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DhAkA: September 22, 2021; Ashwin 7, 1428 BS; Safar 14,1443 hijri

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Regd.No.DA~2065, Vol.19; N o. 146; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00

international

US easing virus

restrictions for foreign

flights to America

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SPortS

British tennis must build

on Emma Raducanu

success : Andy Murray

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art & culture

Eva Rahman now

'Eva Arman', ties

knot for 2nd time

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Covid's daily positivity

rate in Bangladesh

falls below 5%

DHAKA : Covid-19 claimed 26 more

lives and infected 1562 others in 24

hours till Tuesday morning.

The latest cases were detected after

testing 33,375 samples showing a

decline in the daily case positivity rate to

4.69 per cent from 5.67 per cent, said the

Directorate General of Health Services

(DGHS).

The case positivity rate is the lowest in

around six months as the country last

recorded 4.98 percent daily case positivity

rate on March 8 this year.

According to the DGHS, the fresh

numbers took the country's total Covid-

19 fatalities to 27,277 on Tuesday while

the caseload mounted to 1,545,800, said

the DGHS.

Meanwhile, it said, the fatality rate

remained static at 1.76 per cent.

Besides, the recovery rate also

remained static with 97.34 per cent on

Tuesday with the recovery of 1,603

patients during the 24-hour period.

So far, 1,504,709 people have recovered

from the deadly virus infections,

the DGHS added.

Among the new deaths, 15 died in

Dhaka division, three each in

Chattogram and Rajshahi, two each in

Khulna and Sylhet and one in

Mymensingh divisions. However, no

death was reported from Barishal and

Rangpur divisions.

Of them, 16 were men and 10 women.

The World Health Organization

(WHO) recommends that the daily case

positivity rate should remain at 5% or

below for 14 days before mass unlocking.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh eased its lockdown

restrictions on August 11, even

though public health experts warned of

Delta variant spread.

DSA : Order on

Jhumon Das's bail

plea Thursday

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday

fixed Thursday for passing an order on

the bail petition of Jhumon Das in a case

filed under the Digital Security Act,

reports UNB.

A HC bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman

Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar fixed

the date after hearing on the petition.

Advocates ZI Khan Panna, Nahid

Sultana and Ashraf Ali stood for

Jhumon Das while assistant attorney

general Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

represented the state.

Jhumon was arrested in a case filed

under DSA for posting defamatory

remarks about then Hefazat leader

Mamunul Haque on his Facebook page.

The case was filed with Shalla Police

Station in Sunamganj district.

On March 17, miscreants carried out

an attack on the houses of minority people

at Noagaon village in Shalla upazila

over his Facebook post.

On March 16, police detained Jhumon

Das and police produced him before a

court showing him arrested in a case

filed under section 54 of the Criminal

Procedure Code (CrPC) the next day.

Then the court sent him to jail.

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Hasina receives SDGs

Progress Award

NEW YORK : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina has been honoured with the

"SDGs Progress Award" in recognition

of Bangladesh's achievements in sustainable

development from 2015 to

2020, reports UNB.

The UN Sustainable Development

Solutions Network (SDSN) and other

organisations, including the Earth

Institute of Columbia University and the

Center for Sustainable Development at

Columbia University, jointly gave the

award. The Prime Minister accepted the

award at the 9th Annual Int’l Conference

on Sustainable Development (ICSD),

held virtually on Monday.

"The SDSN and some other organisations

conferred the award for the

achievements of Bangladesh from 2015

to 2020. According to their evaluation,

what Bangladesh doing is a miracle,"

said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul

Momen while briefing reporters in New

York.

Accepting the award, Sheikh Hasina

dedicated it to the people of Bangladesh.

"This award is a testimony of our

endeavours engaged in achieving SDGs.

'Leaving no one behind' is a key part of

the SDGs. We'll continue our march

towards progress and prosperity so that

no one is left behind," she said.

The Prime Minister also extended her

sincere thanks to ICSD for honouring

the people of Bangladesh with this

award. At the function, SDSN president

Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs commended the

leadership of Sheikh Hasina in attaining

the global sustainable agenda even during

the global Covid-19 pandemic, while

the moderator introduced her as the

"Jewel in the crown of the day."

The SDSN, set up in 2012 under the

auspices of the UN Secretary-General,

mobilizes global scientific and technological

expertise to promote practical

solutions for sustainable development,

including the implementation of the

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The SDSN works closely with United

Nations agencies, multilateral financing

institutions, the private sector, and civil

society.

On Sunday last, the Prime Minister

arrived in New York to attend the 76th

session of the United Nations General

Assembly (UNGA).

RT-PCR lab to be set up at

airport soon: Imran Ahmed

Shafiqul iSlam (Shafiq)

The Corona testing Laboratory will be

set up inside the Hazrat Shahjalal

International Airport in the capital in the

next two to three days. It may take

another 10 to 12 days to set up a permanent

corona laboratory on a multi-storey

car parking. However, the two ministers

of government could not say when the

corona's test will start permanently or

temporarily.

Health Minister Zahid Malek, Minister

for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas

Employment Imran Ahmed, Chief

Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office

Ahmed Kaikaus, Secretary to the

Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and

Overseas Employment Ahmed

Munirush Salehin and other officials of

the Civil Aviation Authority visited the

airport on Tuesday morning.

After inspecting the parking lot at the

airport, Expatriate Welfare Minister

Imran Ahmed spoke to reporters. Asked

when the corona laboratory will be set

up at the airport, he said it would take 10

days to make the roof of the parking lot

at the airport.

Work will start in two-three days.

Those who said they would work, if now

they say there is no instrument, need to

import, then I would say go home.

He said the UAE wanted to set up an

RT-PCR laboratory at the airport. RT-

PCR testing takes more time. However,

it takes less time to do rapid PCR.

Meanwhile, there is no rapid test device

in the country.

On 15 September, the Ministry of

Expatriate Welfare selected seven nongovernment

organizations to set up RT-

PCR laboratories for corona examination

at Shahjalal International Airport.

Of these, six companies submitted

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

These SOPs are sent to the UAE for verification.

However, the UAE authorities

have not yet responded. In this regard,

Imran Ahmed said, the issue of SOP is

the work of civil aviation.

This is not a matter for the Ministry of

Expatriate Welfare and Health. Civil aviation

will work on the basis of where they

sent it, where they will get clearance. We

are currently working on RT-PCR. We

will also consider rapid tests. I still can't

say where it will go. In response to a question,

he said that the corona laboratory of

the airport will be opened in three days.

My responsibility is to make it easy for

expatriates to go.

Prime minister

Sheikh hasina

has been

honoured with

the "SDGs

Progress

award" in

recognition

of Bangladesh's

achievements

in sustainable

development

from 2015

to 2020.

Photo : Star mail

Malaysia lifts entry

restriction on

travellers from

Bangladesh

DHAKA : The government of Malaysia

has lifted the entry restriction for foreign

nationals from a number of countries,

including Bangladesh, with immediate

effect, reports UNB.

However, to curb further spread of

COVID-19 , an entry into Malaysia may

only be allowed, on a case-by-case basis

upon obtaining a prior entry approval

from the Immigration Department of

Malaysia.

The visitors need to have valid

Malaysian visa and must be fully vaccinated

(WHO approved vaccines) with a

negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result.

They will have to undergo mandatory

quarantine in accordance with the latest

ruling as issued by the Ministry of

Health, Malaysia.

Bangladesh performing

well in fulfilling SDGs,

but many challenges

ahead

DHAKA : Although Bangladesh is on

track and performing well in achieving

many of the UN-adopted Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs) in time, it

still faces the challenges of low external

resources and lack of global partnership

apart from lower revenue-GDP ratio.

Achieving SDGs will critically depend

on the availability of resources including

external resources and global partnership,

according to an official document

collected by UNB.

The United Nations adopted the SDGs

in 2015 with a global call of action on 17

integrated goals with a pledge to end

poverty, protect the earth's environment

and climate and ensure peace and prosperity

for people everywhere by 2030.

Bangladesh's performance has so far

been commendable in various fields,

including poverty reduction, gender

equality, child and maternal mortality,

nutrition, sanitation, electricity, annual

GDP growth and disaster management.

But it has to overcome a number of the

hurdles to further improve its performance,

the document observes.

"Government revenue as a proportion of

GDP needs to be substantially increased

through undertaking measures for increasing

the number of taxpayers and improving

tax collection and management mechanism,"

it says. The document calls for a substantial

increase in inflow of FDI and remittance

for achieving of the the goals.

According to official data, the tax to

GDP ratio of the country has been 9.9

per cent on an average since 2015-2019,

while it is 19.8 per cent for India, 23.9

per cent for Nepal, 14.7 per cent for

Pakistan, 13.5 per cent for Sri Lanka.

No journalist will be harassed

unnecessarily: Hasan

DHAKA : Information and

Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan

Mahmud yesterday said no journalist

will be harassed without any cause.

The minister stated this while

exchanging views with journalist leaders

at his office at Secretariat here.

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

(BSS) Managing Director and Chief

Editor Abul Kalam Azad, DBC 24/7

NEWS chairman Iqbal Sobhan

Chowdhury, Bangladesh Federal

Union of Journalist (BFUJ) former

president Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul,

former secretary generals - Abdul

Jalil Bhuiyan and Omar Faruque,

Dhaka Union of Journalist (DUJ)

president Quddus Affrad and general

secretary Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu,

among others, were present in the

meeting.

After the meeting, Hasan replied

different queries to reporters saying

the journalist leaders came here to

discuss the issue of seeking bank

account details of journalists.

"The discussions were held in a

very amicable environment," he

added.

The minister said the government

can seek anyone's bank details. "But,

DHAKA : A Dhaka Court on Tuesday

placed Evaly CEO Mohammad Rassel

on a one-day remand in a case filed with

Dhanmondi Model Police Station on

charge of embezzlement and fraudulence,

reports UNB.

Additional Chief Metropolitan

Magistrate Hasibul Haque passed the

order when police produced him before

the court after completion of his three-day

remand in a case filed with Gulshan Police

Station. The court also sent his wife

Shamima Nasrin, chairman of the company,

to jail after expiry of her 3-day remand.

Police produced the duo before the

court and sought seven-day remand for

each in the case.

On September 17, a case was filed on

Friday against 14 people, including

Evaly CEO Rassel and his wife on charge

of embezzlement and fraudulence.

Mohammad Quamrul Islam, another

aggrieved customer and son of Junedul

Islam of Old Paltan area, filed the case

with Dhanmondi Model Police Station.

Akash, vice president of Evaly,

Tanvir Alam, senior accounts manager,

Zahedul Islam, manager, Jawadul

Haque Chowdhury, senior executive,

it is a concern that why the bank

details were sought in the name of

organizations. I've told them that I

will look into the matter as none will

be harassed unnecessarily," said

Hasan, also Awami League joint general

secretary.

"They (jounalists) also requested to

keep an eye so that any misunderstanding

cannot take place between

the government and journalists

regarding seeking of the bank details

. . . I also requested them," he said.

The minister said Bangabandhu's

daughter Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina is journalists-friendly as she

has taken many welfare oriented

schemes for the community (journalists).

She has established the journalists'

welfare trust, gave allocation for constructing

the building of Jatiya Press

Club, assisted journalists during the

COVID-19 situation and gave Taka 10

crore as grant to the journalists welfare

trust, he added.

Mentioning that the Premier

always enquires about journalists,

Hasan urged all to remain alert as

none could create distance between

the government and journalists.

Evaly CEO remanded

again, wife lands in jail

are among the accused. Rab personnel

arrested Rassel and Nasrin from their

Mohammadpur residence on the

same day.

Rassel and Shamima were arrested

after an aggrieved customer, Arif Baker,

lodged a case with Gulshan police station

accusing them and few other company

executives of embezzlement and

fraudulence. A Dhaka court on Friday

placed them on a three-day remand.

Besides, the Bangladesh Financial

Intelligence Unit (BFIU), an arm of the

Bangladesh Bank that specializes in

financial crime investigations, directed

all the commercial banks and financial

institutions through a common letter on

August 27 to freeze all the bank accounts

operated by top executives of Evaly.

The Directorate of National Consumer

Right Protection, a department under

the Commerce Ministry, received allegations

from consumers about "cheating"

by Evaly.

Bangladesh Bank officials said one of

the major allegations against Evaly is

forcing its consumers to deposit their

money in the e-wallet of the firm which

was totally illegal.

a Dhaka Court

on Tuesday

placed Evaly

CEO mohammad

Rassel on a

one-day remand

in a case filed

with Dhanmondi

model Police

Station on charge

of embezzlement

and fraudulence.

Photo : Star mail


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State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira addressing an inaugural program

of E-Joyeeta in Dhanmondi yesterday.

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First investment summit on 'Bangladesh Capital Markets' of a roadshow with the theme "The Rise of Bengal

Tiger: Potentials of Trade and Investment in Bangladesh" held. The summit was organized by the

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo : Courtesy

Capital Market to be the main source of long-term

financing in Bangladesh: Land Minister

Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury

said that the Capital Market will surely

appear as the main source of long-term

financing very soon in Bangladesh.

On Monday, Land Minister

Saifuzzaman Chowdhury came with the

remark while addressing as the chief

guest of the first investment summit on

'Bangladesh Capital Markets' of a

roadshow with the theme "The Rise of

Bengal Tiger: Potentials of Trade and

Investment in Bangladesh". This was

organized by the Bangladesh Securities

and Exchange Commission (BSEC) at a

hotel in Zurich, Switzerland to showcase

investment opportunities in the capital

market of Bangladesh to the expatriate

Bangladeshi and foreign, especially Swiss

investors in the development of the

capital market of Bangladesh.

Ambassador of Switzerland to

Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard, Bangladesh

Securities and Exchange Commission

Chairman Professor Shibli Rubayat-Ul-

Islam were also present at the event.

Land Minister further said to the

audience that, if you look at our Balance

in the economy, between Macroeconomy

and Micro-economy, I think we

are quite well balanced and we are

heading towards the right direction.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun addressing the business

development conference 2021 yesterday.

Photo : Courtesy

DIU Professor M R Kabir appointed

as Chairman of the QAC of BAETE

Professor. Dr. MR Kabir, Department of Civil Engineering of

Daffodil International University (DIU) has recently been

appointed as the Chairman of the Quality Assurance Cell

(QAC) of the Board of Accreditation for Engineering and

Technical Education

(BAETE). September 14,

2021 He was appointed as

the chairmanby an office

order signed byBAETE

Acting Chairman Prof. Dr.

A.F.M Saiful Amin.

