DHaka: September 15, 2021; Bhadra 31, 1428 BS; Safar 7,1443 Hijri
Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.19; N o. 140; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00
Japan's main opposition
society if gains power
online news portals
within a week:HC
DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday
ordered the closure of all unregistered
online news portals and asked the
Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and
Bangladesh Press Council to take action
in this regard within a week, reports UNB.
A HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur
Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul
Hossain Mollah passed the order after
hearing a supplementary petition that
originated from the recent death of a
21-year-old woman by suicide followed
by a wave of unacceptable news coverage
in the media, especially in online
Advocate Rashida Chowdhury Nilu
and Zarin Rahman stood for the petitioner
while deputy attorney general
Nauroz Mohammad RusselChowdhury
represented the state.
After Tuesday's order Advocate
Rashida told reporters a legal notice
was served to the authorities concerned
on May 5 seeking steps to enact a code
of ethics for the news media.
The notice was served to the secretary
to the information and broadcasting
ministry, BTRC chairman and
Bangladesh Press Council chairman but
no response was received as yet. Later
Advocate Zarin Rahman and Rashida
Chowdhury Nilu filed writ petition.
According to the writ a case has
recently been filed under section 306
over instigation to suicide following the
recovery of the body of a 21-year old
Niko graft case
adjourned till Oct 5
DHAKA : A court on Tuesday adjourned
the hearing on charge framing in Niko
graft case against BNP chairperson
Begum Khaleda Zia and others till
Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of
Dhaka 9th special judge court passed the
order as the defence started their part of
hearing but failed to conclude it on
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed
the case against five including Begum
Khaleda Zia with Tejgaon Police Station on
December 9, 2007, for abusing power in
signing a deal with Canadian company
Niko for exploring and extracting gas.
The ACC on May 5, 2008, submitted
the charge-sheet against 11 people
including Khaleda Zia. The ACC accused
them of incurring a loss of more than
Taka 13 thousand crore of state exchequer
by that deal.
The other accused in the case are-
Barrister Moudud Ahmed, AKM
Mosharraf Hossain, Kamal Uddin
Siddiqui, Khandaker Shahidul Islam,
CM Eusuf Hossain, Mir Moinul
Haque, Md Shafiur Rahman, Gias
Uddin Al Mamun, MAH Selim and
Entering govt jobs
Not the Hollywood
script New York
Farhad says no chance
to relax age limit
DHAKA : State Minister for Public
Administration Farhad Hossain on
Tuesday told Parliament that the government
has no plan to raise the maximum
age limit for taking up government
Defending the government's stance,
he said if the age limit is raised, the competition
will intensify creating a frustration
among the jobseekers aged below
30 amid the low vacant posts.
"Right now the government has no plan
to raise the age limit for entering the government
services," said the state minister
replying to a tabled question from BNP
MP Mosharof Hosen (Bogura-4).
Farhad said now there is no serious
session jams in different educational
institutes, including universities, as in
the past when a student normally completed
SSC at the age of 16 years, HSC at
18 years and graduation at 23-24 years.
The students get some 6-7 years in hand
to apply for government jobs, he said.
If a candidate applies for a job within
30, the time of recruitment process is
not counted in that case, he said adding
that it takes one-two years to complete
the recruitment process.
The state minister said the number of
DHAKA : Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul
Momen has said Bangladesh and Oman
could explore the possibility to sign bilateral
Preferential Trade Agreement
(PTA) or Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to
maximize the available synergies in
trade for mutual benefit of the two
"Over the last decade, bilateral trade
between Bangladesh and Oman has
grown but at a low space. We have much
more scope to expand and diversify the
bilateral trade items," he said.
The foreign minister was addressing a
webinar on "Bangladesh-Oman Bilateral
Trade & Investment: Challenges and
Opportunities" to celebrate "Mujib Year"
and "Golden Jubilee" of the Independence
of Bangladesh on Sunday, a foreign ministry
press release said.
Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs
of Oman foreign ministry Sheikh Khalifa
Alharthy also spoke on the occasion.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh made
world class products like Ready Made
Garments, ceramics, pharmaceuticals,
leather products, frozen fish, jute, and
jute products, processed food are being
exported to Europe, the USA, and other
destinations around the world.
"Our businessmen are confident they
vacant posts has recently declined normally
as the retirement age limit was
increased to 59 years from 57 years.
If the age limit for entering government
services is raised, the number of
candidates against different posts will
significantly go up and thus it will create
huge competition, he said.
"If those who are above 30 get the
scope to apply for government jobs, it
may frustrate the candidates aged below
30," Farhad added.
He, however, said all the ministries or
divisions and their subordinate departments
and agencies, as well as statutory,
autonomous and nationalised bodies
that could not publish job circulars to
make direct recruitment to government
services against different categories
(except BCS) due to the Covid-19 situation,
have been requested to allow the
applicants who crossed 30 on and after
March 25, 2020 in their job circulars to
be published by December 31, 2021.
He said the agencies and bodies were
requested to fix March 25, 2020 as the
last date to count the 30-year age limit
of the applicants in their job circulars
(except BCS) to be published by
December 31 next.
Momen for PTA or FTA with Oman
can supply most of the products to Oman
at much more competitive prices," he said
and sought Oman cooperation for facilitating
access of Bangladeshi products into
the Omani market.
He said the current COVID 19 pandemic
has taught that all must venture into new
areas to explore markets and supply
sources to keep economies running.
"We must work jointly to find out the
means and ways to increase cooperation
in different areas such as bilateral trade
and investment, energy, renewable
energy, technological, food security,
health," he said.
The foreign minister said engagement
of private sectors and business
community from both sides is essential
for expansion of bilateral trade and
"We need to facilitate B2B interaction
and exchange of visits among business
community from both ends," he said,
Dr Momen considered forming a
'Bangladesh-Oman Business Forum' to
explore and strengthen business cooperation
between the two countries.
Both Bangladesh and Oman can participate
in trade fairs held in each other's
capitals on a regular basis to familiarize
and popularize products, he added.
river area of
art & culture
with web film
Vegetable cultivation on road divider. The picture was taken from Hatirpul area of the capital city.
Photo : Star Mail
DHAKA : Nurul Islam, in his early 40s,
got a contractual job as a computer operator
at Teknaf land port with a daily
wage of Tk 130 in 2001 but he amassed
huge wealth raising the eyebrows of
many, reports UNB.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion
(Rab) revealed the stunning information
at a press briefing here on Tuesday.
Rab members in a drive arrested
Nurul Islam, son of Abdul Motaleb of
Bhola district, from Dhaka city's
Mohammadpur area on Tuesday for
amassing the wealth of Tk 460 crore
illegally. Tipped off, a Rab team conducted
a drive in the area and arrested
the 41-year-old man along with fake
currency of Tk 3,46,500, Myaman currency
3,80,00, 4,400 Yaba pills and Tk
After primary interrogation, Rab came
to know that Nurul got the contractual
computer operator job at the Teknaf
land port with a daily wage of Tk 130 in
2001. He also got involved in smuggling,
tax evasion, and unloading goods illegally
as a broker.
In 2009, Nurul Islam, having 19 bank
accounts, quit the job and recommended
the appointment of another person in
his place, and that guy ultimately helped
him amass the illegal wealth.
Nurul Islam left no stone unturned to
increase his wealth and invested in a
shipbreaking industry and amusement
park near Dhaka.
Follow health guidelines,
DHAKA : Some 84 per cent of the country's
garment workers had worries about
Covid-19 pandemic during the first week
of last month when they were called
back to work amid a strict nationwide
lockdown with the virus still surging,
This was revealed in a recent survey
jointly conducted by South Asian
Network on Economic Modelling
(SANEM) and Microfinance
Opportunities (MFO) under a project
titled "Garment Worker Diaries" to collect
data on the working conditions,
income, expenditure, food security,
wage digitization, and health of garment
workers of Bangladesh.
The report mentioned that during the
first week of August, garment workers
were recalled to work amid the unexpected
easing of the national lockdown.
On August 6, garment workers were asked
about how they felt about being recalled to
work with the lockdown still in place.
Some 84 per cent of the participants
responded that they were concerned
about the state of Covid-19 in
SANGSAD BHABAN : Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to
follow the health guidelines to protect
themselves from coronavirus and wear
masks even after getting vaccinated,
"We should follow health protocols to
keep ourselves safe from Coronavirus.
All, including those vaccinated, should
mask up to prevent the spread of the
virus," she said.
The Prime Minister came up with her
renewed call while speaking at
Parliament on a condolence motion.
Parliament unanimously adopted a
condolence motion expressing profound
grief at the demise of Jatiya Party
MP for reserved women seat and a presidium
member of Jatiya Party Prof
Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury.
Speaking on the condolence motion,
leader of the House and Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina said the demise of Prof
Masuda caused a huge loss to society.
"She was a very learned person...these
days such a knowledgeable person is
rarely seen," she said.
Hasina said she was a teacher, politician,
social worker, women entrepreneur,
and engaged in children and
women sports with versatile qualities.
The Prime Minister said had Prof
Masuda been lived longer she could
have contributed more to society.
Hasina expressed her profound shock
as the 11th Parliament is taking condolence
motion one after another due to
the deaths of its members.
Jatiya Party chairman and deputy
leader of the opposition GM Quader,
opposition chief whip Masiur Rahman
Ranga, Anisul Islam Mahmud, BNP MP
Harun Ur Rashid, Jatiya Party MP
Nazma Akther, AL MP Moslem Uddin
Ahmed, Jatiya Party MP Lazi Firoz
Rashid, AL MP Abdus Sobhan Miah,
Jatiya Party MP Shamim Haider
Patwary, AL MPs Syeda Johra
Alauddin, Simin Hossain Rimi and
Washiqua Ayesha Khan also spoke on
the condolence motion.
Prof Masuda M Rashid Chowdhury
passed away on Monday at the age of
70. She was elected MP for the first time
in 2019 from reserved seats for women
RMG workers are concerned about
their safety during Covid-19
During the first week after being
recalled to work, the number of workers
present was slightly lower than they usually
are, according to the survey.
On August 6, 83 per cent of the
respondents replied that they had gone
to work the previous week.
A slightly smaller share of women
worked than men, 81 per cent compared
to 89 per cent respectively.
The main objective of this project is to
aid informed policy-making and brand
initiatives, with regular and credible
data collection and analysis, which can
have a positive impact on the lives of the
country's garment workers.
As part of the project, SANEM and
MFO have been collecting monthly data
since April 2020 of garment workers
employed in factories across the five
main industrial areas of Bangladesh
(Chittagong, Dhaka City, Gazipur,
Narayanganj, and Savar).
The data used for the analysis presented
in the recent survey come from interviews
conducted over the phone on
August 6, 2021, with a pool of 1,278
wEdnESdAY, SEPTEMBEr 15, 2021
Man to die for hacking 4 of
a family to death in Satkhira
SATKHIRA : A court in Satkhira on
Tuesday sentenced a man to death for
killing four members of his brother's
family over a feud in Kalaroa upazila of
Satkhira Senior District and Sessions
Judge Sheikh Mofizur Rahman
announced the verdict in the morning.
The convict Raihanur Rahman was
present in court to hear the verdict.
After the verdict, PP Advocate Abdul
Latif said this is the "first time" in the
history of the judiciary that a verdict has
been announced 11 months after the
murder in a murder case in Satkhira.
Raihanur Rahman, younger son of
Shahjahan Doctor of Khalisha village in
Helatola union of Kalaroa upazila.
The deceased were - Raihanur's elder
brother Md. Shahinur Rahman,40, sisterin-law
Sabina Khatun,30, their son Siam
Hossain Mahi, 10, and daughter Tasnim
According to the case details,
unemployed Raihanur used to live with
his brother's family. Raihanur's wife
divorced him on January 10 last year for
his unemployment due to physical illness.
Shahinur's wife Sabina used to scold her
brother-in-law from time to time for not
being able to pay the family.
Due to this, on the night of October 14
last year, Raihanur hacked Shahinur,
Sabina, Siam and Tasnim to death,
however, did not kill their four-monthold
baby Maria and left her beside the
Shahinur's mother-in-law Moyna
Khatun, wife of Rashed Gazi of Ufapur
village in Kalaroa upazila, filed a murder
case on October 15 last year.
The CID arrested Shahinur's brother
Raihanur Rahman, Razzak Dalal of the
same village, Abdul Malek and Asadul
Sardar of Dhanghara village.
On October 21 in 2020, Raihanur
pleaded guilty in the court of Senior
Judicial Magistrate Bilas Mandal.
On November 24, CID inspector
Shafiqul Islam filed a charge sheet,
naming Raihanur Rahman the only
accused in the case.
The trial began on January 14 with the
formation of charges in the case.
Gifts of Prime Minister-educational materials were distributed among the
110 students of Kalapara of Patuakhali on Tuesday. Photo : Star Mail
23,120 more get 1st
dose of Covid-19
vaccine in Rangpur
RANGPUR : A total of 23,120
more citizens were inoculated
with the first dose of the Covid-
19 vaccine today in Rangpur
division where the coronavirus
"Among the 23,120 citizens,
13,066 were inoculated with the
Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine
and 10,054 citizens with the
AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
today," Divisional Director
(Health) Dr Md Motaharul
Islam told BSS at 6:55 pm.
"With the inoculation of
23,120 citizens with the first
dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
today, the total number of the
first dose recipients rose to
23,36,806 in all eight districts
of the division.
Among the first dose
recipient 23,36,806 citizens,
8,87,563 people were
vaccinated with the
AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab,
13,18,333 people with the
Sinopharm Covid-19 jab and
1,30,910 others with the
Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in
Meanwhile, the number of
the second dose of the Covid-19
vaccine recipient citizens rose to
13,89,175 with inoculation of
more 11,676 people with the
second dose of the jab today in
Among the 11,676 new
second dose recipient citizens,
1,092 were inoculated with the
Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, 400
citizens with AstraZeneca
Covid-19 vaccine and 10,184
others with Sinopharm Covid-
19 vaccine today," Dr Islam said.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin addressing a meeting as the
chief guest at the auditorium of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust.
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Govt approves proposal
for setting up 200-bed
COVID Field Hospital
DHAKA : The government on Tuesday
approved a proposal in principle for
implementing the public works for setting up
a 200-bed COVID Field Hospital at the
Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
Convention Center, reports BSS
The approval came from the 25th meeting
of the Cabinet Committee on Economic
Affairs (CCEA) in this year held on Tuesday
virtually with Finance Minister AHM
Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting
virtually, the finance minister said that the
government has already taken decision to set
up a 1000-bed Bangamata Sheikh
Fazilatunnesa Mujib Convention Center at
the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical
In continuation of this, the CCEA meeting
on Tuesday gave approval to the proposal for
following the Direct Procurement Method
(DPM) for implementing the public works
for setting up 200-bed COVID Field Hospital
in the first phase at the earliest possible time
following the section 68(1) of the PPA 2006
and section 76(2) of the PPR, 2008.
Kamal said that the construction of the
COVID Field Hospital would cost around
Taka 10.22 crore adding that the proposed
hospital would help to a big extent in
rendering health services if the COVID-19
infection rate is increased again.
Answering to a question, he said that the
government hopes that there would be no
requirement for such field hospital in future.
"But, the government is very much
committed in this regard and it also hopes
that the pandemic will come to an end."
Replying to another question, the finance
minister said that the Bangladesh Bank and
the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange
Commission (BSEC) would work
accordingly regarding stock, cash and bonus
He said both the entities would also work
as per the concerned laws and also as per the
commitment of the government in the
Prior to the CCEA meeting, the 31st
meeting of the Cabinet Committee on
Government Purchase (CCGP) was held on
Tuesday with Finance Minister AHM
Mustafa Kamal in the chair.
The meeting approved a proposal for
printing, binding and supplying of some
1,88,75,735 textbooks of both Bangla and
English (class 1, class 2) in 72 lots from some
25 lowest responsive bidders with around
The finance minister said the government
hopes to continue free distribution of
textbooks to students in the next year also.
Jatiya Swadhinata Party-JSP formed a human chain protesting all conspiracies
against state organizations.
Photo : TBT
Gates Foundation's annual Goalkeepers report
Finds stark disparities in COVID-19 impacts
DHAKA : The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation on Tuesday launched its fifth
annual Goalkeepers Report, featuring an
updated global dataset illustrating the
pandemic's adverse impact on progress
toward the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals (Global Goals).
This year's report, co-authored by Bill
Gates and Melinda French Gates, co-chairs
of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
shows that disparities caused by COVID-19
remain stark, and those who have been
hardest hit by the pandemic will be the
slowest to recover. Because of COVID-19, an
additional 31 million people were pushed
into extreme poverty in 2020 compared to
2019. And while 90% of advanced
economies will regain pre-pandemic per
capita income levels by next year, only a third
of low- and middle-income economies are
expected to do so. Amidst this devastation,
the world stepped up to avert some of the
In last year's Goalkeepers Report, the
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
(IHME) predicted a drop of 14 percentage
points in global vaccine coverage-effectively
erasing 25 years of progress in 25 weeks.
