professor

Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor

and Dr. A S M Maksud

Kamal will be the

discussants in the seminar

whereas Md. Nazrul Islam

Khan, a former secretary

will present the key article.

The minister of education,

Dr. Dipu Moni has agreed to

be present as the honorary

guest and obaidul Quader,

the minister of road

transport and bridges will

grace the event as the chief


A meeting was held in this

regard on Monday. The

members of the subcommittee

including Md.

Jobaer Alam were present

there to discuss the work

plan for the seminar.

321 dengue patients

hospitalised in 24

hours: DGHS

DHAKA : A total of 321 fresh

dengue cases were reported

across the country in the last

24 hours.

of them, 246 were

admitted to different

hospitals in Dhaka and 75

outside the capital, a release

of the Health Crisis

Management and Control

Room of Directorate

General of Health Services

(DGHS) said on Monday,

reports BSS.

A total of 1,271 dengue

patients are undergoing

treatment at different

hospitals and clinics

across the country

Among them, 1,080

patients are taking

treatment in Dhaka division

and 148 are hospitalised

outside the capital, the

release added.

A total of 14,221 patients

have been admitted to

different hospitals across the

country since January this

year. of them, 12,896

patients have returned

home after recovery, the

DGHS said.

The Institute of

Epidemiology Disease

Control and Research

(IEDCR) have confirmed 54

deaths due to dengue fever

till now, said the DGHS.

Japa Mp prof Masuda

Rashid Chowdhury dies

DHAKA : professor Masuda M Rashid

Chowdhury, a Jatiya party presidium

member and an Mp from a reserved seat for

women, died early Monday at a city hospital.

She was 70.

Masuda, also a former teacher of Dhaka

University's Sociology department, breathed

her last around 3am while undergoing

treatment at Birdem General Hospital, said a

Jatiya party press release.

She had been suffering from various health

complications, it said.

Masuda left behind one son and a

daughter and a host of relatives and wellwishers

to mourn her demise.

Her first namaz-e-janaza was held on the

premises of her Moghbazar residence after

Zohr prayers while the second janza in front

Dialogue titled 'Child Domestic Worker: Safe or not?' held at the head office of

Action for Social Development (ASD) on Monday morning. Photo : Courtesy

Dialogue on child domestic

worker held

A dialogue titled 'Child Domestic Worker:

Safe or not?' at the head office of Action for

Social Development (ASD) of the capital city

on Monday morning. Bellal Hossain Sheikh,

Director, Department of Labor was present

as the chief guest while Syeda Munira

Sultana, National project Coordinator,

International Labor organization was

present as special guest.

Director of Labor Department Bellal

Hossain Sheikh said, everyone's mindset and

attitude need to change to stop child labor in

domestic work. All the activities can be done

easily if an inter-ministerial committee is

formed among all the ministries. The

Ministry of Labor is working on updating the

domestic worker welfare and protection

policy. And we must work together to stop

child labor by 2025. We need to be

committed through strong legislation and

social movements. To increase community

awareness on child labor, leaders of all

religious sub-schools need to come forward

and promote the issues of child labor. And it

would be better to expand the activities of

ASD to all districts.

Syeda Munira Sultana, National project

Coordinator, International Labor

organization said that Making child laborers

work as domestic workers is not just an

excuse for poverty or illiteracy, it is a

mentality. So, we need to change our

mindset. parenting skills need to be

enhanced. In policy and Advocacy, it is

necessary to map out the issues that can be

achieved. Social security issues need to be

of Jatiya party's Kakrail central office after

Asr prayers on Monday.

The third janaza of the late female Mp will

be held at Chittagong city's Laldighi Maidan

after Zohr prayers on Tuesday and her fourth

and final janaza will be held at Gohira village

in Raujan after Asar prayers. Later, she will

be buried at her family graveyard in the same


Meanwhile, Jatiya party chairman GM

Quader, Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed

Bablu and opposition Chief Whip Mashiur

Rahman Ranga expressed deep shock at her


In separate condolence messages, they

prayed for the salvation of the departed soul

and conveyed profound sympathy to the

bereaved family members.

considered. The International Labor

organization is working on the National

plan of Action (NpA). Coordinate with the

Ministry of Education and the Ministry of

Labor, so that no child is involved in work

before the age of 14 and is involved in


other speakers said that Children will not

be engaged in housework only if they can

support the family financially.

Disadvantaged children and adolescents can

become self-reliant through training by

joining various government clubs. Although

there is a desire to provide assistance to the

parents of disadvantaged children, it is not

possible to provide the allowance due to lack

of correct age information in the national

identity card. Financial assistance is given to

poor children twice a year. Many people do

not know about this. public awareness

should be raised to ensure the safety of

children engaged in domestic work.

Naser Iqbal Jadu, Joint Secretary,

Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan parishad,

Nazneen Akhter, program officer, District

Women's Affairs office, KM

Shahiduzzaman, Social Service officer, A.

K. M Azizur Rahman, Director, SoS

Children's Villages, Al-Amin, project

officer, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, ASD Coordinator

(CDR) MA Karim, Manager

(M&E) Lutfun Nahar Kanta, Co-ordinator

(Advocacy & Campaign) Md.

IshaqueFaruquee also present as speaker.

The event was presided over by Imtiaz

Rasool, Executive Member, ASD.

Judgement in

arms case

against DGHS

driver Malek

Sept 20

DHAKA : A court on

Monday set September 20 to

pronounce judgement in an

arms case against

Directorate General of

Health Services (DGHS)

driver Abdul Malek alias


Judge Robiul Alam of

Dhaka Additional 3rd

Metropolitan Sessions

Judge Court set the date as

both the prosecution and

defence concluded their

closing arguments on


A total of 13 prosecution

witnesses were examined by

the court in the case.

Investigation officer (Io)

and sub-inspector Mehedi

Hasan Chowdhury of RAB-1

filed charge-sheet in the case

on January 11, 2021, and the

court on February 14

accepted it. The court on

April 4 framed charges in

the case.

A team of Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB) on

September 20, 2020,

arrested Malek for his

involvement in businesses of

illegal arms, fake notes and

other illegal activities. RAB

at the time recovered a

foreign-made pistol, one

magazine, five bullets, fake

notes of Taka 1.5 lakh, a

laptop and a mobile phone

from his possession.

RAB-1 inspector Alamgir

Hossain later filed the arms

case against Malek.

During the RAB operation, a drug dealer was arrested with 34 kg cannabis

from the capital city.

Photo : TBT

providing employment and empowerment to

transgender community opens doors for Hijras

DHAKA : Transgender women

community or Hijra has been a part of

the country's population but the

community remains stigmatized and

marginalized, reports BSS.

The plight of the Hijra community is

not unknown to anyone. There have

been efforts, though a little, to get them

employed or self-employed. In recent

times many of the transgender are

trying to come out of the choices- to

either beg on the roads, or to become

sex workers.

one of such instances has been set

up by Rani Chowdhury who is now on

her path to become successful in life.

Rani is the first transgender who was

selected as a listed dance artiste of

Bangladesh Television (BTV). Not only

dance artiste, she is also working in

many famous organizations including

'Bishwa Rang'. Rani is also working for

the development of others


Rani applied for her inclusion as a

listed dancer of BTV along with others

last year. The concerned authority

called Rani for audition. Accordingly,

she attended the audition along with

300 others. The judges selected Rani

being impressed by her dancing style

and skill. After the selection, Rani

introduced herself.

Jury Board member and BTV

Italian envoy meets Shahab Uddin

DHAKA : Italian Ambassador Enrico

Nunziata on Monday called on

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Minister Md Shahab Uddin at the

conference room of the ministry.

During the meeting, the Italian envoy

invited the environment minister to attend

the pre-Cop conference in october, a

ministry press release said.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal, Additional

Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah

Harun, Additional Secretary (Development)

Ahmad Shamim Al Razi, Additional

Secretary (Climate Change) Md. Mizanul

Hoque Chowdhury, Additional Secretary

(Environment) Md. Moniruzzaman and

Joint Secretary (Climate Change) Sanjay

Kumar Bhowmik were present.

Shahab Uddin told the envoy that

Bangladesh is playing a significant role in the

international arena on climate change as the

programme manger (dance) Imam

Hossain said, "We could not ensure the

identity of Rani. But later, Rani

introduced herself and we all like it.

Rani enhanced her quality not


He said all people have rights to live

as human beings. "And the door of

BTV is always open for them. But

everyone should come under

examination in every department.

Rani will take part at regular and

special programmes," he added.

BTV controller (design) Mir Ahsan

said Bangabandhu's daughter prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina doesn't want

to leave any member of the society

behind and the country moves ahead

along with all people. A transgender

was selected this year in normal

process, he added.

Rani was born in 1990. Locals found

a baby boy at a room of a hotel of

Barishal and he was crying. The

incident was published in newspapers

at that time. Later, the authority of

SoS Shishu palli of Shayamoli in

Dhaka recovered the boy and named

him as Masud Rana. He was growing

up with other children. His parents are

:mother Aleya Begum and father


Masud started his education at

Harman Mainer School. But he felt

president of the Climate Vulnerability

Forum and Vulnerable-20.

prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has

announced the Mujib Climate prosperity

plan for overall prosperity, he said, hoping

that the world leaders would reach a

consensus on other issues of the paris

Climate Agreement, including ensuring 100

billion pledged annually by rich countries to

poorer countries at risk of climate change.

The minister also sought Italy's

cooperation in the areas related to climate


Inviting the Environment Minister to the

'Youth 4 Climate' event to be held in Italy, the

Italian envoy said Italy and Bangladesh

would work together in related activities to

tackle the effects of climate change.

Referring to Bangladesh as a very close

ally of Italy, the ambassador said the

ongoing cooperation would continue at a

steady pace.

different feelings when he was in class

five. He liked to talk with girls and

chose to wear dresses like a girl.

Subsequently he began to feel the

existence of a girl in himself though his

physical condition likened to a boy.

Later, he was finally transformed into a

woman in 2018 and the name has been

changed to Rani Chowdhury.

She started cultural practices from

1994 along with education. She had a

dream to be a dancer from her

childhood. Rani also completed four

years course on dance from Bulbul

Academy and her teacher was Farhana

Chowdhury Baby.

Rani also took lessons from other

international teachers also along with

her education.

Rani said she would not concede

defeat. "If you want to survive in the

society, you have to realize your own

rights. I have endured torture when

people tried to hurt me and I have tried

my best to do my job properly. The

transgender are neglected in the

society. But they have no fault. Yet they

are out of society and out of family

because of the identity. Everyone

should realize their (transgender)

sorrows", she added.

Rani urged all concerned to create

more employment opportunity for the


A discussion meeting titled '50 years of Liberation War-Peoples Aspiration' was held at National

Press Club yesterday.

Photo : TBT

TUESrdAY, SEPTEMBEr 14, 2021


Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Imperative is Integrated

Energy Planning

It is very important to address the overall energy situation

under a carefully considered master plan that would address

all sides to the development of energy sources. Once it is

firmed up as soon as possible and clear signals are received about

its full implementation, the same will raise investors' confidence

and accelerate the growth momentum in the economy.

Essentially, such a comprehensive plan for the energy sector must

be an 'integrated' one forging relationships in developmental

activities between the energy sector's sub sectors to lead

cumulatively to a desired outcome.

For example, both power generation and supply capacities have

increased a great deal. Serious load shedding is now more in the

imagination of people than a reality. But the dilapidated

transmission systems frustrate efficient distribution of power .

Even after additional generation of power, users cannot have the

benefits of the same all the time at all places as worn out

transmission lines fail to supply the additionally available power

efficiently to them ; the lines are found frequently getting disabled

by accidents. Thus, complete overhauling of the transmission

lines needs to be a priority as much as the on going all out drive to

boost production of power in tandem with targets.

There will have to be comprehensive plans to know what the

effective demand for electricity is in the country and what would

be that demand, say, twenty-thirty years from now. More

significantly, it has to be similarly known how much of that power

would be aimed for production by using gas. And then it would

be very important to take stock of whether this amount of

additional gas would be produced in the coming years along with

installation of capacities to produce power from gas. In that case,

matching investments will have to be made in the gas sector in

exploration and production activities to find new deposits of gas

and getting it ready for supply to the power plants. In sum, there

will have to be synthesis in the operations of the two major subsectors

in the energy sector--power and gas -- so that the main

goal of energy availability for the users can be smoothly and

progressively met.

The integrated policies in the energy sector must also examine

and clearly prepare a vision and guideline for the development of

energy sources in the other sub sectors such as coal, non

conventional power from wind, sun's rays, nuclear power,

biofuel, etc. Steps to be taken for the development of all of these

alternative energy sources should also be an integral part of the

integrated plan for the development of the energy sector as a

whole. For instance, plans should provide clear projections of the

requirements of energy to be met by the non conventional sources

so that the same do not conflict with planning objectives in the

areas of the conventional sources of energy.

According to reports, the country's lone crude oil refining

plant, Eastern Refinery Limited (ERL) currently produces 1.5

million tons of refined fuel oil and other petroleum products

whereas the annual demand for the same is 3.7 million tons.

Thus, when production at ERL has been remaining static or

stagnant in the face of rising demand, the state owned Bangladesh

Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has had no other option in this

situation than importing directly huge quantities of refined oil

and other petroleum products from international markets at

higher prices in the past. Clearly, the energy costs for the country

could be much lower if the ERL had been functioning at higher


According to various projections, the country's demand for

refined oil and other petroleum products would reach some 10

million tons by 2030. In order to meet this demand, ERL needs

to set up its second refining plant at the fastest apart from

carrying out the urgent balancing, modernization and overhaul of

the existing plant. Government must mobilize funds on

emergency basis for the ERL's expansion and overhauling . The

government may decide to have long term contracts with

suppliers of crude oil to get the same at stable prices. But for

receiving and storing of crude oil also, the capacities of the ERL

will have to be much increased and improved Meanwhile, the

country's own gas production must be increased and also

exploration activities to find more hydrocarbons. It seems that

pockets of oil in the existing gas fields have been already found.

Some of this oil, known as condensate, is already in use. More

condensate can probably be found in the existing gas fields and

turned into fuel oil for various uses. A major aim should be to use

a bulk of the produced gas in the country's road transportation

sector by replacing the use of imported diesel, petrol and octane

with compressed natural gas (CNG). The rate of CNG conversion

of vehicles will have to be speeded up for the purpose and the

number of CNG fuelling stations also must be simultaneously set

up in greater number so that the CNG converted vehicles can be

serviced smoothly. Conservation of power also must be

recognized and addressed as a priority under comprehensive

energy planning. One may be astounded to know how much of

power is simply wasted every day from keeping light bulbs

switched on carelessly as the users have underhand deals with

meter readers to pay fixed amounts in bills no matter how much

power they consume. Shopping malls remain lighted up long

beyond authorized hours and even the publicly operated street

lights can be seen burning in the day time because someone has

had no time to switch them off from a central control point.Easy

bikes that run on power suck up freely hundreds of megawatts of

power from the supply lines for charging their batteries. There is

no regulation in the matter.Unauthorized and temporary

connections are taken from power supply lines and there is hardly

anycontrol over such thieves. In sum, only from stopping such

lack of care and stealing, nearly one fourth of the current effective

demand for electricity in the country can be met.

Approximately 60% of our country's daily electric power

consumption is used to run electric motors. The digital intelligent

motor controllers (IMCs) when installed with an induction motor

provides optimal power management and results in energy

savings up to 40%. An IMC also can increase a motor's life by

decreasing its operating temperature. It is estimated that with the

application of IMCs, we can save up to 720 MW electricity daily.

Consumers in Bangladesh still are largely hooked to

incandescent bulbs (IBs). But the compact fluorescent lamps

(CFLs) can give the same illumination as that of an IB with 80%

less energy. Moreover, the life span of CFLs are 10 times higher

than IBs.. In Bangladesh, auxiliary consumption of the power

plants is about 6 to 7% of total generation. By proper energy

auditing, energy management and installation of the latest energy

efficient devices, auxiliary power consumption in the power

plants can be reduced significantly.

