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DhAkA: September 16, 2021; Ashwin 1, 1428 BS; Safar 8,1443 hijri

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Regd.No.DA~2065, Vol.19; N o. 141; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00

international

UN officials says

rural Afghans have

critical need for aid

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Bangladesh on

track to get 24

crore Covid jabs

by April : Momen

DHAKA : Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul

Momen on Wednesday sounded hopeful

regarding collection of Covid-19 jabs, saying

Bangladesh is on track to get 24 crore

vaccines either in March or April next

year, reports UNB.

"Vaccine doses are coming under the

COVAX facility, as gifts and from other

sources," the Foreign Minister told

reporters on the sidelines of the 'Fifth

International Conference on Inclusive

Business' organised by the Dutch-Bangla

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(DBCCI) in Dhaka.

Dr Momen said that Bangladesh needs

26 crore vaccine doses and some jabs

would be produced at home too.

"However, here is no update on vaccine

cooperation with Russia due to the Covid-

19 situation there."

Dr Momen said that half of the 16 crore

people are young, while 2.22 crore people

have already been vaccinated. "Despite

significant vaccination in Bangladesh, the

United Kingdom kept Bangladesh in the

red list which is very unfortunate," he said.

Earlier, Dr Momen reiterated

Bangladesh's call to remove the country

from the red list, terming the British government's

decision as "unfair and discriminatory".

"It's unfair and it's discrimination

(to Bangladesh)," he said, while talking

to a small group of journalists at his

office on Monday.

Referring to sufferings of more than

7,000 British-Bangladeshis currently

stranded in Bangladesh, Dr Momen said

the UK government is doing disservice to

its own citizens. "The UK government

gave an argument that the vaccination rate

is low in Bangladesh, but Bangladesh says

that the UK is allowing people from other

countries having lower vaccination rate,"

he added.

Bangladesh's per

capita foreign debt now

stands at Tk 24,890

SANGSAD BHABAN : Finance Minister

AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday

said the per capita foreign debt of

Bangladesh citizens is now Tk 24,890,

reports UNB.

The minister revealed this information

in parliament while replying to a

tabled question from Awami League MP

Didarul Alam from Chittagong-4.

The finance minister said the current

foreign debt now stands at US dollar

49,458 million.

According to the Bureau of Statistics,

the total population of the country is

169.31 million. And, in that context, the

per capita foreign debt is now 292.11 dollars.

If one dollar is equivalent to Tk 85.21,

it stands at Tk 24,890, the minister said.

Replying to another query from

Didarul Alam, he said the amount of

loan agreements with various development

partner countries and institutions

as of June 30 is $ 95,908.34 million.

Of the total amount, $59,458 million

have been disbursed while $46,450.34

million are under the process of disbursement,

he said.

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School Sinha murder reopening case in Bangladesh

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Children at greater

risk in Delta-hit areas

DHAKA : As millions of children

returned to classrooms amid the growing

concern of the possible third wave of

Covid-19, experts fear that any laxity in

maintaining health protocols and

guardian's lack of awareness can put the

kids at risk of infections, reports UNB.

They said children in the areas where

the virus infection rate is still over 15 percent

are highly vulnerable to the deadly

virus.

The experts ring the alarm bell as the

extremely transmissible Delta variant has

been taking its toll on children in different

countries, including the USA, where

children went back to schools in person.

They said though the performances of

most of the school authorities still look

good when it comes to maintaining

health safety rules, the guardians seem

unaware of the looming danger of pandemic

since they are seen crowding outside

of different schools, even many of

them without masks, risking their own

health and that of their children.

The analysts said the authorities have

to ensure that health guidelines are consistently

followed without any laxity.

Besides, they said, the school authorities

should motivate the guardians to

maintain social distancing and health

safety rules when they gather outside of

the gates.

More than 5 million of children have

tested positive for Covid-19 in the USA

since the start of the pandemic. Of

them, 750,000 confirmed pediatric

cases were detected last month while

52,000 in the first week of this month

alone following the reopening of

schools, according to the American

Academy of Pediatrics and the

Children's Hospital Association.

An outbreak of the Delta variant of

Covid-19 that is thought to have begun in

a primary school at Putian in China's

southeast continues to grow, prompting

authorities to impose measures, including

travel restrictions and school closures,

Al Jazeera reports on Tuesday.

The suspected source of the outbreak is

the parent of a child at the Putou Primary

School, who returned to China from

Singapore.

Satellite city to be built on the banks

of Jamuna: Khalid Mahmood

Shafiqul iSlam (Shafiq)

State Minister for Shipping Khalid

Mahmud Chowdhury has said that a satellite

city will be set up on the banks of the

Jamuna river if it can be brought under

proper management. At the same time,

the industries established along the river

banks have to be removed. Otherwise they

will have to face a difficult situation. He

made the remarks at the BSRF Dialogue

on Wednesday (September 15) at the

Secretariat's Media Center.

Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters

Forum (BSRF) hosted the dialogue at the

secretariat. The program was presided

over by the president of the organization

Tapan Biswas and conducted by the general

secretary Masudul Haque.

The state minister said a consultation

was underway with the World Bank to

bring the river Jamuna under proper

management, naming the project the

Jamuna Economic Corridor. If we can

implement the project, we will not only be

able to collect millions of hectares of land

here, but also provide a solution to the erosion

of the Jamuna. Satellite city will be

built on the land that will be collected. But

the work will be long-term. People will be

protected from floods and river erosion.

An action has also been taken with the

river Teesta. Activities are also going on

with them.

Mentioning the immense importance of

the shipping sector in expanding international

trade, the state minister said the

seaports have been made much more efficient.

As a result, the shipping sector has

played an important role in the economy

during the Corona period. Besides, the bay

terminal will be built by 2024.

If this is done, the ship will be able to

anchor 24 hours a day. However our purpose

was to make a deep seaport. In the

meantime it is going on in Matarbari. The

director of this project has been appointed.

I will be able to finish it in 2024.

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said that if

the opportunity given by the government

to remove the industrial establishments

along the river is not properly evaluated,

many difficult situations may have to be

faced in the coming days. He told

reporters that not all the people occupying

the river are big mafia, but there are ordinary

people. "We want to give some time

to the industries that have sprung up

along the river," he said. Cause, it has a lot

of investment from industry owners. No

one in Bangladesh has ever thought that a

river has its own place.

The

development

and

beatification

works of

Ramna

Park in the

capital are

nearing

completion.

Photo: PBa

art & culture

Fahmida lends voice

in new song 'Tomar

Duchokh Cheye'

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hygiene is strictly maintained inside the schools but outside it is crowded with guardians. hygiene is neglected there.

The picture is taken from motijheel ideal School and College in the capital on Wednesday.

Photo : Star mail

DAP to be finalised

by January : LGRD

minister

DHAKA : The Detailed Area Plan

(DAP) that will guide the future construction

of buildings in Dhaka city,

the use of land and demarcation of

canals and flow areas is expected to

be finalized in next few months,

LGRD minister Tajul Islam said on

Wednesday.

He made the remarks at a meeting

of the technical committee on DAP

held in the ministry's conference

room.

"In order to finalize the DAP, we

have already met with all stakeholders

such as urban planners and architects.

If everything goes well, the DAP

will be finalized and published in the

form of a gazette by next December or

January," he said.

The minister agreed that many

buildings with faulty designs have

been constructed over the years tarnishing

the beauty of the capital and

putting the lives of its residents at

risk.

He also conceded that many of such

buildings were established occupying

government lands and canals.

The minister warned that under no

circumstances can these be allowed to

happen again.

Buildings must be constructed in

accordance with the design and building

codes, he said adding that engineers

and all other relevant authorities

must play a proper role in ensuring

the rules.

Pori Moni's remand

HC 'not satisfied' with explanation

of lower court judges

DHAKA : Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul

Momen on Wednesday sounded hopeful

regarding collection of Covid-19 jabs, saying

Bangladesh is on track to get 24 crore

vaccines either in March or April next

year, reports UNB.

"Vaccine doses are coming under the

COVAX facility, as gifts and from other

sources," the Foreign Minister told

reporters on the sidelines of the 'Fifth

International Conference on Inclusive

Business' organised by the Dutch-Bangla

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(DBCCI) in Dhaka.

Dr Momen said that Bangladesh needs

26 crore vaccine doses and some jabs

would be produced at home too.

"However, here is no update on vaccine

cooperation with Russia due to the Covid-

19 situation there."

Dr Momen said that half of the 16 crore

people are young, while 2.22 crore people

Bangladesh inks TIFA deal

with Australia

DHAKA : Bangladesh on Wednesday inked

a framework on trade and investment with

Australia to provide a platform for institutionalised

economic interactions and to

open newer opportunities for trade and

investment between the two countries.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and

his counterpart Australian Minister for

Trade, Tourism and Investment, Dan

Tehan signed the Trade and Investment

Framework Arrangement (TIFA) at a virtual

function, said a press release.

A Joint Working Group (JWG) will be

formed under TIFA, with due representations

from relevant sectors and sub-sectors.

The JWG is expected to offer a mechanism

to take forward discussion to realise

fuller potentials of trade and investment.

While speaking at the signing ceremony,

Tipu Munshi said "I am profoundly happy

that TIFA has been signed in the year

while Bangladesh is celebrating Golden

Jubilee of her Independence and the birth

centenary of the Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman."

He said "We would expect the TIFA to

address all relevant questions including

retention of the DFQF treatment for

Bangladesh in the post LDC graduation

and trade liberalization and creating conducive

atmosphere for greater trade in

services and flow of investment."

have already been vaccinated. "Despite

significant vaccination in Bangladesh, the

United Kingdom kept Bangladesh in the

red list which is very unfortunate," he said.

Earlier, Dr Momen reiterated

Bangladesh's call to remove the country

from the red list, terming the British government's

decision as "unfair and discriminatory".

"It's unfair and it's discrimination

(to Bangladesh)," he said, while talking

to a small group of journalists at his

office on Monday.

Referring to sufferings of more than

7,000 British-Bangladeshis currently

stranded in Bangladesh, Dr Momen said

the UK government is doing disservice to

its own citizens. "The UK government

gave an argument that the vaccination rate

is low in Bangladesh, but Bangladesh says

that the UK is allowing people from other

countries having lower vaccination rate,"

he added.

Tipu Munshi invited his Australian

counterpart to visit Dhaka soon.

Minister Tehan warmly accepted the

invitation and promised to visit

Bangladesh next year with a trade and

Investment delegation.

"The Morrison Government is working

to energize and expand the trade and

investment relationship between Australia

and Bangladesh, to support jobs and business

opportunities in both countries,"

Tehan said.

He assured Bangladesh of the continuation

of DFQF treatment pending next

review which is not scheduled in the foreseeable

future.

"Australia has the potential to meet

Bangladesh's increasing education, training

and energy needs. And we offer world

class expertise, in agriculture and infrastructure

development", he added.

Bangladesh Australia bilateral trade has

grown six times over the past decade,

reaching A$2.6 billion last year. RMG,

agriculture, food and education services

were key drivers of this growth. Despite

not being an elaborate and legally binding

agreement, TIFA can help add new tradable

items from both sides and facilitate

bilateral trade and investment. Australia

proposed to host the inaugural meeting of

the JWG in early 2022.


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Seminar on ‘Sustainable Aquaculture

Enterprise in Bangladesh’ at DIU

A seminar on 'Sustainable Aquaculture Enterprise

in Bangladesh' was held at Daffodil International

University on Wednesday on the virtual

platform. The keynote speech was given by Professor

Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam Sarder, Department

of Fisheries, Biology and Genetics, Bangladesh

Agricultural University (BAU).

The discussants of the session were Professor

Dr. Mohammad MahfujulHaque, Department of

Aquaculture, BAU, Professor Dr. Ali Raza Faruk,

Department of Aquaculture, BAU, Dr. Mohammad

BodrulMunir, Lecturer, University Malaysia

Sarawak, Md. Anisur Rahman, CEO, Arman

Feeds and Fisheries Ltd, Abdul Kader Tarafder,

CEO, Sornolata Hatchery and Fishery. The meeting

was presided over by Professor Dr. Prof. Dr.

S.M. MahbubUlHaqueMajumder, Pro Vice

Chancellor, DIU and Vote of Thanks were given

by Professor Dr. Md. Bellal Hossain, Associate

Dean, FAHS, DIU.

The speakers highlighted the prospects and

challenges of aquaculture and aquaculture enterprises

in Bangladesh. They also mentioned the

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challenges of making aquaculture enterprises

sustainable in Bangladesh. Some of the challenges

are lack of knowledge, inefficient supply

chain management, poor quality of fish and lack

of diversification of fish products. The session

was conducted by Professor Dr. Mohammed

Masum Iqbal, Dean, Faculty of Business and

Entrepreneurship, DIU.

Caption: Professor Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam

Sarder, Department of Fisheries, Biology and

Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University

(BAU). Professor Dr. Prof. Dr. S.M. MahbubUl-

HaqueMajumder, Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor

Dr. Mohammed Masum Iqbal, Dean, Faculty of

Business and Entrepreneurship, DIU, Professor

Dr. Mohammad MahfujulHaque, Professor Dr.

Ali RazaFaruk, Department of Aquaculture,

BAU, Md. Anisur Rahman, CEO, Arman Feeds

and Fisheries Ltd, Abdul Kader Tarafder, CEO,

Sornolata Hatchery and Fishery are seen at the

seminar on 'Sustainable Aquaculture Enterprise

in Bangladesh'

Inception

meeting of

AyD project

held

TBT REPORT

An inception meeting of Adolescent

and youth Development

(AyD) Project of Dhaka

Ahsania Mission has been held

on Wednesday. Biraj Chandra

Sarkar, Deputy Director, youth

Development Directorate; Adil

Mottakin, Divisional Social

Services Office and Jamal Nasr

Khan, youth Development

Officer were present as guests

in the meeting. Apart from this,

among others, representatives

of project implementing agency

and donor agency were also

present.

Ariful Islam, technical officer

of the Adolescent and youth

Development Project, said the

two-year project would be

implemented in Dhaka and

Narayanganj districts with the

financial support of Educo

Bangladesh.

He further said that through

this project, 1000 adolescents

and youths between the ages of

11-24 years will be organized

and made suitable for the realization

of their rights. Through

technical training, opportunities

for their efficient and safe

entry into work will be created.

Above all, the main goal of this

project is to develop these

teenagers and youths as carriers

of developing countries

through social empowerment.

Central Shariah

Board wins an

int’l award

Central Shariah Board for

Islamic Banks of Bangladesh

(CSBIB) has got 'Islamic

Finance Advocacy Award-

2021' from London-based

Global Islamic Finance Awards

on Tuesday. The award was

given in the 11th GIFA Award

giving Ceremony held virtually

in London. Prof. Humayun

Dar, Ph.D. Chairman of the

GIFA gave the welcome speech.

A brief introduction to Central

Shariah Board and its activities

were presented in the ceremony,

a press release said.

The persons who contributed

to get the award include board's

current Chairman, Vice-Chairman,

Executive Committee

Chairman, Fiqh Committee

Chairman, Secretary General,

board's all members and all

member institutions. On the

other hand, the institutions

who contributed to get the

award and jointly works with

CSBIB include Bangladesh

Institute of Bank Management

(BIBM), Bahrain-based

AAOIFI and Malaysia-based

ISRA. This Global recognition

is both prestigious and inspiring

for Central Shariah Board.

More than 70 institutions

and persons around the world

were given awards in the ceremony.

Over 1 million people

enjoyed the ceremony through

various platforms.

An inception meeting of Adolescent and Youth Development (AYD) Project of Dhaka Ahsania

Mission has been held on Wednesday.

Photo : Courtesy

Jashore man who

suffered bomb

injuries dies in Dhaka

SHAHID JOy

A 38-year-old man, who suffered

severe injuries 'while

making bomb' at his house in

Rajghat area of Abhaynagar

upazila in Jashore district died

at Dhaka Medical College and

Hospital on Tuesday night.

The deceased is Rafiqul

Islam Shappa, son of Ibrahim

Molla of the upazila.

AKM Shamim Hasan, officer-in-charge

of Abhaynagar

Police Station, said Rafiqul sustained

injuries in fingers, eyes,

face, chest and legs as a bomb

went off while he was making it

around 12 am on Monday.

The roof of the house was

blown away and cracks developed

on the walls following the

blast.

The injured was first taken to

the Upazila Health Complex

from where he was transferred

to Khulna Medical College

Hospital as his injuries were

critical.

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To take part in United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon, 75 members of Bangladesh Navy left

Chittagong on Wednesday.

Photo : Courtesy

Safety of citizens being ensured

in Rangpur city: RpMP Chief

RANGPUR : Rangpur Metropolitan Police

(RpMP) Commissioner Abdul Alim

Mahmud yesterday said RpMP has been

ensuring safety of citizens and law and order

since its inception three years ago to fulfill

the people's aspirations.

"We are providing legal services to the

citizens in a hassle-free manner at the

earliest possible times," the RpMP Chief said

this while addressing a press conference

arranged here before celebration of the third

founding anniversary of RpMP tomorrow.

He said the RpMP has taken zero tolerance

principle against drug trading and drug

abuse and none would be spared, including

police members, if found involved in taking

or trading drugs, harassing or implicating

any citizen with false charges or committing

any other types of crimes.

He discussed tremendous successes

achieved by RpMP in maintaining law and

order, arresting criminals, establishing

traffic rules, beat policing, community bank,

police training school, closed circuit cameras

and other triumphs in the metropolis.

"Members of RpMP have engaged

maximum efforts as front liners since the

beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and

distributed tens of thousands face masks,

hand sanitisers and other health safety

materials and relief goods among affected

people," Alim said.

During the last one year alone, RpMP

seized huge contraband drugs, including

177.35 kgs of ganja, 8,757 pieces of Yaba

tablets, 1,547 bottles of phensedyl, 64.58

grams of heroin, 114 litres of fermented wine

totally worth Taka 54.40 lakh.

"The Traffic Division of RpMP realised

Taka 5.97 crore as government revenue

through filing 34,648 cases adopting

digitised e-traffic prosecution without any

incident of harassment of the traffic rules

violators during the last one year," he said.

Besides, RpMP has unearthed motives of

many clueless and sensational criminal cases

and brought the criminals under the law of

land during the last one like in the previous

two years.