The office order also

informed that three more

persons have been

appointed as members of

QAC. They are Prof. Dr. Md.

MozammelHuq Azad Khan, Department of Computer

Science and Engineering, East West University, Prof. Dr.

Arshad M. Chowdhury, Dean, School of Engineering, Brac

University and Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazmullslam,

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, North

South University.

The Board of Accreditation for Engineering and Technical

Education (BATE) accredits programs conducted at various

higher education institutions approved by the University

Grants Commission (UGC) in terms of quality of higher

education and other conditions.

The chairman of Board of Trustees, Vice-Chancellor, Pro

Vice-Chancellor and top management of DIU extended their

sincere congratulations and best wishes toProfessor Dr.MR

Kabir due to achieving his chairmanship such an important

organization. Professor. Dr. MR Kabir expressed that as the

newly appointed chairman, he would be determined to fulfill

his responsibilities properly.

Sheikh Hasina we have been able to bring

Bangladesh into a certain level of

development - said Land Minister.

Saifuzzaman Chowdhury called upon

the investors and businessmen present at

the time and said, there is a wind of

change in the air of Bangladesh, you'll see

it, you'll feel it, once you're there, once

you invest in there. Since this growth is

led by private sectors, you'll also enjoy it

along with the private sectors.

Bangladesh is a country with political

stability for a decade where you can rely

on. And our economy is doing great

during this time. Swiss Ambassador told

her country's investors - "Take a good

look at Bangladesh, its vast growing

economy, its 168 million people, mostly

young populations, talented

entrepreneurs and see how you can be

bought into this success story".

BSEC Chairman Professor Shibli said

on his welcome note, we have a trained

and educated labor force, we have a very

business-friendly government, we have a

favorable environment. That's why

Bangladesh Government is here to invite

you, we want to be with you, we want you

to come to Bangladesh with all your

technical and innovative resources, and

making a partnership with Bangladesh

will be a Win-Win situation for both

Arguments in

graft case against

Lutfozzaman

Babar on Sept 30

DHAKA : A Dhaka court on

Tuesday set September 30 for

holding arguments in a graft

case against former state

minister for home affairs

Lutfozzaman Babar.

Judge Mohammad

Shahidul Islam of Dhaka

Special Judge Court-7 passed

the order as he read out the

charges brought against

Babar and testimonies of the

prosecution witnesses.

The court after that asked

Babar whether he wants to

plead guilty or not.

In reply, Babar pleaded not

guilty and demanded justice

from the court.

The Anti-Corruption

Commission (ACC) filed the

case against Babar with

Ramna Police Station on

January 13 in 2008, for

amassing illegal wealth of

around Taka 7.05 crore.

Deputy Assistant Director

of the ACC Rupok Kumar

Saha on July 16, 2008, filed a

charge sheet in the case. The

court on August 12, 2008,

indicted Babar in the graft

case.

parties. BSEC has organized this series of

roadshows to demonstrate Bangladesh

Capital Markets and Trade & Investment

opportunities globally and attract global

investors and NRBs to invest in

Bangladesh. After successful completion

in Dubai and 4 major cities in the USA

earlier this year, BSEC is conducting

shows at Zurich and Geneva in

Switzerland now.

The summit was attended by investors

and business leaders of both Nonresident

Bangladeshis and foreign

institutional and individual investors.

Bangladeshi high-level delegation team

discussed and exchanged opinions with

them and showcased the robust

economic growth and investment

potentials of Bangladesh, especially the

immense opportunities in the

refurbished capital markets and the

infrastructural development to facilitate

investments. Senior Secretary of Finance

Division Abdur Rouf Talukder, Senior

Secretary of the Information and

Communication Technology Division N

M Zeaul Alam PAA, Executive Chairman

of BEPZA Major General Md Nazrul

Islam SPP, Member of National Board of

Revenue Md. Alamgir Hossain

participated in the summit, along with

private sector leaders among others

Digital Hospital brings maternal, child and heart health

specialists from Dhaka to rural communities

Digital Hospital, a brand of Digital

Healthcare Solutions (DH) and a

pioneer in the digital healthcare

industry, is launching 30 Specialist

Doctor booths outside metro cities,

where patients can consult specialist

doctors of Dhaka in their trusted

local Digital Health Centers

(Diagnostic/Clinic/Pharmacy)

through Video Call. The initiative has

been taken to ensure the reach of

quality healthcare services in the

country's most remote areas, using

innovative technology.

Doctors of around 20+ specialties

will be available for consultation at

these centers including Medicine,

Gynecology, Dermatology,

Pediatrics,

Cardiology,

Endocrinology. By focusing on

Gynecology and Pediatrics, Digital

Hospital hopes to support new

mothers, fathers and children across

the nation to access specialized care

from the town or the village they live

in. This eliminates their need to

travel to Dhaka, and the additional

risk of getting infected with COVID-

19 while travelling.

Furthermore, families on average

spend BDT 5,338 on travel and

accommodation to get specialized

Fresh perspective required as

country transitions from

pandemic, says Radwan Siddiq

DHAKA : Policymakers need to revisit their assumptions and

undertake a more detailed analysis of who and what makes

Bangladesh tick as the country looks to emerge stronger from

the global pandemic, says Bangabandhu's grandson Radwan

Mujib Siddiq.

"The story of Bangladesh is a complex one, with multiple

layers and a rich cast of characters," writes Radwan, a trustee

of Center for Reseatch and Information (CRI) who edits

WhiteBoard, the country's first policy journal, in the

quarterly's editorial note.

With a caption "Hot off the press", he posted the link on his

verified Facebook page to allow readers free access to the

content of the latest issue.

Referring to the government's policy of inclusive growth

with trickle-down effect to benefit the poorest, Radwan

termed the developmental turnaround as " remarkable" in

his editorial note .

Emphasizing the need for fresh perspectives to help the

country meet future challenges, he said the global pandemic

has shown that countries need nimble thought leadership to

be truly adaptable. "Fresh perspectives, detailed analysis,

and good data are essential."

With a renewed call for participation from a pool of writers,

he sought continued support of its readers, contributors and

sponsors, to establish WhiteBoard as the premier space for

the next generation of analysts, academics and professionals.

The 5th issue of the quarterly covered some crucial policy

issues such as the importance and relevance of agriculture in

the country's march towards its middle-income status and

the role of middlemen in labour immigration.

Earlier during the launch of the fourth issue, he has said it

is time to move on from talking about the "Bangladesh

Miracle" and start focusing on the "Bangladesh Model", as

the country seeks to consolidate its position as a middleincome

country.

In his editorial note of the 4th issue of WhiteBoard,

Radwan said the model outlined in Vision 2021 and Digital

Bangladesh embraces people-centric policies that ensure the

much-needed distributive justice.

In this latest issue of WhiteBoard, MA Razzaque explains

why the importance of agriculture will not diminish even as

Bangladesh consolidates its position as a middle-income

country. He shows how key policy decisions over the past 50

years have transformed the sector into an engine for growth

and poverty alleviation. The future in the sector includes

precision agriculture, increased foreign investment, and bold

new partnerships, he added.

Earlier, WhiteBoard in its first issue had narrated the

futuristic policy decisions taken by the father of the nation

Bangabandhu in post-independence Bangladesh, an issue

often outshined by his leadership and struggle towards the

country's freedom.

private hospital care. By bringing

specialists to the people, Digital

Hospital is also helping to reduce the

cost of healthcare.

Most patients across Bangladesh

with various serious health issues

require consultations with specialists

on a regular basis. However, with the

majority of specialists concentrated

in Dhaka, it is difficult to get quality

care from cardio/gynae/pediatrics

outside metro centers. Furthermore,

early diagnosis can often help

patients avoid complications and

have a quick recovery as well.

Therefore, Digital Hospital aims to

build a bridge between the doctors

and patients through their innovative

technology that would remove

barriers to accessible and affordable

healthcare.

The doctor booths in these centers

are equipped with state-of-the-art

technology to ensure smooth

communication between the patient

and the doctor. In addition, the booth

has been designed to ensure the

patients do not feel any gap in their

healthcare services even without the

doctor's physical presence.

However, to further support the

patients, assistants are present to

help them in any way required. In

addition, patients will be able to take

any tests prescribed by the doctor at

the same digital health center at a

discounted rate.

Due to the ongoing pandemic,

strict measures are being taken to

ensure the safety of the patients and

the centers' administrative staff.

Consultations via Video Call also

helps the doctor stay protected and

serve patients just about anywhere

from the comfort of their homes.

In pilots during the first 6 months

of 2021, Digital Hospital has already

provided over 5,000 specialist

consultations with gynecology,

cardiology, medicine specialists - and

this scale up will bring the service to

many more communities. By the end

of 2021, 30 Specialist Doctor booth

will be opened in locations like

Polashbari in Gaibandha, Maderganj

in Jamalpur, Dumuria in Khulna,

Birampur in Dinajpur, Burichong in

Cumilla and some other parts of the

country with an objective to ensure

quality healthcare for all, and help

close the health care gap between the

rich and poor, the rural and urban.

Because everyone deserves good

health.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury MP speaking at laying foundation stone ceremony

of Sri Sri Radhakrishna Temple (Gouranga Ashram) at Biral Mangalpur in Dinajpur. Photo : Courtesy

US Ambassador Miller and Health Minister Zahid Maleque

Inaugurate Country's First One-Stop TB Service Center

DHAKA: On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Earl

R. Miller joined Honorable Minister of

Health and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque,

MP, and United States Agency for

International Development (USAID) Deputy

Mission Director Randy Ali to inaugurate the

country's first one-stop tuberculosis (TB)

service center, a press release said.

With USAID's support, the Ministry of

Health and Family Welfare's National TB

Program has transformed the 250-bed TB

hospital in Shyamoli into the premier center

to treat TB by equipping the facility with

state-of-the-art testing and laboratory

equipment. USAID's Alliance for Combating

TB project also trained a specialized pool of

doctors to detect and diagnose the diseaseespecially

multi-drug-resistant TB, and to

provide safe and effective treatment for all

forms of TB to patients on site.

As a result, TB patients no longer need

referrals to travel to another facility and are

able to begin treatment regimens quickly

and more easily following their diagnosisimproving

their chances of beating the

disease. With USAID support, the National

TB Program will open four more one-stop

TB service centers across the country in the

next several years.

"We are pleased to open the doors to this

impressive one-stop TB center and help

protect the lives of many who are fighting

this disease. This is part of our shared vision

between the United States and Bangladesh

in helping people across this country strive

for healthier and more prosperous lives for

themselves and their families," said

Ambassador Miller.

"Improving access to critical testing and

treatment services for all forms of TBespecially

multi-drug-resistant strains of the

disease-will help Bangladesh cure many

more people through timely treatment while

preventing new infections," said USAID

Deputy Mission Director Randy Ali.

Over the past ten years, the United States

has invested more than $100 million to

advance tuberculosis control efforts in

Bangladesh and donated 72 GeneXpert

rapid TB testing machines to increase

detection and treatment rates, and put

positive cases under immediate treatment.

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Earl R. Miller joined Honorable Minister of Health

and Family Welfare Zahid Maleque, MP, and United States Agency for

International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Randy Ali to inaugurate

the country's first one-stop tuberculosis (TB) service center.Photo : Courtesy


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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Master plan to save

rivers near Dhaka

The river Buriganga was once a very

important positive part of the

environment of Dhaka city. It was a

clean flowing river that added an aesthetic

appeal to the residents of the city.

The famous nawabs of Dhaka had built up

their magnificent living quarters on its

banks. One of them, the Ahsan Manjil, still

stands and now serves as a museum to

remind people of the glorious days of the

past of the city. But the Buriganga at present

is in a threatened state of existence.

The river has been progressively dying from

polluting factors and from encroachments. All

kinds of excreta are now thrown in huge

quantities in it regularly. The same have turned

its waters largely unusable in sections in and

around the city. The rivers is also suffering very

seriously from encroachment.

Its natural flows have been impeded by

landfilling of its beds and setting up of all

kinds of unauthorised structures on such

encroached lands. The encroachments have

meant narrowing of the river and its canal

like appearances in many places as it flows

past the city. The way the encroachments

have grown, allowing this process for some

more time would very likely mean blocking

off its flow completely some years from now.

The same kind of encroachments and

pollution are also posing similar environmental

threats to other rivers near Dhaka namely

the Turag and The Balu. Thus, not only the

Buriganga needs to be regenerated and

saved from environmental decline and

pollution. All the rivers flowing through or

past the capital city need to be safeguarded

to get back their health and vitality.

Clearly, there is a point in saving the

Buriganga from the encroachers. One

encouraging aspect has been that the

present government took some major

initiatives to reverse this process of

encroachments in the river. But such drives,

unfortunately, have not been sustained all

the way with the result that encroachers

have had a chance to make a comeback.

Thus, only on and off eviction moves will

not serve any purpose if it is not followed up

by concrete plans to prevent reoccupation by

the encroachers.

Probably a well paved circular road all the

way along the banks, plus planting of trees

and creation of river sides natural parks can

be attempted by the government to consolidate

the encroachment-free conditions after an

eviction drive. More significant would be

completing all legal arrangements and the

setting up of all sorts of checks and physical

barriers so that the encroachers find no

opportunity for reoccupying these places

after this government leaves office. In sum,

the evicted conditions should be made a

permanent feature for their salubrious effect

on the environment of the city.

This paper reported on Sunday that

government has adopted a 20-years long

master plan to revive the rivers near Dhaka.

Needless to say, the master plan and its

adoption is timely.

But we like to suggest that let it be pushed

to completion with the same kind of

enthusiasm that the government is noted for

taking in relation to some mega projects

involving Dhaka city like the metro rail. If

the river restoration plan is pushed through

with similar speed not only major

transportation and travel problems of the

city's people will be solved on a lasting basis,

the environment of the city will also get a big

and positive uplift simultaneously.

EU carbon border tax could trigger trade war

With the COP26 climate change

summit due to open in Glasgow

in barely a few weeks,

negotiations are heating up as countries

try to establish their own red lines and

boundaries over what is acceptable in

terms of climate emissions norms and

practices. One of the hottest topics at

COP26, and long after the two-week

forum has ended, will be the EU's carbon

border tax, a highly controversial levy

included in the EU Green Deal announced

in July 2021. This aims to cut carbon

emissions by 55 percent by 2030

compared to 1990 levels and for the entire

community to become carbon neutral by

2050. An integral part of the Green Deal is

the carbon border adjustment mechanism

- a carbon tax in layman's terms. The EU

plans to impose this on all imports of

goods as well as services in order to ensure

a level playing field for its own industry,

which Brussels says will be unfairly

penalized by tighter environmental and

emissions standards.

