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DHAkA: September 17, 2021; Ashwin 2, 1428 BS; Safar 9,1443 Hijri

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No worries about bank

account details of

journalists: Minister

DHAKA : Information Minister Dr Hasan

Mahmud on Thursday said journalist

leaders have no reason to be worried

about their bank account details sought by

Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit

(BFIU).

Speaking at the annual general meeting

(AGM) of a faction of Dhaka Union of

Journalists (DUJ), the minister also said

the government is trying to bring discipline

in the mass media by removing various

problems.

Dr Hasan said he tried to look into the

matter after seeing a report in the newspaper

on seeking bank account details of 11

journalist leaders by the BFIU.

"The government can of course seek

bank account details of anybody for any

reason. But I don't think there's any reason

to be worried about it. I know those

whose bank account details have been

sought. I also know the financial condition

of many of them," he said.

The DUJ's AGM was held at the Jatiya

Press Club with its president Quddus Afrad

in the chair. The BFIU of the Bangladesh

Bank issued letters to the commercial banks

asking for details of bank accounts of 11 journalist

leaders last week.

The ministers said journalists themselves

demanded removing chaos in the

mass media and he is trying to do it in consultation

with media persons. "This

process is going on, and discipline has

already been restored in many cases."

He said the government is going to

enforce the existing laws in the country so

that foreign channels cannot show any

advertisement without permission from

October next.

BNP policymakers

in another closeddoor

meeting

DHAKA : BNP policymakers sat in

another closed-door meeting with the

top leaders of the party's associate bodies

on Thursday as part of their planned

series of meetings with central leaders to

work out their next course of action,

reports UNB.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul

Islam Alamgir along with the standing

committee members began the meeting

at 4pm at the party chairperson's

Gulshan office. BNP acting chairman

Tarique Rahman has virtually joined the

meeting from London.

Party sources said 92 leaders of Jubo

Dal, Sewchchasebak Dal, Chhatra Dal,

Mohila Dal and other associate bodies of

the party have taken part in the meeting.

The party policymakers started the

series of meetings with the party's rank

and file on Tuesday to take their opinions

about the party's next course of

action ahead of the next general election.

The BNP top leaders had also similar

meetings with BNP vice-chairmen, advisory

council members on Tuesday and

with joint secretaries general, organising

secretaries, assistant organising secretaries

and secretaries on Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, Mirza Fakhrul

said they can also hold similar meetings

with other leaders of the party in the

days to come.

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DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

on Thursday said she had wanted to

make Ziaur Rahman an accused in the

Bangabandhu killing case as his involvement

in the massacre was beyond doubt.

"There's no doubt that he was involved

in the 1975 carnage.

I wanted to make

him an accused,

but then home secretary

Rezaul

Hayat once said

dead persons cannot

be made any

accused. But his

name (Zia's name)

should have been

there as an accused

(in the case)," she

told Parliament.

Prime Minister

said this while

delivering her valedictory

speech in

the 14th session of

the 11th parliament.

Hasina said

Bangabandhu's

killers Farooq and

Rashid in their

interviews with the

BBC had said Zia

was involved in the

conspiracy. It was also stated in the

books of Anthony Mascarenhas and

Lawrence Lifschultz. "So, how can they

(BNP) deny it?" she questioned.

Mentioning that so many people were

killed in different jails during the Zia's

regime, the Prime Minister asked the

members of parliament (MPs) to take an

initiative to find out how many people were

hanged in different jails at that time.

"I think our MPs should take an initiative

to find out how many people were

killed during the Zia's regime. So many

people were hanged in every jail, particularly

in Dhaka, Bogura, Rajshahi,

Khulna, Cumilla and other places. There

were coups one after another and hundreds

of people were killed," she said.

Hasina said a good number of army

officers and soldiers and 562 air force

officers and soldiers were killed during

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Wanted to make Zia accused

in 1975 killing case:Hasina

Zia's regime. Mentioning different activities

of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman during

the 1971 Liberation War, the Prime

Minister questioned about his contribution

to the War.

"Zia was a freedom fighter and

Bangabandhu provided

him with gallantry

award. All

these are true, but

what's his role in the

Liberation War,

anyway?" she said.

When Khaled

Mosharraf had

been injured, Major

Haider took over

the charge." Zia didn't

become a sector

commander rather

he worked as an

" O d h i n a y a k " ,

Hasina said.

Referring to BNP

MP Harunur

Rashid, she said the

MP mentioned that

the casualties were

high in the area

where Zia was in

change. If so, there

is a question what

he did in the war.

"Whether he made

an arrangement in favour of Pakistan so

that our freedom fighters die? It's my

question," she said.

Hasina said Colonel Aslam Beg, who

was in Bangladesh during the Liberation

War and later became the chief of

Pakistan Army, wrote a letter to Ziaur

Rahman during the war complimenting

Zia's works at that time.

She mentioned that Aslam Beg, in his

letter, said Zia did a good job and they

(Pakistan) were happy with his works.

He also asked Zia not worry about his

(Zia's) wife and sons. Aslam also assured

that Zia would be given more tasks in the

future, said the PM.

Hasina said she has also a copy of the

letter. She would bring it to read out in

Parliament another day as it should

remain there as record in the proceedings

of parliament.

Process on to extend Khaleda

Zia's release:Home Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

SHAfiqul iSlAM (SHAfiq)

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan

Kamal has said that the issue of extending

the conditional release of BNP chairperson

Begum Khaleda Zia by suspending

her sentence is under process. He

said this while talking to reporters at the

secretariat on Thursday (September 16).

Meanwhile, the law ministry has given

an opinion on extending Khaleda Zia's

release by six months.

Asked about the progress of Khaleda

Zia's application for permanent release,

the Home Minister said, Khaleda Zia's

younger brother was coming to us with

an application. We sent it to the law ministry

for due process. You know, I was

abroad. I'm back now.

The process is going on according to the

opinion given by the Law Ministry. I just

came to the office. As far as the process is

concerned, I can't say without knowing.

The suspension will end on September

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivering

the concluding speeches of fourteen session

of 11th Parliament. Photo : Star Mail

24, the Home Minister said, adding that

it is under process.

The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

will go abroad on the 17th September

(Friday), in which case today is the daythe

Home Minister said, you should

wait. We can't yes/no or nothing. It is in

the process and it will go to the Hon'ble

Prime Minister. That is on process.

Khaleda Zia, convicted in two cases,

was jailed on February 8, 2018. But due

to the epidemic corona virus, Khaleda

Zia's sentence has been suspended in an

executive order on March 25, 2020 on

humanitarian grounds.

She suffers from various physical complications.

On April 3, she contracted

corona virus. She was also treated at the

Evercare Hospital in the capital.

Her sentence is coming to an end on

September 24. In this situation, a few

days before Khaleda Zia's release for better

treatment, her younger brother

Shamim Eskander applied to the Home

Minister. The application was later sent

to the law ministry for an opinion from

the home ministry.

On September 7, the law ministry gave

its opinion on the application to the

home ministry. She will not be allowed

to go abroad and will have to seek medical

treatment at home.

Now, if the Prime Minister approves it,

the Home Ministry's Security Services

Department will issue a notification suspending

Khaleda Zia's sentence for

another six months.

Evaly CEO,

chairman

arrested

TBT REPORT

Rab members arrested Evaly CEO

Mohammad Rassel and his wife

Shamima Nasrin, the chairman of the

company, from their house at

Mohammadpur in the city.

Sources at the Rab headquarters said

the elite force members cordoned off the

multi-storey building at Sir Sayed Road,

Mohammadpur around 3:30 pm and

arrested them around 5 pm.

The owners of Evaly, an e-commerce

firm, were allegedly involved in embezzlement

of several hundred crores of taka.

They were arrested after a victim filed a

case against them.

Earlier, on Wednesday night, a victim,

Arif Baker, lodged a case with Gulshan

police station accusing the couple.

Sub-inspector Ahidul Islam, the investigating

officer of the case, said the case was

registered over the allegation of embezzlement

of money and fraudulence.

In the First Information Report (FIR),

Arif Baker mentioned that he had ordered

goods worth Tk 310,000 online from

Evaly from May 29 to June 29 this year.

But the firm failed to deliver the ordered

goods in time.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Financial

Intelligence Unit (BFIU), an arm of the

Bangladesh Bank that specializes in financial

crime investigations, directed all commercial

banks and financial institutions

through a common letter on August 27 to

freeze all the bank accounts operated by

top executives of Evaly.

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Evaly CEO Mohammad Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin,

the chairman of the company, conducting a raid on their house at Mohammadpur in the city. Photo : TBT

Titas moves to overhaul ageing

accident-prone pipelines

in Dhaka city

DHAKA : Titas Gas Transmission and

Distribution Company is going to take up

a massive project to overhaul its age-old

gas pipelines in Dhaka metropolitan city

to make the flow more smooth and minimize

risks of accidents, reports UNB.

Official sources said the plan for

changing the ageing pipelines came to be

regarded as the core needs amid a series

of recent explosions and fire accidents

blamed on faulty and leaking lines.

When a huge explosion killed at least

six people and injured several others in

Moghbazar in last June, fire service officials

suspected leakage in Titas gas line

as the cause.

Leakage in Titas pipeline at a mosque

in Fatullah led to the explosions in six air

conditioners leaving at least 27 people

killed and over a dozen injured during

Friday prayers in 2020, in one of country's

worst gas explosions.

These tragic incidents apart, the issue

of the leakage in pipelines also came to

the attention of the authorities when

Titas Gas started installing pre-paid

meters in parts of the city.

Titas officials said their teams found

huge leakages in pipelines in both customers'

end as well as utility end when

they worked for pre-paid gas meters in

recent years.

Admitting the issue, a top official of

Titas Gas said that they are now working

on the ministry's instructions to overhaul

the pipelines.

According to official sources, initially a

plan was earlier submitted to the energy

and mineral resources division of the

ministry of power, energy and mineral

resources for approval.

But it was reverted to the Titas Gas

authority with some observations and

suggestions to accommodate those in

the plan, said a senior official of energy

and mineral resources division.

"We've sent back the relevant file with

some observations and suggestions to

follow those in their plan to make it

more effective", he told UNB preferring

anonymity as he was not authorized to

speak on the issue.

Titas Gas general manager (planning

and development) Shafiqul Islam, who

is dealing with the plan, informed that

the organisation's current plan is to conduct

a techno-economic feasibility study

first and then prepare a design based on

its report to implement the proposed

pipeline replacement project.

"Preparing a geographic information

system (GIS) mapping is also part of the

plan", he added.

He said the Titas Gas authority is now

in a process to appoint a consultant to

conduct the study.


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Teachers-Peshajibi Sangram Parishad organized a human chain at

Satmatha area on Tuesday.

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Express train

will resume by

Sept 25: Sujan

SIRAJGANJ : Railway

Minister Md Nurul Islam

Sujan, MP, on Thursday

said that the Sirajganj

Express train will be

launched afresh by

September 25.

"The Sirajganj-to-Bogura

Santahar bypass railway

line will be constructed for

improved connectivity

with the North Bengal," he

told a view-exchange

meeting with local political

leaders and stakeholders at

the AKM Shamsuddin

conference room here.

The Sirajganj Express

train was shut down during

the coronavirus pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Md. Habibe

Millat Munna, MP, Md.

Selim Reza, Secretary of

the Ministry of Railways,

Md. Shamsuzzaman,

Director General of

Railways, Dr. Faruk

Ahmed, Acting President

of District Awami League

Alhaj Advocate KM

Hossain Ali Hasan and

Acting General Secretary

Md. Abdus Samad

Talukder, among others,

were present o the

occasion.

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11th Kake Int’l Japanese Speech Contest held

Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CoETL) of Dhaka University (DU) organized a virtual

workshop on "Post-Covid pedagogical readiness in Dhaka University : Role of a teacher" for DU

teachers on Wednesday.

Photo : Courtesy

Ambassador of Bhutan visits DIU

Bhutanese Ambassador to

Dhaka Rinchen Kuentsyl

paid a courtesy visit to the

campus of Daffodil

International University

(DIU) in Daffodil Smart

City, Ashulia on Thursday.

They also attended meetings

with DIU authorities on

various issues including

education, economy and

culture of the two countries.

Col. Sha Bdr. Rai, Minister,

Royal Bhutanese Embassy

and Kezang Wangchuk,

Second Secretary, Royal

Bhutanese Embassy also

accompanied with the

ambassador.

Prof. Dr. A.S. SM

Mahbubul Haq Majumdar,

Acting Vice-Chancellor and

Pro Vice-Chancellor of

Daffodil International

University welcomed them

warmly. Professor Dr. Engr.

AKM Fazlul Hoque,

Registrar, Prof. Dr. Md.

Fokhray Hossain, Director

(International Affairs) and

Deans of various faculties,

Directors and senior officials

of the university were also

present.

Ambassador Rinchen

Kuentsyl wished that

Bhutanese educational

institutions would work with

Daffodil International

University on a wide range

of issues likeeducation,

business, cultural exchange

etc in coming days. He

emphasized on developing

entrepreneurial spirit

among the students and said

that the Bhutanese

government is keen to

launch start-ups and

venture projects with

innovative students. This

will make it easier to achieve

sustainable development

goals, he added.The

Ambassador also said that a

large number of Bhutanese

students are studying in

different universities and

medical colleges of

Bangladesh. Last year, we

requested Bangladeshi

universities to arrange

scholarships for Bhutanese

students. Daffodil

International University has

responded to our call. I

sincerely thanks Daffodil

University for coming

forwardin this regard.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof.

Dr. SM Mahbub-ul-Haq

Majumder said, from 2022,

Daffodil International

University will offerfull

scholarships and partial

scholarships for young

Bhutanese students. In the

meantime he highlighted the

international standards of

education at Daffodil

University, Daffodil's

position in various rankings,

various facilities including

international standard

hostel facilities for foreign

students and appealed to

Bhutanese students for

admission.

Later on, the Bhutanese

Ambassador visited the

university's Knowledge

Valley, Golf Garden,

Bonomaya, Innovation Lab,

Anisul Haque Study Center,

Swadhinata Auditorium

surrounding the entire

campus and enjoyed a

cultural performance by the

students. Daffodil

International University

believes that these visits will

strengthen the relationship

between Bhutanese

universities and DIU.

Workshop

for DU

teachers held

The Centre of Excellence in

Teaching & Learning

(CoETL) of Dhaka

University (DU) organized a

virtual workshop on "Post-

Covid pedagogical readiness

in Dhaka University : Role of

a teacher" for DU teachers

on Wednesday.

Director of the Centre

Prof. Dr. Sabita Rezwana

Rahman presided over the

workshop and delivered the

welcome speech. Additional

Director of the Centre Dr.

A.T.M. Shamsuzzoha

conducted the workshop.

Dr. Khairul Chowdhury,

Associate Professor of Dept.

of Sociology and Prof. Dr.

Mahbub Ahsan Khan of the

Institute of Education and

Research of DU spoke on

"Post-Covid pedagogy:

Social Aspects" and "Post-

Covid pedagogical readiness

in Dhaka University: Role of

a teacher" respectively in the

workshop.

It may be mentioned that

DU, CoETL organizes

workshops regularly for DU

teachers and officers for

achieving Quality Higher

Education.

MUNASEEB HOSSAIN

The eleventh Kake International

Japanese Language Contest 2020 was

held in Dhaka with the aim of creating

education and employment

opportunities in Japan. Kake

International and Meiji Education

jointly organized the competition at the

office premises of Meiji Education in

Dhanmondi area of the capital on

Thursday. The main purpose of this

event was to make Bangladeshi

students interested in learning

Japanese language.

15 Contestants who completed

Japanese Level 5 course took part in it.

At the occasion, Megumi Shimizu,

Chief of Cultural Representative,

Embassy of Japan, Bangladesh was

present as the chief guest while

Fumitsugu Ostuki, Director General,

Kake International Institute and

Yamada Makiko, International Affairs,

Kake International Institute were

present as special guests from Japan.

Makoto Ando, Teacher, Richinimori

Japanese Language School and Japan

Kazuhiko Onishi, Teacher, Asian

International Center, Kobe, Japan were

the judges at the occasion. Among

others, Md Jashim Uddin Bhuiyan,

Chairman of Meiji Education, Sadika

Akter, Managing Director of Meiji

Education, Nahidur Rahman, General

Manager of Meiji Education and Saleh

Arefin, AGM of Meiji Education were

also present during the time.

Fumitsugu Ostuki, Director General,

Kake International Institute in his

speech said that 'I would like to express

my appreciation to those involved in

today's event; especially Naoki Ito,

Ambassador of Japan to the People's

Republic of Bangladesh, Megumi

Smimizu, Cultural Representative form

the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh,

the judges: Makoto Ando of the

Richinomori Japanese Language

School in Tokyo, and Kazuhiko Onishi

of the Asian International Center in

Kobe, and school teachers of

participants.

