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DHAKA : October 30, 2022; Kartik 14, 1429 BS; Rabi-us-Sani 3, 1444 Hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www.bangladeshtoday.net Regd. No. DA~2065, Vol. 20; No.161; 12 Pages~Tk. 12.00


47 dead, dozens feared

Man Utd's Antony

Mim envisions another

missing as storm

says his tricks are

‘sold out’ experience

lashes Philippines

'art' and will carry on

with ‘Damal’


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Six dengue patients

die, 869 hospitalized

in 24 hrs

DHAKA : Six dengue patients died while

869 patients were admitted to different

hospitals across the country during the

past 24 hours (till 8am, Saturday), reports


“As many as 481 dengue patients

were hospitalized in Dhaka city and 388

patients were admitted to hospitals outside

Dhaka during the past 24 hours,” a

press release of the Directorate General

of Health Services (DGHS) said.

“A total of 134 people died from dengue

disease between January 1 and October

29. The first death from dengue was

reported on June 21, this year,” the daily

statement of the DGHS said.

With the new cases, the total number

of dengue patients this year rose to

36,131 while some 32,400 patients were

released from the hospitals.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne

illness that occurs in tropical and subtropical

areas of the world. Outbreak of

the disease is usually seasonal, peaking

during and after rainy seasons.

The World Health Organization

(WHO) classifies dengue as one of the top

10 threats to public health.

T20 World Cup 2022

Tigers aim to

make a comeback

against Zimbabwe

DHAKA : After having a mixed fortune in

the first two matches against the Netherlands

and South Africa, Bangladesh are

aiming to make a comeback when they

take on Zimbabwe today at The Gabba in


The Bangladesh team has already

reached Brisbane and is gearing up to

take on Zimbabwe fresh from a one-run

win against Pakistan.

Ahead of Sunday's clash, Sridharan

Sriram, the technical consultant of Bangladesh,

said Bangladesh need a second

win in the T20 World Cup now that will

help them gain confidence in the matches

against Pakistan and India.

In the first match, Bangladesh won

riding on wonderful pace-bowling from

Taskin Ahmed and Hasan Mahmud. But

in the second, Bangladesh suffered in every

department of the game and endured

a defeat by a margin of 104 runs. That

big defeat cast the old cloud over Bangladesh's

capacity in T20Is.

But Sridharan said they are not thinking

much about what has already happened.

"Whether you win massively, lose

massively, the next day it's gone. You

wake up, train, travel and play. So nothing

changes from our side," he said,

ahead of the Zimbabwe match.

Opening the batting was among the

main concerns of Bangladesh ahead of

the tournament. But Sridharan said he is

happy with what Najmul Hossain Shanto

and Soumya Sarkar are doing so far. And

he added that he has no concern with the

opening stand anymore.

"We are building a side and the confidence

of the boys, they know where they

stand in world cricket and where they

want to go," he said. "We already have the

base of a good team. If we can add a few

more skillsets, I think we can build a very

good T20 side for the future."

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See how many people

joined Dhaka district AL

council : Quader

DHAKA : Awami League (AL) General

Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday urged

BNP leaders, including its Secretary General

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to inquire

about the number of people who attended

the triennial council of Dhaka district unit

of the ruling party, reports BSS.

“What’s about Fakhrul Saheb? He is

sleeping in the warehouse of money. Try to

know how many people attended the Dhaka

district council where our leader (Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina) was not present,”

he said.

The ruling party general secretary said

this while addressing the triennial council

of the Dhaka district unit of AL at the

old world trade fair ground in the city’s

Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday afternoon.

Urging Mirza Fakhrul to see the pictures

of today’s capital city turning into human

sea marking the council, Quader said,

“(Prime Minister) Sheikh Hasina will go to

Poloround in Chattogram. We will gather

10 lakh people there”.

“We saw how many people joined BNP’s

rally,” he said, adding that a drama is being

staged centering BNP’s rally in Rangpur.

Earlier, AL Presidium Member Advocate

Qamrul Islam inaugurated the council

with Dhaka district AL President Benjir

Ahmed in the chair while General Secretary

valiant freedom fighter Mahbubur Rahman

conducted it.

Massive' drone attack on

Black Sea Fleet : Russia

Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying

out a “massive” drone attack on the Black

Sea Fleet in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol,

reports BBC.

The attack began at 04:20 (01:20

GMT) and involved nine aerial and seven

marine drones, Russian officials said.

At least one warship is said to have

been damaged in the strikes. Ukraine

has not yet acknowledged the incident.

Ukrainian troops have been successfully

retaking territory occupied by Russians


Russia has replied by launching largescale

attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure,

particularly on the country’s energy grid.

Mikhail Razvozhaev, the Russian-installed

governor of the Sevastopol, said

Russia’s navy had repelled the latest attack.

The strikes were the “most massive”

on the city since Russia launched the invasion

of Ukraine in February, Russian state

media quoted the governor as saying.

He said that all unmanned aerial vehicles

(UAV) had been shot down and no “civilian

infrastructure” had been damaged. At

AL presidium members Dr Abdur Razzaque

and Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak,

Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment

Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman,

AL Joint General Secretary Dr Dipu Moni,

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal,

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral

Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State

Minister for Disaster Management and Relief

Dr Enamur Rahman, AL Joint General

Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Organizing

Secretary Mirza Azam addressed

the gathering, among others.

Marking the much anticipated council,

AL leaders and activists were seen enthusiastic

and they joining the event with processions

from different units of the Dhaka

district AL. Thousands of party leaders and

activists thronged the council ground much

before the scheduled time.

They were seen chanting slogan favoring

the ruling party leaders and government

achievements with different kinds of

banners and festoons imprinted with pictures

of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina.

Leaders and activists of seven units, including

Dhamrai Upazila, Savar Upazila,

Ashulia Thana, Keraniganj Upazila, Keraniganj

Model Thana, Dohar Upazila and

Nababganj Upazila of Dhaka district AL

joined the council to make it a success.

least one vessel sustained minor damage,

the Russian Ministry of Defence said.

“In the course of repelling a terrorist

attack on the outer roadstead of Sevastopol,

the use of naval weapons and naval

aviation of the Black Sea Fleet destroyed

four marine unmanned vehicles, three

more devices were destroyed on the internal

roadstead,” a statement from the

ministry read.

Russia also claimed the ships targeted

on Saturday morning were involved in ensuring

the “grain corridor” as part of the

international initiative to export agricultural

products from Ukrainian ports.

The agreement, brokered by the UN

and Turkey, allowed Ukraine to resume its

Black Sea grain exports, which had been

blocked when Russia invaded the country.

It was personally negotiated by the

UN secretary general and celebrated as a

major diplomatic victory that helped ease

a global food crisis. But Russia complains

that its own exports are still hindered, and

has previously suggested it might not renew

the deal.

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Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader addressing the triennial council of the Dhaka district unit

of AL at the old world trade fair ground in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday afternoon. Photo : Star Mail

Five Biman officials

remanded for two

days over question

paper leak

DHAKA : Five employees and officials of

Biman Bangladesh Airlines were placed

on two-day remand by a court on Saturday

for their alleged involvement in

disclosing an enrollment question paper

prior to the exam, reports UNB.

The remanded employees of the national

airlines agency are - Awlad Hossain,

21, Md Jahangir Alam, 36, Enamul

Haque, 28, Md Harun-ur Rashid, 40 and

Mahfuzul Alam, 31.

As they were produced before the

court on Saturday morning, police pleaded

for granting a seven-day remand for

the sake of proper investigation into the


Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shanta

Akhter passed the order after hearing

both sides.

Earlier on October 21, the recruitment

examinations for 100 posts of the national

carrier agency were suspended due to

the allegations of question leak.

Police in subsequent action, arrested

the Biman officials for their alleged involvement

in question paper leak on the

same day.

Govt keen to expand digital

banking, examine if digital

currency could be launched

DHAKA : The government is optimistic

about expanding digital banking in the

country to accelerate financial inclusion

with an aim to create more jobs for young

jobseekers. According to an official document

seen by UNB, the government has

stepped in to examine the possibility of “establishing

digital banks.”

It says if digital banking, which involves

high levels of process automation and webbased

services, could be expanded new jobs

will be created for graduates in information

technology. Digital banking provides services

mostly through non-physical means

such as app-based requesting systems and

without printed paperwork, without filling

out forms and making transactions

through e-wallets. The govt is also considering

if Bangladesh Bank can introduce

digital currency. Introduction of Central

Bank Digital Currency will facilitate currency

in virtual transactions and encourage

startups and e-commerce businesses,

the document says.

It is to be noted that establishing digital

banks is under either initial implementation

or experimental stage in various developed

countries and some developing countries

Karnaphuli tunnel project is coming to an end

Enamul Haque Nabid, Anwara Correspondent

The much awaited mega project of

the country, the Bangabandhu Tunnel

under the Karnaphuli river, is

coming to an end. The official inauguration

of this project is scheduled

to take place in the month of December.

All the work of the project has

been completed so far.

However, since the work of the

tunnel project has been completed,

the 500 to 600 families of Anwara

who have been affected by the tunnel

project are in fear of their due compensation.

One point of this mega

project of the country is Patenga but

the other point is Anwara Upazila. As

a result, about 500 to 600 families of

Bairag, Chatri Union of Bandar and

Anwara upazilas have been damaged

in various ways due to the multi-lane

road of this tunnel.

It is known that the main connection

road of this tunnel is connected

to PAB six-lane road passing through

Bandar, Rangadia, Bairag and Chatri

Mouza. Besides compensation from

LA branch to land acquisition owners

of tunnel road, Bangladesh Bridge

Authority has been giving additional

sanction for rehabilitation of land


However, the project implementation

authority is going to suspend the

in Asia including Singapore, Malaysia and

India. It also says that introduction of services

like Mobile Financial Services (MFS)

and Agent Banking in the country has facilitated

financial inclusion. But, it says, due

to lack of interoperability of transactions

between MFS service providers, the users of

the service did not have the opportunity to

perform direct inter-transactions.

“To make financial inclusion more dynamic,

the government has introduced

financial interoperability in the country

and fixed nominal fee and charge for inter-transactions,”

it says.

The government has also formulated

the National Financial Inclusion Strategy-Bangladesh

(NFIS-B) to establish social

cohesion and economic stability by ensuring

access to quality financial services for

people from all walks of life. Its main objective

is to provide a comprehensive framework

through which cooperation may be

enhanced by coordinating and prioritising

the work of all stakeholders involved in financial

inclusion activities. The NFIS National

Council (NNC) has been formed to

implement various programmes under the

said strategy.

US may think BD as enemy based

on false media reports : Momen

DHAKA : Foreign Minister AK Abdul

Momen has said through misquoting him

journalists have tried to make the US Bangladesh’s


“Media outlets including print, electronic

and online published news with false

headlines that the USA ‘a war-mongering

country’, which I didn’t say. The headings

had no connection with what I actually said.

I think our journalists have weaknesses and

I’ll be happy if they gain maturity,” Momen

said. The Minister said this after paying

homage to the grave of Father of The Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at

Tungipara on Saturday noon, reports UNB.

“Through misrepresenting the facts, our

journalists have tried to make the US our

enemy. Either these journalists didn’t know

Bangla properly, or they have done this for

specific reasons. They need to do research

why such low quality journalism prevails in

the country,” Momen added.