RpMP has launched an attractive archive,

first booth of Community Bank in Rangpur

division, Police Women's Welfare

Association, Metropolitan Ambulance

Service and published the book

'Muktijuddher Smriti Kotha' to inform the

young generations about the true national

history.

"Aiming at implementing the

government's Vision 2021 and Vision 2041,

RpMP will continue efforts and strengthen

its activities for law and order and

implement future work plans to make

independence meaningful for every citizen,"

the RpMP Chief said.

Additional Commissioner of Police of

RpMP Md Mehedul Karim, its Deputy

Commissioners Police (Detective Brach)

Kazi Muttaki Ibnu Minan, Abu Bakar

Siddique (City Special Branch), Maruf

Ahmed (Crime), Md Mohidul Islam

(Headquarters and Admin), Md Menhajul

Alam (Traffic) and high ranking police

officials.

55 held for

selling,

consuming

drugs in city

DHAKA : Members of plain

clothes and intelligence

agencies of Dhaka

Metropolitan Police (DMP)

arrested 55 people on

charges of selling and

consuming drugs in the city.

According to a DMP

statement issued, in

separate anti-drug

operations of the DMP's

police arrested drug

paddlers and abusers and

seized banned and illegal

drugs from the city's various

areas.

As part of the anti-drug

campaign, the police raided

different areas under

various police stations and

detained 55 drug abusers

and recovered drugs from

their possession from 6 am

on September 14, 2021 to 6

am yesterday, it said.

Police seized 155 grams

and 297 puria (Small

packet) of heroin, 3.600

kilograms of cannabis

(ganja), 10 phensidyle and

6,449 pieces of yaba, from

them, according to the

statement.

Police filed 39 cases

against the arrestees in this

connection with police

stations concerned under

the Narcotics Control Act.

5th international conference on inclusive business was held at a city hotel on Wednesday.

Photo : Courtesy

Awami League

secretariat

meeting

Saturday

DHAKA : A meeting of

Awami League (AL)

secretariat will be held at

10.30am on Saturday at

the party's central office

in Bangabandhu Avenue

here.

AL General Secretary

and Road Transport and

Bridges Minister Obaidul

Quader will preside over

the meeting, said a press

release signed by AL

office secretary Barrister

Biplob Barua on

Wednesday.

Quader has requested all

concerned to attend the

meeting in due time.

Four to die in Shariatpur

Samad Master murder case

DHAKA : A special tribunal here sentenced

four people to death and another nine to life

imprisonment in a case lodged over murder of

Abdus Samad Azad alias Samad Master,

headmaster of Chikandi Saraf Ali High School

in Shariatpur, in 2010, reports BSS

Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 judge Md

Monir Kamal pronounced the judgement,

sentencing Nuruzzaman Khan, Jahangir

Matobbar, Julhas Matobbar and Chan Miah

to death. The court also fined them Taka 20

thousand each.

The convicts, who have been sentenced to

life imprisonment are- Abdul Halim Mollah,

Ajijul Matobbar, Faruk Khan, Ajhar

Matobbar, Mijan Mir, Akter Gazi, Jalil

Matobbar, Emdad Matobbar and Lal Miah.

The court also fined them Taka 20 thousand

each and to suffer six-month imprisonment in

default.

According to the case documents, Samad

Master had contested in the union parishad

(UP) election and was defeated by then UP

Chairman Abdul Halim Mollah by a small

margin. As Abdus Samad Azad again wanted

to contest in the next election, Abdul Halim

Mollah began to threatening him. Samad

Master was ultimately hacked to death on

January 15, 2010. Five others were injured in

the indiscriminate firing of the killers during

the killing.

Samad Master's widow later filed the case

with Palong Police Station in Shariatpur

against 30 people including then chairman

Abdul Halim Mollah and former chairman

Ajibor Ali. Investigation officer and Palong

Police Station sub-inspector Shahidul Islam on

August 14, 2010, filed charge-sheet against 17.

The complainant of the case, however, filed

a naraji (no confidence) petition against the

charge-sheet, making new IO sub-inspector

Sultan Mahmud to reinvestigate and filed

fresh charge-sheet against 19 on May 11, 2011.

Shariatpur Senior Sessions Judge Court on

January 20, 2016, framed charges in the case.

The case was transferred to Dhaka Speedy

Trial Tribunal-3 for quick disposal on April 9,

2018.

World Ozone Day today

DHAKA : The World Ozone Day will be

observed in the country as elsewhere

across the globe today with the theme

"Montreal Protocol-Keeping us, our

food and vaccines cool".

On the eve of the day, President M

Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave separate

messages on the occasion urging all to

take concerted efforts to help protect

the ozone layer to save the

environment.

In his message, the President laid

emphasis on united efforts of all to

invent environment-friendly

technology ensuring its proper use in

all sectors, in line with the Montreal

Protocol.

"I think the celebration of this day

will play a very positive role in raising

public awareness about the ozone

layer's importance and sustaining the

existence of all living things in the

world and above all protecting human

health as well," he hoped.

The head of the state added that the

Montreal Protocol adopted by the

United Nations in 1987 is a landmark

step in protecting the ozone layer.

Over the past 35 years, the use of

ozone depleting substances has been

significantly reduced through the

implementation of the Montreal

Protocol, he said.

In addition to protecting the ozone

layer, the protocol is making a

significant contribution to tackling

global warming, climate change and

the development of energy-efficient

technologies, he said, adding that the

use of advanced and environmentally

friendly technology, especially in airconditioning

and refrigeration devices

used for storing food and medicine is

on the rise.

"Besides, the importance of modern

technology-based refrigeration devices

in the prevention of corona antidote

amid the pandemic is immense," he

continued.

In her message, Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina called upon the

government as well as the private

sector to come forward to protect the

life-sustaining environment by creating

mass-awareness, doing afforestation,

carrying out existing laws and

regulations, and using environmentfriendly

alternative technologies.

Referring to recent COVID-19

(Coronavirus) pandemic, she said it has

devastated the world economy, but

simultaneously the longtime lock down

helped reduce air pollution to almost

zero turning the Earth into a dark green

planet and rebuild the ozone layer.

In this context, the premier also

mentioned different pragmatic steps of

her government to protect the

environment and protect the ozone

layer.

She said, "After the formation of

three successive governments since

2008, we have taken various effective

steps to restructure the ozone layer. We

have already banned the use of most

ozone depleting substances in the

country, including HCFC (Hydro

Chlorofluorocarbon)."

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest

Bengali of all time, was very sensitive in

maintaining the balance of the

environment and he focused on the

forestry and coastal green belt across

the country, among other

responsibilities, Hasina mentioned.

The prime minister added: "After the

formation of the Awami League-led

government in 1996, we adopted a

comprehensive plan to ensure proper

implementation of the Montreal

Protocol."

Besides, the incumbent government

is working tirelessly to fully implement

the Paris Agreement to stop

greenhouse gas emissions, she said.

Both the president and the premier

wished the overall success of all the

programmes taken on the occasion of

'World Ozone Day-2021'.

Special programmes will be aired on

various electronic media including

Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh

Betar.

The Montreal Protocol was signed in

the Vienna Convention for the

protection of the ozone layer on

September 16, 1987 and it came into

force on January 1, 1989.

Bangladesh has been observing the

day since 1990 following signing of the

protocol in the same year.

The 'Dev Memorial Lecture' was virtually held on Wednesday. Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Md. Akhtaruzzaman was the chief guest at the event.

Photo : Courtesy

Bangladesh

reports 1,901

fresh cases, 51

deaths from

COVID-19

DHAKA : Bangladesh on

Wednesday reported 1,901

COVID-19 cases while the

coronavirus claimed

overnight 51 lives.

"The country reported

6.64 percent COVID-19

positive cases as 28,615

samples were tested in the

past 24 hours," Directorate

General of Health Services

(DGHS) said in its routine

daily statement.

In the past 24 hours,

combined figure of

coronavirus of Dhaka city

and upazilas of Dhaka

district is 1,101 while 14

COVID-19 deaths were

reported during the same

period.

The official tally showed

the virus killed 27,058

people and infected

15,36,341 so far, it added.

The recovery count rose

to 14,90,541 after another

3,873 patients were

discharged from the

hospitals during the past

one day.

The DGHS statistics

showed of the people

infected from the

beginning 97.02 percent

recovered, while 1.76

percent died.

The DGHS said among

the total 27,058 fatalities,

11,767 deaths occurred in

Dhaka division, 5,479 in

Chattogram, 2001 in

Rajshahi, 3,510 in Khulna,

925 in Barishal, 1,223 in

Sylhet, 1,333 in Rangpur

and 820 in Mymensingh

division.

Detectives arrest fugitive

drug dealer in Natore

DHAKA : A fugitive drug dealer wanted in

several drugs-related cases has been arrested

in Natore district, police said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Arif, who went into hiding

last month, was nabbed by the Detective

Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on

Tuesday night from Atua area of Boroigram

police station in the district,

Arif faces several drug-related cases filed

with different police stations in capital

Dhaka, said Additional Deputy

Commissioner of the DMP (media)

Iftakhairul Islam.

Earlier on August 23 police detectives

Man held for

running illegal

telecom setup

in Dhaka

DHAKA : A joint team of Rapid Action

Battalion-2 (RAB) and Bangladesh telecom

regulator arrested a man for allegedly

running an illegal telecom setup in the

capital's Lalmatia area, reports UNB.

The arrestee has been identified as

Shafiqul Islam (40), a resident of

Brahmanbaria.

Shafiqul was nabbed from a house on

Zakir Hossain Road in Lalmatia on Tuesday

evening, following a tip-off that he had been

selling international voice calls bypassing

the legal gateway for the past 18 months.

Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP)

components worth Tk 30 lakh, including

three sim-boxes of 512 ports, two sim-boxes

of 256 ports, seven laptops, five modems,

one switch and 900 Teletalk sim cards,

were seized from his house.

Shafiqul told interrogators that his fourmember

gang had been in the illegal

telecom business for nearly one-and-a-half

years.

The four would sell maximum talktime

worth Tk 2.30 lakh per day, causing losses

to the tune of Tk 7 crore to the state

exchequer, said Bangladesh

Telecommunication Regulatory

Commission officials.

arrested a female drug dealer known as

Parvin along with 220 grams heroin (brown

sugar) from Rayer Bazar area of

Mohammadpur in the city, Iftakahirul said.

He said police investigation found that Arif

was owner of the recovered heroin.

A case was filed with Mohammadpur

Police station in connection with recovery of

heroin in which Arif was also shown as an

accused. Since then Arif was in hiding.

Police claimed that Arif has long been a

wholesale heroin dealer bringing in the drug

from the bordering areas of Rajshahi for sale

in Dhaka city and elsewhere in the country.

MoU signed

between LGED's

CReLIC, four

organizations

DHAKA : A memorandum of understanding

(MoU) was signed between the Climate

Resilient Local Infrastructure Centre

(CReLIC) under Local Government

Engineering Department (LGED) and other

four organizations aiming to exchange data,

knowledge and experience on climate change

and develop and implement joint research,

reports BSS.

The four bodies are: Housing and Building

Research Institute (HBRI), Centre for

Climate Change and Environmental

Research (C3ER), Bangladesh Centre for

Advanced Studies (BCAS) and Asian

Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC).

LGED's CReLIC Director (Additional

Chief Engineer) AKM Lutfar Rahman,

HBRI Principal Research Officer Md

Akhter Hossain Sarkar, C3ER's Emeritus

Professor Ainun Nishat, BCAS Executive

Director Atiq Rahman and ADPC

Executive Director Hans Guttman signed

the agreement on behalf of their respective

sides at a signing ceremony held at the

LGED's office in city's Agargaon area, a

press release said here today.

All parties will work together to develop

climate-tolerant infrastructure and implement

the country's overall delta plan, it added.


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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Possible Reconciliation Strategies

for the Tourism Industry of

Bangladesh in the Contemporary

and Post-viral World.

The novel corona virus (COVID-19) has created a significant impact

with international travel bans affecting over 90% of the world

population and extensive restrictions on public gatherings and

community mobility, tourism mainly comes to a halt in March 2020.

Especially Tourism is at a risk to assess to counteract pandemics because

of restricting mobility and social distancing. International, regional and

local travel restrictions immediately affected national economies,

including tourism systems, i.e. international travel, domestic tourism,

day visits and segments as diverse as air transportation, cruises,

conveyance, accommodation, cafés and restaurants, conventions,

festivals, meetings, or sports events (Tourism policy responses to the

corona virus (covid-19) 2020). With international aviation rapidly has

been slowing down as a result of the crisis, and lots of countries imposing

travel bans, closing borders, or introducing quarantine periods,

international and domestic tourism declined precipitously over a period

of weeks. Countries scrambled to return travellers home, which within

the case of important outbound markets involved many thousands of

citizens altogether parts of the world.

Within countries, the virus affected virtually all parts of the hospitality

value chain. The impact of cancelled events closed accommodations, and

pack up attractions became immediately felt in other parts of the

availability chain, like catering and laundry services. Restaurants had to

shut also, though, in some countries, a switch to take-away/delivery sales

allowed some to continue operations. The scenario of the worldwide

tourism system moved from over-tourism (e.g. Dodds & Butler, 2019;

Seraphin et al., 2018) to non-tourism within the space of months,

intensely demonstrated by blogs and newspaper articles showing

popular tourism sites in 'before' and 'after' photographs (Condé Nast

Traveller, 2020). While some commentators already speculate on "What

will travel be like after the Corona virus", with some unrealistically

optimistic perspectives already having proven wrong (Forbes, 2020), the

overall belief is that tourism will rebound because it has from previous

crises (CNN, 2020). However, there's much evidence that COVID-19 are

going to be different and transformative for the tourism sector (Gössling,

Scott, & Hall, 2020). Governments only begin to know that, unlike other

business sectors, tourism revenue is permanently lost because unsold

capacity - as an example in accommodation - can't be marketed in

subsequent years, with corresponding implications for employment

within the sector (Bakari, A rapid appraisal of covid-19 on global

tourism). In the perspective of Bangladesh, we've 12-15 international

chain five-star hotels. Besides we've quite 600 three and two-star rated

hotels and motels and lots of small hotels and homestays are providing

service in every corner of Bangladesh that isn't on the list. These services

are providing livelihood to many thousands of individuals (The impact of

COVID-19 in the tourism and hospitality industry of Bangladesh 2020).

Tourism experts assume if the lockdown situation continues like this,

Bangladesh will need to face an economic loss of quite three billion BDT.

Research shows that half 1,000,000 people that are directly or indirectly

employed within the tourism and hospitality industry, are at the risk of

losing their jobs (The impact of COVID-19 in tourism and hospitality

industry of Bangladesh 2020). To sum up, the tourism industry of

Bangladesh, also because the whole world goes to face an enormous

disaster and this disastrous situation will continue till the COVID-19

situation normalizes (The impact of COVID-19 in tourism and hospitality

industry of Bangladesh 2020). The government of Bangladesh has

announced a stimulus package to support the tourism sector, where

banks will provide loans at 9 per cent interest. The government will bear

4.5 per cent interest and therefore the remaining 4.5 per cent are going to

be borne by the business. The government will provide 30 billion (BDT)

capital for the COVID-19 affected industries and repair sector institutions

through four packages (Dhaka Tribune, 2021).

Tourism Industry in Bangladesh: Tourism brings numerous benefits

and advantages to hosting a country or a community, but mostly it

depends on its nature and how it is defined and structured. Tourism

significantly contributes towards the complete growth and development

of a country by bringing numerous economic values and benefits as well

as helping in build a country's brand value, image, and identity. It is also

a wide-ranging industry, which incorporates the hotel industry, the

transport industry and a variety of additional industries or sectors. It is

vital to know that the tourist industry is linked to movement to different

locations, based not only on leisure, but also business, and a few

additional travel motivators.

Transportation, tour operators, travel agents, and accommodation are

mainly the sectors of tourism supply and these are examined and the

importance of cross?country integration between firms is highlighted.

Tourism depends greatly on an authentic socio-cultural and unrestrained

natural environment. (Horaira, 2018).

The tourism industry is a multifaceted industry that comprehends a

wide range of businesses, organizations, and government agencies. They

collectively work at different levels to deliver different tourism products

and packages. They contribute at all levels as vice-versa from initial

destination marketing through to the ground level to ensure the overall

holiday experience of the customer.

The tourism Industry is also classified as a tertiary industry that

provides service for a charge. There are four characteristics of tourism,

and these are intangibility, perishability, inseparability, and heterogeneity

that are in contrast to those of physical products that are produced,

stored, later sold, and stilled later consumed. The tourism industry is well

known and distinguished with a combination of different activities and

services that offer transportation, accommodation, food, shopping,

attractions, and entertainment and hospitality services to travellers. All

these mooted activities can increase the economic development process

by creating jobs, developing infrastructure and entrepreneurial skills,

improving the balance of payments, earning foreign exchanges, and

export revenues (Cook, Yale, & Marqua, 2006).

Oxford Economics and WTTC jointly produced an annual research

report in 2017 that indicates Travel and Tourism to be one of the world's

largest sectors, aiding over 307 million jobs and generating 10.4% of

global GDP. According to WTTC report the direct contribution of Travel

& Tourism to GDP of Bangladesh was BDT421.4bn (USD5.3bn), 2.2% of

total GDP in 2016 and is forecast to rise by 6.2% in 2017 and to upturn by

6.1% pa, from 2017-2027 to BDT 806.6bn (USD10.2bn), 2.1% of total

GDP in 2027. The tourism industry not only plays as a growth driver for

a country, but also for the economy, and social progress. Tourism has

evident impacts in several industries directly, and much more indirectly

through tourism spends.

Hence, tourism plays an important role in a country, for a community,

for the society, for the economy, for growth and development, nature and

environment, and the world. Moreover, tourism helps in understanding

the cultural diversity, geographical, and historical facts of different

regions and communities. Thus, tourism plays a major role in the social,

cultural, economic, and environmental development of a nation.