He said that, Kake Educational

Institution is headquartered in

Okayama Prefecture, and operates

eight schools including three four-year

universities: Okayama University of

Science, Kurashiki University of

Science and the Arts, and Chiba

Institute of Science. We have been

actively promoting international

understanding and friendship through

exchange programs since the 1970's,

currently with educational agreements

with 78 institutions in 22 countries.

Students from a diversity of countries

have studied at our universities, as we

strive to provide top-notch Japanese

language education. The 'Kake

International Japanese Language

Speech Contest' started in 2011,

commemorating the institution's 50th

anniversary. We are proud that it has

grown to become an event with over

2,000 participants from around the

world and endorsed by Japan's

Ministries of Education and Foreign

Affairs.

He further added that this year's

theme is 'A Challenge to the New

Normal', which is what all of us are

facing now. We hope to get aglimpse of

how the pandemic is affecting the

younger generation and in turn, how

they are meeting these challenges.

At the end of the programme, Md

Jashim Uddin Bhuiyan, Chairman of

Meiji Education and Sadika Akter,

Managing Director of Meiji Education

handed over the certificates among the

winners of the contest. Sharmin

Sultana won the Kake Japanese Speech

Contest 2020 while Mikasa Sanjana

and Sadia Ahmed became second and

third respectively. All the students are

from Meiji Education.

It is to be noted that Meiji Education

is an overseas educational consultancy

organization, dedicated towards

providing educational services abroad

to the students in Bangladesh. Having a

broad network with education

providers, the organization is

competent to suggest a wide range of

study options and programs to meet

the students' needs. Meiji Education is

an all-round service provider.

Md Jashim Uddin Bhuiyan, Chairman of Meiji Education and Sadika Akter, Managing Director of

Meiji Education posed for a photo with the 11th Kake International Japanese Speech Contest in the

capital on Thursday.

Photo: TBT

Prof. Dr. A.S. SM Mahbubul Haq Majumdar, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Daffodil International

University handing over a memento of the university to Bhutanese Ambassador to Dhaka Rinchen

Kuentsyl during his visit to Daffodil International University.

Photo : Courtesy

Tree felling at DU triggers student protests

DHAKA : Dhaka University students

on Thursday staged protests as its

authorities cut down an old

Krishnachura and two other trees on

the campus.

Some students brought out a

procession carrying the pieces of the

chopped down trees to exhibit their

anger.

A group of Dhaka University students

planted some new Krishnachura plants

at the eastern corner of the Arts

Building protesting the cutting down of

the 60-year-old tree.

The university authorities claimed

that the Krishnachura tree was

chopped down on Wednesday morning

as it had become riskier for pedestrians

with its roots coming out open.

Two eucalyptus trees were also cut

down at the same location.

The chopping down of the

Krishnachura tree has drawn

widespread criticisms on social media,

particularly from former and current

students of the university.

Monirul Islam, a former student of

the university, on his Facebook post

said, "I don't feel like going to my

university campus these days. The

gutless people in the university's

administration can't maintain the

campus properly; rather they cut down

trees for their business. This is so

disheartening."

Maintenance of all the trees on the

university campus, including the plantbeautification

of the Curzon Hall and

road medians of the campus, are

routinely carried out by the

Arboriculture Centre of the university.

Prof Mihir Lal Saha, director of the

centre, said, "These trees were basically

at risk. They were on the road. The trees

might have collapsed anytime. So there

was no alternative to removing them.

We'll plant fast-growing trees at this

place."

Asked about the chopping down of

the old Krishnachura tree, he said, "The

Krishnachura tree was supposed to be

straight. But the tree has been tilted

and its roots also got damaged. So, it

could have been uprooted any time

causing an accident. So it had to be

removed."

Australia firmly with

Bangladesh to find a

solution to Rohingya

crisis: Envoy

DHAKA : Australian High

Commissioner to

Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer

on Thursday said his

country remains strongly

committed to finding a

solution to the Rohingya

crisis and help Bangladesh

manage the situation.

"We remain strongly

committed," he said, adding

that Australia will continue

to help Bangladesh and the

host community.

The Australian High

Commissioner was

addressing at "DCAB Talk"

organized by the Diplomatic

Correspondents

Association, Bangladesh

(DCAB) virtually.

DCAB President Pantho

Rahaman and its General

Secretary AKM Moinuddin

also spoke at the event.

The High Commissioner

said the Rohingya issue is a

massive humanitarian crisis,

and Australia will continue

to help Bangladesh's efforts

towards a solution.

Highlighting Australia's

commitment

in

humanitarian and disaster

response, he said Australia

has provided over $270

million in humanitarian

assistance to Rohingya and

host communities in Cox's

Bazar since 2017.

27pc ‘Suchana’ beneficiaries

reach food security: icddr,b

In Sylhet and Moulvibazar,

the "Suchana" project,

implemented by Save the

Children in Bangladesh has

helped 27% of the

beneficiaries reach food

security, a 14% increase in

three years.

In a seminar jointly

organised by Save the

Children Bangladesh and

icddr,b Wednesday, the

results of the international

health research

organisation's evaluation

survey to assess the impact

of the Suchana programme

from 2017 to 2020 were

presented, reports UNB.

Food security is defined

as having, at all times, both

physical and economic

access to sufficient food to

meet dietary needs for a

productive and healthy life.

A family is food secure

when its members do not

live in hunger or fear of

hunger.

Between 14-27%, the

proportion of women who

could make their own

decisions about major

household purchases

increased from 24.8% to

48.4%; food purchases

from 44.0% to 69.3%; food

preparation from 77.0% to

83%; their own healthcare

from 51.0% to 72.3%; and

their children's healthcare

from 57.6% to 75.5%.

Also, minimum dietary

diversity among women of

reproductive age (15-49

years of age) was

significantly higher at

endline evaluation,

reaching 53% compared to

27% at baseline.

Speaking as the chief

guest, the planning

minister said: "We have

many programmes in

nutrition, food security and

have achieved a lot of

success as a result of

collaborative efforts. But

we have many miles to go,

and collaboration is the

key. The government is

keen to make changes in

the food security, nutrition,

and poverty sector in

achieving the Sustainable

Development Goals by

2030."

Professor Qazi

Kholiquzzaman Ahmad,

chairman of Palli Karma-

Sahayak Foundation, said:

"We have made so many

remarkable gains in

development, poverty

alleviation

and

improvement of healthcare

services. But the extremely

poor segment of the

country is still left out and

we need to include them,

giving them the most basic

needs pertaining to food,

nutrition and water,

sanitation and hygiene

(WASH)."

Maurizio Cian, head of

cooperation at the

European Union (EU)

Delegation to Bangladesh,

said: "The rate of stunting

and wasting is still very

high in Bangladesh. Multisectoral

management and

investment in this field

need to be enhanced."

Judith Herbertson,

development director of

the

Foreign,

Commonwealth and

Development Office

(FCDO) Bangladesh, said:

"The UK remains very

strongly committed to

addressing issues relating

to nutrition. While poverty

and many other

development goals have

been addressed,

undernutrition continues

to be a fundamental

challenge in Bangladesh.

This has been made worse

because of the ongoing

Covid-19 pandemic.

Suchana will contribute to

Bangladesh's 8th Five-Year

Plan, making a lasting

impact in the lives of the

programme's

beneficiaries."


FRIDAy, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Friday, September 17, 2021

For a quality

education system

Despite the recent success of Bangladesh in

terms of GDP growth, exports earnings,

etc , the question remains if the country

could have done much better in these and other

indicators of economic progress.

Most experts would agree that Bangladesh's

economic development could be more stable and

sustained if it were built on a solid foundation of

a highly-educated workforce, a quality

educational system (especially in sciences,

technologies and vocational training), and

supportive policies that provide the necessary

foundation for a modern science and technologybased

economy.

A determined and progressive national

leadership must work to change the present

culture that patronize general education and

even redundant forms of education, to improve

the quality of higher education, to establish more

efficient management processes, to seek alliances

with the international scientific community, and

to create private and public sector partnerships

for achieving the desired results.

Looking at the present educational scenario in

Bangladesh one finds little more than tokenism

in response to the need of building up an

educational system suitable for meeting the

needs of a dynamic economy.

Worldwide, the experience has been that

national power and economic power depends too

vitally on making human resources out of people.

To make the human resources, the most

important requirement is education but that

education must be of a kind that enable humans

to become the makers and doers of things.

Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, notwithstanding

apparent pursuits of governmental educational

policies, the main structures in the educational

systems continue to produce persons with

general education having little actual application

in industries, services and the professions.

The education system still allows for a huge

number of so called students to take degrees in

literature, language, humanities and theology.

But under the present circumstances when

Bangladesh needs knowledge in far greater

degrees to create doers and movers of things

than idle theorists or romanticists, it becomes

very much questionable how far it is sensible to

drag on-- so disproportionately compared to

actual need -- the burden and waste incurred in

the latter form of education.

Former President Obama of the USA in his

recent address to American people declared the

vow of his administration to turn a completely

new leaf in the educational system. The USA

used to be the topmost country in the world in

everything including education.

But the former US President in his speech

noted how his country was overtaken by others

in the sphere of education. In fact, the position of

the USA has slid down in many areas of

education in comparison to other nations.

President Obama considered the decline in

USA's greatness as stemming largely from the

decline in its educational system that has eroded

its competitiveness in the global economy.

Today's Malaysia is a shining example of what

visionary leaders can do to change the fate of

their nation by promoting education which is

truly suitable for economic growth and

development. Under its long standing former

Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad, great

emphasis was put on sustaining an education

system based on making human resource. That

policy paid great dividends by bringing Malaysia

to the level of economic attainments it enjoys

today. There is a lesson to be learnt by

Bangladeshi leaders from all these.

They must graduate out from their role of

only paying lip service to the cause of

education appropriate to meeting the

challenges of the 21st century.

They must make up their minds to take the

'decisive' steps to thoroughly reform the archaic

prevalent systems of education.

The redundant forms of education meaning

particularly religious education and general

education must be limited to make greater

resources available for science and technology

based education, vocational education and need

based education. The entire education system

must be calibrated to meet the needs of a

dynamic and forward moving technology

oriented society.

ON Friday, the labyrinthine halls of

parliament were quiet, for activity

tends to wind down in anticipation

of the weekend. Only the cleaning staff

visible through open doorways seemed to

be active. But in a smallish conference

room, a few senators were trying to

wrap up their work before some of

them headed to their flight home.

With one day left, the committee

chairman, Taj Haider, in his self-appointed

role as bridge-builder was keen that the

committee wrap up its deliberations on the

election law introduced by the PTI. He had

managed to create a consensus on a number

of issues but they still had a long way to go.

And Friday morning, he wasn't having

much success.

Babar Awan wouldn't budge, insisting

that he wanted to rebut each and every one

of the objections raised by the Election

Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in its letter

to Taj Haider. He wouldn't be hurried, as

precious minutes zoomed past, while the

chairman tried to convince him otherwise.

Reporters seated in the corners of the

conference room were grumbling and

whispering at the intransigence of everyone.

"Instead of arguing over what needs to be

done, Taj Haider should have let Awan have

these 10 minutes to wrap up his statement,"

said one. The other, more sceptical, couldn't

understand why the senior 'pipliya' was

wasting his time because "the issue was

going to end up in the joint session,

anyway". (This law had been bulldozed

through the National Assembly but later,

The tide of fortunes

due to the opposition's criticism, the

government had agreed to consultations in

the Senate to create a consensus. But in case

of a stalemate, it was assumed, the

government would use a joint session to get

it through.) Hot words, boycotts and

government-opposition scuffles over

legislation are nothing new.

Before they could whisper any further, the

loud voices from the conference table drew

everyone's attention.

Azam Swati's allegations that the ECP "ne

paise pakre huay hain" (received bribes) led

to its officials walking out in a heartbeat; the

efforts of Ali Mohammad Khan and others

to bring them back were in vain.

Editorial: Azam Swati has disgraced

himself by his odious remarks against a

constitutional body mandated to oversee

elections in the country

Perhaps this is why Taj Haider finally put

an end to Awan's endless note reading,

despite the latter's protests. But before long,

another crisis erupted as the government

side was pushing for their new colleague's

right to vote via Skype, which the chairman

ARIFA NOOR

refused to agree to. As it is, the new member,

a female senator from Balochistan, had

been added to the committee by the Senate

chairman recently in what was interpreted

as a move to give the government an edge in

voting. Haider had not been pleased with

the move but had accepted the new

induction to avoid a confrontation.

But the additional vote was not needed, as

matters turned out. Once Haider turned

down the tech-friendly government

senator's suggestion to allow cyberspace

voting, the latter walked out and the

opposition members voted against the law.

Friday didn't seem sleepy any more.

Hot words, boycotts and governmentopposition

scuffles over legislation are

nothing new. Our legislators have indulged

in these time-honoured traditions many a

time. And neither is the belligerent

behaviour of the ECP unusual in a country

where institutions begin behaving like

political players.

Even the government's aggressive mood,

as it flexes its muscles to bulldoze its

preferred legislation through, seems

DR. MOHAMMED AL-SULAMI

familiar. The electoral reforms package is

one example, where most felt the

government would push it to a joint session,

even before the Senate committee

proceedings fell apart on Friday.

It is behaving no differently vis-à-vis the

PMDA, the new media authority the

government wants to create to oversee

television, print and the indefatigable social

media. Intriguingly, this authority which

has been in discussion for months and has

been rejected by many 'stakeholders' is

going to come into being through a 'law'

which is yet to be drafted, if the government

is to be believed. So far, there is apparently

only a concept and a paper outlining it. But

here too, the government appears to be in a

my-way-or-the-highway mood.

In part, this can be put down to nasha

(obsession) of power. First-time rulers in

the land of the pure feel their decisionmaking

should know no check. Think PPP

under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and later Nawaz

Sharif in the 1990s, and now Imran Khan.

There is quite a bit in common, including

legislating as if their days in opposition were

over forever.

In addition, this is also the halfway point

in a five-year term - a post-2008

phenomenon - leading to a sense of

invincibility. It has crossed the psychological

mark of surviving half its term, the

opposition has played all its cards (for the

moment), and even the internal challenges

have been withstood.

Source: Dawn

Xi wise to be wary of Biden's 'engagement' bait

Last week, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping

held their second phone

conversation since the former

assumed the US presidency, with the

leaders of the world's two largest

economies speaking for 90 minutes.

"The two leaders had a broad, strategic

discussion in which they discussed areas

where our interests converge, and areas

where our interests, values, and

perspectives diverge. They agreed to

engage on both sets of issues openly and

straightforwardly," the White House's

readout of the call said.

While Washington is in the process of

completing the "pivot to Asia," Biden

"underscored the United States' enduring

interest in peace, stability, and prosperity

in the Indo-Pacific." Furthermore, since

the US perceives China as the top

challenger to its unrestrained foreign

policy, Biden felt the urge to remind "both

nations to ensure competition does not

veer into conflict" and framed it as their

"responsibility."

President Xi, on his part, did not shy

away from highlighting that "for some

time, due to the US policy on China, the

China-US relationship has run into

serious difficulty" and reminded his

interlocutor that "this serves neither the

fundamental interests of the people of the

two countries, nor the common interests

of countries around the world."

Xi added that "whether [the two

countries] can handle their relationship

well bears on the future of the world,"

concluding that "getting the relationship

right is not an option, but something we

must do and must do well."

All of this can be achieved, and

Iran's sinking investment in the Taliban

Diplomatic niceties aside, Iran has

been criticizing the Taliban in the

public domain over the past few

days. Only a few might have seen this

coming because, even before the Taliban

took over Afghanistan's capital last month,

Iran's leadership and its state-controlled

media had been in celebratory mood.

However, Tehran did beef up border

security, but only as a defensive move.

Instead of helping the Afghan National

Defense and Security Forces with weapons,

manpower or covering fire, Iran's troops

acted as silent spectators who witnessed the

fait accompli unfold. Iran let hundreds of

Afghan military personnel escape with their

weapons to safety in its territory, only for

them to be returned after the Taliban

announced a general amnesty.

Speaking to pre-Ashura gatherings, the

Qom-aligned Afghan Shiite clerics advised

nervous followers' restraint and good faith,

which was duly reciprocated. The Taliban

allowed the gatherings across the country,

while attending and even addressing some

major congregations in Shiite-majority

cities like Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif.

The Iranian jubilations hardly lasted a

fortnight before the Taliban encircled the

Panjshir Valley, the last remaining pocket of

resistance. The mountainous 34th province

was fabled as an insurmountable natural

In part, this can be put down to nasha (obsession) of power.

First-time rulers in the land of the pure feel their decisionmaking

should know no check. Think PPP under Zulfikar

Ali Bhutto and later Nawaz Sharif in the 1990s, and now

Imran Khan. There is quite a bit in common, including legislating

as if their days in opposition were over forever.

cooperation between the US and China

can be maintained if, as Xi believes, it is

done "on the basis of respecting each

other's core concerns."

Unfortunately, it seems that the current

hegemon is much more concerned with

talking down to its peer competitor than

paying attention to what it says - in other

words, having a proper dialogue.