He said he thinks the journalists of the

additional approval process for this

rehabilitation as the project work has

been completed by now. As a result,

500 to 600 families in these areas are

A view of Karnaphuli tunnel.

in danger of being deprived of their

debts of about two and a half crores

due to the additional sanction of this

rehabilitation project.

According to the sources of the

tunnel authority, the authorities have

acquired 20.4030 acres from Bairag

Mouza and necessary land from

country have weaknesses in them and they

need more maturity while writing and publishing


Momen said that the headlines of the reports

were false, fabricated and imaginary.

The Minister further said that the country’s

journalism doesn’t have standard and

the journalists lack moral and ethical values

which were present in the past.

“It’s a shame for those journalists who

wrote those false stories. It’s a thing to be

sorry about,” Momen said. On October 26,

Momen was reportedly misquoted by some

media outlets after he spoke at the seminar

“Sheikh Hasina at the United Nations” organised

by the Progressive Columnist Forum

of Bangladesh at the Jatiya Press Club

in the capital.

Later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(MoFA) issued a rejoinder, saying that misleading

and baseless news quoting Foreign

Minister Momen sent a wrong message to

the people and the government of the US.

Bandar, Chatri, Rangadia for canals,

houses, ponds etc. The project authority

published a circular signed

on 31st August.

Photo : M Foysal Elahi

It is mentioned there that after

October 31, they will not submit any

file related to the compensation of

this project. As the project work is

completed, they will hand over their

project work to the Ministry of Bridges

and suspend their activities.

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SunDAY, OCTOBer 30, 2022


Phulbari Thana and Community Policing Forum, Kurigram organized a rally and discussion meeting

on the occasion of Community Policing Day.

Photo : TBT

Salman for pursuing fast

track programme to

implement PPP projects

DHAKA : Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime

Minister Salman F Rahman yesterday suggested pursuing fast

track programme while undertaking and implementing

projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) method.

He also said that only the projects having all necessary

documents for availing investment and bank loan supports

would be given approval under the PPP. Side by side, they

should have full capacity to utilize technology, he added.

Salman said this while addressing a seminar titled "The Role

of PPP in Achieving Vision 2041" organized by the Federation

of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)

at its auditorium in the capital's Motijheel area.

State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam and

Muhammad Ibrahim, CEO, PPP Authority attended the

seminar as special guests.

Policy Exchange of Bangladesh Chairman Dr M Masrur Reaz,

BUET Prof Dr Shamsul Haque, FBCCI Director Priti

Chakrabarty and PPP expert Mohammad Hasan Haider spoke

as panel discussants.

Foreign Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(FICCI) President and Standard Chartered Bank CEO Naser

Ejaj Bijoy made the key-note presentation.

The Prime Minister's adviser said that there is a need to make

successful the PPP method to move forward the economy

braving the global economic challenges.

He said it is possible to become successful if a specific method

is pursued in case of selecting projects.

"The government can accept proposals from those

institutions which have necessary funding for initiating

projects side by side having surety for getting bank loans. They

should also have capacity to use technology," he added.

Salman opined that those projects would become failed

which would not have necessary funding for initiating projects

and would not have access to bank loans.

Mentioning that law is already there to float tenders under

the PPP, he said reforms can be brought there to pursue fast

track programme.

The adviser said in order to boost power generation in the

private sector, the government had taken some initiatives and

signed agreements apart from amending the law so that an

investment-friendly environment is created in the power


He opined that if fast track programme is pursued under the

PPP method, success would also come in other sectors like in

the power sector.

State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam said that lack

of trust and confidence is often evident between the

government and the private sector entrepreneurs in case of

undertaking projects under the PPP and the main reason

behind this is many entrepreneurs could not pay back their

loans in due time.

He opined that the entrepreneurs would have to come

forward in this regard while such mistrust and lack of

confidence could go away if non-performing loans could be

reduced.The speakers at the meeting said that following the

PPP method is very much necessary to develop the

infrastructures and enhance the capacity of the ports to help

attain the goal of building a developed country by 2041.

Writer Syeda Rashida Bari

honoured with Sabyashachi

Lekhok Title

Dhaka: Syeda Rashida Bari, a versatile writer, has been

given 'Sabyashachi Lekhok Title' award.

Syeda Bari, who got 75 awards so far, received the new

award for her contribution to all the sections of

literature, a press release said.

Shuddhochitto Bangladesh Foundation, a cultural

organization, gave the award while celebrating its third

founding anniversary programme at National Institute

of Mass Communication at Kalyanpur in the capital


Kamruzzaman Kayem, president of the Foundation,

chaired the event, while Akhtaruzzamn Babul, an

official of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission,

attended as the chief guest.

While expressing her reaction after receiving award at

the event, Rashida introduced herself as daughter of a

language veteran. Her parents passed away. She sought

doa from all for success in her life.

Rashida has 200 publications, including 100

published books, to her credit. She composed over 4000

PM's photos of

fishing winning

hearts of netizens

DHAKA : Bangladesh Awami

League yesterday shared

Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina and her younger sister

Sheikh Rehana's photos that

captured happy moments of

their fishing on a holiday are

winning hearts of social

media users, reports BSS.

"In spite of being very busy

with state and party affairs,

any holiday in a month is very

enjoyable to Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina and her

family," reads a post shared

by AL on its verified Facebook

page containing three photos

that captured happy holiday


It also said when the

premier's younger sister

Sheikh Rehana stays beside

her on a holiday, their joys

know no bounds.

"Two sisters start fishing

with fishing-rod. Sometimes,

they catch big fishes.

Bangalee means a nation

brought up with fish and rice.

Best wishes to the two

daughters of Bangabandhu,"

the post reads.

The photos showing the

smiling sisters with fishingrod

and fish have already got

nearly 32,000 reactions, 1200

comments and over 1400

shares till 9pm.

10 test positive

for Covid-19

in Ctg

CHATTOGRAM : A total of

10 people were tested positive

for Covid-19 during the last

24 hours after testing 148

samples in nine Covid-19

laboratories in the district.

The Covid-19 infection rate

in the district hit almost 6.75

percent till yesterday


With the diagnosis of 12

new cases, the total number

of Covid-19 patients rose to

1,29,557 in the district, Dr

Ilias Chowdhury, civil

surgeon of Chattogram, told


The number of healed

Covid-19 patients reached

1,28,438 with the recovery of

20 more patients during the


11 gamblers held

in Thakurgaon

THAKURGAON : Police, in

separate drives, arrested 11

gamblers from different areas

under Sadar upazila here on

Friday night, reports BSS.

The gamblers were sent to

jail by court orders yesterday.

Being informed, police

conducted a drive in Velajan

area and detained six

gamblers. Each of the

detainees was awarded three

day jail by the Executive

Magistrate Abu Taher Md

Samsuzzoha who was the

Upazila Nirbahi Officer

(UNO) also.

In another drive at

Akhanagar, police nabbed

five gamblers.

President greets participants

of ICP Contest World Finals

DHAKA : President M Abdul Hamid

yesterday welcomed all participants of

the 45th International Collegiate

Programming Contest (ICPC) World

Finals to be held here next month.

In a message, the President said: "It is a

great pleasure for me to know that the

ICT Division, University of Asia Pacific

and Bangladesh Computer Council are

jointly hosting the 45th International

Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)

World Finals for the first time in Dhaka."

The head of the state welcomed and

thanked all the participants from home

and abroad for joining this prestigious


He mentioned that ICPC is the world's

largest programming contest for the

college students.

In this age of globalization and

information technology, programming is

an essential tool for solving problems of

diverse nature, he said.

As the world is transforming at an

incredible pace, solving problems in an

effective and timely manner requires

greater knowledge, skills and expertise,

he added.

Hamid hoped this ICPC would play a

vital role as a platform for the young

programmers to share and enrich their

ideas and knowledge among themselves.

"I have been informed that the

participants are from the top ranked

universities across the world and have

already proven their deep coding

knowledge, skills and abilities to solve

intricate problems through diligence and

fortitude," he said.

He believed that they would definitely

become the great minds of the future to

lead and provide solutions to the

multidimensional problems of the world.

"I would like to express my sincere

appreciation to the ICPC Foundation for

selecting Dhaka to be the host of the 45th

World Finals and wish the event a grand

success," he said.

Chairman of YMCA School and College handing over the admit card of outgoing

SSC candidates in Bogura yesterday.

Photo : Courtesy



An workshop on 'National Integrity Strategy Implementation and APA' was held at Nabab

Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium yesterday. DU VC Prof Dr Md

Akhtaruzzaman was present as chief guest.

Photo : Courtesy

Success rate of startups to pave

way for others: Speakers

DHAKA : Speakers at a seminar yesterday

said the success rate of startups would

pave the way for others to come in the

competitive market. They said although

startups are doing relatively well in

Bangladesh, but the success rate is not

quite satisfactory because of various

problems including regulatory issues like

lack of access to finance, age-old valuation

process, lack of private equity and

incubation, report BSS.

The speakers said this while

addressing a seminar on "Journey of

CMSMEs from startup to scale up:

prospects & challenges" organised by

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (DCCI) yesterday.

Speaking at the seminar as the chief

guest, Senior Secretary of the ICT

Division NM Zeaul Alam said CMSMEs

and startups directly or indirectly create

a large number of employments.

Although there is a failure rate in the

startups but it's not making any loss

rather it is a learning for future

endeavors, he said.

The Senior Secretary said that the

government is working hard to create a

startup ecosystem in the country

through various initiatives.

"Technical centres are being

established in the upazila level where

startups will get space to work side by

side in the hi-tech parks there will be

ample opportunities for startups," he


The government has taken an

initiative for formulating a draft startup

policy, he said, adding: "A payment

gateway platform under the initiative of

the government named "Binimoy" will

be launched soon. Data protection is

also an important element for an

effective ecosystem of startups."

While speaking as special guest, Dr.

Edward M. Kennedy Jr. to deliver speech

commemorating 50 years of Bangladesh-US ties

DHAKA : Edward M. Kennedy Jr. will

deliver a speech commemorating 50 years

of Bangladesh-US relations on Sunday at

Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate

Bhaban of Dhaka University, report UNB.

US Ambassador Peter D Haas and

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Dr Md

Akhtaruzzaman will be present during the

"landmark" speech, report UNB.

"My family and I will honor the 50th

anniversary of my father's pivotal role in the

Bangladeshi struggle for independence,"

said Ted Kennedy Jr.

Kennedy, Jr., son of late US Senator

Edward M. Kennedy and nephew of late

U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and his

family will visit the Bengal Foundation in

Dhanmondi on Sunday (October 30,


His accompanying family members

include Dr. Katherine Kennedy (wife), Dr

Kiley Kennedy (daughter), Teddy Kennedy

(son), Grace Kennedy Allen (niece), and

Max Allen (nephew).

The Kennedy family, a true friend of

Bangladesh, will be attending a live classical

musical performance, a traveling library

exhibition and the ongoing art exhibition.

The family will also visit the organiser's

bookstore to encourage readership. When

approached, a spokesperson at the US

Embassy in Dhaka termed it a "historic


The Kennedy family is visiting

Bangladesh to mark a "milestone" of the

yearlong celebration of the 50th

anniversary of Bangladesh-US relations.