EU leaders have justified the tax, which

also will be applied on foreign airlines

arriving into the bloc, as a

countermeasure to balance out poorer

environmental norms in other nations.

However, the tax has already brought loud

protests by almost every non-EU nation,

notably developing countries, which say

that Brussels is simply erecting another

barrier to trade and providing unfair

assistance to its own businesses.

The EU is trying to justify the carbon tax

by saying that its measures to protect the

environment are among the most

advanced in the world and that its

companies have to adhere to severe

emission norms, which impose a high cost

on production due to conditions such as

use of recycled materials, energy efficiency

and higher taxes on polluting materials. It

goes on to say that producers in other

countries have a significant and undue

advantage in terms of cost of

manufacturing due to more lax norms for

environment protection and lower or zero

taxes on pollution. There is no doubt that

the EU is trying to cut its emissions

significantly from 1990 levels, while many

developed nations have made only token

commitments and, at times, failed to meet

even these goals. Data from the European

Commission shows that EU greenhouse

gas emissions in 1990 stood at 5,669

million tons. These have fallen by over 24

percent in the past 30 years and EU's total

emissions now stand at 4,067 million

tons, a significant achievement for any

major emitter in this time frame. Before

RANVIR S. NAYAR

JUNAID WAHEDNA

the EU applies any carbon tax on

developing nations it ought to take a look

in the mirror.

The EU has set a target of 55 percent

reduction from 1990 levels by 2030,

which means that total emissions will

stand at 2,551 million tons - an average

drop of 151 million tons every year from

now till the target date.

Indeed, compared with other developed

regions, the EU has achieved an

outstanding drop in the past 30 years. In

2019, emissions by the US, the biggest

historical polluter, totaled 6,558 million

tons, an increase on the 1990 figure of

about 6,442 million tons. Neighboring

Canada saw a 21 percent rise from 1990

levels and its total greenhouse gas

emissions in 2020 stood at 729 million

tons, up from 603 million tons.

The EU could perhaps justify its carbon

tax on imports using these and a few other

rich countries as examples of how the rest

of the world has failed to make any effort

to reduce emissions and, in fact, has

allowed industry to pollute even more

It's expensive to be poor

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic,

rising income inequality was one of

the key challenges facing

economies around the world. In 2018,

Oxfam's report "An Economy for the

99%" revealed that Vietnam's richest man

earned more in one day than the poorest

person earned in a decade. It was just one

of many astonishing claims, and the

report reflects a broader trend across Asia

- which despite seeing record growth over

the past 20 years, has struggled to

distribute new wealth evenly.

Collectively, the six largest economies of

Southeast Asia - Indonesia, Thailand, the

Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and

Malaysia, also known as the ASEAN-6 -

have a GDP of close to US$3 trillion,

which was growing by 5-6% each year

until 2020, when the pandemic swept

through the globe and stopped economic

growth in its tracks.

But while the region has a population of

670 million and has experienced

economic growth consistently above

historical global averages, half the

population remains unbanked - with no

access to financial products - and a further

fifth (18%) are underbanked, lacking

access to anything other than a bank

account, according to research by Fitch

Ratings in 2020. And income disparity

has been a persistent problem in recent

years for Indonesia, which has the sixthworst

inequality in the world, according to

Oxfam. Indonesia's four richest men have

more wealth than 100 million of the

country's poorest people.

While progressive taxation is associated

with lower income inequality, research by

the ADB Institute shows that in some

Asian countries such as the Philippines,

poor administration has significantly

constrained tax collection, which in turn

has impacted public spending and driven

up inequality. And the problem isn't

exclusive to Asia. The Bank of England's

unconventional policy of quantitative

easing (QE) in response to the last

financial crisis involved creating new

money to buy financial assets, like

government debt. But the Bank's own

analysis estimated that the wealthiest 10%

of households were enriched by £350,000

(US$478,000) each during the first five

years of QE - more than 100 times the

benefit seen by the poorest 10%. In fact, it

ARJUN GARGEYAS

was estimated that for every £1 of QE,

only 8 pence of that made it into the

economy. This goes some way to

explaining why housing prices and

financial markets are hitting record highs,

despite efforts to control the spread of

Covid-19 forcing many businesses into

lockdown: Money begets money, and as

American novelist James Baldwin once

put it, "Anyone who has ever struggled

with poverty knows how extremely

expensive it is to be poor."

The fact is that we live in a world where

policymakers and governments are

creating and perpetuating wealth

inequality. And this is amplified by the

fact that the pandemic exacerbated this

disparity: While millions of people around

the world were losing their jobs,

billionaires in the US saw their wealth

surge by a staggering $1.8 trillion,

skyrocketing 62%. This is why it's so

crucial for greater financial inclusion and

than before.

But, unfortunately, the EU's carbon tax

is not limited to rich countries.

Documents released so far speak of a

global application, with the same level of

tax for similar products from anywhere in

the world. That means developing

countries exporting to the EU could take a

significant hit - one reason the carbon tax

has sparked anger in countries with

significant trade levels with the EU.

The developing countries raise

objections on multiple grounds. First is

the globally accepted and acknowledged

principle of common but differentiated

responsibilities, which means that while

all countries are responsible for taking

measures to protect the environment,

they are not equally responsible. Under

this time-tested and successful principle,

wealthy countries need to make a much

greater contribution in cutting emissions,

while no such responsibility can be placed

on poorer nations simply because for over

200 years since industrialization began,

rich countries have been the major source

of pollution.

For instance, from 1850 to 2007, the US

is estimated to have emitted 339,174

million tons of carbon dioxide, Germany

about 81,194 million tons, and so on. In

comparison, India has produced 28,824

million tons, Democratic Republic of

Congo 681 million tons and South Africa

521 million tons.

Source: Arab news

How India could get involved in new AUKUS alliance

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is

heading to the United States to

participate in the first in-person Quad

summit to take place later this month.

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,

comprising India, Australia, Japan and the

United States, has been getting a lot of

media attention ever since it reconvened as

a potential alliance last year. With China

flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific

region, the Quad re-emerged as a

counterbalancing tool to the hegemony of

China in the region.

However, this looks like only the

beginning of potential Western coalitions as

a response to China's influence in the

region. US President Joe Biden this week

announced a new alliance with the United

Kingdom and Australia known as "AUKUS"

specifically focusing on the security aspect of

the Indo-Pacific region.

The newly announced alliance appears to

be intended a base for all three states to

indulge in defense and technology

cooperation and to collaborate on governing

emerging technologies such as artificial

intelligence and cyberspace.

While India's involvement in the Quad is

needed, there are also pragmatic reasons for

India to work with the AUKUS states to

achieve their objectives. Modi's first face-toface

meeting with Biden could help make

India's case for getting involved with

AUKUS.

The Quad, when first conceived, had

maritime security as one of its main focus

areas. With China building up its naval

capabilities throughout the last two decades,

the Quad aimed to build alliances with the

EU leaders have justified the tax, which also will be applied on foreign

airlines arriving into the bloc, as a countermeasure to balance out poorer

environmental norms in other nations. However, the tax has already

brought loud protests by almost every non-EU nation, notably developing

countries, which say that Brussels is simply erecting another barrier

to trade and providing unfair assistance to its own businesses.

rest of the region in the form of joint naval

exercises and investments in developing

state-of-the-art naval fleets. With critical

technologies at the heart of geopolitical

rivalries during the past five years, these

emerging technologies remain an immense

strategic asset to different states.

Technology will likely be the future

battleground for geopolitical dominance,

with conventional warfare taking a back

seat. Cyber, space and communications are

emerging as potential areas of conflict

between states.

AUKUS includes the United States, which

is the global leader in technology

innovation, but the UK and Australia

remain inexperienced players in the

technology domain. India, with its share in

the global technology ecosystem, could

provide an immense advantage in terms of

both human resources and capital for

cooperation in emerging technologies.

This cross-border collaboration,

especially in strategic technologies, could

help states in the region address the threats

of attacks in the digital domain.

The region faces instability due to the

number of potential nuclear powers in Asia.

The threat of escalation to nuclear warfare

looms large.

A flurry of activity in developing nuclear

capabilities has been seen in recent times.

South Korea recently tested a submarinelaunched

ballistic missile (SLBM) despite

not being a nuclear state. North Korea

responded by testing its own ballistic

missiles, as a possible arms race develops in

the Korean Peninsula.

What some observers have called China's

nuclear ambiguity and the possibility of

The Quad, when first conceived, had maritime security

as one of its main focus areas. With China building up

its naval capabilities throughout the last two decades,

the Quad aimed to build alliances with the rest of the

region in the form of joint naval exercises and investments

in developing state-of-the-art naval fleets.

Pakistan's nuclear weapons reaching the

hands of extremists could pose significant

threats to the region.

The AUKUS alliance is expected to focus

on underwater defense capabilities as a

deterrence to the Chinese military presence

in the region. With specific focus on

developing nuclear-powered submarines

for Australia, this just reaffirms Biden's

evolving foreign policy as a highly Indo-

Pacific approach.

India, on the other hand, is one of the

most technologically developed nuclear

states in the region. It also has the

The fact is that we live in a world where policymakers and

governments are creating and perpetuating wealth inequality.

And this is amplified by the fact that the pandemic exacerbated

this disparity: While millions of people around the world were

losing their jobs, billionaires in the US saw their wealth

surge by a staggering $1.8 trillion, skyrocketing 62%.

distinction of being one of the first nations to

undertake the development of nuclearpowered

submarines. The INS Arihant,

launched by India in 2009, was the first

ballistic-missile submarine developed by a

state other than the five permanent

members of the UN Security Council.

This kind of experience that India

possesses in the field of underwater warfare

and the proximity to the region should serve

as a major incentive for AUKUS and India

to collaborate on nuclear defense

capabilities with a focus on security and

stability in the region.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a

massive decline in globalization and

international trade. Global supply chains

were restructured to protect domestic

economies, leading to shortages (such as the

silicon-chip shortage). Protectionism was

on the rise and states strove for selfsufficiency

across domains. India's own

flagship project, the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat,

advocates being self-reliant in all aspects.

History has shown that technological selfsufficiency

remains elusive because of the

number of bottlenecks in the global supply

chain. However, achieving technical

expertise in an area of strength can help

both strategically and economically.

AUKUS aims to build an alliance that can

indulge in technology cooperation across

domains. The United States' expertise in

defense technology and Australia's growing

rare-earths processing industry are just two

of the potential areas for technology

transfer.

Source: Asia times

literacy, and where financial technology

can make a massive impact on wealth

inequality.

In the ASEAN-6 region, there is a

young, digitally native population that

spends an average of eight hours a day

online. Smartphone penetration is on the

verge of crossing 70% of the population,

and last year 40 million of its people

became first-time Internet users, placing

fintech companies in pole position for

innovation.

And the opportunity for fintech is not

just to provide digital alternatives to

traditional banking, but is also about

addressing the challenge of providing a

broader suite of financial products.

Apps like Wahed (a firm of which I am

the chief executive officer) focus on

providing users with investment

opportunities that align with key

principles of fairness, equity and

transparency - because increasing

inequality has spurred on a new

generation of investors to seek

investments that align with their social

and ethical values.

Investing and wealth-management

services that have previously been out of

reach of customers because they lack

experience or access now have a plethora

of options to choose from.

Source: Asia times


WeDneSDAY, SePTeMber 22, 2021

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The best workouts to alleviate back pain

KATe MOOneY

Backs can be such a pain. Many people

suffer chronic discomfort, from tight

shoulders thanks to hunching over the

computer to lower backaches due to a

herniated disc or a muscle strain.

Having a bad back can range from

aggravating to debilitating. But unless

you're laid up with an acute injury, back

issues shouldn't inhibit your daily

activity. In fact, regular movement,

stretches and strengthening can help

you both recover from and prevent

further injury. It's just a matter of

learning which types of exercise are

best suited to targeting issues around

the spine.

According to Jaspal Singh, director of

interventional spine in the department

of rehabilitation medicine at Weill

Cornell Medicine, the first step in

treating back pain is pinpointing what

kind you're dealing with.

Singh recommended booking a

consultation with a physiatrist, who can

evaluate your symptoms and ask you

specific questions related to your pain.

Some doctors may conduct imaging

depending on the severity of the injury.

Injuries to the discs in between the

bones of the spine are most common

among young people, Singh said. If it

hurts when you sneeze or cough, or

when you bend forward or flex your

spine, that's an indicator you might

have a herniated disc.

If that's the case, you'll want to avoid

exercise that puts any extra strain on

the disc, such as heavy lifting and highimpact

activities that involve running

and jumping, or any moves that involve

bending forward or leaning back, like

certain forward folds in yoga, as well as

crunches and situps. Sometimes, this

can include cycling too, if the seat

Strengthening your core and glutes is vital to preventing future back problems.

posture has your spine flexed forward.

If it hurts when you sit, but not when

you bend forward, you might have a

muscle or joint strain instead of a disc

issue. "When you're sitting, the best

way to decompress the spine is to take

the pressure off it, so, standing up,

leaning back or getting a

sitting/standing work-station," Singh

said.

If you're dealing with upper back or

shoulder aches and tightness, Singh

suggested resistance band rows,

reverse snow angels, and scapular

retraction- exercises that engage the

mid-shoulder blades.

This will help you strengthen the area

and prevent future injuries. Start with

body weight or resistance bands, as

Singh mentioned, before progressing to

dumbbells or other weights. Regardless

of the type of back pain you're dealing

with, low-impact cardio will be

beneficial.

Singh recommended activities like

swimming, cycling (if you're seated

with your spine straight, as opposed to

leaning forward, which would put too

much stress on the lower back),

walking and using an elliptical

Photo: Getty

machine. These are all good aerobic

options, keeping the blood flowing and

muscles flexible, without putting too

much strain on your joints.

Running and jumping, like in

calisthenics and some HIIT workouts,

can be too high-impact and put too

much stress on the discs. If you want

the core-and-glute strengthening

benefits of HIIT, try resistance bands

and body-weight exercises, as well as

yoga and pilates. But before you get

into that, you should work on your

posture.

According to Lara Heimann, a

physical therapist and creator of the

LYT Yoga method, many back issues

stem from poor posture. They can

result in "anterior pelvic tilt," where the

pelvis and hips are rotated forward,

causing the spine to curve and creating

imbalances in the surrounding muscles

and joints.

"When people habitually live [with]

anterior tilted pelvis, it changes the

back tissue, making the lower back

shortened while the front gets

lengthened, so the low back feels tight,"

Heimann said. "It also puts your glutes

in a position where the brain is not

signaling them to fire."