How Covid-19 left its mark on the tourism industry of Bangladesh

COVID-19 has created a significant impact

with international travel bans affecting over

90% of the world population. An extensive

restriction on public gatherings and

community mobility, tourism mainly comes

effect in March 2020. Especially Tourism is at

a risk to assess to counteract pandemics

because of restricting mobility and social

distancing. International, regional and local

travel restrictions immediately affected

national economies, including tourism

systems, i.e. international travel, domestic

tourism, day visits and segments as diverse as

air transportation, cruises, conveyance,

accommodation, cafés and restaurants,

conventions, festivals, meetings, or sports

events. With international aviation rapidly

slowed down as a result of the crisis, and lots

of countries imposing travel bans, closing

borders, or introducing quarantine periods,

international and domestic tourism declined

precipitously within a period of weeks.

Countries scrambled to return travelers home,

which within the case of important outbound

markets involved many thousands of citizens

altogether parts of the world.

Within countries, the virus affected virtually

all parts of the hospitality value chain. The

impact of cancelled events, closed

accommodations, and pack up attractions

became immediately felt in other parts of the

availability chain, like catering and laundry

services. Restaurants had to shut also, though,

in some countries, a switch to takeaway/delivery

sales allowed some to continue

operations. The scenario of the worldwide

tourism system moved from over-tourism to

non-tourism within the space of months,

intensely demonstrated by blogs and

newspaper articles showing popular tourism

sites in 'before' and 'after' photographs (Condé

Nast Traveller, 2020). In the perspective of

Bangladesh, we've 12-15 international chain

five-star hotels. Besides we've quite 600 three

and two-star rated hotels and motels and lots

of small hotels and homestays are providing

service in every corner of Bangladesh that isn't

on the list. These services are providing

livelihood to thousands of individuals.

Tourism experts assume if the lockdown

situation continues like this, Bangladesh will

need to face an economic loss of quite BDT

three billion. Research shows that half of

1,000,000 people that are directly or

indirectly employed within the tourism and

hospitality industry, are at the risk of losing

their jobs. To sum up, the tourism industry of

Bangladesh, also because the whole world

goes to face an enormous disaster and this

disastrous situation will continue till the

COVID-19 situation normalizes.

The government of Bangladesh has

announced a stimulus package to support the

tourism sector, where banks will provide loans

at 9 per cent interest. The government will

bear 4.5 per cent interest and therefore the

remaining 4.5 per cent are going to be borne

by the business.

The government will provide 30 billion

(BDT) capital for the COVID-19 affected

industries and repair sector institutions

through four packages according to a report

MOhaMMaD aBu hOraIra

published by Dhaka Tribune.

Tourism brings numerous benefits and

advantages to hosting a country or a

community, but mostly it depends on its

nature and how it is defined and structured.

Tourism significantly contributes towards the

complete growth and development of a

country by bringing numerous economic

values and benefits as well as helping in build

a country's brand value, image, and identity. It

is also a wide-ranging industry, which

incorporates the hotel industry, the transport

industry and a variety of additional industries

or sectors. It is vital to know that the tourist

industry is linked to movement to different

locations, based not only on leisure, but also

business, and a few additional travel

motivators. Transportation, tour operators,

travel agents, and accommodation are mainly

the sectors of tourism supply and these are

examined and the importance of

cross?country integration between firms is

highlighted. Tourism depends greatly on an

authentic socio-cultural and unrestrained

natural environment.

Oxford Economics and WTTC jointly

produced an annual research report in 2017

that indicates Travel and Tourism to be one of

the world's largest sectors, aiding over 307

million jobs and generating 10.4% of global

GDP. According to WTTC report the direct

contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP of

Bangladesh was BDT421.4bn (USD 5.3bn),

2.2% of total GDP in 2016 and is forecast to

rise by 6.2% in 2017 and to upturn by 6.1% pa,

from 2017-2027 to BDT 806.6bn (USD

10.2bn), 2.1% of total GDP in 2027. The

tourism industry not only plays as a growth

driver for a country, but also for the economy,

and social progress. Tourism has evident

impacts in several industries directly, and

much more indirectly through tourism

spends. Hence, tourism plays an important

role in a country, for a community, for the

society, for the economy, for growth and

development, nature and environment, and

the world. Moreover, tourism helps in

understanding the cultural diversity,

geographical, and historical facts of different

regions and communities. Thus, tourism plays

a major role in the social, cultural, economic,

and environmental development of a nation.

The Tourism industry in Bangladesh has

largely developed based on the major cities i.e.

Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar,

Khulna and tourist destinations in Bangladesh

along with other destinations. Moreover, Cox's

Bazar is understood as the tourism capital in

Bangladesh. Most of the tourism

infrastructure and superstructures are

developed in these cities and these cities

largely contribute to the tourism economy.

Both the inbound and outbound tourism

market has increased significantly in the last

few years. International inbound leisure travel

trips tourists' arrival in Bangladesh recorded

1.02 million tourists in 2017 and also recorded

0.83 million in 2016. Bangladeshi residents'

outbound leisure trips are projected to be

approximately 2.6 million trips by 2021,

compared to the 2016 estimate of 2.3 million.

The pandemic has an adverse effect on

inbound tourism in and outbound Bangladesh

due to the corona virus (Covid-19).

Outside the general public health sphere

tourism has become one of the most public

faces of COVID-19 within the international

media. The character of the tourism system

means tourism has both contributed to the

spread of the disease and experienced the

repercussions of the disease alongside all parts

of the tourism value and provides chains. The

disease's global proximity and consequently

the necessity of classic disease control within

the sort of quarantine, reduced mobility and

isolation have had a dramatic effect on

international and domestic tourism alike

alongside a variety of sector-specific impacts,

including transport, travel and booking

agencies, hospitality, restaurants, conventions

and events, and attractions.

Hotels around the world face cancellations

of bookings because of the pandemic crisis. As

a result, the Hotel industry lost US$ 150

billion, mostly affecting the workers within the

industry. So, the impacts of the COVID-19

outbreak on the hospitality industry are often

evaluated using room booking cancellations

and therefore the status of hotel industry

workers. The hotel industry altogether world

regions recorded a huge drop by the

worldwide revenue per available room, e.g.,

Asia (-67.8%) and Europe (-61.7%). Also, the

worldwide occupancies in countries decreased

significantly in March 2020, from 20% to over

70% worldwide (UNWTO, 2020a).

The COVID-19 pandemic should cause a

critical reconsideration of the worldwide

volume growth model for tourism, for

interrelated reasons of risks incurred in global

travel also because of the sector's contribution

to climate change. The success stories of the

Tourism Industry has been denominated by

all dominant tourism organizations -

UNWTO, ICAO, CLIA, or WTTC - as growth

in tourism numbers.

Above all, the COVID-19 crisis should be

taken as an opportunity to review and

reconsider the tourism's growth approach,

and to query, the relevance of more arrivals

suggested substantial benefits. This ought to

start with an analysis of the positive outcomes

M. SaDMan SafI PrOTIk

of the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, as

we have been experiencing various declines in

demand, airlines have begun to replace old

and inefficient aircraft. Video conferences, a

missed opportunity to reduce transport

demand for years, has become widely adopted

by home office workers, including students

forced into distance learning, and business

travelers avoiding non-essential air travel. A

considerable number of business travelers will

welcome opportunities to fly less. Notably,

even high-level exchanges, like the G20

Leader's meeting on 26 March 2020, has for

the primary time been organized through

video conference. After months of these new

work arrangements, for how many

organizations and workers will perceive the

benefits of continued or partial adoption?

More generally, views on mobility can also

have changed in everyday contexts, as

countries without full lockdown responses

appear to possess seen a big rise in cycling and

outdoor activities.

The tourism industry is an umbrella

industry networked with many other sectors

within the economy including hotel,

community-level operations, education,

financial, agriculture, medical, travel and

transportation, construction, land, retail, and

the other way around. Because the whole

world is suffering from this COVID 19

pandemic, the tourism sector is one of the

foremost victims of it. So, it's time to debate

about the difficulty and is available up with

realistic recovery initiatives. Therefore, a few

realistic recovery strategies for the tourism

industries in Bangladesh within the post-viral

world and can be:

Smart quarantine and tracing tools (digital)

could be used to mark healthy and risk-free

travelers, such as tolls like introducing onarrival

Smart SIM (Subscriber Identification

Module) and Mobile Apps for international

travelers. World Tourism Organization

(UNWTO), concerning special attention, has

already launched several practices to save the

essentials of the tourism industry at present.

The special campaign named "#Travel

Tomorrow ?, has become the common thread

that runs through the World Tourism

Organization's response to the current crisis,

highlighting the enduring values of tourism.

E.g. "By staying home today, we can travel

tomorrow". Sharing current and happening

issues and knowledge's on tourism with

necessary stakeholders globally and locally.

Re-branding of tourism destinations after

the pandemic situation highlighting the

positive elements during the outbreak.

Hoteliers, travel agents and other service

providers should continuously keep in touch

with key travelers and customer base during

the outbreak to sustain linkage. Community-

Based Tourism (CBT) should be properly

encouraged with adequate resources to

mitigate and recover from outbreaks.

The Writer is Associate Professor,

College of Tourism and Hospitality

Management (CTHM)

International University of Business

Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT)

The ramifications of the violation of law on virtual platforms

The Internet has

become one of the

most accessible tools in

the 21st century.

Adolescents, young

people, old people are

all living extremely

busy time in the virtual

world today.Social media is a new aspect of

our modern life.Popular social media

includes Facebook, Messenger, Instagram,

Twitter, Viber, YouTube, WhatsApp, Emo,

Snapchat, WeChat and many more. The

most popular and pioneer among these is

"Facebook". Facebook is probably the

biggest addiction discovered in the history

of the world.Due to the availability of

information technology, cyber-crime is on

the rise in the country with the increasing

use of internet and smartphones among

people of different ages and classes.And

with that, cyber-crime seems to be on the

rise.

While trying to control technology with

ease, some people are unknowingly being

controlled by it. Today the world has

become a handful with the touch of

technology. Which is called "Global Village"

in the language of technology. "Global

Village' is a social or cultural system based

on information and communication

technology where people from all over the

world live in a single society. In fact, the

social system that is formed through the

process of globalization is the world village.

However, in order to keep pace with the

times, someone is getting involved in the

web of delusion again and again. And so, the

digital transformation of crime is on the rise.

The alarming thing is that all the horrible

crimes are increasing in Bangladesh using

various social media apps. Gambling,

pornography and human trafficking are not

excluded. The biggest fear is that our

teenagers are getting involved in it.

Bangalore police in India have arrested five

The tourism industry is an umbrella industry networked

with many other sectors within the economy including

hotel, community-level operations, education, financial,

agriculture, medical, travel and transportation, construction,

land, retail, and the other way around. Because the

whole world is suffering from this COVID 19 pandemic.

Bangladeshis after a video of a gang-rape

and torture of a woman went viral recently.

One of them is the A V Hridoy known as the

'Tik-Tok Hridoy'. According to the police

interrogation, the rapist Hridoy and his

group were committing the crime of

trafficking women by showing the

temptation to work on the Tik-Tok app.

Hridoy and his gang worked as an

organized women's trafficking cycle behind

making the Tik-Tok video. Rafi, known as

the 'Boss Rafi' of the Hridoy's group, said in

a confession in court that Rafi was

introduced to Tik-Tok Hridoy two years

ago. He then trafficked more than 50 young

women to India through Hridoy. CID

recently found another organized online

criminal cycle. The criminal cycle was using

a gambling app called 'StreamKar' to

smuggle money out of the country. They

used some other online currencies,

including Bitcoin, to gamble. According to a

study, at least 80 to 90 crore BDT a month

is going out of Bangladesh for in-app

purchase of extremely violent and terribly

addictive PUBG/FREE FIRE games.Also,

following the recent death of a Dhaka

University student, police have for the first

time found the deadly drug LSD in

Bangladesh.Communication about this

drug is also done through social media.

Multiple groups of drug users and suppliers

have been found on Facebook groups.

The Cyber Crime Awareness Foundation,

a non-governmental organization dedicated

to raising awareness about cybercrime and

the safe use of technology, has released a

research report on cybercrime in the

country.From there, it is known that about

52% of the complaints come from women

The most affected are 18- to 30-year-old

girls. As a percentage which is about 74

percent. A large part of the complaints is

related to Facebook There are horrific

allegations ranging from ID hacks to super

imposed pictures and pornography.Despite

being a victim of harassment, 30 percent of

victims do not know how to take legal action

against it. Of the rest, 25 per cent

complained to law enforcement but did not

think it would be of any benefit, the report

said. The first Information and

Communication Technology Act(ICT Act)

was enacted in Bangladesh in 2006. This

law was amended in 2013. The only cyber

tribunal in the country was set up in Dhaka

that year.The question that may come to our

The alarming thing is that all the horrible crimes are increasing

in Bangladesh using various social media apps. Gambling,

pornography and human trafficking are not excluded. The

biggest fear is that our teenagers are getting involved in it.

Bangalore police in India have arrested five Bangladeshis after a

video of a gang-rape and torture of a woman went viral recently.

mind is, "What is the law & punishment for

cyber-crime?" If any offensive picture or

video of a private moment is taken, captured

and disseminated through any electronic or

internet or social media without notice, then

in accordance with the incident, under

Section 57 (2) of the Information and

Communication Technology Act, 2006

(Amendment 2013) Individuals can take

legal action. The punishment is 7 to 14 years

in jail and a fine of up to BDT 1 crore.In

addition, if evidence is found that the victim

in the photo or video has been raped, then

legal action can be taken under Section 9 (1)

of the Women and Child Violence

Protection Act, 2000(Nari o Sisu Nirjatan

Daman Ain,2000). In this case medical

report will be required.In addition, since the

law of our country prohibits the

manufacture, storage, marketing, carrying,

purchase, sale, possession or display of

pornography, to take legal action under

Section 6 (2) of The Pornography Control

Act, 2012 on the basis of the content of the

video.

Also, "The Digital Security Act,2018"

specifies the amount of punishment for

many crimes.According to Section 25 of

"The Digital Security Act,2018", if someone

uses a website or digital media to intimidate

anyone, he or she may face three years in jail

or BDT 3 lakh fine.

As per Section 29, if a person publishes

information with the intent to defame

someone, he or she will face three years in

jail or BDT 5 lakh fine or both.Article 21 of

this Act states that if a person conducts or

aids in any kind of propaganda and

propaganda against the Liberation War of

Bangladesh, the spirit of the Liberation War,

the Father of the Nation, the national

anthem or the national flag through digital

means, then such act shall be an

offense.And the punishment for this is

imprisonment for not more than 10 (ten)

years, or a fine of not more than BDT 1 (one)

crore, or both. We have something to do to

avoid these crimes. These are not exchange

anything personal online, do not share

social media passwords with anyone,

reduce public Wi-Fi usage, do not give any

picture of yourself or family to the public,

not taking pictures or videos of private

moments and preventing anyone from

taking them, don't shop with credit or debit

cards at any unsecured store or online shop.

The writer is a student of Law at the

North South University


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Francine Niyonsaba becomes first athlete

with DSD to break world record

SeAN INgLe

Track and field history was

made in Zagreb on Tuesday

night as Francine Niyonsaba

became the first athlete who

has identified herself as

having a difference of sex

development (DSD) to

officially break a world

record. The Burundian did it

in style, shattering the old

2,000m best by more than

two seconds as she crossed

the line in 5:21.26. While the

2,000m is not run frequently,

Niyonsaba's performance will

inevitably reignite the debate

over athletes with DSDs,

given they are barred from

competing internationally

between 400m and 1600m

unless they take medication

to reduce their high

testosterone.

Niyonsaba, who won the

silver medal over 800m at the

2016 Rio Olympics before

moving up in distance due to

the World Athletics rules, has

had an astonishing year -

winning the Diamond League

title at 5,000m and running

the fifth-fastest outdoor

3,000m time ever.

But in Croatia she produced

the cherry on the cake. Going

through halfway in 2:41.37

Francine Niyonsaba has set a new world record in the 2,000m in Zagreb.

Photo: Maja Hitij

OLIveR LAugHLANd

At a gas station in Mesa,

Arizona, more than 2,300

miles from where the twin

towers fell on 9/11, stands a

permanent reminder of long

reaching trauma. A memorial

constructed with speckled

white marble and black tile

marks the spot where Balbir

Singh Sodhi was shot and

killed, becoming the first

American victim of a fatal

hate crime in the aftermath of

9/11.

It was 15 September,

almost 20 years ago, that

Sodhi, a Sikh immigrant from

the Indian Punjab, was fatally

shot in an act of racist hate as

he planted flowers around

the parking lot of his new

business to commemorate

the victims of the terror

attacks in New York.

The gas station has

remained largely as it was

then. It is still owned by the

Sodhi family and Balbir's son,

Sukhwinder Singh Sodhi,

now 48, is here every day

managing the staff, handling

the checkout, balancing the

books and working 60 hours

a week. He tries to keep his

eyes away from the

memorial. "The pain is still

there," said Sukhwinder. "I

miss him every day."

On Wednesday, as has

happened for the past 19

years, members of the Sodhi

family, other organizers in

the Sikh and Muslim

communities, interfaith

groups and others will gather

to remember the man who

was shot and killed here.

Even after two decades the

memories are still raw. Not

only is the Sodhi family's

journey a story of grief,

trauma, struggle and

forgiveness, it is also one

achingly resonant with many

immigrant families in post

9/11 America.

Balbir Singh Sodhi moved

to the United States in the

late 1980s with a number of

his brothers, who left the

Punjab after a series of anti-

Sikh pogroms following the

assassination of Indira

Gandhi. They had all believed

in the basic premise of the

American dream: with hard

work and dedication they

could find stability and

economic prosperity.

The gas station, opened

only a year before his death,

became a symbol of the

family's toil. Balbir built the

business himself with money

he had saved since arriving in

the US. In the year he

operated it, he became

known for his generosity,

handing out free candy to

children who came in and

spoiling his own kids and

many nieces and nephews.

It was a senseless act of

violence that took Balbir. A

white gunman named Frank

Roque, 42 at the time, began

his rampage in the early

afternoon. First he shot

Balbir dead, mistaking his

turban for an indication of

Muslim faith. Then, 20

minutes later, he shot at

another gas station, aiming

for a Lebanese-American

clerk. He missed. The final

stop was to the place he used

to live, then the home of an

Afghan-American family. He

missed again.

Shortly after, he was

arrested and reportedly

shouted: ''I stand for America

all the way,'' as he was placed

in handcuffs. Former

colleagues testified at trial

that Roque had long made

racist remarks in public and,

on the day of 9/11, had told a

co-worker using racist slurs

that he planned so-called

reprisal attacks.