They will meet Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul

Momen. Under the auspices of the US

Department of State's Speakers

Programme, Kennedy will commemorate

the legacy of his father as a staunch

advocate for Bangladesh's fight for

independence and will visit the banyan tree

his father planted to symbolise the

friendship between the United States and


As a lawyer and advocate for civil rights of

individuals with disabilities, he will also

deliver a lecture on disability rights at the

Edward M. Kennedy Centre for Public

Shaikh Shamsuddin Ahmed,

commissioner of Bangladesh Securities

and Exchange Commission (BSEC), said

that in the recent industrial policy SME

as well as startups got much priority.

"But, we need to enhance the

regulatory collaboration among all the

agencies at the operational level. Based

on the reality few changes are coming

into effect but we need to improve the

valuation system for the startups. The

more we are heading towards the fifth

industrial revolution, the more we need

an easy valuation process," he said.

Shamsuddin said to mitigate

financing problem, private equity,

venture capital and angel investors can

play a vital role if the risks can be

rationalized in this sector.

DCCI President Rizwan Rahman said

startups can be a great economic enabler

for Bangladesh. A start-up friendly

ecosystem in the country has not been

substantially equipped, he added.

In the Global Startup Ecosystem

Index 2022, Bangladesh ranks 93 out of

100 countries. The Startup index also

claimed that financing and dearth of

policy support are the root causes of

weak startup growth in developing

economies including Bangladesh, he


He also informed that Bangladesh

currently has over 1200 active startups

and around 200 new startups join the

industry every year which made around

US$800 million investment and 1.5

million formal and informal jobs in the

last decade.

The DCCI President mentioned that

the government has meanwhile taken

various initiatives to strengthen startup

ecosystem including establishing a

venture capital firm, 28 high-tech parks,

data centres as well draft rule for smallcap

company 2022 by BSEC.

Taking this urgency of smooth

ecosystem into account, Rizwan said

there is a need to create International

standard startup incubation centres,

startup pioneers, expert consultation,

startup exhibition, networking, mentor

development, low-cost financing

options with necessary regulatory

reforms including Industrial policy,

Export policy, Fiscal policy, Foreign

Exchange Regulation and SME policy

and others.

Ambareen Reza, CEO and Managing

Director of Foodpanda Bangladesh

Limited, said the success stories will

ensure trust while trust will facilitate

others to come in this sector.

"We need investment in the fintech

and logistic areas," she added.

Nirjhor Rahman, CEO of Bangladesh

Angels, said liquidity is the key thing in

this sector. "We have to ensure

investment and working capital for new


Tanveer Rashid, Director of Finance,

Chaldal Limited said that government's

Startup Bangladesh is good initiative. "If

the valuation process is simplified, more

investment will come," he added.

Tanveer also stressed the need for

addressing the barriers to get finance.

Fahim Ahmed, CEO of Pathao,

presented the keynote paper. He said

that Startups are enabling the digital

transformation of Bangladesh.

"Startups are helping SMEs through

creating market access, accelerating

Fintech, adopting technology and

enabling mobility. Regulatory

framework, policies, limited human

capital, technology, finance and

accessing international market are some

of the challenges for this sector which

need to be addressed," he added.

LGRD Minister Tajul Islam addressing a roundtable meeting at Bangladesh Institute of Planners yesterday.

The program was organized on the occasion of World Town Planning Day 2022. Photo : PID

Service and the Arts.

During the one-week visit to Bangladesh,

the Kennedy family will visit various

cultural attractions and meet with civil

society representatives, US governmentsponsored

exchange programme alumni

and Bangladesh government officials.

In February, 1972, Senator Ted Kennedy

spoke to the students at University of

Dhaka and said, "You know while some

governments do not yet recognise you, the

people of the world do recognise you, and

they recognise all you have accomplished

here in the name of freedom from tyranny

and oppression. We are brothers in liberty,

and no man, no policy, no government can

change that fact."

Senator Kennedy planted a banyan tree

on Dhaka University's campus as a living

tribute to friendship, resilience, and hope,

and it stands today.

Senator Ted Kennedy during his 1972

visit to Dhaka also said, "The struggle of the

people of Bangladesh evokes the greatest

memories of our past."

Failing to save ancestral

home, woman 'attempts

suicide' with 3 kids in city

DHAKA : A 35-year old woman tried to set herself

and three children on fire by pouring kerosene in

front of the National Press Club in the city on

Saturday reportedly after being to failed to get

justice to save ancestral home.

The woman was identified as Shirin Khan, 35,

wife of Junayed Ahamed Khan from Rupganj area

in Narayanganj. Their three children are Sazida

Khan,3, Zahir Khan, 10, and Sharmin Khan,16.

Abdul Momin, a sub inspector of Shahbagh

police station, said police rescued them and

admitted them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital


Shirin got frustrated after failing to get justice

from the authorities in her locality, he said.

Shirin and her three children swallowed

sleeping pills before pouring kerosene on their

bodies in front of the National Press Club, he


President Abdul

Hamid off to

Germany for

medical checkup

DHAKA : President Abdul

Hamid left for Germany

early Saturday for medical


A VVIP flight of Qatar

Airways carrying the

President took off for

Germany from Hazrat

Shahjalal International

Airport at 3:20 PM for

health checkup and eye

treatment, reports UNB.

Minister for Liberation

War Affairs AKM

Mozammel Huq, Foreign

Minister AK Abdul Momen,

Head of Diplomatic Corps

and Moroccan Ambassador

to Bangladesh Majid Halim,

British High Commissioner

Robert Chatterton Dickson,

German Ambassador Achim

Troster, Chiefs of the three

wings of the armed forces,

among others, saw off the

President at the airport, his

press secretary Joynal

Abedin told UNB.

President Abdul Hamid left for Germany early Saturday for medical checkup.

A VVIP flight of Qatar Airways carrying the President took off for

Germany from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:20 PM for

health checkup and eye treatment.

Photo : PID

Arun Kumar, Anwara Syed, Md Eunus

win Geetanjali Sammanana Padak

DHAKA : Eminent educationist

Professor Emeritus Arun Kumar

Basak, novelist Anwara Syed Haq and

art maestro Professor Mohammad

Eunus were honoured with the

Geetanjali Sammanana Padak

(Geetanjali Honorary Award) 2022 on

Friday, for their significant

contributions in their respective field.

The awards were conferred at the

18th anniversary celebration of

Geetanjali Lalitkala Academy, a

traditional culture training centre,

which is hosting a two-day cultural

festival on October 28 and 29 at Small

and Cottage Industries Training

Institute (SCITI) auditorium, Uttara in

the capital.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor

Md Atiqul Islam joined the event and

handed over the awards to the three

prolific recipients as the chief guest.

Uttara Club President Feroz Alam

and entrepreneur Shahidul Alam

Bidyut also joined the inaugural day

event, presided over by eminent

educationist and former DU Vice-

Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin

Siddique. Geetanjali Lalitkala Academy

Founding Director Mahbub Amin

Mithu delivered the welcome remarks.

The event also featured enthralling

cultural performances including songs,

UN Police Day to be celebrated

today in country

DHAKA : United Nations Police Day-2022 (UNPOL Day-2022) will be

celebrated in the country today, an official release said. Bangladesh Police and

Department of Peace Operations Division of the United Nations jointly

organise the day.

The UNPOL Day was organized in New Zealand and Peru respectively in

2018 and 2019 just before the annual conference of the International

Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC).

This year the 26th annual conference of IAPTC will be held from October 31

to November 4 at Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training

(BIPSOT), Gazipur.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will inaugurate the day-long

programme at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in the capital as the chief guest,

while Md Akhtar Hossain, Senior Secretary, Public Security Division and

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun will

present on the occasion.

Acting Advisor of Police Division of the United Nations Jun Tan, Head

of the Integrated Training Service at the United Nations Headquarters

Mark Pedersen, representatives of Police Division and the Integrated

Training Service, Police Chair of the IAPTC Executive Committee and

Director of the Centre for Excellence for Stability Police Unit will

participate in the ceremony.

dances, and recitations, presented by

the Geetanjali Academy of Fine Arts


On Saturday, the closing day of the

festival will be joined by Asim Kumar

Ukil, Cultural Secretary of Bangladesh

Awami League and Member of

Parliament from Netrokona-3

Constituency as the chief guest in the

discussion seminar, in remembrance of

late National Professor Rafiqul Islam,

former Adviser of Geetanjali Lalitkala


Industrialist and Bangladesh Awami

League's Secretary of Industry and

Commerce Md Siddiqur Rahman and

BGMEA Board of Directors member

Haroon Ar Rashid, Managing Director

of TRZ Group, will join the ceremony as

its special guest. The event will be

presided over by eminent artist

Hashem Khan.

In the last 17 years of its glorious

journey, the Geetanjali Sammanana

Padak was awarded to several eminent

personalities including National

Professor Kabir Chowdhury, Professor

Dr Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, poet

Professor Alauddin Al Azan, writer and

poet Syed Shamsul Haq, National

Professor Mustafa Nurul Islam, Tagore

researcher Ahmad Rafiq, Language

Soldier Abdul Matin, educationist Dr

Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, National

Professor Rafiqul Islam, National

Professor Anisuzzaman, musician

Sudhin Das, cultural personality Kamal

Lohani, painter Hashem Khan.

Besides, litterateur Hasan Azizul

Haque, painter Samarjit Roy

Chowdhury, writer Rabeya Khatun,

cultural personality Ramendu

Majumdar, poet Asad Chowdhury, rt

maestro Rafiqunnabi, playwright

Begum Mamtaz Hossain, novelist

Selina Hossain, social and cultural

personality Sultana Kamal, artist

Mustafa Monwar, filmmaker Subhash

Dutta, playwright Imdadul Haq Milan,

Artist Murtaza Bashir, poet

Nirmalendu Goon, cultural personality

Mofidul Haque, poet Nurul Huda,

painter Monirul Islam, actress

Ferdousi Majumdar, thespian

Asaduzzaman Noor, cultural

personality Nasir Uddin Yusuff, poet

Kamal Chowdhury, thespian Ataur

Rahman, researcher Muntasir

Mamoon, and art maestro Farida

Zaman were the other recipients .

Founded in 2004, this academy is the

biggest and oldest cultural school in

Uttara and it has been traditionally

conferring eminent and influential

personalities with this award since the

very beginning of its journey.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin inaugurated a newly constructed

building of a government primary school in Barlekha upazila of Moulvibazar yesterday. Photo : PID

SUnday, ocToBeR 30, 2022


Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Sunday, october 30, 2022

Shoring up

the reserve


t was reported that Bangladesh's foreign

currency reserve has depleted and now stands

at $ 48 billion which used to be comparatively

bigger two moths ago. Needless to say this is a

matter of concern though it is important to see the

fuller picture in the backdrop of the efforts being

made to shore up the reserve.

In this connection it is important to note that

Bangladesh is almost certain to get 4.5 billion

Dollars from the IMF fairly soon that would see the

reserve position substantially boosted and

steadied. The IMF is about to disburse this amount

of fund to Bangladesh as short term budgetary

supports to it sooner than later. Besides IMF

authorities have indicated extending to Bangladesh

greater funds as part of our special drawing rights

held with the IMF.