Iraqi Kurdistan may be new arena for Turkish-French rivalry

Turkey and France this summer

pledged to ease the tensions

between them and open a fresh

page in relations, but new areas of rivalry

may occur between these two NATO

allies. After Turkish President Recep

Tayyip Erdogan and his French

counterpart Emmanuel Macron met on

the sidelines of the NATO summit in

Brussels in June and vowed to resolve

their differences, French Foreign

Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared

that Ankara and Paris were in what he

described as a "recovery period." The

Turkish foreign minister even paid a twoday

visit to Paris ahead of the NATO

summit - the first high-level diplomatic

contact between the two countries after

months of rising tensions.

On the Turkish side, outreach to France

was part of a broader reset in ties with the

EU, but the "recovery period" is yet to

show whether Ankara and Paris will agree

to disagree on several topics they have

clashed over in the past.

Needless to say, despite being NATO

allies, the points of contention between

the two countries are many, including

Syria, the Eastern Mediterranean, North

Africa, the Caucasus, and Iraq. They have

taken opposing positions in each of these

conflicts. France was critical of Turkey's

support for Azerbaijan against Armenia

during last year's conflict over the

Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, while

Ankara was irritated by Paris's close

relations with the Kurdish militias in

Syria that it considers to be terrorist.

Moreover, Turkey and France backed

opposing sides in Libya and this was also

FOR well over a few years, India has

been ravaged by a plague of criminal

prosecutions for sedition and cognate

offences. Sedition has been abolished in the

country of its origin, the United Kingdom.

Its nuances cannot be understood by

magistrates, sessions judge, police officers

or the cleric who heads Uttar Pradesh,

Swami Adityanath, the chief minister

handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra

Modi. One of the great constitutional

lawyers A.V. Dicey wrote: "With us every

official, from the prime minister down to a

constable or a collector of taxes, is under the

same responsibility for every act done

without legal justification as any other

citizen. The reports abound with cases in

which officials have been brought before the

courts, and made, in their personal capacity,

liable to punishment, or to the payment of

damages, for acts done in their official

character but in excess of their lawful

authority." Could this have been achieved if

the police were subservient to the man in

power? Justice Jeevan Lal Kapur of the

Lahore High Court came to India on

partition and rose to be a judge of the

supreme court of India.

In this capacity he was appointed to

preside over a commission of inquiry into

reflected in the broader Eastern

Mediterranean region. France's sending

of naval assets to the Eastern

Mediterranean to support Greek

warships at Turkey's expense further

escalated the tensions. In response to

France's growing security partnerships

with Greece and Egypt, Ankara

consolidated its presence in Africa,

especially with former French colonies

like Niger, Mali and Algeria, which raised

eyebrows in Paris. Ankara has even

signed a number of economic

cooperation and defense agreements with

these countries - a clear challenge to

French influence.

Erdogan and Macron both engaged in

tit-for-tat criticisms as the two ambitious

leaders competed for international

influence. In an attempt to rally the EU to

impose sanctions on Turkey for its actions

in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean,

France called on the bloc's top diplomats

to discuss "the Turkish question," which

earned a harsh response from Ankara.

Relations reached rock-bottom last

October, when Erdogan said Macron

needed "mental checks" and expressed

his hope that France would "get rid of"



him as soon as possible. Despite all these

bitter developments, the two countries

have taken some steps toward

reconciliation. However, Macron's recent

visit to Iraqi Kurdistan, where Turkey has

a meaningful influence, has raised

questions about whether the Kurdish

region could turn into a new area of

rivalry between Turkey and France.

Macron was the only EU leader to

attend the regional summit held in

Baghdad last month to promote

cooperation and partnership. While some

countries were represented at the head of

state level, some sent their foreign

ministers instead, including Turkey.

Following the summit, Macron's next

stops were in Mosul and Irbil, cities that

are critical to Turkish interests. After a

meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Macron vowed to

continue supporting Iraq and said he

would maintain France's anti-terrorism

military presence in the country, even if

the US withdraws.

Thus, the withdrawal of the US and the

general indifference of other EU countries

have given the opportunity for France to

play a greater role in regional issues.

Rash of prosecutions

the assassination of M.K. Gandhi. He ruled

emphatically that no minister of

government can order the police to arrest or

release a suspect. That would be the end of

the rule of law.

Our right to speak, write, move and meet

should not depend on ministers' whims.

This is the test. Our right to speak, write,

move and meet should not depend on the

whim of some minister acting through a

minion. The law was authoritatively

declared by the celebrated Lord Denning in

these words: "I hold it to be the duty of the

commissioner of police of the metropolis, as

it is of every chief constable, to enforce the

law of the land. He must take steps so to post

his men that crimes may be detected; and

that honest citizens may go about their

affairs in peace. He must decide whether or


not suspected persons are to be prosecuted;

and, if need be, bring the prosecution or see

that it is brought. But in all these things he is

not the servant of anyone, save of the law

itself. "No minister of the Crown can tell him

that he must, or must not, keep observation

on this place or that; or that he must, or

must not, prosecute this man or that one.

Nor can any police authority tell him so. The

responsibility for law enforcement lies on

him. He is answerable to the law and to the

law alone."

A question may be raised as to the

machinery by which he could be compelled

to do his duty. On principle, it seems that

once a duty exists, there should be a way of

ensuring its enforcement. This duty can be

enforced, either by action at the suit of the

attorney general or by the prerogative writ

Macron's participation in the Baghdad

summit was a clear indication he intends

to move in that direction.

France, which pursues an ambitious

and individual strategy in the region,

wants to fill the American vacuum in Iraq

and the Kurdistan region.

The French president's visit to Iraqi

Kurdistan could also be seen from a

different aspect, instead of a broader Iraqi

dimension. In his first visit to Irbil,

Macron met Kurdish Regional

Government President Nechirvan

Barzani, who previously met with the

French leader on a visit to Paris in March.

Macron also met with Kurdistan

Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani.

Nechirvan Barzani, who also enjoys

good relations with Ankara, hailed the

French support for Iraqi Kurdistan,

where more than 35 French companies

operate, according to Rudaw. France

currently has more than $3 billion worth

of investments in Iraq, 30 to 35 percent of

which are in the Kurdistan region.

Macron then travelled to Mosul to meet

with political and religious figures. He

even announced that France would open

a consulate there soon, pledging that it

would support the reconstruction of the


Macron was also planning to visit Sinjar,

where tens of thousands of members of the

Yazidi religious minority fled in 2014 to

escape Daesh, but this visit was canceled.

Last year, Nechirvan Barzani praised a

French aid organization's plan to build a

hospital in Sinjar.

Source: Arab news

Vietnam in pragmatic balancing act between China, US

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign

Affairs has announced that Chinese

State Councillor and Minister of

Foreign Affairs Wang Yi will pay an official

visit to Vietnam from September 10-12

and co-chair the 13th meeting of the

Vietnam-China Steering Committee for

Bilateral Cooperation at the invitation of

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham

Binh Minh and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Bui Thanh Son.

The announcement did not provide

further details of his schedule while in

Hanoi, but as is customary in the

relationship between the two Communist

Party-ruled states, Wang is expected to

pay courtesy calls on top Vietnamese

leaders, possibly including the ailing party

boss Nguyen Phu Trong.

Notably Wang's trip to Hanoi follows

two recent consecutive visits by two senior

officials in US President Joe Biden's

administration, Secretary of Defense

Lloyd Austin in July and Vice-President

Kamala Harris in late August.

Concerns certainly remain in Beijing

from the proposal raised by both Austin

and Harris during their meetings with

Vietnamese leaders to elevate the US

relationship with Vietnam from a

comprehensive partnership to a strategic.

Looking beyond the announced

purpose of Wang's visit, a question might

be asked by many as to whether Vietnam

is playing a balancing act between the US

and China. Nevertheless, viewing the visit

from another perspective, one may ask if

China is wary of Vietnam's increasingly

close relationship with the US and wants

to pull it back in line. Since the breakout of

Macron was the only EU leader to attend the regional

summit held in Baghdad last month to promote cooperation

and partnership. While some countries were represented

at the head of state level, some sent their foreign

ministers instead, including Turkey. Following the

summit, Macron's next stops were in Mosul and Irbil.

the Covid-19 pandemic, which started in

China's Wuhan province in late 2019 and

early 2020 and continues today, Vietnam-

China ties have seen more rhetoric than

actions, and to a certain extent reached a

lower mood than the Vietnam-US


In 2020, Vietnam and China marked

the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic

ties but no high-level visits were

exchanged. In his Southeast Asia tour in

late 2020 and early 2021, Wang Yi went to

all ASEAN member states except

Vietnam, which was the regional bloc's

chair last year.

In contrast, then-president Donald

Trump's secretary of state Mike Pompeo

and national security adviser Robert

O'Brien visited Vietnam to celebrate the

25th anniversary of the normalization of

diplomatic ties between the two former


China's aid to Vietnam to fight Covid-19

is greatly outmatched by that provided by

the US. In addition, the first donated

shipment of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm

vaccines were prioritized to inoculate

Chinese nationals in Vietnam. The

Chinese Ministry of Defense recently

donated 200,000 doses of Sinopharm

Covid-19 vaccines and 201,600 single-use

syringes to its Vietnamese counterpart.

China's assistance to combat the virus is

not up to the level of its comprehensive

cooperative strategic partnership with

Vietnam yet. The top four powerful pillars

of Vietnam, namely the party secretary

general, the state president, the prime

minister and chairperson of the National

Assembly, in their tele-meetings with

Chinese counterparts requested Covid

assist vaccination distribution efforts in all 63 provinces.

Beijing was likely feeling the fire when witnessing Washington's

ties with Hanoi became increasingly intimate. Xiong Bo, the

Chinese ambassador to Vietnam, had an unplanned meeting

with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the

morning of August 24, the day Harris arrived in Hanoi.

vaccines donated to Vietnam.

As it has turned out, thus far only note

has been taken of the requests, but no

action. China's inaction implicitly

cultivated disappointment in Hanoi and

made any friendship rhetoric Kafkaesque

or delusive. The disappointment has been

fortified by China's continued aggressive

actions in the South China Sea, or East Sea

as the Vietnamese call it.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has received

considerable support and assistance from

the US. Thus far, 6 million doses of

vaccines have been donated, of which a

million doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived in

The reports abound with cases in which

officials have been brought before the courts,

and made, in their personal capacity, liable to

punishment, or to the payment of damages,

for acts done in their official character but in

excess of their lawful authority."

Vietnam while the US vice-president was

in Hanoi. In addition, the value of

technical assistance and programmatic

support by the US Agency for

International Development (USAID) and

Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) under the American

Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other

emergency assistance funding has

reached nearly US$44 million. The US

Department of Defense provided 77 ultralow-temperature

vaccine freezers to assist

vaccination distribution efforts in all 63


Beijing was likely feeling the fire when

witnessing Washington's ties with Hanoi

became increasingly intimate. Xiong Bo,

the Chinese ambassador to Vietnam, had

an unplanned meeting with Vietnamese

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the

morning of August 24, the day Harris

arrived in Hanoi.

At the meeting, Xiong announced that

China would provide an additional 2

million doses of Covid vaccines to

Vietnam. In response, Chinh reiterated

the country's policy of independence,



multilateralism, and non-alignment with

one country against another country.

However, Beijing continued to indicate

its dissatisfaction with Hanoi. While the

US vice-president was in Hanoi, the

Global Times, an outlet affiliated with the

People's Daily controlled by the

Communist Party of China, published

articles that implicitly threatened


Source: Asia times

of mandamus. But it is a very wide remedy

which has always been available against

public officers to see that they do their public


Could what Dicey described have been

possible of the police acted as tools of the

government? But it is this law which

guarantees equality before the law. Not the

police but the judges are the guarantors. The

worst to suffer are minorities. The

prosecution system was reformed by the

Prosecution of Offences Act, 1985. Until

1986, in England and Wales, most criminal

offences were both investigated and brought

by the police; in theory they were private

prosecutions. The 1985 act does not take

away the right of private prosecution, nor

does it deprive the police of their

investigatory role or their power to decide

whether or not to initiate proceedings. It

entrusts the final decision of whether or not

to prosecute and the conduct of

prosecutions be gun at the instance of

the police, to a na tional Crown

Prose cution Service and gives to that

service the power to discontinue

proceedings. Thus indirectly, there is a

control over the police discretion to

prosecute in individual cases.

tUEsDAy, sEPtEmBER 14, 2021


Harvard to divest $42 billion

endowment from fossil fuels

NiCk vissER

Harvard University said

Thursday it would stop

investing in fossil fuels

following nearly a decade of

activism from students and

faculty who said pulling the

school's $42 billion

endowment was a key step in

the fight against climate


Harvard President Larry

Bacow said in a letter that the

school no longer had any

direct investment in

companies that explore for or

develop fossil fuel reserves

and planned to make no such

investments in the future.

Any indirect investments

through private equity funds

will be allowed to lapse.

He stopped short of using

the word "divestment" - the

term environmentalist have

touted for institutions that

pull funds from carbonemitting

industries - but the

shift amounted to a dramatic

change in tack after years of

school leadership refusing to

even consider doing so.

Harvard's endowment is

the largest of any university

on earth, and fossil fuels

currently make up about 2%

of its total investments.

"Given the need to

decarbonize the economy and

our responsibility as

fiduciaries to make long-term

investment decisions that

support our teaching and

research mission, we do not

believe such investments are

prudent," Bacow, who

became president in 2018,

wrote to the school

community. "None of us will

be spared the realities of

climate change, which means

we are all in this together.

Global progress will depend

on a collective effort to see

one another not as

adversaries but as partners,

not as caricatures but as


Bacow himself had opposed

divestment in 2019, The

University President lawrence s. Bacow speaks with a colleague in his

office in massachusetts Hall before an october interview with the


Photo: kathryn s. kuhar

Harvard Crimson notes, but

the school has taken other

steps to address climate

change. The fund that

manages the endowment, the

Harvard Management Co.,

had pledged to achieve netzero

emissions in its

investments by 2050. The

school on Thursday also

appointed its first-ever vice

provost for climate and


Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard,

a key group that for years

urged the university to shift

its investments, hailed the

news, calling it a massive

victory not just for the

university community but

also for "the climate

movement, and the world."

"It took conversations and

protests, meetings with


faculty/alumni votes, mass

sit-ins and arrests, historic

legal strategies, and storming

football fields," the group

wrote on Twitter. "But today,

we can see proof that activism

works, plain and simple."

Divest Harvard said it

would continue to press

leadership to follow through

on the pledge as quickly as


"This announcement is a

massive victory for activists

and for the planet," the group

said. "Much more work

remains, of course - and our

movement will be here to

make sure that for Harvard,

it's only a beginning when it

comes to building a more just

and stable future."

UK planning last-ditch China

climate talks


Boris Johnson is planning to

convene last-ditch climate

talks with the president of

China, Xi Jinping, at a crunch

meeting of world leaders later

this month, in hopes of

breaking the global impasse

on climate action before the

Cop26 climate summit being

hosted in Glasgow this


Xi will be invited, along with

the leaders of about 30 other

countries, to a high-level

meeting on the sidelines of the

UN general assembly in New

York on 20 September, the

Guardian has learned. China,

the world's biggest emitter of

greenhouse gases, is crucial to

the success of Cop26, but is a

focus of increasing concern as

its current emissions plans are

the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

regarded as too weak.

Global experts on the talks

told the Guardian the UK's

own actions - in slashing

overseas aid and failing to

persuade rich countries to

provide more climate finance

to help poorer countries - had

stripped it of much of its

power to influence China,

imperilling the prospects of

success at Cop26.

Tom Burke, a veteran

adviser to governments and

co-founder of the E3G green

thinktank, said the "stupid"

decision to cut overseas aid

had removed a key diplomatic

tool at the talks: "Boris

Johnson has sent himself

naked into the conference

chamber. He has nothing

much to offer."