This leads to weakened glutes and

weakened abdominal muscles, and

excess strain on the lower back. The

good news is that there are ways to

correct alignment and create a stable,

strong spine. First, picture your spine

as a vertical line, like a plant, and the

pelvic bowl like the pot of the plant. You

want the bowl to be balanced, not

tipped, so that the plant can grow

strong and straight, Heimann

explained. "You're training your brain

to move differently."

To enact this alignment, practice

different positioning and exercises that

engage your core, put your pelvis in

neutral and lengthen your spine. To

find the right position, stand with your

back against a wall, with your skull,

shoulder blades and sacrum (the area

where the bottom of the spine meets

the top of your butt) pressed flat against

the wall. You can also do this by lying

down and making sure your skull,

shoulder blades and sacrum are

pressed flat against the floor (like in the

savasana position at the end of yoga).

From a position of neutral pelvic

alignment, you can then properly do

exercises that engage your core and

glutes. Heimann recommended wall

squats and low bridges in which you

bend your knees in front of you, and

then raise the hips, keeping the pelvis in

neutral and firming the glutes. Make

sure not to pop the rib cage up, which

will throw off your alignment.

You can then do variations on low

bridge, like a one-legged bridge where

one leg is straight and the other is bent,

then switch. Heimann suggested

holding each for a minute and doing it

about four times a day. You could also

lift and lower for 30 counts.

Planks are a good way to build core

strength while keeping the spine in

neutral alignment. Singh advised

avoiding crunches or situps following

back pain or an injury.

"Planks are a great way to keep your

core strong by engaging your

transverse abdominis muscle, the most

important core muscle," Singh said.

They also engage the core "without

putting excess stress on either the disc

or the joints and the muscles."

To properly execute a plank, put your

forearms flat on a mat (or put your

hands flat, directly under your

shoulders). Keep your back straight.

Lift your head but leave your chin

down, keeping your neck in line with

your back. Hold for 30 seconds or up to

a minute or two minutes, depending on

your fitness level. There are several

plank variations to try once you get the

hang of it. Singh also recommends

Supermans, a lotus yoga pose and a catcow

yoga pose.

And a good rule of thumb: Listen to

your body, Singh said. If something

doesn't feel right ? particularly if it's

causing sharp, shooting pain ? that's a

sign to discontinue. But if you work on

correcting your alignment,

strengthening your core and keeping

up low-impact cardio, you'll be on a

path to better spine health.

"These are functional moves that

have that capacity to transfer into daily

life into other athletics," Heimann said.

"You're training the brain to move

differently, preparing the body to safely

try other things."

CATHerIne PeArSOn

Pfizer said on Monday that

its two-dose COVID vaccine

works for children ages 5 to

11 and that it plans to seek

authorization from

regulatory agencies as soon

as possible.

If the regulatory review

goes smoothly, young kids

could start rolling up their

sleeves relatively soon. What

does that mean for parents

and children right now? And

what, if anything, should

they do to prepare? Here's

what you need to know.

Again, Pfizer has indicated

that it will apply to the Food

and Drug Administration to

use the vaccine in younger

children "with urgency." But

there's no set timeline for

how long that review process

will take.

So despite media reports

claiming with some certainty

that children could be widely

immunized by Halloween,

experts say it is still not clear

when emergency use

authorization will come

through. And it's not exactly

the same in kids and

grownups. The dose of the

Pfizer vaccine is 30

micrograms for those 12 and

up; the dose for children ages

5 to 11 is much smaller: 10

micrograms.

"Even though there are

people saying when it's going

to be available, we just don't

know," said Dr. Janet

Englund, director of the

Seattle Children's Pediatric

Infectious Disease Research

Group. "It's the FDA and

ACIP [Advisory Committee

on Immunization Practices]

who decide. Even though

things are looking really

good, it will be weeks or

months."

The most specific guess

When can kids get the

Covid-19 vaccine

Englund would hazard? "I'm

convinced we'll have

widespread vaccination for

children in 2021," she said.

The initial COVID vaccine

rollout in adults in the

United States was not

particularly wellcoordinated,

but experts

anticipate the process will go

much more smoothly when

it's time to immunize

younger kids.

For one, there just aren't as

many of them. Kids only

make up about 20% of the

United States population,

and kids age 5 to 11 are an

even smaller group. "I don't

anticipate as big a concern

about getting appointments,

just because we don't have as

many humans to try and

vaccinate at once as we have

had previously," said Dr.

Mundeep Kainth, a pediatric

infectious disease specialist

from Cohen Children's

Medical Center in New York.

"We are better at it and more

efficient at it too."

Like adults and

adolescents, children are

likely to get vaccinated at

pharmacies and community

vaccination sites - including

schools. The Biden

administration has also

announced plans to get the

vaccine to more primary care

physicians, including

pediatricians. So it's possible

children will be able to get

their shots with their doctor.

"The hope is that children

will be able to be immunized

in private care offices,"

Englund said, but that

depends on the vaccine

formulation and storage and

handling requirements.

"Pediatricians will be

ready," said Dr. Sonja

Rasmussen, professor in the

departments of pediatrics

and epidemiology at the

University of Florida College

of Medicine, who mentioned

a recent conversation she'd

had with a fellow

pediatrician who is helping

to plan her hospital's rollout.

"They're already thinking

about whether they can have

drive-through clinics, how

they can increase

appointments, how they can

have availability for kids to

Pfizer intends to seek FDA authorization for COVID vaccines in children

age 5 to 11 ASAP. Here's what parents need to know. Photo: Getty

get vaccinated." It's

absolutely safe for those 12

and up to get a flu shot and a

COVID shot (whether an

initial dose or booster) at the

same time, according to the

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention (CDC).

Because federal regulators

haven't yet reviewed the data

and made any

recommendations, it's too

soon to say whether the

same will be true for younger

kids, though experts are

hopeful it will be. Still, that's

just one more reason to get

your child a flu shot now.

Every year, the CDC urges

everyone to get their flu shot

by end of October at the

latest, if possible.

"Get a flu shot now. We

really are concerned about

flu this year," said Englund.

Flu rates last year were

unusually low, likely due to

COVID-related preventive

measures, and rates this year

are expected to be higher.

Also, make sure that your

child is up to date with other

immunizations, like MMR

(measles-mumps-rubella),

she urged. Kids typically get

a second dose sometime

between the ages of 4 and 6.

So you could have, say, a 6-

year-old who is due for that

second MMR dose, who

needs their annual flu shot,

and is eligible for a COVID

vaccine soon.

"Now is the time to be

checking about these other

vaccines," Englund said. If

you have questions about the

vaccine trial, what the

vaccination process will be

like, or specific concerns

related to your child's health,

now is a good time to reach

out to your child's

pediatrician or health care

provider and start a

conversation.

"I know many parents

have questions, so I

encourage them to ask their

questions now, because once

it's approved, you don't want

to have to delay. We've been

waiting long enough," said

Kainth. Though it's certainly

not as detailed as a published

study would be, she also

urged parents to look at the

press release from Pfizer to

read more about the trial's

scope and findings.

"If you have any concerns,

or hesitancy, or just plain old

'I want to understand more'

type of questions, this would

be the time to reach out,"

Kainth said. Pfizer

announced other two age

cohorts from the trial ?

children 2-5 years of age and

children 6 months to 2 years

of age ? are expected as soon

as the fourth quarter of this

year. Researchers are testing

a lower dose of the two shots

than 5- to 11-year-olds

received.

Throughout the pandemic,

experts have emphasized

how important it is to talk to

children (in a

developmentally appropriate

way) about what is

happening, and this moment

is no different. Ask them

what they think they know

about the COVID vaccine,

and be open to any questions

they have. Also, be positive

about this development,

Englund urged.

COlleen TrAVerS

You probably didn't hear

too much about the flu

season last year, since the

COVID-19 pandemic took

the spotlight from the

usual fall and winter

viruses. But while you may

still be focused on the

coronavirus (as you should

be), flu season is fast

approaching.

Below, experts share

their predictions for the flu

season, how your immune

system may be affected

and what to do to stay as

healthy as possible. That's

mainly because flu activity

was unusually low last

year. 2020 saw the lowest

rate of flu hospitalizations

since the Centers for

Disease Control and

Prevention began

collecting the data in 2005.

Only one pediatric death

was reported, compared to

199 in the 2019-2020 flu

season.

"In my own practice, I

did not see as many flu

cases last year as I

normally would have,"

said Ada Stewart,

president of the American

Academy of Family

Physicians and a family

physician with Eau Claire

Cooperative Health

Centers in Columbia,

South Carolina. "There are

a number of reasons why

this may have been, but

things like wearing a mask,

social distancing,

practicing good handwashing

hygiene and

staying home when feeling

ill all likely had a profound

impact on the past flu

season."

"It's true that as the

immune system is exposed

to bacteria and viruses, it

learns to better fight

diseases," said Norman

Moore, director of

scientific affairs for

infectious diseases in

Abbott's

Rapid

Diagnostics business. "But

there is no evidence to

suggest that the public

health measures many

Americans adopted during

this pandemic will make us

more vulnerable to viruses

like the flu."

Instead, think of all that

social distancing as a

pause for our immune

systems to learn new ways

of defending ourselves

rather than a step back,

Moore said.

The one social distancing

disadvantage that may

affect your likelihood of

getting the flu? If you're

social distancing by

avoiding regular

What to expect during flu season

as Covid continues?

Your immune system isn't "weaker" because of the health and safety measures

you've taken during the pandemic.

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appointments with your

health care providers.

Stewart said those who

may have canceled

nonurgent medical visits

last year because of the

pandemic and who remain

wary about stepping into

the office or a pharmacy to

get the flu vaccine are

doing more harm than

good when it comes to

protecting themselves and

others.

"Respiratory infections

spread through the air by

coughing and those who

don't wash their hands

often and touch their face,

letting the virus enter

through the mouth or

nose," Stewart said.

So as restrictions around

masking and social

distancing eased up this

summer, the opportunity

for germs to spread

increased, which likely

created flu cases in the

months of June, July and

August.

While the flu virus

circulates more freely in

low humidity, making

indoor winter months key

breeding ground, it is

possible to get the flu any

time of the year. Because

of this, Stewart said flu

vaccines roll out as early as

mid-September, which

may seem premature to

some people but it's a

crucial time to get

vaccinated if you're able to.

Because the flu and

COVID-19 have a similar

set of symptoms ?

including fever, chills,

cough, fatigue and body

aches ? self-diagnosing

when you're not feeling

well may be an impossible

feat.

One of the differentiating

factors between the two,

according to the World

Health Organization, is the

serial interval (the time

between successive cases)

of each virus. But even that

is hard to pinpoint if you

don't know where you may

have contracted the virus

from. Symptoms for

COVID-19 take around

five or six days to appear,

while those of the flu virus

emerge by day three or so

on average.

"Even if you've been

vaccinated for COVID-19

and the flu, determining

the source of your illness is

crucial," Moore said. "If

you have severe flu

symptoms and/or are

immunocompromised,

speak to your health care

provider about getting

tested for the flu right

away. Anti-viral flu

treatments work best

within 48 hours of the

onset of symptoms. If

you're experiencing

symptoms or have been

exposed to COVID-19, a

rapid at-home test

followed by a clinical

molecular test are the best

ways to rule out a viral

infection."

"The immune system

gets stronger with a flu

vaccine," Stewart said.

"Plus, because the

immunity from the flu shot

wanes after a year in

addition with flu variants

changing season over

season, it's important to

stay on top of getting a

yearly flu shot."

Both Moore and Stewart

agreed that while

predicted flu rates may

skew higher this year, the

No. 1 thing you can do to

protect yourself is to get

the flu vaccine.

"Getting an annual flu

shot is the single most

effective way to protect

yourself from the flu,"

Moore said. "A flu shot will

not protect against

COVID-19, but it has many

other important benefits,

including reducing severe

flu illness and

hospitalization, which can

help lessen the burden on

the health care system

during the pandemic."


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Bicycles have been distributed among poor and meritorious students in Lohagara, Narail. According to

sources, bicycles were distributed among 50 students in the conference room of Lohagara-Lakshipasha

Pilot Girls' High School on Tuesday with the financial support of LGSP-3 project . Photo : TBT

No Covid-19 related death

recorded in Rangpur division

RANGPUR : No Covid-19

related death was recorded

during the last 24 hours

ending at 8 am on Tuesday

in Rangpur division.

"Earlier, the division

witnessed Covid-19

casualty-free day on May 16

last and again no deaths on

September 12, 13 and 14 last

consecutively," Focal Person

of the Covid-19 and

Assistant Director (Health)

for Rangpur division Dr ZA

Siddiqui said.

Health officials said the

number of casualties

remained steady at 1,225 in

the division where the

Covid-19 situation has been

improving consistently

during the last more than

one and a half months.

The district-wise break up

of the 1,225 fatalities

currently stands at 291 in

Rangpur, 80 in Panchagarh,

87 in Nilphamari, 66 in

Lalmonirhat, 67 in

Kurigram, 248 in

Thakurgaon, 323 in

Dinajpur and 63 in

Gaibandha of the division.

The average casualty rate

currently stands at 2.24

percent in the division.

Meanwhile, the number of

Covid-19 cases reached

54,675 as 50 new patients

were diagnosed after testing

840 samples of Rangpur

division at the daily

positivity rate of 5.95

percent on Monday.

Earlier, the daily positivity

rates were 7.06 percent on

Sunday, 5.14 percent on

Saturday, 7.39 percent on

Friday, 3.36 percent on

Thursday, 6.29 percent on

Wednesday and 6.01

percent on Tuesday last in

the division.

"The district-wise break

up of total 54,675 patients

include 12,345 of Rangpur,

3,718 of Panchagarh, 4,385

of Nilphamari, 2,724 of

Lalmonirhat, 4,617 of

Kurigram, 7,467 of

Thakurgaon, 14,583 of

Dinajpur and 4,836 of

Gaibandha in the division,"

he added.

Divisional Director

(Health) Dr Md Motaharul

Islam said a total of 2,74,610

collected samples were

tested till Monday, and of

them, 54,675 were found

Covid-19 positive with an

average positivity rate of

19.91 percent in the division.

Since the beginning of the

pandemic, the total number

of healed Covid-19 patients

reached 51,284 with

recovery of 98 more infected

patients on Monday in the

division where the average

recovery rate currently

stands at 93.80 percent.