New analysis from IHME demonstrates
that the decline, while still unacceptable, was
only half of what was anticipated.
In the report, the co-chairs highlight the
"breathtaking innovation" that was only
possible because of global collaboration,
commitment, and investments over decades.
They acknowledge that averting the worstcase
scenarios is commendable, yet they note
it's not enough. To ensure a truly equitable
recovery from the pandemic, they call for
long-term investments in health and
economies-like the ones that led to the rapid
development of the COVID-19 vaccine-to
propel recovery efforts and get the world
back on track to meet the Global Goals.
NBR gave special honor to Dutch-Bangla Bank as one of the top Tax
Payers for the year 2020-2021 in the category of Banking, securing top
position among the conventional Banks. Fazle Kabir, Governor of
Bangladesh Bank handed over the Certificate of Honor as the Chief
Guest to Abul Kashem Md. Shirin, Managing Director& CEO of Dutch-
Bangla Bank on Tuesday. Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) of National Board
of Revenue (NBR) organized the program. Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul
Munim, Senior Secretary, Internal Resources Division and Chairman,
National Board of Revenue (NBR), Alamgir Hossain, Member (Tax
Policy) (Grade-1) and Mohammad GolamNabi, Member (Tax
Administration &Human Resource Management)(Grade-1) of National
Board of Revenue (NBR) were present as special guests on the occasion.
Md. Iqbal Hossain, Tax Commissioner, Large Taxpayer Unit
(LTU), NBR presided over the program.
Photo : Courtesy
50 held for selling,
DHAKA : Members of plain
cloth and intelligence
agencies of Dhaka
Metropolitan Police (DMP)
arrested 50 people on
charges of selling and
consuming drugs in the city.
According to a DMP
statement issued on
Tuesday, in separate antidrug
operations of the
DMP's police arrested drug
paddlers and abusers and
seized banned and illegal
drugs from the city's various
As part of the anti-drug
campaign, the police raided
different areas under
various police stations and
detained 50 drug abusers
and recovered drugs from
their possession from 6 am
on September 13, 2021 to 6
am on Tuesday, it said.
Police seized 239 grams
and 1,221 puria (Small
packet) of heroin, 10.250
kilograms of cannabis
(ganja), 15 phensidyle and
2,096 pieces of yaba, from
them, according to the
Police filed 36 cases
against the arrestees in this
connection with police
stations concerned under
the Narcotics Control Act.
Abdur Razzaq's 7th
DHAKA : The 7th death
anniversary of Miah
Mohammad Abdur Razzaq,
the father of Prime
Minister's deputy press
secretary Hasan Jahid
Tusher, will be observed on
Wednesday, reports UNB.
A doa-mahfil and Quran
khatam will be arranged at
his home in Sreerampur
village of Magura Sadar
upazila on Wednesday.
Former agriculture officer
Abdur Razzaq passed away
on this day in 2015, leaving
behind four sons, two
daughters and a host of
against 7 doctors
and 4 others
DHAKA : The Anti-
(ACC) on Tuesday approved
charge-sheets against 11
people, including seven
doctors and three contractors
for irregularities in
procurement of drugs for
Maternal and Child Health
Training Institute, reports
Deputy Director Mohammad
Abu Bakr filed the case with
Dhaka Coordinated Office -1
in 2019. According to the
case statement, the ACC
investigated allegations of
corruption in various
purchases for the institute in
Azimpur from 2014-15 to
However, the maximum
price of the same drug is
TK16 lakh 45 thousand 298
according to the retail price
and the price of the
Department of Drug
Administration. The rest of
the money has been paid
extra. Thus, money has been
embezzled in the same
process in four financial
years, according to the
charges. The charge-sheeted
people are - Proprietor of
Fatenur Islam, Owner of
Nafisa Business Corner
Sheikh Idris Uddin
(Chanchal), Proprietor of
Santana Traders Nizamur
Rahman Chowdhury, former
Supervisor of Maternal and
Child Health Training
Institute of Azimpur, Dhaka
and President of Tender
Evaluation Committee Dr.
Israt Jahan,former Principal
of Family Welfare Inspector
Training Institute and
Member of Tender
Evaluation Committee Dr.
Parveen Haque Chowdhury,
former Junior Consultant .
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira visited the construction site of the complex
building of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at the divisional level in Chittagong. Photo: PBA
Govt will provide houses
for all climate change
affected people: Shahab
DHAKA : Environment, Forest and Climate
Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on
Tuesday said the government is sincerely
working to accommodate all the people
affected by the climate change by providing
required number of houses for them.
"The present government under the
leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
is sincerely working to address various risks
related to climate change. So far, 800
projects have been undertaken at a cost of
Taka 3,800 crore with the funding of the
Climate Change Trust Fund to this end," he
The environment minister made the
remarks while exchanging views with
officials of the Bangladesh Climate Change
Trust at the Old Forest Building at
Mohakhali in the city, said a press release.
About 30 million people only in the coastal
areas have been benefited from these
projects, Shahab Uddin said, adding the
government would take further steps to
build more houses in future for those who
became homeless due to the climate change.
He said all necessary steps would be taken
to amend the law, set up field offices and
recruit adequate manpower so that the
Climate Change Trust could function
The minister directed the concerned
officials to construct the Cyclone Shelter
Cum Primary School on a four-storey
foundation and to set up lightning forecast
system across the country.
Chaired by Managing Director of the
Climate Change Trust Masud Ahmed, its
Secretary Nasir-ud-Daulah and Director Md
Khairuzzaman, Conservator of the Forest
Department SM Munirul Islam and
Assistant Director of the Trust Shakila
Yasmin spoke at the meeting, among others.
Before the view exchange meeting, the
minister visited a photo exhibition
displaying various activities implemented
with the funding of the Climate Change Trust
Fund and gave instructions to the concerned
officials on various issues.
JSC emphasizes on further
cooperation in power sector
DHAKA : Bangladesh-Nepal Joint Steering
Committee (JSC) on Tuesday emphasized
on further cooperation in power sector
between the two countries.
The third meeting of the committee was
held on Tuesday through video conferencing
underscoring the need for greater
cooperation between the two countries in the
power sector, according to a statement.
It said Bangladesh Power Secretary Md
Habibur Rahman and Nepalese Power,
Water Resources and Irrigation Secretary
Devendra Karki led the JSC on behalf of their
The JSC meeting had a fruitful discussion
on the huge potential for setting up
hydropower plants in Nepal and the need for
electricity in both countries, the statement
According to variation of seasons the
demand for electricity in the two countries
and the issue of mutual electricity trade were
considered at the meeting.
The JSC discussed possibility of investing
in hydropower plants in Nepal and the
investment of Bangladesh's private sector for
power generation in Nepal.
The Nepalese government identified five
potential hydropower projects there and a
decision will be taken after the ongoing
survey of those projects and then
Bangladeshi investors will have the
opportunity for investment, the meeting was
told. Two separate joint technical teams
(Generation) and joint technical team
(Transmission) comprising representatives
of both the countries were working to
identify potential projects for financing and
joint implementation of power plants in
The teams have been verifying feasibility of
power transmission through inter-country
power connections and import-export of
electricity between the two countries.
However, the transmission line will be
constructed exclusively in Indian territory,
the issue will be decided through a
agreement. During the meeting Nepal
proposed to export 200 MW of electricity
from Nepal to Bangladesh through India
using the existing transmission line.
RANGPUR : The declarations
of eight newspapers,
including four dailies and four
weeklies, published from
Rangpur have been
cancelled as those have not
been published for three
months or a longer time.
Officials of Rangpur district
declarations of the
newspapers have been
cancelled and publication
prohibited for the reason
under the Printing Presses
Registration) Act of 1973,
The newspapers are: The
Dainik Gana Alo, Dainik
Natun Sapna, Dainik Baher
Sangbad, Dainik Rangpur
Chitra and Weekly Uttarer
Halchal, Weekly Tufan,
Weekly Kawnia and Weekly
The editors and publishers
of those newspapers have
failed to show valid reasons
for not continuing
For this reason, in
accordance with the
provisions of sub-section 3-
ka of section 9 of the Act,
declarations of the eight
newspapers have been
cancelled and subsequent
printing, distribution and
According to two separate
office orders signed by
District Magistrate and
Deputy Commissioner of
Rangpur Md Asib Ahsan,
the eight newspapers were
not published regularly and
notices were served to the
owners and publishers
concerned to show cause.
The response of the
owners and publishers of
two dailies and four weeklies
was not satisfactory while
there was no response from
the owners and publishers of
"For this reason, the
publication of eight
newspapers has been
banned by the law of the
land," the District
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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Increase support to
the poor and elderly
It is stated in history books that when conqueror
Alexander the Great faced the Ganges river in his
quest for conquering the world, he exclaimed to
one of his generals, Selucus : " Oh Selucus, how
strange is this land." Without going into the reasons
for his exclamation for that is another issue, let us draw
attention to another contemporary issue, focused in a
It states that four women in a remote village in
Bangladesh who would deserve to be considered as
among the poorest of the poor, they received notices
for not paying income taxes. The women are
reportedly at the lowest level of existence in respect of
earnings, assets and family income. They barely eke
out a subsistence living and their paying income tax
must be an absurd or preposterous idea.
But our taxmen have done the incredible. They have
sent these helpless vulnerable women notices to pay
taxes and even fined one of them five thousand Taka
for failing to file tax return. Needless to say these
simple and uneducated women are passing their days
in great fear and anxiety. But who will relieve them
from their torments ?
Indeed, how strange is this country, we can claim
likewise centuries after Alkexander. Although great
changes have occurred and overall development
attained, in some areas have we moved even one bit ?
Perhaps not as this exemplary case of the four nearly
destituted women shows. The report further states that
for getting the national identity card (NID) one has to
obtain a TIN certificate which in turn requires filing a
tax return. Now, this could be the reason for the
miseries of these women. If this was the case, then
could not our taxmen (often praised officially for their
efficiency) spare the ordeals of these poor women so
that they would be spared the worries and rent seeking
? While on the subject let us highlight one other
burning issue. Government runs a financial support
programme for very poor elderly poor. The current
monthly payment of this financial support for the poor
and elderly is very meagre. The government of
Bangladesh (GOB) certainly can spare resources to
increase the allowance which would be realistic to
provide some sustenance to these poor and old people.
It is inconceivable that GOB does not have money to
pay this higher amount progressively to the growing
number of poor and utterly dependent old people in
In Bangladesh, a meagre proportion of the old age
persons are protected by old age security or pensions
(those who were in government, semi-government,
autonomous body, and large-scale private sector/ nongovernmental
formal institutions). They are the
Most of the rest of the old people are forced to
continue doing physically demanding heavy and hard
work well beyond the age of 60. It is therefore, in
Bangladesh, people in old age, in general, are insecure,
and those in poverty are more insecure and excluded -
economically, socially and physically.
The absolute (physical number of older people in the
country was 7.6 million in 2001 (6.2% of total
population) up from 5.6million in 1991 (5.3% of the
total population). It is projected that by 2025, the same
will rise to about 14.6 million persons (around 9% of
the total population).
There are about 12,000 NGOs working in
Bangladesh. A very few of them have programmers
directed towards old age population. Access to microcredit
and low interest loans from NGOs and
government programmes along with other economic
opportunities are almost universally denied to older
people in Bangladesh because of explicit age barriers,
lack of training, skills or confidence.
Old women seem never to retire from their works.
Unpaid domestic work goes on. Being the 'poorest of
poor' an old poor woman becomes the most
'unfortunate burden' of the family and society.
Recently, the elderly support or BoishkaBhata as it is
called has climbed up to taka 300 per month which is
still a pittance . Consider how a non working or unable
to work poor and elderly person can meet his or her
basic subsistence needs with such a small amount of
The government of Bangladesh (GOB) certainly can
spare resources to increase the allowance to say, at
least Taka 2,000 or Taka 1,500 a month which would
be realistic to provide some sustenance to these poor
and old people. It is inconceivable that GOB does not
have money to pay this higher amount progressively to
about 4 or 5 million poor and utterly dependent old
people in the country. Notwithstanding that
Bangladesh is described as a non affluent country,
there are enough resources to provide a better deal
nowadays to the growing number of its poor and old
people left without a care or too little care.
AS per the Pakistan government, the
GDP growth rate for FY2021 stood
at about four per cent. Many find
this hard to believe and have done their
own calculations to show that the actual
figure is much lower. Although the GDP is
an important metric and calculating it
correctly is indeed an important exercise,
it is not an end in itself. Rather, we must
consider what the GDP helps the economy
The GDP, which is the average income
in the economy, is an instrument for
accomplishing a higher quality of life. One
of the ways it allows citizens to do so, is
through employment generation. This in
turn enables people to afford both their
needs and wants. However, the dividends
of growth are not always equally
distributed. Development literature
highlights that the rich tend to gain
disproportionately during periods of
economic growth while the poor get left
Similarly, gendered analyses show that
growth may not always result in equitable
access to employment but may well see
one gender gain at the expense of the
other. So, what does GDP growth mean
for employment for women versus men in
the Pakistani context? And, how do we
square this with the Covid experience?
In a recently published study The
Effects of Growth on Women's
Employment in Pakistan, we examine
employment responses to growth for men
and women from 1985 to 2018. Dividing
The first to be laid off
HADIA MAjID & KARIn ASTRID SIeGMAnn
our analysis across agriculture, industry
and services, we find that not only does
women's employment respond more
strongly to growth impulses but that,
often, women find it much easier to enter
some sectors, like agriculture, during
periods of positive growth. Is that good
news for women? Not necessarily. During
boom periods, men often leave agriculture
to seize better opportunities in the cities.
The jobs women farmworkers are left
behind with are precarious, poorly paid or
not paid at all.
Women's stronger responses to growth
may also imply job losses. We find
evidence that periods of lower growth see
negative responses for women, but not for
men. This means that women are the first
to be laid off when conditions get tough.
This suggests a 'survival' nature of
women's jobs: supplementing household
income rather than 'careers' in their own
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the
informal sector and SMEs have been hit
especially hard, with women-owned
businesses being among the hardest hit.
Women's non-agricultural work tends to
be concentrated in these sectors because
of the lower capital requirements, the
more flexible work arrangements, and
crucially, the ability to work from within
the home allowing women to balance
their productive and reproductive
A recent study conducted across
Pakistan found that women-headed
businesses were eight times more likely to
completely shut down when compared to
those headed by men. Moreover,
lockdowns and prolonged school closures
have increased women's burden vis-à-vis
household tasks resulting in less time
available for paid employment, education
or training. Thus, we will likely see not just
detrimental effects on women's
employment in the short and medium
term, but possibly long-run effects on
their ability to effectively participate in the
One of the key indicators that has been
lauded as exhibiting improved
performance is the export sector. In our
work, we find that women's industrial
employment reacts positively to growth
induced by trade liberalisation. What does
this preference for women workers in
export-oriented employment imply? A
closer look reveals that increased
employment for women in export
industries has largely been driven by their
lower average wages of around 70pc of
men's. This way, a gender wage gap that
has widened over time has made cost
reductions possible, enabling
exp o rters of, for instance, textiles and
garm e nts to weather downward
pressure on export prices. So, what is the
way forward? Our analysis provides two
crucial takeaways. One is the role of
literacy and the other is of Pakistan's
patriarchal gender order. Specifically, we
find that as society puts mechanisms in
place that bring women at par with men,
whether that is in education or health,
their ability to take advantage of growthinduced
improves. While Pakistan has been
increasingly focusing on reducing gender
gaps in health and education access and
outcomes, the pandemic has highlighted
the fact that we need to think carefully
about the care economy too. It is only once
we start valuing reproductive labour and
ensure gender equality in care
responsibilities that we will see more
equitable gender representation in
productive work too.
Next generation of super apps to focus on gold trading
Customers buy and sell gold at a shop
in Hanoi on August 19, 2011.
Allocated gold, which is owned
outright by an investor and is stored,
under a safekeeping or custody
arrangement, in a professional bullion
vault, is a popular investment option.
Photo: AFP / Hoang Dinh Nam
The dominance of the super app is
already unfolding in Asia, which is leading
the way for the rest of the world. These
super apps represent the next frontier in
consumer technology, becoming so
deeply integrated into the consumer's life
that they become indispensable operating
It is clear that their success primarily
originates from a native mobile payments
system. Fintech integration has been a
core accelerating factor, and for the next
generation of super apps, offering gold
trading matters more than ever.
Super apps need no introduction in
Asia. WeChat hosts more than a billion
users, and there have been multiple super
apps established throughout emerging
markets, including Grab, Go-Jek, Kakao
Users can talk with friends, order food,
or book a flight - all within one app and
without having to switch to any others.
The app becomes a multifaceted
marketplace rather than a single service
offering. A native mobile payments
system has been a crucial ingredient to
rapid scalability, allowing once singlepurpose
applications to partner with
various businesses and offer hundreds of
products and services within a single app.