An IMF team has been visiting Bangladesh in

these connections. It is also expected that the

outcome would be relatively positive for

Bangladesh. In the backdrop of COVID 19 realities

faced by Bangladesh that justified its needs of

special external assistance to support its hard hit

economy, IMF is likely to adopt a more

understanding view and be lenient with

Bangladesh while extending their assistance to

Bangladesh. Thus, the terms and conditions or

conditionalities to be met for getting the IMF

loans are likely to be easier or favourable for


Notably, government of Bangladesh (GOB) has

been taking proactive steps to assure the IMF

about its right approach. GOB has taken cost

cutting measures to reduce unnecessary imports

and expenditures. Thus, it has clamped down on

non essential trips abroad by officials and also

pruned down from the Annual Development Plan

(ADP) projects or programmes that can be shelved

down for now without creating a slag in the growth

of the Gross Domesic Product (GDP). On the other

hand, Bangladesh's export growth in relation to its

major export destinations is noted to be improving

substantially. Bilateral trade with the USA has

been particularly good with export of readymade

apparel to the USA rising by some 230 % in the last

three months.

Bangladesh was granted during the on going

decade duty free access for some of its goods in the

markets of some developed and semi-developed

countries. In other cases, significant reductions in

tariff were declared . Some more concessions are

likely to come the way of Bangladesh very notably

from the pivotal US market and in relation to its

main export item, ready-made garments.

Undoubtedly, these preferential treatments for

Bangladeshi products have already met or are

going to meet considerably the needs of

competitiveness of a host of export products from

this country or enhance the potential of exporting

products that have not yet been exported.

However, to retain the competitiveness or further

improve on such competitiveness to create and

sustain market shares of export products of

Bangladesh origin to those countries, there is a

pressing need for the government of Bangladesh to

take a series of measures itself to consolidate the

competitiveness acquired or to increase capacities

to be able to export more on a sustainable basis.

The government with the help of donors

completed a capacity development programme for

exporters which made some positive impact . But

more capacity building for exports, be it in areas of

the government or among targeted ones in the

private sector, must go ahead apace to pave the

ground for greater exports.

Meanwhile, there is so much that the government

can do and must do directly to energise export

activities. It can take special measures to provide

uninterrupted supply of power exclusively to

export oriented industries. Some export items are

getting export subsidies ; similar subsidies in

varying degrees can be extended to a range of

export products to boost overall export volumes

although very scrupulous administration must be

ensured in the dispensation of the extended

subsidies. Government can also reduce , as far as

possible, the electricity bills of export-oriented


The nationalised banks can reduce their

interest rates on loans going to exporters.

Necessary infrastructures can be built in the public

sector which would be counted as useful and

supportive by the exporters.

The modernisation and expansion of the

Chittagong port can be particularly helpful. This

port is central to export activities but remains

handicapped now from various inefficiencies that

make its handling time the worst in the region

when very fast handling of export cargoes at least

possible costs are the keys to success in the export

trade. Thus, government can provide a major input

to increasing exports by further upgrading and

expanding the capacities of Chittagong port .

Then, there other activities, too, that should

indirectly aid increased export activities such as

improvement of the law and order situation, more

attractive fiscal and monetary policies in respect of

export oriented enterprises and also improving the

legal environment for exporters or those seeking

to establish export-oriented industries in

Bangladesh on joint-venture basis with foreign


The change of traditional and behavioral mindset

of police is a need of the time : Analysis

For the British,

the maintenance

of their rule in

India was the



Crime control was

only a secondary

objective to be

achieved through

fear of the police. The Penal Code, Criminal

Procedure Code and the Evidence Act put in

place a legal framework and a police force

equipped for the maintenance of British rule

by force. The Penal Code prioritizes offences

against the state and the maintenance of

public order. It begins consideration of

traditional crime only from Section 299

onwards. The Criminal Procedure Code

begins with the "arrest of persons" and the

"maintenance of public order and tranquility"

before getting to grips with criminal

procedure relating to investigation and trial.

We have to remember that the Police Act of

1861, despite its preamble, prioritizes

collection and communication of intelligence

affecting the public peace. The prevention and

detection of crime is included among the

duties of the police only in section 23 of the

Act. The Act further provides for punitive

policing at the cost of local residents in the

event of "disturbances" and for the

appointment of private persons as special

police officers.

The subcontinental police system, of which

we are a part, has been examined from the

perspective of crime prevention and public

order management. The system was

developed in the light of colonialism's need to

establish a relationship of control, coercion

and surveillance over a subject population. A

bureaucratic ideology was built to justify the

imperial civilizing mission. The Colonial Irish

Constabulary became the model for

subcontinental police system. A considered

view is that native politicians who came to

occupy positions of power, after the

departure of the colonial power, were

enamored by the administrative and police

system left behind by the imperialists and

enjoyed exercising power and authority,

oblivious of their own demand for farreaching

administrative reform. The above

background needs to be appreciated if indeed

we wish to transform policing into a

professional imposition of a coherent moral

consensus on society.

One needs to take a historical perspective to

understand this. The fact is, Bangladesh had

attained independence after a bloody

dR. FoRqan Uddin ahmed

independence struggle and then adopted a

liberal, democratic constitution while

retaining the colonial administrative, police

and judicial structures, without recasting

them to meet the demands of the changed

situation. How can you promote liberalism

with a colonial mindset? The colonial police

system operated in the light of the imperial

ruler's need to establish a relationship of

control, coercion and surveillance over a

subject population. The question is, how

would such a system fulfil the aspiration of an

independent democratic polity.

As far as basic reform is concerned, it is still

not too late to initiate action. Our politicians

know very well that policing in Bangladesh

has been by and large a one-sided affair, with

the communities having little or no say in local

policing plans and strategies that affect them

most. Our politicians, including legislators,

know very well that the Police Act of 1861, the

key police law, is silent on the issue of

community consultation. This law focused on

the responsibility of communities to ensure

order, and should any member steps out of

line, the whole community would face

vicarious punishment. The situation has not

changed much. The politician's mind has to

appreciate that the Police Act, 1861 was

principally aimed at administering a static,

immobile and backward rural society living in

villages and small towns. It envisaged exercise

of authority without local accountability. It

presupposed a society without any

constitution, basic and fundamental rights,

organized public opinion, and mass media

projecting the public interest. The need,

therefore, is to initiate informed debates and

ultimately enact a suitable police act, as has

been done in a neighboring country.

The organisational objective is important

because in the colonial model the policemen

are accountable to their superiors, rather than

the public or the law. Their duties are

tabulated for them, and there is little or no

room for discretion-clearly, such a police force

would dictate a very different relationship

between police and society. The distinction

between society and state and between state

and government gets blurred. We have to

remember that a police organization which is

controlled is a source of great power to its

controllers. Has there been any societal effort

to monitor police power carefully and harness

it for the good of all? It needs to be

remembered that to place police and their

power solely under the authority of the

executive government is to give that arm of

government power to enforce its will on

society and overrule opposition.

Political will is very important because it is at

the level of government that law is established,

and it is essential to evaluate this aspect when

considering the subject of human rights and the

police. The police is mandated to act in

accordance with the law that establishes the

conditions in which they operate. The police

service should broadly reflect the society from

which it comes. The service should be in touch

with the public it polices.In Bangladesh public

confidence will increase when the police

The subcontinental police system, of which we are a part, has

been examined from the perspective of crime prevention and

public order management. The system was developed in the

light of colonialism's need to establish a relationship of control,

coercion and surveillance over a subject population.


complaints system will provide for an external

body to supervise an investigation, or to review

the evidence and conclusions drawn by police

investigations, especially when this body shall

have the power and the will to carry out an

impartial review and order a re-investigation if

necessary. In Australia and Britain, statutory

bodies have been established to oversee internal

investigations of complaints against police. In

those countries there exist a review board with

non-police community representatives to make

decisions on the disposition of the complaints.

The society as a whole is deeply concerned with

the standard of behaviour such as police

integrity, the manner in which incidents are

generally handled including the amount of

force it finds acceptable and unacceptable in

carrying out police duties and the interpersonal

skills used by police in their dealings with the

public. It has a right to have its voice heard, and

the requirements of society with the regard to

policing method and standard must be


The need of an innovative approach in our

police management perhaps merits

consideration at this point of time. Can we

examine the whole problem of law and order

from a sociological angle? In Bangladesh,

political manipulation, especially between

1991 - 2006, led to decline in discipline and

senior officers were often unable to control

undisciplined juniors with political

connections. A situation developed wherein

intrusion of politics into matters of police

management led to solicitation of further

political influence. Pervasive disillusionment,

loss of pride and collegiality was the result.

The establishment has to realize and

appreciate that politicization of the police, its

unaccountability to the people and its

outdated managerial practices largely result

from lack of professionalism and

accountability within the organization.

Political misuse of the police has been the

direct result of internal organizational

problems and poor performance. One cannot,

however, lay all the blame on the political

class, ignoring the negative role of the police


Is police only meant for crime prevention &

law and order management? Finally, we can

say that reforming and revitalizing

Bangladesh police is a prime need of state.

The traditional police must be changed.

Political will can ensure the transparency and

accountability in Bangladesh police. State will

function better and controversy free if the

police members are effective and efficient.

Nowadays in many cases the activities of

police have become questioned. People

cannot depend on them. So a case of distrust

and misunderstanding prevail side by side

among the people and police members. This

bad culture should not be continued. Police

must be pro-active and pro-people. Dealings

and behavioral attitude towards the people

should be very cordial and people must have

the easy access to police without fear and


Only the honesty and responsibility can

enhance a congenial environment in society.

It is only possible when relationship between

police and people gets a height of standard

and ethics. In Bangladesh, police do many

odd jobs, which are not meant for them.

Police have their respective job field. They

should not interrupt other peoples job. Police

force have their own charter of duties. They

cannot go out of track. If there is a need to

inculcate or assign more duties on police, it

must be done in proper way in the process of

reformation. However, Political will may play

a significant role for effective and modern

policing which ultimately can help and

promote achieving goals in 2030 and 2041.

The write is columnist and researcher and

Former Deputy Director General,

Bangladesh Ansar & VDP

The writer is a human rights expert

China's stock market turmoil is down to 'zero-Covid'

Overseas investors sold a record

US$2.5 billion worth of mainland

China shares on Monday, according

to Bloomberg data. This pushes the year-todate

level into a "net outflow."

It comes as foreign investors fled after the

twice-per-decade Communist Party congress

at which Chinese President Xi Jinping

appeared to cement a power grab with an

unprecedented third term and seemed

determined to fill his leadership ranks with

hardened and confirmed loyalists.

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, a

gauge of Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong,

plummeted 7.3% in its worst session after any

Communist Party congress since the

inception of the index in 1994.

Much has been made of the fact that

international investors are extremely

concerned that with so many Xi supporters

elected, his unlimited capacity to impose

policies that are not market-friendly is now

galvanized.They cite that one way this could

be experienced is unforeseen regulatory

crackdowns. Since last August, global

JUSTICE eludes most of us, wherever we

are. In Pakistan, it barely ever makes a

stop. Even when there is a glimmer of

accountability, it is ephemeral. Convicted

murderers flash victory symbols as they get

escorted out of prison into their homes.

Rapists return to the same communities

they violated with their heads held high. A

legally binding sentence that promises

retribution is met with cynicism. That

despite a conviction, perpetrators will walk

away; unpunished, unreformed.