"We continue to believe that setting

parameters and guardrails for the

competition, and maintaining open lines

of communication, is really important,"

CNN cited an unnamed White House

senior official as saying before the call.

"But these lower-level engagements have

not been very fruitful, and, candidly, we've

not been very satisfied with our

interlocutors' behavior."

Indeed, during the first phone

conversation between the newly elected

US president with his Chinese

counterpart, which took place on

February 10, Biden unilaterally laid out

the parameters of their engagement.

What followed were lower-level talks

between US and Chinese officials, which

aimed at securing the former's demands.

In March, at a high-level meeting in

fort no one could conquer. Amrullah Saleh,

Afghanistan's vice president, had fled and

Ahmad Massoud, the defiant son of the late

Ahmad Shah Massoud, was nowhere to be

seen. The armed resistance against the

Taliban collapsed with few signs of revival,

as snowy winters are starting to set into the

country's northern mountains. Iran's

Foreign Ministry furiously reacted to the

Taliban's takeover by military means

instead of dialogue. To add a bit of

background, the late Ahmad Shah Massoud

of the Panjshir Valley was the driving force

behind the Northern Alliance during the

1980s and 1990s. The Taliban knew that

Iran, along with certain other regional

players, would use the same territory to

keep it in check. Tehran was instrumental in

setting up the Northern Alliance, which

reflects Afghanistan's ethnic diversity with

no sectarian considerations.

ADRIEL KASONTA

Anchorage, Alaska, Secretary of State

Antony Blinken and national security

adviser Jake Sullivan clashed with State

Councilor and Chinese Foreign Minister

Wang Yi and the director of the Chinese

Central Foreign Affairs Commission,

Yang Jiechi.

"China urges the US side to fully

abandon the hegemonic practice of

willfully interfering in China's internal

affairs. This has been a longstanding

issue, and it should be changed. It is time

for it to change," Wang told the US side

As former US Marine Corps Captain Dan Grazier, a military

fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, warned in a

Defense News article in February, justifying more military

spending by using "the China threat" as an excuse seems to be

working for China hawks and the defense industry and those

who seek to maintain dominance of the "incoherent empire."

during the summit in Alaska.

When Blinken tried to use a mafia-like

technique of "persuasion" and warned

that "it's never a good bet to bet against

America," Yang shot back that "the United

States does not have the qualification to

say that it wants to speak to China from a

position of strength … because this is not

the way to deal with the Chinese people."

Yang added that he believes that "the

American people are certainly a great

people, but so are the Chinese people."

On September 1, Foreign Minister

Wang held a virtual meeting with the US

special presidential envoy for climate,

John Kerry, who was in Tianjin for China-

In the Taliban's temporary Cabinet, there

is no representation of the group's Mashhad

shoura, which Tehran has been babysitting

for years. Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran's

Supreme National Security Council,

rejected the new Cabinet, alleging that the

new Afghan leadership "ignored the need

for an inclusive government." Shamkhani

In light of realities on the ground, Iran's pragmatic policy

of partnership with the Taliban was made without

considering significant internal and external factors. Tehran

did not weigh up its new-found working relationship with

the US, even after Washington's troops withdrew from

Afghanistan. The humanitarian support from China.

also repeated the Iranian mantras of

"foreign interference" and the "use of

military means instead of dialogue." These

mantras are rather hypocritical, as Iran has

repeatedly intervened in the sovereign

affairs of regional countries and preferred

military escalation over dialogue, as

witnessed in Syria and Yemen.

According to a 2015 Wall Street Journal

report, the country now complaining of

foreign interference was paying Taliban

fighters a monthly salary of $580, besides

"providing 82mm mortars, light machine

US negotiations on climate change at the

latter's request.

While Wang acknowledged that

cooperation between the two countries in

this policy area serves not only US and

Chinese interests "but also befits all

mankind," he also insisted that it "cannot

be divorced from the overall situation of

China-US relations."

He urged the US to work with his

country "to meet each other halfway"

instead of "viewing China as a threat and

rival." In addition, Wang advised the US

to "cease containing and suppressing

China all over the world" and "attach

importance to and actively respond to the

'two lists' and 'three bottom lines' put

forward by" Beijing.

It is worth noting that these "two lists"

were mentioned on July 26, during a

meeting held by Wang and Chinese Vice-

Foreign Minister Xie Feng with US

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy

Sherman in the Chinese city of Tianjin, to

which the latter, according to State

Department spokesman Ned Price,

traveled "from a position of strength."

Officially recognized as the "List of US

Wrongdoing that Must Stop" and the "List

of Key Individual Cases that China Has

Concerns With," they form a catalogue of

Beijing's demands concerning, among

other things, withdrawing an extradition

request regarding Huawei chief financial

officer Meng Wanzhou, lifting sanctions

on state officials, revoking visa bans on

Chinese students, refraining from export

restrictions of high-tech items, and

removing punitive tariffs.

Source: Asia times

guns, AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled

grenades and materials for making roadside

bombs."

In light of realities on the ground, Iran's

pragmatic policy of partnership with the

Taliban was made without considering

significant internal and external factors.

Tehran did not weigh up its new-found

working relationship with the US, even after

Washington's troops withdrew from

Afghanistan. The humanitarian support

from China, Pakistan and the Gulf states to

Afghanistan was also not factored in. Until

now, Iran has not joined the humanitarian

bridge to Afghanistan, despite the country

facing severe food and medicine shortages.

Tehran's investment in Afghanistan is not

limited to appeasing the Taliban, but has

also extended to building rail tracks and

roads in the south and connecting the

country to the India-run Chabahar Port on

the Gulf of Oman. Since so much is at stake,

has the Iran-Taliban partnership, which

was built on pragmatic hospitality and

realpolitik, fizzled out or is Iran hedging its

bets? The Iranian leadership rarely reacts in

an erratic and emotive fashion. For a

country overconfident of its outreach and

foreign assets, such reactions are becoming

much more frequent.

Source: Arab news


FrIDAY, sEPtEMBEr 17, 2021

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nAtHAn HAnDWErKEr

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt an

unprecedented blow to the Chinese

economy, and getting it back on track

required taking on an unprecedented

level of debt risk. From local government

financing vehicles to property developers

to state owned enterprises (SOEs),

China's debt markets have seen waves of

defaults since the latter part of 2020 as

business incomes faltered. Halfway

through 2021, 25 Chinese businesses had

defaulted on about $10 billion worth of

bonds, setting a new record.

The string of bond defaults marked a

change in Chinese Communist Party

(CCP) thought. Historically, Chinese

state-owned enterprises and

economically important private firms

have accepted a certain level of moral

hazard. Overleveraged, risky

investments were okay, as it was

assumed that the government would

step in with a bailout in times of trouble.

Domestic and foreign investors have

generally factored this into their risk

models as a given. This assumption led

to bondholders' surprise when Beijing

allowed Yongcheng Coal, Huachen

Automotive, and Tsinghua Unigroup - all

state-owned enterprises - to default over

the past year. The CCP has made it clear

that it will now allow "debt bombs" to

detonate and only step in to save

economically important firms.

In the second half of 2021 to date,

investors have been given plenty

opportunity to ponder on the question of

which firms are economically important

enough for a bailout. Huarong Asset

Management, one of China's big four

state-owned asset managers and

distressed debt collectors, served as a

prime example. In April 2021, the firm

announced that it would be delaying its

annual financial statements, which

triggered a collapse in bond prices. After

a four-month delay, the statements were

released, revealing that the firm saw its

profits drop 90 percent year-over-year

during the pandemic. Effectively, the

firm was on the chopping block for

default and Beijing had a Lehman-sized

issue on its hands.

Given that it was responsible for

mopping up non-performing and

Is China's Evergrande Group

too big to fail?

A man walks by a map showing Evergrande development projects in China, at an Evergrande city

plaza in Beijing on Wednesday

deteriorating loans in the traditional

banking sector, Huarong's failure had

the potential to send shock waves

through the entire economy. So, after

months of back-and-forth, a $7.7 billion

bailout was arranged in which Citic

Group and other state-owned investors

would inject the company with liquidity.

Since the onset of China's wave of

defaults last year, this has been the first

clear case of a company that was "too big

to fail."

Now, bond investors are once again

holding their breath as Evergrande

Group, China's second largest private

property developer, teeters on the brink

of default. The firm holds the title of

being the "world's most indebted

property developer" and serves as a

symbol of corporate excess. As things

often go during a boom, Evergrande

leveraged outragious amounts of credit

during China's real estate craze to fuel

growth. With the onset of the pandemic

and a long-term slowdown in China's

property market, things have quickly

come spiraling down on the developer.

A subsequent debt squeeze has led to

payment delinquencies to suppliers and

put the firm at risk of bond defaults.

Chinese regulators ordered the firm to

sell off its assets, which include an

electric vehicles firm and other side

ventures, in order to survive. Giving

anything short of a bailout, regulators

also signed off on a reset of Evergrande's

debt terms, which will allow the firm to

renegotiate deadlines with banks and

other creditors.

Unfortunately, the yard sale and a

reset of Evergrande's debt terms are

unlikely to provide more than a

temporary reprieve. For one, according

to the company's 2020 annual report,

the firm has more than $52 billion worth

of debt set to be due within a year.

Second, the results of the firm's fire sale

have been disappointing so far.

Evergrande is yet to sell off prime

candidates like its electric vehicle

business; many speculate that potential

buyers are waiting for a default so that

they can buy these assets at a steep

discount. In light of this reality, both

Moody's and Fitch have downgraded

Evergrande's bonds.

As investors and analysts alike have

been considering whether or not

Evergrande is economically important

enough to warrant a bailout, investor

sentiment is largely pessimistic on

government intervention. Evergrande's

plight differs from Huarong's for many

reasons due to the nature of their

business and the size of their debts, all

which point to Evergrande not being "too

big to fail."

Most importantly, the government has

declared deleveraging and de-risking to

be one of the five core government tasks

of 2021. Historically, Chinese firms have

been granted relatively easy access to

credit, and non-financial corporate debt

growth has ballooned at an

unsustainable pace. Since 2015, Beijing

has embarked on a targeted deleveraging

campaign; however, these efforts were

reined in hastily during the onset of the

COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in a

relatively calmer post-pandemic

environment, and particularly as creditfueled

growth was prominent in 2020,

the government has set to work on

reinstituting its deleveraging campaign.

Beijing particularly wants to trim overindebtedness

in the real estate industry.

Last year, the Chinese government

instituted a lending limit that applies to

property developers known as the "three

red lines." The new policy seeks to ensure

sustainable growth within the industry

by setting caps on the amount of debt

that can be held relative to cash on-hand.

The "three red lines" specifically refers to

debt-to-equity, debt-to-cash, and debtto-assets,

of which the policy limits their

annual growth at no higher than 15

percent.

The sheer scale of Evergrande's debt

burden also contributes to the low

likelihood of a bailout. Standing in excess

of $300 billion, Evergrande's liabilities

exceed Huarong's total liabilities of $238

billion. By bailing out its most bloated

property developer right now, Beijing

would shoot itself in one foot to save the

other. A $300 billion bailout would just

transfer the liability to the government

and worsen the government's

preexisting debt hangover.

If bond prices and ratings agencies are

anything to go by, it seems that default is

all but imminent for Evergrande, which

will help truly usher in Beijing's

newfound mentality of letting "debt

bombs" explode. Though less likely at

this point, the alternative argument is

feasible: Chinese regulators may struggle

to look the other way in the case that the

firm defaults in a shorter-than-expected

time frame.

In an effort to drum up cash, the

company has presold 800 apartment

projects across the nation. As a result, up

to 1.2 million people could be waiting to

move into their new homes - homes that

might never be finished. Upstream

suppliers contributing materials or other

resources to the projects are also

awaiting payment. A near-term default

for Evergrande could then mean

temporary homelessness for many

buyers and empty hands for

Evergrande's suppliers.

Even more dangerous, a full-blown

collapse could send ripples through the

Chinese economy. Currently, more than

three-quarters of household wealth in

China is tied up in real estate, and Beijing

has a strong incentive to make sure that

such wealth doesn't go down in an

exploding bubble. A collapse of

Evergrande could be detrimental to

property values, which would deal a blow

to consumer wealth and in turn lead to a

slowdown in consumption and

investment, in addition to other

consequences. Because the CCP has

focused its attention on de-risking the

property sector and other developers

have done good jobs of reducing their

debt burdens so far, it should reduce the

effect of an Evergrande collapse.

Nonetheless, the firm is so big that this

ripple effect is possible.

In the end, there are plenty of

outspoken individuals on both sides of

the aisle, and only time will tell how

serious Beijing is about de-risking.

Regardless of outlook, investors should

play the bet with caution. In the case of a

default, Beijing has made clear that

bondholders will be the lowest on the

totem pole for receiving anything in a

bailout.

The Downfall downfall of Hong

Kong’s privacy law

CHArLEs MoK

Doxxing - exposing previously

private personal information

to the public without consent,

often over the internet - has

become a familiar but harmful

and irreversible tactic by

groups holding a grudge

against one another. During

the 2019 Hong Kong protests,

both sides engaged in doxxing

to inflict harms on the other:

protesters against the police

and their families, and progovernment

supporters

against the protesters and

their supporters.

Complaints from both sides

were lodged to the Office of

the Privacy Commissioner for

Personal Data (PCPD), Hong

Kong's privacy regulator. But

in most cases, as most of the

exposed content was placed

on servers or services outside

of Hong Kong, the regulator

lacked the extraterritorial

jurisdiction to order

takedowns.

So, on July 21, the Hong

Kong government tabled

amendments to the Personal

Data (Privacy) Ordinance

(PDPO) to deal with doxxing.

The bill is expected to be

passed by October.

But the reactions from

global "big tech" players were

quick and negative. The

Singapore-based Asia

Internet Coalition - an

industry group representing

major American tech players

such as Apple, Amazon,

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn,

and Twitter - wrote to the

Hong Kong government to

express its concerns about the

law "putting their staff at risk

of criminal investigations or

prosecutions" for what their

users post online. Media

headlines flashed around the

world that these companies

threatened to leave Hong

Kong should the new law be

passed.

While a complete pull-out is

highly unlikely, these

companies' reaction was highprofile

enough that the

privacy commissioner met

with their representatives in

an online meeting shortly

afterwards in order to assuage

their concerns. However,

Hong Kong Chief Executive

Carrie Lam took a tougher

stance, insisting the

companies' worries were

unwarranted, and they would

be "proved wrong" as the new

law takes effect, just as "the

national security law did not

lead to situations as described

by people who smeared it."

Hong Kong's PDPO was

first passed in 1995, and took

effect from December 1996,

shortly before the territory's

handover to China. It was

proudly one of Asia's earliest

comprehensive privacy

protection laws. The

establishment of an

independent regulator

ensured its regulatory

decisions would be made at

arms' length from the

administration.

This independence was

evident in an early

investigation into the Xinhua

News Agency, China's de facto

representative in Hong Kong

prior to the handover. Right

after the law's enactment, an

opposition legislator, Emily

Lau, requested Xinhua to

disclose any records it kept on

her. The agency ignored her

beyond the legally required

period of 40 days to respond.

The PCPD investigated, and

only then did Xinhua send

Lau a one-line reply, claiming

that it kept no records on her.

Remarkably, in February

1998, just over half a year after

the handover, the PCPD

referred the case to Hong

Kong's secretary for justice for

possible prosecution,

although the secretary

decided not to prosecute. That

was 23 years ago. At least the

regulator seemed to have

tried.

Hong Kong's government

has a tradition of introducing

new laws with a "gradual

progress" approach, being

light-handed at first and

refraining from harsh

punishments in order to allow

those affected, especially the

business sector, to "have time

to adjust." The PDPO was no

exception. The law lacked a

Instead of protecting citizens' privacy, Hong Kong's latest privacy law

amendment is all about anti-doxxing.

Photo: Depositphotos

mandatory breach

notification requirement;

fines for data breaches were

low to non-existent, and the

regulator had insufficient

power to investigate and

prosecute.

In the first version of the

law, in case of a data breach

incident, the regulator could

only issue an "enforcement

notice," which directed the

entity involved to take

remedial steps. If it happened

again, all the regulator could

do was to issue yet another

enforcement notice.

It was only almost 15 years

after the law's first passage, in

2010, that the government

proposed and later passed a

law imposing a fine of

HK$50,000 (US$6,410), or

up to two years'

imprisonment, if a firm were

still found in violation of the

data protection principles

after the first enforcement

notice had been served. It was

still too little and too late.

Other suggestions for

updating the law were

rejected, including a

mandatory breach

notification and the

introduction of a "sensitive

personal data" category - such

as biometrics - to enable

stricter protection. Instead, to

occupy public attention, an

"opt-in" procedure against the

relatively minor though

irritating practice of direct

marketing was introduced,

with fines for failure to

comply. Still, nothing was

done about the more serious

issue of data breaches,

however large in scale.