By comparison, financial technology is a
late-blooming industry. App-based
Palestinians demolish Israel's security myths
Aquarter of a century before Israel
was established on the ruins of
historic Palestine, Russian Jewish
Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky argued
that a Jewish state in Palestine could only
survive if it existed "behind an iron wall" of
defense. Jabotinsky was speaking
figuratively. However, future Zionist
leaders who embraced Jabotinsky's
teachings eventually turned the principle
of the iron wall into a tangible reality.
Consequently, Israel and Palestine are
now disfigured by countless miles of walls,
made of concrete and iron, which zigzag
around a land that was meant to represent
inclusion, spiritual harmony and
Gradually, new ideas regarding Israel's
security emerged, such as "fortress Israel"
and "villa in the jungle" - an obviously
racist metaphor used repeatedly by former
Prime Minister Ehud Barak that falsely
depicts Israel as an oasis of harmony and
democracy amid Middle Eastern chaos
and violence. For the Israeli "villa" to
remain prosperous and peaceful,
according to Barak, Israel needed to do
more than merely maintain its military
edge; it had to ensure that "chaos" does
not breach the perimeters of Israel's
Security for Israel is not simply defined
Similarly, gendered analyses show that growth may not
always result in equitable access to employment but
may well see one gender gain at the expense of the
other. So, what does GDP growth mean for employment
for women versus men in the Pakistani context? And,
how do we square this with the Covid experience?
finance was a relative latecomer to
digitization, with a significant level of
mistrust for digital banking and an
ingrained loyalty to long-established
traditional banks, with face-to-face
However, there are signs that the Covid-
19 pandemic has accelerated the shift
toward digitization. A report by Baker &
McKenzie showed that within the Asia-
Pacific region, the pace of digital
transformation has been increasing
because of the impact of Covid-19, with
92% of business leaders re-evaluating
their digital strategies and optimizing
digital infrastructure to remain
competitive in response to the pandemic.
This recent shift has primed the fintech
landscape to offer an expansion of their
services, and startups are now competing
to build out their product suites to meet
The new generation of app users want
everything ideally in one place, with
minimal friction - and at the same time,
are more focused on their personal
finance than ever before.
The behavior and habits of Asia-Pacific
finance consumers are rapidly evolving,
through military, political and strategic
means. If it were, the shooting of an Israeli
sniper, Barel Hadaria Shmueli, by a
Palestinian at the fence separating
besieged Israel from Gaza on Aug. 21
should have been understood as the
predictable and rational cost of perpetual
war and military occupation.
Moreover, one dead sniper for more
than 300 dead unarmed Palestinians
should, from a crude military calculation,
appear to be a minimal loss. But the
language used by Israeli officials and
media following the death of Shmueli -
whose job included the killing of Gazan
youngsters - indicates that Israel's sense of
dejection is not linked to the supposed
tragedy of a life lost, but rather by the
unrealistic expectations that military
occupation and "security" can coexist.
Israelis want to be able to kill without
with the new generation wanting to use a
new suite of digital banking options,
including challenger banks and fintech
firms that are willing to meet their
McKinsey reports that digital natives
(those born between 1980 and 2012,
including Generation Z and millennials)
are likely to drive Asia's consumption over
the coming decade, as they make up more
than one-third of Asia's consumer
A recent report found that 20-30% of
However, there are signs that the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated
the shift toward digitization. A report by Baker & McKenzie showed that
within the Asia-Pacific region, the pace of digital transformation has
been increasing because of the impact of Covid-19, with 92% of business
leaders re-evaluating their digital strategies and optimizing digital
infrastructure to remain competitive in response to the pandemic.
this generation spend more than six hours
a day on their mobile phones, and more
than 70% of them are very confident of
meeting their financial goals.
This is where the developers of the next
generation of super apps need to think
about the financial products they are
As fintechs look to expand their global
reach and product depth, sooner or later,
they will need to offer alternative wealth
and investment products, so it's only a
matter of time until they look to allocated
gold. Global investment demand for gold
has increased at an average of 18% each
year since 2000, and a World Gold
being killed in return; to subdue and
militarily occupy Palestinians without the
least degree of resistance, armed or
otherwise; and to imprison thousands of
Palestinians without the slightest protest
or even the mere questioning of its military
judicial system. These fantasies, which
have guided the thinking of successive
This controversy was compounded by last week's news of six
Palestinian prisoners escaping from Israel's most secure prison,
Gilboa. While Palestinians celebrated the daring escape, Israel was
plunged into yet another major security crisis. This act by Palestinian
freedom fighters seeking freedom from the Israeli gulag system,
which lacks the minimum requirements of justice or the rule of law.
Zionist and Israeli leaders since the times
of Jabotinsky, work only in theory.
Time after time, resisting Palestinians
have made a mockery of Israel's security
myths. The capabilities of the resistance in
Gaza has exponentially grown, whether in
terms of preventing the Israeli army from
entering and holding positions in the Gaza
Strip or its ability to strike back at Israeli
towns and cities. Israel's effectiveness in
winning wars and keeping its gains has
been greatly hampered in Gaza, just as its
efforts have also been repeatedly thwarted
Council study found that 61% of
respondents trust gold more than fiat
Investors are more tuned in than ever to
innovative ways of managing their
portfolios through turbulence. The recent
implementation of Basel III pushes the
industry toward physical gold over paper,
and demand for the precious metal
increased by 40% from 2019 to 2020.
Business-to-consumer fintechs are
racing to build their product suites; it's a
game of survival of the fittest. Companies
are looking for geographical domination
and expansion of their product offering.
Lose the game, and their users will flip
over to the next platform. B2B (businessto-business)
integrations enable super
app providers to capitalize on the huge
demand for allocated gold from fintech
and operators of embedded finance.
The firm I represent, Goldex, is already
directly working with 20 fintech
companies to provide a convenient option
for allocated gold, creating a product that
so far has no direct competition. Apps can
offer their users allocated gold within six
weeks. As the world increasingly moves
toward the super-app model, more
companies will likely consider how they
can integrate several services rather than
focusing on the specialization of one
To tap into the full potential of global
growth, services that offer B2B integration
products that can deliver investment
options like gold could shape the future of
the fintech industry and the next
generation of super apps.
Source: Asia times
in Lebanon over the last two decades.
Even the Iron Dome air defense system -
an iron wall of a different kind - has proved
to be a failure in terms of its ability to
intercept crude Palestinian rockets. Prof.
Theodore Postol of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology argued in 2013
that the success rate of the Iron Dome was
"drastically lower" than what the Israeli
government and army reported.
And the Israeli villa concept has been
compromised from the inside, as the
popular uprising of May 2021
demonstrated that the Palestinian citizens
of Israel remain an organic part of the
Palestinian whole. The violence that many
Palestinians inside Israel endured at the
hands of the police and right-wing
militants for taking a moral stance in
support of their brethren in the Occupied
Territories indicates that the supposed
harmony within Barak's villa was
shattered in the space of a few days.
Yet still Israel refuses to accept what
should be obvious: That when a country's
existence is sustained through walls and
military force, it will never be able to find
true peace and will continue to suffer the
consequences of the violence it inflicts on
Source: Arab news
WeDnesDay, sePTeMber 15, 2021
How to adopt a work uniform
One more alarm clock going off and
one more day of work ahead. With all
the decisions you're about to make,
wouldn't it be great if you already knew
what you were going to wear? And,
even better, if you knew it was
something that'd be completely
comfortable and flattering?
Of course, many jobs require a
uniform, but there are lots of other
workplaces that allow employees to
wear whatever they want (or whatever
aligns with the corporate dress code).
Whether you spend your days in a
classroom, a kitchen, an office, a coworking
space or just your local coffee
shop, this might be the perfect time to
create a work uniform.
First, banish all thoughts of the bleak
uniforms adopted by Steve Jobs or
Elizabeth Holmes. You don't need to
wear a black Issey Miyake turtleneck
every day of the year. But you do need
to think about what basic elements you
like to wear and feel good in. If there's a
blouse you adore and always get
compliments on, why not buy one in
every color? If you've finally found a
pair of pants you don't want to pull off
the minute you get home, buy a few
pairs and start wearing them every day.
The uniform doesn't need to be
restrictive, but it does need to suit you
"I'm always pro-uniform because it's
like branding oneself to make your life
easier," said Amanda Sanders, a
fashion consultant and personal
shopper. "Personally, I'm a wrap dress
kind of girl, and it's the go-to item that
makes me feel pulled together and
fashionable when I need to get out of
the door while dealing with kids and
We can all do better than a black turtleneck, but elizabeth Holmes and steve Jobs nailed the utility
of a work uniform.
chaos. Investing in classic items that
won't go out of style and can be worn
for multiple occasions, both in and out
of the house, can add versatility to any
Stylist Rima Vaidila said "creating a
capsule wardrobe is a mustdo.""Having
a strong collection of
essential, high-quality pieces as the
'base' for your closet is the smartest
thing busy people can do," she said.
"Most people already do this
subconsciously, so you may as well lean
There's a modern phenomenon
scientists call choice overload, and it
makes us very unhappy. Although we
think we want lots and lots of options, it
turns out that when we get what we say
we want - hello, jam-packed closet and
overflowing shoe collection - we have a
harder time making any decision at all,
and we're more likely to feel like we've
made the wrong one.
If you're looking for ways to reduce
stress in your life, eliminating the "what
should I wear?" question might be a
good place to start.
You can decide to wear only clothing
that makes you feel good and look
good."Before the pandemic, most of us
viewed workwear as its own category -
something you changed out of the
moment you get home," said Karen
Lee, co-founder of Lezé The Label, a
line of sustainable workwear made
from recycled materials. "We felt we
needed to be stiff and uncomfortable to
look professional. Because of the
pandemic, people realized they can get
things done in sweatpants. Now we're
looking for comfort and versatility in
garments that can be worn in and out of
the office. So honestly, I feel that the
concept of workwear has changed, and
I'm not mad about it."
Sanders suggested buying some
"super-chic yet deceptively comfortable
pieces, such as button-ups or
cardigans.""There's no need to jump
straight into stiff pencil skirts and thick,
sweat-inducing button-downs," she
Imagine a life free of all those outfits
you "might" wear someday. In his book
"Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese
Minimalism," Fumio Sasaki writes,
"We don't need to have a lot of clothes
to live a clean, comfortable life.
While others may like to vary their
looks, there's a stylishness to wearing
the same clothes that are perfect for us
and using them as a kind of personal
uniform. Though some people might
judge you if you're always wearing the
same style, I think that will eventually
become a thing of the past."
Forget fast fashion and the way
supposedly "cheap" clothes end up
wreaking havoc on your budget. When
you stick with classic items you can
wear again and again, you can save
yourself a tidy sum.
And when you eliminate the try-on,
take-off, try-again cycle of shopping
and dressing, you'll have loads more
time to focus on what matters most to
you: your great new work idea, some
cuddles with the kids or even just
another round on the snooze button.
"You need to consider the basics,"
said stylist Nikki Steele. "
Consider having a clean pair of
straight denim, a straight pair of black,
navy or brown trouser pants, a straight
knee-length skirt in black or navy, a
white button-down blouse, one blazer
or cardigan in black or navy and one in
your favorite bright color, and pairs of
loafers, slides and heels."
But, of course, if your idea of comfort
doesn't jive with those particular items,
replace them with whatever is most
appropriate for you.
Wardrobe stylist Ann Marshik noted
that people have been dressing more
casually since the start of the pandemic,
so a smart work uniform might consist
of "denim and a shirt or T-shirt with an
oversize blazer or shorts. After work,
you can toss that blazer and be ready
for a walk or bike ride."
"Once you find that uniform and keep
to it, it really does make things easier,"
she said."My North Star is always how
an item of clothing makes you feel,
because if you feel good, you can do
good work," Lee said.
She suggested asking yourself a few
questions before deciding if an item is
uniform-worthy: "First, ask if you can
go to an all-you-can-eat meal in it? If
the answer is yes, then you can
probably sit at your desk all day without
discomfort or restrictions."
Next, she advised, think about how
functional the garment is and how easy
it'll be to keep it in good condition.
"Can you move in it? Sweat in it? Roll
around in it?" Lee asked, noting that
you should consider the specifics of
your day-to-day, like whether your job
requires you to travel, give
presentations or chase after kids.
"Make sure your garments are highperforming
to match your lifestyle.
Look for fabric that's stretchy for
flexibility, but also somewhat
structured, so you can look polished.
Here are some ways you can sneak in some exercise when you're tired.
What exercises to do in the
morning if tired to work out
So many of us dream of living up to that
aspirational goal of keeping to a morning
workout routine. Wouldn't it be nice to
to be up with the sun, riding our luxury
stationary bikes (in front of a floor-toceiling
window overlooking the ocean, of
course)? Or running blissfully through
the park before grabbing a cup of coffee
and preparing for the rest of the day?
The reality is that (perhaps aside from
the lack of panoramic, unobstructed
views from our in-home supergym)
we're sometimes just too tired. Whether
you're not really a morning person, or
you missed a few hours of shuteye, a
morning workout can feel dreadful when
you're short on energy at the crack of
dawn. And while "there are many
benefits to starting your morning with a
workout, it's essential to consider your
natural biological clock when planning
your training schedule," said Amina
Barnes, a certified personal trainer based
in Kansas City. Although you may be
awake, your mental sharpness isn't quite
at its peak, Barnes said. That can make it
difficult to perform a task like exercise.
If you're feeling especially groggy,
listen to your body and take it easy -
you'll be protecting yourself from getting
hurt, added Liz Letchford, a personal
trainer and injury rehabilitation
specialist in Los Angeles. "Fatigue,
whether physical or mental, is a risk
factor for injury."
But what if you want to move your
body a bit? Or what if the morning is the
only time you have to yourself? When
you're so sleepy you can't fathom a
workout, but still want to get in some
exercise, here's what experts suggest.
Gentle stretching allows your mind
and body to wake up by giving you gentle
stimuli, according to Letchford.Try
doing an open-book stretch or a figurefour
stretch when you first wake up.
Even stretching your arms above your
head can help you first thing in the
morning, Kelly Roberts Lane, owner of
Fix It Physical Therapy in Minnesota,
previously told HuffPost.
"Reach your arms all the way over your
head and look up. Then, roll your spine
down one vertebra at a time until you are
touching your toes or are as close to
them as you can get," Roberts Lane said.
"Let your head hang. Straighten one
knee and then the other to get a deeper
After stretching, you can progress to a
warm up (more on that in a second) or
other moves.A warmup can be as simple
as some steadily-paced, low-impact
bodyweight exercises (think: squats).
"Squats - on controlled tempo - warm
up your hips, glutes and core, and [help
you to] connect to your foundation first
thing in the morning," said Anthony
Crouchelli, a New York-based trainer
and founder of the .1 Method.
You can leave it there, or move into
something more involved if you're
feeling more awake."Prior to intense
movement, especially if it involves heavy
lifting ... I always recommend a warmup
that addresses the brain-body
connection," Letchford said, noting that
your reaction time also slows when
you're tired (and sore). "My favorite way
to prime the nervous system for an
intense workout is to move quickly - fast
feet or quick hops. Both improve
You should do this whenever you
exercise early, even if you got good sleep.
"After a long night of sleep, it is best to
start slow and ease into movement," she
said."I'd recommend doing simple
mobility exercises to warm up your body
... easy movements, like hip-openers,
glute bridges or lateral lunges can help
you improve your flexibility and
function," Crouchelli said.
recommended practicing some mobility
patterns known as CARs: controlled
articular rotations. These help expand
your range of motion in your joints ?
there are moves for your wrists,
shoulders, hips and more. In addition to
helping prevent injuries, CARs could
lead to progress in your other workouts.
Here's a great instructional example on
how to perform them:
Yoga is a universal trainer favorite for
so many reasons - it's low impact, can be
adapted to different levels, helps you
focus on your breath, and in this case,
can help you wake up.Letchford is a fan
of yoga for both herself and her clients,
and Crouchelli said yoga is one of his top
two morning workouts (the other being
the aforementioned CARs).
"Simple downward dog to updog
movements" are excellent for groggy
mornings, Crouchelli explained. "Yoga
has been a great balance in my
programming as it has filled a great
weekly low-impact workout to allow
myself to connect my mental and
physical wellness in one flow."
What not to say to someone who
has suicidal ideations
When it comes to suicide, we
often operate from crisis
mode. A lion's share of the
education around suicide
prevention assumes that
someone is actively harming
themselves or on the verge
of making a deadly decision.