The tragedy is the wide acceptance of

this as fact. That this is the entirely

predictable outcome of a criminal justice

system that is overburdened, resourcestrapped,

dogma-driven, corruptionriddled,

and beholden to bureaucratic red

tape that simply cannot be untangled. Some

investors have been carefully watching for

signs of a broader regulatory crackdown on

Chinese tech companies after Beijing in effect

issued a shock ban on the country's $100

billion private tutoring sector in July 2021.

That regulatory attack has been perceived

by many as highlighting Xi's new approach

and Beijing's increasing push for control of

private enterprise, including in the critical tech


It's clear from his speech at the congress that

technology remains of key importance to Xi,

as he offered support and focused on a

divergence from the West in terms of tech,

self-reliance and state-led initiatives.

But to my mind, the investor flight we've

seen this week from Chinese stocks is more to

do with Xi's controversial zero-Covid policy,

which he defended in his presentation, while

failing to set out a timeline on when the

strategy will be modified or scrapped.

This is bad news for foreign investors.

Indeed, China is the world's second-largest

economy, it has been branded the "factory of

the world," and the negative consequences for

the global economy of zero-Covid could be

significantly greater than those of Russia's war

in Ukraine.

This policy results in draconian restrictions

That regulatory attack has been perceived by many as

highlighting Xi's new approach and Beijing's increasing push for

control of private enterprise, including in the critical tech sector.

on movement, including total lockdowns that

have been imposed in several cities, with

Shanghai being the largest, which together

account for 40% of China's gross domestic


Half of China's highways cannot be used,

and ports operate inefficiently with perhaps

A victory for human rights

point to the legal infrastructure itself. The

laws, meant to protect victims, are often

called 'too weak'.

Laws that enable the might of the state

are ironclad and inescapable. Laws, that are

the need of the hour, are often lost as

nascent draft bills, somewhere between the

Senate and National Assembly. Most never

resurface again. It is what it is, we whisper to

ourselves. Que sera sera, the state responds.

Only this week, 12 years after it

committed to do so, Pakistan finally passed

the Torture and Custodial Death

(Prevention and Punishment) Bill. Now it's

over to President Arif Alvi to sign it into law.

This is, by no means, a small feat. A

hard-fought win for rights groups, victims,

the National Commission on Human

Rights and leaders like Senator Farhatullah

Rimmel mohydin

Babar, Dr Shireen Mazari, Senator Sherry

Rehman, Maiza Hameed and Farooq Naek

who have helped push the boulder up the

hill. It is commendable and establishes a

clear, codified position against torture at

the very top.

The consequences of not having done so

until now have been deadly and the lack of a

specific criminal offence for torture over the

years, which reflects the gravity of the

violation, has been tantamount to an

unforgivable silence.

Silence that has doubled as an

endorsement of the violence that befalls the

most vulnerable, resulting in mass

desensitisation. We watch grainy videos of

victims, click our tongues, and keep

scrolling, hoping it doesn't happen to us.

This public apathy depletes the political

trillions of dollars' worth of goods caught up in

the saga. Shipping, manufacturing and

logistics firms are looking for alternative

routes and markets.

"A prolonged disruption of China's

manufacturing industry would be a major

shock to the global economy, as China exports

up to one-third of the world's intermediate

goods. This is in addition to potential

international transportation problems, which

are already becoming apparent in further

increases in shipping costs," according to


All of this created a drastic reduction on

trade and commerce between China and the

rest of the world. Interactions among

countries' universities, non-governmental

organizations, creators, and tourists have also


In addition, the policy has ramped up a lack

of mutual comprehensions that will be to the

detriment of globalization and international


Nigel Green is founder and CEO of deVere Group

cost of letting torture continue, enough to

distract the many political leaders sitting in

Islamabad today, many of whom are no

strangers to torture and its rampant use. Some

have alleged being victims themselves.

Earlier this summer, Dr Shahbaz Gill was

seen howling as he was transported between

prisons, courts and hospitals. The current

minister of interior told journalists in 2003

that his head, eyebrows and moustache were

shaved in between beatings with rods, in a bid

to humiliate him. Most recently, Azam Khan

Swati says that the Federal Investigative

Agency stripped and beat him following his

arrest over a tweet.The widespread social,

political and cultural acceptance of torture

demonstrates the value we place on human

life and dignity. It is a cheap commodity,

misappropriated for political capital.

SunDAy, OCTOBER 30, 2022


Using other false identity to flog a doomed cryptocurrency


On Monday morning I woke up to a pair of odd DMs on

Twitter. "Sir, Greetings, Do you have any information

about Dejitaru Tsuka token," asked one "Dr. Joker";

another had a similar question: "Yo dude what do you

know about Tsuka."

I'd not heard about the cryptocurrency, and a quick

scan suggested it wasn't worth my time: it was a classic

"shitcoin", a newly created token with no reason for

existence beyond buying low and selling high.

Gambling on shitcoins takes the subtext of much of

the crypto space and turns it into the entire purpose.

There is no pretence, here, of anyone banking on

widespread use, or of the coins having a purpose. The

game is to find one that will go up, buy it cheap, push it

as hard as you can to others, and then cash out at the

top. The community takes phrases usually associated

with financial crime - "shilling", "pump and dump", and

so on - and wears them like a badge of honour.

Tsuka was a classic of the form. The only explanation

on the public web for the token was some mangled

English describing a Japanese legend that destines "the

dejitaru ts?ka dragon to breathe vast flames of wisdom

and prosperity to all who embrace its ferocity and

strength" linking, of course, to some exchanges where

you could buy the coin.

So I assumed the DMs were the "pump" phase of

pump and dump, and ignored them. But then I got a

follow-up message, asking me if I was behind an email

address "hernalex@proton.me", that the developer of

the Tsuka coin had posted on to the blockchain, with the

note "encrypted Guardian contact". One buyer had

emailed the address, and, thinking they were speaking

to me, asked if they knew anything about the coin. A

one-word reply, "Yes", helped push a buying frenzy - of


The numbers are low: before my name was used to

promote the coin, it was trading at eight thousandths of

a cent (that's $.00008), and after a massive rally it had

reached the dizzying high of almost twice that, $.00015.

But that still represented around $100,000 of notional

value built on a lie.

But I had to try to correct the falsehood. I managed to

find the main community channel for Tsuka, on

Telegram, and joined its membership of 150 or so users

before posting a quick message: "I've got nothing to do

with this project. Someone is pretending to be me." But

I wasn't able to see the response - I was swiftly kicked

from the group, and my post was deleted.

The damage had been done, though. I'd also changed

my Twitter bio to warn people that "if someone says I

backed their shitcoin, they're scamming you," and - I

Representations of cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, DogeCoin, Ripple and


Photo: Dado Ruvi?

later learned - that was being re-shared into the group

faster than it could be removed.

The coin went into freefall as people rushed to sell,

dropping half its value in a matter of minutes. It felt

strangely terrible to watch: even though the whole

sector is a giant game of trying to find someone else

holding the bag when all is said and done, it was my

actions that had wiped more than $60k from the total

"market cap" of the coin.

One user DM'd me to confirm my story, and told me

he'd lost his "life savings" in the crash - $400, a fairly

substantial chunk for a Turkish man like him, around a

month's salary on the median wage. When he suggested

I reimburse $200 to everyone who'd lost money,

though, I had to demur; there may be an income

disparity between the UK and Turkey, but I don't have

$200,000 to hand.

My guilt was assuaged a bit once I started asking

people why they'd bought in to Tsuka in the first place.

"I blind aped it on Dextools," one told me. That is: a coin

they'd never heard of showed up on the new coin list on

a crypto exchange, and they invested in it - or bet on it -

sight unseen. The Turk had the same explanation; when

I asked him if he was really telling me that a random

currency showed up and he just put his life savings in it,

his response was "true bro. it is crypto talk".

Shortly after the collapse, I got an email I wasn't

expecting - from the ProtonMail account that had

pretended to be me. I'd emailed over some industry in

the past has made Chinese policy planners understand

that, even though China's semiconductor industry lags

behind foreign manufacturers in terms of its production

scale and technology, there are two effects that will urge

China to support a large number of semiconductor

companies through policies. First, a large number of

Chinese manufacturers can "eat up" the market and

compress the space for second- and third-tier wafer

foundries. According to one report, by the end of 2024,

China will be leading the world by building new 31 chip

factories, surpassing 19 in Taiwan and 12 in the United

States. Since most of the 31 new factories in China will

be making mature processes nodes, there is little impact

on the leading manufacturers, such as TSMC, Intel, and

Samsung, all of which use advanced processes.

However, China's "fab sea" tactic may exert huge

pressure on other mature process questions, but wasn't

expecting a reply. What do you say to the person whose

identity you stole?

The answer, it seems, is "a marketing pitch". The

developer told me that "the community has passed a

critical part of this experiment … We follow your work

and writings and are sorry if anyone took that as you

were behind the coin. The main thing is you were

reached through the block chain only. It's not in anyway

a scam."

I asked how they could deny trying to scam people into

thinking I was involved. They said they'd intended

"Guardian" to be taken in the sense that they were the

Guardians of the project. "I also follow your work closely

so the names went well together … I never said you were

involved. I guess it's like Mickey@waltdisney.com vs

Mickey@protonmail. Is mickey@protonmail a scammer

if he builds a theme park? We don't know."

I thought the impasse was just the natural result of me

speaking to a brazen huckster, but the more I asked

around, the more it became clear that this was more like

two people speaking at cross purposes. The still

anonymous devs are sincere that they aren't scamming

anyone, because the meaning of "scam" in the world of

shitcoins is necessarily narrow. When the base

expectation is that every coin will crash at some point,

and none of them have any real value beyond marketing

puff and community momentum, how can simply lying

about who backs a coin really be a meaningful scam?

To the dev, my accusation that they were scamming

people was a serious charge. It implied that they had

hidden code in the coin that would allow them to take

people's money in a way outside the rules of the game -

perhaps by suddenly printing millions of tokens to

flood the market, or locking it up to prevent anyone else

from selling. By contrast, spreading falsehoods about

who's backing the token is well within the rules of the

game. "DYOR", do your own research, is a catchphrase

in the sector; if you're caught out by such an easilydisprovable

claim, then you clearly failed to DYOR, and

the losses are your fault.

The logo of non-fungible tokens (nFT) marketplace OpenSea.

Photo: Florence Lo

FBI scrutinizes on crypto economy


An ex-employee of the leading nonfungible

tokens (NFT) marketplace has

been charged with wire fraud and

money-laundering offences in a sign

that US law enforcement will no longer

turn a blind eye to the crypto economy.

Nathaniel Chastain left his job as a

product manager at OpenSea, the

largest marketplace for NFTs - the

unique crypto assets used to denote

ownership of items such as digital art -

after being accused of insider trading.

On Wednesday he was arrested by the

FBI in New York and charged, in a case

that could prove concerning for others

in crypto who assumed that practices

banned in regulated markets were fair

game in the wild west sector.

Chastain is accused of using his

insider knowledge of which tokens were

going to be featured on the front page of

OpenSea's website to buy them shortly

before they were featured, and sell them

immediately, cashing in on the

increased awareness for a small profit

each time.

US attorney Damian Williams said:

"NFTs might be new, but this type of

criminal scheme is not … Today's

charges demonstrate the commitment

of this office to stamping out insider

trading - whether it occurs on the stock

market or the blockchain."