As Hong Kong fiddled

around, other Asian countries

passed privacy laws and even

updated them, including

mandatory breach

notifications in Singapore and

Australia for certain critical

infrastructure providers or

government agencies. In

2018, the European Union's

General Data Protection

Regulation (GDPR) came into

effect. Even China has just

passed its Personal

Information Protection Law,

said to be among "the strictest

in the world," going into effect

on November 1, 2021.

JoHn LEE

The China-U.S. contest over

digital technology is

emerging as the organizing

force in international politics

for decades to come.

Semiconductors - the "DNA

of technology," as put by a

recent U.S. supply chain

review - are at the heart of

what U.S President Joe

Biden has called "a

competition to win the 21st

century."

Three years ago, China's

President Xi Jinping

identified his nation's

greatest hidden danger as its

external dependencies in

"core technologies," and

changing this situation is key

to the Chinese Communist

Party's program for the next

century of its rule. U.S.

export controls on

semiconductors have proved

the most effective weapon

against the global expansion

of Huawei and other

Chinese digital technology

champions, and the

archetype of weaponizing

interdependence.

The semiconductor value

chain is an exquisite

example of transnational

interdependence, and the

impacts on it of China-U.S.

rivalry will shape the choices

of nations worldwide across

an ever-widening field of

interests. In a two-part

series last year, we looked at

whether TSMC's crucial role

in the global value chain

provides sufficient incentive

for China to invade Taiwan.

Dilemmas like these will

increasingly be imposed on

decisionmakers in

government and industry,

and will involve tradeoffs

given China's growing

presence in the digital

ecosystems of the future and

U.S. determination to stymie

this. Geopolitical

calculations for wealthy U.S.

allies and ambitious

developing nations alike

require getting to grips with

different aspects of the

national interest stemming

from China's changing role

in the global semiconductor

ecosystem.

Our recent report

describes China's

semiconductor ecosystem

and maps it across the

production steps in the

global value chain. We

explain the function of each

production step and its

international market

landscape, and in this

China's national interests and supply chain security for the most "core" of

technologies.

Photo: Collected

Mapping China's place in the

global semiconductor industry

context review recent

Chinese government and

industry activity. For each of

these production steps, we

evaluate the prospects of

China closing the gap with

foreign industry leaders over

the next five to ten years,

and the strategic

implications from a range of

national interest viewpoints.

For each production step

in the value chain, we

present national interest

implications in three

"strategic dimensions" -

competitiveness, national

security, and resilience -

based on an assessment of

China's position alongside

that of the U.S. and other

actors. "Competitiveness"

captures commercial and

technical features of this step

in the value chain that affect

the foundations of national

power, not least because

semiconductors are the

foundation for so many

other industry sectors.

"National security" reflects

the potential for

"weaponization" by national

governments to damage the

interests of other nations.

"Resilience" addresses the

negative impacts from

disruption in a particular

value chain step for the

global semiconductor

ecosystem.

For each dimension, we

use three criteria to describe

the national interest

considerations involved. For

competitiveness,

policymakers must concern

themselves with revenue

capture from market share

in the relevant field, barriers

to entry for any new player

trying to enter the market,

and spillover benefits that

could have utility for other

steps in the value chain and

other industry sectors. For

national security, relevant

considerations include the

potential to facilitate

espionage, the military

utility of capabilities in a

particular value chain step,

and the degree to which

market concentration

provides a chokepoint that

can be "weaponized" by

nations whose firms hold

dominant market share.

And for resilience, the extent

to which a value chain step

represents a concentrated

point of failure for the global

semiconductor industry, the

potential for disruptions to

generate spillover damage in

other value chain steps, and

replicability of the relevant

functions in the event of

disruption are all essential to

national planning.

The matrix below maps

these nine criteria against

the eight production steps

that we describe, providing a

"heat map" of the value

chain's strategic importance.

The color codes show the

degree to which each

criterion applies to a given

production step. This

indicates the level of interest

that governments will show

and the likelihood they will

take particular actions

concerning this step in the

value chain, which are

explored in further detail by

our report.

For example: Regarding

chip design, Chinese efforts

to develop domestic firms

with world-class capabilities

in this field are motivated by

revenue capture, spillover

benefits, and military utility,

while for the same reasons

the United States seeks to

frustrate Chinese progress,

reflected in U.S. export

controls targeting firms like

Huawei. But these export

controls did not directly

target chip design, as the

nature and market

landscape of this production

step do not provide the most

efficient chokepoints. These

lie instead in the EDA (chip

design software) and SME

(manufacturing equipment)

steps of the value chain,

which have in fact been

targeted by U.S. export

controls. These controls

have not seriously impacted

the global semiconductor

sector's resilience, given the

relative ease of replicating

chip design capabilities, and

the fact that chip design

capabilities do not constitute

a concentrated point of

failure for the transnational

value chain as a whole.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

6

The only health complex located in Belabo Sadar is plagued by various crises.

Photo: Pradeep Kumar Debnath

assistants, nurses providing health

services at Belabo health Complex

PRadeeP KUMaR deBnath, BelaBo CoRResPondent

Medicine is one of the five basic

rights. the people of Belabo Upazila

of narsingdi are being deprived of

this important medical service which

is a priority of the Government of the

People's Republic of Bangladesh. the

only health complex located in sadar

is plagued by various crises. it is

difficult to show the desired doctor.

Modern machinery cannot be used

due to lack of experienced

technicians. the activities of the

hospital are going on slowly. Patients

are in dire straits as there are no good

alternative private hospitals.

according to hospital sources,

another new building was

constructed along with the old one to

improve the 50-bed facility. the old

building has 30 beds.

however, the service activities of

the 20-bed building did not start due

to lack of necessary manpower,

equipment and accessories. the

hospital currently has 50 beds but has

less than 20 beds.

according to multiple sources, the

activities of the sadar hospital are

being hampered by various problems

including the crisis of doctors and the

absence of specialist doctors for a

long time. doctors are sending many

patients to dhaka Medical College

hospital or any other private hospital

without admitting them due to lack of

specialist doctors. the hospital has no

pediatrician, ophthalmologist,

radiologist and many important

departments. only 7 doctors are

working against 19 posts. two of

them are in training. Ultrasonograms

and high quality tests, X-ray

machines and other modern

equipments are being destroyed due

to lack of technicians. there is no end

to the complaints of the patients who

come for treatment.

Many present said that doctors do

not see patients regularly. Medical

assistants and nurses also provide

medical services for emergency and

complex diseases. Physicians who

have a few also spend most of their

time with medical representatives

from different companies. it goes

without saying that? they do not have

time to see the patients. the violence

of the medical representatives is

extreme here.

Kajal sheikh, who came for

treatment, said, "i came to sadar

hospital with a problem. i came and

saw that there was no doctor. i have

Eco Social Development(ESDO) Gender Responsive School and Community Safety

Initiative(GRSCSI) project introductory meeting and sub-district level project inception

meeting was held at Nageshwari on Wednesday. Photo: Jobayer Siddique

Bangabandhu had devoted

his entire life to people'

RanGPUR: Rangpur Metropolitan Police

(RpMP) Commissioner abdul alim Mahmud

has said Bangabandhu had devoted

his entire life to the people aiming at building

a developed 'sonar Bangla' for their

development and welfare, reports Bss.

"the whole life of Bangabandhu was full

of patriotism, love and honesty. love for

Bangabandhu can be manifested only if we

can love the country, become honest and

love the people," he said.

alim was speaking as the chief guest at a

discussion arranged marking the 46th martyrdom

anniversary of Father of the nation

Bangabandhu sheikh Mujibur Rahman

and the national Mourning day-2021 at a

local hotel on tuesday evening.

Rangpur Metropolitan Community Policing

Committee organised the event followed

by a doa mahfil and offering special

munajat seeking divine blessing for the

departed souls of Bangabandhu and most

of his family members assassinated on

august 15, 1975.

the RpMP Chief said, "Bangabandhu

said my strength is to trust people more and

my weakness is to trust people more."

From a young age, Bangabandhu provided

foods, rappers and other goods to the

people and lastly embraced martyrdom

through supreme sacrifice by giving his

own blood for the people, he said.

"Bangabandhu's able daughter and Prime

Minister sheikh hasina is working ceaselessly

to realise the cherished dream of

Father of the nation through building

developed 'sonar Bangla' to make the hardearned

independence meaningful for every

citizen," he said.

Under the Premier's leadership, the Padma

Bridge, Metro Rail and long runways of

Cox's Bazar airport are being constructed

in the country where a peaceful environment

prevails and advancement of the

nation continues despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

been sitting here for a few hours. '

another patient Rahima said, 'i

have come here at morning to see the

doctor. it's noon. i couldn't even talk

to the doctor. i am a sick person, God

knows, if i can see a doctor. '

talking to the admitted patients, it

is known that the quality of food here

is not good. the same kind of food is

given every day. on the food list

almost every day there is 'Pangas' fish

and thin pulses. Which many patients

do not want to eat. as a result, food

has to be brought from outside.

if you want to know about the

miserable condition of the hospital,

Upazila health and Family Planning

officer dr. Rashedul hasan said that

many doctors of Upazila sadar are

working at district and divisional

level due to the outbreak of Corona

epidemic and other diseases. i always

strive to provide services to as many

patients as possible through

coordination.

dr. Civil surgeon. nurul islam said,

the proportion of patients across the

country. there is a crisis. however,

medical services in Belab are not so

bad. i will look into all the allegations.

i will try to overcome the doctor crisis

soon.

Project

introduction

meeting

held at

nageshwari

JoBayeR siddiqUe, naGesh-

WaRi CoRResPondent

eco social development

(esdo) Gender

Responsive school and

Community safety

initiative (GRsCsi)

project introductory

meeting and sub-district

level project inception

meeting was held at

nageshwari on

Wednesday.

With the support of

Plan international

Bangladesh, esdo will

work with subalpar high

school, Kachakata high

school, Madarganj high

school and nayeker hat

dakhil Madrasa students

in the next 3 years to

increase the disaster

resilience capacity of the

society through safe

school activities. the

ceremony was held at the

officers Club of the

upazila.

Chaired by Upazila

Chairman Mostafa

Zaman, the ceremony was

addressed by Women

Vice Chairman amina

Begum ananya, Women's

affairs officer Jinnat ara

yasmin, secondary

education officer Kamrul

islam.

8 more test

positive for

CoVid-19 in

C'nawabganj

ChaPainaWaBGanJ:

eight more persons were

tested positive for Covid-

19 during the last 24

hours raising the total

number to 5,742 in the

district, reports Bss.

during the time, 45

samples were tested in

Rt-PCR lab. of them,

eight persons were

detected as positive for

CoVid-19 showing the

infection rate 17.77

percent, Civil surgeon

office sources confirmed.

among the newly

detected patients, four are

from sadar upazila and

four others from shibganj

upazila.

a total of 177 patients

are undergoing treatment

in the district. of them, 36

patients are getting

treatment in dedicated

Covid hospital and others

at home.

Meanwhile, 148

patients have died of

CoVid-19 and 5,417

patients have recovered

from the disease here, the

sources added.

Barishal Deputy Commissioner Jasim Uddin Haider as the chief guest, distributed greetings of the Prime

Minister among 500 low-income working poor people in the district on Wednesday. Photo: Zihad Rana

Female drug peddler

held with cannabis in

Joypurhat

MasRaKUl aloM, JoyPURhat CoRResPondent

RaB detained a female drug peddler named Ful Chan Khatun

(33) along with 4.4 kg of cannabis from Bara tajpur haisapara

area of Joypurhat sadar Upazila at 4:30 am on tuesday.

detained Ful Chan Khatun is the wife of hanif Mandol of

Ganeshpur village in Panchbibi upazila.

Joypurhat RaB Camp Company Commander takir said RaB

members conducted the operation after receiving information

that drugs were being smuggled from a brick kiln in Bara tajpur

haisapara area of Joypurhat sadar Upazila. at that time, 4.4 kg

of cannabis along with Ful Chan Khatun were seized. the

detained women smuggled cannabis from the border area and

supplied it to various drug dealers. he said a case has been filed

against him at the sadar police station.

including anti-drug

issues in public training

module stressed

RaJshahi: inclusion of anti-drug topics in

training modules of the public institutions

can be the best ways of creating massawareness

against drug abuse to save people,

particularly the youths, from drug-addiction,

reports Bss.

experts and development activists came

up with the observation while addressing an

advocacy meeting with GoB training

providing agencies at hotel Warisan Chinese

Restaurant in Rajshahi city on tuesday

afternoon, reports Bss.

dhaka ahsania Mission (daM) hosted the

meeting under the 'drug abuse Resistance

and Understanding (daRaU)' project being

implemented with joint partnership of light

house Consortium.

Counterpart international has been

implementing the project in Rajshahi and

natore districts under the 'Promoting

advocacy and Rights (PaR)' programme

with financial support of Usaid and FCdo.

the meeting sensitized the training

providing agencies for strengthening their

training and education curriculum through

adding time-fitting content on adverse

effects of drug abuse and its prevention.

additional director of the department of

narcotics Control Zafrullah Kajal and Chief

executive of light house harun-or-Rashid

addressed the meeting as focal persons,

while former Chairman of Rajshahi

education Board Prof dipakendra nath das

was in the chair.

daRaU Project Manager subrata Kumar

Paul gave an overview of the project,

demonstrating its aims, objectives and

implementation strategy in his keynote

presentation, while daM advocacy officer

welcomed the participants.

deputy director of the department of

youth development Golam Mahbub,

deputy director of the department of

Women affairs shirin sobnom, assistant

director of the department of social services

dr abdullah al Firoj and daM Project

Manager Riaz Uddin, among others, also

spoke.

in his remarks, Zafrullah Kajal said the

present government has zero tolerance

against drug-addiction and urged all

quarters to come forward to protect the

young generation from grip of the social

crime.

"We have to build a healthy society to

achieve sustainable development goals," he

said, adding the movement against drug

abuse should be turned into a social

movement. he urged all concerned to work

along with the government to prevent drug

abuse.

harun-or-Rashid told the meeting that

cross-sections of people including women,

parents, school and out-of-school children,

adolescents, youth, transgender, public

representatives and members of the civil

society are being engaged in the anti-drug

abuse campaign.

PM’s gifts distributed among

500 people who called 333 in

Barishal organized

Zihad Rana, BaRishal CoRResPondent

Barishal district administration has stood by the low-income

working people to prevent the deadly coronavirus. since the

onset of the second phase of corona virus infection, the

Barisal district administration has been working tirelessly for

the poor and helpless people of the district.

in continuation to this deputy Commissioner of Barishal

Jasim Uddin haider as the chief guest, distributed greetings

of the Prime Minister among 500 low-income working poor,

destitute, floating and indigent people who called

Government information and services 333 in the conference

room of the city's circuit house organized by the district

administration on Wednesday.

during the time, assistant Commissioner ndC Barisal Md.

nazmul huda, assistant Commissioner nirupam

Majumder, district Relief and Rehabilitation officer Barisal

Prashant Kumar Roy were also present at the occasion.

Members of RAB in a drive detained a female drug peddler along with 4.4kg of cannabis from Bara Tajpur

Haisapara area ofJoypurhat Sadar Upazila on Tuesday.

Photo: Masrakul Alom


Armed men loyal to the government forces guard a site near the Safer oil fields in Marib,

Yemen September 12, 2021. Picture taken September 12, 2021. Photo : Reuters

At least 50 killed in Yemen

clashes: military sources

DUBAI : At least 50 rebels and progovernment

troops, including a highranking

officer, have been killed in clashes in

Yemen's central province of Al-Bayda,

military sources told AFP on Thursday.

"A colonel and 19 other loyalists were killed

in the past 24 hours in fighting with the

Huthi insurgents in Al-Bayda ditrict," a

government military official said.

"Thirty rebels also met their fate in

battlefield clashes and air strikes."

The Huthis rarely report casualty numbers

but the figures were confirmed

by other military sources. The Iran-backed

rebels have made advances in Al-Bayda

province in recent weeks as they also fight for

control of the strategic city of Marib in the

north.

In February, the Huthis escalated their

efforts to seize Marib, the government's last

toehold in the north, and the fighting has

killed hundreds on both sides.

Control of the oil-rich province would

strengthen the Huthis' bargaining position in

peace talks.

The battle for Marib has also raised fears of

a humanitarian catastrophe, as many

Yemenis have fled to the area to escape

fighting in other parts of the country.

The conflict in Yemen flared in 2014 when

the Huthis seized the capital Sanaa,

prompting Saudi-led intervention to prop up

the internationally recognised government

the following year.

Since then, tens of thousands have been

killed and millions pushed to the brink of

famine in what the United Nations calls the

world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg, the

UN's new envoy for Yemen, arrived in

Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with

Yemeni and Saudi officials, marking his

first trip to the kingdom since taking office

earlier this month.

Southwest China earthquake

collapses homes, kills at least 2

BEIJING : An earthquake collapsed homes, killed at least two

people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China's

Sichuan province, state media reported.

Rescue work was underway following the magnitude-6.0

earthquake. It struck at 4:33 a.m. in Luxian county at a depth

of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the official Xinhua News Agency said.