The 51,284 recovered

patients include 10,656 of

Rangpur, 3,410 Panchagarh,

4,281 Nilphamari, 2,590

Lalmonirhat, 4,470

Kurigram, 6,911

Thakurgaon, 14,207 in

Dinajpur and 4,759

Gaibandha districts in the

division.

Among the 54,675

patients, 132 are undergoing

treatments at isolation units,

including 14 critical patients

at ICU beds and eight at

High Dependency Unit

beds, after recovery of

51,284 patients and 1,225

deaths while 2,034 are

remaining in home isolation.

"Meanwhile, the number of

citizens who got the first

dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

rose to 25,76,077, and

among them, 15,12,702 got

the second dose of the jab till

Monday in the division," Dr

Islam said.

Chief of Divisional

Coronavirus Service and

Prevention Task Force and

Principal of Rangpur

Medical College Professor

Dr AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu

urged everyone to abide by

the health directives to

prevent further spread of the

deadly virus.

Union council elections were held in Chitalmari in Bagerhat

on Monday.

Photo : TBT

Drug peddler held

with 200.2 liters

liquor in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI : Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB), in an anticrime

drive, arrested an

alleged drug peddler with

200.2 liters of liquor on

Monday night.

According to the RAB

sources on Tuesday, the

arrested was identified as

Rejaul Karim, 35, son of late

Mahbub Ali, a resident of

Naodapara

under

Shahmukhdum Police Station

in the city.

A team of the elite force,

being informed, conducted a

raid in the Koyerdara area

under Boalia Police Station

and arrested the person with

200.2 liters of country-made

liquor around 9.30 pm redhanded,

they said. A case was

recorded with Boalia Police

Station in this connection and

the arrested person along with

the seized goods was handed

over to police.

Sylhet: Workshop on fact-checking,

verification techniques for health

journalists held

SYLHET : Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and

Communication (BNNRC) organised a two-day-long workshop

in Sylhet city on fact-checking and verification techniques of

health journalism, reports UNB.

The Asia Foundation-supported workshop took place during

September 20-21. It aimed to enhance the capacity of

journalists, working to create and publish objective, insightful

and influential news on health management.

It also wanted to encourage the journalists to acquire modern

knowledge and skills in data verification and presentation in

creating neutral and balanced health reports.

Twenty journalists from national dailies, online news portals,

and television channels participated in the workshop.

Abu Rushd Md Ruhul Amin, the senior news editor of

Banglavision, Al Azad, CEO of Syltv, discussed the issues.

Md Zakaria, senior program manager of The Aisa Foundation,

was present in the training and highlighted the importance of

fact-checking and verification, especially in health journalism

during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The workshop focused on health journalism in the current

context, reliable sources, sources in health journalism,

information verification techniques; and media monitoring

techniques for misinformation published through social media,

and sensitivity of Covid reporting.

RMCH records five

more fatalities in

Covid-19 unit

RAJSHAHI : Rajshahi

Medical College Hospital

(RMCH) recorded five more

fatalities at its Covid-19 unit in

the last 24 hours till 6am on

Tuesday, raising the death toll

to 132 so far this month.

However, the previous day's

death figure was seven.

Earlier, the number of

casualties was 340 in August,

566 in July and 405 in June,

health officials said.

RMCH Director Brigadier

General Dr Shamim Yazdani

told newsmen that two of the

deceased were the residents of

Naogaon, while one each from

Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj

and Pabna districts.

Among the five new

fatalities, two were male and

three female. "Of the fresh

fatalities, four had symptoms

of Covid-19 and another post-

Covid-19 complexity," he said.

Twenty-three more patients

were admitted to the

designated Covid-19 wards of

the hospital in the last 24

hours, taking the total number

of admitted patients to

122 against 240 designated

beds for the positive cases.

Twenty-three other patients

returned home from the

RMCH Covid-19 unit after

being cured during the time.

6 robbers

arrested in

Natore

NATORE : Members of Rapid

Action Battalion (Rab)

arrested six suspected robbers

from the Padma River at

Lalpur in Natore district early

Tuesday, reports UNB.

The arrestees are residents

of Sandbar area of Bilmaria

Union on the banks of the

Padma River in Lalpur

upazila. Members of the Rab-

5 Natore camp led by Major

Sanria Chowdhury arrested

them conducting a drive in

Ilishamari area of the Padma

river.

Three weapons were seized

from their possession during

the drive. They had been

involved in robbery in the

Padma river for a long time,

said Rab.

One more dies,

4 test positive

for COVID-19

in C'nawabganj

CHAPAINAWABGANJ :

After five days one more

person died of Covid-19

during the last 24 hours

raising the total number of

deaths to 157 in the district.

The new fatality is from

Chapainawabganj sadar

upazila. A total of 105

persons

of

Chapainawabganj sadar

upazila, 31 persons of

Shibganj upazila, 10 persons

of Gomostapur upazila, six

persons of Nachole upazila

and five persons of Bholahat

upazila have so far died of

COVID-19 in the district.

On the other hand, the

number of Covid-19 cases

climbed to 5,839 as four

more people were detected

positive after testing 70

samples in the district

during the last 24 hours

while the infection rate is

5.71 percent, Civil Surgeon

Office sources confirmed.

The newly detected patients

are from sadar upazila.

At present there are 100

COVID-affected patients in

the district and of them, 36

patients are undergoing

treatment in dedicated Covid

hospital and others at home.

Meanwhile, 5,582 patients

have recovered from the

disease here, the sources

added.

Ensuring institutional

delivery for eliminating

obstetric fistula stressed

RANGPUR : Experts at a meeting on Tuesday

stressed on ensuring institutional delivery of

pregnant mothers alongside antenatal and

postnatal supervision to eliminate obstetric

fistula to attain the sustainable development

goals (SDGs) by 2030.

They viewed this at the 'Divisional Meeting

on Fistula in Rangpur Division' organised

virtually by LAMB Hospital, based at

Parbotipur in Dinajpur district, with assistance

of the Department of Health Services and the

UNFPA Bangladesh.

Rangpur Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md

Motaharul Islam as the chief guest virtually

attended the event moderated by Acting

Project Manager of the Fistula Elimination

Project of LMAB Hospital Mahatab Liton.

Divisional Deputy Director (Health),

Divisional Assistant Director (Health), Civil

Surgeons, Deputy Civil Surgeons,

Superintends of different district hospitals,

Gynecologists, NGO executives and journalists

participated in the event virtually.

Deputy Project Manager of the project Dr

Tahrima Hossain presented a keynote paper on

'End obstetric fistula in Rangpur and Rajshahi

divisions:

Achievements and challenges' giving a

summary of the present fistula situation and

way-outs as a resource person.

Technical Officer of UNFPA Bangladesh Dr

Animesh Biswas presented another paper on

'Obstetric fistula in Bangladesh- Progress and

highlights' narrating the fistula situation and

ongoing fistula elimination activities in the

country as another resource person.

The resources persons discussed the causes

behind the intolerable but preventable disease,

available treatment facilities and rehabilitation

of fistula patients.

They cited statistics of the identified fistula

patients, numbers of operated and

rehabilitated fistula patients at the divisional

and national levels.

They put emphasis on creating social

awareness to inspire people for availing the

institutional facilities for safe delivery and stop

the social curse of child marriage which is one

of the major causes for developing obstetric

fistula during delivery.

They discussed the services being provided to

fistula patients by LAMB Hospital, different

medical college hospitals, district and upazila

level hospitals, union level health service

providing facilities in identifying and referral of

fistula patients for treatments.

The chief guest put importance on

eliminating obstetric fistula, a devastating

injury in which an abnormal opening forms

between a woman's bladder and vagina,

resulting in urinary incontinence, chronic

health complexities, depression and social

isolation.

"Institutional delivery, stopping child

marriage, identification of fistula patients,

counseling for their proper treatments, quality

and safe surgeries and rehabilitation are crucial

to free the country from fistula and attain SDGs

by 2030," he said.

Locals have staged a human chain demanding repair and paving of dilapidated roads in

Boraigram of Natore.

Photo : TBT

62 more tested positive for Covid-19 in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI : 62 more people were

tested positive for Covid-19 in all eight

districts of the division on Monday,

taking the caseload to 97,792 since the

pandemic began in March last year.

The new daily infection figure is

double compared to the previous day's

30, which was the ever-lowest since the

second wave of the pandemic hit the

country around six months back, Dr

Habibul Ahsan Talukder, divisional

director of Health, said.

Meanwhile, the recovery count rose

to 93,554 in the division after another

38 patients were discharged from the

hospitals on the same day.

The death toll reached 1,656,

including 682 in Bogura, 312 in

Rajshahi with 188 in its city, and 172 in

Chattogram: Car importer held for

duping bizman of Tk 27 lakh

CHATTOGRAM : Police have arrested a car importer in

Chattogram for allegedly duping a businessman of Tk 27 lakh

on the pretext of selling him a Toyota Allion.

Arifur Rahman Siddiqui owns NH Enterprise that deals in

reconditioned sedans. He was nabbed from the Agrabad area

of the city on Monday on the basis of an arrest warrant issued

by a local court, police said Tuesday, reports UNB.

Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Double

Mooring police station, said Arifur, the son of Mahbubur

Rahman of Potia Junglekhain Union, had been on the run for

several days.

According to Nizam Uddin, the complainant, he signed an

agreement with Arifur for buying a 2016-make Toyota Allion

for Tk 27 lakh on June 11, 2019.

As part of the pact, Nizam then paid Arifur Tk 7 lakh in

cash. For the remaining money, he had issued a cheque.

But having failed to deliver the imported car to Nizam even

after a year, Arifur agreed to return the money and issued a

cheque for Tk 20 lakh in Nizam's favour in August last year.

He had also promised to return the remaining money in

cash, police said.

Bit the cheque was dishonoured and Arifur subsequently

went into hiding. Left with no option, Nizam then moved the

local court and the accused was asked to appear before the

judge hearing the petition.

Natore, as two fresh cases of fatality

were reported during the period, Dr

Talukder added.

Besides, all the positive cases for

Covid-19 have, so far, been brought

under necessary treatment while

22,533 were kept in isolation units of

different dedicated hospitals for

institutional supervision. Of them,

18,840 have been released.

Meanwhile, 84 more people have

been sent to home and institutional

quarantine afresh while 78 others were

released from isolation during the same

time.

Of the 62 new cases, 16 were detected

in Sirajganj, followed by 14 in Rajshahi,

including 11 in its city, 13 in Bogura, six

in Natore, five in Pabna, four in

Chapainawabganj, three in Naogaon

and one in Joypurhat districts.

With the newly detected patients, the

district-wise break-up of the total cases

now stands at 27,715 in Rajshahi,

including 22,324 in city, 5,595 in

Chapainawabganj, 6,361 in Naogaon,

8,299 in Natore, 4,578 in Joypurhat,

21,405 in Bogura, 11,255 in Sirajganj

and 12,584 in Pabna.

A total of 1,12,197 people have, so far,

been kept under quarantine since

March 10 last year to prevent the

community transmission of the deadly

coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 1,09,135 have, by now, been

released as they were given clearance

certificates after completing their 14-

day quarantine.

One person was killed when a passenger bus fell into a ditch at Kalihati in

Tangail. At least 15 people were injured. The injured were rescued and sent to

Tangail Sadar Hospital for treatment.

Photo : TBT


President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after

attending a Mass, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his Rehoboth Beach

home.

Photo : AP

US easing virus restrictions for

foreign flights to America

WASHINGTON : In a major easing of

pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S.

said Monday it will allow foreigners to

fly into the country this fall if they have

vaccination proof and a negative

COVID-19 test - changes replacing a

hodgepodge of rules that had kept out

many non-citizens and irritated allies

in Europe and beyond where virus

cases are lower, reports UNB.

The changes, to take effect in

November, will allow families and

others who have been separated by the

travel restrictions for 18 months to plan

for long-awaited reunifications and

allow foreigners with work permits to

get back to their jobs in the U.S.

Airlines, business groups and

travelers cheered - though they also

called the step long overdue.

"It's a happy day. Big Apple, here I

come!" said French entrepreneur

Stephane Le Breton, 45, finally able to

book a trip to New York City that had

been put on hold over the virus

restrictions.

The new policy will replace a

patchwork of travel bans first instituted

by President Donald Trump last year

and tightened by President Joe Biden

that restrict travel by non-citizens who

have in the prior 14 days been in the

United Kingdom, European Union,

China, India, Iran, Republic of Ireland,

Brazil or South Africa.

White House COVID-19 coordinator

Jeff Zients announced the new policies,

which still will require all foreign

travelers flying to the U.S. to

demonstrate proof of vaccination

before boarding, as well as proof of a

negative COVID-19 test taken within

three days of flight. Biden will also

tighten testing rules for unvaccinated

American citizens, who will need to be

tested within a day before returning to

the U.S., as well as after they arrive

home.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine

works in kids ages 5 to 11

NEW YORK : Pfizer said

Monday its COVID-19

vaccine works for

children ages 5 to 11 and

that it will seek U.S.

authorization for this age

group soon - a key step

toward beginning

vaccinations for youngsters.

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and its German partner

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But with kids now back in

school and the extracontagious

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causing a huge jump in

pediatric infections, many

parents are anxiously

awaiting vaccinations for their

younger children.

For elementary school-aged

kids, Pfizer tested a much

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given now.

Yet after their second dose,

children ages 5 to 11

developed coronavirusfighting

antibody levels just as

strong as teenagers and

young adults getting the

regular-strength shots, Dr.

Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior

vice president, told The

Associated Press.

The tougher rules for unvaccinated

Americans come as the White House

has moved to impose sweeping

vaccination-or-testing requirements

affecting as many as 100 million people

in an effort to encourage holdouts to get

shots.

Fully vaccinated passengers will not

be required to quarantine, Zients said.

There will be no immediate change to

U.S. land border policies, which restrict

much cross-border travel with Mexico

and Canada.

The travel bans had become the

source of growing geopolitical

frustration, particularly among allies in

the UK and EU. The easing comes

ahead of Biden meeting with some

European leaders on the margins of the

United Nations General Assembly this

week.

"This is based on individuals rather

than a country-based approach, so it's a

stronger system," Zients said.

Iron curtain falls

on Hong Kong

cinema as censors

demand cuts

HONG KONG : Once

renowned for world-class

cinema, Hong Kong's film

industry was already

struggling before the latest

hurdle-

Chinese mainland-style

censorship as authorities

take their purge of dissent

into the cultural sphere.

Filmmaker Mok Kwanling's

heart sank when the

email from the government

censors dropped.

In June, authorities

announced all films would

now be scrutinised for

"national security" breaches.

Mok's was the first known to

have fallen foul of these

rules.