Chastain's alleged trades had been

noticed at the time. Thanks to the open

nature of the NFT market, where all

trades are written on to a public

database called a blockchain, observers

had spotted that someone was

purchasing digital assets with

questionable timing in September 2021.

The anonymous digital wallet used for

the trades was soon linked via

transactions to Chastain's own.

OpenSea had not at the time issued an

explicit policy against such insider

trading, and acted only after Chastain's

trades came to light.

In May, an apparent insider trading

scheme was uncovered on a leading

crypto exchange: a user who has not

been identified would build up large

positions in small cryptocurrencies

shortly before they were listed on

major exchanges, and then sell them

for a profit in the resulting surge of

interest. A Wall Street Journal report

concluded that one such trade netted a

profit of $140,000 on a $360,000

investment over less than a week.

But until Chastain's arrest this week,

there was widespread debate over

whether such practices were illegal,

given the different norms and practices

in the sector. For example the trade in

so-called "shitcoins" - crypto assets

created with no purpose other than to

be bought and sold in a speculative

market - is openly acknowledged to be

full of practices that would be illegal in

a regulated market.

According to pseudonymous

"shitcoin influencer" Epitaph, the

latest wheeze to boost the value of

coins is focused around "larp tokens".

He said this referred to "tokens where

the team will go to extreme lengths to

convince buyers that they're connected

to famous celebrities/musicians/larger


"It's no secret that everything we buy

is a scam on some level. The question

isn't 'is this token a scam,' because they

all are, the question is: 'Is this scam

done well enough to convince other

people to buy?'"

Chastain's arrest comes as a group of

more than 25 crypto experts have

written an open letter to the US

Congress calling for more regulation of

the sector. "We implore you to take a

truly responsible approach to

technological innovation and ensure

that individuals in the US and

elsewhere are not left vulnerable to

predatory finance, fraud, and systemic

economic risks in the name of

technological potential which does not

exist," the group wrote.

Adding to the regulatory pressure,

on Thursday the Commodity Futures

Trading Commission sued Gemini, a

New York-based crypto exchange

founded by the Winklevoss twins,

alleging the company misled

regulators about the possibility of

bitcoin price manipulation in a

successful effort to convince the agency

to allow the creation of a bitcoin

futures contract.

An OpenSea spokesperson said:

"When we learned of Nate's behaviour,

we initiated an investigation and

ultimately asked him to leave the

company. His behaviour was in

violation of our employee policies and

in direct conflict with our core values

and principles."

Sheryl Sandberg leaves Meta


Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating

officer of Facebook and its parent

company Meta, has announced she will

step down from her role, ending 14

years in the job that made her one of the

most powerful figures in the tech world

and saw the company weather a

meteoric rise and multiple


Sandberg announced the move in a

post on her own Facebook page on

Wednesday, adding that she was not

sure of what the future holds for her but

plans to focus on her foundation and

philanthropic work going forward.

"When I took this job in 2008, I

hoped I would be in this role for five

years. Fourteen years later, it is time for

me to write the next chapter of my life,"

Sandberg wrote on Facebook.

She said she will leave the company

this fall, but will continue to be on

Meta's board and thanked Meta

founder and chief executive officer

Mark Zuckerberg for his support, saying

"sitting by Mark's side for these 14 years

has been the honor and privilege of a


In his own Facebook post, Zuckerberg

called it "the end of an era" and said

Sandberg "deserved the credit for so

much of what Meta is today". "When

Sheryl joined me in 2008, I was only 23

years old and I barely knew anything

about running a company … Sheryl

architected our ads business, hired great

people, forged our management

culture, and taught me how to run a

company," the CEO added.

He said that Sandberg's position

would not be filled, and announced

restructuring of existing roles at the

company. Sandberg has been one of

Facebook's most prominent public faces

since joining in 2008, shaping its

policies and overseeing responses to the

myriad public controversies the

company has battled.

The billionaire executive led the

company's advertising business and

was responsible for nurturing it from its

infancy into a Silicon Valley behemoth.

She joined four years after its founding

to be "the adult in the room", analysts

have said, attempting to help navigate

the company through the scandals that

ensued along with its vast user growth.

She quickly gained notoriety as one of

the most visible and most powerful

female executives globally, with

previous positions at Google and the

Clinton administration. In 2013 she

published her female empowerment

manifesto lean In.

More recently, she has overseen

operations as the company weathers a

financial downturn amid a shift away

from its core social media platforms into

virtual reality.

Facebook rebranded in October 2021

to Meta, reflecting its move into VR

after a series of difficult years.

Zuckerberg has bet big on his hopes for

the "metaverse", an augmented and

virtual reality space where people can

interact through avatars in a shared

world. The company has earmarked

$10bn for the metaverse over the next

year and plans to consistently spend

more in coming years, Zuckerberg

announced last year.

But Meta has struggled with the

transition, reporting a record $230bn loss

in market value after a disappointing

earnings report in February. That report

also revealed that Facebook had seen its

first-ever drop in daily user numbers. The

company is boosting efforts to retain

young users - a key advertising

demographic that has been leaving

Facebook and Instagram in droves to

platforms such as TikTok.

Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that

Javier Olivan, the vice-president of central

products, will be promoted to chief

operating officer and take on some of the

advertising-related responsibilities

previously under Sandberg's purview.

Justin Osofsky, Instagram's chief

operating officer, will now oversee AItrained

content production across


"Meta has reached the point where it

makes sense for our product and business

groups to be more closely integrated,

rather than having all the business and

operations functions organized separately

from our products," he wrote.

Sandberg's departure also comes after

billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel

stepped down from Meta's board,

following the company's worst-ever

earnings report, suggesting some power

players may be jumping ship as the

company flounders. Most recently

Sandberg and Facebook had faced

increased scrutiny after documents

leaked by the whistleblower Frances

Haugen were turned over to Congress

and published by a number of news


The documents revealed the extent to

which Meta knew about the aggressive

spread of misinformation and hate

speech on its platform, that it was

reluctant to censor rightwing news

organizations for fear of angering the

Trump administration, and how it

struggled to crack down on human

trafficking operations advertised on

Instagram. It also revealed internal

studies that showed grave mental health

effects of the platform on teens.

Sandberg referenced in her departure

missive the ways the tech landscape has

evolved since she began at the company.

"The debate around social media has

changed beyond recognition since those

early days," she wrote. "To say it hasn't

always been easy is an understatement.

But it should be hard. The products we

make have a huge impact, so we have the

responsibility to build them in a way that

protects privacy and keeps people safe."

As backlash mounted over the

whistleblower documents in 2021,

Sandberg and Zuckerberg avoided

making public comment on the

revelations, instead leaving Nick Clegg,

the vice-president of global affairs, and

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, to

manage the official response to the


Sandberg's behavior at Facebook has

been scrutinized in the past. She

Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a press conference in London in

2020. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski

reportedly asked Facebook employees to

examine George Soros's finances after he

criticized the social media giant and she

was called before Congress in 2018 to

testify about misinformation and

manipulation surrounding the 2018


SUNDAy, OCTOBeR 30, 2022


Call for saving rich Bengali culture

Child Zarin has become the chairman of Upazila Parishad for an hour in Joypurhat. Sadar Upazila

Chairman SM Solaiman Ali spoke as the chief guest at the girls' take over program organized by the National

Children Task Force (NCTF) with the financial support of Plan Bangladesh. Photo : Masrakul Alam

Infusing dynamism into community

policing stressed to combat crimes

RAJSHAHI : Highlighting

multifarious aspects of expanding

community policing, speakers

yesterday unequivocally called for

infusing dynamism into its activities

for combating the crimes related to

communal violence, terrorism, drugaddiction

and militancy.

Community policing can be the vital

means of freeing the society from all

sorts of crimes with joint efforts of

police and the public in general, they


The discussants came up with the

observations while addressing a

meeting to mark the Community

Policing Day-2022 held at Rajshahi

College auditorium.

The theme of this year's Community

Policing Day is "Police-e Janata,

Janatai Police (Police is People and

People is Police)".

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP)

and Community Policing Forum

jointly organized the meeting largely

attended by cross-sections of people.

Convener of the city community

policing coordination committee Prof

Five drug

peddlers held

with 26.5-kg

ganja in Natore

RAJSHAHI : Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB) arrested

five alleged drug peddlers

from Bhagnagarkandi

Amrulpara in Natore

district and recovered 26.5

kilograms (KGs) of

cannabis (Ganja) from

their possessions on

Friday night, reports BSS

The arrested persons

were identified as Ripon

Islam, 26, Rubel Hossain,

25, Munnab Ali, 38, Sagar

Ali, 22, and Jishan Ali, 19..

On a tip-off, a team of

RAB conducted a raid at


Amrulpara under Shingra

Upazila around 9:30 pm

and arrested them with the

hemp after searching a

pick-up van, RAB sources


The arrestees with the

seized contraband goods

along with the pick-up

were handed over to


A case was filed with

Shingra police station in

this connection.

Man kills son, ends

life in Bagerhat

BAGERHAT : A man allegedly strangled his three-year-old son

to death before ending his life in Mollhat upazila of Bagerhat

district on Friday night. The deceased man and his son were

identified as Md Haidar Molla, 28, and Jishan Mollah,

respectively. Police recovered the bodies around 8.30pm from

Haidar's house in Baragaola village of the upazila. "We also

found a suicide note near the bodies," said Somen Das, OC of

Mollahat police station.

In the purported note, Haidar wrote, "I have strangled Jishan

to death and commited suicide after that. No one is responsible

for my death. Burry us both at the same place."

According to locals, Haider and his wife Jobaira Khatun

separated some eight months ago over marital feud.

Since then Jishan had been living with his paternal

grandmother at their village home while his father used to work

with a private company in Dhaka.

On Thursday, Haidar returned from Dhaka and on Friday

night, family members found the two bodies in his room.

OC Somen said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem

and two cases of murder and unnatural death, respectively, have

been filed.

Abdul Khaleque addressed the

discussion as chief guest, while RMP

Commissioner Abu Kalam Siddique

was in the chair.

Former state minister Prof



Commanding Officer of RAB-5 Lt Col

Riaz Shahrier, Rajshahhi College

Principal Prof Abdul Khaleque and city

unit Awami League president

Muhammad Ali Kamal and general

secretary Dablu Sarker also addressed

the meeting.

Prof Abdul Khaleque said the

community people should extend

cooperation to police by providing

specific information about the

criminals. Crimes-free society,

particularity free from communal

violence, terrorism and drug addiction,

must be established to protect people

and the young generation, in

particular, he said.

To attain the cherished goal, the lawenforcing

agencies and the community

people should have to work together as

the law-enforcers alone are not capable

of overcoming the crisis, he added.

RMP Commissioner Abu Kalam

Siddique went on saying that policecitizens'

joint efforts against social

crimes are the main objective of

community based policing and there is

no alternative to activating it to free the

society from the crimes.

He said the community based

policing had been introduced in the

metropolis with a noble view, but the

community people should take the

responsibility of making it effective.

He stressed the need for boosting the

relationship between the police and

common people and for exploring the

opportunities of community policing

for lasting peace everywhere in the


"If you give us authentic information

about the criminals and other antisocial

elements, we will put in our best

efforts to bring those to book as early as

possible," Siddique reminded the

community people.

Earlier, they brought out a colourful

rally from Alupatty crossing and

paraded some of the city streets before

ending at the meeting venue.