"We should round them all

up and kill them. We should

kill their children, too,

because they'll grow up to be

like their parents," Roque

said.

Rana Sodhi, Balbir's

younger brother, has always

remained steadfast that his

brother's death should unify

the community against

hatred. He continues to speak

in schools, colleges and other

venues around the country,

discussing the peaceful tenets

of Sikhism and telling the

story of his brother's life and

death.

"Even after 20 years, it

seems like yesterday," he

said, sitting at his home in

Mesa, next to a mantle that is

decorated with drawings of

his brother and photographs

of his many public

appearances - including with

former president Barack

Obama - made in the

aftermath. "I know it is still

sad for us. We lost our

brother. But his death

brought a lot of positivity, to

bring the community closer

to each other. Bringing

people closer together."

But just as the 9/11 attacks

became a turning point in the

scope and scale of

international terror, the

murder of Balbir Sodhi Singh

marked the beginning of a

pronounced wave of anti-

Islamic and anti-immigrant

hate in America.

US government data on

hate crimes is notably spotty,

put Niyonsaba on pace to

break the world record of

5:23.75, set indoors by

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba in

2017. The 28-year-old then

powered to glory with a final

lap of 63 seconds to break the

record. While Niyonsaba is a

popular athlete, others in the

sport including the two-times

400m Olympic champion

Shaunae Miller-Uibo have

questioned why World

Athletics does not extend its

rules regarding DSDs to other

events.

In 2019, the court of

arbitration for sport (Cas)

ruled that 46 XY DSD athletes

"enjoy a significant sporting

advantage … over 46 XX

athletes without such DSD"

due to their biology.

Cas added: "Individuals

with 5-ARD have what is

commonly identified as the

male chromosomal sex (XY

and not XX), male gonads

(testes not ovaries) and levels

of circulating testosterone in

the male range (7.7-29.4

nmol/L), which are

significantly higher than the

female range (0.06-1.68

nmol/L)."

How a Sikh family resolved to carry

on their American dream

A memorial marks the place where Balbir Singh Sodhi was fatally shot on

15 September 2001 by Frank Silva Roque. Photo: Caitlin O'Hara

but in the year after 9/11,

targeted crimes against

Muslims increased by 1,700

percent nationally, according

to the FBI. So too did hateful

acts against Sikh Americans,

with advocacy groups

reporting 300 incidents

against the religious minority

in the month after September

11.

Sodhi's killing shocked

minority communities

throughout Arizona. Azza

Abuseif, the executive

director of Arizona's chapter

of the Council on American

Islamic Relations [Cair]

recalled hearing of the

murder for the first time as a

young, recently arrived

immigrant.

"It set off a lot of fears," she

said, pointing out that Sodhi

was targeted because of his

clothing. "Muslim men don't

usually dress in traditional

clothing in the workplace but

a lot of women have lived in

fear since 9/11."

Abuseif started her job as

executive director just a few

months ago. Cair's offices are

unmarked and she sits in a

room with the blinds closed.

On her first day in the new

office she recalled scanning

the room for escape routes in

case of an active shooter.

"I don't want to say I live in

fear," she said. "But I worry

for my family because of my

line of work." She will attend

the memorial service for

Balbir Singh Sodhi on

Wednesday, a marker of

collective interfaith

mourning.

Arizona has long been a

hotbed of post 9/11

Islamophobia and antiimmigrant

hatred that only

intensified over the four years

of the Trump presidency.

Armed protest outside the

city's main mosque in the

suburb of Tempe became a

regular fixture. In 2018 two

women were charged with

breaking into the Islamic

Community Center of

Tempe, where they recorded

themselves stealing a Quran

and making Islamophobic

slurs.

The state's gun laws, which

permit open carry without a

license, are viewed as causes

for increased concern among

minority communities here.

During a recent Friday prayer

at the mosque attended by

the Guardian, armed guards

provided security as

worshippers entered to pray.

They have been present at

every Friday prayer since

9/11, Islamic Center officials

said.

If the people of Miami, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, Lagos, Bangkok and New York are not concerned,

they should be.

Photo: Mario Tama

Rain fell on Greenland's ice sheet

for the first time ever known

KIM HeACOx

Many people believed he

couldn't do it. Ski across the

Greenland ice sheet, a vast,

unmapped, high-elevation

plateau of ice and snow?

Madness.

But Fridtjof Nansen, a

young Norwegian, proved

them wrong. In 1888, he and

his small party went light and

fast, unlike two large

expeditions a few years

before. And unlike the others,

Nansen traveled from east to

west, giving himself no option

of retreat to a safe base. It

would be forward or die

trying. He did it in seven

weeks, man-hauling his

supplies and ascending to

8,900ft (2,700 meters)

elevation, where summertime

temperatures dropped to -49F

(-45C).

Last month, for the first

time in recorded history, rain

fell on the highest point of the

Greenland ice sheet. It hardly

made the news. But rain in a

place historically defined by

bitter cold portends a future

that will alter coastlines

around the world, and drown

entire cities.

The Greenland ice sheet

contains four times more ice

than all of Earth's other

glaciers and ice fields

combined, outside Antarctica.

The largest island in the

world, Greenland is more

than 36,000 times the size of

Manhattan, and ice covers

most of it, in many places

thousands of feet thick. As

carbon dioxide and methane

accumulate in our

atmosphere, causing our

Christopher Nolan to make drama

about the father of the atomic bomb

BeNjAMIN Lee

Christopher Nolan has

confirmed that his next film

will be a drama about the

development of the atomic

bomb. In a deviation from his

work with Warner Bros, the

director will head to Universal

Pictures for the drama which

is believed to have a budget of

around $100m. Nolan had

been in discussions with a

number of studios, also

including Sony, Paramount

and MGM, and ultimately

decided against Warners.

The film will focus on US

physicist J Robert

Oppenheimer who was

among those credited as the

"father of the atomic bomb"

for his involvement in what

was known as the Manhattan

Project, which produced the

first nuclear weapons during

the second world war.

According to Deadline,

frequent Nolan collaborator

Cillian Murphy is being eyed

for a role.

The as-yet-untitled project

follows Nolan's sci-fi thriller

Tenet which was met with

mixed-to-positive reviews in

planet to heat (the six

warmest years on record have

been the last six), the ice sheet

disintegrates. Greenland lost

more ice in the past decade

than it did in the previous

century.

Massive summertime

meltwater rivers now flow

over the ice sheet where, in

Nansen's time, no signs of

surface water could be found.

If the people of Miami,

Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai,

Lagos, Bangkok and New

York are not concerned, they

should be. The great

Greenland ice melt is a

climate crisis sword of

Damocles for all coastal, lowlying,

densely populated

areas. No other single factor

will probably contribute more

to sea level rise over the next

few decades.

A consortium of climate

scientists writing two years

ago in Nature, a prestigious

scientific journal, concluded

that if Greenland continues to

melt, in one bad-case scenario

after another, tens of millions

of people could be in danger of

yearly flooding and

displacement by 2030 - less

than nine years from now.

And by the end of this

century, when Antarctica,

which contains vastly more

ice than Greenland, also

enters a phase of catastrophic

melting, the number of

annual flood-prone people

could reach nearly half a

billion. It's more than

farewell, Miami. It's goodbye,

Florida.

The assumption that land

will always last is no longer

valid. "Land is about the only

Christopher Nolan at Cannes.

thing that cannot fly away,"

the English novelist Anthony

Trollope once observed. True.

But it can go bone dry - or

drown.

After Nansen's Greenland

expedition, he oversaw the

construction of a small

wooden ship named Fram

("Forward"), designed to

enter the Arctic pack ice in an

attempt to reach the north

pole. Later, he mentored the

explorers Roald Amundsen,

Robert Falcon Scott and

Ernest Shackleton. His final

act, however, was his most

inspiring. As high

commissioner for refugees for

the League of Nations, he

devised a passport to

repatriate thousands left

homeless after the Great War,

and was awarded the 1922

Nobel peace prize.

Nansen did what

humankind must now do. He

transcended himself. He

respected science, and cared

deeply for others. In the face

of great challenges today, we

can - and must - do the same.

A good example is Jason

Box, who Jeff Goodell, in his

2017 book The Water Will

Come, describes as "a

maverick scientist and

Greenland ice junkie who got

a lot of attention in 2012 when

he publicly predicted just

weeks before the summer

melt season that Greenland

would experience a recordbreaking

year for ice melt".

Raised and educated in

Colorado, Box suspected that

soot from wildfires in the

American west and Canada,

and from coal-fired power

plants in the industrial north,

2020. It was his ninth film

with Warner Bros, including

two that were co-distributed

by other studios. Nolan's

previous film about the

second world war, the

acclaimed drama Dunkirk,

won three Oscars and made

over $520m at the global box

office. Nolan was outspoken

about his frustration with the

studio's controversial dayand-date

deal with HBO Max

that meant that the entirety of

their 2021 slate would also

premiere on the streaming

platform. He referred to it as

"the worst streaming service"

in a statement to the

Hollywood Reporter.

"Warner Bros had an

incredible machine for getting

a film-maker's work out

everywhere, both in theaters

would enter the atmosphere

and travel far. When it settled

in Greenland, the soot would

darken the ice sheet and make

it absorb, not reflect, solar

energy. The result: the ice

sheet would melt like

gangbusters. Which is exactly

what has happened.

In 2014, Box was stunned to

find the ice sheet so dark. He

has since said that humanity's

burning of fossil fuels has

probably set in motion nearly

70ft of sea level rise. A bold

prediction, and not out of

character for Box, who has

spent more than a year on the

ice.

"I like ice because it's

nature's thermometer," he

told Goodell. "It's not political.

As the world heats up, ice

melts, it's simple. It's the kind

of science that everyone can

understand." While science,

endeavoring to avoid

alarmism, can be overly

cautious, science isn't the

problem. Disinformation and

a lack of political will are the

problems.

To save the Greenland ice

sheet - and Florida - will

require a Nansen-esque

transformation on steroids,

something inspired by, but

much larger than, President

Franklin D Roosevelt's New

Deal.

To begin, we need to elect

representatives who respect

science, and accept the

magnitude of what we're up

against. If they do not, they

must be defeated.

It's time to put our planet

first. A little more than a

thousand years ago, back

when the world seemed large

and wondrous and unknown,

the Vikings settled Greenland.

For every one person alive on

earth back then, there are 25

today, most of us trapped in a

fossil fuel economy that has

given us great prosperity but

now must be replaced. By

what?

and in the home, and they are

dismantling it as we speak,"

he wrote. "They don't even

understand what they're

losing. Their decision makes

no economic sense, and even

the most casual Wall Street

investor can see the difference

between disruption and

dysfunction." Filming is

expected to begin at the start

of 2022.

Photo: daniele venturelli


ThURSDAY, SePTeMBeR 16, 2021

6

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard Station Teknaf in a drive a smuggler along with 84,000 pieces

of yaba from an area adjacent to Katabunia of Sabrang Union under Teknaf Police Station on

Wednesday. Photo : Courtesy

View exchange

meeting to

prevent river

accidents held

at Bijoynagar

S M JAHIRUL ALAM, BIJOY-

NAGAR ORRESPONDENT

A view exchange meeting

has been held to prevent

river accidents and to

increase publicity and public

awareness in all the

waterways of Bijoynagar

upazila on Monday.

The meeting was held at

the conference room of

upazila parishad and was

chaired by Upazila Nirbahi

Officer AH Irfan Uddin

Ahmed. Among others,

Upazila Chairman Nasima

Mukai Ali, Upazila Awami

League President Advocate

Zahirul Islam Bhuiyan,

General Secretary Advocate

Tanvir Bhuiyan, Vice

Chairman Mahmudur

Rahman Manna, Upazila

Assistant Commissioner

(Land) Rabeya Afsar Saima

were among others present

at the occasion.

BCG detains 1 along

with 84,000 pieces

of yaba in Teknaf

Bangladesh Coast Guard

Station Teknaf conducted an

operation in the area

adjacent to Katabunia of

Sabrang Union under

Teknaf Police Station and

arrested 01 smuggler along

with 84,000 pieces of yaba

on Wednesday morning, a

press release said.

Lieutenant Commander

Amirul Haque, a media

officer at the Bangladesh

Coast Guard headquarters,

said this at noon on

Wednesday. He said a

special operation was

conducted in the area under

the leadership of Station

Commander Teknaf Lt.

Commander M Naeem ul

Haq on the basis of secret

information. During the

operation, a man with a

black bag was seen walking

along Jhauban in the area

adjacent to Katabunia Ghat

in Sabrang Union under

Teknaf Police Station. When

the man's movements

seemed suspicious, Coast

Guard members signaled

him to stop.

Later, when the suspect

realized the presence of the

Coast Guard members and

tried to flee leaving the bag,

the Coast Guard members

were able to chase and arrest

Md. Amin, 50. A search of

the bag led to the seizure

of874,000 yaba tablets. The

arrested yaba smuggler

Mohammad Amin, 50, is the

son of late Kashem Ali of

Sabrang Kachubunia in

Teknaf.

The arrested yaba

smugglers and the seized

yaba have been handed over

to Teknaf Model Police

Station for further legal

action, he said.

A view exchange meeting has been held to prevent river accidents and to

increase publicity and public awareness in all the waterways of Bijoynagar

upazila recently.

Photo: SM Jahirul Alam

Bi-monthly coordination meeting on

upazila NGOs was held at Banaripara

S Mizanul Islam, Baparipara Correspondent

A bi-monthly coordination

meeting on Banaripara

Upazila NGO was held on

Wednesday 15 September at

10.30 am.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer

Ripon Kumar Saha presided

over the meeting.The meeting

was conducted by Upazila

NGO Coordinator & Senior

Journalist S Mizanul

Islam and was attended by

BDS Manager ATM Mostafa

Sardar, Lipi Gharami of

BRAC, Mohsin Mia of

Nagrik Udyog, Sukantha

Sadhak of Uddipan, Rahim

Sikder of Boru Bangladesh

and Asa's Kaniz Akter, Zakir

Hossain of Codec is one of

them.The meeting discussed

the situation of Covid-19,

loan disbursement, social

activities.

RMCH records

four more

fatalities in its

Covid-19 unit

RAJSHAHI: Rajshahi

Medical College Hospital

(RMCH) recorded four

more fatalities at its Covid-

19 unit in the last 24 hours

till 6am yesterday, taking the

death toll to 96 so far this

month, reports BSS.

The previous day's death

figure in the unit was six

while on Wednesday, it was

just two, which was the everlowest

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 one of

the deceased was a resident

of Rajshahi, while two were

from Naogaon and one from

Natore districts.

"Of the fresh fatalities, all

the four tested positive for

Covid-19," he said.

Thirteen more patients

were admitted to the

designated Covid-19 wards

of the hospital in the last 24

hours, raising the total

number of admitted patients

to 121, including 40 positive

cases.

Twenty-two patients

returned home from the

RMCH Covid-19 unit after

being cured during the time.

Yazdani said twenty five

people were diagnosed with

Covid-19 after testing 644

samples in Rajshahi's two

laboratories on Tuesday,

showing 1.41 percent

positivity rate against 7.47

percent on Monday.

The fresh positivity rate

among the tested samples in

two laboratories is the everlowest

since the second wave

of the virus hit the region in

March last.

A bi-monthly coordination meeting on Banaripara Upazila NGO was held on

Wednesday.

Photo: S Mizanul Islam

2 regional offices

of Mymensingh

City Corporation

inagurated

MD ALI AHSAN, MYMENSINGH

CORRESPONDENT

Offices of Mymensingh City

Corporation Region 2 and

Region 3 have been

inaugurated. Mayor of

Mymensingh City

Corporation Ikramul Haque

Titu inaugurated the office

of Ward No. 9 of Kalibari

and the office of Ward No.

25 on Tuesday.

On the occasion of the

inauguration, a view

exchange meeting was

organized at the premises of

Region 3 office. The event

was moderated by

Mymensingh City

Corporation Chief Executive

Officer Mohammad Anayar

Hasan. The event was

attended by Panel Moyor,

Secretary Rajib Kumar

Sarkar, Heads of

Departments and Branches

of City Corporations, local

dignitaries and journalists

from print and electronic

media.

47 more test positive for

Covid-19 in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: Forty-seven more people were tested positive for

Covid-19 in all eight districts of the division on Tuesday, taking

the caseload to 97,387 since the pandemic began in March last

year. The new daily infection figure is the lowest-ever since the

second wave of the pandemic hit the country around six months

back as the number of positive cases reported here yesterday

was 97, reports BSS.

Meanwhile, the recovery count rose to 92,962 in the division

after another 115 patients were discharged from the hospitals on

the same day. The death toll reached 1,644, including 678 in

Bogura, 307 in Rajshahi with 183 in its city, and 171 in Natore,

as three fresh cases of fatality were reported during the period,

Dr Talukder added.

Besides, all the positive cases for Covid-19 have, so far, been

brought under treatment while 22,348 were kept in isolation

units of different dedicated hospitals for institutional

supervision. Of them, 18,699 have been released.

Meanwhile, 95 more people have been sent to home and

institutional quarantine afresh while 131 others were released

from isolation during the same time. Of the 47 new cases, 13

were detected in Bogura, followed by nine each in Sirajganj and

Pabna, five in Natore, four each in Rajshahi and Naogaon, two

in Chapainawabganj and one in Joypurhat districts.

With the newly detected patients, the district-wise break-up of

the total cases now stands at 27,613 in Rajshahi, including

22,254 in city, 5,561 in Chapainawabganj, 6,344 in Naogaon,

8,247 in Natore, 4,563 in Joypurhat, 21,328 in Bogura, 11,189 in

Sirajganj and 12,542 in Pabna.

A total of 1,11,641 people have, so far, been kept under

quarantine since March 10 last year to prevent the community

transmission of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 1,08,442 have, by now, been released as they were

given clearance certificates after completing their 14-day

quarantine.

Offices of Mymensingh City Corporation Region 2 and Region 3 have been inaugurated.

Photo: Md Ali Ahsan

Rangpur records zero Covid

death for 3rd straight day

RANGPUR: For the third consecutive day, no

Covid-19- related death was reported in

Rangpur division during the last 24 hours

ending at 8 am yesterday, reports BSS.