State broadcaster CCTV said that 60 people were injured, three

seriously, and 35 houses had collapsed.

The epicenter was about 200 kilometers (120 miles)

southeast of Chengdu, the provincial capital.

Western China is regularly hit by earthquakes. A magnitude-

7.9 quake in May 2008 left nearly 90,000 people dead in

Sichuan, many of them in collapsed schools and other poorly

constructed buildings.

Malaysian holiday island

opens as tourism restarts

LANGKAWI, Malaysia : Visitors flocked to the Malaysian island of

Langkawi Thursday as it became the country's first holiday hotspot

to reopen after a coronavirus lockdown that has hammered the

vital tourism industry.

Restrictions on local travel had been in place for months and

international borders remain largely closed as Malaysia battles its

worst Covid-19 wave.

But with the outbreak gradually easing, Langkawi, one of tropical

Malaysia's premier holiday destinations, has been chosen for a pilot

project to reopen the sector to domestic tourists. The island began

welcoming visitors Thursday, with water cannons firing over the

first plane to land at its airport.

"We're very excited because we haven't been anywhere since

February 2020," Andrea Manason, an Australian woman based in

Kuala Lumpur travelling with her family of six, told AFP.

"It's real exciting for us to be here, and to actually have the kids

leave the house." Under the initiative, hotels and businesses have

been allowed to reopen while activities on the island's palm-fringed

beaches are resuming. Tourists must be fully vaccinated to visit and

have to take a virus test before departure. Alexander Issac, head of

a yacht charter firm, said he was delighted at the reopening as the

island's tourism sector had been "badly impacted" by virus

curbs. "We can't afford any more lockdowns... We need to reopen

the economy and get people working again." The island off

Malaysia's northwest coast has long been popular with domestic

and overseas visitors, although for now foreign tourists are still

barred from the country. Langkawi welcomed around 3.9 million

visitors in 2019, with the number falling dramatically since the

pandemic began. If the island's "tourism bubble" is a success, then

other holiday destinations are expected to reopen soon.

Neighbouring Thailand has reopened several islands, including

Phuket, to vaccinated foreign tourists.

Australia buys US nuclear subs

due to changed security needs

fRiDAY, SePteMbeR 17, 2021

7

China hosts virtual meeting

on Afghanistan

BEIJING : China says it will host a virtual

meeting of Central and South Asian state

leaders to discuss the situation in

Afghanistan, reports UNB.

The meeting of members of the China and

Russia dominated Shanghai Cooperation

Organization is scheduled for Thursday.

Afghanistan is an observer member of the

grouping, but it wasn't clear if any

representatives from the Taliban leadership

would be attending.

China hasn't said whether it will recognize

the new Afghan authorities who have

excluded outside parties and women,

although it has courted its leadership and

kept its Kabul Embassy open.

The government and state media have

accused the United States of destabilizing

Afghanistan through what it calls a hasty and

chaotic withdrawal of its troops, even as the

Taliban swiftly overcame Afghan

government forces over recent weeks.

China has used the Shanghai Cooperation

to boost its standing in Central Asia through

political dialogue and joint military

exercises, aimed largely at diminishing U.S.

influence in the region. Beijing has also

called on the Taliban to hold to its pledge to

restrain militants seeking independence for

the traditionally Muslim northwestern

region of Xinjiang, Foreign Minister Wang Yi

has urged the group to keep border crossings

open, while offering $31 million in

humanitarian assistance, along with 3

million doses of Chinese-made COVID-19

vaccines

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Impoverished

Afghans living in a long-abandoned military

compound in the southern city of Kandahar

say they're devastated by the Taliban order to

expel them from their homes.

Several hundred staged a rally against the

order on Monday, saying they have nowhere

else to go and that they had years ago paid

former Afghan soldiers under the table for

the land.

The Taliban came to the compound after

the rally and forced several of the

protesters to leave. Their current

whereabouts are not known. Rabia, an

Afghan widow who goes by one name, says

she lives in a two-room mud house in the

compound with her five children. She told

The Associated Press she will stay put until

the Taliban provide her with another place

to live.

GD-1344/21 (5 x 3)

CANBERRA : Australia

decided to invest in U.S.

nuclear-powered submarines

and dump its contract with

France to build diesel-electric

submarines because of a

changed

strategic

environment, Prime Minister

Scott Morrison said on

Thursday.

President Joe Biden on

Wednesday had announced a

new U.S. security alliance with

Australia and Britain that

would develop an Australian

nuclear-powered submarine

fleet. As a result, Australia

notified France that it would

end its contract with state

majority-owned DCNS to

build 12 of the world's largest

conventional submarines.

Australia has spent 2.4 billion

Australian dollars ($1.8

billion) on the project since

the French won the contract

in 2016.

Morrison said U.S. nuclear

submarine technology wasn't

an option open to Australia

when the AU$56 billion ($43

billion) deal was struck in

2016. The United States had

until now only shared the

technology with Britain.

Morrison said he told

French President Emanuel

Macron in June that there

were "very real issues about

whether a conventional

submarine capability"

would address Australia's

strategic security needs in

the Indo-Pacific.

"Of course they're

disappointed," Morrison said.

"They've been good partners.

This is about our strategic

interest, our strategic

capability requirements and a

changed

strategic

environment and we've had to

take that decision."

Australian Defense Force

Chief, Gen. Angus Campbell,

welcomed the new

submarines. "Our strategic

environment

has

deteriorated," Campbell said.

"That

challenging

environment is becoming

more challenging and is set to

do so into the future at an

accelerated pace." Australia

had not yet decided what class

of submarine it would select

and did not know how much

the nuclear fleet of at least

eight submarines would cost,

Morrison said.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

8

The 79th board of directors' meeting of Padma Bank Limited was

held through a virtual platform recently.Vice-Chairman Dr Hasan

Taher Imam, Director Managing Director and CEO of Sonali Bank

Md Ataur Rahman Prodhan, Managing Director and CEO of Janata

Bank Md Abdus Salam Azad (FF), Managing Director and CEO of

Agrani Bank Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, Managing Director and

CEO of Rupali Bank Obayed Ullah Al Masud, Managing Director of

ICB Md Abul Hossain, Md. Abu Kaiser, FCA, Tamim Marzan Huda

also present at the meeting. Md Ehsan Khasru, Managing Director

and CEO of Padma Bank, Faisal Ahsan Chowdhury, Deputy

Managing Director of Padma Bank were present at the meeting

among others.

Photo: Courtesy

NFL's Monday

Night contest has

highest ratings

since 2013

LOS ANGELES - Monday's

thrilling overtime clash

between the Las Vegas

Raiders and the Baltimore

Ravens ended up having the

highest TV ratings for a

Monday Night Football

opening week game in eight

years, reports BSS.

The marathon contest,

won by the Raiders 33-27,

capped the league's kickoff

weekend which also

recorded the second-highest

TV ratings for week one in

the past five seasons.

The Raiders win averaged

a total of 15.3 million people

on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC,

making it the most watched

since 2013 when

Washington

and

Philadelphia averaged 16.5

million.

The 16 weekend games

averaged 17.4 million

viewers on television and

digital services, a seven

percent increase over last

season's 16.3 million

average.

The most-watched game of

the week was last Thursday's

31-29 victory by the Tampa

Bay Buccaneers over the

Dallas Cowboys. It averaged

26.4 million viewers on NBC

and digital, making it the

most-watched first game of

the season since 2015.

The 35th meeting of the Risk Management Committee of Southeast Bank Limited was held recently virtually.

Azim Uddin Ahmed, Risk Management Committee Chairman of Southeast Bank Limited presided over the

meeting. Members of the Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors Duluma Ahmed, Rehana

Rahman, Md. Akikur Rahman, Syed Sajedul Karim, Independent Director, Syed Faisal Omar, SEVP and Chief

Risk Officer and A.K.M. Nazmul Haider, Company Secretary were also present in the meeting through Digital

platform. In this meeting, Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors discussed about Banks various

risk related issues in details.

Photo: Courtesy

UAE, Israel eye trillion-dollar prize

one year into Abraham Accords

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates marks one

year since normalising ties with Israel on

Wednesday, a move which drew Palestinian

anger but that leaders hope could reap a trillion

dollars in economic exchanges, reports BSS.

Watched by then US president Donald

Trump, the UAE and Gulf neighbour Bahrain

formally recognised Israel on September 15,

2020 in Washington, prompting Palestinian

accusations of a "stab in the back".

The surprise step, under the US-brokered

Abraham Accords, broke with decades of Arab

consensus that ruled out formal ties while the

Palestinian conflict was unresolved.

However, it marked a thaw in the region,

with Morocco and Sudan soon following suit

and regional power Saudi Arabia, the world's

top oil producer, allowing some overflights

from the Jewish state.

The economic benefits have come quickly for

the UAE and Israel, who signed a series of deals

ranging from tourism to aviation and financial

services.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made a

landmark visit to the UAE in July, opening an

embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in

Dubai, while the UAE established an embassy

in Tel Aviv.

"After a year of the Abraham Accords, we

have a story to say," UAE Minister of Economy

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri told a panel

discussion by the Atlantic Council, a US thinktank,

on Monday.

"We exchanged ambassadors, we have

signed over 60 MOUs (memorandums of

understanding). We have 600-700 million of

bilateral trade happening, we have funds of

billions of dollars that has been announced.

"We're looking to create over a trillion dollars

of economic activity over the next decade."

Further benefits will come if a major deal to

ship Emirati oil to Europe via an Israeli

pipeline clears objections from

environmentalists, who fear damage to unique

coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Beyond economics, the rapprochement was

also pushed by mutual concern over Iran, with

the regional rivalry even pushing Riyadh into

quietly building relations with the Jewish state

over the past several years.

Even when Israeli air strikes levelled

buildings during an 11-day conflict

with Hamas in May, triggering an upswell of

outrage, the relationship

continued unhindered.

"All the Arab world was a bit preoccupied

with what was happening in Gaza and with the

pictures coming out," Ilan Sztulman Starosta,

head of the Israeli consulate in Dubai, told AFP

in an interview.

"But still they didn't change the policy

because the peace with Israel is a national

interest for the Emirati government, and the

same from the Israeli government.

"For us, it's really strategic."

Sztulman Starosta said about 200,000

Israelis had visited the UAE over the past year,

despite Covid, and an estimated 40 companies

from his country had set up in the Gulf state's

free-trade zones.

The Emirates now has its first students

enrolled in Israeli universities, added Sztulman

Starosta, who is hoping the Abraham Accords

can inspire further ties around the region.

"If we can make it work here, we can make it

everywhere," he said.

"If we managed to make this peace work, and

it is working, for the better of Israeli and

Emirati citizens, then this model can be applied

to other countries in the area.

Macau casino stocks

tumble as city

proposes gambling

industry crackdown

HONG KONG : Macau

casino stocks collapsed on

Wednesday, as officials

unveiled plans for a

crackdown on the gambling

industry in the city known as

China's Las Vega, reports

BSS s.

Hong Kong-listed

operators Sands China and

Wynn Macau both suffered

over 24 percent drops, while

Melco Entertainment, SJM

Holdings, MGM China and

Galaxy Entertainment fell

between 13 percent to 17

percent.

The share price tumble

came as the Macau

government launched a 45-

day public consultation

Wednesday about proposals

to increase direct

supervision over the

gambling industry, which

has faced increasing scrutiny

from authorities in recent

years.

The Macau government is

looking to put its

representatives in licensed

casino operators' boards to

oversee their operations and

criminalise underground

banking in the industry.

The companies that could

face tighter restrictions as a

result of the proposals own

the six licenses permitted to

run casinos in Macau-the

only place in China where

gambling is allowed.

Digital doggies: pet influencers

on the rise in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Two fluffy

white terriers wearing

neckerchiefs pant quietly as

their owner waves a treat

and snaps a photo for the

dogs' tens of thousands of

Instagram followers, reports

BSS.

They are among a growing

number of pet influencers

on social media in

Singapore, a trend fuelled by

a rise in online shopping and

pet ownership during the

coronavirus pandemic.

Sasha and Piper make

regular appearances on their

"Lomodoggies" Instagram

account, often wearing

matching accessories and

posing for the camera with

their tongues hanging out.

The pair have earned

thousands of dollars

endorsing products ranging

Time and again, Samsung

has established itself as the

global television leader by

applying innovative

technologies and staying a

step ahead when it comes to

identifying global lifestyle

trends. Today, Samsung

Consumers Electronics

Bangladesh has launched a

new campaign titled 'Early

Bird Offer,' demonstrating

excellent prospects for

people across the nation to

avail Samsung television

with unique features at an

affordable price, a press

release said.

Under the campaign,

consumers will receive

lucrative offers and gifts

during pre-order on selected

models of Samsung's

television. Upon purchasing

the Neo QLED 8K (Model:

85QN900 and 75QN800,

customers will receive up to

from vacuum cleaners to

shoes-and are even

represented by an agency.

Tapping into the pet

influencer boom, the

company has worked with

animals ranging from a cat

called Brossy Meowingtonwith

more than 50,000

followers-to a Japanese

Spitz called Luna.

Sasha and Piper's owner,

Carrie Er, stumbled into the

business several years ago

when she started posting

photos of Sasha in various

costumes, playing with toys

and on outings.

"We just wanted to do a

daily blog of her, capturing

some precious moments like

her beautiful face and her

activities," said Er, a

marketing manager in her

40s.

BDT 50,000 cashback and

an additional gift of Galaxy Z

fold or Flip 3! Samsung fans

of the country can utilize this

special opportunity to grab

the Neo QLED 8K TV that

provides unimaginable

details in the deepest black

to the brightest white at a

much lower range. Precisely

controlled by Quantum

But the photos proved

popular online, and

companies started asking if

Sasha would endorse their

products.

Piper, a former show dog,

arrived later, completing the

duo.

"It's fun-fun for the dogs,

fun for me," said Er, as she

shoots pictures

with her phone of the dog

celebrities.

The two pooches now have

nearly 24,000 Instagram

followers and typically earn

about 500 Singapore dollars

($370, 315 euros) for each

marketing deal.

Er said she is selective

about which products they

promote, rejecting offers

from some dog food brands

she feels don't meet her

standards-her own pets

Matrix Technology and NEO

Quantum Processor, the

Neo QLED 8K TV is

redefining the role of

television in consumer's

homes.

Additionally, customers

will get cashback of up to

BDT 30,000 along with a

Galaxy TAB A 10.1 while

purchasing Q60 and Q70

enjoy a diet of hand-made

meals.

There has been a growing

demand for pet influencer

endorsements as companies

bolstered their online

presence during the

pandemic, according to Jane

Peh, co-founder of The Woof

Agency that represents Er's

terriers.

"I think pet influencers

generally have an advantage

because we just love pets,"

said Peh, whose company

has about 6,000 pet social

media profiles in its

network.

"They are cute-you can't

hate them." Republicans

withhold support for US

debt ceiling increase

Samsung’s new ‘Early Bird Offer’ campaign provides

industry-leading TV with exclusive offers

from 65-inch to 85-inch.

Customers can also

purchase AU8000 Series

from 65-inch to 85-inch will

also receive a cashback of up

to BDT 25,000

accompanied by Galaxy TAB

A7 completely free. The

devices define Samsung's

flagship features and out-ofthe-box

innovation.

Grameenphone launches GP Accelerator 3.0

Grameenphone has

launched GPA 3.0, the

flagship accelerator program

to co-create a startup

ecosystem and accelerate the

digitalization journey in

Bangladesh. The "GP

Accelerator" journey started

back in 2015, intending to

work closely with the

startups, developers, and

innovators, enabling them

with the resources they need

to build, grow, and exceed

their possibilities, a press

release said.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak,

State Minister for ICT

Division, graced the virtual

launching event as the Chief

Guest along with the

presence of Grameenphone

CEO Yasir Azman. Earlier

this year, a partnership deal

had been signed between

Grameenphone and the

three pioneering startup

ecosystems shapers of

Bangladesh - BetterStories

Ltd., LightCastle Partners,

and Upskill - to deliver GP

Accelerator 3.0 as a program

that supports the "globalfirst"

Bangladeshi startups

born through COVID.

Grameenphone, the techservice-leader

and

connectivity partner to

Digital Bangladesh, along

with three leading ecosystem

shapers of the country,

teamed up to run the twelvemonth

program with the

vision to connect the nation

in search of the best

homegrown startups and

boost their potential with

best-fitting resources

following the industry needs.

During his speech, the

Chief Guest, State Minister

for ICT Division, said, "I

have been a part of the

Grameenphone Accelerator

journey since its inception.

Six years have passed since

then and it feels inspiring to

see that Grameenphone has

been continuing to live up to

its commitment of shaping

the startup ecosystem in

Bangladesh. I am aware that

six batches have received

training through the GP

Accelerator program so far.

All of them are contributing

to the development of the

country and the ecosystem

from their respective places.