Youths bodies call for

biodiversity conservation

in Barind tract

RAJSHAHI : Many of the youth

organisations at a meeting on Saturday

unequivocally called for time-befitting and

effective measures for protecting biodiversity

and cultural diversity in the region, including

its vast Barind tract.

They also unanimously viewed that both

biodiversity and cultural diversity are

gradually declining due to various reasons

posing a serious threat to public life along

with the whole ecosystem.

Bangladesh Resource Centre for

Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) hosted the

meeting at its office here yesterday to mark

the formation of the executive committee of

Barind Tract Youth Organisation Forum


Leaders and members of 45 youth

organisations who are working for

improving living and livelihood conditions of

the marginalized and ethnic minority people

for more than four years joined the meeting

and constituted an 11-member BTYOF


BARCIK Regional Coordinator Sahidul

Islam, BTYOF President Shaykh Tasnim

Jamal, its Vice-president Sabitry Hembrom,

Convener Rubel Hossain and members

Jubayer Hossain, Russel Sarker and Zahid

Hassan addressed the meeting.

In his remarks, Shahidul Islam said school,

college and university-level students need

proper knowledge about the importance of

biodiversity, natural resource conservation

and climate change issues so that they can

contribute to this field.

To this end, there should be time-befitting

measures and institutional learning for them

as there is no way but to conserve natural

resource conservation in the region to face

the adverse impact of climate change for the

greater interests of new and future


In the wake of abnormal declining natural

resources like native crop seeds, fish and

birds species and other wildlife, conservation

of natural resources has become

indispensable for facing the adverse impacts

of climate change.

Islam opined that many native crops and

vegetable varieties are gradually declining.

Many of the native fish species, particularly

the small indigenous ones, are on the verge

of extinction due to various reasons.

Importance should be given to capacity

building to address climate change in the

region with special reference to conservation

of drought tolerant species.

BGB seizes 4,510 yaba

tablets in C'nawabganj


Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in

two separate drives seized 4,510

pieces of yaba tablets on Friday

evening and yesterday morning,

reports BSS.

Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of

the BGB from Chowka Border Out

Post (BOP) conducted a raid in

Lalkuria field area under Shibganj

upazila of the district around 6.55 pm

on Friday last and found 990 yaba

tablets, BGB sources said.

"On a tip-off, another team of the

BGB from Sonamasjid BOP raided

Swashanghat area in Shibganj

upazila around 5.30 am on Saturday

and found 3,520 yaba tablets in an

abandoned condition," the sources

said, adding that none was arrested

in the drives.

RANGPUR : Cultural

personalities at a memorial

meeting have stressed

saving rich Bengali culture

from aggression of alien

culture to revive the lost

social values, glory and


They viewed this at the

discussion followed by a

'Bhaoyaiya' evening

organized by 'Bhaoyaiya

Angon' at its office here

marking the 141st birthday

of 'Bhaoyaiya' artist Abbas

Uddin Ahmed, widely

known as unsurpassed

'Bhaoyaiya' Prince, on

Friday night.

'Bhaoyaiya Angon' is a

cultural organization

working for collecting and


Policing Day

observed in



Community Policing Day-

2022 was observed in the

district as elsewhere in the

country yesterday with a

call for gearing up the

community policing

activity to make the society

free from drug abuse,

terrorism and militancy.

This year's theme of the

day was "Community

policing mul montro,

shanti sringkhola


On the occasion, a rally

was brought out from the

Bogura Police Lines which

paraded important streets

in the city and ended at the

Bogura Police Lines

School and College

yesterday morning.

Marking the day, a

discussion meeting was

organized by District

Community Policing

Coordination Committee

(DCPCC) at the Bogura

Police Lines School and

College of the town.

Superintendent of Police

Sudep Kumar Chakraborty

addressed the function as

the chief guest with

additional superintendent

of police (administration)

Ali Haider Chowdhury in

the chair.

Special Superintendent

of Police (CID)

Mohammad Kawser

Sikder, Commandant of

In-Service Training Center

Md. Belal Hossain,

Superintendent of Police

of PBI Kazi Ehsanul

Karim, Principal of Bogura

Police Lines School and

College Shahadat Alam

Jhunu, among others,

spoke on the occasion.

The chief guest in his

speech said community

policing have no option to

maintain peace and law

and order in the society.

The speakers said

Bangladesh is a densely

populated country so there

is no alternative to

community policing to

maintain peaceful law and

order situation in the


9 held for torturing

woman in Natore

NATORE : Police have arrested nine people on

charges of torturing a 75-year-old woman after

tying her to a tree in Gurudaspur upazila of


The arrestees have been identified as Alam, 45,

Nurnabi, 35, Ujjal, 34, Babu, 40, Liton, 35,

Azadul, 40, Kamed Ali, 42,Chan Mia, 39, and

Azadul Fakir, 37, said Abdul Matin, officer-incharge

of Gurudaspur police station.

The accused were arrested from Moukhra area

of Baraigram upazila on Friday night, he said.

On October 25, the accused tied the woman,

Kulsum Begum, to a tree and beat her up on

allegations of having an affair with her son-inlaw.

The victim, however, told the cops that it was

a lie to evict her from her house.

However, police lodged an FIR against the

woman that day only and produced her before a

court that granted her bail.

On September, 27, the woman lodged a

complaint with police over the incident and later

the cops arrested the accused.

preserving 'Bhaoyaiya'

songs and conducting

training, research and

academic activities for

'Bhaoyaiya' artists to

flourish the traditional

songs, reports BSS.

Veteran 'Bhaoyaiya' artist

Harun-Ar-Rashid presided

over the discussion.

Chairman-elect of

Rangpur District Council

and former President of the

district unit Command of

Bangladesh Muktijoddha

Sangsad heroic freedom

fighter Mosaddek Hossain

Bablu attended the

discussion as chief guest.

Former Head of the

Department of Bengali of

Rangpur Begum Rokeya

Government College

Professor Mohammad

Shah Alam, veteran

'Bhaoyaiya' artist Parimal

Chandra Barman,

Chairman of 'Bhaoyaiya

Angon' Salma Mostafiz, its

Founder and Executive

Director AKM Mostafizur

Rahman addressed as

special guests.

Professor Mohammad

Shah Alam and AKM

Mostafizur Rahman

discussed the life and works

of Abbas Uddin Ahmed.

Paying rich tribute to

Abbas Uddin Ahmed, the

speakers said 'Bhaoyaiya'

songs with its heartthrobbing

musical tunes

have fundamentally

contributed to developing

civilization, culture, social

customs and lifestyle on the

Brahmaputra basin over

the centuries.

The chief guest said the

'Bhaoyaiya' song attracts

people of all ages and

stressed conducting more

research on 'Bhaoyaiya'

songs and nurturing and

properly preserving the

folk-songs as those are still

playing an important role in

entertaining millions of


"The heart-throbbing

melody of 'Bhaoyaiya' song

always represents healthy

Bengali culture to entertain

common people for

centuries," he said.

On the occasion of Community Policing Day-2022, a colorful rally and

discussion meeting was organized under the initiative of Longadu

Police Station of Rangamati. On Saturday, the rally was taken out from

Longadu Police Station area and it paraded he main road. Later a discussion

meeting was held at the public library auditorium of the upazila.

Photo : Omor Faruk Musa

On Saturday, a rally and discussion meeting were held at Dighinala Upazila

Parishad premises of Khagrachari on the occasion of 'Community Policing

Day-2022', The programs were organized by Dighinala Police Station.

Photo : Md Sohanur Rahaman.

Community Policing Day 2022 was observed by Saltha Thana Police of

Faridpur. On this occasion, a colorful rally was taken out on Saturday morning.

A discussion meeting was held at the police station. Awami League nominated

candidate Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury's younger son Shahdab Akbar

Chowdhury Labu, spoke as the chief guest. Photo : Md. Shofiqul Islam

Sunamganj District Police, with the support of the Sunamganj District

Community Policing Forum organized a discussion meeting yesterday on the

occasion of Community Policing Day.

Photo : AK Milon

SUNdAy, OCTOBeR 30, 2022


In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers use boats to evacuate residents from flooded areas due to

Tropical Storm Nalgae at Parang, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines on Friday Oct. 28, 2022. Floodwaters rapidly

rose in many low-lying villages, forcing some villagers to climb to their roofs, where they were rescued by army troops, police

and volunteers, officials said.

Photo : AP

47 dead, dozens feared missing

as storm lashes Philippines

MANILA : Flash floods and landslides

set off by torrential rains left at least

47 people dead, including in a hardhit

southern Philippine province,

where as many as 60 villagers are

feared missing and buried in a deluge

of rainwater, mud, rocks and trees,

officials said Saturday.

At least 42 people were swept away

by rampaging floodwaters and

drowned or were hit by debris-filled

mudslides in three towns in

Maguindanao province from

Thursday night to early Friday, said

Naguib Sinarimbo, the interior

minister for a five-province Muslim

autonomous region run by former

separatist guerrillas, reports UNB.

Five other people died elsewhere

from the onslaught of Tropical Storm

Nalgae, which slammed into the

eastern province of Camarines Sur

early Saturday, the government's

disaster-response agency said.

But the worst storm impact so far

was a mudslide laden with rainwater,

rocks and trees that buried dozens of

houses with as many as 60 people in

the tribal village of Kusiong in

Maguindanao's Datu Odin Sinsuat

town, Sinarimbo told The Associated

Press by telephone, citing accounts

from Kusiong villagers, who survived

IEA sees global


peaking in 2025

PARIS : The International

Energy Agency said

Wednesday it believes global

emissions will peak in 2025

as surging energy prices due

the Russian invasion of

Ukraine propel investment

in renewables.

Only last year the IEA said

there was "no clear peak in

sight" in energy emissions,

but the new higher

investment in wind and

solar is setting up demand

for all fossil fuels to peak or

plateau, leading to a drop in


"The global energy crisis

triggered by Russia's

invasion of Ukraine is

causing profound and longlasting

changes that have the

potential to hasten the

transition to a more

sustainable and secure

energy system," the IEA said

as it released its latest

annual World Energy

Outlook report.

Based on the latest

measures and policies

announced by governments

in the face of soaring energy

prices, the IEA forecasts

global clean energy

investment to rise by more

than 50 percent from today's

levels to $2 trillion per year

by 2030.

Those measures will

propel sustained gains in

renewables and nuclear


"As a result, a high point

for global emissions is

reached in 2025," the IEA


the flash flood and mudslide.

Eleven bodies, mostly of children,

were dug up Friday by rescuers using

spades in Kusiong, he said.

"That community will be our

ground zero today," Sinarimbo said,

adding that heavy equipment and

more rescue workers including army,

police and volunteers have been

deployed to intensify the search and

rescue work.

The coastal village, which lies at the

foot of a mountain, is accessible by

road, allowing more rescuers to be

deployed Saturday to deal with one of

the worst weather-related disasters to

hit the country's south in decades, he


Citing reports from mayors,

governors and disaster-response

officials, Sinarimbo said 27 died

mostly by drowning and landslides in

Datu Odin Sinsuat town, 10 in Datu

Blah Sinsuat town and five in Upi

town, all in Maguindanao.

A death toll of 67 in Maguindanao

on Friday night was recalled by

authorities after discovering some

double counting of casualties.