Health officials said the number of fatalities

remained steady at 1,218 in the division as

the Covid-19 situation has improved

significantly during the last five consecutive

weeks.

"Earlier Rangpur division witnessed the

last Covid-19 casualty free day on May 16 last

and zero Covid death was recorded on

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

consecutively," 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 2.24 percent in the division.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases

reached 54,302 as 51 new patients were

diagnosed after testing 848 samples in

Rangpur division at the daily positivity rate of

6.01 percent on Tuesday.

Earlier, the daily positivity rates were 5.50

percent on Monday, 5.43 percent on Sunday,

8.59 percent on Saturday, 8.18 percent on

Friday, 10.37 percent on Thursday and 7.07

percent on Wednesday last in the division.

"The district-wise break up of total 54,302

patients include 12,277 of Rangpur, 3,672 of

Panchagarh, 4,360 of Nilphamari, 2,717 of

Lalmonirhat, 4,596 of Kurigram, 7,399 of

MANIKGANJ: No fresh Covid-19-

related death was reported in the

district during the last 24 hours for the

fifth consecutive day on Wednesday,

district health department sources said,

reports BSS.

The district recorded five percent

Covid-19 positivity rate as eight fresh

cases were reported after testing 160

samples at the Colonel Maleque

Medical College PCR Lab during the

last 24 hours till last morning.

Among the newly detected patients -

Thakurgaon, 14,461 of Dinajpur and 4,820 of

Gaibandha in the division," he added.

Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md

Motaharul Islam said a total ofb2,68,693

collected samples were tested till Tuesday,

and of them, 54,302 were found Covid-19

positive with an average positivity rate of

20.21 percent in the division.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the

total number of healed Covid-19 patients

reached 50,724 with recovery of 233 more

patients on Tuesday in the division. The

average recovery rate currently stands at

93.41 percent in the division.

The 50,724 recovered patients include

10,488 of Rangpur, 3,336 Panchagarh, 4,262

Nilphamari, 2,560 Lalmonirhat, 4,425

Kurigram, 6,780 Thakurgaon, 14,125 in

Dinajpur and 4,748 Gaibandha districts in

the division.

Among the 54,302 patients, 83 are

undergoing treatments at isolation units,

including 10 critical patients at ICU beds and

two at High Dependency Unitbbeds. With

the recovery of 50,724 patients and 1,218

deaths 2,277 are remaining in home isolation

currently.

"Meanwhile, the number of citizens who

got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine rose

to 23,36,806, and among them, 13,89,175 got

the second dose of the jab till Tuesday in the

division," Dr Islam said.

Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and

Prevention Task Force and Principal of

Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr AKM

Nurunnobi Lyzu said everyone should

sincerely abide by the health directives to

prevent further spread of the deadly virus.

No COVID-19

death reported in

Manikganj for 5th

consecutive day

one is from Manikganj Sadar upazila,

three from Ghior Upazila, one from

Shibalaya upazila, two from Singair

Upazila and one from Harirampur

Govt distributes

houses to 100

homeless

families in

Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA: The

government has handed

over houses to 100 homeless

families at Uttar

Dighalkandi in Saghata

upazila of the district,

reports BSS.

The semi pucca houses

were distributed to them

after a lottery yesterday as

Upazila Chairman MD

Zahangir Kabir, Upazila

Nirbahi Officer (UNO)

Sarder Mostafa Shine and

Upazila

Project

Implementation Officer

Engineer Mithun Kundu

were present.

The houses were

constructed under the

Ashrayan project of the

Prime Minister (PM)'s office

at the direct supervision of

Bangladesh Army.

After getting the houses,

all beneficiaries are happy

and expressed their

gratefulness to the

government.

One more dies,

2 infected with

Covid-19 in

C'nawabganj

CHAPAINAWABGANJ:

One more person died of

Covid-19 and two were

infected with the lethal virus

during the last 24 hours till

last morning in the district,

reports BSS.

The new fatality was

reported from Shibganj

upazila, raising the total

death cases to 156 in the

district.

The fatality included 104

in Sadar upazila, 31 in

Shibganj upazila, 10 in

Gomostapur upazila, six in

Nachole upazila and five in

Bholahat upazila.

The number of Covid-19

cases climbed to 5,805 as

two more people were

detected positive after

testing seven samples in the

district during 24-hour

span. The daily positivity

rate stood at 28.57 percent,

civil surgeon office sources

confirmed.

At present, there are 67

Covid-affected patients in

the district and of them, 37

patients are undergoing

treatment in dedicated

Covid hospital and others at

home.

Meanwhile, 5,582 patients

with 34 new have recovered

from the disease here, the

sources added.

Upazila of the district.

With the newly detected cases, the

number of coronavirus (COVID-19)

infected patients stands at 8,128 after

testing 43,954 samples in the district,

said Medical Officer of Manikganj Civil

Surgeon Office Dr. Rafiqun Nahar

Banna.

Besides, the number of cured patients

from the lethal virus stood at 7,487 in

the district, the medical officer said.

The death toll from the virus stands at

125 in the district, so far.


THuRSDAY, SePTembeR 16 , 2021

7

Four million Afghans are facing "a food emergency" and the majority live in rural areas where $36

million is urgently needed for the coming months to ensure the planting of winter wheat, feed for

livestock.

Photo : Internet

UN officials says rural Afghans

have critical need for aid

UNITED NATIONS : Four million

Afghans are facing "a food emergency"

and the majority live in rural areas

where $36 million is urgently needed

for the coming months to ensure the

planting of winter wheat, feed for

livestock, and cash assistance for

vulnerable families, the elderly and

disabled, a U.N. official said Tuesday,

reports UNB.

Rein Paulsen, director of the Food

and Agriculture Organization's Office of

Emergencies and Resilience, told

reporters at U.N. headquarters in a

video briefing from Kabul that 70% of

Afghans live in rural areas and there is a

severe drought affecting 7.3 million

Afghans in 25 of the country's 34

provinces. These vulnerable rural

communities have also been hit by the

pandemic, he said.

Paulsen said 4 million Afghans are

facing a humanitarian emergency,

characterized by "extreme gaps in food

consumption, very high levels of acute

malnutrition and excess mortality."

He said agriculture is "indispensable"

to the Afghan population. He said it

accounts for just over 25% of the

country's GDP, directly employs some

45% of the work force, "and most

importantly it provides livelihood

benefits for fully 80% of the Afghan

Ex-jihadi bride asks

UK for forgiveness,

aims to return home

LONDON : A British woman

who ran away from home at

age 15 to join the Islamic State

group in Syria has asked for

forgiveness and appealed to

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

to let her come home.

Shamima Begum was one of

three east London schoolgirls

who traveled to Syria in 2015.

She has said she married an IS

member from the Netherlands

and had three children, all of

whom have died.

Now 22 and living in a

refugee camp in Syria, Begum

has sought to return home, but

the British government

revoked her citizenship on

national security grounds.

Begum has fought

unsuccessfully in the British

courts to have her U.K.

passport restored, reports

UNB.

"I know there are some

people, no matter what I say or

what I do, they will not believe

that I have changed, believe

that I want to help," she told

broadcaster ITV.

"But for those who have even

a drop of mercy and

compassion and empathy in

their hearts, I tell you from the

bottom of my heart that I regret

every, every decision I've made

since I stepped into Syria and I

will live with it for the rest of my

life."

Addressing Johnson, she

said: "I think I could very much

help you in your fight against

terrorism because you clearly

don't know what you're doing."

Begum, who wore a gray

tank top and a baseball cap,

rather than the black clothes

and hijab in which she was

once seen, said she had been

misled into thinking she was

going to Syria to live in an

"Islamic community" and

didn't commit violence.

population." Many vulnerable families

rely on livestock for food, he said, but 3

million animals are at risk as a result of

the drought leaving inadequate pasture.

Paulsen said the winter wheat planting

season-the most important in

Afghanistan-is threatened by

"challenges of the cash and banking

system" as well as challenges to markets

and agricultural items.

Since the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15,

fears have grown that Afghanistan

could face economic collapse. Many

banks have been closed, those that are

open have limited cash withdrawals,

and prices for staples have increased.

"More than half of Afghans' daily

calorific intake comes from wheat,"

Paulsen said. "The crop is simply

indispensable in food security terms"

and farmers must start to plant now.

"FAO has resources in place to

support an extra 1.25 million Afghans

but much more is needed," he said.

"The seeds can't wait, the farmers can't

wait. This window is requiring an

urgent scale and support for donors

now." He said the FAO's package of

wheat, fertilizer and support for a single

farmer costs $150. "For $150 a family

of seven Afghans will produce 1.2

million tons of wheat-they'll produce

enough wheat to give them cereal and

flour for an entire 12-month period,"

Paulsen said. That $150 is "incredibly

impactful, very cost effective - and

again, (it) underscores why it's

imperative that we don't miss this

winter wheat season," he added.

He also said more than 400,000

Afghans are displaced from their

homes, mainly from rural areas, "and

those numbers are rising." He said

keeping farmers in their fields and

herders with their flocks is critical to

preventing a deepening displacement

crisis.

If agriculture collapses further,

Paulson warned, it will drive up

malnutrition, increase displacement

and worsen the humanitarian situation.

FAO in 2021 has supported nearly 2

million Afghans with livelihood and

cash assistance, Paulsen said. He said

the $36 million that the FAO needs

urgently for the winter farming season

was part of the U.N.'s emergency appeal

for $606 million. At a conference in

Geneva on Monday, donors pledged

$1.2 billion - double the amount sought,

which Paulsen called encouraging.

FAO hopes the pledges will fully fund

the $36 million needed, but Paulsen

noted that they are only promises for

now and donors need to quickly provide

the cash.

North Korea fires 2 ballistic

missiles off east coast:Seoul

SEOUL : North Korea fired two ballistic

missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, South

Korea's military said, two days after the North

claimed to have tested a new missile in its first

weapons test in six months, reports UNB.

The two ballistic missiles launched from a site

in central North Korea flew toward the waters

of the Korean Peninsula's east coast on

Wednesday afternoon, South Korea's Joint

Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The statement said South Korean and U.S.

intelligence authorities are analyzing more

details about the North Korean launches. It said

South Korea has boosted its anti-North Korea

surveillance posture.

Japan's coast guard confirmed the missiles

both landed outside Japanese Exclusive

Economic Zone in the waters between Japan

and the Korean Peninsula. No ships or aircraft

reported damage, the Coast Guard said.

North Korea said Monday it tested a newly

developed cruise missile twice over the

weekend. North Korea's state media described

the missile as a "strategic weapon of great

significance," implying they were developed

with the intent to arm them with nuclear

warheads. According to North Korean

accounts, the missile flew about 1,500

kilometers (930 miles), a distance that is

capable of reaching all of Japan and U.S.

military installations there.

Many experts say the North Korean test

suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its

weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear

diplomacy between Pyongyang and

Washington. The latest launch came as Chinese

Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul for

meetings with South Korean President Moon

Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss the

stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Talks between the United States and North

Korea have stalled since 2019, when the

Americans rejected the North's demand for

major sanctions relief in exchange for

dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim's

government has so far threatened to build hightech

weapons targeting the United States and

rejected the Biden administration's overtures

for dialogue, demanding that Washington

abandon its "hostile" policies first.

The North's resumption of testing activity

is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden

administration over the diplomatic freeze

after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for

economic benefits during the presidency of

Donald Trump.

South Korean television broadcast file footage in report about the North's

latest test with ballistic missile.

Photo : Internet

Afghanistan's

women soccer

team players

enter Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD : Members

of Afghanistan's women

soccer team and their

families arrived in Pakistan

after fleeing their country

in the wake of the Taliban's

takeover, local media said

Wednesday.

It was unclear how many

Afghan women players

and their family members

were allowed to enter in

Pakistan.

According to Pakistan's

information minister

Fawad Chaudhry, the

Afghan women soccer

players entered in Pakistan

though the northwestern

Torkham border crossing

holding valid travel

documents.

"We welcome

Afghanistan women

football team," Chaudhry

tweeted, providing no

further details.

However, Pakistan's

English-langue The

DAWN newspaper

Wednesday reported that

the Afghan female

footballers were issued

emergency humanitarian

visas following the Taliban

takeover of Kabul. The

Taliban reportedly don't

want women to participate

in sports.

The Taliban has not

commented, but an official

confirmed that under the

government's interpretation

of Islam, women are not

allowed to play any sports

where they could

potentially be exposed. The

official was not authorized

to speak with media before

any official announcement

by the government.

Last week, the Taliban

announced an all-male

interim government for

Afghanistan stacked with

veterans of their hard-line

rule from the 1990s and

the 20-year battle against

the U.S.-led coalition.

The move seems unlikely

to win the international

support the new leaders

desperately need to avoid

an economic meltdown.

Hurricane battered Louisiana

braces for Nicholas drenching

POINTE-AUX-CHENES : Residents of

southern Louisiana still recovering from

Hurricane Ida just weeks ago were bracing

Wednesday for expected heavy rains as

Nicholas crawls across parts of the state from

Texas. Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane

early Tuesday on the Texas coast, dumping

heavy rain even though it was quickly

downgraded to a tropical storm and later a

depression. But forecasters said Nicholas

could stall over storm-battered Louisiana and

spread life-threatening floods across the Deep

South over the coming days. In a state still

recovering from Category 4 storm Ida weeks

ago - as well as Category 4 Laura a year ago -

Nicholas and its potentially heavy rain bands

were unwelcome news.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned

residents to expect flash flooding and to take

the storm seriously despite its lack of hurricane

status. "This is a very serious storm,

particularly in those areas that were so heavily

impacted by Hurricane Ida," Edwards said.

Galveston, Texas, recorded nearly 14 inches

(35 centimeters) of rain from Nicholas, the

14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic

hurricane season, while Houston reported

more than 6 inches (15 centimeters). The New

Orleans office of the National Weather Service

said late Tuesday that as much as 10 inches (25

centimeters) of rain could fall in parts of

Louisiana, with some areas seeing particularly

intense periods of 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8

centimeters) of rainfall per hour.

In the small Louisiana community of Pointeaux-Chenes,

Ida peeled open the tin roof of

Terry and Patti Dardar's home, leaving them

without power and water for more than two

weeks since. Nicholas made the damage that

much worse, soaking the upstairs. But it also

Palestine calls on donor countries

to cover UNRWA's budget deficit

RAMALLAH : Palestine on Tuesday called on donor countries

to cover the deficit in the budget of the United Nations Relief

and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to

continue providing its services.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said in a

statement that he met with UNRWA Commissioner-General

Philippe Lazzarini in Ramallah and discussed the importance of

helping the UN agency to overcome the deficit in its budget,

reports UNB.

GD-1342/21 (6x4)

provided them with badly needed water, which

their son Terren and grandchildren collected

in jugs and poured into a huge plastic

container through a strainer. From there, a

pump powered by a generator brought the

water inside.

His mom, Patti, said the family didn't have

anywhere else to go after Ida, so members

were doing their best during Nicholas.

"We ain't got no other place," she said. "This

is our home."

Gov. Edwards said Nicholas will complicate

an already difficult recovery from Ida in

southeast Louisiana. He noted that 95,000

electric customers were still without power

more than two weeks after Ida hit. And he said

the new storm could mean some who had

regained power might lose it again. Homes

already badly damaged by Ida were not yet

repaired to the extent that they could

withstand heavy rain, Edwards added.

Energy companies working to restore power

to remaining areas in the state said

Wednesday that they were watching Nicholas

closely but didn't expect it to affect their

restoration times.

A spokesman for Entergy Louisiana said

Nicholas so far has not caused any delays to

previously announced times to restore power.

Crews cannot operate when lightning is within

10 miles (16 kilometers) and can't put bucket

trucks in the air at winds greater than 30 mph

(50 kph), said Jerry Nappi. But once

conditions improve they would quickly resume

work.

Joe Ticheli, manager and CEO of South

Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association,

said he did not anticipate that Nicholas would

significantly slow its work to restore power

after Ida.

Residents of southern Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Ida just

weeks ago were bracing Wednesday for expected heavy rains as Nicholas

crawls across parts of the state from Texas. Photo : Internet


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

8

NRBC Bank launched its banking services at Mirer Bazar, Pubail, Gazipur. Member of the Parliament

Gazipur-5 and former State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz

Chumki inaugurated the Sub-branch as Chief Guest recently. S M Tarikul Islam, Deputy Commissioner

(DC) of Gazipur attended the ceremony as Special Guest. Forhad Sarker, SVP of NRBC Bank presided

over the inaugural ceremony.Chief Guest Meher Afroz Chumki said, development of mass people is the

main goal of the present government. Banking sector has played a vital role in the development of all

indicators. He said, NRBC Bank will ascend to strong position through transparency, effective services

and latest technologies Board Bazar Branch Manager Md. Mamun Hossain, Incharge of Mirer Bazar

Sub-branch A F M Masudur Rahman and distinguished clients, businessmen, local elites were present

on the occasion. During the ceremony, a Munajat was held seeking divine blessings of Almighty for the

welfare, progress and prosperity of the Bank.

Photo: Courtesy

S. Korea fines Google

almost $180m for

market abuse

SEOUL : South Korea's antitrust watchdog

fined Google nearly $180 million on

Tuesday for abusing its dominance in the

mobile operating systems and app markets,

it said, the latest in a series of regulatory

moves against tech giants around the world,

reports BSS.

The penalty came weeks after South

Korea passed a law banning major app store

operators such as Google and Apple from

forcing software developers to use their

payment systems, effectively declaring their

lucrative Play Store and App Store

monopolies illegal.

And last week a US judge ordered Apple

to loosen control over its App Store

payment system in an antitrust battle with

Fortnite maker Epic Games.

Google and Apple dominate the online

app market in South Korea, the world's 12th

largest economy and known for its

technological prowess.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission

(KFTC) has investigated Google since 2016

for allegedly preventing local smartphone

makers such as Samsung Electronics from

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple

CEO Tim Cook strode

through a slickly produced

video Tuesday to launch a

new iPhone, with few hints

of the exceptional string of

troubles facing his

company including policy

reversals, a spyware attack

and legal fights, reports

BSS.

Cook-from an empty,

darkened auditoriumraved

over upgraded

cameras, brighter screens

and new features for some

of the Silicon Valley giant's

other devices like the iPad.