The reality is that
suicidality exists on a
spectrum. There's an underdiscussed
gray area where
people are struggling with
their mental health to the
point where they just don't
want to deal with it
anymore; they don't have a
plan in place, but they don't
feel very invested in living,
either. And more people live
in that gray area than you
This is called passive
suicidal ideation. According
to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the
number of people who
ideation in a given month
during the pandemic more
than doubled since 2018. In
2019, data showed that an
estimated 12 million people
seriously thought about
However ? given that
many people don't openly
own up to these thoughts or
don't believe their
detachment from being alive
falls into the "suicidal"
category ? it's likely the
number of people with
suicidal ideations could be
"It is not a good thing
when someone is having
suicidal thoughts, but it does
not have to mean that there
will be a bad outcome
because of it," said Dan
director of the Suicide
Awareness Voices of
Education. "With the proper
care and support from many
people, someone who has
these thoughts can get
through them and move on
to living a healthy and
Demonstrating that care
and support lies in what you
say. If someone you know
just opened up about not
wanting to be alive ?
whether to you personally or
on social media ? there's a
right and wrong way to
handle it. Some comments
that come from a good place
can still perpetuate stigma
and shame. As
uncomfortable as it may be,
it's important for your loved
one to feel their feelings, said
Sherry Davis Molock, an
associate professor of
clinical psychology at The
University. Ignoring them
only buries them deeper ? it
doesn't address the problem.
"Don't talk the person out
of how they're feeling,
because how they're feeling
is legitimate," Molock
said.Tone matters more
when it comes to this phrase.
If you ask with genuine
concern to assess your loved
one's state, that's fine. But if
you're asking incredulously,
it can be harmful.
"It doesn't sound like
saying this would be
dismissive, but it is," Molock
said. Saying this subtly
sends the message, "I'm not
ready to have this
conversation with you, so I
want you to confirm for me
that's not what you're
thinking," she explained.
Telling someone that
they're overreacting or being
dramatic is dismissive and
minimizing."You are, even if
you don't mean to, telling
them, their experience and
their feelings don't matter or
are wrong in some way,"
said Jessica Gold, an
assistant professor in the
department of psychiatry at
Washington University in St.
Louis. "For someone that is
struggling ? and may have
really struggled to even tell
anyone how they feel ? this
can really make them retreat
and not want to talk to
anyone," she continued. "It
can also make them judge
themselves even more for
how they are feeling and the
fact that they can't seem to
"Whatever beliefs you may
have about suicide, they are
just that ? your beliefs," Gold
said. "This is about your
loved one and where the
conversation takes them.
Your job is to listen and be
there for them. Your job is to
help them. You should not
be putting your beliefs,
especially ones that could
add further judgment and
pain, onto them."
It doesn't matter if
someone has experienced
these types of thoughts
before. Suicidal ideations
can happen one time or a
thousand times ? and each
one is serious and likely
debilitating for your loved
one. "No matter how many
times this has happened for
the person, each time is
different, so it is always real
to them and should be for
you, too," Reidenberg said.
"Suicide is much more
complicated than any one
thing, and even people who
have all of the on the surface
'great' things in life can still
feel like their life isn't worth
living ? see someone like
Robin Williams or Anthony
Bourdain," Gold said.
"Reminding them of an
arbitrary list of reasons is
not going to make them all
of the sudden feel better and
more likely will feel
minimizing of their actual
experience and they might
feel worse ... listen,
empathize and validate their
experience instead," she
added.Make no mistake:
Thoughts of suicide ? even if
someone isn't in crisis ?
shouldn't be ignored.
"When someone tells you
that they have suicidal
thoughts, it is important to
take them seriously, but it is
also important to
understand the nature of
their thoughts in context,"
Gold said. "There is a
difference in how imminent
their risk of harm to
themselves is based on the
thoughts ? just having
thoughts is not an imminent
risk." The first step you
should take is to try to
determine where they're at
in their thinking. Gold said
to ask them if they have a
plan to hurt themselves and
if they've taken any steps
toward that plan. Also, ask
how frequently they have
There are certain phrases you should avoid when offering your support to
someone who is having suicidal ideations.
these thoughts and if they're
If someone isn't happy
being alive or struggling with
thoughts like "why am I even
here?" ? but isn't in
immediate crisis ? "you need
to be present, calm and
said. "This is not a time to
tell someone you'll call them
later and see how they are
feeling or if they are over it."
Next, affirm their feelings
and listen to them. Listening
? without judgment ?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
With the financial support of Joypurhat Zila Samity (Dhaka resident), sewing machines were
distributed among the poor and helpless women in the conference room of the Superintendent
of Police in Joypurhat on Saturday. Joypurhat Police Super Masum Ahmed Bhuiyan PPM was
the chief guest at the distribution program. Additional Superintendent of Police
(Administration) Tariqul Islam, Acting President of the Samity and also owner of Hafisons
Laboratory Dr. Mahbub Hafiz, General Secretary Iftekhar Arefin Rupam, President of SAARC
Human Rights Foundation Joypurhat Nur-e-Alam, General Secretary Rafiqul Islam, Treasurer
of Joypurhat Press Club Masrakul Alom and others were present at that time. These sewing
machines were distributed at the event to create self-employment among the helpless destitute
women of different backward districts.
Photo : Masrakul Alom
MANIKGANJ : The district
recorded 6.36 percent
Covid-19 positivity rate as
seven fresh cases were
reported after testing 110
new samples at the Colonel
Maleque Medical College
PCR Lab during the last 24
hours till yesterday
morning, reports BSS.
With the new infection,
the number of coronavirus
(COVID-19) cases reached
8,120 after testing 43,820
samples in the district, said
Medical Officer of
Manikganj Civil Surgeon
Office Dr. Rafiqun Nahar
Besides, the number of
cured patients from the
lethal virus stood at 7,450 in
the district, the medical
officer said. The death toll
from the virus reaches 125 in
RU gains a
RAJSHAHI The Rajshahi
University (RU) campus has
gained one of the greenest
campuses in the country
with over 10,000 trees of
about 600 species and
unique land topography.
The youthful and fresh
atmosphere on the campus
filled with hope and dreams
surrounds its students and
visitors years after years.
RU Vice-chancellor Prof
Golam Sabbir Sattar
revealed this while
transplanting a tree sapling
at the campus on Tuesday.
RU Science Club initiated
the tree plantation
Among others, Pro-vicechancellors
Jakaria and Prof Sultan-ul-
Islam and Students Adviser
Prof Tereque Nur were
present on the occasion. VC
Prof Golam Sattar also said a
massive tree plantation can
help reduce carbon emission
to a substantial level and
that is very important to face
the adverse impact of
climate change in the region
including its vast Barind
There is no alternative to
create more forest area
which needs adequate
financial support from both
national and international
donor agencies. An
optimum afforestation could
help stop degradation of
biodiversity making the
country a safe habitat for all.
No Covid death recorded in
Rangpur for 2nd consecutive day
RANGPUR : No fresh Covid-19 death was
reported in Rangpur division during the last
24 hours for the second consecutive day on
Monday, keeping the number of casualties
steady at 1,218.
Health officials said the Covid-19 situation
has improved consistently during the last
five consecutive weeks in the division.
"Earlier Rangpur division witnessed the
last Covid-19 casualty free day on May 16 last
and again no deaths were reported on
Sunday and Monday (yesterday)," Focal
Person of the Covid-19 and Assistant
Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr
ZA Siddiqui said.
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 division.
The average casualty rate currently stands
at 2.25 percent in the division.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases
reached 54,251 in Rangpur division as 45
new patients were diagnosed after testing
874 samples at the daily positivity rate of
5.50 percent on Monday.
Earlier, the daily positivity rates were 5.43
percent on Sunday, 8.59 percent on
Saturday, 8.18 percent on Friday, 10.37
percent on Thursday, 7.07 percent on
Wednesday and 8.46 percent on Tuesday
last in the division.
"The district-wise break up of total 54,251
patients include 12,272 from Rangpur, 3,661
from Panchagarh, 4,358 from Nilphamari,
2,715 from Lalmonirhat, 4,589 from
Kurigram, 7,380 from Thakurgaon, 14,457
from Dinajpur and 4,819 from Gaibandha in
the division," he added.
Talking to BSS, Divisional Director
(Health) Dr Md Motaharul Islam said a total
of 2,67,845 collected samples were tested till
Monday, and of them, 54,251 were found
Covid-19 positive with an average positivity
rate of 20.254 percent in the division.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the
total number of people who have
recuperated from the disease surged to
50,491 with recovery of 227 more infected
patients on Monday in the division where the
average recovery rate currently stands at
Producing, preserving quality seed
in farmers' level underscored
GAIBANDHA : Speakers at a function on
Tuesday underscored the need for producing
and preserving quality seed of valuable agri
crops in farmers' level to get desired output.
They said these while addressing a daylong
farmers' training on 'Seed Production
and Preservation' at the hall room of
Bhatgram Federation of Sadullapur upazila
in the district, reports BSS.
RDRS Bangladesh, a non-government
organization, arranged the training under
Accelerated Genetics Gains in RICE
(AGGRI) Project in cooperation with
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
District seed certification officer of
Seed Certification Agency agriculturist
Showkat Osman addressed the function
as the chief guest and sub assistant
agriculture officer M Nazmul Hossain
was present as the special guest while
chairman of Bhatgram Federation Md.
Reza Miah presided over it.
RDRS Bangladesh briefed the farmers
about the importance and significance of
seed production and preservation in farmers'
Agriculturist Showkat Osman narrated
the positive impacts and technologies of
seed production and preservation at
Sirajdikhan Press Club Press Club formed a human chain protesting false
and fabricated case against the former president of the club journalist
Shamsuzzaman Ponir. Photo : Nazmul Molla
reach 97,340 with
97 afresh in
RAJSHAHI : Ninety-seven
more people were tested for
Covid-19 positive in seven
districts of the division on
Monday, taking the number
of detection to 97,340 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 96
Meanwhile, a total of 155
more people were cured
from Covid-19 in the
division on the same day,
taking the recovery cases to
92,847 so far.
The death toll reached
1,641, including 677 in
Bogura, 306 in Rajshahi
with 182 in its city, and 171 in
Natore, as four fresh cases of
fatality were reported during
the period, Dr Talukder
Besides, all the positive
cases for Covid-19 have, so
far, been brought under
treatment while 22,327 were
kept in isolation units of
different dedicated hospitals
for institutional supervision.
Of them, 18,634 have by
now been released.
Meanwhile, 160 more
people have been sent to
home and institutional
quarantine afresh while 151
others were released from
isolation during the same
time. Of the total new
positive cases, the highest 33
were detected in Bogura,
followed by 27 in Pabna, 21
in Rajshahi, including 16 in
its city, six in Joypurhat, four
in Natore and three each in
Naogaon and Sirajganj
With the newly detected
patients, the district-wise
break-up of the total cases
now stands at 27,609 in
Rajshahi, including 22,250
in city, 5,559 in
Chapainawabganj, 6,340 in
Naogaon, 8,242 in Natore,
4,562 in Joypurhat, 21,315 in
Bogura, 11,180 in Sirajganj
and 12,533 in Pabna.
NARSINGDI : Farmers
youths are now
commercially farming the
date of Saudi Arabia due to
its economic prospect in
Belabo upazila of the district,
Tajul Islam, of Char
Kasim Nagar village at
Binnabaid union of Belabo
upazila, first started
cultivating date trees in his
collecting saplings and
seeds from Saudi Arabia in
He said when he used to
work in a date tree garden in
Saudi Arabia, he thought to
set up a same garden in his
homestead in Narsingdi.
In 2014, Tajul returned
home with three saplings
and huge seeds of date trees.
He planted the three
saplings in his homestead
garden. Of those, one tree
bears fruits and he began
harvesting since August this
year. Tajul has so far plucked
10kg date from one tree and
hope to get more 20kg this
He, by this time, grows
more date saplings by
sowing seeds brought from
Saudi and changed his lot by
selling the saplings at Tk
1000 to 1200 each.
He also planted over 200
saplings on his homestead
garden and other lands.
Deputy Director at
Department of Agricultural
Extension (DAE) Narsingdi,
Shovan Kumar Dhar told
BSS that the cultivation of
date tree in Narsingdi is
expected to be profitable.
On the inauguration day of UCB Bank in Khagrachhari, loans Tk 2 crores
were distributed among 71 farmers.
Photo : Muhammad Sazu
RMCH counts six more
deaths in its Covid-19 unit
RAJSHAHI : Rajshahi Medical College
Hospital (RMCH) counted six more fatalities
at the Covid-19 unit in the last 24 hours till
6am on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 92
so far this month.
The previous day's death figure was also six
while on Wednesday; it was just two, which
was the ever-lowest since the second
coronavirus wave hit the region around six
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 three of
the deceased were the residents of Rajshahi,
while one each from Chapainawabganj,
Pabna and Kustia districts.
"Of the fresh fatalities, three tested positive
for Covid-19 and three had covid-19
symptoms," he said. Twenty-two more
Manoranjan Sheel Gopal MP inaugurated the tree plantation and
sapling distribution program organized by Kaharole Upazila
Administration and World Vision Bangladesh AP at the Upazila
Photo : Roshidul Islam
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 133, including 43 positive cases.
Fifteen patients returned home from the
RMCH Covid-19 unit after being cured
during the time. Yazdani said the infection
rate has decreased by 0.62 percent in
Rajshahi compared to the previous day.
A total of 10 people were diagnosed with
Covid-19 after testing 187 samples in
Rajshahi's laboratory on Monday, showing
7.47 percent positivity rate against 8.09
percent on Sunday, 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 added.
Modern street lighting system
launched in Rangpur city
RANGPUR : Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar
Rahman Mostafa launched modern street
lighting programme replacing the older
bulbs with energy saving light emitting diode
(LED) bulbs in Satmatha area in the city on
Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) has
been replacing all old street lighting systems
with modern ones through implementing
the Modern Streets Lighting Project in all 33
wards across the metropolis spending Taka
Under the project, the main street from
Satmatha to Parker Mour came under the
modern street lighting system as Mayor
Mostafa switched on the button in a function
held at Satmatha as the chief guest.
Manager of the project implementing
organisation Adex Group Engineer
Taufikuzzman, Panel mayor of RpCC
Mahmudur Rahman Titu, City Councilors
Mahbubur Rahman Manju, Malek Niaz
Arzoo, Moktar Hossain, among others,
attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Mostafa
said that massive infrastructural
development programmes are being
implemented to turn Rangpur into an ecofriendly
modern city with all civic amenities
including modern streets, lighting systems.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 , 2021
Protestors arrive for President Biden's Boise visit.
Crowds gather to protest President
Joe Biden's Idaho visit
IDAHO : More than 1,000 protesters
gathered in Boise, Idaho, on Monday
morning ahead of a visit by President
Joe Biden to express their displeasure
about his coronavirus plan, the election
and other issues, reports UNB.
Biden was headed to Boise as part of a
swing through three Western states to
promote his administration's use of a
wartime law to aid in wildfire
preparedness, survey wildfire damage
and push his economic agenda. He was
expected to arrive at the National
Interagency Fire Center in Boise late
Monday morning to meet with fire
officials. Lisa Mitchell, 65, of Middleton,
Idaho, said she was protesting because
she doesn't believe the 2020 election
"I'm here to support Trump and stand
for freedom," said Mitchell, who was
wearing a "Trump Women 2020"
sticker. "He is in there illegally."
Though some of former President
Donald Trump's most fervent
supporters believe his continued claims
that the presidential election was stolen,
there is no evidence of widespread fraud
and Republican and Democratic
election officials certified the election as
valid. Courts have also repeatedly
rejected lawsuits claiming the election
Putin to self-isolate
due to COVID cases
among inner circle
MOSCOW : Russian
President Vladimir Putin is
going into self-isolation
because of coronavirus cases
in his inner circle, the Kremlin
said Tuesday, adding that he
tested negative for COVID-19,
The announcement came
in the Kremlin's readout of
Putin's phone call with
Tajikistan's president. Putin
has been fully vaccinated with
the Russian coronavirus
vaccine Sputnik V, receiving
his second shot in April.
Dmitry Peskov told reporters
that Putin is "absolutely
healthy," but will self-isolate
after coming in contact with
someone who contracted the
virus. He didn't clarify for how
long Putin would remain in
self-isolation, but assured that
the president will continue
working as usual.
Asked if Putin tested
negative for the virus, Peskov
said "definitely, yes."
Peskov didn't say who
among Putin's contacts were
infected, saying only that
there were several cases.
On Monday, the Russian
president attended several
public events. He greeted
attended military exercises
conducted in coordination
with Belarus, and met with
Syrian President Bashar
During the meeting with
the Paralympians, Putin
mentioned that he "may have
to quarantine soon."
"Even in my circle problems
occur with this COVID," the
Russian leader was quoted by
the state RIA Novosti news
agency as saying. "We need to
look into what's really
happening there. I think I
may have to quarantine soon
myself. A lot of people around
(me) are sick."
About a half-dozen Boise police
officers were stationed at the entrance to
the National Interagency Fire Center,
with other law enforcement officers
patrolling the area on motorcycle. The
National Interagency Fire Center is
generally closed to the public and the
protesters were gathered outside the
NIFC complex entrance.
Many of the protesters carried
expletive-laden signs or waved U.S. flags
hung upside down as a signal of distress.
Biden also planned stops in
Sacramento, California, and Denver
during the two-day trip.
The administration activated the
Defense Production Act last month to
boost supplies from a U.S. Forest
Service firefighting equipment supplier.
Wildfire activity has been growing
increasingly extreme across the West.