For months, she had been

putting together her debut, a

27-minute drama inspired

by the many young couples

she encountered during

huge democracy protests

two years ago.

It tells the story of a young

woman meeting her

boyfriend's parents after he

is arrested for taking part in

the protests. The boyfriend's

mother is opposed to the

movement, his father

sympathetic.

Re-elected Trudeau

underscores 'clear

mandate to get

through this pandemic'

OTTAWA : A re-elected

Canadian Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau said in a

victory speech Monday he'd

focus on getting the nation

through the pandemic.

"You (Canadians) are

sending us back to work with

a clear mandate to get

through this pandemic into

brighter days ahead," he

said, flanked by his wife

Sophie Gregoire and their

children on stage at a victory

gala. "That's exactly what we

are ready to do," he said.

Barbers suffer

under Taliban

rule as Afghans

shun fashion

HERAT, Afghanistan :

Quiffs, mohawks, and crew

cuts were hairstyles Nader

Shah was accustomed to

styling for image-conscious

young men in Afghanistan's

third-biggest city of Herat.

But since the Taliban

swept to power in mid-

August, Afghans have little

cash to spare and fear being

punished for sporting short

or fashionable cuts.

"Before, people came and

asked for different

hairstyles, but it's simply not

like that anymore," 24-yearold

Shah said at his barber's

shop, with mirrors covering

every wall. "Now they are

heartbroken."

During the Taliban's first

stint in power from 1996 to

2001, the hardliners banned

flamboyant hairstyles and

insisted men grow beards.

After they were ousted, being

clean-shaven was often considered

a sign of modernity, including in

the relatively cosmopolitan

western city of Herat.

"Now people come here

and they only ask for simple

cuts," Shah said. "They also

don't shave their beards, so

it's a problem now."

Biden aims to

enlist allies in

tackling climate,

COVID, more

NEW YORK : President Joe

Biden planned to use his first

address before the U.N.

General Assembly to reassure

other nations of American

leadership on the global stage

and call on allies to move

quickly and cooperatively to

address the festering issues of

the COVID-19 pandemic,

climate change and human

rights abuses.

Biden, who arrived in New

York on Monday evening to

meet with Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres ahead of

Tuesday's address, offered a

full-throated endorsement of

the body's relevance and

ambition at a difficult

moment in history.

The president, in brief

remarks at the start of his

meeting with Guterres,

returned to his mantra that

"America is back" - a phrase

that's become presidential

shorthand meant to

encapsulate his promise to

take a dramatically different

tack with allies than

predecessor Donald Trump.

"The vision of the United

Nations has never been short on

ambition, any more than our

Constitution," Biden said.

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COVID has killed about as many

Americans as the 1918-19 flu

NEW YORK : COVID-19 has

now killed about as many

Americans as the 1918-19

Spanish flu pandemic did -

approximately 675,000,

reports UNB.

The U.S. population a

century ago was just onethird

of what it is today,

meaning the flu cut a much

bigger, more lethal swath

through the country. But the

COVID-19 crisis is by any

measure a colossal tragedy

in its own right, especially

given the incredible

advances in scientific

knowledge since then and

the failure to take maximum

advantage of the vaccines

available this time.

"Big pockets of American

society - and, worse, their

leaders - have thrown this

away," medical historian Dr.

Howard Markel of the

University of Michigan said

of the opportunity to

vaccinate everyone eligible

by now.

Like the Spanish flu, the

coronavirus may never

entirely disappear from our

midst. Instead, scientists

hope it becomes a mild

seasonal bug as human

immunity strengthens

through vaccination and

repeated infection. That

could take time.

"We hope it will be like

getting a cold, but there's no

guarantee," said Emory

University biologist Rustom

Antia, who suggests an

optimistic scenario in which

this could happen over a few

years.

For now, the pandemic

still has the United States

and other parts of the

world firmly in its jaws.

While the delta-fueled

surge in infections may have

peaked, U.S. deaths are

running at over 1,900 a day

on average, the highest level

since early March, and the

country's overall toll topped

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675,000 Monday, according

to the count kept by Johns

Hopkins University, though

the real number is believed

to be higher.

Winter may bring a new

surge, with the University of

Washington's influential

model projecting an

additional 100,000 or so

Americans will die of

COVID-19 by Jan. 1, which

would bring the overall

U.S. toll to 776,000.

The 1918-19 influenza

pandemic killed 50 million

victims globally at a time

when the world had onequarter

the population it

does now. Global deaths

from COVID-19 now stand

at more than 4.6 million.


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8

Asian markets stabilise after rout

but Evergrande fears linger

HONG KONG: Equities

fluctuated in Asia on

Tuesday, with investors

nervously keeping an eye on

troubled property giant

China Evergrande after fears

over its possible collapse

sparked a rout across global

markets, reports BSS.

The crisis at one of China's

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biggest developers added to

an already downbeat mood

on trading floors, where

dealers were also juggling an

expected tightening of

monetary policy by the

Federal Reserve, rising

Covid infections and a

slowing global recovery.

Meanwhile, a battle in

Washington to raise the US

debt limit was also fuelling

concern that the

government could miss

payments on its debt

obligations, sparking a

disastrous default.

Hong Kong-listed real

estate firms, which took the

brunt of the selling on

Monday, tanking more than

10 percent, managed to

squeeze out gains in the

morning as bargain-buyers

moved in. But there remains

a lot of uncertainty.

Attention is on what

happens next in the

Evergrande saga, with the

firm- which is wallowing in

debts of more than $300

billion-due to pay interest to

bondholders on two notes

on Thursday. Most experts

expect the firm to default on

the payments, though it does

have a 30-day grace period

afterwards.

Still, analysts said the

nervousness on markets

comes from a lack of clarity

from leaders in China, which

was observing a national

holiday on Monday and

Tuesday.

Evergrande's woes have

been exacerbated by strict

new rules introduced by

Beijing to rein in runaway

debt at the country's

developers, essentially

cutting off the firm's ability

to finish its properties and

make cash.

"Even though most people

don't expect Evergrande to

collapse all of a sudden, the

silence and a lack of major

actions from policymakers is

making everyone panic,"

Ding Shuang, at Standard

Chartered, said.

"I expect China to at least

offer some verbal support

soon to stabilise sentiment."

Hong Kong's Hang Seng

Index, which plunged more

than three percent Monday,

edged up 0.2 percent.

Henderson Land, New

World Development, Sino

Land and Sun Hung Kai

Properties all rose, while

Macau-based.--

Evergrande

founder offers

staff assurances

BEIJING : The chairman of

indebted Chinese housing

giant Evergrande has told

staff he believes the group

will "step out of the darkest

moment soon", state media

reported Tuesday, as Asian

stock markets panic over

fears the conglomerate will

default, reports BSS.

The embattled developer

has been struggling to

appease angry homebuyers

and investors as it sways on

the brink of collapse with

debts exceeding $300

billion. Xu Jiayin, who

founded the company in

1996, told staff in a letter to

mark mid-autumn festival

that he "firmly believes

Evergrande will be able to

step out of the darkest

moment soon", reported the

state-run Securities Times.

He went on to say

Evergrande would increase

the full resumption of work

and production, ensure the

delivery of buildings, and

"hand over a responsible

answer to home buyers,

investors, partners and

financial institutions".

He also thanked staff for

their hard work in the letter,

as China celebrates a twoday

public holiday. It came

as fears of contagion saw

Hong Kong and Tokyo

stocks tumble in morning

trading, with other property

firms in the firing line. The

Evergrande crisis has even

triggered rare protests

outside the company's

offices in China by investors

and suppliers demanding

their money.

Yellen urges

Congress to raise

debt limit to avoid

financial crisis

WASHINGTON : US

Treasury Secretary Janet

Yellen pleaded Sunday for

Congress to raise the debt

ceiling in order to avoid a

"historic financial crisis."

In an editorial published in

the Wall Street Journal,

Yellen points out that the

United States has always

raised the debt ceiling before

exceeding its limit, reports

BSS.

"The US has never

defaulted. Not once."

"Doing so would likely

precipitate a historic financial

crisis," Yellen wrote.

"Default could trigger a

spike in interest rates, a steep

drop in stock prices and other

financial turmoil."

The debt ceiling, which only

Congress can increase, came

back into force on August 1

after it had been suspended

for two years.

It prohibits the United

States from borrowing more

than the current $28.4 trillion

limit if not raised.

The issue is a regular topic

of partisan rancor in

Washington. The debt ceiling

has been raised about 80

times since the 1960s.

Last week, the Treasury said

the United States was set to

run out of money sometime in

October.

In her editorial, Yellen

spelled out a list of potential

financial catastrophes that

could befall the country if it

did not raise the debt limit

and could not meet its existing

financial deadlines.

"In a matter of days,

millions of Americans could

be strapped for cash," she

warned. "Nearly 50 million

seniors could stop receiving

Social Security checks for a

time. Troops could go

unpaid.""We would emerge

from this crisis a permanently

weaker nation," Yellen said.

Yellen recalled the 2011

debt crisis, "debt-limit

brinkmanship pushed

America to the edge of crisis."

Standard Bank Ltd has signed an agreement with Bangladesh Bank to deposit treasury invoices on

behalf of Bangladesh Government through automatic invoicing system. On the occasion, General

Manager Md. Forkan Hossain on behalf of Bangladesh Bank and Managing Director and CEO

Khondoker Rashed Maqsood on behalf of Standard Bank signed the agreement at a function organized

at Bangladesh Bank recently. Ahmed Jamal, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank was present as the

Chief Guest at the signing ceremony presided over by Nurun Nahar, Executive Director, Bangladesh

Bank. Standard Bank's CITO Sufi Tofail Ahmed, CFO and Acting Company Secretary Md. Ali Reza

FCMA, CIPA and other senior officials of both the organizations were also present on the occasion. Prior

to this formality, with the approval of Bangladesh Bank, the online government invoicing process was

inaugurated at Standard Bank on 14 July 2021.It is to be noted that, the automated invoicing system is

one of the major endeavors of receiving government money in Scheduled Banks through government

software with the aim of bringing government services to the doorsteps of the people, through which

money will be deposited in the government treasury in a timely manner.

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Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia.

Photo: AP

Vinicius Junior, Benzema lead Real

Madrid to 2-1 win at Valencia

SPORTS DESK

Only a few games into the season, Real

Madrid already knows it has an

attacking duo it can rely on, reports

UNB. Vinicius Junior and Karim

Benzema added to their impressive

starts to the season by scoring late goals

in Madrid's 2-1 win against Valencia in

the Spanish league on Sunday.

Vinicius Junior scored his fourth goal

of the season in the 86th minute, and

Benzema netted his sixth two minutes

later to give Madrid its third straight win

in the league.

The victory leaves Madrid top with 13

points, two more than defending

champion Atletico Madrid, which was

held 0-0 at home by Athletic Bilbao on

Saturday. "It's always hard to play here

and it was even harder after they

scored," Vinicius Junior said. "Things

were not going our way but in the end we

found a way to rally and get the

victory."Vinicius Junior and Benzema

have combined for 11 of the team's 15

goals in its first five league matches and

top the league's scoring charts.

Valencia, which entered the weekend

tied for first with Madrid and Atletico,

opened the scoring with a goal from

Hugo Duro in the 66th after a mistake by

Madrid defender Lucas Vazquez, who

replaced the injured Dani Carvajal in the

first half.

"We played great during the first 80

minutes," Valencia coach Jose Bordalas

said. "It's a shame that in the last 10

minutes we sat back and they got the

goals in two isolated actions."

Vinicius Junior equalized with a shot

that deflected off a defender before going

in, and then made a well-placed cross for

Benzema's winning header that stunned

Valencia fans at Mestalla after the hosts

had played well for most of the match.

Valencia had won its first two home

games for the first time since 2014-15,

when it went on to win five in a row at

home. Madrid was coming off three

victories in all competitions, including at

Inter Milan in the Champions League on

Wednesday.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti couldn't

count on several players because of

injuries, including Gareth Bale, Toni

Kroos and Marcelo.

SEVILLA HOLDS SOCIEDAD

Mikel Oyarzabal missed a first-half

penalty kick as Real Sociedad was held to

a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in a matchup

between teams expected to be near the

top at the end of the season.

Oyarzabal had his 27th-minute

penalty stopped by Sevilla goalkeeper

Bono, who also came up with some key

saves later in the game.

It was Sociedad's second consecutive

draw after three straight victories in all

competitions. Sevilla drew its last three

games. Sociedad is fourth in the

standings, with Sevilla in sixth place.

ESPANYOL EQUALIZES LATE

Leandro Cabrera scored seven

minutes into injury time as Espanyol

salvaged a 2-2 draw at 10-man Real

Betis. Aleix Vidal put Espanyol ahead in

the 16th before Betis rallied with goals by

Willian Jose in the 41st and Nabil Fekir

in first-half stoppage time.

The hosts played a man down from the

78th after a red card for German

Pezzella.

Espanyol, which had conceded nine

minutes into stoppage time in a loss to

Atletico Madrid, is yet to win in the

league this season, with three draws and

two losses.

HOPPE DEBUTS

American forward Matthew Hoppe

came off the bench in the second half to

make his debut with Mallorca in a 0-0

draw against Villarreal, missing out on

the potential winner after his late goal

was called off for offside.

Hoppe entered the game in the 60th

and had his goal disallowed after a

breakaway in the 82nd. He converted a

cross by Joan Sastre into the net but the

linesman ruled him offside. Video review

confirmed the call.

The 20-year-old Hoppe joined

Mallorca from German club Schalke at

the end of the transfer window this

summer. Hoppe, who is from Yorba

Linda, California, played for the LA

Galaxy Academy and signed with

Schalke in July 2019. He made his

U.S. national team debut on July 15

against Martinique in the CONCACAF

Gold Cup.

Taliban fire

director of

Afghanistan

cricket board

SPORTS DESK

The Taliban have sacked the

executive director of

Afghanistan's cricket board,

reports UNB.

Hamid Shinwari posted on

his official Facebook page on

Monday that he had been

fired by AnasHaqqani, the

younger brother of the

Taliban's new Interior

Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.

He said he was not given any

reason for his dismissal, but

was told he would be replaced

by NaseebullahHaqqani.

It isn't clear if the new

Afghanistan Cricket Board

chief is a relative of

SirajuddinHaqqani, who is

sought by the FBI for

questioning in connection

with several high profile

attacks on Kabul during the

Taliban's 20-year war with

successive US-backed

governments. The Taliban's

order banning women from

sports - including cricket - has

caused an international

backlash. The Australian

Cricket Board last week

cancelled a match with

Afghanistan's cricket team to

protest the banning of women

from sports in Afghanistan.