The informal meeting on 20

September, which will be a

hybrid of virtual and inperson

and co-hosted by the

UN secretary general, António

Guterres, represents one of

the last opportunities for toplevel

diplomacy with China,

with just 51 days to go until

Cop26. The meeting will focus

on ways to reach the

longstanding pledge by rich

countries to provide $100bn a

year, from public and private

sources, to help poorer

countries cut their emissions

and cope with the impacts of

climate breakdown.

China is responsible for

more than a quarter of global

carbon emissions and despite

rapidly growing renewable

power is still heavily

dependent on coal and still

planning new coal-fired

power stations despite

promises to reduce its use.

The International Energy

Agency (IEA) has said that if

China expands its use of coal,

annual global carbon

emissions are likely to rise by

a record amount next year,

putting hopes of limiting

global heating to 1.5C - the

stronger of two goals in the

2015 Paris agreement - all but

out of reach.

Jennifer Morgan, the

executive director of

Greenpeace International,

said China was crucial to

hopes of success at Cop26.

"The world needs China to

move to keep 1.5C alive.

Action by China, as the

world's biggest emitter, is

fundamental. Decisions by the

Chinese now have a huge

influence on the wellbeing of

the planet and our future."

Xi surprised the world a

year ago, in a speech to the

UN general assembly, by

pledging to peak China's stillgrowing

emissions before the

end of this decade, and reach

net zero carbon by 2060.

These commitments marked

a strong improvement on

previous plans, but are still

insufficient to ensure global

emissions are halved by 2030,

which scientists say is

Photo: Xinhua

necessary to keep within 1.5C.

Morgan said China should

agree to peak its emissions by

2025, set a specific timeline

for phasing out its use of coal

and introduce a moratorium

on its financing of coal

development overseas to give

the world a chance of staying

within 1.5C.

Underlining the importance

of China, the US, UK and EU

are all engaged in frantic

diplomacy with the country's

leaders. Joe Biden's special

envoy on the climate, John

Kerry, visited Tianjin this

month and Alok Sharma, the

UK minister who will preside

over Cop26, followed last


The Guardian understands

these meetings were positive,

though they produced no new

concrete measures from

China. Xie Zhenhua, China's

top climate official, told

Reuters the talks with Sharma

were "candid, in-depth and


However, all face an uphill

task. Diplomatic relations

between the US and China

have deteriorated over trade

spats, and with the UK over

human rights and trade

issues. Furthermore, the UK

faces a specific problem in its

ability to convene other

developing countries to

counterbalance China.

At previous climate Cops,

before the landmark Paris

agreement was signed in

2015, China was reluctant to

commit to stronger climate

action. This came to a head at

a crunch meeting in Durban

in 2011, where China and

India were the last nations

holding out on a deal that laid

the groundwork for Paris.

In a dramatic standoff in

the dying hours, the EU

gathered together a

"coalition of high ambition"

made up of more than 130

developing countries,

including the poorest and

most vulnerable, to push for

a resolution. This marked a

significant change:

developing countries that

had previously looked to

China for leadership decided

their best interests lay in



breakdown, rather than

holding on to Beijing's coattails.

China, stung by the

defection of its former allies,

finally agreed to sign the

deal that led to the Paris

agreement four years later.

"China hated the coalition of

high ambition," said one

former high-level diplomat.

Experts believe the UK

should be trying to assemble

a similar coalition now. But

the decision to slash

overseas aid has damaged

Johnson's standing in the

eyes of poorer nations, and

the failure so far to secure

the long-promised $100bn a

year in climate finance is

also a key stumbling block.

Gilad Bino and his colleagues plan to reintroduce 10 platypuses to the Royal National Park, a mixture

of males and females, in hopes that they settle in and breed.

Platypuses to be reintroduced to

Australia's oldest national park

ENviRoNmENt DEsk

Scientists in Australia are

preparing to reintroduce

platypuses to the country's

oldest national park after they

disappeared from the area

almost 50 years ago,

embarking on an ambitious

plan to preserve the duckbilled


Platypuses haven't been

seen in the country's Royal

National Park, about 20 miles

south of Sydney, in decades.

But Gilad Bino, a senior

lecturer at the University of

New South Wales, said the

project would see the egglaying

mammals return as

early as next year, likening the

park to Yellowstone in the

United States in terms of its

value to the Australian


The effort, in conjunction

with the WWF, Taronga Zoo

and New South Wales

government, is simple in

theory: Bino and his

colleagues are studying

platypus breeding behaviors

in southern New South Wales

and will spend the latter half

of 2021 surveying the Royal

National Park to see if they

can find suitable homes for

the monotremes hidden in

the thick forests of eucalyptus

trees. Platypuses need deep

pools of water to live in with

high banks to build burrows.

If researchers are able to


More than 100 water birds

have been found covered in oil

in the wake of a spill at a

Louisiana refinery damaged

by Hurricane Ida. The birds

have been located "within

heavy pockets of crude oil"

from the Phillips 66 Alliance

Refinery in Belle Chasse, and

in flooded fields and retention

ponds close by, according to a

Thursday news release from

the Louisiana Department of

Wildlife & Fisheries.

The "growing number" of

affected birds has included

multiple egret species, blackbellied

whistling ducks and

blue-winged teal, among

other species. Alongside birds,

some alligators, otters and

nutria were found with oil on


The mission to help the

animals could take weeks, the

department said. By Friday,

10 birds had been caught and

brought to a wildlife

rehabilitation center, state

biologist Jon Wiebe told The

Associated Press. Five dead

birds had also been removed

from the area.

The AP had reported on the

Alliance spill after the

National Oceanic and

find fitting ground for

burrows and deep pools of

freshwater full of food, they

hope to capture about 10 from

thriving platypus populations

and reintroduce them into the

park by late 2022. Scientists

would monitor them for

several years to see if they can

adapt to the new

environments, but Bino said

such projects have been

successful in other parts of

Australia. Translocated

platypuses have begun laying

eggs and rearing broods of

young, called puggles, a few

years later.

"We know that it's

possible," he said, pointing to

successful relocation projects

in the states of Victoria and

South Australia. "They can

handle translocation, and if

there are [these deep pool]

refuges, they can handle

drought and fires."

Finding platypuses, which

are mostly active at twilight

and during the night, is a

daunting task even for a

professional platypus




dumbfounding to think about

the amount of effort we do for

a single platypus," Bino said,

noting his team averages

about two platypuses a night

but that number is regularly

closer to zero. "It's usually at

least two people, we set nets

Atmospheric Administration

captured aerial images

showing a sheen of oil on the

water. A levee protecting the

refinery had failed during the

storm, leading to a significant

spill of heavy crude oil.

Aerial photos also revealed

an oil slick that grew to

around 11 miles long in the

Gulf of Mexico south of Port

Fourchon, the result of a

broken pipeline ? the owner of

which is currently unclear.

at dusk, we wait by the river

all night."

But, he added, "when you

do catch one, it's gold." His

team will search for any

potential platypuses in the

Royal National Park as it

surveys for potential new

homes, and there have been

anecdotal sightings over the

last 15 or 20 years. But

researchers will mostly be

using DNA testing methods

to see if any traces remain in

waterways rather than

hunting for the furry enigmas.

It's unclear why, exactly,

platypuses disappeared from

the Royal National Park.

Some think a chemical spill in

the 1980s on a roadway near

the park may have killed

populations off, or it may

have been a series of droughts

or poor water quality linked to

coal mining.

Decades later, platypuses

face a spate of threats around

the country akin to those

endured by other iconic

species, including the koala

and the corals along the Great

Barrier Reef. Invasive foxes

and cats can prey on the

platypuses, and the animals

are particularly vulnerable to

severe drought and bushfires

that have plagued the country

with increasing regularity as

the climate warms.

A study conducted last year

by Bino and his colleague,

Those two spills are among

more than 2,000 incidents of

water pollution reported off

Louisiana's coasts or in its

waterways after Ida,

according to The Washington


The fossil fuels

contaminating the

environment and killing

wildlife in the aftermath of the

storm are also fueling extreme

weather events like

hurricanes and severe

Tahneal Hawke, found

dramatic declines in platypus

populations nationwide. Over

the past 30 years, the pair

found that platypus habitat

had fallen by up to 22% in

eastern Australia, where the

animals are endemic, and the

number of platypuses seen in

parts of some urban areas

near Melbourne had fallen by

as much as 65%.

Platypuses are listed as

"near threatened" by the

International Union for the

Conservation of Nature, but

Bino and Hawke have urged

Australia to list them as

threatened under the

country's conservation laws.

"The platypus is seen

nowhere else on the planet and

like so many of our other iconic

native species its future is

uncertain," Matt Kean, the

New South Wales

environment minister, said in

a statement about the

reintroduction plan.

"Unfortunately, we have some

of the worst extinction rates

anywhere in the world and we

have to make sure the platypus

never makes that list."

Bino says the

reintroduction plan is all part

of a broader initiative to

preserve platypuses for future

generations. The plan could

one day include captive

breeding programs, rescue

networks and efforts to find

more habitats where they can

be reintroduced.

"The platypus is an iconic

species, it's a flagship species,

it's evolutionarily unique," he

said. "I want people to

experience that, to think

about platypuses when they

go to the park and become

passionate about nature."

Birds found covered in oil after

hurricane Ida refinery spill


"There's increasing

evidence for an

overintensification of the

water cycle," NASA scientist

Alex Ruane told HuffPost last

month. "Water is moving

through the climate system

faster than it used to. That

means it is being evaporated

into the air faster, it's being

moved around, and it's

raining down harder when it

does rain."

An oiled tricolored heron in the water at the Alliance Refinery oil spill in

Belle Chasse.

Photo: AP



A view exchange meeting has been held on Monday to prevent all the waterways of Bijoynagar upazila of

Brahmanbaria to prevent water accidents and increase publicity and public awareness. Photo : TBT

No Covid deaths recorded

in Rangpur in last 24 hrs

RANGPUR : No fresh Covid-

19 death was recorded in

Rangpur division during the

last 24 hours for the first

time during the last four

months, keeping the number

of casualties steady at 1,218.

Health officials said the

Covid-19 situation has

improved with declining

positivity rate and a rise in

recovery rate during the last

five weeks in the division.

"Earlier, Rangpur division

witnessed the last Covid-19

casualty free day on May 16,"

Focal Person of the Covid-19

and Assistant Director

(Health) for Rangpur

division Dr ZA Siddiqui told


The district-wise breakup

of the 1,218 fatalities stands

at 290 in Rangpur, 79 in

Panchagarh, 87 in

Nilphamari, 65 in

Lalmonirhat, 66 in

Kurigram, 246 in

Thakurgaon, 322 in

Dinajpur and 63 in

Gaibandha districts of the


The average casualty rate

currently stands at 2.25

percent in the division.

Meanwhile, the number of

Covid-19 cases reached

54,206 in Rangpur division

as 46 new patients were

diagnosed after testing 847

samples at a daily positivity

rate of 5.43 percent on


Earlier, the daily positivity

rates were 8.59 percent on

Saturday, 8.18 percent on

Friday, 10.37 percent on

Thursday, 7.07 percent on

Wednesday, 8.46 percent on

Tuesday and 11.17 percent on

Monday last in the division.

"The district-wise break up

of total 54,206 patients

include 12,267 in Rangpur,

3,649 in Panchagarh, 4,358

in Nilphamari, 2,715 in

Lalmonirhat, 4,588 in

Kurigram, 7,368 in

Thakurgaon, 14,442 in

Dinajpur and 4,819 of

Gaibandha in the division,"

he added.

Divisional Director

(Health) Dr Md Motaharul

Islam said a total of 2,66,971

collected samples were

tested till Sunday, and of

them, 54,206 were found

Covid-19 positive with an

average positivity rate of

20.30 percent in the


Meanwhile, the total

number of healed Covid-19

patients reached 50,264 with

recovery of 173 more

infected patients on Sunday

in the division.

The 50,264 recovered

patients include 10,283 of

Rangpur, 3,302 Panchagarh,

4,244 Nilphamari, 2,548

Lalmonirhat, 4,362

Kurigram, 6,698

Thakurgaon, 14,092 in

Dinajpur and 4,735

Gaibandha districts in the

division. Among the 54,206

patients, 127 are undergoing

treatments at isolation units,

including 13 critical patients

at ICU beds and seven at

High Dependency Unit beds.

With the recovery of 50,264

patients and 1,218 deaths,

2,597 people are remaining

in home isolation at present.

"The number of citizens

who got the first dose of the

Covid-19 vaccine rose to

22,87,118, and among them,

13,71,147 got the second dose

of the jab till Sunday in the

division," Dr Islam said.

Chief of Divisional

Coronavirus Service and

Prevention Task Force and

Principal of Rangpur

Medical College Professor Dr

AKM Nurunnobi urged

people to abide by the health

directives to maintain the

improving trend of Covid-19

in the division.

Educational materials have been distributed among 1,300 students of Good

Neighbors Bangladesh Ghatail CDP in Tangail.

Photo : TBT

96 more tested positive for Covid-19 in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI : Ninety-six more people

were tested for Covid-19 positive in seven

districts of the division on Sunday, taking

the number of detection to 97,243 since

the pandemic began in March last year.

However, the new daily infection figure

is one of the 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 76


Meanwhile, a total of 160 more people

were cured from Covid-19 in the division

on the same day, taking the recovery

cases to 92,692 so far.

The death toll reached 1,637, including

674 in Bogura, 305 in Rajshahi with 181

in its city, and 171 in Natore, as two fresh

cases of fatality were reported during the

period, Dr Talukder added. However, the

fatality figure is one of the ever-lowest

since the second wave of pandemic hit the


Besides, all the positive cases for Covid-

19 have, so far, been brought under

treatment while 22,308 were kept in

isolation units of different dedicated

hospitals for institutional supervision. Of

them, 18,576 have by now been released.

Meanwhile, 151 more people have been

sent to home and institutional quarantine

afresh while 172 others were released

from isolation during the same time.

Of the total new positive cases, the

highest 28 were detected in Natore,

followed by 25 in Rajshahi city, 24 in

Bogura, nine in Sirajganj, six in Pabna,

three in Joypurhat and one in Naogaon

Safe surgery essential

to eradicate obstetric

fistula: experts

RAJSHAHI : Ensuring safe

surgery has become an urgent

need to eradicate obstetric

fistula as it's one of the most

serious and tragic childbirth

injuries which leave women

with incontinence problems

and often leads to chronic

medical problems,

depression, social isolation

and deepening poverty.

Health experts, however,

observed that the problem is

preventable with the correct

medical assistance and its

occurrence is a violation of

human rights and a reminder

of gross inequities in the


The experts came up with

the observation while

addressing a safe surgery

workshop with surgeons

virtually on Monday. 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 field

through ensuring safe


Civil Surgeon Dr Ram Podo

Ray addressed the workshop

as chief guest, while Deputy

Director of the Department of

Family Planning Abdulla Al

Baki and Superintendent of

Sirajganj Sadar Hospital Dr

Saiful Islam spoke as special


Dr Nazmunnahar Tara,

Assistant Professor of the

Department of Gynecology

and Obstetrics of Rajshahi

Medical College and Hospital,

presented a keynote paper

giving an illustration on

causes, prevention and

treatment of the obstetric

fistula. She also put forward a

set of recommendations on

how to eliminate the problem.

Prof Saiba Akter from

MAMM's Institute of Fistula

and Women's Health

supplemented her.

On behalf of the LAMB

Hospital, Dr Bea, Dr Tahrima

Hossain and Mahatab Liton

also spoke.

Dr Nazmunnahar told the

meeting that obstetric fistula

is preventable. It can largely

be avoided by delaying the age

of first pregnancy and timely

access to obstetric care.

Prevention of all sorts of

cessation of harmful

traditional practices can be

the best way of overcoming

the problem.