Scientists say climate change has made
the region much warmer and drier in
recent decades and that it will continue
to make wildfires and weather more
extreme and destructive.
Chris Burns, a 62-year-old from Boise,
said he attended the protest because,
"I'm against everything Biden is for."
Burns was especially displeased with the
president's sweeping new vaccine
mandates for 100 million Americans
announced on Thursday. The vaccine
requirement says that all employers
with more than 100 workers must
require them to be vaccinated or test for
the virus weekly. Workers at health
facilities that receive federal Medicare or
Medicaid will also have to be fully
vaccinated, as well as employees of the
executive branch and contractors who
do business with the federal
government. "He's acting like a
dictator," Burns said.
Idaho has one of the lowest
vaccination rates in the United States
and the state's health care system is in
danger of buckling as the delta variant
sends COVID-19 case numbers
skyrocketing. One in every 210 Idaho
residents tested positive for COVID-19
within the past week, and the average
number of daily new cases has increased
by nearly 70% in the past two weeks.
Idaho reached a record high with 613
patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on
Wednesday, the most recent numbers
available from the Idaho Department of
Health and Welfare. Last week the state
gave hospitals in northern Idaho
permission to operate under "crisis
standards of care," a health care
rationing measure intended to ensure
that scarce resources such as hospital
beds are first given to those most likely
to benefit or survive.
Japan's main opposition
society if gains power
TOKYO : Yukio Edano, leader of the
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan
(CDPJ), said the party sought to realize a
discrimination-free society that respects
diversity, local media reported Monday,
He announced at a press conference the
polices that the party would implement if it
wins the general election, including offering
married couples the option of keeping their
According to the Justice Ministry, Japan is
the only country in the world that has a law
forcing married couples to share a surname,
though the United Nations Committee on
the Elimination of Discrimination against
Women has recommended that Japan
change the system.
The party also aimed to introduce a law to
protect the rights of sexual minorities, help
women subjected to domestic violence, and
issue a ban on discrimination based on
gender, nationality, and disability. In
addition, it planned to review Japan's
immigration system. The announcement of
the policies comes as the leadership race of
the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
on Sept. 29 for picking Japanese Prime
Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor takes
center stage. "The LDP is dominated by
adamant opposition (to such changes).
Whoever becomes its president can not
realize them. We must accomplish the
change of power," Edano said.
The CDPJ released last week its first set of
pledges including working on a
supplementary budget for assisting people
hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, lowering the
consumption tax rate, achieving a zerocarbon
society without nuclear energy,
raising the minimum wage, and opposing an
amendment of the Constitution.
Since the House of Representatives
members' terms expire on Oct. 21, the
general election in Japan will be held in the
Yukio Edano, head of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic
Party of Japan, attends a press conference at the Diet building in Tokyo on
Monday, pledging to do his best to realize a discrimination-free society
that respects diversity.
Pakistan reports drop
in COVID-19 cases with
2,580 new infections
ISLAMABAD : Pakistan
reported a drop in the
number of COVID-19 cases
with 2,580 new infections
over the last 24 hours, the
National Command and
Operation Center (NCOC)
said on Tuesday, reports
Pakistan reported less
than 3,000 new infections in
a single day on Monday for
the first time in more than a
month time period. Before
this, the daily count have
mostly been hovering
between the 3,000-4,000
range for a month.
The NCOC, a department
leading Pakistan's campaign
against the pandemic, said
the country's total cases rose
to 1,210,082, including
1,097,416 recoveries, adding
that the number of active
cases rose to 85,801,
including 5,304 critical
The national coronavirus
positivity rate in the last 24
hours was recorded at 5.44
percent, said the NCOC.
The NCOC statistics
showed that 78 patients died
from the virus during the
last 24 hours, pushing the
overall death toll to 26,865.
Pakistan's southern Sindh
province is the worstaffected
region of the
country with 446,045
infections followed by the
eastern Punjab province
which has reported 415,654
Meanwhile, Pakistan has
opened vaccination for the
15 to 18 years old age group
in a bid to inoculate
maximum people in the
south Asian country.
FDA experts among
group opposing US
booster shot plan
New York : The average
person doesn't need a
COVID-19 booster yet, an
international group of
scientists - including two top
U.S. regulators - wrote
Monday in a scientific
journal, reports UNB.
The experts reviewed
studies of the vaccines'
performance and concluded
the shots are working well
despite the extra-contagious
delta variant, especially
against severe disease.
"Even in populations with
fairly high vaccination rates,
the unvaccinated are still the
major drivers of
transmission" at this stage of
the pandemic, they
concluded. The opinion
piece, published in The
Lancet, illustrates the
intense scientific debate
about who needs booster
doses and when, a decision
the U.S. and other countries
are grappling with.
NEW DELHI : Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi will attend the first inperson
Quad Summit to be hosted by
President Joe Biden in the US on
September 24 amid the growing
humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
after the return of the Taliban, reports
UNB. The Quad, acronym for the
Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an
informal strategic group of four
nations-the US, Australia, Japan and
India. The Quad was formed in 2007 as
a counterbalance to China in Asia.
In a statement, the Indian External
Affairs Ministry Tuesday said that the
Quad leaders will review the progress
made since their first virtual Summit
held on March 12 and "discuss regional
issues of shared interest".
"They will also exchange views on
contemporary global issues such as
critical and emerging technologies,
connectivity and infrastructure, cyber
security, maritime security,
relief, climate change and education."
The leaders of Australia, India, Japan
and the United States will also review
the Quad Vaccine initiative which was
announced in March this year, the
"The Summit would provide a
valuable opportunity for dialogue and
U.S. remains prepared
to engage with DPRK
after missiles tests
WASHINGTON : The White House said on
Monday that the United States remains
prepared to engage with the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), after
Pyongyang tested a new type of long-range
cruise missiles over the weekend, reports
"Our position has not changed when it
comes to North Korea," White House
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine
Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force
One. "We remain prepared to engage in
diplomacy with the DPRK toward our
objective of a complete denuclearization of
the Korean Peninsula."
She reaffirmed the Joe Biden
administration's "calibrated, practical
approach" in dealing with Pyongyang, which
is open to exploring diplomacy to make
practical progress that increases the security
of the United States and its allies.
"Our offer remains to meet anywhere,
anytime without preconditions," Jean-Pierre
The DPRK successfully test-fired a new type
Egyptian president, Israeli
PM discuss bilateral ties,
CAIRO : Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali
Bennett discussed on Monday the
developments of bilateral relations in various
fields, as well as the Palestinian issue,
according to Egyptian Presidency, reports
During their meeting in Egypt's Red Sea
resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Sisi and
Bennett also discussed the recent
developments on the regional and
international arenas, said Bassam Rady,
spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency.
Meanwhile, Sisi affirmed Egypt's support
for all efforts to achieve comprehensive
peace in the Middle East, based on the twostate
solution and the international
He as well stressed the importance of the
international community's support for
Egypt's efforts to rebuild the Palestinian
territories, in addition to the need to
maintain calm between the Palestinian and
Israeli sides amid Egypt's continuous moves
to ease tension in the West Bank and Gaza
Bennett was invited by Sisi on Aug. 21
during the visit of Chief of Egypt's General
Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel to
Palestine and Israel to discuss the ceasefire
deal between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on Sept 13, 2021,
shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meeting with Israeli
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of
Modi to attend first in-person
Quad Summit in US next week
interactions among the Leaders,
anchored in their shared vision of
ensuring a free, open and inclusive
Indo-Pacific region," it added.
The Indian Prime Minister is also
scheduled to address the General
Debate of the United Nations General
Assembly (UNGA) on September 25 in
New York, according to the Foreign
Ministry. The Indian Foreign
Ministry's statement comes after White
House press secretary Jen Psaki
confirmed the date of the Quad Leaders
Summit late on Monday night.
"US President Joseph R Biden, Jr will
host the first-ever Quad Leaders
Summit at the White House on
September 24. President Biden is
looking forward to welcoming to the
White House Prime Minister Scott
Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi of India, and Prime
Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan,"
"Hosting the leaders of the Quad
demonstrates the Biden-Harris
Administration's priority of engaging in
the Indo-Pacific, including through
new multilateral configurations to meet
the challenges of the 21st century."
India was among several countries
that evacuated their diplomatic staff
from Kabul when the Taliban took over
of long-range cruise missiles on Saturday and
Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency
(KCNA) reported on Monday.
The launched long-range cruise missiles
traveled for 7,580 seconds along oval and
pattern-8 flight orbits in the air above the
territorial land and waters of the DPRK and
hit targets 1,500 km away, the report said.
"We're aware of these reports of these cruise
missile launches," Pentagon Press Secretary
John Kirby said in a Monday briefing. He said
the United States is consulting with regional
allies and monitoring the situation, adding
U.S. security commitments to Japan and
South Korea are ironclad.
The missile tests came after a joint military
exercise between South Korea and the United
States in August. It also came before the U.S.
envoy for the DPRK Sung Kim's meeting with
his South Korean and Japanese counterparts
in Tokyo this week.
The Biden administration said it would
engage with Pyongyang over the
denuclearization issue but showed no
willingness to ease sanctions.
the Afghan capital on August 15.
However, two weeks later, India
began direct communication with the
Taliban, with the country's envoy in
Qatar Deepak Mittal holding talks with
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, the
head of the Taliban's Political Office in
the Gulf state.
At the meeting, Ambassador Mittal
had raised India's concern that
Afghanistan's soil should not be used
for anti-Indian activities and terrorism
in any manner, to which Stanekzai
assured him that these issues would be
positively addressed, according to the
Ministry of External Affairs.
"Discussions focused on safety,
security and early return of Indian
nationals stranded in Afghanistan. The
travel of Afghan nationals, especially
minorities, who wish to visit India also
came up." The Taliban returned to
power in Afghanistan on August 15,
with the US troops ending their 20-year
military presence in the South Asian
country. India is particularly worried
about the implications of the US
withdrawal from Afghanistan, given it
has already infused over three billion
USD worth development aid into that
country and the horrific memories of
the Taliban's role in the hijacking of an
Indian airliner in 1999.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Recently managing director & CEO (C.C) of Social Islami Bank Md. Tajul Islam inaugurated eight Agent
Banking Outlets as chief guest through virtual platform respectively in Gazirhat Bazar and Peroli
Bazar (Narail), Tonki Bazar (Cumilla), Tarerghat Bazar (Kishoregonj), Mathbaria Bazar (Pirojpur),
Tantar Bazar (Brahmanbaria), Pather Bazar (Khulna) and Mirikpur Bazar (Laxmipur). Abu Naser
Chowdhury and Md. Sirajul Hoque, Deputy Managing Directors, Abdul Hannan Khan, Company
Secretary, Md. Moniruzzaman, Head of Marketing & Brand Communication Division, Md. Mashiur
Rahman, Head of Agent Banking Division were also present in the program. Agent of the outlets and
local dignitaries also attended the program.
Most Asian markets
drop as record US
inflation fans taper talk
HONG KONG : Asian markets mostly fell on
Monday following another retreat on Wall
Street as a surge in US inflation to a record
high ramped up concerns the Federal
Reserve will be forced to tighten monetary
policy sooner than later, reports BSS.
Reports that President Joe Biden was
considering a fresh trade probe into China
added to the downbeat mood and nullified
the optimism sparked by news that he had
held talks on Friday with Xi Jinping in a bid
to smooth relations between the
After driving a healthy run-up in Asia so far
this month, investor sentiment was once
again roiled by data on Friday showing US
factory gate inflation had soared in August to
an all-time high of 8.3 percent owing to a
jump in demand as well as supply and labour
The reading ramped up speculation about
the Fed's plans for monetary policy.
Its boss Jerome Powell has already
indicated that the central bank will likely
start tapering its vast bond-buying
programme-which has been a key driver of
the economic and equity markets recoveryby
the end of the year. But the latest figures
could cause officials to bring forward their
The release Tuesday of consumer inflation
has now taken on more significance.
All three US indexes ended in the red on
Friday, with reports of Biden's probe adding
TOKYO : Tokyo stocks
opened higher on Tuesday
as investors remained
upbeat about a new
government in Japan
ahead of a ruling party
leadership vote this month,
The benchmark Nikkei
225 index was up 0.42
percent, or 127.18 points, at
30,574.55 in early trade,
while the broader Topix
index advanced 0.39
percent, or 8.08 points, to
"Japanese shares are
supported by (expectations
linked to) a change in
politics," Okasan Online
Securities said in a
open higher on
hopes for new
So far three candidates
have announced they will
run for leadership of the
ruling Liberal Democratic
Party, including Taro Kono,
a former foreign and
defence minister currently
A report that another
popular politician Shigeru
Ishiba will support Kono,
to the selling pressure.
The president was said to be looking at
Beijing's subsidies and their effect on the US
economy, the reports said, with discussions
also being held on last year's trade deal
agreed by Donald Trump.
"While initially markets traded positively
on the hopes that a restart in high-level
dialogue might eventually lead to a reduction
in Chinese tariffs," news about the
investigation "delivered the opposite
outcome", said National Australia Bank's
Rodrigo Catril. "That said, it is unclear when
the White House will announce the outcome
of its review and as we know from the Trump
era, any action against China is likely to come
Hong Kong led the losses, with tech firms
again taking much of the heat on lingering
concerns about China's crackdown on the
sector, while Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul,
Taipei, Manila and Jakarta were also down.
However, there were small gains in
Sydney, Shanghai and Wellington.
"Risk assets will continue to struggle in the
near term with weak hard data due to the
Delta (coronavirus) outbreak and supply
disruptions over the summer," Barclays
strategists including Shinichiro Kadota said.
Traders are also keeping tabs on the
Korean peninsula after the North test-fired a
new "long-range cruise missile" over the
weekend, calling it a "strategic weapon of
the frontrunner in public
support, is boosting market
sentiment, Okasan said.
"A combination of these
two popular figures could
lead to a landslide for the
LDP in the general
election" due later this year,
the brokerage added.
The dollar fetched 109.98
yen in early Asian trade,
against 110.01 yen in New
York late Monday.
Phone carrier KDDI was
up 2.93 percent at 3,834
yen after the firm said it will
use SpaceX's Starlink
satellite network to provide
better mobile internet
access in remote areas, and
as a brokerage firm revised
up its evaluation.
Global oil demand
to rebound next
PARIS : Global oil demand
has dropped for three
straight months as Covid
cases have risen in Asia but it
is expected to bounce back
next month, the
International Energy Agency
said Tuesday, reports BSS.
Demand fell from July
after rebounding the
previous month, with major
crude consumer China
leading the decline, the IEA
said in a monthly report.
"Global oil demand
remains under pressure
from the virulent Covid-19
Delta variant in key
especially in parts of Asia,"
the report said.
Demand fell by 310,000
barrels per day on average
over the three months to
But it is expected to
recover in October with an
increase of 1.6 million
barrels per day (mbd) and
continue to rise until the end
of the year, said the IEA,
which advises developed
countries on energy policy.
"The latest news on the
Covid front is more
optimistic, with global cases
falling in recent weeks,
continued progress in
vaccine manufacturing and
inoculations, and less
restrictive social distancing
measures in many
countries," it said.
Global oil demand is
expected to rise by 5.2 mbd
this year, slightly lower than
previously forecast, but 2022
growth will be slightly higher
at 3.2 mbd, according to the
The IEA said Hurricane
Ida "wreaked havoc on the
key US Gulf Coast oil
producing region" in late
August and is "still causing
problems for US and global
Offshore installations and
refineries have been slow to
restart, forcing massive
draws of stocks of both crude
and products in key markets,
Recently ONE Bank Ltd signed an Agreement with Labaid Cancer Hospital & Super Speciality Center.
Amitavo Bhattacharyaa, Head of Marketing of Labaid Cancer Hospital & Super Speciality Center and Md.
Kamruzzaman, Head of Retail Banking of ONE Bank Limited, signed the Agreement on behalf of their respective
organizations. Under this Agreement, OBL Debit, Credit & Prepaid card holders with dependents will
enjoy 15% discount on all Pathological & Bio-chemistry investigations, up to 10% discount on X-ray, CT Scan,
MRI, Ultra-Sonogram, Endoscopy, ECG, Echo and ETT as OPD Services and 10% discount on bed charges of
admitted patients & bed charges of admitted Chemo day care patients as IPD Services round the year. High
officials of both the organizations were also present in this occasion.
Seeking to change deadbeat image,
Zimbabwe pays debt
HARARE : After 20 years of not paying
its debts, Zimbabwe is taking steps to
clean up its balance sheet and its image
by making payments to major creditors,
Even if admittedly token amounts, the
government hopes they will build
goodwill towards Zimbabwe.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube
announced during a video conference
this month that Zimbabwe had made its
first payments in two decades to a group
of rich countries known as the Paris Club.