After New Zealand,

England call off

tour to Pakistan

SPORTS DESK

England pulled out of their

men's and women's tour to

Pakistan scheduled in

October 2021. In a statement

released on Monday, the

England and Wales Cricket

Board (ECB) confirmed the

development, just days after

New Zealand abandoned

their limited-overs tour of

Pakistan citing security

concerns, reports UNB.

"Earlier this year, we agreed

to play two additional T20

World Cup warm-up games in

Pakistan in October, adding a

short women's tour with

double headers alongside the

men's games," an official ECB

statement said.

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No official camp for Tigers at

home ahead of T20 WC

SPORTS DESK

Bangladesh national cricket team will

starttheir practice camp in Oman for the

upcoming Twenty20 World Cup, reports BSS.

A BCB high up said, there will be no

official camp for the team in thecountry but

the players can individually train at the

Sher-e-Bangla NationalCricket Stadium.

The Tigers will leave the country for

Oman on October 3 and after a day ofrest,

they will take part in the practice session.

"There will be no official practice camp in

Bangladesh but the players,who are in the

World Cup squad can train individually at

the stadium," BCBCricket Operations

chairman Akram Khan said.

Bangladesh had played three T20 series in

the last three months-a three-match away

series to Zimbabwe and a five-match series

against Australia andNew Zealand at home.

They defeated Zimbabwe by 2-1 and

secured a 4-1 and 3-2 series winrespectively

against Australia and New Zealand.

Bangalore's heavy IPL defeat

a wake-up call

SPORTS DESK

Royal Challengers Bangalore

(RCB) skipper ViratKohli

said Monday's nine-wicket

Indian Premier League

defeat by Kolkata Knight

Riders was a massive jolt to

his side as they resumed

their quest for a first title in

the Twenty20 competition,

reports UNB.

Kohli, who will step down

as captain of the franchise

after the current season

which restarted in Dubai

following a break due to

COVID-19, scored five runs

from four balls as his team

were dismissed for a paltry

92 in 19 overs.

Kolkata chased down the

total in 10 overs with

Shubman Gill making 48

and VenkateshIyer scoring

an unbeaten 41.

The defeat left three-times

runners-up Bangalore third

in the standings with 10

points from eight games.

"Bit of a collapse for us, bit of

a wake-up call and we might

as well have this at the start

of the second leg so that we

Those nine wins in 13 matches kept them

in good stead even though therewas huge

criticism about the wicket at home where

they beat Australia and NewZealand for the

first time in this format.

The BCB however gave players and

coaching staff a break after these

threeseries and all the coaching staff are at

their own country now. They willjoin the

team straight in Oman.

Akram Khan informed that Bangladesh

will play a practice game against OmanA

team on October 8. They will play two

official practice matches, organizedby the

ICC in between October 12 to 14 before

gearing up for the World Cup.

Bangladesh however will play first round

where they are drawn withScotland, cohost

Oman and Papua New Guinea. They

will start their mission,taking on Scotland

on October 17. If they qualify, they will be

drawn withIndia, Pakistan, New Zealand,

Afghanistan and other team, qualifying

fromfirst round in Super 12s.

Royal Challengers Bangalore team during a

practice session.

Photo: AP

know exactly what we need professionals, you're

to work on,"Kohli said in his

post-match interview.

The IPL resumed more

than four months after the

COVID-19 outbreak halted

the world's richest T20

expected to turn up and

adjust to formats, that's the

dynamic of world cricket

today,"Kohli, who will also

step down as captain of the

Indian T20 side after the

tournament and Kohli upcoming World Cup, said.

suggested his team "We have never found any

appeared rusty in the trouble doing that but

shorter format.

sometimes it can take you a

"You can make that game to get into the

argument... but as tournament."

British tennis must build on

Emma Raducanu success,

says Andy Murray

SPORTS DESK

British tennis must capitalise on Emma

Raducanu's U.S. Open triumph and make

the sport more accessible to ensure the wait

for another Grand Slam champion is not too

long, former world number one Andy

Murray said, reports UNB.

Raducanu did not drop a set throughout

the tournament in New York this month as

she beat Leylah Fernandez to become the

first British woman to win a major singles

title for 44 years. read more

Murray himself ended Britain's 76-year

wait for a male Grand Slam champion when

he overcame Novak Djokovic in the 2012

final at Flushing Meadows.

"For a country that hosts the biggest tennis

tournament in the world and certainly not

lacking in money, that's not really good

enough," Murray, who will play in the

Moselle Open in Metz later on Tuesday, told

reporters, referring to the Wimbledon

championships. "Now should be an

opportunity to try to make sure it's not

another huge wait. They need to try to take

the opportunity."

The three-time Grand Slam champion said

tennis in Britain had to change its image of

being exclusive. "If your image is that it's a

rich person's sport and it's too expensive to

play, I'm sure that it potentially puts people

off, parents as well, getting their kids into it,"

he said. Murray said he would not give

Raducanu advice without being asked by the

18-year-old. "I never really liked it when all of

the ex-British players were always wading in

after every win and loss about what you

should be doing, what you shouldn't be

doing," Murray said.

"I found it incredibly irritating and still do.

I don't want to be that person."

Emma Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open women's

singles final.

Photo: AP

FIFA reaches out

to member nations

on international

calendar reforms

SPORTS DESK

World football governing

body FIFA has reached out

to its member associations

and other stakeholders to

hold discussions on bringing

reforms to the international

match calendar for women

and men, which is set to

expire at the end of 2023

and 2024 respectively,

reports UNB.

There is a broad consensus

within the game that the

international match

calendar should be

"reformed and improved".

The stakeholders included

representatives of the

players, clubs, leagues and

confederations).

Following invitations to

stakeholders, including all

confederations, at the

beginning of September,

discussions are being

organised in the coming

weeks.

On September 15, 2021,

FIFA also invited its

member associations to a

first online summit on

September 30. This is one of

the several opportunities to

establish a constructive and

open debate, at a global and

regional level, over the

coming months and FIFA is

looking forward to it.

"As this is a football

project, in which the global

interests of the game should

come first, this process

started with players and

coaches from all over the

world," FIFA said.

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Eva Rahman now

'Eva Arman', ties

knot for 2nd time

Jewel's debut film 'Chokh' to

hit theatres on October 1

TBT RepoRT

As the coronavirus situation in the country has

started improving with a downward trend,

filmmakers are deciding over releasing the films

which were postponed amid the lockdown.

Director Asif Iqbal Jewel's debut film 'Chokh',

starring Nirab Hossain, Ziaul Roshan and

Shabnam Bubly in central roles, is slated to hit

theatres on October 1.

Production house of the film, Shapla Media,

confirmed the news in a press release issued on

September 19. Shapla media and major cast of the

film took to their social media handles to share a

very intriguing poster of 'Chokh' adding to the

excitement of fans.

Actor Roshan said, "'Chokh's story is a very

different one. We all tried to execute our best efforts

while working on the project to make it worthy. I

can say that the audience will find the story with a

very different context. The film will be a different

one. Overall, it has been a very good work."

"It's undoubtedly good news for us that the film is

heading to cinema after a long. Many films have still

remained unreleased. If such release continues as

the pandemic is under control to some extent,

people will get to enjoy the new films,"

"We will feel good. We are too excited on this

occasion," Roshan said regarding the release of

'Chokh'. In the story, Nirab essays the role of a

businessman who lost his eyesight during a fatal

crash while heading to a professional meeting. He

regained the eyesight after replacing his eyes which

were earlier taken from the other lead, played by

Roshan. He went through a series of mysterious

events yet he recovered the eyesight.

Alia questioning kanyadaan

in her latest bridal ad

Actor Alia Bhatt's latest ad has left

Twitter divided. In the

advertisement for bridal

wear, Alia questions the

archaic tradition of

kanyadaan (where a

father gives his daughter

away at the wedding).

While sitting at the

mandap with her

husband-to-be, Alia

mentions each member

of her family -

grandmother, father

and mother - and how

much they love her.

However, she objects

against the practice of

kanyadaan at weddings.

She asks why she was

always treated as the

'other' and a temporary

part of their family,

despite loving her so

much. "Am I a thing to

be donated? Why only

kanyadaan," she asks in her

internal monologue. She is

pleasantly surprised when her

mother-in-law and father-in-law

give their son away as well.

Everyone smiles, and the couple

gets married.

While many fans hailed the

ad and called it a 'modern

concept', others attacked it for

being 'woke feminism'. "Love the concept.

Actually this is more beautiful ad and

jitni bhi lines Alia ne boli hai is true

and har ladki ko ye baat

mehsoos hoti hai kabhi na kabhi

kahi na kahi (Whatever lines

Alia has said are true. Every

girl has felt this once in

her life). Every girl

out there will feel good

after listening and

watching this ad and

we will try that this

happens in reality

too," wrote a fan.

"Love this!!

#KanyaMaan

(respecting the girl) is

the future of weddings,"

wrote another.

However, a few others took

umbrage, "The very industry

that objectifies women in their films,

web series and reality shows is preaching

about "kanyamaan" Wish they would

practise what they preach then

women would automatically get

respect." Some wrote that it was

'against Hindu sentiments'.

Alia Bhatt has been part of the

same brand for a while now. She

had acted in another bridal ad,

prior to this.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

TBT RepoRT

Eva Rahman, singer and ex-wife

of ATN Bangla chairman Dr.

Mahfuzur Rahman, has tied the

knot with Sohel Arman,

businessman by profession,

after splitting from ATN Bangla

chairman.

The news of Eva Rahman's

second marriage came to the

fore on Monday. A close source

TBT RepoRT

M. Miraz Hossain's first travel

story book "Hawai Veshe Haajar

Maail" is about to be published.

The well-known publisher of

Nowroz Kitabistan announced

that, the book will be published

on 30th September in this year.

The book " Hawai Veshe

Haajar Maail " is the author's

first travel story. According to

the author, the book to be

List of main winners at

the emmy Awards:

Comedy Series:

"Ted Lasso."

Drama series:

"The Crown"

Limited Series:

"The Queen's Gambit"

Actress, Drama Series:

Olivia Colman, "The Crown"

Actor, Drama Series:

Josh O'Connor, "The Crown"

Actress, Comedy Series:

Jean Smart, "Hacks"

Actor, Comedy Series:

Jason Sudeikis, "Ted Lasso"

Actress, Limited Series or TV

movie:

Kate Winslet, "Mare of East

town."

Actor, Limited Series or TV

movie:

Ewan McGregor, "Halston"

Reality-competition

program:

"Ru Paul's Drag Race"

Writing, Variety Series:

"Last Week Tonight With

John Oliver" Variety Talk

related to Eva-Sohail said the

couple currently living in the

capital's Gulshan area.

Meanwhile, Eva has urged her

fans not to call her "Eva

Rahman", instead, calls her now

"Eva Arman".

Eva said she got divorced from

Mahfuzur Rahman on June 4

and received the divorce

certificate on September 17.

That's when she deleted the

published is basically a travel

story. Known as the country of

dreams, America is a huge

country of 98 lakh 34 thousand

square kilometers. People of

different races, professions,

religions, languages, cultures and

behaviors are scattered all over

this country. " Hawai Veshe

Haajar Maail " is the

combination of American

philosophy of life, American life

style, Ideological contradiction

about Corona virus vaccine,

Anthony and Joyce's uneven

love, Vast turmoil with a vessel in

Florida, A beautiful American

lady bewilderness in the Mall of

America, Leading a struggling

life of America living Bengalis

and Bangladesh's acceptance in

Series:

"Last Week Tonight With

John Oliver"

Variety Sketch Series:

"Saturday Night Live"

Writing, Comedy Series:

"Hacks"

Outstanding Variety Special

(Pre-Recorded): "Hamilton"

Outstanding Variety Special

(Live):

"Stephen Colbert's Election

Night 2020:

Democracy's Last Stand

Building Back America Great

surname "Rahman" and added

"Arman". It is learned that Eva

Rahman had a marital dispute

with Mahfuzur Rahman for

several years, as a result, they

lived separately. They finally

divorced in this year's June. Eva

received her divorce certificate

on September 17. Later, Eva

married Arman in the presence

America after 20 years. Going

with them, all the strange and

interesting experiences of the

author have found a place in the

book. There are 10 stories in the

book. The book is already being

pre-ordered in several online

bookshops including

rokmari.com.

Those interested can pre-order

online: https://

Again Better 2020"

Supporting Actress, Drama

Series:

Gillian Anderson, "The

Crown"Supporting Actor,

Drama Series:

Tobias Menzies, "The

Crown"Supporting Actress,

Comedy Series:

Hannah Waddingham, "Ted

Lasso"Supporting Actor,

Comedy Series:

Brett Goldstein, "Ted

Lasso"Supporting

Actress, Limited Series or TV

of family members.

Eva Rahman was already

acquainted with Sohel. They

became close later and got

married. Eva Rahman started

her career as a presenter on the

private TV channel ATN Bangla.

She later married Dr. Mahfuzur

Rahman, chairman of ATN

Bangla.

Miraz Hossain's first travel story book

"Hawai Veshe Haajar Maail"

List of Emmy winners includes Jean

Smart, 'Ted Lasso' actors

Movie:

Julianne Nicholson, "Mare of

Easttown"Supporting Actor,

Limited Series or TV Movie:

evan peters, "Mare of

easttown"previously

announced winners:

Guest Actor, Drama Series:

Courtney B. Vance,

"Lovecraft County"

Guest Actress, Drama

Series:

Claire Foy, "The Crown"

Television Movie:

"Dolly Parton's Christmas On

the Square"

Guest Actor, Comedy Series:

Dave Chappelle, "Saturday

Night Live" Guest Actress,

Comedy Series:

Maya Rudolph, "Saturday

Night Live" Structured

Reality Program:

"Queer Eye"

Unstructured Reality

Program:

"RuPaul's Drag Race:

Untucked"

Source: Indian Express

H o R o s c o p e

ARIes

(March 21 - April 20) : Your mind is

buzzing like a busy bee today, Aries.

Keep things light and social. Don't

get too wrapped up in details. You

may tend to worry about outcomes, but the

truth is that problems will work themselves out

quite well if you maintain a clear view of your

goals. How you get there isn't as important as

where you want to go.

TAURUs

(April 21 - May 21) : You're on top of the

world today, Taurus, as you should be.

You're on your way to conquering a

domain that you once considered

impossible. Stay strong and assertive. This a great

time for you, but not a time to get too focused on

one thing. Make sure to keep all your options open.

Don't get roped into making a commitment to just

one camp now.