"These are the best

iPhones we've ever

created," Cook said, noting

Apple's work to design the

"very best products and

Embattled

Apple unveils

new iPhone

services to enrich people's

lives."

Yet a head-spinning

series of problems have

occupied the recent public

discussion of one the

world's most valuable

companies.

Due to a long and loud

fight over its online app

marketplace, a judge

ordered Apple last week to

allow developers to

sidestep its hefty

commission on purchases.

customising its Android OS.

It said Google hampered market

competition through an "antifragmentation

agreement" preventing

smartphone makers installing modified

versions of Android, known as "Android

forks", on their devices.

"Because of this, device makers could not

launch innovative products with new

services," the KFTC added in a statement.

"As a result, Google could further cement

its market dominance in the mobile OS

market."

It fined Google 207.4 billion won

(US$176.8 million) and ordered the global

tech giant to take corrective steps.

Google has maintained that its Play Store

commissions charged are standard in the

industry and fair compensation for building

safe marketplaces where developers can

reach people around the world.

The Play Store had revenues of almost 6

trillion won ($5.2 billion) in 2019,

accounting for 63 percent of the country's

total, according to data from Seoul's science

ministry.

It has also delayed a plan

to scan its customers'

devices as part of a child

abuse prevention move,

after privacy advocates

howled over the risk of

opening a backdoor for

government surveillance.

And then Monday it was

forced to roll out an urgent

fix after cybersecurity

researchers found a

weakness that allowed

Pegasus spyware to infect

Apple devices without

users so much as clicking a

malicious message.

That said, Apple still

possesses massive reach in

the digital world and

beyond, and manages to be

worth over $2 trillion.

Shirin Akhter

promoted as

MD of BKB

Veteran banker Shirin

Akhter joined Bangladesh

Krishi Bank (BKB) being

promoted as Managing

Director recently, a press

release said.

She worked as Managing

Director on current charge in

the bank since July 31, 2021.

She joined Agrani Bank as

Senior Officer in 1988

through BRC and worked as

Deputy Managing Director

in BKB since 16 September,

2019. She completed her

Post Graduate Degree with

honors from the University

of Dhaka in Political Science,

MBA from Stamford

University, Dhaka and LLB

degree from Bangladesh Law

college. As part of foreign

tours she travelled USA, UK,

Canada, India, Ireland,

Thailand, Singapore,

Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi

Arabia and Bhutan. She is

the eldest daughter of late

Ayesha Rahman who was

the founder General

Secretary of Bangladesh

Mohila Awami League,

Mohammadpur Thana of

Dhaka and late Khalilur

Rahman, former Assistant

Director of Bangladesh Bank

(BB). She was born in a

respectable Muslim family

under Char Bhadrashan

upazila of Faridpur district.

The Premier Bank Ltd has been honored by National Board of Revenue (NBR) as one of the highest taxpayers

in banking sector for 2020-21 fiscal year. M. Reazul Karim, FCMA, Managing Director & CEO the Premier

Bank Limited received the letter of recognition from Fazle Kabir, Governor of Bangladesh Bank at a program

held in a city hotel on Tuesday. Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul Muneem, Chairman, NBR; Sayed Abul Hashem FCA,

FCMA, Deputy Managing Director & CFO, The Premier Bank Ltd; Md. Alamgir Hossain, Member, (Tax Policy)

and Mohammad Golam Nabi, Member, (Tax Administration and Human Resource Management) of the NBR

and 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

As pandemic roils economy, more

US workers call it a day

WASHINGTON: Prior to the

coronavirus pandemic, Antonio

Fernandez, 64, had envisioned staying in

his job at Chevron in Houston for

perhaps another five years, reports BSS.

"I probably think I had five more years

to work, at least," Fernandez said of his

role with the oil giant. "I wasn't looking

forward to being retired."

But as with so many other things, the

pandemic is remaking the playbook for

when to retire in the United States.

Retiring older had been a clear trend in

the pre-pandemic era of the world's

largest economy, sometimes due to

preference, but often out of necessity.

Some have opted to stay employed into

their 70s to maintain benefits in a

country where healthcare costs are

notoriously high. In other cases, people

were forced to keep working after their

savings were hit by the 2008 financial

crisis.

But since the spring of 2020, millions

over the age of 65 have exited the

workforce, often earlier than expected.

In June alone, more than 1.7 million

more older workers than expected

retired, said Teresa Ghilarducci, a

scholar on labor and retirement at the

New School For Social Research in New

York.

After being laid off last fall, Fernandez

applied for other jobs, but was not

successful.

"I have mixed feelings," he told AFP,

bKash has distributed 15,000

books to 27 organizations

including schools, voluntary

organizations working for

underprivileged and

disadvantaged children. Few

privately-run libraries were

also included. bKash

collected these books from

visitors, writers and readers

at Bangla Academy Book

Fair, also donated from its

own fund, and distributed

through non-profitable

organization Obhizatrik

Foundation, a press release

said.

The books have been

distributed to cultivate the

habit of reading various

books alongside textbooks

among underprivileged

children. This initiative also

brings opportunity to read

more books for the readers of

privately-run libraries.

These books have been

distributed in various nonprofitable

organizations and

libraries such as: Spreeha,

APON Foundation, Shishu

Polli Plus, Switch Tahmina

Banu Bidyaniketan, Whistle

Bangladesh, Isha Lalbagh

Pathagar, Diganta

Foundation, Aparajeyo

Bangladesh, Friday School,

Ignite Foundation,

Tokhhoshila School, Mojar

School, Born to Smile,

Prochesta and Obhizatrik

UK unemployment

dips ahead of

furlough ending

LONDON : British

unemployment dipped in

July as the economy

reopened further, official

data showed Tuesday, but

the outlook remains clouded

with the government's

furlough jobs support

scheme ending soon, reports

BSS.

Unemployment dropped

to 4.6 percent in the three

months to the end of July

compared with 4.7 percent

in the second quarter, the

Office for National Statistics

(ONS) said in a statement.

Vacancies are meanwhile

at a record high with certain

sectors including road

haulage and hospitality

seriously affected by a

shortage of staff owing to the

virus outbreak and Brexit.

At the same time, the

number of UK workers on

payrolls has rebounded

above pre-pandemic levels,

the ONS added Tuesday.

The UK government's

furlough scheme that has

kept millions of private

adding that the company mainly kept on

lower-paid staff, a shift from its approach

to earlier rounds of downsizing.

"In the end, even though it does not

feel fair, it's not a bad outcome for those

like me fortunate enough to have enough

years of service and being relatively close

to retirement to receive a lump sum

pension boosted by the low interest

rates."

Departing early was also a difficult for

Brenda Bates.

After 43 years of work at a nursing

facility in Florida, her job became much

more taxing during the pandemic when

she was required to wear a mask and

goggles.

Bates suffered a transient ischemic

attack, a stroke-like incident with

lingering effects. After struggling for

breath during a swim, Bates discussed

options with her husband.

"We made the decision to do it for my

health," Bates said.

"Before the pandemic I thought I

would work at least till I was 65 to get

Medicare," she told AFP. "I love my job

so I expected to stay as long as I really

wanted to."

Bates is far from alone in departing

earlier than she expected.

Whether due to fears of an unsafe

workplace or job loss amid the economic

upheaval, "millions of older workers are

simply retiring and often earlier than

they are ready," Ghilarducci said.

Foundation's schools.

Mir Nawbut Ali, Chief

Marketing Officer of bKash

said, "bKash will remain

engaged with such initiatives

of nurturing reading habit

among children in future."

Ahmed Imtiaz Jami,

Founder of Obhizatrik

Foundation, said, "This

initiative of bKash has been

praised by all for cultivating

reading habit among the

children. Integrated effort

like this by corporate and

non-profit organizations has

set a good example."

In a similar initiative in

2020 Book Fair, bKash

collected books from visitors,

readers and writers, donated

from its own fund and

distributed 7,500 books

among the underprivileged

children under book

distribution program.

The relationship of bKash

with books is remarkable. As

a responsible corporate

organization of the country,

bKash is engaged with

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro's

book reading program since

2014. Till now bKash has

provided 253,600 books to

3.2 million students from

2,900 educational

institutions to nurture the

habit of reading books

among next generation.

To spread the ideals of the

great leader Bangabandhu

"It's scary," said Bates, who now works

as an independent contractor for a

company that does placement for senior

living.

"You're giving up a very good salary

and all your benefits. One day you have

nothing left."

While most of the departures involve

workers 65 and older, more workers over

55 without a college degree are also

leaving jobs, Ghilarducci said.

Retirements of Black workers without

a college diploma increased by 9.2

percent, while white workers with the

same education profile saw a 7.5 percent

rise, she said.

One risk from the early retirements is

an uptick of poverty among the senior

population.

At the same time, some older workers

are actually in a relatively good position

to retire-at least compared to earlier

crises.

"During the global financial crisis there

was obviously a very large number of

people that had lost their entire

retirement savings, and 10 years after

they could not retire," said Jacob

Kirkegaard, a fellow at the Peterson

Institute for International Economics.

"Right now the situation is exactly the

opposite," said Kirkegaard, noting that

the stock market has risen during the

pandemic, along with housing prices,

which sank after the 2008 market

crash.

bKash distributes 15,000 books to 27

organizations for underprivileged children

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

among the students, bKash

also distributed 20,000

copies of graphic novel

'Mujib' in 500 Bengali and

English medium schools

across the country in the year

of Mujib's birth centenary

and the golden jubilee of the

independence

of

Bangladesh.

In addition, bKash has

been offering cashback at

book fair for the last eight

years to encourage people to

buy books. Country's leading

MFS provider has also been

working with Bangla

Academy as the key sponsor

of Ekushey Book Fair for the

last four years.

Asian markets struggle for traction

ahead of US inflation data

HONG KONG : Investors trod cautiously in

early Asian trade Tuesday as they awaited US

inflation data that could play a key role in

determining when the Federal Reserve will

start winding down its market-supporting

monetary policy, reports BSS.

The first gain for Wall Street's S&P 500 and

Dow after a five-day losing streak was not

enough to spur a broad advance in Asia, though

Tokyo was on course to clock its highest finish

in more than 30 years on hopes for fresh

stimulus.

Experts are also keeping an eye on China

after authorities tightened their grip on the tech

sector as part of a wide-ranging regulatory

crackdown against private enterprises.

But the main event this week is the release

later Tuesday of US consumer price data,

which comes days after figures showed the cost

firms pay at the factory gate had risen last

month at a record pace owing to a jump in

demand as well as supply and labour shortages.

That report put pressure on the Fed to begin

tapering its ultra-loose monetary policy as soon

as November.

Expectations are for the consumer price

reading to come in above five percent, with

analysts warning that a reading well above that

could force the central bank's hand in order to

prevent inflation from spiralling out of control.

OANDA's Edward Moya said uncertainty

over the reading would keep traders on the

sidelines for now.

"Investors don't want to have massive

positions before the inflation data as the risks

are to the upside as Covid inflation continues to

hamper supply chains," he wrote in a

commentary.

"If inflation comes in hotter-than-expected,

taper expectations could shift from December

to November."

Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Wellington

and Taipei all fell but Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul,

Manila and Jakarta rose.

Confidence has also been knocked by fears

about another coronavirus flare-up in China,

with dozens of positive cases in Fujian province

forcing authorities to carry out mass tests and

shut down public transport in one county.

The news has led to talk that leaders could

reimpose tough lockdown measures to prevent

the spread of the disease, a move that dealt a

blow to China's economy when another

outbreak occurred earlier this year.

"Another round of lockdown restrictions due

to China's elimination strategy threatens to

further weaken momentum after surprising

softness" in recent services and manufacturing

data, said National Australia Bank's Tapas

Strickland.


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9

Manchester United slumped to a shock 2-1 loss at Young Boys despite a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo

in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.

Photo: AP

Man Utd dealt shock Champions League

loss as Lukaku boosts Chelsea

Sports Desk

Manchester United slumped to a shock

2-1 loss at Young Boys despite a goal

from Cristiano Ronaldo in their

Champions League opener on Tuesday,

while Chelsea kicked off their title

defence by beating Zenit, reports BSS.

Robert Lewandowski struck twice

for Bayern Munich as the German

heavyweights inflicted a 3-0 defeat on

Barcelona at Camp Nou in their first

European game since the departure of

Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, the leading scorer in

Champions League history, bagged his

135th goal in the competition after 13

minutes in Bern, but Swiss champions

Young Boys hit back after the sendingoff

of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The United defender saw red for a

dangerous tackle on Christopher

Martins before half-time. Nicolas

Moumi Ngamaleu equalised in the

second half before Jordan Siebatcheu

snatched the winner with the final kick.

"It's the first game in the group.

We've got many games to bounce back

and we must do," said United captain

Harry Maguire. "We'll try and pick up

Malinga retires

from T20Is to end

playing career

Sports Desk

The 38-year old had earlier

retired from Tests in 2011

and ODIs in 2019, and

franchise cricket in January

this year

Veteran Sri Lankan fast

bowler Lasith Malinga has

announced his retirement

from T20I cricket, thus

bringing an end to his long

and illustrious playing

career.

The 38-year old had

earlier retired from Tests in

2011 and ODIs in 2019, and

franchise cricket in January

this year, and has now called

it quits in the shortest

format after being

overlooked for the Sri Lanka

squad for the upcoming T20

World Cup.

Malinga, who has not

played competitive cricket

since March last year,

announced his T20I

retirement on his YouTube

channel Tuesday, having

won the 2014 T20 World

Cup and ending with 107

wickets, currently the

highest in T20Is.

"Today is a very special

day for me. I want to thank

each and everyone who

supported me throughout

my T20 journey. Today I

decide I want to give 100%

rest for my T20 bowling

shoes. I want to thank the Sri

Lankan cricket board and

team members. And

Mumbai Indians cricket

team, especially the team

owners and officials," said

Malinga.

I would also like to thank]

the team members and staff

at Melbourne Stars, Kent,

Rangpur Riders, Guyana

Warriors, Maratha Arabians

and Montreal Tigers. When

I played with you all, I got

many experiences through

my cricketing journey.

three points in our next game and build

momentum from there."

United host Villarreal in two weeks.

The Spaniards, who beat Ole Gunnar

Solskjaer's men in last season's Europa

League final, drew 2-2 at home to

Atalanta in the other Group F match.

Remo Freuler gave Atalanta the lead

but Villarreal responded with goals

from Manu Trigueros and Arnaut

Danjuma. Robin Gosens popped up

with a late equaliser.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock

for Chelsea after 69 minutes at

Stamford Bridge to earn the holders a

1-0 victory over Zenit, whose

Krestovsky Stadium in Saint

Petersburg is the venue for next May's

final. Lukaku headed in Cesar

Azpilicueta's cross to give Thomas

Tuchel's team a winning start in Group

H. "The guys who are there to score

regularly for their teams are so

important because one goal changes

the whole momentum of the match,"

Tuchel said of Lukaku.

Juventus top the section after the

opening round following their 3-0 win

away to Malmo of Sweden.

Alex Sandro headed Juve ahead and

Paulo Dybala converted a penalty

before Alvaro Morata notched a third

for a side that has picked up just one

point from three games in Serie A.

Bayern stretched their record

unbeaten away run in the Champions

League to 19 games by sweeping aside

Barca in the first meeting between the

clubs since the Germans triumphed 8-

2 in a one-off quarter-final last year.

Thomas Mueller put Bayern on top

on 34 minutes and Lewandowski

netted twice in the second half to send

Julian Nagelsmann's side top of Group

E. "We came to win this game and we

knew that we had to show respect to

Barcelona," said Lewandowski.

"When you play at the Camp Nou

against them they are always

dangerous. But we had this game under

control and we showed we were here

for the three points."

Dynamo Kiev had to settle for a 0-0

draw at home to Benfica after Ukraine

international Mykola Shaparenko's

injury-time effort was ruled out for

offside.

Pakistan take fresh guard

for first home N.Zealand

series in 18 years

Sports Desk

Pakistan's new backroom team are seeking

an immediate impact when their one-day

international team face a largely secondstring

New Zealand in a home series for the

first time since 2003 this week, reports BSS.

International cricket in Pakistan was

suspended in the aftermath of terror attacks

on the Sri Lanka side in 2009 and heavy

security surrounds the first of three one-day

internationals in Rawalpindi on Friday.

Former captain Ramiz Raja has vowed to

transform the sixth-ranked ODI team after

being appointed chairman of the Pakistan

Cricket Board on Monday after a shake-up in

the team's backroom staff.

His elevation came just a week after head

coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach

Waqar Younis stepped down for personal

reasons. Former off-spinner Saqlain

Mushtaq replaced Misbah while former allrounder

Abdul Razzaq was appointed his

assistant. Raja also announced that

Australian great Matthew Hayden and South

African Vernon Philander have been

recruited as batting and bowling coaching

consultants ahead of the Twenty20 World

Cup next month. Top-ranked New Zealand

are without many of their top players -- who

are instead heading to the UAE for the

Indian Premier League -- including captain

and leading batsman Kane Williamson, and

pace bowling trio Trent Boult, Tim Southee

and Kyle Jamieson.

But Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is not

taking his opponents lightly, despite the raft

of missing star names. "It would have been

nicer had their best team come," said Babar,

who scored a brilliant hundred in the last

ODI between the two teams in the 2019

International cricket in Pakistan was suspended in the aftermath of

terror attacks on the Sri Lanka side in 2009.

Photo: AP

World Cup at Edgbaston."But whatever the

composition of their team we will play to our

best and win the series." New Zealand have

won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against Pakistan,

but their inexperienced side has just suffered

a 3-2 Twenty20 series defeat in Bangladesh

under stand-in skipper Tom Latham.

Conditions in Pakistan will be a new

challenge for New Zealand, who last toured

Pakistan 18 years ago.

Defending champs Ulsan

oust Frontale on penalties

to reach ACL last eight

Sports Desk

Holders Ulsan Hyundai

booked their place in the

Asian Champions League

quarter-finals with a 3-2

penalty shoot-out win over

Kawasaki Frontale on

Tuesday, following a tense

0-0 draw, reports BSS.

Substitute Yoon Bit-garam

dispatched the decisive spotkick

for the South Koreans,

after goalkeeper Cho Hyunwoo

had saved at full stretch

from Frontale's Akihiro

Ienaga.