"We have started paying them because,
as a country, we ought to be known as
good debtors and not bad debtors,"
In addition to the first payments in two
decades to the 17 nations that are part of
the Paris Club, he said Zimbabwe was
also settling its debts to multilateral
"We have taken the step of beginning
to pay token payments to the World
Bank, the African Development Bank
and the European Investment Bank,"
Ncube said.Clearing Zimbabwe's debts,
or simply catching up on payments, is a
The $11 billion that Zimbabwe owes to
foreign lenders amounts to about 71
percent of the country's GDP. Some $6.5
billion of the total is payments that are in
Ncube said the government would
need a "sponsor" to bring its debt
Bangladeshi digital device
manufacturer Walton has
launched another new tablet
PC in the tech market.
Modeled as 'Walpad 10S',
the Tab has a 10.5-inch full
HD+ AMOLED display,
Octa-core processor, built-in
keypad along with many
other advanced features.
The attractively designed
silver colored Tab is now
available at all sales outlets
of Walton. With one year
warranty, it is priced at BDT
26,990 only, a press release
Liakat Ali, Deputy
Managing Director of
Walton Digi-Tech Industries
Limited, said: We are
constantly working to deliver
products to customers at
affordable prices. There is a
huge demand for high
quality tablet computers
among the tech-lovers.
That's why Walton comes up
with the new model of Tab.
This device will add new
dimensions to the modern
life of users. Students and
employees will be benefited
Walton sources said, the
eye-catching Tab has 2560
by 1600 pixel resolution
with 350Nits display
touchscreen which will let
users having unique
experience. The main
attraction of the Tab is its
built-in keypad through
which users can get great
open mixed before
US inflation data
LONDON : European stock
markets diverged at the
open Tuesday, with all eyes
on the latest US inflation
data as recent surges of
global prices risk derailing
the economic recovery,
FTSE 100 index dropped 0.3
percent to 7,050.99 points,
as investors reacted also to
the release of mixed UK
In the eurozone,
Frankfurt's DAX 30 index
gained 0.1 percent to
15,716.11 points and the
Paris CAC 40 lost 0.3
percent to 6,658.59.
Markets were waiting to
see whether Tuesday's
update on US consumer
prices would amplify or
mitigate worries about
payments under control.
It was unclear what exactly he meant
by that, but he said the goal was "really to
tackle those arrears with the World Bank
and the African Development Bank, the
"We are working hard on that," he said.
Zimbabwe defaulted on its debts when
the economy fell into a tailspin 20 years
ago under then-president Robert
President Emmerson Mnangagwa,
who took power after a coup in 2017,
wants to renew ties with Europe and the
United States, which had largely cut
them over Mugabe's undermining of
elections and human rights abuses.
"The country seeks to re-engage with
the international community in Europe
and the US," economist Persistence
Gwanyanya told AFP. The debt
payments "are positive actions that will
convince the rest of the world that we
mean what we say."
The West may take a lot of convincing.
Mnangagwa, once a top deputy to
Mugabe, is among the senior
government officials banned from
travelling or banking in the United States
Western countries froze his assets in
protest of human rights violations, and
so far have shown little inclination to
In July, Britain added new sanctions to
a Zimbabwean official for fraudulently
convenience in typing. This
allows the Tab to be easily
used on a table or any flat
surface like a laptop. This
Tab is ideal for official work
and entertainment including
internet browsing, online
classes, reading books,
playing games, watching
Runs on Android 9
operating system, the Tab
sports a Qualcomm
snapdragon 660 Octa-core
processor at up to 2.2 and
1.6 GHz clock speed with 4
GB RAM and Adreno 512
graphics. Its internal storage
is 64 GB which can be
expandable up to 512 GB.
This will allow users to store
more documents, videos,
photos, music and various
types of apps, making it
The Tab has an 8
megapixel autofocus camera
on the back while there is a 5
megapixel camera on the
front for selfies and video
calls which will allow video
recording facility with 1080p
high definition video mode,
making the picture or video
clear and perfect. The Tab
with 18 watt Type-C first
charging facility has a 7700
mAh Li-polymer battery,
allowing to work for long
hours or watching videos
can be done comfortably.
For 4G internet usage and
calling, the Tab has dual
hybrid SIM slots. It features
HD quality videos playback
and FM radio with
recordings as multimedia
As connectivity, the Tab
has 2.4 and 5 GHz dual band
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, OTG,
GPS navigation, G-sensor
and light sensor etc. The
thickness of the tab is only
redeeming treasury bills at 10 times their
But Gwanyanya said making even
small payments on its debts shows the
world that Mnangagwa wants to do
business differently from his
"That Zimbabwe has started to do so at
a time where our debt is very in excess
would unlock some capital from the
external world," he said.
Zimbabwe's economy has swung
dramatically since 2000, shrinking at a
breathtaking rate during years of
hyperinflation, before clawing its way
back to growth in 2009.
Covid-19 and a drought pushed the
economy back into recession, with
inflation returning to triple digits.
Inflation has settled back down into
double digits-sitting at 56 percent in
July, down from 106 the previous
month-and Ncube has ambitious plans
to bring the country into the global
middle class by 2030.
To do that, Zimbabwe will need capital
and investors. Paying down its debts is
one way to make the country more
"Essentially it's a gesture," Gwanyanya
said. "It does not mean we are able to pay
the complete debt but it will send a signal
to the rest of the world about our
willingness to service debts and therefore
change perceptions of how others view
Walton launches new Tab with
7.2mm and 175.4 mm wide
when it weighs only 491
grams including the battery.
As a result it can be easily
carried out anywhere at any
There are also two more
models of Walton Android
Tab and one model of
Windows Tab in the market.
Walton is producing and
marketing various models
and features of desktop,
laptop, all-in-one PC,
monitor, keyboard, mouse,
pen drive, earphone, Wi-Fi
router, UPS, USB hub, card
reader, speaker, SSD,
external SSD, RAM, PCBA,
memory card, power bank,
projector, digital writing
pad, USB Type C cable etc.
Walton will soon launch
products such as access
control devices, printers,
networking switches and
Inflation concerns harden as
aluminium hits 13-year high
LONDON : Aluminium reached $3,000 a
tonne for the first time in 13 years Monday,
ratcheting up soaring inflation concerns that in
turn are boosting the dollar as traders eye
higher interest rates to tame runaway prices,
Equities traded mixed as investors weighed
hopes for better US-China trade relations
against further regulatory clampdown from
Beijing on the Chinese tech sector.
Sentiment has been lifted by news that US
President Joe Biden held talks on Friday with
Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a bid to
smooth relations between the superpowers.
At the same time, market caution persisted
after data showed inflation of goods leaving US
factories had soared in August to an all-time
high of 8.3 percent.
The reading was fuelled partly by a sharp rise
in commodity prices, a concern highlighted by
news that aluminium has hit $3,000 a tonne
for the first time in 13 years on global supply
issues. "Soaring commodity prices show little
sign of letting up," noted Joshua Mahony,
senior market analyst at IG trading group, as
oil prices won another one percent Monday.
After hitting the $3,000 mark, aluminium
fell back to $2,952 around midday on the
London Metal Exchange.
Surging inflation concerns ramped up
speculation about the Federal Reserve's plans
for monetary policy.
Its boss Jerome Powell has already indicated
that the US central bank would likely start
tapering its vast bond-buying programmewhich
has been a key driver of the economic
and equity markets recovery-by the end of the
But the latest US inflation figures could cause
officials to bring forward their timeline and
raise interest rates.
The release Tuesday of US consumer
inflation has now taken on more significance,
according to analysts.
In trading Monday, Hong Kong led the
losers, with tech firms again taking much of the
heat on lingering concerns about China's
crackdown on the sector.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Novak Djokovic (L) and Daniil Medvedev (R) pose with their trophies after the US Open men's singles
Not the Hollywood script
New York was craving
Brad Pitt was galvanising Novak
Djokovic when everyone in the Serb's
box was sitting shell-shocked. Leonardo
DiCaprio was miming a forehand,
explaining to a companion after a
straightforward miss from Djokovic.
But the two stars couldn't script a win for
the World No. 1. This wasn't Once Upon
a Time in Hollywood, there was no
revisionist, happy ending. Rewriting all
scripts was a 25-year-old from Russia,
In the Australian Open final at the start
of the year, Daniil Medvedev was
dismantled by Djokovic, who then
consoled: "It's a matter of time when
you're going to hold a Grand Slam… if
you don't mind waiting a few more
years." The wait lasted seven months.
Medvedev won his maiden Grand Slam
title, thwarting Djokovic's bid to clinch all
four Majors in the calendar year. But it
was his under-the-radar run to the final
that projected Medvedev as a non-entity.
The fortnight saw storylines aplenty.
Djokovic himself was the subject of a
narrative other than the calendar Grand
Slam. He had lost five opening sets in the
tournament. So when he lost the sixth on
Sunday, the odds actually leaned even
more in his favour.
But who knew that when Djokovic said
Al Hilal ease into
League last eight
Saudi giants Al Hilal booked
their spot in the quarter-finals
of the Asian Champions
League with a comfortable 2-
0 victory over Iran's Esteghlal
on Monday, reports BSS.
The 2019 champions struck
through Bafetimbi Gomis and
Salem al-Dawsari either side
of the break in Dubai to
become the first team to make
the last eight phase of the
The Asian Football
Confederation trimmed the
knockout stage to just one leg
to make up for lost time with
the last-16 matches to be
completed over three days
ending on Wednesday.
Al Hilal won the title two
years ago but were
dramatically kicked out of the
tournament last year after
several players tested positive
for coronavirus. They have
now qualified for the last eight
five times in eight years.
But on Monday they were
clearly a cut above Esteghlal
who fielded several new
players after 12 of the squad
that played in the earlier
rounds left the club ahead of
the new Iran Pro League
The revamped side tested
the accomplished Saudis.
Siavash Yazdani headed
wide in the 16th minute and
later Al Hilal goalkeeper
Abdullah al-Mayouf had to be
at his best to stop a
thundering volley from Amir
Al Hilal broke the
deadlock in the 39th
minute with Gomis living
up to his reputation as one
of the most feared
forwards in Asian football.
he was going to treat Sunday's final as the
"last match of his career", he would
actually play like that. Overwrought and
outplayed. The ultimate baseliner was
beaten at his own game. Early on in the
contest, he pummelled his quads - "my
legs were not there" - desperately trying
to locate the 'On' button.
The emotions weren't in check either.
He almost launched a ball into the
stands, a ball girl nearly caught in the
crossfire, left cowering, perhaps
replaying the moment from last year
when a wayward ball off Djokovic's
racquet hit an umpire in the throat. The
Serb stopped just in time. Moments later,
he destroyed his racquet hammering the
floor. Cool customer Still under the
radar, watching tennis' marathon man
crumble and combust across the net, was
Medvedev, whose life has been about
revelling in Dostoevsky-esque ironies.
The first Russian man to win a Grand
Slam title would have been born in
France as planned, if not for preterm
birth. The minor health complications
meant he is deemed unsuitable for
compulsory military service, even though
the 6'6 lanky player is one of the fitter,
faster men on tour.
He swore off video games at
tournaments after one 8 pm-to-7am
romp led to a heavy defeat. Yet, his first
celebration on Sunday saw him flop to
the blue concrete, an ode to the 'dead fish
celebration' from the FIFA video game
series. "Only legends will understand…
L2 + left," he said.
"I talked to the guys in the locker
(room)… They were like, 'That's
legendary'", Medvedev said.
The biggest irony is that his coronation
came at the US Open. It was his breakout
run to the final two years ago that made
him public enemy No. 1. Booed
vociferously for his antics, Medvedev
soaked it in, taunted and showed the
middle finger, playing the perfect villain.
New York - the longest-reigning
champion of embarrassing tennis crowds
- took an active part in the match on
Sunday. And with Medvedev finally
misfiring in the third set, the crowd
began cheering for double faults, jeering,
whistling and booing during his service.
He squandered a championship point
and conceded a break while trying to
hustle through his serves as spectators
refused to pipe down.
Shaken and under the spotlight,
Medvedev could have let loose again.
Unlike 2019, he carried on unwavering.
The Russian was standing between
Djokovic and the Grand Slam. Between
the audience and several thousand 'Iwas-there'
moments. For a moment,
Djokovic spurred into life. He flashed his
first genuine smile of the match.
Indian team has improved
massively since T20 WC
defeat to Australia
Indian women's cricket team
opener Smriti Mandhana
says her side has improved
"massively" since the World
T20 final defeat to Australia
last year and will be "extra
competitive" during the
upcoming series here which
also features its first daynight
Test outing, reports
UNB. India and Australia are
set to lock horns in a multiformat
three ODIs, the day-night
Test and three T20s, starting
on September 21. The Test
will be played from
September 30 to October 3 in
The last time the two sides
met was at the women's T20
World Cup final at the MCG
last year where the hosts had
hammered India by 85 runs
to lift the trophy.
"The team has grown
massively (since the T20
World Cup)," Mandhana told
'The Scoop podcast'.
The Indian squad finished
its 14-day hard hotel
quarantine on Monday.
"COVID was a big break
after the T20 World Cup and
a lot of girls had a chance to
The stylish southpaw said that after the
COVID-19 enforced break, the Indian team is
slowly getting back into the rhythm of playing
go back and understand
more about their games,
where they lack as an
individual and come back
The stylish southpaw said
that after the COVID-19
enforced break, the Indian
team is slowly getting back
into the rhythm of playing
cricket. "The whole team has
worked on their fitness and
skills…we are still getting into
a rhythm of playing matches
continuously but the last five,
six months we have been
playing cricket and now we
are getting back into the
match mindset. Hopefully
the series goes well for the
India have reached
Australia after a multi-format
series against England in
June and July, while a few
players like white-ball
skipper Harmanpreet Kaur,
teen batting sensation Shafali
Verma and Mandhana also
featured in The Hundred
The swashbuckling opener
said playing against Meg
Lanning and Co. is always
competitive and the team
tends to enjoy batting on the
bouncy tracks Down Under.
"We all love playing against
Australia, because they are
one of the best teams in the
world and quite competitive,"
Mandhana said. When it
comes to Australia, you're a
bit more pumped because the
level of competitiveness the
Australian team, it just rubs
off on us and we also start
being extra competitive."
Mandhana is the only
Indian woman to score a
century in Australia, a 102 at
Blundstone Arena aged 19 in
2016. She also holds the
record for the highest T20I
score in the country by an
"Australian wickets have a
true bounce and I think
everyone loves batting in
Zimbabwe series with
Ireland secured a 1-1 series
draw after beating
Zimbabwe by seven wickets
in a rain-disrupted third
one-day international in
Belfast, reports BSS. Having
won the toss and elected to
field, Ireland bowled their
opponents out for 131 in 34
overs. Captain Craig Ervine
top-scored for the tourists
with 57, but there was
disappointment for Brendan
Taylor, playing his 284th
and final international
match, as he was bowled for
Ervine paid tribute to
Taylor and admitted he will
leave a huge void to fill.
"Brendan Taylor has been a
huge ambassador for the
country, a huge loss for us,"
said Ervine. "He will leave a
hole someone will need to fill
in Zimbabwe cricket."
Rain then left Ireland to
chase a revised target of 118
from 32 overs and they
eased home with nearly 10
overs to spare with Paul
Stirling hitting 43 from just
"It was a complete
performance from the
team," said Ireland captain
Pele to leave
Brazilian football legend
Pele is ready to leave the
intensive care unit of a Sao
Paulo hospital after
undergoing surgery for a
suspected colon tumor, one
of his daughters said
Monday, reports BSS.
Kely Nascimento wrote a
message giving an update on
her father's health in
Portuguese and in English
on her Instagram account,
accompanied by a close-up
photo of the smiling 80-
year-old football mega-star.
"He is doing well post
surgery, he is not in pain and
is in a good mood (annoyed
that he can only eat jello but
"He will move into a
regular room in the next day
or two and then go home."
Her father "is strong and
stubborn and with the
support and care of the
brilliant team at (Albert)
Einstein (Hospital) and all of
the love, energy and light
that the world is sending, he
will get through this!" she
"I wanted to say thank
you... from the bottom of my
heart for all of the loving,
concerned and supportive
texts, DMs and emails you
guys have sent me,"
"I have not had the chance
to respond to many but I do
read them and I feel
The most recent hospital
bulletin, from Friday, stated
that Edson Arantes do
as Pele-was recovering in a
"satisfactory" manner and
"actively conversing and
displaying vital signs within
The suspected tumor was
detected during routine
tests, according to the
hospital, where Pele has
been undergoing treatment
since August 31.
Considered by many to be
the greatest footballer of all
time, Pele has been in poor
health in recent years, and
has had various stints in the
The only player in history
to win three World Cups
(1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele
burst onto the global stage at
just 17 with dazzling goals,
including two in the final
against hosts Sweden, as
Brazil won the World Cup
for the first time in 1958.
"O Rei" (The King) went
on to have one of the most
storied careers in sport,
scoring more than 1,000
goals before retiring in 1977.
Premier League: Everton hit
back in style to beat Burnley
Everton struck three times in seven minutes
in the second half as they came from a goal
down to beat Burnley 3-1 and move level on
points with Premier League leaders
Manchester United at Goodison Park on
Monday, reports UNB.