With the newly detected patients, the

district-wise break-up of the total cases

now stands at 27,588 in Rajshahi,

including 22,234 in city, 5,559 in

Chapainawabganj, 6,337 in Naogaon,

8,238 in Natore, 4,556 in Joypurhat,

21,282 in Bogura, 11,177 in Sirajganj and

12,506 in Pabna.

A total of 1,11,386 people have, so far,

been kept under quarantine since March

10 last year to prevent the community

transmission of the deadly coronavirus


Of them, 1,08,160 have, by now, been

released as they were given clearance

certificates after completing their 14-day


4.54pc Covid-19

infection rate

recorded in


MANIKGANJ : Five more

people were diagnosed

with COVID-19 positive

after testing 110 samples

during the last 24 hours till

this morning in the district

as the infection rate stood

at 4.54 percent.

Among the fresh positive

cases, 2 were reported in

Manikganj Sadar, 2 in

Shibalaya and one in Ghior

upazilas. No infection was

found in the other four

upazilas of the district.

No death was also

reported during the 24

hours span, remaining the

fatality at 125 in the


Medical Officer of

Manikganj Civil Surgeon

Office Dr. Rafiqun Nahar

Banna said a total of 8113

people were detected

COVID-19 positive so far

after testing 43696

samples in the district. Of

them, 7410 have already


Birthday of 3,700

disadvantaged children

celebrated in Rangpur

RANGPUR : World Vision

Bangladesh, (WVB), an

NGO, celebrated the

symbolic 'Birthday' of 3,700

of disadvantaged children in

a function held at a local

community centre on

Sunday afternoon in the city.

"WVB has been

successfully conducting

development activities on

child welfare since 2013 with

overall support of all

quarters in wards 17, 18, 23,

24, 25, 26 and 27 under

Rangpur City Corporation

(RpCC)," a press release said.

Every year, the Rangpur

Area Program of WVB

celebrates token 'Birthday' of

underprivileged children of

the beneficiary families of

different development

programs with their parents

and local people.

"It is not a specific birthday

of any child, but it is

celebrated symbolically in

public, especially for families

who are unable to celebrate

their child's birthday," the

release said.

According to Article 7 of

the UN Convention on the

Rights of the Child, the birth

of a child must be registered

soon and the child should

grow up in his or her own


"Through the birthday

celebration program,

children and their parents

will understand the

importance of the child's

growth with age and learn

about some of the 'happy

moments' in a child's life,"

the release added.

Rangpur Sadar Upazila

Nirbahi Officer Nur Nahar

Begum attended the

program as the chief guest

with Rangpur Area Program

Cluster (APC) Manager of

WVB Anukul Chondro

Bormon in the chair.

The chief guest said that

every child must grow up

Owner of Mir Tea Supply Syed Sayed Ahmed receiving certificate of five day-long training of SME foundation

in Moulvibazar.

Photo : TBT

RMCH records six more

fatalities in Covid-19 unit

RAJSHAHI : Rajshahi Medical College

Hospital (RMCH) recorded six more

fatalities at the Covid-19 unit in the last 24

hours till 6am today, taking the death toll to

86 so far this month.

The previous day's death figure was five

while on Wednesday, 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 three from Natore and one from

Naogaon districts.

Among the fresh six fatalities, three were

female and three male.

"Of the fresh fatalities, two tested positive

for Covid-19 and four had covid-19

symptoms," he said.

Nine 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 129, including 47

positive cases.

Twelve of the patients are undergoing

treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Twenty patients returned home from the

RMCH Covid-19 unit after being cured

during the time.

Yazdani said the infection rate has

increased by 2.31 percent in Rajshahi

compared to the previous day.

A total of 25 people were diagnosed with

Covid-19 after testing 309 samples in

Rajshahi's two laboratories on Sunday,

showing 8.09 percent positivity rate against

5.78 percent on Saturday, while Friday's

positivity rate was 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


A farmer is feeding green grass to his livestock on the side of a road covered

with pitch in the scorching sun. The photo was taken from Sherpur in

Banagram union of Sadullapur upazila of Gaibandha district. Photo: PBA

with his or her correct birth

identity and must have

proper birth registration.

All children should be sent

to school regularly to prevent

them from dropping out and

parents must be discouraged

from child marriage.

"I especially thank World

Vision Bangladesh for

celebrating the symbolic

"Birthday' of 3,700

disadvantaged children," she


Anukul Chondro Bormon

said that since the teaching

in classes has started a new,

every child should go to


He assured of ensuring

proper birth registration of

each child of the beneficiary

families of different

development programs of

WVB to assist the children to

grow well with their own

beautiful names and


Income generating

activities for women



RANGPUR : Women and

girls victims of violence,

child marriage and forced

marriage should get spaces

for their involvement in

income generating

activities (IGAs) to become

self-reliant alongside for

their social empowerment,

reports BSS.

The opinion came at an



'Involvement of women

and girls victims of

violence, child marriage

and forced marriage in

income generating

activities' held at

Shilpokola Academy in

Taraganj upazila of

Rangpur on Sunday


Dinajpur-based NGO

'Pollishree' organised the

event under its Creating

Spaces Project being

funded by Oxfam Canada, a

global organisation

working to end child

marriage, injustice of

poverty and inequality with

a focus on women's rights.

Program Manager of

Creating Spaces Project of

'Pollishree' Selim Reza

presided over the event

participated by 20

adolescents, victims of

violence, child marriage

and forced marriage, from

four unions of the upazila.

Taraganj Upazila

Assistant Youth

Development Officer Md

Aminul Islam attended the

orientation as the chief


Taraganj Upazila Youth

Development Office

Assistant SM Rana, Project

Coordinator of Pollishree

Raunak Ara Haque, its

Project Officer Lazina Akter

also addressed the event.

TUeSDAY, SePTeMber 14, 2021


North Korea says it successfully test fired newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend,

its first known testing activity in months, underscoring how it continues to expand its military

capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States.

Photo : AP

North Korea says it tested new

long-range cruise missiles

SEOUL : North Korea says it

successfully test fired newly developed

long-range cruise missiles over the

weekend, its first known testing activity

in months, underscoring how it

continues to expand its military

capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear

negotiations with the United States,

reports UNB.

The Korean Central News Agency

said Monday the cruise missiles, which

had been under development for two

years, demonstrated an ability to hit

targets 1,500 kilometers (932 miles)

away during flight tests on Saturday

and Sunday.

The North hailed its new missiles as a

"strategic weapon of great significance"

that meets leader Kim Jong Un's call to

strengthen the country's military

might, implying that they were being

developed with an intent to arm them

with nuclear warheads.

North Korean state media published

photos of a projectile being fired from a

launcher truck and an apparent missile

with wings and tail fins traveling in the

air. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff

said the military was analyzing the

North Korean launches based on U.S.

and South Korean intelligence. The

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said it was

monitoring the situation with allies and

that the North Korean activity reflects a

Two women campaign

to become France's

1st female president

DHAKA : Two French

politicians kicked off their

presidential campaigns

Sunday, seeking to become

France's first female leader in

next year's spring election,

reports UNB.

The far-right National Rally

party's Marine Le Pen and

Paris' Socialist mayor, Anne

Hidalgo, both launched their

presidential platforms in

widely expected moves.

They join a burgeoning list

of challengers to centrist

President Emmanuel

Macron. This includes battles

among multiple potential

candidates on the right -

including another female

politician Valerie Pecresse -

and among the Greens.

Hidalgo, 62, mayor of the

French capital since 2014, is

the favourite to win the

Socialist Party nomination.

She launched her candidacy

in the northwestern city of


"I want all children in

France to have the same

opportunities I had," she said,

invoking her roots. Hidalgo is

the daughter of Spanish

immigrants who fled their

country in search of freedom

amid dictator Francisco

Franco's rule.

Le Pen, the 53-year-old

leader of France's far-right

party, started her campaign in

the southern city of Frejus

with a pledge to defend

French "liberty." In keeping

with a hard-right message

that critics say has vilified

Muslim communities, Le Pen

promised to be tough on

"parts of France that have

been Talibanised."

She is also remaking her

image for this election.

continuing focus on "developing its

military program and the threats that

poses to its neighbors and the

international community."

Kim during a congress of the ruling

Workers' Party in January doubled

down on his pledge to bolster his

nuclear deterrent in the face of U.S.

sanctions and pressure and issued a

long wish list of new sophisticated

assets, including longer-range

intercontinental ballistic missiles,

nuclear-powered submarines, spy

satellites and tactical nuclear weapons.

Kim also said then that his national

defense scientists were developing

"intermediate-range cruise missiles

with the most powerful warheads in the

world." North Korea's weapons tests

are meant to build a nuclear and

missile program that can stand up to

what it claims as U.S. and South

Korean hostility, but they are also

considered by outside analysts as ways

to make its political demands clear to

leaders in Washington and Seoul.

The North's resumption of testing

activity is likely an attempt at

pressuring the Biden administration

over the diplomatic freeze after Kim

failed to leverage his arsenal for

economic benefits during the the

presidency of Donald Trump.

North Korea ended a yearlong pause

in ballistic tests in March by firing two

short-range ballistic missiles into the

sea, continuing a tradition of testing

new U.S. administrations with

weapons demonstrations aimed at

measuring Washington's response and

wresting concessions.

But there hadn't been any known test

launches for months after that as Kim

focused national efforts on fending off

the coronavirus and salvaging his


KCNA said the missiles tested over

the weekend traveled for 126 minutes

"along an oval and pattern-8 flight

orbits" above North Korean land and

waters before hitting their targets.

"The test launches showed that the

technical indices such as the thrust

power of the newly developed turbineblast

engine, the missiles' navigation

control and the end guided hit accuracy

by the combined guided mode met the

requirements of designs. In all, the

efficiency and practicality of the

weapon system operation was

confirmed to be excellent," it said.

It appeared that Kim wasn't in

attendance to observe the tests. KCNA

said Kim's top military official, Pak

Jong Chon, observed the test-firings

and called for the country's defense

scientists to go "all out to increase" the

North's military capabilities.

Israel hits Hamas targets in

Gaza in response to rocket fire

JERUSALEM : Israeli aircraft struck a series

of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday in

response to a series of rocket launches out of

the Hamas-ruled territory. It was the third

consecutive night of fighting between the

enemies, reports UNB.

Tensions have been heightened following

last week's escape from an Israeli prison by

six Palestinian inmates, as well as struggling

efforts by Egypt to broker a long-term ceasefire

in the wake of an 11-day war last May.

The Israeli military reported three separate

rocket launches late Sunday and early

Monday, saying at least two of them were

intercepted by its rocket defenses.

In response, it said it attacked a number of

Hamas targets. There were no reports of

casualties on either side.

Over the weekend, Israel caught four of the

six Palestinian inmates, who tunneled out of

a maximum security prison on Sept. 6.

Palestinian militants responded with rocket

fire. Israel's search for the last two prisoners

is continuing.

Meanwhile, Egyptian-mediated efforts to

deliver a long-term truce have struggled with

the sides unable to agree on a system to

renew Qatari payments to needy Gaza

families. Israel has demanded guarantees

that Hamas does not divert the money for

military use.

Gaza is an impoverished territory whose

population is overwhelmingly comprised of

families who fled or were forced from

properties in what is now Israel during the

war surrounding Israel's establishment in

1948. Hamas is pushing for Israel to end a

crippling blockade that has devastated

Gaza's economy, while Israel is demanding

that Hamas free two captive Israeli civilians

and return the remains of two dead Israeli


Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting

the forces of the internationally recognized

Palestinian Authority in 2007, a year after

the Islamic militant group won Palestinian

parliamentary elections.

Since then, Israel and Hamas have

fought four wars and numerous smaller

rounds of fighting.

Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday in

response to a series of rocket launches out of the Hamas-ruled territory. It was

the third consecutive night of fighting between the enemies. Photo : AP

School starts for 1

million NYC kids amid

new vaccine rules

NEW YORK : Classroom

doors swing open for about a

million New York City

public school students on

Monday in the nation's

largest experiment of inperson

learning during the

coronavirus pandemic,

reports UNB.

The start of the school year

coincides with several

milestones in the city's

pandemic recovery that

hinge on vaccine mandates.

Nearly all of the city's

300,000 employees will be

required to be back in their

workplaces, in person,

Monday as the city ends

remote work. Most will

either need to be vaccinated

or undergo weekly COVID-

19 testing to remain in their


The city was also set to

start enforcing rules

requiring workers and

patrons to be vaccinated to

go indoors at restaurants,

museums, gyms and

entertainment venues. The

vaccination requirement has

been in place for weeks, but

had not previously been


There will also be a

vaccine mandate - with no

test-out option - for

teachers, though they have

been given until Sept. 27 to

get their first shot.

Unlike some school

districts across the country

that are still offering online

instruction to families that

prefer it, New York City

officials say there will be no

remote option despite the

persistence of the highly

transmissible delta variant

of COVID-19.

Pope calls for Europe to

show pandemic 'solidarity'

BRATISLAVA : Pope Francis

on Monday called for Europe

to show "solidarity" during

economic recovery from the

Covid-19 pandemic, as he

visited Slovakia, one of the

worst hit countries on the

continent, reports BSS.

On his first foreign trip

since a colon operation in

July, the 84-year-old

Argentine pontiff called the

pandemic "the great test of

our own time".

"It has taught us how easy it

is, even when we are all in the

same boat, to withdraw and

think only of ourselves," he


Slovakia, a European Union

member with a population of

5.4 million, had the highest

per capita Covid-19 contagion

and mortality rates in the

world for several weeks this


"After long and trying

months of pandemic, fully

conscious of the difficulties to

be faced, we look forward

with hope to an economic

upturn favoured by the

recovery plans of the

European Union," the

pope said in the Slovak

capital, Bratislava.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates :

Running late, the delivery driver

threaded his motorcycle around

lurching cars, speeding against time

and traffic to satisfy a customer's burger

craving - the day's last delivery in Dubai,

reports UNB. Moments later, a car

sideswiped him. The collision

catapulted Mohammed Ifran off his

bike and smashed him into the street,

instantly killing the 21-year-old as he

was delivering a meal worth some $8.

After giving up farming in Pakistan, he

had been working in Dubai as a

contractor for Talabat, an online food

delivery app popular in the United Arab


"His family's only source of

happiness, gone," said a fellow courier

in the working-class district of Deira,

who declined to give his name for fear of

reprisals. Ifran's June death represents

just one in a growing number of

casualties among food delivery riders in

Dubai, workers and advocates say, as

the pandemic pushed millions of people

indoors and accelerated a surge in appbased

orders. The boom has

Tropical Storm Nicholas threatens

Gulf Coast with heavy rain

MIAMI : Tropical Storm Nicholas headed

toward the Texas coast Monday, threatening

to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal

areas of Texas, Mexico and storm-battered


Forecasters at the National Hurricane

Center in Miami said a hurricane watch was

issued for the central portion of the Texas

coast with much of the state's coastline now

under a tropical storm warning. Nicholas is

expected to approach the middle Texas coast

late Monday and could bring heavy rain that

could cause flash floods and urban flooding.

In a special advisory late Sunday,

forecasters said the center of Nicholas had

reformed, and the system strengthened. It

had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph

(85 kph) and was moving north-northwest

at 12 mph (19 kph). It was located off the

coast of northeastern Mexico, and was on a

forecast track to pass near the South Texas

coast later Monday, then move onshore

along the coast of south or central Texas by

Monday evening.

Nicholas over several days is expected to

produce total rainfall of up to 10 inches (25

centimeters) in Texas and southwest

Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts

of 20 inches (50 centimeters), across

portions of coastal Texas beginning Sunday

night through midweek.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state has

placed rescue teams and resources in the

Houston area and along the Texas Gulf


"This is a storm that could leave heavy

rain, as well as wind and probably flooding,

in various different regions along the Gulf

Coast. We urge you to listen to local weather

alerts, heed local warnings," Abbot said in a

video message.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on

Sunday night declared a state of emergency

ahead of the storm's arrival in a state still

recovering from Hurricane Ida and last

year's Hurricane Laura and historic


"The most severe threat to Louisiana is in

the southwest portion of the state, where

recovery from Hurricane Laura and the May

flooding is ongoing.