Ulsan were joined in the

last eight by Nagoya

Grampus, who beat Daegu

FC 4- 2 thanks to a hat-trick

from Polish striker Jakub

Swierczok.

Ulsan's Round of 16 match

against J-League champions

Frontale pitted the first

round's top scorers against

its meanest defence.

Frontale finished the

group stage with 27 goals

from six matches, while

Ulsan conceded only one.

There was little between

the two teams in a tight first

half, with Oh Se- hun forcing

a save from Kawasaki

goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong

with the best opportunity.

Clear-cut chances were

few and far between, and it

was no surprise when the

match went to penalties.

Frontale's Tatsuya

Hasegawa and Joao

Schmidt and Ulsan's Won

Du-jae and Lee Dong-jun all

missed their kicks, before

Cho dived to his left to deny

Ienaga.

Substitute Yoon then

buried his penalty past Jung

to start the celebrations.

"We knew it would be a

tough match so we were

prepared for it go to

penalties," said Cho.

Bournemouth move level

with West Brom at top

of the Championship

Sports Desk

Bournemouth moved into a

share of theblead at the top

of the Championship with a

2-1 win over QPR on

Tuesday as West Brom were

held 0-0 at home by Derby,

reports BSS.

Bournemouth and QPR

were two of three teams in

the division still yet tovlose

prior to the encounter at the

Vitality Stadium, but the

visitors made a poor start on

the south coast.

Jaidon Anthony robbed Tob

Dickie and fired home after

12 minutes to open the

scoring. It was 2-0 before

the break when Anthony

picked out Dominic Solanke

inside the area and the

former Liverpool forward

found the net. Sam

McCallum pulled one back

after the interval for QPR

but they could not find an

equaliser as they fell to sixth.

"In the first half we were

clinical but they put us

under immense pressure in

the second half and we had

to show another side to us,"

said Bournemouth boss

Scott Parker.

"We have seen tonight that

every game in this league is

different and that

sometimes you have to grind

it out." West Brom also

remain unbeaten and at the

summit but with an identical

record to Bournemouth

after they were held to a

goalless draw by Wayne

Rooney's Derby.

The Baggies had plenty of

chances but could not find a

way past Kelle Roos and

may lose top spot if Fulham

win at Birmingham on

Wednesday.

Huddersfield leapfrogged

QPR to sit fourth in the table

after an excellent 3-0 win at

Blackpool.

Josh Koroma got the ball

rolling for the Terriers with a

stunner early into the

second half and Matty

Pearson and Jonathan Hogg

joined him on the

scoresheet.

Blackpool have dropped

into the bottom three after

Reading beat Peterborough

3-1 score to move out of the

relegation zone.

Lewandowski at the double as

Bayern outplay Barca again

Sports Desk

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal

demonstration of how far their opponents

have fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the

Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert

Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at

Camp Nou, reports BSS.

Without Lionel Messi for a first European

campaign since 2003, Barca were

outplayed by Bayern, who might have

scored more but in the end settled for three

thanks to Thomas Mueller's deflected opener

and Lewandowski's double.

When Lewandowski made it two before

the hour, the possibility of another

humiliation in the mould of last year's 8-2

defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt

very real.

Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an

even louder message about the gulf in class

by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca's

fans expressed their anger, dismay and

finally a sense of resignation.

"It is what it is," said Gerard Pique. "We are

what we are, that's the reality."

"We could have been better," said Bayern

coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Barcelona failed to muster a single shot

on target, made fewer passes - once almost

unheard of at Camp Nou - and have now

conceded 10 goals in their last three

European homes.

Sergi Roberto was on the end of the

loudest whistles from the home supporters

and it was impossible not to wonder if the

criticism came in part from disappointment

at his lack of progress down the right flank,

where Messi once created so much.

"They (the whistles) hurt me a lot because

I know him, he's a spectacular person," said

Pique. "And people need to remember he's

not a winger."

Ronald Koeman's own position has come

under scrutiny in recent weeks and his 5-3-2

formation, that defies Barcelona's attacking

traditions, will not have strengthened his

hand.

Yet the bottom line here was the lack of

quality in the Barcelona line-up - coming

after their turbulent summer of sales - which

was inferior to Bayern's in every department.

"We obviously wanted to compete better

but it's what we have," said Koeman. "I can't

fault the effort of the players."

Mueller has seven goals in six

appearances now against the Catalans while

Lewandowski has scored in 18 consecutive

matches.

Nagelsmann's strong start in charge

continues with a sixth consecutive victory -

but Bayern will face tougher Champions

League opposition than this, perhaps even in

Group E, where Benfica and Dynamo Kiev

began with a draw.

In true underdog fashion, Barca flew into

Bayern early on, eager to impress themselves

physically on an opponent they perhaps

knew would be technically superior.

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far their

opponents have fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on

Tuesday.

Photo: AP

Gosens rescues Atalanta with

late point at 10-man Villarreal

Sports Desk

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said he

was "satisfied" after Germany's Robin

Gosens claimed a late equaliser in Tuesday's

2-2 draw at 10-man Villarreal in the

Champions League, reports BSS.

Gosens' effort in the final 10 minutes kept

the Italians above Manchester United in

Group F after the English club lost to Young

Boys earlier in the day, in the first game of

this season's competition.

French midfielder Francis Coquelin was

shown a red card in the closing moments for

Villarreal, last season's Europa League

winners, after pulling Teun Koopmeiners'

shirt. "I am satisfied, we played against a

great team. We played really well for the first

30 minutes We were strong enough to keep

the ball possession because if you lose the

ball too many times against them, they can

punish you," Gasperini told Sky Italia.

"We hoped to win it when we went one

man up, then, in the end, Juan Musso saved

us," he added.

Villarreal midfielder Dani Parejo praised

his side's reaction to Coquelin's dismissal

before Gerard Moreno had an injury-time

header blocked on the line. "We are leaving

with a bittersweet taste because we wanted

victory," Parejo told Movistar.

"I think the team gave everything. With

one less player the team believed in victory

until the end, but it could not be."

Villarreal coach Unai Emery started

Argentina pair Geronimo Rulli and Juan

Foyth after last weekend's La Liga trip to

Alaves was postponed following the

extended international window for South

American World Cup qualifiers.

Gasperini made four changes from

Saturday's Serie A loss to Fiorentina as Juan

Musso, making his competition debut aged

27, was picked ahead of Marco Sportiello in

goal. Atalanta, making just their third

appearance in the Champions League, were

rewarded for their early control of the game

as Switzerland midfielder Remo Freuler

opened the scoring after just six minutes.

Colombia forward Duvan Zapata held the

ball up well in the box and his lay-off was

slightly deflected by Etienne Capoue before

Freuler hit home. The Italians' dominance of

the game at Estadio de la Ceramica,

witnessing its first Champions League group

game since December 2011, stopped seven

minutes before the break.

Don't boycott men's cricket, former

Afghan women's chief pleads

Sports Desk

International cricketers should support

Afghanistan's men's team, not punish them

by boycotting matches if the Taliban bars

women from playing, the former director of

the women's side said, reports BSS. Tuba

Sangar, who fled the country for Canada

shortly after the fall of the country to the

hardline Islamist group, warned that sports

sanctions would damage the game at the

grassroots -- including for women and girls

."It's not a good idea to boycott the male

team. They did a lot for Afghanistan -- they

introduced Afghanistan to the world in a

positive way," Sangar told AFP on Tuesday.

"If we don't have a male team any more,

there would be no hope for cricket overall,"

said the 28-year-old, who was the director of

women's cricket at the Afghanistan Cricket

Board from 2014-2020. Australia's cricket

chiefs threatened to cancel a historic maiden

Test between the two countries -- set to take

place in November -- after a senior Taliban

official went on television to say it was "not

necessary" for women to play.

During their first stint in power, before

being ousted in 2001, the Taliban banned

most forms of entertainment -- including

many sports -- and stadiums were used as

public execution venues.

Women were completely banned from

playing sport. But the sport has become

immensely popular over the past few

decades, largely as a result of cricket- mad

Pakistan across the border.

This time round, the hardline Islamists

have shown they do not mind men playing

cricket, pulling together a match in the

capital Kabul shortly after foreign forces

withdrew.


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10

Fahmida

lends voice

in new song

'Tomar

Duchokh

Cheye'

TBT RepoRT

Popular singer Fahmida Nabi has lent her voice to a

new song titled 'Tomar Duchokh Cheye' recently.

Razib Bhoumik has written the lyrics and tuned the

song. The recording of the song has already been

completed at a studio in the capital.

About the song, Fahmida Nabi said, "The lyrics,

composition, music arrangement of the track are

amazing. The song will be released with music

video on a YouTube channel soon. I hope the

audience will like the song."

Fahmida Nabi is a popular singer of the country.

She is the daughter of late singer Mahmudun Nabi

and the elder sister of singer Samina Chowdhury.

Her music career which started in 1979 has

spanned over three decades. She sings primarily

classical and modern Bengali songs.

Besides that, she sings Rabindra Sangeet and

Nazrul Sangeet. Her first album is Tumi

Tulonahina. Fahmida Nabi won the National Film

Award as the Best Female Playback Singer in 2007

for her song 'Lukochuri Lukochuri Golpo' in

Bengali film titled 'Aha'.

Fahmida Nabi is also a music composer.

Prominent singer Sayed Abdul Hadi, Shakila Zafar,

Samina Chowdhury, Bappa Mazumdar and others

have lent their voice to Fahmida's composition.

Aniston's 'awkward' TV interview

makes viewers cringe

Hollywood star Jennifer

Aniston recently had an

awkward exchange on a British

TV show when the host made

her visibly upset by clumsily

interrupting her comments and

accusing her of not being a

morning person. According to

reports, the former 'Friends'

star was on 'The One Show' on

Wednesday when she got cut

off by presenter Jermaine Jenas

while discussing what it was

like filming Season 2 of her

Apple TV plus drama, 'The

Morning Show', in which she

stars alongside Reese

Witherspoon.

During that part of the show,

the look Aniston gave him could

have stopped a clock and it also

brought social media to a

standstill as people debated

whether Jenas was in the wrong

or Aniston was overreacting.

The cringe-fest began as

Aniston appeared remotely on

the chat program with

Witherspoon and got to talking

about what it was like to film

scenes in the early-bird hours of

the morning.

Aniston said, "I learned the

slow burn that it is. It's a very

vampire state of life and mind

that you guys live in. Everybody

comes alive in the middle of the

night, and it's a slow-moving

train." She added, "I got there at

5 in the morning and the

hallways were quiet and people

are just slowly waking up, and

then all of a sudden, the train

starts moving and it gets crazier

and crazier. It's utter chaos."

That's when Jenas interrupted

Aniston to ask Witherspoon a

question while insinuating that

Aniston doesn't like getting up

early.

"Reese, I've got to be honest

with you, Jennifer's pretty

much sold it to me that she's

not a morning person," he said,

at which Aniston appeared

stunned.

"Did I sell that to you?'"

Aniston uncomfortably asked,

to which Jenas responded, "A

little bit, a little bit." She

snapped back saying, "Did I get

a good deal?"Jenas, a former

English soccer player, then

laughed awkwardly and tried to

move forward with his

conversation with Witherspoon,

abruptly saying, "So, what

about you, Reese?"

Source: Times Of India

Khijir Hayat's upcoming

war film 'Ora 7 Jon'

TBT RepoRT

Actor-director Khijir Hayat Khan, who is

famed for films like 'Ostittey Amar Desh',

'Jaago' and 'Mr Bangladesh', is now looking

forward to kick-off his upcoming directorial

venture titled 'Ora 7 Jon'.

Aiming to present the glorious history of

the 1971 Liberation War to the new

generation, the film will be shot in several

parts of Sylhet, which were under Sector 5

during the war, Khijir said.

The cast of the film will be announced next

week, he further said.

As the project is titled 'Ora 7 Jon', the story

of the film revolves around a squad of seven

freedom fighters, aged between 22 and 40

years, and their dedication to the battlefield

during the war against then West Pakistan.

Khijir confirmed that he would be seen as

one of the seven fighters in 'Ora 7 Jon'. Khijir

himself also wrote story, script and dialogue

for the film.

"War film is one of my favourite genres. I

TBT RepoRT

Noted Bangladeshi filmmaker

Amitabh Reza Chowdhury's

'Rickshaw Girl' has been selected

for screening in Mill Valley Film

Festival in North America. It will

mark the second international

screening of the film. Director

Amitabh Reza Chowdhury has

confirmed the news on his

verified Facebook account.

The film is based on the

acclaimed novel by Mitali Perkins.

The screenplay of the film is

jointly written by Naseef Faruque

Amin and Sharbari Z Ahmed.

The film portrays the story of

Naima, who wants to earn money

for her poor family but finds that

her unparalleled artistic talent is

useless. When her father falls

seriously ill, Naima feels

compelled to leave her little

hamlet for Dhaka. In the major

city, she disguises herself as a boy

and works as a rickshaw puller.

Amitabh Reza wrote in his

Facebook post, "The Mill Valley

Film Festival is very important for

those who were involved in

making the film 'Rickshaw Girl'.

Bollywood's livewire star Ranveer Singh is in Hyderabad to attend

the launch of actors Ram Charan and Kiara Advani's upcoming film.

Along with Ranveer, filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli and megastar

Chiranjeevi were also seen attending the mahurat event. The

much-anticipated film is tentatively called 'SVC 50'.

In a string of pictures, Ranveer is seen talking to Ram. In other

images, the 'Padmaavat' star is seen posing with the film's

director Shankar and the cast of the film.

What caught the eye at the grand launch, which took place at

the Annapurna Studios, was Ranveer's double ponytail look,

which has gone viral on social media. Kiara took to Instagram

to share her excitement about the film.

"Excitement level beyond for my First Pan India film. My

heart is filled with gratitude to be directed by the one and

only @shankarshanmughgaru, my wonderful costar

@Always Ram Charan produced by #DilRajugaru. With

your blessings, love and good wishes our film has begun,"

Kiara tweeted alongside the poster of the film.

The movie reportedly also features Anjali, Jayaram,

Naveen Chandra and Sunil.

Other details related to the film are still under wraps.

Source: Flip Board

have watched most of the prominent war

films from around the world over many

years. If I talk about my filmmaking career,

I will say that the time has come to make the

war film that I had always wanted. I am now

more experienced and still with a youthful

spirit," Khijir said.

"'Ora Egaro Jon' was the first film on our

Liberation War. I am making 'Ora 7 Jon'

marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's

independence and intending to showcase to the

young generation the indomitable spirit of our

freedom fighters on the battlefield," he added.

"The new generation usually loves to

watch war films made from various film

industries of the world, including

Hollywood. I hope they will welcome 'Ora 7

Jon' as well," he said further.

Meanwhile, the director took to his social

media handle to share a thematic poster of

the film with the tagline 'Mora Ekti Ful-ke

Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori'.

Khijir Hayat Khan began his career as a

The novel 'Rickshaw Girl' written

by Mitali Perkins is hugely

popular in North America. As a

result, the audience of this region

has been waiting for a long time

to see the film made from the

novel. That's why producer Eric J

Adams paid special

attention to

the

filmmaker in 2007 with the film 'Ostittey

Amar Desh', based on the heroic sacrifice of

Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman during the

Liberation War. Khijir also acted in the film.

In 2010, he directed another film titled

'Jaago', said to be the first-ever sports drama

in Bangladesh. Eight years later, Khijir

produced the film 'Mr Bangladesh', where

he also appeared as the protagonist.

The war film 'Ora 7 Jon' is expected go on

floors by the end of September.

'Rickshaw Girl' selected for

Mill Valley Film Festival

Kiara gears up for her first

pan-India film 'SVC 50'

audience when it came to making

it. Though the film is set against

the backdrop of Bangladesh, still

most of its dialogues are in

English. Earlier, the film was

selected for Durban Int'l Film

Festival. I congratulate all of the

members who were involved in

the making of 'Rickshaw

Girl'."

The film 'Rickshaw

girl' features Novera

Ahmed in the lead

role. It also stars

Naresh Bhuiyan,

Allen Shubhro

Gomes,

Momena

Chowdhury,

and

Champa.

H o R o S C o p e

ARIeS

(March 21 - April 20) : You may have

been worried about money lately, Aries.

Today a family member could make an

expenditure that you view as

unnecessary and irresponsible. Before you become

angry know that all may not be as it seems! If you look

at the situation objectively, you may see that you aren't

in dire financial straits and the expenditure didn't take

that much out of the family coffers.

TAURUS

(April 21 - May 21) : Today you might

find it necessary to turn down an

invitation to a social event, Taurus, and

the host might for some reason seem

offended. Your friend is probably overworked and

stressed and apt to overreact to just about any

situation. Relax a little. Explain things to your

friend and then propose that you get together at

another time. That's all you can do now.

GeMINI

(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.

CANCeR

(June 22 - July 23) : An event could

find a current or potential love partner

paying a lot of attention to others,

Cancer. You might feel neglected and

unloved, as though your friend is doing this to hurt

you. This probably isn't the case. Your partner is just

trying to be sociable and doesn't realize that it upsets

you. Do some mingling. Your friend might have the

same reaction as you and come running!

Leo

(July 24 - Aug. 23): Do you sometimes

go about things backward, Leo? Are

you caught up in the rat race of trying

to have more money and security with

the idea that eventually you'll earn the freedom to do

what makes you happy? The happiness factor

actually works in reverse. You must first be who you

are and then take the necessary actions in order to

have what you really want.

VIRGo

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): An angry call

from someone who lives far away might

catch you off guard today, Virgo. In your

mind, the person has no reason to be

angry and is blowing things out of proportion. They

probably won't listen to reason. Say as calmly as you

can that you'll get in touch tomorrow and then hang

up. Give this person time to calm down before even

trying to straighten things out.

LIBRA

(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.

SCoRpIo

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : A minor quarrel or

separation could take place with a love

partner, Scorpio, probably over

something that seems trivial. It's likely to

get your dander up to the point where you may never

want to see this person again. Go for a workout or

brisk walk to clear your head, get the endorphins

going, and view the situation more objectively. Then

phone your friend and work it out.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): Too much stress

from overwork could have your nerves

on edge today, Sagittarius. When

someone makes an offhand remark,

you might see insult where none is intended. Don't

get so jumpy that you imagine traitors behind every

door. Work alone if you can, and take a walk to clear

your head. This will put you in a better frame of

mind and a more relaxed space.