I strongly believe that this

program will enable the

potential youth of this

country to continue to gain

the knowledge and support

they need to build innovative

startups and establish them

commercially in the days to

come."

"Our ICT Advisor Sajeeb

Wazed Joy encouraged the

youth to not imitate, but

rather innovate. GP

Accelerator also has the

same message and is

continuing to play its part to

groom up the youth.

Startups are helping us to

create a self-reliant Digital

Bangladesh. Our youths are

growing the problem-solving

mindset for a techdependent

future. I would

like to encourage both

private and public sector to

jointly come forward and

help us build a self-sustained

knowledge-based

economy.," he added.

"We have come a long way

to deliver on our promises to

become a digitally inclusive

society. In this journey

around so far, 44 GP

accelerator startups across

the country have played a

pivotal role in addressing

citizens' digital needs and

developing relevant

solutions to address our

needs. We are glad to

continue the journey of GP

Accelerator and launch the

third season with ecosystem

shapers like BetterStories,

LightCastle, and Upskill.

With our credible partners,

we look forward to cocreating

an ecosystem

favorable to unleash the

potential of our homegrown

talents." said Yasir Azman,

CEO, Grameenphone.

GP Accelerator program

has already completed six

cohorts with 44 promising

startups (creating 5 lakh jobs

across the country).

Grameenphone contributed

over BDT 142 million (over

42 million as direct cash

grant and more than 100

million in-kind support),

with each team getting

approximately BDT 6.5

million' worth of support.

Impactful startups like

Sheba.XYZ, CMED Health,

Dhakacast, Cramstack,

Doctorkoi, and many more

found their way to success

and are flourishing through

the GP Accelerator program.

Sheba.XYZ, CMED Health,

and Parkingkoi have

exceeded the USD 5 million

valuation mark, too. The

value has increased 3.7 times

during the 4.5 months' boot

camp, following an average

16 times growth from demo

day.

Aside from minimizing the

digital divide, GP Accelerator

also plays a significant role in

reducing inequalities and

promoting women's

empowerment in the

country. GP Accelerator 3.0

will expand its opportunities

in sync with the consortium

of the three partners through

national outreach and

regional design thinking

boot camps for pipeline

building; building an online

content platform for

entrepreneurs to ensure

innovation practices for all

without any cost, and a 06-

months' growth-focused

push to help to boost the

business in real sense.


FRiDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

9

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring the winner against AC

Milan.Photo: AP

Henderson fires winner as Liverpool beat

Milan in thriller, Real edge past Inter

SPORTS DESK

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson

struck a rare Champions League goal to

earn his side a 3-2 victory over AC

Milan in a rip-roaring Group B opener

at a rocking Anfield on Wednesday.

Henderson rifled home in the 69th

minute to settle an absorbing contest

between the two European

heavyweights whose only two previous

meetings had been in finals, reports

UNB. With Anfield welcoming back

fans for a Champions League night for

the first time in 18 months, Liverpool

had threatened to run riot when

FikayoTomori's own goal handed them

an early lead in a barnstorming start.

Remarkably, after weathering the storm

which included a Mohamed Salah

penalty miss, Milan struck twice in

quick succession at the end of the first

half with Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz

silencing the home crowd.

Milan then had a goal disallowed

shortly after the break before Salah

made amends for his penalty miss by

Taskin to back

his strength in

World T20

SPORTS DESK

Bangladesh pacer Taskin

Ahmed on Wednesday said

that he will try to back his

strength during the

upcoming ICC World T20,

scheduled to start next

month in the UAE and

Oman, reports UNB.

"I think the mental shift is

very important because the

wicket we played here and

the wicket that we are

expected to have in the T20

World Cup will be different,"

Taskin told The Daily Sun on

Wednesday.

"I will try to back my

strength that is bowling over

140kmph and hit the seam

on the right spot and if the

wicket is favourable then it

will certainly work," he

added. Bangladesh bowlers

dominated against Australia

and New Zealand during the

recently concluded home

series in the low and slow

wickets of the Sher-e-Bangla

National Stadium and won

both the series convincingly.

The host pacers also tested

the tourist batsmen with

their variations rather than

using their pace as that

hardly looked effective in the

surfaces prepared to

bamboozle the opposition.

However, the same trick is

very unlikely to work when

they travel to Oman and the

UAE to play the global

tournament as it's expected

to have sporting wickets "We

will be getting around 10

days to adapt there and

prepare while we will be

playing three T20 practice

games and we are looking

forward to it," said Taskin.

"Whatever the condition

is, we have to play according

to it. When the wicket is not

assisting cutters at that point

the length ball and the

yorker becomes very

important. It will be an ICC

event so we have to keep in

mind that it will be sporting

or flat track.

equalising from close range in the 49th

minute. The outcome was still in doubt

until Henderson capped a memorable

Anfield night with a thumping effort -

only his second in the competition and

first for seven years.

"First half an hour we blew them

away," Liverpool left back Andy

Robertson said. "Then we got sloppy

and stopped doing the things we were

doing really well. We let them back into

the game and walk in at halftime

thinking 'how have we let this happen?'"

Milan's return to Europe's top club

competition for the first time in seven

years began in torrid fashion as the

seven-time champions were initially

overwhelmed. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic

unavailable and several players making

their Champions League debut, Milan

looked ill-equipped to compete and fell

behind in the ninth minute when Trent

Alexander-Arnold got in on the right

side of the area and his cross struck

former Chelsea player Tomori and beat

Milan keeper Mike Maignan.

Before Milan could clear their heads

they conceded a penalty when Ismael

Bennacer blocked Robertson's shot

with his arm. But Maignan dived to his

right to keep out Salah's penalty. It was

only the second time in 19 attempts that

Salah had failed to convert a spot kick

and it proved a turning point. Salah

fired over and Joel Matip headed

straight at Maignan as the chances kept

coming but Liverpool were rocked on

their heels as Milan turned the game on

its head - Liverpool manager Klopp

saying later that his team had got a bit

"carried away".

For the first time Liverpool's high

press relented and Milan worked the

ball neatly forward before Franck

Kessie's pass played in Rebic to sweep a

low shot past Alisson. Klopp wore a wry

smile after that but one minute and 48

seconds later he looked as stunned as

everyone else.

Milan attacked down the left again

with Kessie and Rebic combining to set

up Alexis Saelemaekers whose shot was

blocked on the line by Robertson only

for Diaz to pounce ansd convert.

Michael Holding announces

retirement from commentary

SPORTS DESK

The legendary Michael Holding, one of the

fiercest pacers and one of the most respected

voices in world cricket, has called time on his

illustrious career as a commentator and

broadcaster, reports UNB.

The 66-year-old, who was part of the

commentary panel of Sky Sports for over 20

years, had been contemplating hanging up

the microphone for the last one year.

The former West Indian pacer, who was

part of the Test series between India and

England, had earlier said that he won't be

able to travel and be on the road like he used

to at his age anymore.

"I am not too sure how much further than

2020 I will be going with commentary. I

cannot see myself going much further down

the road at my age. I am 66 years old now, I

Track coach Alberto Salazar's 4-

year doping ban upheld by CAS

SPORTS DESK

Track coach Alberto Salazar received no relief

from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which

upheld his four-year ban for a series of dopingrelated

violations that had long been pursued

by American regulators, reports UNB.

A person familiar with the decision told The

Associated Press on Wednesday that the bans

for both Salazar and endocrinologist Jeffrey

Brown, first passed down in 2019, had been

upheld.

The person did not want to be identified

because CAS has not yet released the full

report, which is expected soon.

Salazar is the former marathon champion

who, as coach of the Nike Oregon Project,

trained a long list of championship distance

runners including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and,

for a time, Kara Goucher. None of his former

runners have been charged with doping

violations.

Tipped off by Goucher and others, the U.S.

Anti-Doping Agency investigated Salazar and

the running team for about six years before

handing down sanctions in 2019.

Among Salazar's practices, according to the

USADA investigation, was sending athletes to

Brown's office to be infused with a supplement

am not 36, 46 or 56," Holding, who started

doing cricket commentary in 1991 in the

Caribbean, had said on a radio talk show.

"I told (Sky) that I could not commit to

more than a year at a time. If this year gets

totally destroyed, I might have to think about

2021 because I can't just walk away from

Sky, a company that has done so much good

for me."

Holding, who bid adieu to international

cricket in 1987, was widely respected for his

famous insightful analysis. His view on

racism in sport and society in the aftermath

of African-American George Floyd's murder

by a white policeman, had been a talking

point last year.

Dubbed 'Whispering Death' during his

playing days, Holding has played 60 Tests

and 102 ODIs, taking 391 international

wickets during his career.

called L-carnitine at doses that surpassed

allowable thresholds; the coach also

experimented on his sons using testosterone

gels. Salazar has proclaimed he did nothing

wrong. He did not immediately respond to an

email sent late Wednesday night by AP.

The upholding of the doping ban might not

have any practical effect on the 63-year-old

coach, who is appealing a lifetime ban handed

down earlier this summer by the U.S. Center

for SafeSport for sexual and emotional

misconduct.

In 2019, a handful of runners, including

Goucher, Mary Cain, and Amy Yoder Begley

revealed that they had been emotionally and

physically abused while working with Salazar

as part of the NOP, which was disbanded

shortly after the doping ban was revealed.

Arbitrators who decided the case in USADA's

favor during the appeal that led to the 2019

decision said that in addition to the L-carnitine

infusions, there were "numerous other

examples of this type of medical' direction in

the record of this case."

The directions involved calcium

supplements, anti-inflammatories, sleep

medication and the consistent pushing of

thyroid medicine that is often used to increase

metabolism and control weight.

Shakib loses top

spot in T20 allrounder

rankings

SPORTS DESK

Bangladesh all-rounder

Shakib Al Hasan has been

dethroned by Afghanistan's

Mohammad Nabi to the top

of the rankings for allrounders

in the latest ICC

T20I rankings published on

Wednesday, reports UNB.

Shakib, who was rested for

the final game, dropped a

place to second, after

providing a dismal show

both with the bat and the

ball during the five-match

T20I series against New

Zealand last week.

Bangladesh T20 skipper

Mahmudullah's fine batting

displays in the final two

T20Is helped him break into

the top 10 of T20I allrounders

rankings.

Meanwhile, pacer

Mustafizur Rahman gained

two spots to No.8 after

taking eight wickets against

New Zealand during the

series, which Bangladesh

won by a 3-2 margin and

moved to sixth in T20I

rankings. Left-arm Nasum

Ahmed, who also bagged

eight wickets in five

matches, gained a massive

25 places to become the 15th

ranked T20I bowler in the

world. Mohammad Naim

and Mahmudullah also

jumped three spots each to

No.24 and No.29

respectively in the T20I

batsmen's rankings.

Australia team

to play South

Africa in Rugby

Championship

SPORTS DESK

Australia team to play

SouthAfrica in the fourth

round of the Rugby

Championship in Brisbane

on Saturday, reports BSS.

Australia (15-1):

Tom Banks; Andrew

Kellaway, Len Ikitau,

SamuKerevi,

MarikaKoroibete;

Quade Cooper, Nic White;

Rob Valetini, Michael

Hooper (capt), Lachlan

Swinton; Matt Philip,

IzackRodda; TanielaTupou,

FolauFainga'a, James

Slipper Replacements:

FeletiKaitu'u, Angus Bell,

Tom Robertson, Darcy

Swain, Pete Samu, Tate

McDermott, Reece Hodge,

Jordan Petaia.

Flying Finn Ruusuvuori biggest

threat for India in Davis Cup tie

SPORTS DESK

Austria led Finland 2-1 in a Davis Cup World

Group Playoff tie in 2019 when Dominic

Thiem stepped on court. The World No. 5

was the biggest name in the tie - a two-time

French Open finalist at the time - as he

prepared to face a little-known player named

Emil Ruusuvuori. This was the first time the

youngster was up against a top 10 player. But

that made little difference to him as he pulled

off a 6-3, 6-2 upset, reports UNB.

On paper, Austria was expected to run

away with the tie. They eventually won 3-2,

but only after a deciding set tie-breaker in the

fifth match. And it reached

that far only because of

Ruusuvuori's heroics.

"That was a long day, and I

didn't expect it," Austrian

captain Stefan Koubek was

quoted as saying.

Ruusuvuori had already

been turning heads through

his progress up the charts. He

started 2019 ranked 402 and

finished it at 121. But it was at

the Espoo Metro Areena - a

facility used mainly for ice

hockey - where he picked up

his career's biggest win. On

Friday, now ranked 74, he

will take to the same court

when he leads the Finnish

charge against the travelling

Indians for a Davis Cup playoff spot. The 22-

year-old was just five when he started

playing tennis. He was introduced to the

sport when a local coach spotted him playing

badminton with his mother near their home

in Helsinki. Now he is the highest-ranked

singles player that will feature in the tie this

weekend. The match-up was originally

scheduled for September last year but was

delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the interim, Finland's spearhead managed

to break into the top 100 for the first time in

his career and has never fallen back into

three digits for over a week. And there's no

surprise in his upward trajectory. Big game

hunter

Ruusuvuori reached the semi-finals of the

Nur Sultan ATP event last year, and also

made the last-four stage of ATP events in

Winston-Salem and Atlanta in the past few

months. And Thiem has not been his only

top-10 scalp.

In March, competing in his first-ever ATP

1000 Masters, he came from behind to upset

then World No. 7 Alexander Zverev in

Miami. It was a match that saw the Finn's

Ruusuvuori started 2019 ranked 402 and finished

it at 121.

Photo: AP

ability to seamlessly change strategy. In the

first set, he tried to redirect Zverev's

firepower. When that didn't work, he started

to vary his game. His made liberal use of

topspin, slice and drop shots. He started to

strike the ball early as well, giving Zverev less

time to react, and came to the net often to

finish off points. Pulling off a comeback win

- after losing the first set - is something he's

done against both the Indian players he is

likely to face this weekend.

Simone Biles condemns US Olympic

Committee, FBI for sex-abuse crisis

SPORTS DESK

Olympic gymnast Simone

Biles held back tears on

Wednesday, as she told

lawmakers how the FBI and

U.S. gymnastic and Olympic

officials failed to stop the

sexual abuse that she and

hundreds of other athletes

suffered from former doctor

Larry Nassar, reports UNB.

"To be clear, I blame Larry

Nassar and I also blame an

entire system that enabled

and perpetrated his abuse,"

she said before the U.S.

Senate Judiciary Committee

alongside fellow gymnasts

McKayla Maroney, Aly

Raisman and Maggie

Nichols. Biles added that

USA Gymnastics and the U.S.

Olympic and Paralympic

Committee failed to act while

the FBI "turned a blind eye.

"The emotional hearing

painted a damning picture of

FBI, which botched the

Nassar investigation so badly

that he was able to continue

abusing more victims for over

a year before he was finally

arrested.FBI Director Chris

Wray made no excuses and

said the bureau had fired one

of the agents who had

falsified the details of

Maroney's 2015 interview

about the abuse.

"On no planet is what

Rodrygo punishes wasteful

Inter with late winner for Real

SPORTS DESK

Rodrygo sank wasteful Inter Milan with the

last-gasp winner in a 1-0 triumph at the San

Siro which gives Real Madrid the perfect

start to their Champions League campaign,

reports UNB. Italian champions Inter are

trying to make the competition's knockout

rounds for the first time since 2011/12 but

they were punished for letting a series of

opportunities slip by before Brazilian

Rodrygo's beautifully struck goal in the final

minute of the Group D clash.

It was a harsh result for Inter against Carlo

Ancelotti's Madrid, who up to that point had

shown little of the attacking verve which has

brought them 13 goals in four La Liga games

so far this season.

"We deserved much more from the game,

happened in this case

acceptable," he said, later

adding that the conduct of

the agents who botched the

case "was beyond the pale.

"With anger in her voice,

Maroney recalled how in

2015 she spent three hours

on the phone telling the FBI

the details of her story that

her own mother had not even

heard, including accounts of

sexual abuse she endured

during the Olympic games in

London by Nassar, whom she

described as "more of a

pedophile than he was a

doctor.

"Nassar, who is also a

former employee of Michigan

State University, has been

found guilty in three separate

cases, with one of the prison

sentences running up to 175

years.It was not until July of

this year, however, that she

Simone Biles, the defending champion, withdrew

from a few events at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: File

said the Justice Department

inspector general revealed in

a scathing report what the

FBI actually did with the

information she provided. It

failed to document it for a

year and a half, and

misrepresented what she told

them about her experiences.

"Not only did the FBI not

but if you don't score goals you're not going

to win games," said EdinDzeko to Amazon.

"We deserved more, we played really well

against a great team, and we had the chances

to win the game... It's a real shame as you

can't lose a game like that."

Madrid however are not top of the group as

that honour goes to Sheriff Tiraspol, who

downed Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in a dream

start to life in the Champions League.

"This was the toughest game of the group,"

Ancelotti told Amazon.

"Inter kept up a tremendous rhythm in the

first half, while we managed to control the

game better after the break.