In this area heavy rain and flash flooding

are possible. However, it is also likely that all

of south Louisiana will see heavy rain this

week, including areas recently affected by

Hurricane Ida," Edwards said.

Tropical Storm Nicholas headed toward the Texas coast Monday, threatening

to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas of Texas, Mexico and storm-battered


Photo : AP

Firefighters advance on blaze

that shut California highway

CASTAIC : Firefighters were making

progress on a wildfire that jumped across a

Southern California freeway and spread

across dry hillsides while a new blaze forced

residents of a Northern California

community to evacuate, reports UNB.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon near

Castaic in northern Los Angeles County.

Pushed by 10-15mph (16-24 kph) winds, the

blaze chewed through tinder-dry brush and

jumped across the busy freeway, spread

across more than a half of a square mile.

The California Highway Patrol closed a

stretch of the interstate for several hours as

air tankers dropped bright-orange retardant

on the flames. A large flareup sent heavy

smoke drifting toward freeway lanes Sunday

afternoon, the CHP reported.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital

to treat burn injuries, said Andrew Mitchell, a

spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.

Officials said the fire was about 63%

contained Sunday, adding that firefighters

made progress overnight with the help of

As Dubai's food delivery booms,

dangers and casualties mount

transformed Dubai's streets and stores

and drawn thousands of desperate

riders, predominantly Pakistanis, into

the high-risk, lightly regulated and

sometimes-fatal work. With most paid

between $2 to $3 per delivery rather

than a fixed salary, riders race in the

scorching heat to keep pace with a

relentless rush of orders.

The conditions of couriers worldwide,

long perilous, worsened during the

pandemic as riders became essential to

feeding cities and faced new risks of

coronavirus exposure. But in Dubai, the

United Arab Emirate's glimmering

sheikhdom that runs on low-paid

migrant labor from Africa and Asia, the

job can be particularly precarious. At

the mercy of visa sponsors, workers in

Dubai have few protections. To reduce

cost, companies like London-based

Deliveroo outsource bikes, logistics and

responsibility to contracting agencies - a

labor pipeline that prevails across Gulf

Arab states and can lead to


"For food delivery riders in the UAE,

the issue of exploitation is usually on

water-dropping aircraft and an aggressive

ground attack, Mitchell said.

He said crews would take advantage of the

beginning of a cooling trend Sunday to build

containment lines.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Meanwhile, a fire that erupted Sunday

afternoon prompted Mendocino County

authorities to evacuate parts of Calpella, a

community on the Russian River about 6

miles (10 kilometers) north of Ukiah. Video

footage posted on Twitter shows the fire

pushing in the direction of Lake Mendocino.

Further north, residents of a mountain

town devastated by the huge Caldor Fire

south of Lake Tahoe will be allowed back

Sunday to inspect the damage. Most of

Grizzly Flat's homes, as well as the school,

post office, church and fire station were

destroyed in the first days of the month-old

fire. Evacuation orders were also lifted for

homes along State Route 50 as containment

of the 342-square-mile (886 square

kilometer) wildfire increased to 65%.

the part of the sponsor. That's where

people feel they're unable to change

jobs or even to complain about working

conditions," said Karen Young, a senior

fellow at the Washington-based Middle

East Institute.

On Dubai's streets, more than a dozen

delivery riders interviewed said they

knew of two or three co-workers killed

every month. Memories of colleagues

sprawled on the street in shredded

uniforms and bloodied helmets remain

vivid as they mount their bikes each

morning, many said.

Dubai police have not yet released a

road crash count for 2020. Past tallies

did not offer breakdowns for

motorcycle deaths. Authorities declined

to offer recent figures or comment on

crash cases like Ifran's.

Without an official number,

advocates have scoured local media to

gauge the work's hidden toll. One road

safety activist, who spoke on condition

of anonymity for fear of reprisals,

collected press reports of at least 70

delivery riders hospitalized last year in

Dubai, including 24 who died.



South Korean company M/s. JD Creation Limited has signed an agreement with Bangladesh Export

Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) to establish a Camping items, Garments, Tent & Garments

Accessories manufacturing industry in Mongla EPZ with an investment of US$ 4.15 million. Member

(Engineering & Investment Promotion-additional charge) of BEPZA Mohammad Faruque Alam and

Managing Director of JD Creation Limited Mr. Seung Chul Kim signed the agreement today (13-09-

2021) at BEPZA Complex, Dhaka on behalf of their respective organizations. The Executive Chairman

of BEPZA Major General Md Nazrul Islam, SPP, ndu, afwc, psc, G witnessed the signing ceremony. The

fully foreign owned company will produce annually 4.85 million pcs of Camping items like tent, sleeping

bags, bag, camping chair, hat and cap, Woven Garments like shirt, jacket and 2.02 million Yds of

printing, embroidery, string and elastic band. They will create employment opportunity for 1990

Bangladeshi nationals. Mentionable, U-jin Led Co. (BD) Ltd. an Electronics & Electrical goods manufacturing

company of the same owner has been operating business in Chattogram EPZ since 1989.

They are going to set up this company as their second venture in Mongla EPZ being pleased with the

services and overall investment climate of BEPZA. Among others, Member (Finance) Nafisa Banu,

Secretary Md. Zakir Hossain Chowdhury, General Manager (Public Relations) Nazma Binte Alamgir,

General Manager (Investment Promotion) Md. Tanvir Hossain and General Manager (Enterprise

Services) Md. Khorshid Alam of BEPZA were present at the signing ceremony. Photo : Courtesy

Int’l Business Summit-2021 held

Walton aims to export $100m

worth products in 2021-22FY

Bangladeshi electronic giant Walton has

aimed to export 100 million USD worth of

'Made in Bangladesh' labelled products to

the world market in the current fiscal year of

2021-22. This move will increase the export

volume of Walton as its products are gaining

remarkable response from global buyers of

different countries including Europe, says a

press release.

This was revealed on Monday (September

13, 2021), at the closing day of a two-day

long 'Walton International Business

Summit-2021' held at the Grand Sultan Tea

Resort and Golf at Sreemangal. Golam

Murshed, Managing Director and Chief

Executive Officer (CEO) of Walton Hi-Tech

Industries Limited, announced the export


Additional Managing Director of Walton

Hi-Tech Industries Limited Abul Bashar

Hawlader, Deputy Managing Directors

Nazrul Islam Sarkar, Amdadul Haque

Sarkar, Eva Rizwana Nilu, Humayun Kabir

and Alamgir Alam Sarkar, Senior Executive

Directors SM Zahid Hasan and Amin Khan,

Chief Marketing Officer Firoj Alam, Walton

Air Conditioner's Chief Business Officer

(CBO) Tanvir Rahman, Refrigerator's CBO

Anisur Rahman Mallick, TV's CBO Mostafa

Nahid Hossain, International Business Unit

(IBU) President Edward Kim, Vice-

Presidents Abdur Rouf and Saeed Al Imran

were among others present at that time.

Speakers in the summit say that, with the

aim of becoming the best global electronics

brand, Walton is moving forward in the

world market in achieving its 'Vision- Go

Global 2030'. In a bid to achieve this goal,

the Walton IBU branch has organized this

summit as part of the implementation of the

roadmaps in this regard. Setting targets of

exporting products worth $100 million by

2022 and initiating other future course of

plans for export expansion were mainly

focused in the summit.

At the summit, Golam Murshed

congratulated the Walton's IBU team on its

great success in expanding export market to

developed countries especially in Europe.

Expressing his firm expectation that the

export volume of Walton products will reach

billions of dollars by the next two to three

years, he also said Walton products

currently have a combined market of about

1 billion USD in both local and international

arenas that needs to be raised to 10 billion

USD over the next 9 years.

Edward Kim, however, placed the 'Walton

Global Business Initiative for 2021', a set of

plans about the implementation of the

roadmap to achieve 'Vision-Go Global 2030'

and future action plans to meet the export

targets in the current fiscal year, at the


Golam Murshed, Managing Director and CEO of Walton Hi-Tech

Industries Limited, has made the announcement of $100 million export

target at its 'International Business Summit-2021' held on Monday at


Photo : Courtesy


recycles 30,000

tonnes plastic

every year


Group, the country's

leading business

conglomerate, recycles

about 30,000 metric

tonnes of waste plastic

every year, producing

27,000 metric tonnes of

raw material.

Kamruzzaman Kamal,

director marketing of the


revealed the information

while talking with

reporters at the Pran-RFL

Industrial Park in Habiganj

on Saturday. Kamal

informed that the value of

this amount of raw

material, if imported, is

about Taka 400 crore.

"Huge amounts of

foreign currencies are

being saved every year for

carrying out recycling

activities," he added.

He informed that they

collect PET, HDPE, LDPE,


plastic and the 'used

plastic' are collected from

dealers, plastic collectors,

plastic products factories,

depots and traders who

deal with used plastic.

"After this, the used

plastic is brought to

collection centers of

PRAN-RFL Group. At

present, there are 10

collection centers in

different parts of the

country. The 'used plastic'

was then taken to the

Group's factories after

crushing. PRAN-RFL has

three factories, including

one in Habiganj Industrial

Park, for carrying out

recycling activities," he


Kamal mentioned that

the awareness of people

plays an important role in

using plastic and recycled

plastic products.

NRBC Bank Limited launched its services at Jaintiapur (Sylhet), Birol (Dinajpur), Ulipur (Kurigram), Natore

Sadar, Bagherpara (Jashore), Trishal (Mymensingh).On Monday, 13 September, 2021 Mohammed Oliur

Rahman, Director of the Bank inaugurated Jaintiapur sub-branch as Chief Guest. Alhaj Hafeez Maulana

Ruhul Amin Madani, MP, Mymensingh-7 and Chairman of Standing Committee on Ministry of Religious inaugurated

Trishal Sub-branch as Chief Guest. Local elites, high officials of the Bank and, distinguished clients,

businessmen were present in these occasions. During the ceremony, a Munajat was held seeking divine blessings

of the Almighty for the welfare, progress and prosperity of the Bank.

Photo : Courtesy

Green Malta farming gains immense

popularity in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI : Green malta being

produced locally has gained huge

popularity in the region, including the

Barind area, as the growers are reaping

lucrative outputs from the farming.

Green malta, developed by

Bangladesh Agriculture Research

Institute (BAR), has been appearing in

the markets from different growing

areas in plenty for the last couple of

years meeting up the demands of the


Imported malta varieties are being

sold at Taka 220 to 240 per kilogram,

while the local variety at Taka 90 to 120

at present. Many of the consumers are

seen going for the option to purchase

the local variety as its price is

significantly low compared to the

imported one.

Amzad Hossain, a retailer at Shaheb

Bazar area in Rajshahi city, said he is

satisfied with the selling trend of the

local variety known as BARI Malta-1,

adding that around 100 kilograms of

malta are being sold every day.

He said there is no difference

between the local and imported ones in

terms of taste. Milon Ahmed, another

retailer, said the farmers are seen

expanding acreage of the citrus fruit in

many of the dried lands including

Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and

Naogaon districts gradually through

the best use of modern technologies

and other existing natural resources.

Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific

Officer of Fruit Research Station, said

Barimalta1 is more drought tolerant

and tasty than any other exotic variety.

He said the farmers who cultivate

malta, a highly valued citrus fruit, are

now more interested in cultivating the

fruit instead of other fruits and

vegetables. This year, the fruit is

expected to be produced well.

Dr Alim also said in terms of food

and nutritive values green and ripe

fruits are vital as these are enriched

with enormous vitamin A, B, C,

calcium and iron which are essential

for human body irrespective of age and

sex. So, the boosted fruit farming has

become helpful for the society as a


He opined that demand of the fruit

has also risen among the consumers

amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cultivation of the fruit will bring a

revolution in the local economy as

hundreds of people from ultra-poor

families have attained self-sufficiency

by cultivating malta.

DASCOH Foundation, a nongovernment

organization, under its

'Integrated Water Resource

Management (IWRM) Project, is

extending technical and financial

support to the farmers for boosting the

malta production in the region as part

of its effort to promote the less-water

consuming crop in the drought-prone


Coordinator of the project, Jahangir

Alam Khan said they provided

financial support worth Taka 31.17 lakh

for installation of 17 submersible

pumps with seven solar panels for

ensuring irrigation facilities to around

200 bigha of malta farming fields in

drip method.

Three youths- Mukta Ali, Tofazzal

Hossain and Sultan Ahmed- have

jointly developed a malta orchard

through planting 300 saplings on three

bigha of land at Arani Khorda Baosha

area under Bagha Upazila in Rajshahi

in 2017.

After nursing the field for around two

years they sold fruit worth around

Taka 67,000 in 2019.They are very

much hopeful about selling malta of

Taka four lakh this year as they are now

successful in their venture.

Aminul Islam along with four of his

co-villagers has established an orchard

on 45 bigha of land commercially in

partnership approach in Bottoly area

under Godagari Upazila in Rajshahi.

Currently, they are doing their

business successfully, said Islam,

adding malta is being sold at Taka 100

to 120 per kilogram in local markets.

He said the consumers get fresh

Malta as these are sold directly from

the orchard to the market. Local Malta

is delicious and tastes better than the

imported varieties.

Recently, The Premier Bank Limited signed an agreement with Simco Holdings Limited at The

Premier Bank Head Office. In presence of Managing Director & CEO the Premier Bank Limited M.

Reazul Karim, FCMA and the chairman of Simco Holdings Limited Mozaffor Uddin Siddique, SEVP

& Head of Retail Banking Division Mohammad Shamim Murshed of the premier Bank Limited and

Khurrum Siddique Managing Director of Simco Holdings Limited Signed the agreement on behalf of

their respective organizations. Under the agreement, both the company will promote Premier Home

Loan to sell apartments among individual customers. Deputy Managing Director & CFO Sayed Abul

Hashem FCA, FCMA; EVP & Head of Brand Marketing & Communications Md. Tareq Uddin;

Business Development Manager Mohammad Robel Miah from The Premier Bank Limited & Abdul

Halim, Business Development Manager from Simco Holdings Limited and other officials of both the

organizations were present at the signing ceremony.

Photo : Courtesy

Samsung introduces Galaxy F22 with

big battery and excellent features in

the Bangladesh market

Samsung Bangladesh has

recently launched the new

Galaxy F22 with robust and

innovative technologies in

the Bangladesh market. The

device is packed with

excellent features making

them perfect for demanding

millennials and working


On this occasion, Md.

Muyeedur Rahman, Head of

Mobile, Samsung

Bangladesh, said, "Given the

sheer number of flagship

series equipped with


specifications and features it

brings, Samsung has always

been a favorite among

Android fans. However,

flagship phones with great

features usually tend to be

more expensive. Numerous

people are dealing with

financial instability during

the ongoing COVID-19

pandemic; thus, not

everyone can afford highend

smartphones with

multiple upgraded features.

Hence, Samsung

Bangladesh has extended its

smartphone lineup with the

new Galaxy F22 - a budget

phone packed with

outstanding features. We

hope that the Galaxy F22

will provide a personalized

experience and become the

user's best friend."

The phone has a robust

battery of 6,000mAh with

25W fast charging support,

allowing you to enjoy workfrom-home,

online classes,

movies, and gaming without

worrying about running out

of battery life. Nowadays, a

powerful battery is essential

due to all the multitasking

that is conducted through

smartphones, and within

this price range, getting a

6,000mAh battery is


Under the hood, the

smartphone houses an octacore

MediaTek Helio G80

processor paired with 6GB

RAM and 128GB storage.

Coming to the software,

Galaxy F22 runs the

Android 11 operating system

topped with the company's

layer of One UI 3.1. The

phone promises to deliver

faster gaming and video

performance hence, creating

a seamless smartphone

experience for the users.