Ben Mee's header on his 200th Premier
League appearance handed Burnley the lead
in the 53rd minute but Everton's response
was emphatic as the hosts came alive to
claim their third league victory of the season.
Michael Keane headed Everton's equaliser
in the 59th minute before Andros Townsend
curled in a sensational left-footed finish to
give Everton the lead - his first league goal
since joining on a free transfer from Crystal
Seconds later Demarai Gray went through
all alone to slot home Everton's third goal to
the delight of the home fans who had not
liked what they had seen earlier. Everton
moved into fourth spot with 10 points from
four games - level on points with Liverpool,
Chelsea and United.
Burnley had been the better side in the first
half but they are still awaiting their first
league win of the season and remain on one
point in 18th place.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez's arrival at Goodison was not
universally popular amongst Everton's
fans but they have started the season in
style, scoring 10 goals in four games.
They were dealt a blow before kickoff with
striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out
with a broken toe and for much of the first
half they were second-best against a fired-up
Burnley. Chris Wood should have put the
visitors in front early on but failed to make
proper contact with his header after a superb
ball into the area by Dwight McNeil.
Everton's only real chance before the break
was when Townsend picked out the run of
Abdoulaye Doucoure whose first-time
angled effort was well saved by Nick Pope.
It was only after Mee headed Burnley in
front that Everton came alive and Townsend
was the catalyst. He showed great feet to
engineer some space on the right wing before
whipping in a perfect cross for Keane to
glance in his header.
Townsend had gone almost a year without
a Premier League goal but his effort was
worth the wait. Picking up the ball in a
central area he jinked his way forward before
sending a curling, dipping left-footer into the
top corner of the net.
"My mum is always sending me
compilations of all my goals, she told me to
watch it when I can and maybe I reminded
myself I can do it and pulled it out,"
Townsend said of his effort. Doucoure then
split the Burnley defence to send Gray clear
and he calmly beat Pope before Doucoure
himself had a goal disallowed for offside as
Everton ran riot.
Everton's Andros Townsend celebrates scoring their side's second goal of
the game during their English Premier League match against Burnley at
Shakib leaves country for IPL,
Mustafizur's journey delayed
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan left the
country for the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
to join his Indian Premier League (IPL)
franchise Kolkata Knight Riders Sunday
night, reports BSS.
While Shakib was able to fly, his
Bangladesh teammate fast bowler
Mustafizur Rahman who is the member of
Rajasthan Royals had to delay his journey
due to visa complicacy. Both of the players
were scheduled to fly together.
Mustafizur, however, is yet to be sure when
he would fly."I still don't know when I can fly.
Nothing is yet to be finalized," Mustafizur
told the reporters o Monday.
The IPL was stopped midway through the
tournament due to the deadly surge of the
Covid-19 in India. The tournament authority
then decided to hold the remaining part of
the IPL in the UAE and it is scheduled to
begin on September 19.
Mustafizur's performance was eye
catching in the first part of the tournament as
he scalped eight wickets with a measly
bowling in seven matches.
Shakib meanwhile was disappointing,
scoring just 38 runs and taking two wickets
in three matches.
South Africa interested in hosting
FIFA's Club World Cup
South Africa is interested in hosting FIFA's
Club World Cup in December after Japan
withdrew because of COVID-19, South
African Football Association president
Danny Jordaan, reports UNB.
Jordaan told The Associated Press he
would meet with FIFA secretary general
Fatma Samoura in Lagos, Nigeria this week
to get more details on what kind of bid South
Africa must present to the world body to host
the seven-team men's tournament.
The Club World Cup will feature European
champion Chelsea and the other five
continental club competition winners. The
league champion from the host country also
gets a place.
Japan withdrew last week amid fears the
tournament would cause a rise in infections
in a country that has just staged the Summer
Olympics and Paralympics.
FIFA has yet to comment on the alternative
host, with Saudi Arabia also keen to step in.
An extended 24-team Club World Cup was
due to debut this year in China but it was
shelved because the pandemic required the
rescheduling of national team competitions
in June and FIFA was unable to raise the
necessary funding for the planned
quadrennial event. So the seven-team format
was extended for another year.
The South African Football Association
must get government approval to hold the
tournament and meetings with the sports
minister were also planned, Jordaan said.
"We'll know our position by the end of the
week," he said.
South Africa has numerous high-quality
stadiums that were built or refurbished for
the 2010 World Cup but any ambition to host
the Club World Cup would depend on its own
South Africa went through a mid-year
surge in cases and there has been a decrease
in virus infections over the last two weeks.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an
easing of restrictions countrywide on
Sunday. The government is also formulating
plans to allow spectators back into sports
stadiums, most likely using vaccine
passports, Ramaphosa said.
That would be a boost for plans to host the
Club World Cup as no fans have been allowed
at any major sports events in South Africa
since the start of the pandemic. FIFA would
likely not want its tournament to be played in
Jordaan said the South African Football
Association noted the government's
indication that it was ready to consider
allowing sports fans back into stadiums.
WEDNEsDAY, sEPTEMBER 15, 2021
FS Nayeem's new
web series 'Aura'
Kona, Imran lent voices for
a playback song in Golui
Two popular singers Dilshad Nahar Kona and
Imran Mahmudul have paired up for a playback.
The duo has lent their voices to a song for the
upcoming film 'Golui' directed by SA Haque Alik.
The title of the song is 'Ay Ayre Deoa'. Jewel
Mahmud has written the lyrics of the song while
seven-time National Film Award-winning
musician Emon Shaha has composed and
directed the track.
The recording of the song has already been done.
About the song, Emon Shaha said, 'The lyrics of
the song are amazing. Imran and Kona have lent
their voice to the song wonderfully. I'm very hopeful
about the song."
Kona said, "Emon Shaha is a noted musician of
the country. He always composed song with utmost
care. Imran also a popular singer of the country.
We have tried our level best to lend our voices
perfectly to the song."
Imran said, "The lyrics and tune of the song are
wonderful. It is a subject-based song. I hope the
audience will enjoy the song."
Popular singer Kona's debut album is 'Jamitik
Bhalobasha', which was released in 2006. Her
famous songs are 'ShunnoTheke', 'Jodi Swapnei
Thaki Magno' 'Badla Dine Mone Pore', 'Dheem ta
na', 'Reshmi Chri', and others.
On the other hand, music composer and playback
singer Imran started his singing career through the
reality show 'Channel i Sera Kontho' in 2008. Since
then, he has presented many hit songs to his
audience. Imran started his playback career
through the movie 'Bhalobashar Lal Golap' with
Sabina Yasmin in 2008.
busy with web
Popular actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed got her
attention by modeling and acting in TV dramas,
now she is regularly acting in movies and web
She will be seen in a web film titled
'Dolachol' directed by Arif Khan and
'Dom' by Rashed Raha.
Nawshaba has 6 movies,
outside of OTT. These are -
'Chayaabrikkho directed by
Bondan Biswas, 'Poster' by
Saif Chandan, 'Dom' by
Rashed Raha, 'Dolachol' by
Arif Khan, 'Omanush' by
Anonno Mamun , 'Jolkiron' by
Habibur Rahman. Besides, a
new movie directed by Rana
Ibrahim will also start this month.
Regarding the context, Nawshaba
said, "Acting is acting no matter whether
it is movies, dramas or whatever. I feel
comfortable acting in drama movies. Getting a
chance to act in a good story movie, which is a
positive thing for my career.
Hopefully this continuity of acting will be
maintained. I am also working on the web
series and I will also act in dramas. These are
my activities for the audience. If they like my
acting, I will go further.'
The actress was highly acclaimed by the
audience through her film 'Dhaka Attack'.
Popular model-actor FS Nayeem
will be seen playing a lead
character in an upcoming web
series titled 'Aura'. He has
recently completed the shooting
of the web series, the actor
The story of 'Aura' is jointly
from Maruf Rehman and Tanim
Parvej. Scripted by Imtiaz Hasan
Shahriar, the web series is
directed by Tanim Parvej.
"Though most of the web
contents in the recent times are
based on thriller stories, but
'Aura' is a horror web series,"
Nayeem said about the genre of
his web series.
"In this series, I will play the
character of an educated man
who doesn't believe in ghosts.
Another lead cast Partha Barua
will play the character of an
exorcist who tries to make me
believe in ghosts. When my wife
gets pregnant, he tells me that my
child is possessed and it is
harmful for my child. Though the
series will not be like a typical
horror series where the audience
watches horror elements. But
many interesting and
unbelievable things will be
brought to the series.
Particularly, that's why I was
interested in this web series,"
Nayeem told The Bangladesh
Today regarding the story of web
"I recently completed the
shooting of the series. I think the
audience will see me in a new
avatar here. So, there will be
some surprises as well," he
Over the last couple of months, several reports have been doing the
rounds regarding Kartik Aaryan being signed on and walking out of
several films. One of these reports states that Pooja Entertainment
has signed the 'SonuKe Titu Ki Sweety' actor for a three-film deal.
Now, the production house has categorically stated that no such
offer is on the table by them for Kartik. Read on to know what they
Actually, the title says it all. The
world of 'Gunpowder Milkshake'
is pretty much ridiculous and
calls for a huge suspension of
disbelief. It's a totally women
fronted actioner headlined by a
strong cast and fits into a 'chic
action drama' slot that divines it's
energy from post-production
mastered heroics rather than
The attempt by Israeli director
Navot Papushado to set up
totems that never quite achieve
their full glory is a little
disappointing to say the least.
Gun toting librarians may be cool
but John Wick like female
assassins here are not- especially
when they keep on fighting another fight even after being mortally
wounded. And that wouldn't have been so bad if the tone was
consistent. You've certainly got to suspend your disbelief for the
entire run of play and that's asking for way too much.
added. Apart from Nayeem,
'Aura' has an ensemble cast of
Sharmili Ahmed, Partha Barua,
Tasnuva Tisha, Shatabdi Wadud,
Diptimoy Dipti, Nisha
Chowdhury, Jannat Suchi, Biral,
Ashok Byapari and others.
"It was a wonderful shooting
experience for me. When you
have such talented actors in the
team, the work becomes
automatically enjoyable and
good. I have worked with Tanim
Parvej before. I am a huge fan of
his work. He always tries to work
in details when it comes to
portraying any story," Nayeem
said about the experience of his
shooting on 'Aura'.
"I hope the audience will like
the web series. It is a very
different story," he added.
deal' not happening
said. It was alleged in many news portals that veteran producer
Vashu Bhagnani had offered a three-film deal to actor Kartik
Aaryan. The production house took to their official Twitter handle to
refute this claim and has added now that there is no truth in this
An insider said and added that these rumours of the production
house signing Kartik Aaryan are based on flimsy speculations and
should be verified before being published the source also mentioned
the Production house's focus is on developing and finishing existing
and forthcoming projects.
The Heritage Production House Pooja Entertainment recently
released their spy thriller 'Bellbottom' in theatres to support the
exhibition community and is already in the throes of starting the
much-discussed dystopian thriller 'Ganapath' that has Tiger Shroff
and Kritisanon in the lead. Their mega budget Production no 41
with Akshaykumar is on floors already and is said to be releasing late
next year. Kartik Aaryan on the other hand will soon be seen in
'Dhamaka' and 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2'.
Source: Flip Board
'Gunpowder Milkshake': Silly but
Professional assassin, Scarlet
(Lena Headey) is forced to
abandon her daughter Sam (Karen
Gillan) - left in the care of Nathan
(Paul Giamatti) at the Firm, and
go on the run. 15 Years later, we
see a grown up Sam playing the
same tune her mother did, as a
cold blooded assassin. After her
high-stakes mission puts an
innocent 8-year-old girl Emily's
(Chloe Coleman) life on the line
she is compelled to go rogue and
turns to assassins masquerading
as librarians-Florence (Michelle
Yeoh), Anna May (Angela
Bassett), and Madeleine (Carla
Gugino)-all colleagues of her
mother, in order to root out those
who took everything from them. The cinematography by Michael
Serensin and production design lend the narrative a striking
panorama of colors and style.
Source: Times Of India
H O R O s c O P E
(March 21 - April 20) : You may be the
party-pooper today unless you do
something to remedy your serious
tone, Aries. This is a day for light, social
activities and fun-loving times with friends. Don't
worry if things don't seem rational. Sometimes it's
the unlikeliest route that ends up being the best.
Don't discount the fanciful and bizarre. Take a walk
on the wild side.
(April 21 - May 21) : You're the missing
piece of the puzzle today, Taurus. As
a result, people will look to you for
answers. The good news is that you'll
have them at the ready. Trust yourself.
Information and new ideas may be flying around,
and you may be called upon to make sense of it
all. Don't be afraid to err on the side of the
fanciful. This may be exactly the answer needed.
(May 22 - June 21) : You may run into
trouble if you penetrate too deeply
today, Gemini. Keep things light and
energetic if you can. Ironically, the
harder you push to get something done, the more
roadblocks you're apt to encounter. Things will
flow easily if you're willing to let them. Give up
some control and let a more whimsical energy
lead the way.
(June 22 - July 23) : Give your
adventuresome, world-traveling spirit
room to soar, Cancer. This is a good time
to embrace and express your dreams.
Write them down, talk to others, and say them out
load. Communication and information are key
elements today. Things may move quickly, so stay alert
and tuned into the energy that's buzzing all around
you. The best things in life may come on a whim.
(July 24 - Aug. 23): Stop planning and
start doing. There may be pressure to
leave your normal routine and do
something on a whim, Leo. Although
this may not be your usual way to do things, it
certainly isn't a reason not to. Let your mind explore
new realms. Feel free to pick up loose pieces of an
old dream that you left hanging in midair. Rekindle
your passion for life.
(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): The answer
for you today is "yes." Explore, reach
out, and expand your mind to the far
corners of your world and beyond,
Virgo. There's no need to be tied down to reality.
Don't restrict yourself to linear thinking. Take
time out and enjoy the clouds. Information you
receive should be extremely helpful in the
pursuit of your wildest dreams.
(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): Today you should
take action in areas where you usually
keep quiet, Libra. The more you
explore your mind, the safer you'll feel
in your external reality. Be confident of your
dreams. This is a day to connect with others about
the things that feel most pleasurable. Indulge and
enjoy. Take action. You have everything you need to
make it all start working for you.
(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : There's a light,
uplifting flavor to the day, Scorpio,
which you should latch onto and take
charge of. You'll find that there's a
rather dreamy yet expansive quality to this energy
that encourages you to soar higher and achieve
more. Jump on opportunities, but be careful that
you don't act based on misguided information.
Pipedreams will get you nowhere.
(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): Try not to take
things too seriously today, Sagittarius.
Realize that the best plans are
sometimes the ones that were never
made in the first place. Keep the lines of
communication open and don't discount things that
sound off the wall at first. Dream big and don't
restrict yourself by thinking that your radical ideas
have no basis in reality.
(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): This is a
tremendous day for you, Capricorn.
You may find that dreams really can
come true. Make sure you stay abreast
of communication and periodicals. Let your fingers
dip into many different pies and keep a notepad
handy. Your brilliant strokes of inspiration may
come on a whim, so be ready to receive them. The
genius within you yearns to spring forth.
(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : Don't get
discouraged if it seems like everyone
but you is getting a piece of the pie,
Aquarius. Your time will come, but it
probably won't be today. While you may want to
sink into tender feelings and sensitivity, others may
want to float on the surface and dabble in fantasy
worlds. Feel free to escape in your own world for a
while, but don't be surprised if others don't follow.
(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : Make some room
for long communications with good
friends, Pisces. This is an important day
to get the word out to people you love.
Keep things light and energetic, which you do well
anyway. Express your showmanship and make sure
your bright presence lights up every room you enter.
The world is your stage, so act the role you enjoy the
most - your true self.
wEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
RANGAMATI : A youth
drowned in the Karnaphuli
River in Kaptai upazila of
Rangamati district on Tuesday
morning, reports UNB.
The deceased was identified
as Sourov Mallik, 30, son of
Dayal Mallik of Chandraghona
union of the upazila.
Family members said
Sourov went for a bath in the
Karnaphuli River at 11 am and
Later, he was rescued by
locals and taken to Kaptai
Upazila Health Complex
where doctors declared him
KOICA helps Bangladesh strengthen road
maintenance, management system
DHAKA : Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA),
Road Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) and Roads
and Highways Department (RHD) on Tuesday shared
knowledge on strengthening road maintenance and
management system in Bangladesh, reports UNB.
Kim Taehyun, Deputy Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh
Office, A.K.M. Manir Hossain Pathan, Additional Chief
Engineer, Roads and Highways Department and Farjana
Jesmin, Deputy Secretary, Road Transport and Highways
Division, among other officials of the government of
Bangladesh joined the discussion virtually. At present,
Bangladesh is undertaking various major projects to develop its
infrastructure, namely, SASEC Road Connectivity Project,
SASEC Dhaka-Sylhet Corridor Improvement Project, Sylhet-
Tamabil Project, Padma Bridge Project, MRT Project, BRT
Project, Cross-Border Infrastructure Project, Western
Bangladesh Bridge Improvement Project, etc.