GeMINI

(May 22 - June 21) : Hop on board

early today, Gemini, or you may get

left behind. If you sit around and wait

for someone to grant you an invitation,

you'll probably never get where you want to go.

Once you get on, there'll be no stopping you. The

key now is to take that first step. This is a good day

to take the initiative and go wherever the tide takes

you.

cANceR

(June 22 - July 23) : You may sense a

bit of conflict in your world today,

especially when it comes to emotions,

Cancer. Keep in mind that your

perception of a dispute may make or break the result.

Look for opportunities in the spaces where you might

disagree with others. You can gain a wonderful

perspective when you open your channels to things

completely new to you.

Leo

(July 24 - Aug. 23): You might be

thrown off balance by the flightiness of

today, Leo. Perhaps it's difficult to

make a decision about anything. Try

not to get too caught up in the gossip swarming

around you. People may talk quite a bit today, but

what you should be concerned with is substance.

You want results and action, not empty information

and promises.

VIRGo

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): You're ready to

soar like a bird, Virgo. When the

next gust of wind comes up, you'll

take flight and send your beautiful

presence all over the world. Try not to spread

yourself too thin, but feel free to soar to every

corner of the field. There's an expansive feeling

in the air today that gives a boost to your

emotions.

LIBRA

(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): You'll be pulled in

many directions today, Libra. It could

be like you're in a candy shop with only

a dollar and everything looks delicious.

Be careful of starting off in too many directions at

once and not following through on any of them. If

you're stuck and unsure which way to turn, retreat

from the situation and spend some time by yourself.

You work best alone.

scoRpIo

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : Thank your

friends today, Scorpio. Let them

know how much they mean to you.

It's important to show your

appreciation to the people around you. There's an

expansive feeling in your heart that will shine

through. The more generous a spirit you can

project, the better off you'll be in all situations.

Share your smile and you can't go wrong.

sAGITTARIUs

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): It's important to

communicate your feelings today,

Sagittarius. You tend to hold them

inside and wait until they build up and

erupt like a volcano. Emotional blocks in your

system are clogging up the works and preventing

new, healthier energies from moving in. Say what

you need to say to the people who need to hear how

you feel.

cApRIcoRN

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): This is a terrific day

for you, Capricorn, so make the most of

every moment. You can accomplish a

tremendous amount as you juggle a

dozen different things at once. Others will be

inspired by your miraculous feats. You're a

superstar! While you hold everyone in thrall, take

the opportunity to send your love and generosity

outward. It will be cherished.

AQUARIUs

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : You may be asked

to turn yourself inside out today,

Aquarius. People may bombard you

in a way that makes you want retreat

into your protective shell. Let their steam

dissipate before you pull out your witty, wellcrafted

retort. Your cutting sense of sarcastic

humor is exactly what's needed to puncture any

inflated, superficial egos.

pIsces

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) :You can cruise

from left to right and front to rear

and back again, Pisces. There's plenty

of fuel for your fire today, and so you

should take this opportunity to move forward

toward your goals. Connecting with others is an

important aspect of the day. Do your best to work

with like-minded individuals.


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Wednesday, Dhaka: September 22, 2021; Ashwin 7, 1428 BS; Safar 14, 1443 Hijri

PM's presence in UNGA important

for critical issues: Dr Momen

Most people do not follow hygiene rules to prevent coronary infections. The picture is taken from

Gulistan in the capital on Tuesday.

Photo : Star Mail

Fill 29 vacant

doctors' posts in

prisons soon: HC

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday

directed the authorities concerned to

speed up recruitment to fill 29 vacant

posts of doctors in prisons across the

country, reports UNB.

A HC bench of Justice M Enayetur

Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman

passed the order during a hearing.

Petitioner lawyer advocate JR Khan

Robin said 112 doctors have been

recruited against the demand of 141 in

the prisons across the country and the

court directed the jail authorities verbally

to appoint doctors in the vacant

posts soon as possible.

In 2019, advocate JR Khan Robin

filed a petition in the form of public

interest litigation attaching news

reports on the crisis of doctors in 68

jails across the country.

On June 23, 2019, the High Court

issued a rule questioning why the failure

to ensure the accommodation and

health services for the jail inmates will

not be announced illegal and directed

the authority to submit a report in this

regard.

The jail authorities then submitted

report saying that there are 24 doctors

in different prisons in the country and

sought necessary directive to appoint

117 more doctors in prisons.

Following the report, the court on

January 20, 2020 directed the Director

General of the Directorate General of

Health Services to appoint the 117 doctors

in prison without any delay.

HC bench embarrassed

to hear Dr Zafarullah's

writ petition

DHAKA : A High Court bench on

Tuesday felt embarrassed to hear a

writ petition filed by Dr Zafarullah

Chowdhury on grounds that he earlier

praised one of its judges in a public

speech, reports UNB.

Dr Zafrullah filed the writ seeking an

increase of seats at his Gonoshasthaya

Samaj Vittik Medical College before

the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur

Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman.

In a speech in front of the National

Press Club on September 11 Dr

Zafarullah criticized former chief

Justice ABM Kharul Haque and praised

the HC Justice M Enayetur Rahim.

In expressing to hear the writ the

bench observed that a decision from

this bench might get questioned.

The court suggested the writ petitioner's

lawyer to appeal for hearing it

in another bench.

Barrister Fakhrul Islam presented

the petitioner's side at the court while

Deputy Attorney General Bipul

Bagmar stood for the state.

Gonoshasthaya Medical College had

been allowed by Dhaka University to

admit 110 students a year, but in

2021the university lowered the number

to 50.

Following an appeal in this regard

the number of seats was increased

to 60.

Later Gonoshasthaya Kendra

founder Dr Zafarullah filed a writ petition

challenging the decision.

Global food systems must

be changed: IFAD

DHAKA : Transforming global food systems

to become more inclusive, fair and sustainable

may seem an insurmountable challenge,

yet there are concrete actions policymakers

can take, says a new report on

Tuesday, reports UNB.

The report was released by the UN's

International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD).

"We are living in a world of huge and

unfair contradictions. There are 800 million

hungry people and yet high obesity rates.

Nutritious diets are expensive yet many

small-scale farmers are poor. Current food

growing practices are not good for our environment.

It is clear that we need a revolution.

A revolution so dramatic that previous

versions of food systems are unrecognizable,"

said Dr. Jyotsna Puri.

Puri is the Associate Vice President of

Goods transport workers'

strike paralyses operations

at Chattogram port

CHATTOGRAM : Loading and unloading

activities at Chattogram port came to

a halt as goods transport workers went

on a three-day strike across the country

on Tuesday morning to press home their

15-point demand.

The strike enforced by Truck and

Covered Van Owners-Workers Oikkya

Parishad will remain in force till 6 am

Thursday.

The movement of all kinds of goodsladen

vehicles including that of prime

mover (trailer), covered van and trucks

remained suspended across the country

since Tuesday morning.

Besides, the handling work of ships

also remained suspended.

Chattogram port authorities said all

IFAD's Strategy and Knowledge

Department that leads the production of the

Rural Development Report, IFAD's flagship

publication.

Puri sees this week's UN Food Systems

Summit as a watershed moment to commit

to real change, with the Rural Development

Report offering governments recommendations

for concrete actions that can be taken.

The Food Systems Summit on September

23 under the leadership of UN Secretary-

General Antonio Guterres, is intended to

result in actionable commitments from

heads of state and other leaders to transform

global food systems.

It is a culmination of 18 months of engagement

with governments, food producers,

civil society and companies on how to transform

the way we produce, process and consume

food.

Preparations on for PEC

examinations: Zakir

RANGPUR : State Minister for Primary

and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain

has said that preparations are being made

for the Primary Education Completion

(PEC) Examinations this year.

He said this while talking to reporters

after attending a views-exchange meeting

with primary education officials at

Primary Teachers' Training Institute

(PTI) in the city yesterday afternoon.

The State Minister said the government

is vigilant in improving the quality of primary

education alongside ensuring health

protection of students in the wake of the

Covid-19 pandemic. "Primary Education

Completion Examinations will be taken.

We are ready for this. But everything

depends on how the Covid-19 situation

behaves in the future," he said.

Zakir Hossain further said that the

process of transfer of primary school

teachers and other officials has been

remaining suspended due to the Covid-19

pandemic situation.

"However, preparations are being taken

to complete the transfer process in a very

short time," he added.

Earlier, the State Minister exchanged

views with the divisional and district level

primary education officials to make the

primary education activities in the northern

region of the country more dynamic.

With Deputy Commissioner of

Rangpur Asib Ahsan in then chair,

Rangpur PTI Superintendent Khandker

Iqbal Hossain, Divisional Deputy Director

(Acting) of Primary Education Md

Mozahidul Islam, President of district

Awami League Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed,

among others, attended the meeting.

types of work including loading and

unloading of goods from containers,

transporting goods from Inland

Container Depot(ICD) and factories

remained suspended since morning.

Mohammad Mainuddin, President of

Chattogram Prime Mover Workers

Union, said their demands included

stopping advance taxes from trucks and

covered vans, returning the advance

taxes relaised to date and introducing

issuance of license for truck, covered van

drivers which remained suspended for

the past 10 year.

Talukdar Mohammad Manir, President

of Bangladesh Truck Drivers Federation,

said they will go for tougher movement if

their demands go unheeded.

NEW YORK : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina's in-person presence in the

United Nations General Assembly

(UNGA) is very important to give an

impetus to campaigns for equitable

access to Covid-19 vaccine, climate

change and food security amid the global

pandemic, said Foreign Minister Dr AK

Abdul Momen.

"One of the major reasons behind her

in-person presence is that Covid-19 vaccine

will be our big issue. The Prime

Minister has been campaigning from the

day one that the Covid vaccine should be

public good and each country should get

it without any discrimination," he said

while briefing reporters in New York.

He said the Prime Minister would

Case under DSA

BNP leader

Hafiz gets bail

BARISHAL : A tribunal in Barishal on

Tuesday granted bail to BNP Vice-

Chairman Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin

Ahmed in a case filed under the Digital

Security Act(DSA).

Cyber Tribunal Judge Golam Faruk

passed the order after hearing a petition

in the case.

According to the case statement,

Faridul Haque, president of Badarpur

union unit Awami League of

Lalmohan upazila in Bhola district

filed a case against seven people

including the BNP leader on

December 28, 2018.

The case was filed under the DSA as

a phone conversation between the

BNP Leader and Babul Hawladar,

another accused in the case, was

leaked where the BNP leader made

derogatory remarks about the national

election.

ACC approves case

against DGHS driver

DHAKA : The Anti-Corruption

Commission on Tuesday approved a

case against Abdul Malek, a driver of

the Directorate General of Health

Service (DGHS) and his wife Nargis

Begum. Assistant director of ACC's

head office Syed Nazrul Islam lodged

the cases on February 14,2021.

According to the first case, Abdul

Malek (currently suspended) has

amassed Tk 1,50,31,810 illegally but

submitted a false statement of Tk

93,53,648 to the ACC.

Malek was also made lone accused

in the first case for concealing information

regarding his wealth.

Malek and his wife Nargis Begum

were made accused in the second case.

According to the second case statement,

Malek directly assisted his wife

in acquiring wealth worth Tk

1,10,92,050 beyond known sources of

income.

strongly put emphasis on the vaccine

issue in her speech in the UNGA.

Besides, creating a momentum to the

climate change campaign is very important

ahead of the United Nations Climate

Change Conference (COP 26) to be held

in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31

next, said the Foreign Minister, adding

that Bangladesh is adversely affected by

global warming.

He said around 30 million people

would be displaced as some 17-25 percent

of the country's lands would submerge.

"So, it's a big problem for us, which

should get focused in the upcoming COP

26. It needs to create a momentum for it

and the Prime Minister's presence in person

is very significant," he added.

PM joins opening day

high-level general debate

of 76th UNGA

NEW YORK : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina attended the high-level

General Debate of the 76th United

Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

here on the first day.

The General Debate is being held

from September 21 to September 27.

Sheikh Hasina will speak at the

debate on September 24. She will

deliver her speech in Bangla like in the

previous years following the footprint

of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had

delivered his historic speech at the UN

in Bangla in 1974.

The 76th session of the UNGA opened

DHAKA : The Appellate Division of

the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday

upheld a High Court judgement that

had confirmed a lower court verdict

sentencing three people to death in a

case lodged over abduction, rape and

subsequently murder of a child

named Tania in Dashmina upazila of

Patuakhali in 2005, reports BSS.

The Appellate Division bench headed

by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud

Hossain passed the verdict, dismissing

appeals of the two convicts Nur

Alam Howlader alias Pachu alias

Sumon alias Nurul Alam and Miraj

Khalifa alias Md Miraj alias Md Miraj

Hossain Khalifa. The court also abated

(dropped) the appeal filed by third

convict Jafar Gazi as he has already

Another reason is that there might be a

food crisis in the future, he said, adding

that the PM will focus on food security as

well.

Describing the Prime Minister as a

brave lady, he said she came here at this

tough time amid risks. "She came for the

welfare of the country's people," said Dr

Momen, adding that she did not travel

anywhere in the last 19 months and

rather she attended some 1500 virtual

events staying indoors.

Meanwhile, Barbados Prime Minister

Mia Amor Mottley called on Sheikh

Hasina at her hotel suite.

She presented a copy of Bangabandhu's

'Unfinished Memoirs' to her Barbados

counterpart.

on September 14. On that day, Abdulla

Shahid of the Maldives was sworn in as

the General Assembly President and he

opened the 76th session.

Due to the global pandemic, the

number of delegations allowed into the

General Assembly Hall is limited and

UN Member States were encouraged

to provide pre-recorded statements

instead of representing in person at

UN Headquarters.

Over 100 heads of state or government

are expected to attend in person.

The UN General Assembly is the main

policy-making organ of the United

Nations.

SC upholds death for two in

Patuakhali Tania murder case

died. According to the case documents,

the three convicts had abducted

Tania on September 20, 2005,

raped and subsequently killed her.

Police while probing the case filed

over the barbaric murder, arrested the

three and they confessed their crimes

before the court.

Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal on April

27, 2006, convicted and sentenced the

trio to death. They filed appeals against

the lower court judgement and their

death reference also came to the High

Court for its approval. The High Court

after hearing the matters scrapped

their appeals and upheld the death

sentence given by the lower court,

making the three to appeal with the

Supreme Court to save their necks.

Loading and unloading activities at Chattogram port came to a halt as goods transport

workers went on a three-day strike across the country on Tuesday morning to press

home their 15-point demand.

Photo : Star Mail

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