Designed especially for

Gen Z and millennials,

Samsung Galaxy F22 boasts

a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED

and resembles a minimalist

slab-like design with a flat

display. It also comes with a

90Hz refresh rate, enabling

the users to enjoy smooth

scrolling, transition, and a

faster web browsing


Galaxy F22 comes with a

screen that is protected from

scratches due to the Corning

Gorilla Glass 5. Users can go

on an adventure and capture

photos without worrying

about damaging the phone.

In addition to all these

specifications, the

smartphone is accompanied

by several other features as

well. It comes with a USB

Type C charging port,

3.5mm audio jack, and

microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy F22 is an

ideal example of how you

can now get a power-packed

smartphone that is not

heavy on the wallet. So, if

you want to start using

smartphones to keep up

with the changing times, you

can start with a device like

Galaxy F22.

Furthermore, you can

express your style through

your smartphone as

Samsung Galaxy F22 comes

in two colors- denim black

and denim blue. The colors

are perfect for young

millennials and Gen Z. The

Galaxy F22 offers promising

specifications and is priced

at BDT 18,499 only.

Over 700 Nagad


reactivated in

first phase

Among the on-hold Nagad

accounts balance for

possible unusual

transaction, Nagad

hasreactivated more than

700 Nagad accounts in the

first phase after extensive

analysis and consultation

with the authorities'

concerned, says a press


In recent times, after

observing signs of

inconsistent transactions

with some e-commerce

platforms of the country,

Nagad's state-of-the-arth

technology automatically

put some accounts balance

on hold temporarily for

ensuring the customer's


As per the Bangladesh

Bank regulations, Nagad

informed the matter to the

concerned authorities.

Subsequently, through

ongoing consultation with

the authorities, extensive

analysis and scrutiny, the

accounts with satisfactory

results are now reactivating

in phase by phase. In this

ongoing process, stapes have

been taken to reactivate rest

of hold the accounts with

satisfactory results within

the shortest possible time.

The customers are already

enjoying the regular

functionality with the

reactivated accounts as well

as all the exciting Nagad




Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann in action against Espanyol.

Atletico Madrid rallies late to beat

Espanyol in Antoine Griezmann's return


Thomas Lemar scored deep into stoppage time as Atlético

Madrid rallied to a 2-1 win at Espanyol in the Spanish league

on Sunday in the return of Antoine Griezmann, reports UNB.

Griezmann had a lackluster performance in his first match

back on loan from Barcelona, being substituted early in the

second half.

Atlético salvaged the victory with Yannick Carrasco scoring

in the 79th and Lemar in the ninth minute of injury time.

Lemar got the winner with a shot from inside the area after

an assist by Carrasco. The ball found the net after deflecting

off the goalkeeper's hand and the crossbar.

Raúl de Tomás had put the hosts ahead with a header in

the 40th. The match had 10 minutes of stoppage time after it

was interrupted for a water break along with a couple of

video reviews.

"I don't know why it was that much. I don't know when

there was so much time lost," De Tomás said. "But we could

have done better ourselves and ended paying the price in the


Griezmann was replaced in the 58th by João Félix, who

hadn't played this season because of an injury.

Griezmann is back with Atlético on a one-year loan from

Barcelona, where he never met the high expectations of his

2019 transfer from Atlético for 120 million euros ($142

million). He had played five seasons under Atlético coach

Diego Simeone before that.

"Griezmann may struggle at times but he is very talented

and very smart and he will have a great season," Carrasco

said. Real Madrid later hosts Celta Vigo as it returns to the

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium after 18 months.

Barcelona won't play this weekend after its matc h at Sevilla

was postponed to give rest time to players on international

duty with South American nations. The game between

Villarreal and Alavés also was postponed.

Defending champion Atlético tops the standings with 10

points from four matches.

Photo: AP

Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic's

bid for calendar slam at US Open


A game from the end of his

bid for what would have

been the first calendar-year

Grand Slam in men's tennis

since 1969, Novak Djokovic

covered his face with a towel,

hiding his tears during a

changeover, reports UNB.

For 27 Grand Slam

matches in 2021, on hard

courts, clay courts and grass,

Djokovic could not be

deterred, could not be

beaten. Needing one more

victory, in the U.S. Open

final Sunday against Daniil

Medvedev, to complete a

season sweep of major titles

and to claim the record 21st

of his career, Djokovic could

not come through.

Outplayed by someone

using a similar style to his

own, Djokovic came up just

short of those two historic

milestones, losing 6-4, 6-4,

6-4 to first-time major

champion Medvedev at

Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic

had been sublime at the

sport's four most important

tournaments, enduring the

burdens of expectations and

pressure over the past seven

months and, in New York,

the past two weeks.

He beat Medvedev in the

Australian Open final in

February, then added titles

at the French Open in June

and Wimbledon in July.

But Djokovic, a 34-yearold

from Serbia, couldn't get

to 28-0. He simply was far

from his best on this

particular day.

He made mistakes, 38

unforced errors in all. He

wasn't able to convert a

break chance until it was too

little, too late, going just 1 for

6. He showed frustration,

too, destroying his racket by

pounding it three times

against the court after one

point, drawing boos from the

crowd of 25,703 and a code

violation from chair umpire

Damien Dumusois.

A lot of Djokovic's issues

had to do with the No. 2-

ranked Medvedev, who used

his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter)

frame to chase down

everything and respond with

seemingly effortless

groundstrokes - much the

way Djokovic wears down

foes - and delivered pinpoint

serving. Medvedev won 20

of his first 23 service points,

establishing a pattern.

He finished with 16 aces

and 38 winners in all, 11

more than Djokovic. After

overcoming multiple doublefaults

on match point,

Medvedev finally finished

the job, then toppled over to

the court on his side.

Djokovic reached his recordequaling

31st Grand Slam

final with six victories on the

hard courts of Flushing

Meadows. But he could not

quite get the last one he


He remains tied with

Roger Federer and Rafael

Nadal with 20 major titles.

And the last man to

complete a true Grand Slam

by going 4 for 4 at the majors

Naomi Osaka is surprised by the impact her confession


Photo: AP

Shakib, Mustafiz plan to provide

feedback from IPL to their

national team for T20 WC


Bangladesh's No 1 cricketer

Shakib Al Hasan believes his

presence in an IPL dressing

room along with pace

bowling colleague

MustafizurRahaman will

help them give a feedback on

players, who turn rivals

during the T20 World Cup

starting October 17 in Oman

and UAE. Shakib will be

playing for KKR while

Mustafizur is part of

Rajasthan Royals, reports

UNB. "I am hopeful that the

IPL will help everyone,"

Shakib said. "We will be

spending time in those

conditions, play matches

too. Mustafiz and I can share

the experience with the rest

of the team. "We will

understand the other

players' mindset, what they

are thinking about the World

Cup, and then report it back

to our players."

Acclimatizing will not be a

problem as the team will get

enough time for that.

"Our team will be in Oman

at least 15-16 days before the

World Cup, which is enough

time for acclimatizing with

conditions and wickets. "I

in a single season remains

Rod Laver, who did it twice -

in 1962 and 1969 - and was

in the stands Sunday. The

last woman to accomplish

the feat was Steffi Graf in


Instead, Djokovic joins

don't think pitches and

conditions here will have any

impact over there. We have

built a winning mentality,

which will help us be

confident in the World Cup."

In their last three T20I

series, Bangladesh defeated

Zimbabwe, Australia and

New Zealand while gaining

invaluable experience of

playing on surfaces similar

to the kind they might get

during the World Cup.

"I think we have a good

chance in the World Cup.

We had a good preparation.

There is lots of criticism

regarding wickets and low

scores but at the same time,

we have to understand that

there is nothing that gives

you more confidence than a

win," Shakib said.

"A team carries a winning

mentality after success and

that gives you confidence to

a different level. We want to

go to the World Cup with

this confidence," he added.

Shakib continued to

criticise the pitches at the

Shere Bangla National

Stadium where Bangladesh

won the last two T20I series

against Australia and New


Jack Crawford in 1933 and

Lew Hoad in 1956 as men

who won a year's first trio of

Grand Slam tournaments

and made it all the way to the

U.S. Open final before losing.

Djokovic came out a bit cold

Sunday, double-faulting in

each of his initial two service

games and mixing in enough

groundstroke miscues -

bowing his head or rolling

his eyes after some - that 12

minutes in, Medvedev was a

point from a second break

and a 3-0 lead. Djokovic

eventually used a couple of

aces at 117 mph and 124 mph

to hold there, but it was

Medvedev who stole the

show in the early going.

This was the fifth

consecutive match in which

Djokovic dropped the first

set - and 11th in Grand Slam

play this year - but unlike in

the other instances, he could

not come back to win.

Djokovic got to love-40 in

Medvedev's first service

game of the second set but

did not come through on any

of those break points. On the

third, Djokovic put a sliced

backhand in the net, then

pounded his racket against

his left thigh - one, two,

three, four times, perhaps as

disappointed in his footwork

as anything.

Thousands in the audience

tried to boost him by

chanting his nickname, "Nole!

No-le! No-le!" After some

of Medvedev's faults, some

in the stands would applaud,

considered poor form in

tennis and repeatedly

admonished with a "please"

from Dumusois.

Gutted for fans that

series didn't get

finish deserved:

James Anderson


England pacer James

Anderson is "gutted" that

the fifth Test against

India at his home ground,

Old Trafford was

cancelled, bringing a

premature end to the

exciting series, which he

said deserved a better

finish, reports UNB.

The final match of the

series was cancelled when

a physio in the Indian

camp tested positive

ahead of the game,

making the visiting

players apprehensive,

though all of them tested


The 39-year-old

Anderson also wondered

whether he would get to

play another Test match

for England at his home


"I'm gutted for everyone

at Lancashire cricket, for

the fans who paid for

tickets/trains/hotels, for

both sets of supporters

that wanted to see the

finish this series

deserved," Anderson

wrote on his instagram


"I hope it will be played

again at some point and I

hope I will get to play

another international

game at my home ground

that I love so much," he

mentioned further.

Indian cricketers led by

skipper ViratKohli

refused to play as they

were apprehensive about

testing positive in the

incubation period which

would have coincided

with the Test match dates

between September 12-


All the Indian cricketers

contracted with IPL

franchises left for Dubai

the following day after

Test match was cancelled.

Anderson has taken 632

wickets from 166 Tests

with 15 wickets from the

four Tests against India.

Mohamed Salah joins

100 club as Liverpool

post comfortable

win at Leeds


Mohamed Salah's 100th

Premier League goal

helped Liverpool cruise to

a 3-0 victory at 10-man

Leeds United on Sunday in

a match that was marred

by a nasty injury to

teenager Harvey Elliott.

After a lightning-fast

start to the game, Salah

became the 30th player to

join the Premier League's

100-goal club in the 20th

minute, tapping home

from close range from a

Trent Alexander-Arnold


The visitors missed a

host of chances to make it

two in the first half, before

Fabinho made one count

early in the second period

to put Jurgen Klopp's side

on course for three points

in West Yorkshire.

There was a worrying

sight later in the half as

Elliott needed lengthy

treatment on the pitch

following a tackle from

Leeds' Pascal Struijk, with

the hosts' substitute

shown a straight red card

for the challenge by the


Elliott was taken off on a

stretcher with what

appeared to be a serious

leg injury, receiving

applause from Leeds fans

as he was taken down the


Liverpool regained their

composure to add a

stoppage-time third

through Sadio Mane to put

the seal on a victory that

moved them above

Manchester City into third

in the standings, while

Leeds sit 17th without a

win from four league

matches this season.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu

won the junior ITF title in Chandigarh


CLTA head coach Romen Singh remembers

the sunny afternoon of January 6, 2018, when

a 15-year-old Emma Raducanu of Great

Britain had won the girls' title with a 6-4, 6-4

win over Ukraine's Diana Khodan in the final

of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Grade -3 Tennis Tournament played at

Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA)

Stadium here, reports UNB. On Sunday early

morning, as the 18-year-old from Great

Britain became the first player in men's or

women's tennis to win a grand slam as a

qualifier with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Canada's

Leylah Fernandez in the US Open women's

final at New York, Singh was remembering the

day Raducanu had won the junior title in

Chandigarh and how her mother Renne

would cheer her from the stands- with Singh

calling other CLTA trainees to watch

Raducanu play.

"When Emma Raducanu won the ITF

Grade-3 title here in Chandigarh, I remember

how her mother Renne would sit for hours at

the stands at the CLTA Stadium and cheer for

her. She was very consistent and accurate for

a 15-year-old at that time and the thing which

I was impressed with was her self motivation

and the confidence she displayed on the court.

They stayed for a week here at Chandigarh

India players refused to play fifth

test v England, says BCCI chief


India's cricket board chief SouravGanguly said

their players refused to play the fifth and final

test against England due to COVID-19

concerns and denied that the upcoming Indian

Premier League had played any part in the

decision, reports UNB.

The Old Trafford test was cancelled last

Friday barely two hours before its scheduled

start as the tourists, who were leading the

series 2-1, failed to field a side after their

physiotherapist tested positive for COVID-

19."The players refused to play but you can't

blame them," Ganguly told Indian newspaper

The Telegraph on Monday. "Physio Yogesh

Parmar was such a close contact of the players

… he mixed freely with the players and even

performed their COVID-19 tests." He also used

and she liked Indian dishes at the CLTA

Stadium apart from interacting with the

junior trainees. To see her win the US Open

last night would be a great memory for all of

us, who watched her win at Chandigarh in

2018," remembered Singh.

Raducanu, who was born in Canada to Ian

and Renne, with her father Ian being of

Romanian origin and mother Renne of

Chinese origin, moved to England with her

parents at the age of two years and started

playing tennis at the age of five years. She

would later train under coach Nigel Sears. The

youngster had won a total of four junior ITF

titles in 2018, with the first international title

of the year coming in the form of the

Chandigarh event. The same year, Raducanu

would win the girls' title in the ITF Juniors

Grade 2 event at New Delhi apart from

winning two more ITF Junior titles


In 2019, she also won an ITF $25000 event

at Pune and the youngster's US Open title win

on Sunday morning also saw her becoming

the first British woman since Virginia Wade in

1977 to win a slam singles titles and first

brutish woman since Wade in 1968 to win the

US Open. Coach and chair umpire Deepak

Yadav, who officiated in the ITF Junior Grade-

3 final at Chandigarh, remembers Raducanu

as a disciplined youngster.

to give them a massage, he was part of their

everyday lives." "The players were devastated

when they came to know that he had tested

positive for COVID-19. They feared they must

have contracted the disease and were dead


Former England captain Michael Vaughan

has suggested that India's players were

"petrified" of testing positive ahead of the IPL,

which resumes on Sept. 19 in the United Arab


But England and Wales Cricket Board CEO

Tom Harrison has said the cancellation had

nothing to do with the IPL and Ganguly echoed

those comments.

"The BCCI will never be an irresponsible

board. We value other boards too," he said,

adding that the match is likely to be held as a

one-off match next year.

"The BCCI will never be an irresponsible board. We value other boards

too," Ganguly said, adding that the match is likely to be held as a one-off

match next year.

Photo AP

Daniel Ricciardo wins Italian GP as Max

Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton crash


Championship leader Max Verstappen and

defending champion Lewis Hamilton

crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix, which

was won by McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo on

Sunday, reports UNB.

It was McLaren's first win in nearly nine

years, since Jenson Button took the

chequered flag in Brazil in 2012.

It was also Ricciardo's first win since

Monaco in 2018. He finished 1.747 seconds

ahead of teammate Lando Norris and 4.921

ahead of ValtteriBottas, who turned in a

strong performance after starting from the

back of the grid after a penalty for taking a

new engine.

But the biggest talking point of the race

came on lap 26. Hamilton had pitted from

the lead and returned to the track just in

front of Verstappen. The Red Bull driver

tried to come up the inside on a turn as the

seven-time champion defended his position.