However, KOICA said, challenges such as, establishing road
connectivity with major development points, lack of data on
structural bridge health monitoring, integrated traffic
management, protecting network from natural disasters and
the like still exist that calls for attention.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has been honoured by National Board of Revenue (NBR) as one of
the highest taxpayers in banking sector for 2020-21 fiscal year. Mohammed Monirul Moula,
Managing Director and CEO of IBBL received the Letter of Recognition from Fazle Kabir, Governor
of Bangladesh Bank at a program held in a city Hotel on 14 September 2021, Tuesday. Abu Hena Md.
Rahmatul Muneem, Chairman, NBR, J Q M Habibullah, FCS, Deputy Managing Director, IBBL, Md.
Alamgir Hossain, Member (Tax Policy) & Mohammad Golam Nabi, Member (Tax Administration
and Human Resource Management) of the NBR & Md. Iqbal Hossain, Commissioner (Tax), Large
Taxpayers Unit along with high officials of Finance Ministry, NBR & different institutions were present
on the occasion.
Photo : Courtesy
German Ambassador cannot ignore
Dhaka's delicious "Mishti Doi"
DHAKA : German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim
Troster has fallen in love with Bangladeshi sweet-curd and
described it "absolutely delicious."
"No chance to avoid getting fat in Dhaka: Was just offered
Mishti Doi for the first time in my life - absolutely
delicious!!," he tweeted with a photo of curd, reports UNB.
The Ambassador shared another photo of empty curd plate
with a brief caption that reads "Ten seconds later."
He referred that the curd was so delicious that he had
finished it fully within 10 seconds.
On September 4, the German Ambassador shared a photo
with his wife which demonstrates he loves fun so much.
"Tough times ahead: 4 September and no money left for
the rest of the month - unfortunately, my wife has discovered
Aarong...," he tweeted.
The new German Ambassador presented his credentials to
President Md. Abdul Hamid at a ceremony on August 12.
Ambassador Troster looks forward to strengthening the
mutual cooperation during his tenure in Bangladesh, as the
two countries embark on their 50th anniversary of
diplomatic relations next year.
Blinken pushes back on GOP
criticism of Afghan withdrawal
WASHINGTON : Secretary of
State Antony Blinken pushed
back Monday against harsh
Republican criticism of the
handling of the military
withdrawal from Afghanistan,
saying the Biden
administration inherited a deal
with the Taliban to end the war,
but no plan for carrying it out,
In a sometimes contentious
hearing Monday before the
House Foreign Affairs
Committee, Blinken sought to
blunt complaints from angry
GOP lawmakers about the
administration's response to
the quick collapse of the Afghan
government and, more
specifically, the State
Department's actions to
evacuate Americans and others.
Blinken echoed White House
talking points blaming the
Trump administration for the
situation that President Joe
Biden inherited in Afghanistan.
"We inherited a deadline. We
did not inherit a plan," he said,
to hurricane ahead
of Texas landfall
HOUSTON : Nicholas
strengthened into a Category 1
hurricane Monday as it headed
toward landfall along the Texas
Gulf Coast and it was expected
to bring heavy rain and floods
to coastal areas from Mexico to
Forecasters at the National
Hurricane Center in Miami
said top sustained winds
reached 75 mph (120 kph) a
few hours before expected
landfall. Although the system
was expected to generate only a
fraction as much rain as
Harvey, a hurricane warning
was issued for Port O'Connor to
Freeport, as well as a hurricane
watch from Freeport to the
western tip of Galveston Island.
maintaining that the
administration had done the
right thing in ending 20 years of
war. "We made the right
decision in ending America's
longest-running war," said
Blinken, who will testify on
Tuesday before the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
Republicans savaged the
withdrawal process as "a
disaster" and "a disgrace." And
while some Democrats allowed
that the operation could have
been handled better, many used
their questions to heap criticism
on former President Donald
The State Department has
come under heavy criticism
from both sides for not doing
enough and not acting quickly
enough to get American
citizens, legal residents and atrisk
Afghans out of the country
after the Taliban took control of
Kabul on Aug. 15. Some seeking
to leave remain stranded there,
although Blinken could not
provide an exact number.
Trader dies as gas
cylinder fell on
him at Sitakundu
CHATTOGRAM : A trader
died as a gas cylinder fell on
him while being unloaded
from a truck at a ship
breaking yard on Tuesday,
The deceased was
identified as Md Ali Nizam,
The accident occurred
around 10 at the ship
breaking yard named
'Mother Steel' when he
went there for buying
Sitakundu police station
Faruque Hossain said some
workers were unloading gas
cylinders from a truck when
Ali went there.
At one stage, the cap of a
gas cylinder got loose and it
started to roll and hit Ali's
face who was standing 150
feet off the truck, said the
Severely injured Ali was
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New police recruitment
policy focuses on merit
DHAKA : Bangladesh police force will hire
only qualified people with merit and good
physique as constables under a new
recruitment policy, the country's police
chief said on Tuesday, reports UNB.
The new policy has been formulated after
reviewing the policies in the neighbouring
countries and also of many developed
nations, said Inspector General of Police
Benazir Ahmed wrapping up a three-day
crime review meeting at the Hall of Integrity
at the Police Headquarters here.
Police constables are being appointed
under the new policy, he said adding subinspectors
and sergeants will soon be
recruited under its provision, the IGP said.
He said that "Under the clear direction
of the Hon'ble Prime Minister, we are
committed to building a corruption-free
police force for the welfare of the country
and the people."
Sounding a warning against use of drugs
Benazir said that strict action will be taken
against any police member if found
involved in drug consumption, drug
traders or drug trading.
DHAKA : Three more dengue patients
died and 288 others were hospitalised in
24 hours till Tuesday morning, said the
Directorate General of Health Services
(DGHS), reports UNB.
With the latest figure, the number of
fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease
rose to 57. Among the new patients, 232
were undergoing hospital treatment in
Dhaka while the remaining 56 cases were
reported from outside the division,
according to DGHS.
Some 1,256 patients diagnosed with
dengue fever are receiving treatment in
the country as of Tuesday morning.
Of them, 1,067 patients are receiving
treatment at different hospitals in the capital
while the remaining 189 were listed
outside Dhaka. Among the deceased, 53
"As a member of the police, nothing can
be done that harms the police force, harms
the country, harms the people of the country,"
He asked the senior police officials not to
compromise on maintaining the discipline
of the forces. "If any police member breaks
the discipline, exemplary strict action has
to be taken against him/her. We are also
trying our best to ensure their (police
members) welfare. He called for a change
in the police behaviour with ordinary people
and asked police members to refrain
from inhumane treatment of people.
Mentioning the main responsibility of
the police to investigate the case, the IGP
said that the quality of case investigation
has to be further enhanced. He directed
the field level officials to be very attentive
to the investigation and increase supervision.
The IGP asked the police officers to
bring pride in their service.
"For this we have to bring about mentality
and psychological change. We have to
have love for the job and then we will be
able to move forward," he said.
288 more dengue patients
detected in a day; 3 more die
died in Dhaka city alone, two in
Chattogram division, one in Khulna and
one in Rajshahi.
Some 14,509 patients have been admitted
to different hospitals with dengue
since January. So far, 13,196 dengue
patients have left hospitals after recovery,
said the DGHS.
The number of dengue patients hospitalized
in a single day was the highest with
343 patients on September 7.
In the month of August the country
recorded the highest number of 7,698
dengue cases of the current year. In July,
2,286 people were diagnosed with dengue
and 12 died while in June 272 cases were
recorded with no deaths. Health authorities
have been recording over 200 dengue
cases per day since August 1.
Foreign currencies worth Tk 12.51
crore seized at Dhaka airport
DHAKA : Members of Aviation
Security Force of Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport on Monday
seized huge amount of foreign currencies
including 54.75 lakh Saudi riyals
and 20,200 Singapore dollars worth
Tk 12.51 crore from a carton at the
airport, reports UNB.
Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul-
Ahsan, executive director of the airport,
said the carton of a courier service
named 'Star Express Line' was
scheduled to go to Singapore from
Export cargo village of the airport.
Suspecting something wrong, a
member of the Aviation Security
Force checked the carton and found
the foreign currencies.
However, no one was arrested in
CJ Sinha case
on Oct 5
DHAKA : A Dhaka court on Tuesday
fixed October 5 for delivering its judgment
in a graft case filed against former
chief justice Surendra Kumar
Sinha and 10 others over laundering
Tk 4 crore, reports UNB.
Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Sheikh
Nazmul Alam fixed the date after concluding
law point arguments from both
the state and the defence counsel.
Earlier, on August 29, seven of the
11 accused in the case defended themselves
as innocent, and hoped they
will get justice.
They are Mahbubul Haque Chisty,
former audit committee chairman of
Farmers Bank, former managing director
of the bank AKM Shamim, first vice
president Swapan Kumar Rat, VP Md
Lutful Haque, former SEVP Gazi
Salahudiin, Md Shahjahan and
Niranjan Chandra Saha.
On August 24, the defence lawyers
questioned the investigation officer of
the case Benazir Ahmed, director of the
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
So far, the court has recorded the
statements of 21 witnesses in this case.
On July 10, 2019, the ACC filed the
case accusing former chief justice SK
Sinha and 10 others of accumulating
illegal wealth and laundering Tk 4 crore.
On September 25, 2019, the antigraft
body summoned five officials of
the Farmers Bank Ltd for interrogation
over the deposit of Tk 4 crore in
SK Sinha's account with the Supreme
Court branch of Sonali Bank Ltd.
35 Covid deaths,
lowest in 3 months
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues
to ease, Bangladesh logged 35 more
deaths in 24 hours till Tuesday morning,
which is the lowest in around
three months. The country last saw 36
Covid deaths on June 9 this year.
Besides, the virus infected 2,074
more people during the 24-hour period,
detected after testing 31,724 samples,
said the Directorate General of
Health Services (DGHS).
The fresh numbers pushed the
country's Covid death tally to 27,007
while the caseload mounted to
1,534,440. The daily case positivity
rate dropped to 6.54% from Monday's
7.69%, said the DGHS.
Meanwhile, the case fatality rate
remained unchanged at 1.76 per cent
compared to the corresponding period.
The recovery rate slightly increased to
96.89% with the recovery of 3.735 more
patients, during the period.
The country has been seeing 49
deaths and 2,172 cases on average for
the last seven days. This indicates that
the pandemic in Bangladesh is easing
after the highest-ever 264 coronavirusrelated
deaths in August and 16,230
single-day cases in July this year.
BNP always looks for
DHAKA : Information and Broadcasting
Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday
said BNP's aim is not to join elections, in
fact their (BNP) intentions are to do
something from back door by creating
instability in the country.
"BNP was born through back door. And
for this, they always search for back door,"
he told newsmen at Awami League president
political office in city's Dhanmondi.
The minister said BNP had tried to foil
the 2014's elections. Even, they torched
about 500 voting centers and killed people
including polling officers, he added.
Hasan said they (BNP), at first, boycotted
the elections of 2018. But, later,
they joined the polls (2018), he added.
Replying to a query on investigations
into bank accounts of 11 journalists'
leaders, the minister said, "I saw the
news in the media. The government can
seek it. But, I will look into the matter
why it was done."
Replying to another query about the
cancellation of the declaration of 10 daily
newspapers, he said about 400 newspapers
are not published regularly. Many of
those (newspapers) were not submitted
to the Department of Films and
Publications (DFP) during the last two
years, said Hasan, also Awami League
joint general secretary.
He said many newspapers were published
when they got ads. The concerned
authorities have published only a few
copies and they distributed those at the
information ministry and some other
important ministries, he added.
Earlier, the minister virtually joined a
discussion organised by the Indian High
Commission to Dhaka in the memory of
Master Da Surya Sen and Pritilata
Paying rich tribute to Master Da Surya
Sen, Pritilata Waddedar and others associates,
Hasan said their patriotism
encouraged him from his childhood.
Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, eminent
writer Selina Hossain, Chattogram
University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr
Shirin Akther, film producer Pradip
Ghose and Youth Opportunity co-founder
Dr Osama Bin Nur, among others, took
part in the discussion with Indian High
Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram
Doraiswami in the chair.
BNP's unabated falsehood
reflects its fascist
DHAKA : Awami League General
Secretary and Road Transport and
Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday
said BNP's unabated falsehood is
part of their fascist mentality, reports
"During BNP's government tenure,
they had practiced fascism," he told a
press briefing at his official residence
here. Quader called upon BNP to see
their own faces in the looking glass
before calling the Awami League government
a fascist one.
"If you see your own face in the mirror,
you can find you are inheriting fascism
and fascist mentalist lies in you," he said.
About BNP leaders' comment that the
government is lunching repression and
torture to hide its failure, the minister
said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's
government doesn't believe in repression
and torture rather it always welcomes
BNP is such a political party which
didn't see a single success or achievement
of the government in the last 13
years and saw only so-called failures, he
said. The AL general secretary said BNP
doesn't witness different development
works across the country including
Padma bridge, metro-rail, elevated
expressway, Karnaphuli tunnel, Bus
Rapid Transit (BRT), 22 flyovers and
around 20 underpasses.
Actually BNP feels increasing jealousy
by witnessing these development works,
he said. Quader said today the country
has been brought under cent percent
electricity coverage which is also one of
reasons of BNP's jealousy.
He said BNP cannot tolerate the country's
unprecedented progress as
Bangladesh's per capita income now
means the fair
of white clouds
in the blue sky.
The photo was
BB freezes journo
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has frozen the
bank accounts of journalist Mizanur
Rahman Sohel over-involvement with
an online air ticketing platform. The special
branch of police also blocked his
passport at immigration.
Earlier on August 12, Bangladesh
Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU)
directed all commercial banks to freeze
the transaction aligned with the national
identity of Mizanur Rahman Sohel;
sources confirmed the matter. It is
learnt, Sohel owns 20 percent share of
an online air ticketing platform 24 TKT,
which stopped operations amid dues to
customers recently. Earlier in last year,
the 24 TKT chief executive officer
Pradyut Baran Chowdhury left the country,
resigning from the post.
In May this year, there was an allegation
of embezzling money against the
chairperson Nasrin Sultana, managing
director Abdur Razzak and finance
director Asadul Islam who belong to the
However, Sohel further claimed that
he was not involved in any decisionmaking
of the company. After pilling up
the allegations, Sohel tried to reach the
company directors over the phone and
email but failed to get any response.
Sohel filed a general diary with Kafrul
police station in the capital on May 19
and forwarded the case to court on June
1 after serving legal notice on May 24.
The case is now under Police Bureau
of Investigation. During this time, an
agent filed a case against five directors.
Meanwhile, Sohel, the fifth accused of
the case, is now on bail.
However, Sohel surprised at the freezing
of his bank account and passport. In
reply to a query on Sunday, journalist
Mizanur Rahman Sohel said there is no
reason behind the freezing of bank
account and passport.
"Since mid of last month (August), I
experienced that the debit and credit
cards didn't work with transaction
machine. I tried to communicate with
banks a couple of times; however, they
didn't give any information. My passport
was also frozen so far, I know," he added.
Regarding the issue, requesting not to
be named, an official of criminal investigation
department said that there was
run primary investigation and the
authorities will take action after the
investigative report. "To keep the accused
inside the country, the authorities con-
In the capital's Jatrabari Kajla area on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, indifference of Dhaka City
Corporation (South) has created a garbage dump. This is disrupting the movement of vehicles and
polluting the local environment.
Survey vessel finds 457 sea creatures
in Bay of Bengal: Minister
DHAKA : The research and survey vessel,
'RV Meen Sandhani', has so far
detected 457 species of marine fish and
animals in the Bay of Bengal since
2016, said Fisheries and Livestock
Minister SM Rezaul Karim in
Parliament on Tuesday, reports UNB.
The survey ship is cruising since
2016-2017 to assess the stock of marine
resources and conduct researches and
surveys. It has so far conducted 31 surveying
cruises, he said replying to a
tabled question from Awami League
MP M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).
"A total of 457 species of fish and animals
were detected through the surveys,"
said the Minister.
Of these, 373 marine species are of
fishes, 24 shrimps, 21 sharks and rays,
21 crabs, 5 cuttlefishes, 5 squids, 4 octopuses,
3 lobsters and 1 squilla.
The survey vessel, equipped with the
latest technology of fisheries and other
oceanographic research, was procured
from Malaysia in 2016 after
Bangladesh got a vast sea area through
the disposal of longstanding disputes
with the two neighbouring countries -
India and Myanmar.
Besides, the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) and Institute of
Marine Research (IMR) conducted a
15-day acoustic survey cruise in the Bay
of Bengal by the latest marine research
vessel 'RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen' in
August 2018. Per capita fish consumption
is 62.58 gram a day:
In reply to another question from ruling
party lawmaker Shahiduzzaman
Sarker (Naogaon-2), the minister said
per capita fish consumption in
Bangladesh is 62.58 gram a day.