"However I was pleased with the team

being able to defend deep. That's a good sign

as a team that knows how to get through

tough periods is a good one."

report my abuse, but when

they eventually documented

my report 17 months later,

they made entirely false

claims about what I said,"

Maroney said.

Wednesday's hearing

comes after the Justice

Department's Inspector

General Michael Horowitz in

July issued a scathing report

which blasted the FBI for

botching its investigation in a

series of errors that allowed

the abuse to continue for

months.

Several of the gymnasts

said they were furious that

the FBI failed to immediately

interview them about the

abuse after they had reported

it. Once the FBI finally did

contact them, they said the

agents tried to downplay the

severity of the abuse."I

remember sitting with the

FBI agent and him trying to

convince me that it wasn't

that bad," Raismansaid."It's

taken me years of therapy to

realize that my abuse was

bad, that it does matter.

"Horowitz, who also

testified, said that the nowfired

agent who falsified

Maroney's statement "could

have actually jeopardized the

criminal investigation by

providing false information

that could have bolstered

Nassar'sdefense.


FRIDAY, sEPTEMBER 17, 2021

10

Shabnur launches

YouTube channel

for her fans

TBT REPORT

Kazi Sharmin Nahid Nupur known by her stage

name Shabnur, is a Bangladeshi film actress.

This Dhallywood queen Shabnur currently

residing with her family in Sydney, Australia.

Recently she has opened an account on Facebook

and Instagram. To get the love of her fans this time

the heroine opened a YouTube channel as well.

On Tuesday night she posted a video on her

YouTube channel saying, 'Friends I want to stay

connected with you guys, want to be by your side

and get your love'.

In 1993, Shabnur debuted in silver screen with

co-actor Shabbir in the film titled 'Chandni Raatey',

directed by Ehtesham. In 1994, she got her

breakthrough in her second with co- actor Salman

Shah in the film titled 'Tumi Amar'. Shabnur coacted

with Salman until his death in 1996. She later

acted with Omar Sunny, Riaz, Ferdous Ahmed, and

Shakib Khan, among others.

In 2005, she won the National Film Award for

Best Actress for her performance in the movie titled

'Dui Nayaner Alo' directed by Mostafizur Rahman

Manik.

She was last seen in MM Sarkar's unfinished film

titled 'Pagol Manush'.

Jacqueline addresses trolling

'I am attacked for the way I

sound, criticism of my looks'

Actor Arjun Kapoor decided to quiz his Bhoot

Police co-star Jacqueline Fernandez on his

new chat show, 'Bak Bak With Baba'. The

two discussed her eating habits, her old

crushes, the trolling she receives and

how she manages to keep her head

straight. While parts of the segment

were filled with laughter, there

were some serious points when

Jacqueline mentioned how she

would starve herself in her

younger days.

Asked about her first

crush, she said,

"There was

somebody in school

but I can't name him.

I also had a huge

crush on Leonardo

DiCaprio after

watching Romeo

and Juliet and

Titanic, and

Ricardo from

Backstreet Boys."

Arjun asked her

about the

importance of food in

her life, but she said

that it wasn't so high up

on her priority list. Arjun

jokingly said, "Please

leave my van," and

Jacqueline said, "We can't be

friends, sorry!" She then

answered the question, "I

definitely love to celebrate

with food. For instance,

today was our wrap. I got

food for everybody. We cut a

cake with my team. I feel it's

nice that celebrate with food.

There was a phase in my 20's

when I did turn to food and

that was late at night. I lived

alone so it was like cake, ice

cream, anything crispy. I actually

did have a terrible relationship

with food and then I went like

starving for a week, which is

like really bad for you. So,

now it's about knowing that

I don't need to turn to it,

tomorrow is another day

and we will get through it."

Jacqueline Fernandez

revealed that she has

never been on a blind

date. When Arjun

asked whether she

had been on a date,

she laughed and said

no, as well. When

asked about the best

pick-up line that has

been used on her she

said, "It's a little weird

but maybe I'm a bit

unapproachable as well.

There are very few times I

am approached with bad pick-up

lines."

As celebrities can't avoid trolling,

she spoke about the 'meanest

things' she has read about

herself online "There are a

lot of mean things," to

which Arjun responded,

"Welcome to the king."

Jacqueline continued, "It's

ok, we all get it. I read things

about myself how terrible I

sound, how terrible my accent

is and how I speak Hindi, bad

criticism on how I look."

On how she deals with it, she

said, "I kind of take it like

positively. I am like ok what do

they mean. Then, I feel may be there

is some room for improvement.

There is some criticism where you feel

this person is being nasty. Some actually

makes sense to me."

Source: Flip Board

For the first time ever, three

Bangladeshi films - Abdullah

Mohammad Saad's"Rehana

Maryam Noor". Mostofa Sarwar

Farooki's "No Land's Man", and

Mohammad Rabby Mridha's

"Paayer Tolay Mati Nai", have

been selected to be showcased at

the prestigious Busan

International Film Festival

(BIFF) 2021, reports UNB.

The selection of the film

"Paayer Tolay Mati Nai" (No

Ground Beneath The Feet) was

confirmed on Wednesday,

which will be screened on

October 7, 8, and 13 in the "A

Window on Asian Cinema"

section of the festival.

Scheduled to be run from

October 8 to 15, this year's

festival has enlisted these films

as part of its "A Window on

Asian Cinema" section, where

Farooki's upcoming movie "No

Land's Man", has been

nominated for the Kim Jiseok

Award.

"What stands out is the

selection of 3 films from

Bangladeshi cinema, which has

been considered until now to be

on the cinematic periphery," the

BIFF website highlighted

Bangladesh's history-making

participation at this year's

festival.

Produced by acclaimed

director-producer Abu Shahed

Emon, "Paayer Tolay Mati Nai"

is presented by Box Office and

Golpo Rajjo films, and the film

is co-produced by Impress

TBT REPORT

A special drama titled 'Behula

Parampara' has been made to

mark the upcoming Durga Puja

festival. Two popular small

There was a lot expected from

'Fast & Furious 9' but the film has

stayed to be just about ordinary

after its first week (lasting 8 days

due to Thursday release) at the

Indian box office. The film netted

just around 4 crores* more

during the weekdays and as a

result of its total so far stands at

12.50 crores*.

Now ideally, a film of this scale

and magnitude should have

collected this number on the

very first day in the prepandemic

times. However, the

current situation is different in

India due to theatres not

running at optimal capacity.

Moreover, one fact that cannot

be ignored is that 'Fast & Furious

9' is one of the weakest in the

franchise. The last two

3 Bangladeshi films

selected for Busan

Int’l Film Festival

Telefilm Limited and Batayan

Productions.

Mir Mokarram Hossain is the

executive producer of the film,

alongside its co-producers

Faridur Reza Sagar, Managing

Director of Impress Telefilm,

and Tahrima Khan, Batayan

Productions.

Starring Mostafa Monwar,

Priyam Archi, and Dipannita

Martin are in the lead roles

among others, "Paayer Tolay

Mati Nai" narrates the story of

an ordinary man named Saiful,

who has embraced his miseries

screen actors- Farhana Mili and

FS Nayeem will be seen playing

lead roles in the drama.

Shadhin Shah has written the

story of the drama while Borno

Nath has directed it. The

instalments had done very good

business in India, though cracks

were seen in 'Fast & Furious 8'.

Now even though the action is

bigger than ever before in 'F9',

the overall story is weak with

nothing much besides the

gravity-defying stunts.

Coming to the business aspect

of the film, 'Fast & Furious 9' will

reach the 20 crores milestone

but that's about. That would be a

very sub-optimal performance

for the film which was expected

to revive the theatrical business

in India. Disappointingly, that

hasn't quite happened and hence

the wait continues for a true

biggie to arrive and make a

smashing impact at the box

office.

Source: Times Of India

while walking through various

conflicts in his life with his two

wives, family, work, morality,

and sociality.

Farooki's "No Land's Man"

stars noted Indian actor

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and

popular Bangladeshi singeractor

Tahsan Rahman Khan in

the lead roles, narrating the

theme of social discrimination

in terms of race, religion, and

nationality.

The joint venture by the US

Company Dialectic and

Bangladesh's Chabial, in

shooting of the drama has

already been completed at a

location in the capital.

About the drama, director

Borno Nath said, "A woman

can do anything if she

wants. The story of 'Behula

Parampara' is about

women's awareness. Earlier,

I've worked with Mili and

Nayeem. In this drama, both

of Mili and Nayeem have

acted wonderfully. I hope

the audience will like our

association with India's Magic If

Films, Bangladesh's Sun Music

& Motion Pictures, and Bongo

BD, "No Land's Man" also has

teamed up with the Oscar-

BAFTA-Grammy-famed worldfamous

Indian composer A R

Rahman for its music.

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki,

Anjan Chowdhury, Nusrat

Imrose Tisha, Shrihari Sathe,

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, A R

Rahman, and Faridur Reza

Sagar are co-producing the film,

which was the recipient of the

Motion Picture Association of

America (MPAA) and Asia

Pacific Screen Awards' Script

Development fund in 2014. It

was part of the Asian Project

Market at Busan and was the

Best Project at India's Film

Bazaar that year.

Bangladesh's maiden entry at

the prestigious "Un Certain

Regard" section of this year's

Cannes Film Festival, 'Rehana

Maryam Noor' is scripted,

edited, and directed by Abdullah

Mohammad Saad as his second

directorial venture. The film was

also showcased at the

Melbourne International Film

Festival and is now scheduled

for the upcoming BFI London

Film Festival.

The story of this 1 hour and 48

minutes long film revolves

around Rehana Maryam Noor,

an assistant professor at a

private medical college, played

by popular actress Azmeri

Haque Badhan.

Mili, Nayeem pairs up

in 'Behula Parampara'

work."

The drama also stars Shilpi

Sharkar Apu and others.

Farhana Mili has returned to

acting with 'Behula Parampara'

after a short break. On the

other hand, FS Nayeem has

completed the shooting for a

web series titled 'Aura'

recently.

The drama 'Behula Parampara'

will be aired on a private TV

channel on the occasion of

upcoming Durga Puja festival.

Vin starrer 'F9' failed to create a rage at box office

H O R O s c O P E

ARIEs

(March 21 - April 20) : You'll be

happiest away from prying eyes

today, Aries. You're not in the mood

to be friendly or participate in idle

gossip. It seems you've been having the same

conversations with the same people for some time

now. You're feeling so bored you could scream. To

avoid doing just that, spend quiet time alone

today if you can.

TAURUs

(April 21 - May 21) : Just when you

thought things were settled, life takes

another turn. Today brings yet another

of those turns, so hold on, Taurus. You

may receive some information that has a dramatic

impact on your life. Perhaps you'll receive an

opportunity to move to another state or country.

Perhaps you'll decide to get married. One thing is

clear - your future looks promising!

GEMINI

(May 22 - June 21) : You should feel

optimistic today, Gemini, with

confidence in your ability to

accomplish anything you set your

mind to. If you're working toward a specific

goal (and you should be), something is likely

to happen today that propels you that much

closer to realizing your goal. What's the next

step?

cANcER

(June 22 - July 23) : You can expect

some big changes, Cancer. All the

hard work you've been doing to

develop your confidence is

showing, and this is attracting opportunities

like bees to honey. On top of this, your passion

is high right now, so set aside private time with

your mate. Plan a romantic evening, open a

bottle of wine, and celebrate!

LEO

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

today, Leo. Your biorhythms are low.

In fact, you may be feeling a bit under

the weather. There's no point in

trying to keep up a cheerful front. People will see

through your facade. You would be better served

by spending time on solo activities. That way you

can spend long stretches of time in bed, where

you're meant to be today.

VIRGO

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): A long-term

project reaches a positive

conclusion, one that may have a

dramatic impact on your finances.

You've sold your manuscript to a publisher or

successfully concluded a project that's dear to

your heart. This success should give you the

confidence you need, Virgo. Don't forget to take

time to celebrate!

LIBRA

(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): Change is good, but

it can be scary when it comes

suddenly. That's what you feel today

when someone announces a major

change without warning. You're not sure how to

react to the news and haven't a clue how it affects

you. All you can do now is wait. Try not to panic. In

the end, you'll see that these changes will benefit

everyone, including you!

scORPIO

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : You're eager for

information on a particular subject

and will go to great lengths to get it,

Scorpio. Before heading off to the

library, why not try an online search? You

might find everything you need without leaving

your chair. But your search might necessitate

going to the primary source, so travel will be

involved.

sAGITTARIUs

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): You may receive

a windfall from an unexpected

source, Sagittarius. Perhaps an

uncle died and remembered you in

his will or an old legal settlement has finally

come through. Whatever the source, the extra

income is welcome now. Your vivid dreams of

late may not seem related to this financial

upswing, but they're connected.

cAPRIcORN

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): You receive some

new insight about an important

person in your life, Capricorn, and

your relationship takes a dramatic

turn for the better. You feel you now know

this person completely, and your closeness

borders on the profound. This new alliance

could also have positive repercussions on

your finances.

AQUARIUs

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : When the thought

of going to work makes it hard to get

out of bed, know that the time has

come to get another job, Aquarius.

Alas, that's probably not something you can do

now. You can be extra kind to yourself. Give

yourself a present. Find something you

thoroughly enjoy that would perk up your spirits

and cost little.

PIscEs

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : Romance is in

the air and you must be breathing a

lot of it today, Pisces. Your blood is

boiling, your passion surging, and a

romantic dinner for two is in the cards. You'll

be inclined to shop for clothes, but curb your

appetite for material goods. What you really

want doesn't come in a box, so why waste your

money?


FriDAY, SePTemBer 17, 2021

11

Food insecurity at highest

levels in South Sudan since

independence-UN official

UNITED NATIONS : People

in South Sudan currently face

the highest levels of food

insecurity recorded since the

country's independence from

Sudan 10 years ago, said a UN

official on Wednesday.

More than 60 percent of the

total estimated population of

12.78 million people are

severely food insecure, said

Reena Ghelani, director for

operations and advocacy at the

UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs,

reports UNB.

The United Nations

estimated in December 2020

that 2.4 million people faced

emergency levels of acute food

insecurity. Between April and

July 2021, some 108,000

people faced catastrophic

levels of acute food insecurity,

at the height of the lean season,

she told the Security Council in

a briefing on the humanitarian

situation in South Sudan.

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Financial assistance checks for cancer, kidney, liver cirrhosis, stroke

paralysis and congenital heart patients were distributed in Jhalakati on

Thursday.

Photo : TBT

Govt helping export climate-friendly

air conditioners: Shahab Uddin

DHAKA : Environment,

Forest and Climate Change

Minister Md Shahab Uddin

on Thursday said the

government is helping to

export climate-friendly air

conditioners under the

Hydrochlorofluorocarbon

Phase out Management Plan

Stage-2 launched in

Bangladesh to protect the

ozone layer.

"The implementation of

the Stage-2 project will open

the door for export of air

conditioners produced in

Bangladesh. To this end, the

government is providing

special opportunities for

manufacturers of

refrigeration and airconditioning

products to pay

taxes and VAT," he said.

The minister was speaking

as the chief guest at a

discussion organized by the

Department of Environment

on the occasion of World

Ozone Day 2021 with the

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theme 'Montreal Protocolkeeping

us, our food and

vaccines cool.'

Shahab Uddin said the

government has taken

initiative to promote

refrigeration as one of the

sectors after garment

industry for the purpose of

export development.

If the converted air

conditioners are being

energy efficient, he said, they

will meet the domestic

demand as well as increase

export opportunities.

Noting that Bangladesh is

one of the partners in the

success of the Vienna

Convention and the

Montreal Protocol adopted

to protect the ozone layer,

the minister said the role of

the Montreal Protocol in

making the refrigeration

system up-to-date and

environment-friendly in

preserving food and

vaccines against current

corona is commendable.

Bangladesh has passed all

the stages of

implementation of the

Montreal Protocol in a

timely manner and is

complying with the

obligations of the Protocol,

he added.

Covid-19 recovery

rate crosses 90pc in

Rangpur division

RANGPUR: The recovery rate

of Covid-19 patients has

crossed the 90 percent mark in

Rangpur division where the

positivity and causality rates

are continuing to decline

during the last three weeks,

reports BSS.

Health officials said 451

more Covid-19 patients healed

on Tuesday raising the total

number of recovered patients

to 47,953 raising the average

healing rate to 90.11 percent in

the division.

The 47,953 recovered

patients include 9,805 of

Rangpur, 3,075 Panchagarh,

4,060 of Nilphamari, 2,426 of

Lalmonirhat, 4,212 of

Kurigram, 6,277 of

Thakurgaon, 13,721 of

Dinajpur and 4,266 of

Gaibandha districts in the

division. Meanwhile, the

number of Covid-19 positive

cases reached 53,216 with the

diagnosis of 112 fresh cases on

Tuesday in the division.

"The 112 new Covid-19 cases

were reported after testing 927

samples at the positivity rate of

12.08 percent on Tuesday,"

Focal Person of the Covid-19

and Assistant Director

(Health) for Rangpur division

Dr ZA Siddiqui said.