As the two made contact, Verstappen's car

catapulted on to the top of the Mercedes as

both slid into the gravel. The protective halo

ring at the front of F1 car cockpits may have

saved Hamilton from serious injury.

"That's what you get when you don't leave

the space," said a furious Verstappen over

team radio.

Both drivers were able to walk away from

their cars though Hamilton took a long time

getting out of his, only clambering out after

Verstappen had long gone.

The stewards will investigate the incident

after the race. Ricciardo won the race after a

brilliant start allowed the Australian driver

to pass Verstappen who started from pole

position at turn one.

Behind them Hamilton, who started

fourth, managed to pass Lando Norris. But

he then attempted to try and get around the

outside of Verstappen heading into the

second chicane and was instead forced off

across the grass, allowing Norris to regain his


"He (Verstappen) pushed me wide!"

Hamilton exclaimed over team radio.

Hamilton was then held up by Norris and

could only watch in frustration as Ricciardo

and Verstappen stretched their advantage

lap by lap.

Ricciardo was first to pit, on lap 23, and

came out seventh. Verstappen was

struggling with his tires and stopped on the

following lap.

But a botched pit stop that lasted 11.1

seconds saw him come out in 10th and, to

make matters worse for the Dutch driver,

Hamilton had in the meantime passed

Norris to take the lead.

But disaster struck for both drivers shortly




Mahiya Mahi ties

knot for 2nd time


Dhallywood star Mahiya Mahi

has tied the knot with Rakib

Sarker, a businessman and

former leader of the Bangladesh

Chhatra League (BCL) from


Rakib Sarkar, a younger

brother of Kamrul Ahsan Sarkar

Russel who is also a convener of

Gazipur Metropolitan Juba

League. Rakib Sarkar, a younger

brother of Kamrul Ahsan Sarkar

Russel who is also a convener of

Gazipur Metropolitan Juba


Mahi is getting married for the

second time" - such rumors have

been circulating on social media

including Facebook for a few

days, but Mahi repeatedly called

those "rumors", however, the

Dhaka film actress turned the

rumor into "truth" on Sunday

night. "On Monday 13.09.21 AD


12:05 am Our marriage is

consummated. Earlier, all

whispers about me were rumors.

I urge all to pray for us," Mahi

confirmed the matter in a post on

her Facebook account in the

early hours of Monday.

Recently, a few pictures of

Mahi and Rakib were spread on

social media with Mehendidyed

in hands with yellow

dresses. In the viral picture,

Kamruzzaman Sarkar Rakib, a

man in yellow clothes, was seen

with Mahi.

Earlier, Mahi had married

Sylhet businessman Mahmud

Parvez Opu in a glittering

ceremony in 2016. A few years

later, rumors of her divorce

were heard, but she denied it.

Then in May, Mahi confirmed

the news of her divorce with

Apu on Facebook. After the

divorce, rumors of

Dhallywood's second marriage

started circulating based on the

actress' various Facebook


The 'Dhaka Attack' star, in an

earlier Facebook post, wrote that

she was going to give a surprise

to her fans on September 13.

Having made her debut

through Shahin Sumon

directorial 'Bhalobashar Rong' in

2012, Mahi is said to be one of

the most popular actresses of


Oishee resumes

shooting for 'Noor'

Actress Jannatul Ferdous Oishee has started shooting for her

upcoming romantic film 'Noor'. Directed by Raihan Rafi, the

film marks her third straight collaboration with actor Arifin

Shuvoo. Confirming the news to The Bangladesh Today on

Sunday, Oishee said that they resumed the shooting of the film in

Pabna on Sunday and will stay there for around 20

days for the first schedule of the shooting.

The actress was recently paired up for the flim

'Noor' after Shuvoo signed for the film nearly a

year ago. Apart from appearing as the lead cast,

Shuvoo is also playing his role as the executive

producer of 'Noor'. Regarding teaming up

again with Arifin Shuvoo, with whom she

earlier co-starred in the much-anticipated

film 'Mission Extreme', Oishee said, "As

always, he is very supportive, very energetic.

I always say that he has extended his support to

such a level that I couldn't have asked for a better

co-artiste in my debut film. He helped me like a

mentor. He has been guiding me and helping me

the same way until now."

Oishee declined to reveal anything about her

character and plot of 'Noor' for now and hinted that

she and Shuvoo would appear in never-seen-before

roles in the film. "I can only say that actor Shuvoo and

I are coming out in play such roles that no one ever saw

us this way," she said.

For Oishee, this shooting schedule marks her first trip

to Pabna. The team reached the north-eastern district on

Friday and spent a day preparing them before opening

the shoots. "It feels very good. The shooting has started

on Sunday. Everything is going fine. After arriving here,

we have visited the locations, held a team meeting and

planned the scenes," she said.

The makers of 'Noor' announced the film earlier in

April after bringing Shuvoo onboard and marking

his first project with director Raihan Rafi. Produced

by Shapla Media, the film also faced delay to go on

floors due to existing Covid-19 risks.

Meanwhile, a first-look poster of 'Noor' was released

following Shuvoo's inclusion in the film.

Miss World Bangladesh 2018 titleholder Jannatul

Ferdous Oishee made her debut with the action-thriller

'Mission Extreme' co-starring Arifin Shuvoo and Taskeen

Rahman in lead roles. Directed jointly by Sunny Sanwar

and Faisal Ahmed, the film was scheduled to release last

year which was postponed due to the pandemic. Currently,

Oishee is also awaiting release of her two other films titled

'Adom' and 'Raat Jaaga Ful'.

Want to be in music until

death : Real Ashique


When I was a child, I used to

sing with my mother, and since

then I have been with music.I

want to be immersed in music

until death. This is the story of

Real Ashique, the busiest and

most popular composer and

vocalist of the time.Due to his

extraordinary composition and

excellent singing, this young

singer is currently having a busy


Real Ashique was born and

raised in Rupganj upazila of

Narayanganj district.Although

his full name is Md. Ashikur

Rahim, he is now popularly

known as Real Ashik.Nazrul

musician Hasina Begum, the

mother of Real Ashique, was the

first to chant music at a young

age. The artist later passed a

master's degree in classical

music, including an honors

course in Nazrul music from the

Dhaka Government Music

College. In 2017, he started his

journey as a music director in

the media with the introduction

of a mixed album released in a

single composition by Real

Ashik.So far, more than 250

songs in his composition have

been released in the

market.Real Ashik also has a

good reputation as a vocalist,

the first song in his own voice,

Khunsuti, was released by the

audio company G Series. Singer

Nusrat Brishti has lend her

voice with Real in the song.So

far, about 10 more songs have

been released in the voice of

Real Ashique. Popular songs

Bhumi Pednekar

feels shy of calling

herself a 'star'

On her debut in 2015, Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar

took critics by surprise, and won awards, by playing an

overweight bride who speaks up for her rights in the romantic

comedy 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. Since then, Bhumi Pednekar

has given a string of hits with meaningful cinema. But she has

recently revealed that she's shy to call herself a star, reports

Times of India.

She was seen in 'Toilet: EkPrem Katha', 'Shubh Mangal

Savdhaan', 'Saand Ki Aankh', 'Bala', 'Pati Patni Aur Woh' and

'Dolly Kitty Aur Who Chamakte Sitare', and many more such

critically acclaimed films.

But is Bhumi comfortable with the 'star tag? In an

interview with media, the actress, who started out as an

assistant to Shanoo Sharma, made the confession: "I am a

little shy to call myself a star."

She insists she is an actor who has received a lot of love.

Bhumi said: "I think the definition of stardom has changed

across different generations. But yes, I am grateful that my

films are appreciated and people love me and I am going to

continue doing whatever I do on and off screen."

published by Real Ashique

include several original songs

including FA Sumon's Saire,

Kazi Shuvo's Beiman Bondhu,

Syed Amir's Mon Kanday,

Emon Khan's Rupa Ami Bhalo

There's a lot happening in the Disney

Universe as we speak. Several films

hitting the shores, the MCU flourishing

in its illustrious phase 4, and of course,

there is this battle between Scarlett

Johansson and the 'House Of Mouse'.

The studio was about to work with the

'Black Widow' star outside the Marvel

Cinematic Universe, and had signed

her for 'Tower Of Terror'. And while no

one needs to confirm that the chances

of that happening are less seems like

they have found a replacement in Brie

Larson. If you are unaware, Scarlett

Johansson recently sued Disney over

the release format of her standalone

Natasha Romanoff spin-off Black

Widow. The actor as per her plea was

promised an exclusive theatrical

release, but the movie hit Disney Plus

simultaneously with the big-screen

release. As per ScaJo, this has caused a

Ne. When asked, Real Ashique

said, "Song is my dream, song is

my pursuit, I find my peace

through song."I will sing as long

as I live. I sought love and

blessings from everyone.

Scarlett to be replaced by Brie

in Disney's 'Tower Of Terror'?

lot of monetary loss and also breach of

the contract.

If the latest reports are now to go by,

the studio is still fighting with

Johansson, but also rapidly looking out

for her replacement and probably

found one in Brie Larson.

Scarlett Johansson was roped in to

lead the Tower Of Terror in June this

year. She wasn't in a legal battle with

Disney then. When later next month

she decided to take the drastic step and

what followed, it was evident that

neither Disney nor Scarlett would want

to work with each other in the near

future. Now as per reports it seems like

the 'House Of Mouse' is still going

ahead with 'Tower of Terror',

contradictory to the news that said they

are shelving it.

Source: Times Of India

Talking about her on-screen roles, the actress has always

picked the meaningful roles and offered some insights to the

topics that are often neglected or talked less about. Whether it

was the importance of having a toilet for women or about an

overweight girl trying to achieve her goals and find love. The

actress has always got it right.

Speaking about the same she says, "I feel that's how films in

the future would also be. If someone is spending two hours

watching a film, or my piece of content, it must lead to some

kind of a positive change in their mindset."

Source : Flip Board

H O R O s c O P E


(March 21 - April 20) : Don't let others

push you around today, Aries. People

may talk themselves up, but there's

little behind the words. Be careful that

you don't misfire. This is a day to care about you and

your needs. Take steps toward making sure you're

getting what you want. Connect with people you've

met recently. There's significance in these

serendipitous meetings.


(April 21 - May 21) : Stay positive and

radiant today, Taurus. This is a great

day for you to take control. Connect

with others on group projects and feel

free to offer creative input. Let the artist within

take the spotlight, and cultivate this talent in any

way you can. Take the time to engage in long

conversations with people regarding recent

events. You have a great deal to share.


(May 22 - June 21) : People may be

tired of your harsh attitude, Gemini.

This doesn't mean you should

necessarily change your ways or who

you are. Just be more aware of how your words

affect others. Be prepared to take the heat when

people defend themselves. Don't kick people around

and expect them to never kick back. There's a frenzy

of warlike energy in store for you today.


(June 22 - July 23) : You may feel the

need to act aggressively regarding

this climactic period in your life,

thanks to long-term trends. There's

expansive energy today encouraging you to take

action, Cancer. There may be opposition, but

keep in mind that you have a great deal of

strength on your side. The warrior inside you is

ready to fight, and you have a fire burning within.


(July 24 - Aug. 23): Try not to be harsh

and judgmental today, Leo. You don't

understand others' perspectives and

the codes they live by. Differences are

no reason to find fault with people. You have a

powerful personality that's perceptive and creative.

Use these gifts in a positive, healthy manner instead

of using them to get down on others and their



(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): Long-term

trends are coming to a favorable

point for you, Virgo. This is a good

day to examine them and make

some moves forward in pursuit of your goals.

There's a great deal of energy working in your

favor today and asking you to take charge and

lead the fight toward a better reality. Get out of

bed early and get moving.


(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): This isn't a day to

sit around and wait for good

fortune to come to you, Libra. It's

time to make it happen. Get off the

couch and get moving. Now that you've

internalized, contemplated, and received

information, it's time to direct that energy and

wisdom outward. Express your creative,

artistic self in any way you can.


(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : Get ready for action,

Scorpio, because today could be a fastpaced

adventure sure to keep you on

your toes. Your desire to fight and

conquer is probably much stronger than usual, and

communication with others is the very thing that will

fuel this fire. Your action-oriented instinct is likely to be

bold, so use caution in all situations. Pace yourself and

avoid confrontation!


(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): It may seem like

people are trying to pick fights with

you today, Sagittarius. Any opposition

you encounter may have a loud roar,

but in reality, there's very little bite to fear. Keep in

mind that arguments may be unsubstantiated.

Don't work yourself into frenzy over an issue that

has no solid foundation to back it up. Don't be

intimidated by fast talkers.


(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): Kick up your heels

and get moving, Capricorn. The fastpaced

energy of the day is just what you

need to get things done. You're ready to

take action. You have power and strength behind

you, so feel free to expand and explore this desire to

conquer. New adventures are on the horizon now

and you have a great opportunity to take advantage

of situations that resonate with your true self.


(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : It may seem like

everyone else has a purpose and

project except you, Aquarius. While

everyone is charging out of the gate,

you may still be unsure that this is the race you

want to run. Don't push yourself into something

you don't want to do. The energy of the day is fast

and adventurous, but if you aren't feeling up for a

fight, don't force it.


(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.

A view exchange meeting was held at Ashtagram of Kishoreganj between drug businessmen and Tahmid

Jamil, Drug Inspector of the Directorate General of Drug Administration, Kishoreganj. Photo : TBT

Safe surgery essential to eradicate

obstetric fistula: experts

RAJSHAHI : Ensuring safe surgery has

become an urgent need to eradicate

obstetric fistula as it's one of the most

serious and tragic childbirth injuries

which leave women with incontinence

problems and often leads to chronic

medical problems, depression, social

isolation and deepening poverty.

Health experts, however, observed that

the problem is preventable with the

correct medical assistance and its

occurrence is a violation of human rights

and a reminder of gross inequities in the


The experts came up with the

observation while addressing a safe

surgery workshop with surgeons virtually

on Monday. 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 field through ensuring safe


Civil Surgeon Dr Ram Podo Ray

addressed the workshop as chief guest,

while Deputy Director of the Department

of Family Planning Abdulla Al Baki and

Superintendent of Sirajganj Sadar

Hospital Dr Saiful Islam spoke as special


Dr Nazmunnahar Tara, Assistant

Professor of the Department of

Gynecology and Obstetrics of Rajshahi

Medical College and Hospital, presented a

keynote paper giving an illustration on

causes, prevention and treatment of the

obstetric fistula. She also put forward a set

of recommendations on how to eliminate

the problem.

On behalf of the LAMB Hospital, Dr

Bea, Dr Tahrima Hossain and Mahatab

Liton also spoke.Dr Nazmunnahar told

the meeting that obstetric fistula is

preventable. It can largely be avoided by

delaying the age of first pregnancy and

timely access to obstetric care. Prevention

of all sorts of cessation of harmful

traditional practices can be the best way of

overcoming the problem. She clarified

that obstetric fistula is associated with

several risk factors and they appear to be


MoC, DCCI to

host int'l virtual

business summit

in October

DHAKA : Ministry of

Commerce (MoC) and

Dhaka Chamber of

Commerce and Industry

(DCCI) are going to

organise a week-long

"Bangladesh Trade &

Investment Summit" to be

held from 26th of October to

1st November 2021.

For successfully

organising the summit, the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

will extend its all possible


Foreign Affairs Minister

Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen

assured of his fullest

cooperation to President of

DCCI Rizwan Rahman at a

meeting held on Sunday at

the ministry in the city, said

a press release.

To celebrate the birth

centenary of the Father of

the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

and the golden jubilee of

independence of

Bangladesh, the Ministry of

Commerce and DCCI will

jointly organize this


Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina has given her kind

consent to inaugurate the

Summit on 26th of October

as the chief guest.

TuesDAY, sePTeMBer 14, 2021


British High Commission

congratulates Bangladesh's

Chevening awardees

Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - Acting British High

Commissioner to Bangladesh Javed Patel has

congratulated this year's cohort of Chevening

Awardees from Bangladesh.