CApRICoRN

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): Squabbles may

break out among members of your

group, Capricorn. You might wonder

what the big deal is since what they're

arguing over seems rather silly. Apparently it's

important to them! If you feel up to it, get your

friends out of their emotional chaos and view the

subject more objectively. It might not calm them

down, but at least you'll have done something!

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : Someone may skip

out on responsibilities today, Aquarius,

causing extra tasks to fall to everyone

else, including you. This might stir up

some anger and resentment and it's definitely going

to cause more stress. Delegate tasks if you can. Put

yours in order of urgency and then take them one at

a time slowly and carefully. If the less important

ones have to wait until tomorrow, so be it!

pISCeS

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : If you've been

planning to set off on a trip soon,

Pisces, make a list of what you need to

do beforehand and check off each

task as you complete it. Otherwise you might

panic at the last minute because you've forgotten

something important. Stay calm even if it seems

impossible. You're less likely to forget anything if

you stay focused.


ThursDAY, sEPTEmbEr 15, 2021

11

CmP’s West DC and DC Traffic collaborate

to free walkways in the Chattogram

IqBAl HOSSAIN, CHATTOGrAm

Unusual traffic congestion is a

common sight in Chattogram

city. Abdul Warish, DC of

Policegave a preliminary

warning and asserted that the

police had jurisdiction to take

action against the occupants if

the sidewalks were not cleared

in Chattogram city. If such

incidents are observed

anywhere, the police will take

action in this regard under the

existing law.

roads are the property of

the government, so everything

will continue for the said

purposes only.

A traffic sergeant, Sakhawat

who came to investigate said

that they suffered the most

due to the illegation

occupation of this road. Due

to which traffic jam is created.

They are facing a lot of

problems due to these illegal

occupations while working to

reduce traffic congestion.

major accidents can happen

at any moment as street

vendors put their goods on the

street illegally. Keeping in

mind the issue of this

accident, due to the activities

of both the DCs, the

occupation was evicted and

now the road is free from

occupation. When the matter

came to the notice of Traffic

DC west and DC West on

September 7, they first

warned to remove the goods

and later if they did not

remove the goods, they would

take necessary steps to

remove the goods and clear

the road. It is to be mentioned

that a journalist named

rezaul lost his life in April last

year due to the dilapidated

condition of the road at the

corner of Kacha road.The

journalist was going to collect

news on a motorcycle on such

a day last year.

Actually this type of action

should be taken by the city

corporation, the authority

responsible for it but they

have nothing do something

about the matter. When this

reporter of The Bangladesh

Today, raised the matter to

the ward councilor (12) of the

city corporation, Nurul Amin

kalu. The councilor said they

recently brought this issue to

the concerned authority, they

take an action against the

occupants with in few days.

He aslo thanked to police DC

to take an action about the

matter.

The main road is already

filled with various ditches and

the sidewalks of the roads are

already occupied, now the

occupants are occupying the

road again. Ordinary

pedestrians in the area say

that this image can be seen

not only in Eidgah

Kacharastar but also at

Dewan Hat, mansurabad,

Eidgah, Bau-Bazar, Abulbiri,

Pahartali, Alangkar. As

evening falls, the sides of the

road become illegal stations of

buses and trucks. Pedestrians

say that after a while, they will

get back to their previous

form. We are also interested

to know where the solution

lies.

Justice Department

seeks order against

Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON : The Justice

Department has asked a

federal court in Texas to stop

the enforcement of a new

state law that bans most

abortions in the state while it

decides the case. The Texas

law, known as SB8, prohibits

abortions once medical

professionals can detect

cardiac activity - usually

around six weeks, before

some women know they're

pregnant. Courts have

blocked other states from

imposing similar restrictions,

but Texas' law differs

significantly because it leaves

enforcement to private

citizens through civil lawsuits

instead of criminal

prosecutors.

The law went into effect

earlier this month after the

Supreme Court declined an

emergency appeal from

abortion providers asking that

the law be stayed.

In Tuesday night's

emergency motion in the U.S.

District Court for the Western

District of Texas, Austin

Division, the Justice

Department said "a court may

enter a temporary restraining

order or a preliminary

injunction as a means of

preventing harm to the

movant before the court can

fully adjudicate the claims in

dispute."

‘Buy AKASH & Go to T20 World Cup’

campaign air ticket prize handed over

Three quiz winners have

won Dhaka-Dubai-Dhaka

air tickets by buying new

connections in the first week

of 'Buy AKASH & Go to T20

World Cup' campaign. In

addition, ten customers got a

32-inch Samsung Smart TV.

Country's only legal DTH

(Direct-to-Home) service

provider AKASH has

launched this mega campa

ign on the occasion of the

upcoming ICC T20 World

Cup 2021, a press release

said.

The prizes were handed

over to the winners of the

contest at the Head office of

AKASH in Dhaka.

Beximco Communication's

Chief Operating Officer

manoj Kumar Dobhal, Chief

Financial Officer md.

luthfor rahman, Head of

marketing & Business

Development muhammad

Abul Khair Chowdhury and

Head of Sales & Distribution

Shah mohammad maksudul

Ganiwere handed over the

prizes.

'Buy AKASH & Go to T20

World Cup' campaign first

week air ticket winners are

mohammed Anwar from

Sylhet, mD. mazahar

Hossain Khan from Dhaka

and Al Amin from

Chattagram. Two winners of

the campaign from Dhaka

A.B.m Noman Hossain and

Imtiaj Ahammed Joney

respectively won received32''

Samsung smart TV.

In this six-week campaign

starting from September 1,

three quiz winners will get

Dhaka-Dubai-Dhaka air

ticket every week. The next

ten winners will get a 32-

inch Samsung Smart TV.

Along with, if the customers

buy AKASH during the

campaign and recharge it by

October 17, every customer

will get taka 200 cashback.

The campaign is going to

continue till 12th of October

2021.

AKASH is being enjoyed

with the highest quality

pictures and sounds in 64

districts of the country.

Along with customers could

buy AKASH connection

from any retail point in the

country.

Jamuna Electronics unveiled the latest technology

of energy saving washing machine in an ordinary

ceremony recently. Photo : Courtesy

GD-1341/21 (10x4)

GD-1340/21 (12x4)


Thursday, dhaka: september 16, 2021; Ashwin 1, 1428 Bs; safar 8, 1443 hijri

Online news portals

registration is ongoing

process: Hasan

DHAKA : Information and Broadcasting

Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday

said registration of online news portals is

a continues process and the directive of

the High Court on this issue is helpful in

bringing discipline.

"Registration of online news portals is

an ongoing process. And there is no rule

that any online news portals or newspapers

will not be published in future

except the existing registered news portals

or newspapers," he told newsmen at

his office at Secretariat.

Hasan said the order of the High Court

is very much crucial in this regard. Those

online news portals, which are not performing

their jobs appropriately and

publishing untrue and false news,

spreading rumours for assassination of

others characters, are not acceptable, he

added. "The order will be helpful in this

regard," he said.

He said his ministry will close some

online news portals within the stipulated

time after getting written copy of the

court. "At the same time, we will present

the issue to the court that it is an ongoing

process and registration is going on

through a process. We will also produce

before the court that closing all the news

portals without scrutiny in together is

how much logical," said Hasan, also

Awami League joint general secretary.

Earlier, the minister joined a function

of unveiling the cover of the book

'Sheikh Hasina'ke Nibedito Ekguccha

Kabita' translated in Turkish language

Md. MekAIl MIA, kAshIAnI uPzIlA

(GoPAlGAnj) CorresPondenT

Kashiani upzila, sits on the mid-western

region of Bangladesh is a connecting

point of Dhaka and Khulna. People of

this upazilla are suffering from lack of

medical facilities. This is due to lack of

medical equipment, infrastructure problems,

indifference of doctors, nurses,

and other administrative staff. As a

result, patients are being sent to Zila

hospitals in Golapganj and Faridpur.

According to new sources,upazila's31-

bed county hospital was upgraded to

100 beds on January 1, 2020. To dated

octors, nurses and staff have not been

recruited for the augmented capacity.

The allocation of medicine has not been

through online organised by Peace a-

Harmony.

In his speech, he said Bangabandhu's

daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

is playing a unique role for establishing

peace and harmony not only in

Bangladesh, but across the globe.

He said the world media recognised

her as the 'Mother of Humanity' for giving

shelter to Rohingya refugees.

Turkey Ambassador to Dhaka

Mustafa Osman, Asia Pacific Institute of

Ankara Director Dr M Nazmul M

Nazmul Islam, poet Azizur Rahman

Aziz, poet Anis Mohammad and poet

Izfandior Arion, among others,

addressed the function with

Muktijuddha Academy Trust Chairman

Dr Abul Azad in the chair.

Replying to another query over a comment

of BNP leader Rizvi Ahmed, the

minister said it is a question that why

BNP has inclination to foreign countries.

"They rush to embassies when anything

happens in the country and when anyone

suffers from fever they want to send

him or her abroad. Why they incline to

foreign countries," said Hasan.

He said Begum Khaleda Zia didn't get

any bail from court. Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina has shown her unprecedented

generosity to Begum Zia by

releasing her (Begum Zia), who is a convicted

accused for embezzling the money

of orphans, he added. For this, Hasan

said, they (BNP) should give thanks to

the Prime Minister.

increased; the operation is running from

the existing budget approved for the 31-

bed hospital.

Kashiani and the outlying town of

Alfadanga are home to about three million

people. Apart from this, a large portion

of Dhaka-Khulna highway and a

regional highway runs through the

upazila. Patients suffering from road

accidents often need to come to this hospital

for treatment.

There is a severe scarcity of necessary

medication especially the drugs for acidity.

The medical staff usually sit and

leave as per their wish. Many come only

three or four days a week whereas they

should be present for at least five days on

rotation basis.

Film

actress

Pori Moni on

Wednesday

appears

before

dhaka chief

metropolitan

magistrate

in a drug

case.

Photo : TBT

Payra Bridge to

be opened in

Oct : Quader

BARISHAL : The Payra Bridge over the

Payra River in the Lebukhali area of

Barishal district will be opened to traffic in

October, Road Transport and Bridges

Minister Obaidul Quader said Wednesday,

reports UNB.

"The Payra Bridge in the Lebukhali area is

like another Padma Bridge for the people of

the southern region, and the bridge will be

opened totraffic next month," he said.

The Minister said this while inaugurating

as many as 11 bridges in three districts

virtually from the office of the additional

chief engineer of Barishal Roads and

Highways division.

"75% construction work of Bekutia Bridge

in Pirojpur district is complete, while the

government has approved the construction

work of Nalua-Baherchar Bridge in ECNEC.

We should introduce a culture of completing

work within stipulated time and that too

after maintaining quality," he said.

Quader iaugurated 11 bridges, involving

Tk 83,23,98,000, in Barishal division.

The bridges include 28.78m-long

Babuganj Bridge, 31.828m-long Khasherhat

Bridge, 31.828m-long Nababer Haat Bridge,

31.828m-long Kauria Bridge and 15.74mlong

Khasherhat Bridge in Barisal district.

Besides, 44.02m-long Gurudhan Bridge

in Jhalakati district, 69.898m-long

Kheyaghat Bridge on Kathalia-Koikhali-

Banaihat Road, 44.02m-long Banglar Jar

Bridge on Paran Talukdarhat-Borhanuddin-

Charfashion-Charmanika regional highway

in Bhola district, 44.02m-long Debichar

Bridge on Debirchar-Najirpur-Lalmohon-

Mangalshikdar-Tajumuddin regional

highway were inaugurated.

Two more bridges -- 63.798m-long

Hetalia Bride on Charkhali-Tushkhali-

Mathbaria-Patharghata Road and 75.978mlong

Madarsi Bridge on the same road in

Pirojpur district-were also inaugurated.

Kashiani hospital faces many crisis

Residential Medical Officer (RMO)

Dr. Md. Omar Ali said they receive a

fixed number of drugs for the outpatient

department. If the number of patients is

big enough, they have nothing to do. The

have to manage it from the yearly allocation

of resources.

On the other hand, not having a house

dental surgeon causing the equipment to

ruin disproportionately. And the affiliated

technicians grabbing this opportunity

by running rampant businesses in their

private chamber.

Though there are two ambulances,

only one driver is employed. One ambulance

is in use and the other is left in the

garage. Patients do not receive an ambulance

when needed. As a result, ambulance

is being hired with extra money.

Though there are scope for doing digital

X-ray, ECG, blood, and various other

tests technicians suggest the patients to

conduct the test outside. Testing elsewhere

costs a lot of money. According to

new sources, 20 out of 17671 corona

patients have died in the hospital. 56

patients are taking care in 10 isolation

beds of the hospital. The doctor Subrata

Saha informed that 45 doctors, nurses

and staff have been affected so far while

treating Covid patients.

Dr. Tapas Biswas, the caretaker said

that though the bed has increased but

the absence of human resources

capacity barring them to provide quality

services.

GD–1336/21 (5X4)

School closure

50,000 students may have

dropped out in Kurigram

KURIGRAM : As students across the

country are back to classrooms after one

of the world's longest Covid closure,

many of them missed their peers with

officials concerned in Kurigram fearing

that at least 50,000 kids may have

dropped out due to early marriage and

poverty in the district, reports UNB.

Teachers and concerned officials gave

this observation to UNB as school reopened

on Sunday after nearly 18 months amid a

festive atmosphere and calls for maintaining

Covid health guidelines.

District Secondary Education Officer

Shamsul Alam said, "We inspected 5

schools in Kurigram Sadar on Sunday.

Around 13 % of students have dropped

out from these institutions during school

closure. As many as 63 girls were victims

of child marriage."

According to "our assumptions, the

total number of school dropouts in the

district would be around 50,000," he

said adding "We have directed the concerned

individuals to present an exact

figure as soon as possible."

After a reality check at the schools in

different upazilas of the district including

Ulipur and Kurigram, the UNB correspondent

reported that the number of

absentees was 20-25 % on average in all

the institutions.

TITAs ChAkroBArTy, khulnA

CorresPondenT

The correspondent added that most of

the students dropped out due to economic

reasons and a significant amount

due to early marriage.

After talking to parents, teachers and

other related individuals, the reporter

estimated that as many as 91 girls were

married from Kurigram Girls High

School, Ghogadaha Maleka Begum Girls

High School, Kanthalbari Girls High

School and Barullah Girls High School .

A teacher at Kurigram Girls' High

School, seeking anonymity, said 30 girls ,

including 12 of the 10th grade, got married.

Jannatun, a SSC student of Jatrapur

Girls' High School in Sadar Upazila said

," Five of my classmates have been

forced to tie knots by their parents."

Irene, another 10th grader said, "Our

parents treated us as if we were a burden

that needed to be offloaded as soon as

possible. We were not allowed to go outside

the walls of our homes. Taking private

tuition was totally out of option."

"Although many of my friends wanted

to study and had big dreams, they became

victims of child marriage," she added.

The acting headmaster of this school

Abdul Mannan said, "If we observe for a

week, we will know how many children

have dropped out. We will find out the

reasons for this. "

Rebel candidates likely to

complicate the outcome

Khulna UP elections

Tensions peak in Khulna on the occasion

of upcoming Union Parisad (UP)

elections as 11 rebel candidates planning

to give hard times to the candidates

who got the nomination from

the party. Rebel candidates are continuing

their election campaign by disobeying

the party's decision. The party's

responsible leaders have claimed

that most of the rebel candidates are

controversial.

According to the sources, in the first

phase of the upcoming Union

Parishad elections, there is one rebel

candidate in each union of Khulna

along with the party nominated candidate

of Awami League.

Repeatedly, the responsible leaders

of the party verbally instructed the

rebel candidates to withdraw from the

elections but they did not respond.

After that, at the extended meeting of

the party on September 11, it was decided

to temporarily expel 11 rebel

candidates from their respective party

posts who were contesting against the

party candidate (Boat). Influential district

and upazilaAwami League leaders

are also among those who have

been suspended.

Meanwhile, many of these expelled

leaders are controversial. Some are infiltrators.

Some are accused in murder

cases, have allegation of destroying the

Sundarbans or have affiliation

withJamaat-BNP. There have also

been several scuffles between supporters

of the party and the rebel candidates

in Senhati Union in South

Bedkashi and Senhatiupazilas of

Dighalia in Koira district.

Several supporters of the party and

rebel candidates in these two unions

have already been injured. A press

conference has been organized at

Khulna Press Club on Thursday on behalf

of party candidate Md Kamal

Uddin Siddiqui Helal of Gazirhat

Union of DighaliaUpazila alleging various

threats and intimidation.

District Awami League general secretary

AdvocateSujit Kumar Adhikari

said, there is no one outside the party

decision. He called upon all to accept

the party's decision to make the forthcoming

Union Parishad elections free,

fair and peaceful.

The dead trees on both sides of the

Ishwardi-Pabna highway are standing

as death traps. These trees can be

broken by a slight wind and fall on

the road, which can lead to major

accidents.

Photo: PBA

Opposition

MPs slam

mismanagement,

politics in

health sector

SANGSAD BHABAN : Opposition

MPs on Wednesday sharply criticised

the government for mismanagement

in the health sector, particularly politics

by physicians and high fees in private

hospitals, reports UNB.

They came up with their harsh remarks

while taking part in discussions

on the Medical Colleges (Governing

Bodies) (Repeal) Bill 2021 in

Parliament. In response to their criticisms

of doctors for their involvement

in politics, Health and Family Welfare

Minister Zahid Maleque said all citizens

have the right to do politics.

Joining the discussions, Jatiya Party

MP Kazi Firoz Rashid (Dhaka-6) said

BNP had formed DAB (Doctors'

Association of Bangladesh) and AL, coming

in power, formed Swachip

(Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad).

"We would have been happy had he

(Health Minister) incorporated a provision

in this bill that the doctors and scientists

wouldn't be allowed to do politics,

but he didn't," Firoz Rashid said.

He said if the physicians do politics,

what would be the job of politicians!

"Meritorious students study medical

courses. But get deprived of medical

services if they do politics," said Firoz.

BNP MP Harunur Rashid

(Chapainawabganj-3) said the health

system is still in a sorry state even after

the 50 years of the country's independence.

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