Earlier, the daily positivity

rates were 16.05 percent on

Monday, 11.66 percent on

Sunday, 12.60 percent on

Saturday, 18.44 percent on

Friday, 18.58 percent on

Thursday and 17.62 percent on

Wednesday last in the division.

The district-wise break up

of total 53,216 patients stands

at 12,130 in Rangpur, 3,496 in

Panchagarh, 4,318 in

Nilphamari, 2,669 in

Lalmonirhat, 4,524 in

Kurigram, 7,206 in

Thakurgaon, 14,202 in

Dinajpur and 4,671 in

Gaibandha of the division.

"Since the beginning of the

Covid-19 pandemic, a total of

2,56,756 collected samples

were tested till Tuesday, and of

them, 53,216 were found

Covid-19 positive with an

average positivity rate of 20.73

percent in the division," Dr

Siddiqui added.

One dies, 37 infected

with COVID-19 in

Bhola

BHOLA: Thirty seven more

persons were diagnosed

with COVID-19 positive

after testing 203 samples at

Bhola 250-bed General

Hospital COVID-19

laboratory during the last 24

hours till last morning in the

district, reports BSS.

Among the new positive

cases, 28 are in Sadar

upazila, one in Tajumuddin

upazila, six in Charfashion

upazila and two in

Lalmohan upazila, civil

surgeon Dr. K M

Shafiquzzaman, told BSS.

One person however has

died of coronavirus during

the time here, he said.

With the new infection,

the total detected people

stood at 6,509.

Meanwhile, a total of 54

patients recovered from

COVID-19 in the span of 24

hours here, climbing the

healed persons to 5,712, the

civil surgeon said.

A total of 87 persons have

so far died of COVID-19 in

the district, he added.

Dr. Shafiquzzaman said

infected 23 persons are now

undergoing treatment at

Bhola 250-bed General

Hospital and the rest are at

home quarantine under the

supervision of doctors from

their respective upazila

health complexes.

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Security Council approves technical rollover

for mandate of UN mission in Libya

UNITED NATIONS : The Security Council on

Wednesday adopted a resolution to approve a

"technical rollover" for the mandate of the UN

Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to allow

more time for negotiations on a longer-term

mandate renewal. Resolution 2595, which was

unanimously adopted by the 15-member council,

Invitation for Tenders

decides to extend the mandate of UNSMIL till

Sept. 30, 2021. The Security Council originally

scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a draft

resolution that would have extended UNSMIL's

mandate for a year, till Sept. 15, 2022. The vote

had to be delayed till Wednesday, the day when

the current mandate expires.


Friday, dhaka: september 17, 2021; ashwin 2, 1428 Bs; safar 9, 1443 hijri

The country's tradition is the village market. These self-made wooden doors are being sold at the village market

for Tk 1500-2000. The picture is taken from Gosaibari in dhunat upazila of Bogura on Thursday. photo: pBa

Vaccine equity, Rohingya

crisis, climate change on top

of Hasina's UNGA agenda

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

is expected to focus on the issues of equity

in vaccine sharing, climate change and

Rohingya crisis at the United Nations

General Assembly (UNGA), reports

UNB.

"Covid-19 vaccines should be a public

good without any discrimination," said

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen

on Thursday sharing the key engagements

of the Prime Minister.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M

Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary

Masud Bin Momen were, among others,

present at the press conference.

Prime Minister Hasina leaves here on

Friday morning on a two-week official

visit to attend the United Nations

General Assembly (UNGA) in New York

and other engagements with a stopover

in Helsinki, Finland.

Dr Momen said the Prime Minister

will address the UNGA on September 24

and she will deliver her speech in-person.

He said Bangladesh will host a side

event on Rohingya crisis where many

countries are expected to voluntarily

join. Dr Momen said there will be a

number of bilateral meetings on the

sidelines of the UNGA. The Prime

Minister is scheduled to leave for New

York from Helsinki, Finland on

September 19 after her stopover there on

September 17-18.

Wrapping up her official visit to New

York, the Prime Minister will visit

Washington DC where she will stay from

September 25 to 30.

Hasina is scheduled to leave

Washington for Dhaka on September 30

and will return home on October 1 after

a stopover in Finland.

This is going to be Prime Minister

Hasina's first overseas visit since the outbreak

of the Covid-19 in March 2020.

Earlier, she addressed the UNGA for

17 times and this would be her 18th joining

the UNGA.

The Covid-19 pandemic has proved to

be the most challenging period the world

has seen since the Second World War,

said the UN Secretary-General on

Tuesday.

Newly sworn in General Assembly

President, Abdulla Shahid of the

Maldives, opened the new 76th session,

noting that his country's flag is "flying at

the highest peak today".

He spoke of near-universal "collective

anxiety" and hopelessness, not all

of which is pandemic-related, saying:

"The narrative must change" and that

the General Assembly "must play a

part in this".

Bandarban tragedy

Bodies of 2 children

found, their mother

still missing

BANDARBAN : Divers from the local

fire service on Thursday morning recovered

the bodies of two children who

were swept away, along with their mother,

by the onrush of hill water at Sainga

Tripura Para in Sadar upazila of

Bandarban district.

The victims were identified as

Krishnabati Tripura, 40, her 12-year-old

daughter Bajerung and five-year-old son

Pradeep. On Wednesday morning,

Krishnabati, along with her two children

and her sister, went to the hill area for

jhum cultivation, said Jagadish Tripura,

a member of ward 3 of Sadar union

parishad. In the afternoon, while they

were returning home, heavy rains lashed

the area. The trio were swept away by

the onrush of the hill water in the local

river while crossing a fountain amid

rains, said Abdul Quader, in-charge of

Milchhari police camp.

Rumabati Tripura, Krishnabati's 16-

year-old sister, however, survived the

tragedy. On information, divers from

the local fire service went to the spot and

conducted a rescue operation. However,

they could recover the bodies of the two

children only yesterday morning.

"Divers from the local fire service

recovered the body of Bajerung from

near the spot around 7am, while

Pradeep's body was fished out of Sangu

river," said Jerin Akter, superintendent

of Bandarban police.

Freedom fighter Chan Miah

yet to receive a govt house

Md. Mekail Mia, kashiaNi upazila

(GopalGaNJ) CoRRespoNdeNT

The movement for independence ended

a long ago. People fought with their

heart and soul to free this country from

the Pakistani oppression. One of such

strugglers is Chan Miah. But how the

country is treating them today? To date,

not a single government house has been

allocated for the heroic freedom fighter

Chan Mia Mollah. With the help of local

people, he got a place in a government's

brick kiln. He built a hut there. That too

is floating in the water today. No help

matched his fate.

It has been reported that Md. Chann

Mia Mollah, son of Jamir Uddin Mollah

of Hatiyara village in Hatiyara union of

Kashianiupazila, took part in the great

liberation war in 1971 when the Father of

the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

started to mobilize country's people. He

took part in the war at Jashore front and

his hometown Bhatiapara after receiving

training from India to liberate the country

from the enemy.

At the end of the war, he did not get

any work and finally started making a

living by ferrying from village to village.

He fell ill within a few days. At that time,

he sold three decimals of land received

from ancestral sources. He became landless.

He leaned in to the old business

again to support his family.

Helpless and helpless, this heroic freedom

fighter came to

KashianiUpazilaSadar. Fifteen or sixteen

years ago, with the help of the local

people, this freedom fighter, known as

Chan Mia, got a place in the government

abandoned Charpingalia brick kiln. He

built a tin house there.

Although there is tin on the roof, it is

fenced with jute sticks due to lack of

money. Somehow, he and his wife started

living with their three children in a

government brick kiln. His two sons Md.

HelalMollah and Al Amin now work as

day laborers. He got his daughter

Champamarried to a pickup driver. The

boys spend the day with their families

somehow. They are struggling to make

ends meet. They do not have the opportunity

to see their parents.

The freedom fighter somehow managed

to run their small family with his

wife Aleya Begum with allowance

money. Heroic freedom fighter Chan

Mia told this reporter, "We, the husband

and wife need medicine worth Tk 4,000

per month.I went door to door for a

piece of government land. I applied to

the upazila administration many times

but got no result.

Finally, four years ago, I bought a

piece of land in my village Hatiyara with

a loan of Tk 3 lakh from Sonali Bank in

favor of the allowance. I have not been

able to repay our loan yet. So, I could not

make any house due to lack. No matter

how many people I went to for a government

house, there was no result."

"I am living in a government place in a

brick kiln. The place is low so the house is

submerged in rain water. Didn't get any kind

of government help till now. Many ordinary

people get houses officially.

University students

can register for

vaccine without NID

DHAKA : University Grants Commission

(UGC) has created a new website for the

university students to register for Covid-

19 vaccine in a bid to get all the students

vaccinated. Using birth certificate, students

who do not have the NID card will

also be able to register for Covid-19 vaccine

with the link, said a press release.

Students have been asked to complete

their registration by September

27 for Covid-19 vaccine using the link

https://univac.ugc.gov.bd.

The UGC also requested the concerned

to provide birth certificates on

priority basis to the university students

who do not have birth certificates.

The regulatory commission of country's

higher education is working to

complete registration of all the students,

teachers, officials and staff of

country's universities for Covis-19 vaccine

by September 30, said UGC

member Professor Sazzad Hossen.

From Sunday, CNG pumps to

stay closed from 6-10pm daily

DHAKA : After a flip-flop, the

Bangladesh government has finally

decided to keep CNG refuelling stations

across the country closed for four hours

daily from Sunday.

The CNG pumps will remain closed

from 6pm to 10pm daily from September

19, the Ministry of Power, Energy and

Mineral Resources said in a notification

on Wednesday night. Earlier, a decision

was taken to keep the CNG refuelling stations

closed for six hours, from 5pm to

11pm from September 15.

The dire condition of JnU

medical centre

NakiBul ahsaN Nishad,

JNu CoRRespoNdeNT

The health providing facility of

Jagannath university is known as

'Jagannath University Modern Medical

Centre'. Any prospective may find the

notion of having modern state of the art

amenities for the sick students.But, in

reality, its daily schedule hamper due to

the unavailability of doctors during

office hours and medical staff members.

Though the sophisticated word is added

to the name plate but the quality of service

is very fragile.

It is learned that the medical centre of

Jagannath University was in a dire condition

earlier. Compulsory medications

for treatment were paracetamol, cold,

and cough. Besides, there was no

machine, no pathology department or

any examination system for an incumbent

patient.

The students went on a hunger strike

for the development of the dilapidated

medical centre. The university administration

took initiative to modernize the

medical centre in the face of the

demands of the students. Construction

of a state-of-the-art medical centre on

the ground floor of the university's 'Rafiq

building' began in December last year.

However, the word 'modern' was used in

the naming, but without any modern

equipment and laboratory.

According to university sources, the

medical centre has some equipment for

first aid but the administration has suggested

setting up facilities for blood

tests, ECG rooms and various medical

equipment, PCR labs and ICUs.

Although there was fund to buy machinery

in the last budget, that money has

been returned to UGC.

It can be seen on the spot that there is

only one doctor for the treatment of the

students in the medical centre. Although

three doctors were appointed to run the

medical centre, two doctors did not

come regularly. This has caused outrage

among the current working doctors and

students.

In this regard, Dr.Mita Shabnam said,

"I am the only attending doctor for

20,000 students. Sometimes the patient

is so stressed that they have to suffer. On

the other hand, the students who come

for treatment also suffer." Asked about

the other two doctors, she said,

"Although the other two doctors have

been appointed, they do not come to the

office regularly.I have to do everything."

The medical centre of Jagannath

University is not only sophisticated in

name but also sophisticated in function

and the student organizations of

the university have demanded to set

up a centre for vaccinating students at

the university.

Ashraful Islam, former convener of

the conference committee of the

Jagannath University Chhatra League

said, "the medical centrehere only in

name. There are questions about the

quality of both physicians and services.

The university has 20,000 students as

well as many teachers, officers, and staff.

We will demand that the medical centre

be kept open till 8 pm for the convenience

of all."

Covid-19

Case positivity rate

falls to 5.98 per cent

TBT RepoRT

The infection positivity rate dropped

below six per cent as Bangladesh logged

51 more Covid-related deaths and 1,862

fresh cases in 24 hours until Thursday

morning. The daily case positivity rate

declined to 5.98 per cent on Thursday, a

slight fall from Wednesday's 6.54 per

cent, said the Directorate General of

Health Services (DGHS).

However, today's fatalities were higher

than the 35 deaths reported on

Tuesday, the lowest in around three

months. The new numbers pushed the

country's Covid death tally to 27,109

while the caseload climbed to 15,38,203.

Meanwhile the fatality rate remained

static at 1.76 % , said the DGHS.

Electricity Supply Act gets

time extension; Bill passed

SANGSAD BHABAN : The Quick

Enhancement of Electricity and Energy

Supply (Special Provision) Act 2021 was

passed in Parliament on Thursday, aiming

to extend its length of time by another

five years till 2026, reports UNB.

State Minister for Power, Energy and

Mineral Resources Ministry Nasrul

Hamid moved the Bill and it was passed

by voice vote. The tenure of the existing

law is going to expire in 2021.

The cabinet on September 6 approved the

draft of Quick Enhancement of Electricity

and Energy Supply (Special Provision)

(Amendment) Bill, 2021 in order to ensure

uninterrupted supply of electricity and

energy for making Bangladesh a higher

middle-income country by 2030 and a

developed one by 2041.

a boy grazing cows in a green field. The picture is taken from Fatehpur area in Gowainghat

upazila of sylhet.

photo : star Mail

Kaptai Lake's beauty and navigability

clogged by water hyacinth

RANGAMATI : A journey by boat on

the country's largest Kaptai Lake is no

longer a fun, reports UNB.

Boats carrying tourists on a joy ride get

stuck up in the middle of the lake, surrounded

by hills. Locals commuting by

boats complain of wasting productive

hours as the journey gets terribly slow.

For all their sufferings they blame an

unusual culprit: water hyacinths.

The ambience of the man-made lake

is under threat as it has been covered

with the prolific weeds.

The unabated growth of the invasive

aquatic plants is not only hampering

operation of water transports (such as

launches, speed boats and engine

boats) but also threatening fish and

marine resources and polluting its

water.

According to experts and locals the

water of Kaptai Lake has been severely

polluted with water hyacinths. Local

residents are getting infected with various

diseases by using the water of the

lake, they said.

Visiting the area this week UNB correspondent

found a large swathe of the

beautiful lake clogged by water

hyacinths. Seen from a distance, it

looks like a playground full of small

green grass. But no, it's not a playground,

its water hyacinth, he found.

The communication with seven of the

ten upazilas of the district is done

mainly by this lake. Kaptai Lake with an

area of 730 sq km surrounds the district

like a net. Life in Rangamati city is

also being disrupted due to the water

hyacinth accumulated in the lake.

Snakes and mosquitoes have also settled

here. The menace of insects has

also increased.

Especially, the place where water

hyacinth spread the most is the

Sublang Channel. Surrounded by hills,

one has to visit beautiful Subalang

waterfall after crossing this place which

is a must-see destination for tourists

visiting Rangamati.

According to the locals, every year

during the monsoon, water hyacinths

grow because of onrush of water from

the hills along the border and create

garbage in the lake. These water

hyacinths also gather in the town's

lakeshore market places when the

water level of Kaptai Lake rises. As a

result, farmers from far and wide suffer

a lot to sell their products.

A large number of small and big

engine-driven boats from Rangamati

Sadar to Kaptai Upazila Jetighat,

Bilaichhari, Jurachhari, Langdu, Borokol,

Baghaichhari, Farua, Horinchhara and

other places every day. Besides, cargo

boats ply on this route during the weekly

market day.

Moreover, a large number of tourists

cross this route to visit Rangalamati's

Subalang Waterfall and Bilaichhari

Upazila's various springs during this

season. For instance, on September 10,

police rescued seven tourists as they got

stuck in an engine boat in the Kaptai

Lake after they had made a distress call

to the national emergency service number

999. The boat got stuck in a swarm

of water hyacinths near Balukhali and

the propeller of the boat's engine broke

as the boatman repeatedly tried to

restart it.

A boatman Monoranjan Chakma said

these water hyacinths will remain stuck

in the lake until winter.

"So, we cannot operate the boats at

normal speed. Normally it takes 1 hour

20 minutes to an hour and a half to go

by engine boat from Rangamati Sadar

and Kaptai Jetty to Bilaichhari. But

now, it takes 2 hours to two and a half

hours due to this water garbage. This is

a waste of time besides causing untold

sufferings."

The locals complained that despite

the serious situation, the concerned

administration did not take any initiative.

Thus fishermen and boat people

continue to suffer.

The water of Kaptai Lake is largely

used for drinking by a sizeable number

of the hill people. As a result, the residents

are forced to use polluted water

as there is no water purification system.

Therefore, the locals have demanded

that authorities take immediate steps to

remove the water hyacinths form the

lake and clean it.

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