A total of 22 Bangladeshi Chevening

Awardees will soon be leaving for the UK to

start one-year Master's degree courses at some

of the UK's most prestigious universities.

Successful applicants will be sharing their

stories under the #ChosenForChevening

hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Javed Patel said the UK government's

Chevening Scholarships seek to build an

international community of the people who are

committed to working together to drive positive


"We do this by bringing together incredible

people from around the world and supporting

them, through education, to achieve their


Chevening represents the very best of the UK

and Chevening can be a transformative

experience, not just for the scholars, but for

Bangladesh as they return and use the benefit of

their UK experience to make a positive

difference in their chosen field, said the acting

High Commissioner. "I wholeheartedly

congratulate 22 Bangladeshi Chevening

Awardees from this year's cohort. I'm

consistently inspired by the passion and

commitment of those in the Chevening

community," said Javed Patel.

Chevening Scholarships applications for

2022/23 is now open.

Full details can be found at


"We look forward to hearing from this year's

applicants." Chevening Scholarships are the UK

government's global scholarships programme.

Since the programme was created in 1983, over

50,000 professionals have had the opportunity

to develop in the UK through Chevening.

The scholarship offers full financial

support for scholars to study for any eligible

master's degree at any UK university whilst

also gaining access to a wide range of

exclusive academic, professional, and

cultural experiences. Bangladesh has had

over 330 successful Chevening alumni and

this year a further 22 Awardees will embark

on the programme. Chevening Scholars in

Bangladesh hold prominent positions in

government, the private sector and

academia. Applications for next cohort

(2022/23) Chevening Scholarships to study in

the UK are open until 2 November 2021, with

applications to be submitted via


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Biden to survey wildfire damage,

make case for spending plan

WILMINGTON : President Joe Biden will promote his

administration's use of the Defense Production Act to aid in

wildfire preparedness during a western swing in which he'll

survey wildfire damage in Idaho and California, reports UNB.

The administration activated the wartime provision in early

August to boost the supply of fire hoses for the U.S. Forest

Service, by helping to ease supply chain issues affecting the

agency's primary firehose supplier. It marks the second use of

the wartime law, after the president used it to boost vaccine

supplies, and the administration had not previously

announced it publicly.

The use of the Defense Production Act helped an Oklahoma

City nonprofit called NewView Oklahoma, which provides the

bulk of the U.S. Forest Service's hoses, obtain needed supplies

to produce and ship 415 miles of firehoses. Biden planned to

showcase the move as part of broader remarks on the work his

administration has done to address yet another devastating

wildfire season across the western U.S.

The president planned deliver remarks during a visit

Monday to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise,

Idaho, and then travel to Sacramento, California, where he'll

survey wildfire damage. He'll wrap up the day in Long Beach

for an election-eve event with California Democratic Gov.

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Covid kills 41 more,

infects 1,953 in



DHAKA : With Bangladesh trying to get

back to the normal life reopening of educational

institutions, Covid claimed 41

more lives and infected 1,953 more in 24

hours till Monday morning.

The new cases were detected after testing

25,3888 samples, slightly pushing up

the daily case positivity rate to 7.69%

from Sunday's 7.46%, said the DGHS.

The fresh numbers took the country's total

fatalities to 26,972 while the cases

reached 15,32,366, the DGHS said.

Besides, the recovery rate rose to

96.77% with the recovery of 4,112

more people. Meanwhile, the case fatality

rate remained unchanged at 1.76

per cent compared to the corresponding

period. The country has been seeing

53 deaths and 2,279 cases on average

for the last seven days.

3 female students

drowned in Turag

River, another missing

GAZIPUR : Three female students

drowned and another went missing while

taking bath in the Turag River at Painshile

UttarPara in Sadar upazila of Gazipur district

on Monday, reports UNB.

The deceased were identified as Richi

Akter, a class nine student of Bhawal

Mirzapur High School, Irin, a local

madrasha student and Maya Akhter, a

class eight student of Bhawal Mirzapur

Hazi Jamir Uddin High School.

Besides, Ria Akter, a class three student

and sister of dead Richi was missing

with fire service divers searching

the river for her. Fire Service sources

said, five students went to the river

close to their home to take bath in the


BNP never hesitates to sell

independence to assume

power : Quader

DHAKA : Awami League General

Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday

said in disguise of patriotism, BNP does

not hesitate to sell the independence of

the country to assume power.

"Those who join hands with the antiliberation

forces cannot be the protector

of the country's sovereignty ever," he

said while addressing a press conference

on contemporary issues at his official

residence in the capital.

Quader, also the road transport and

bridges minister, said the BNP leaders

have forgotten that the long-standing

border disputes between Bangladesh

and India were resolved with the hands

of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The BNP leaders often talk against

India, but the country's people had seen

how they bowed down before India in

the past, he said.

The AL general secretary said the

long-pending enclave exchange was

completed and the border disputes were

resolved for the courageous and diplomatic

skills of Sheikh Hasina.

The BNP could not resolve any disputes

during its era, but built a wall of

mistrust between the two neighbours, he

said, adding that keeping the interest of

the country and its people, the government

of Sheikh Hasina created the

bridge of relations with the neighbouring

countries, dismantling the wall of


Quader said the BNP tried to gain

political interest keeping the border disputes

alive and its leaders had forgotten

to raise water issues during their visit to


Mentioning that several meetings

were held with India over border

killings, he said the Indian government

has pledged to stop border killings, hoping

that India will keep its pledge.

Greeting Sheikh Rehana, younger

daughter of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,

on her 67th birthday, the AL general secretary

said Sheikh Rehana has inspired

her elder sister Sheikh Hasina staying

behind the scene.

Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana

had gone through a hard time after the

killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman, he said although Sheikh

Rehana is not involved in politics directly,

she always gives courage to Sheikh


Mentioning that Sheikh Rehana leads

very simple life and through she established

her children with her hard working,

Quader said her children have

established their careers internationally,

as her daughter Tulip Siddiq is now a

British parliament member of Labour


He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

is today a successful statesman for the

sacrifice, encouragement and unending

support of Sheikh Rehana.

Her son Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby

is working in an international organisation,

while her younger daughter

Azmina Siddiq is working as a global risk

analyser in London, the road transport

minister said.

The two daughters of Bangabandhu

have been working sincerely to bring

smiles on the faces of the country, he

said, paying respect to Sheikh Rehana

on her birthday.

The workers start working before dawn. Work goes on non-stop from morning to evening. It is difficult

for them to provide food with the money that a worker gets. Male and female workers work day in and

day out. About one lac workers work in 600 brickfields around the capital.

photo : Star Mail

Researchers find way to save Kakila

fish from extinction : BFRI

DHAKA : Bangladesh Fisheries Research

Institute is currently on a roll and writing one

success story after another in its quest for

artificial insemination of endangered indigenous

species of fish and the latest one has

come in regards to Kakila, reports UNB.

The institute, which has won the

Ekushey Padak in native fish conservation

research, hopes that these achievements

will have a huge impact in the conservation

of endangered indigenous fish as well

as contribute to higher production of

native fish in the country.

While talking to UNB, the researchers of

BFRI said that at one time indigenous species

of fish could be found in abundance in inland

waters, but many of these have either disappeared

or on verge of being extinct due to

damage to habitats and breeding grounds

triggered by climate change, natural disasters

and other man-made causes.

But scientists working in the Jashore centre

of BFRI have recently made huge progress

in inventing artificial breeding techniques for

such species of fish. They have achieved this

after three years of intensive research.

The chief scientific officer of BFRI

Jessore substation Dr Md Rabiul Awal

Hossain, senior scientific officer Shariful

Islam and scientific officer Shishir Kumar

Dey conducted the study.

Consider Kakila, once found in plenty in

inland fresh water bodies including rivers,

ponds and haors' (a wetland ecosystem in the

north eastern part of Bangladesh). The onion

meals made out of Kakila are like nectar to

the foodies.

It is not only a tongue pleaser, but this

fish is also rich in beneficial nutrients for

the human body.

Researchers told UNB that per 100 grams

of edible kakila fish contains 16.1 per cent

protein, 2.23 per cent lipid, 2.14 per cent

phosphorus and 0.94 per cent calcium which

is much higher than other small fish.

According to the scientists, Kakila

,(Xenentodon cancila, Scientific name) is

recognised as Freshwater garfish in English.

It belongs to the Belonidae family of fish.

Apart from Bangladesh, the fish is found in

Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Myanmar,

Malaysia and Thailand. However, there are

some differences in colour and size.

The head of the research team Md. Rabiul

Awal Hossain said that the body of Kakila is

long ,slightly compressed and almost cylindrical

in shape. They are 25 to 30 cm in

length. Also the body of the male fish is more

slender and slightly smaller in size than the

female fish.

It is a predatory fish. It mainly eats small

fish. It breeds in naturally flowing water

bodies especially in rivers and in flooded

areas during monsoons.

Mature fish live in places where there

are no floating aquatic plants, but their

females lay eggs under the leaves and

floating roots of aquatic plants.

For this near-extinct fish researchers

have some good news. The researchers

have discovered artificial breeding techniques

for Kakila.

Rabiul claimed that this is the first artificial

insemination of Kakila fish in

Bangladesh and no information has been

found about the artificial insemination of

this fish anywhere in the world.

Senior scientific officer Shariful Islam, a

member of the research team, explained

to UNB on how they conducted the


Decision to keep

CNG re-fuelling

closed from 5 pm to

11 pm suspended

DHAKA : Authorities have put off a

decision to keep CNG re-fuelling stations

closed every day during 5 pm to

11 pm peak hours of electricity supply

from September 15 (Wednesday).

"We have suspended the decision

until further notice and asked the

Petrobangla to discuss the issue with

stakeholders, especially CNG station

owners, to take the decision", State

Minister for Power, Energy and

Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told

UNB in the evening.

Earlier a meeting resolution, distributed

by the public relation offer

of the ministry Aslam Alam, said the

CNG re-fuelling stations will remain

shut from 5 pm to 11 pm from

September 15.

He said the state-owned

Petrobangla took the decision following

a resolution made in a virtual

meeting of the Ministry of Power,

Energy and Mineral Resources on July

19 this year.

The meeting was presided over by

Nasrul Hamid and attended by the

prime minister's energy advisor, said a

letter of the ministry.

Official sources said the move came

against the backdrop of the government's

decision to operate gas-fired

power plants to generate electricity.

Meanwhile, a press release of the

ministry issued in the evening said

Petrobangla will hold a meeting with

CNG station owners on Tuesday to

take a decision on the issue.

How Jashore's

fisheries output

grew in the midst

of a pandemic

JASHORE : In the midst of the most

significant economic slowdown in

decades, the fisheries sector in coastal

district Jashore proved a mainstay for

the economy in the 2020-21 fiscal,

that helped Bangladesh avoid recession

or even contraction.

Bangladesh's GDP growth fell from

8.2% in the 2019-20 fiscal to just 3.8%

in 2020-21 - the slowest annual

growth in the country's GDP in 30

years. That represents a slump in economic

activity that would have been

unacceptable in normal times.

But in a year blighted by the virus

where we saw most countries experience

contraction in their economies

(negative growth), Bangladesh's 3.8%

was the fifth-highest GDP growth rate

in the world.

The economic downturn brought on

by the pandemic affected almost every

sector in the country. The impact was

pervasive yet uneven. This was the

general picture reflected in most

economies around the world.

For the record, the world economy

did fall into recession in 2020, with

the IMF and #39;s final assessment

estimating it shrank 3.3%.

The fisheries sector emerged as one

of the major pillars holding up the

economy and helping Bangladesh to

avoid a recession. Technically, a country's

economy enters recession once it

experiences two successive quarters of

negative growth, or contraction.

DHAKA : Sheikh Rehana, daughter of

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had demanded

justice from the people of Bangladesh

for the assassination of almost every one

of her family-her father, mother and

brothers, reports UNB.

"I demand justice from the people of

Bangla," Rehana said in a rare interview

published in Chitra Bangla in 1983.

Bangladesh Awami League shared the

interview on its verified Facebook page

on Monday marking her birthday in

which she expressed all her grief that she

had harbored since the assassination of

her family members.

The interview has time-traveled to the

page of the ruling Awami League on her

67th birthday at a time when the political

landscape is entirely different from

that in 1983 as her sister, Sheikh Hasina,

later reclaimed her space in the country

and became the Prime Minister.

On her birthday, Sheikh Rehana

received a plethora of wishes on social


"I wish they had taken my life on

August 15. I have lost my father, my

mother, my brother. What am I alive

for? What was the fault of Russel? He

didn't do politics. My mother didn't do

politics. Why did they murder them? Let

God not give anyone so severe a punishment.

I'm an orphan. I'm helpless. As a

daughter, as a Bangali, I demand justice

for the killing of Bangabandhu," she said

in the interview 38 years ago.

"Imperialist forces had their hands

behind the assassination of

Bangabandhu. Local agents were

involved too - a serpent under the

flower. The voices that should have

come loud among the country's leaders


at Dhaka



started on


after being

closed for 18

months due

to corona.

New Year

students are


on this day.

photo :

Star Mail

'I look up to Bengali people

for justice', said Rehana

in 1983 interview

DHAKA : Finance Minister AHM

Mustafa Kamal on Monday called for

finding out a strong path for recovery in

both trade and investment among the

Commonwealth countries amid the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The Finance Minister made the call

while addressing the "Commonwealth

Trade and Investment Summit 2021"

virtually. The theme of the summit has

been set at "Commonwealth trade: The

lever for future prosperity".

Kamal said that the whole of the global

community is now passing a crisis

time as the COVID-19 pandemic has

unexpectedly threatened the global

economy, even the Commonwealth

countries are not exception to this, said a

Finance Ministry press release.

He said due to the impacts of COVID-

19, the global economy has shrunk by 3

percent last year while the economies of

the Commonwealth countries have been

squeezed by 10 percent which was a

major reason for a fall in global trade

and investment.

Citing a report of the UNCTAD, the

demanding the merciless killing of

Bangabandhu are not as strong as

expected," added Rehana, adorably

called Choto Apa (the youngest among

elder sisters).

When the entire nation celebrated the

100th birth anniversary of the architect

of independence, Bangabandhu, last

year, there was a diametrically opposite

scenario prevalent in the country following

his assassination in 1975.

The killers who proudly declared their

deed were offered indemnity and a hush

fell on the chapter of history gloriously

led by the Father of the Nation.

Bangabandhu's daughters-Sheikh

Hasina and Sheikh Rehana-had to agonizingly

wait for six years to force their

way back to the country in 1981.

In the interview, Rehana also mentioned

that she had sent a letter to

Bangabandhu and Russel on August 14,

after reaching Germany to meet her sister,

Sheikh Hasina.

In the letter, Rehana described they

had travelled and how they were spending

their days over there. But,

Bangabandhu and nearly his entire family

were gunned down on August 15,

when the letter was on the way.

Her 10-year-old brother, Russel, used

to be reluctant about taking food and

rest properly.

In her letter, Rehana urged her brother

to take care of his health and narrated

how exquisite Germany's natural scenario


She also attached a couple of view

cards to the letter. But, did those reach

Russel's hands?

The interview was published in the

weekly magazine Chitra Bangla on

August 12, 1983.

Kamal for finding path

to recover trade among

Commonwealth countries

Finance Minister said the global foreign

direct investment has declined by 42 percent

in 2020 while the Commonwealth

economies of the Asia and the Pacific

region have been affected by more than

50 percent.

Under the circumstances, he said that

the noble goal of this summit should be

to find out a strong path for recovery in

both trade and investment among the

Commonwealth countries.

Recalling the farsightedness and firm

leadership of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,

Kamal said that Bangabandhu, during

his participation at the 20th Summit of

the Commonwealth in 1975, had called

for ensuring optimum utilization of

resources and framing a new economic

system for the manpower of the developing


Following the economic philosophy of

Bangabandhu, he said that Bangladesh,

under the able leadership of Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina, has attained an

unprecedented economic growth over

the last one decade.

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