Army officials also reported at least

42 storm deaths in Maguindanao and

said in a statement Friday night that

their forces were "continuing to

rescue those trapped in the flood in

collaboration with local disaster

teams" and take the displaced in army

trucks to evacuation camps.

The unusually heavy rains flooded

several towns in Maguindanao and

outlying provinces in a mountainous

region with marshy plains.

Floodwaters rapidly rose in many

low-lying villages, forcing some

residents to climb onto their roofs,

where they were rescued by army

troops, police and volunteers,

Sinarimbo said.

The coast guard issued pictures of

its rescuers, wading in chest-high

floodwaters to rescue the elderly and

children in Maguindanao. Many of

the swamped areas had not been

flooded for years, including Cotabato

city where Sinarimbo said his house

was inundated.

The stormy weather in a large swath

of the country prompted the coast

guard to prohibit sea travel in

dangerously rough seas as millions of

Filipinos planned to travel over a long

weekend to visit the tombs of relatives

and for family reunions on All Saints'

Day in the largely Roman Catholic

nation. Several domestic flights have

also been cancelled, stranding

thousands of passengers.

Canada on Friday announced fresh sanctions against 35 individuals and

six companies in Russia's energy sector, as well as a bond issue to support


Photo : AP

Canada sanctions Russian energy

execs, issues Ukraine bonds

OTTAWA : Canada on Friday announced

fresh sanctions against 35 individuals and

six companies in Russia's energy sector, as

well as a bond issue to support Ukraine,

reports BSS.

The sanctions target oil and gas giant

Lukoil and senior officials at Gazprom and

its subsidiaries, as well as Russia's energy

and industry ministers, Deputy Prime

Minister Alexander Novak and former

prime minister Viktor Zubkov, reports


Former National Hockey League player

Alexander Frolov and chess grandmaster

Anton Demchenko also made the list,

which now covers more than 1,400

individuals and entities accused of

complicity in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Funds raised from the issuing of the

five-year Ukraine bonds, meanwhile, aim

to help Kyiv pay pensions and "keep the

lights on," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

told a news conference. "Ukrainian

sovereignty bonds are a way for Canadians

to directly contribute to the fight against

Russia, to support the Ukrainian people

and the Ukrainian government," he said.

Officials declined to say how much

Ottawa hopes to raise through the bond

issue, which is also open to foreign buyers.

Proceeds will be channelled through an

International Monetary Fund account set

up in April for grants and loans to


The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, a

community group representing the

diaspora, praised Canada's move in

offering the "ground-breaking investment

in a peaceful, democratic and just future,

not only for Ukraine, but for all of


"The UCC calls on all states who believe

in freedom and liberty to follow Canada's

example," it said in a statement.

Russia declares

Dozhd TV channel

head a 'foreign agent'

MOSCOW : Russia on

Friday declared Natayia

Sindeyeva, head of the

independent TV channel

Dozhd, a "foreign agent"

along with two journalist

colleagues, in the latest

crackdown on civil society,

reports BSS.

The names of Natalia

Sindeeva, Vladimir

Romensky and Ekaterina

Kotrikadze appeared on the

latest Russian justice

ministry list of "foreign


They had been added

because of their "political

activities," the ministry said.

Launched in 2008, TV

Dozhd covered Russia's

opposition and protest

movements, and last year

the channel itself was

labelled a "foreign agent". All

main independent media

outlets in Russia including

radio station, Echo of

Moscow, and Dozhd TV

have been shut down or

have suspended their

operations in the country.

Dozhd wound up its

Russia operations and

suspended broadcasting

from Russia with an

emotional show on March 3,

less than a fortnight after the

conflict in Ukraine started.

The channel resumed

broadcasting in July 18 from

studios in neighbouring

Latvia. Also added to the

"foreign agents" list Friday

were lawyer Mikhail

Benyash and Youtuber Ivan


Xi says China, US

must 'find ways

to get along'

BEIJING : President Xi

Jinping said China and the

United States must "find

ways to get along" to

safeguard world peace and

development, state media

reported Thursday, as he

embarks on his precedentbreaking

third term in


China and the United

States have butted heads in

recent years on issues

ranging from Beijing's

aggression towards selfgoverning

Taiwan to its

crackdown in Hong Kong

and alleged rights abuses in


Washington has also

accused Beijing of providing

diplomatic cover for Russia's

invasion of Ukraine.

Xi sealed another five years

as China's leader at the end

of a twice-a-decade

Communist Party Congress

on Sunday.

"The world today is neither

peaceful nor tranquil," Xi

wrote in a congratulatory

letter to the National

Committee on US-China

Relations-some of his first

remarks since the Congressaccording

to Chinese state

broadcaster CCTV.

UN: 2022 likely deadliest for

Palestinians in West Bank


envoy said 2022 is on course to be the

deadliest year for Palestinians in the West

Bank since the U.N. started tracking

fatalities in 2005, and he called for

immediate action to calm "an explosive

situation" and move toward renewing

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, reports BSS.

Tor Wennesland told the U.N. Security

Council that "mounting hopelessness, anger

and tension have once again erupted into a

deadly cycle of violence that is increasingly

difficult to contain," and "too many people,

overwhelmingly Palestinian have been killed

and injured."

In a grim assessment, the special

coordinator for the Middle East peace

process said the downward spiral in the West

Bank and current volatile situation stem

from decades of violence that has taken a toll

on Israelis and Palestinians, the prolonged

absence of negotiations, and the failure to

resolve key issues fueling the Israel-

Palestinian conflict.

Wennesland said his message to

Palestinian officials and factions, Israeli

officials and the international community in

recent weeks has been clear: "The immediate

priority is to work to calm the situation and

reverse the negative trends on the ground"

but the goal must be "to empower and

strengthen the Palestinian Authority and

build towards a return to a political process."

In the past month, the U.N. envoy said 32

Palestinians including six children were

killed by Israeli security forces and 311

injured during demonstrations, clashes,

search-and-arrest operations, attacks and

alleged attacks against Israelis. Two Israeli

forces personnel were killed and 25 Israeli

civilians were injured by Palestinians during

shooting and ramming attacks, clashes, the

throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails

and other incidents during the same period,

he said.

Wennesland said the month saw "a spike

in fatal violence" that has 2022 on track to be

the deadliest in the West Bank.

More than 125 Palestinians have been

killed in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the

West Bank and east Jerusalem this year. The

fighting has surged since a series of

Palestinian attacks killed 19 people in Israel

in the spring. The Israeli army says most of

the Palestinians killed have been militants.

But stone-throwing youths protesting the

incursions and others not involved in

confrontations have also been killed.

Ongoing Israeli arrest raids in the West

Bank pose a serious challenge to Palestinian

President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian

Authority. Abbas relies on security

cooperation with Israel, particularly against

his Islamic militant rivals, to remain in

power. At the same time, this cooperation is

deeply unpopular among Palestinians who

chafe against Israel's open-ended

occupation, now in its 56th year.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967

Mideast war and has built more than 130

settlements there, many of which resemble

small towns, with apartment blocks,

shopping malls and industrial zones. The

Palestinians want the West Bank to form the

main part of their future state. Most

countries view the settlements as a violation

of international law.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N.

ambassador, delivered an impassioned

address to the Security Council on Friday,

saying: "Our people, our children, our youth

are being killed, and they will not die in


"What happens next is your

responsibility," he told council members.

"We knocked on every door, searched for any

avenue leading to freedom and dignity,

justice and redress, shared peace and


Yet, Mansour said that 75 years after the

British partition of Palestine, its people are

still waiting "for their turn to be free," and he

accused Israel of "trying to destroy the state

of Palestine."

The U.N. Mideast envoy said 2022 is on course to be the deadliest year for

Palestinians in the West Bank since the U.N. started tracking fatalities in

2005, and he called for immediate action to calm "an explosive situation"

and move toward renewing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Photo : Internet

Blackouts worsen in

Ukraine: fighting

rages on many fronts

KYIV : Relentless Russian attacks on energy

infrastructure prompted Ukrainian

authorities on Friday to announce

worsening blackouts around the country's

largest cities, with Kyiv's mayor warning

that the capital's power grid is working in

"emergency mode" with energy supplies

down as much as 50% from pre-war levels,

reports UNB.

Meanwhile, the Russian president sought

to dispel criticism of a chaotic call-up of

300,000 reservists for service in Ukraine by

ordering his defense minister to make sure

they're properly trained and equipped for


In the Kyiv region, as winter looms, the

latest damage to utilities will mean outages

of four or more hours a day, according to

Ukrenergo, the state operator of Ukraine's

high-voltage transmission lines.

But Kyiv regional Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba

warned "more severe and longer shutdowns

will be applied in the coming days."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr

Zelenskyy said power outages were affecting

about 4 million people across the country.

He said last week that 30% of Ukraine's

power stations had been destroyed since

Russia launched the first wave of targeted

infrastructure strikes on Oct. 10.

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the

power grid was operating in "emergency

mode," adding that he hoped Ukrenergo

would find ways to address the shortage "in

two to three weeks."

The former boxing world champion also

said new air defense equipment has been

deployed in Kyiv to help defend itself

against Russian drone and missile attacks

on energy facilities. In the Kharkiv region,

home to Ukraine's second-largest city of the

same name, Gov. Oleg Syniehubov said

daily one-hour power outages would begin


Officials across the war-torn country have

urged people to conserve by reducing

electricity consumption during peak hours

and avoiding the use of high-voltage


In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir

Putin told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

that the thousands of reservists who were

recently called up need the right training

and equipment so "people feel confident

when they need to go to combat."

Shoigu told Putin that 82,000 reservists

had been deployed to Ukraine, while

218,000 others were still being trained. He

said there were no immediate plans to

round up more, but Putin's mobilization

order left the door open for a future military


Putin's effort to beef up the number of troops

along the 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) front

line followed recent setbacks, including a

Russian withdrawal from the Kharkiv region.

The mobilization, however, fueled scores of

protests in Russia and prompted hundreds of

thousands of men to flee the country.

Activists and reports by Russian media and

The Associated Press said many of the draftees

were inexperienced, were told to procure basic

items such as medical kits and flak jackets

themselves, and did not receive training before

they were sent off to fight. Some were killed

within days of being called up.



Japan to spend $260 bn to

tackle inflation, weak yen

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated a stall at the US Trade show 2022 at the Pan Pacific

Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka on 27 October 2022. Mohammed Munirul Moula, Managing Director & CEO of

the Bank inaugurated the stall. Md. Maksudur Rahman, Senior Executive Vice President, Nazrul Islam,

Senior Vice President and A M Shahidul Amran, Senior Assistant Vice President along with executives

& officials of IBBL were present on the occasion. IBBL stall provides information about cellfin app, different

types of card, mCash, iBanking, investment and deposit products of the Bank. Photo : Courtesy

UoL degrees with London School of Economics' academic

direction, now at Universal College Bangladesh!

With the aim of providing

world-class affordable

education in Bangladesh,

Universal College Bangladesh

(UCB), the first Ministry of

Education approved

international education

provider in the country, has

partnered exclusively with

University of London (UoL)

for the launch of multiple

bachelor's degrees with

academic direction from the

most notable London School

of Economics (LSE), ranked

#3 globally for social sciences.

LSE's alumni and former staff

include 18 Nobel Prize winners

and 37 past or present Heads

of State; the legendary

institution also has 99.9/100

employability score on QS

Global University rankings,

says a press release..

With 100% curriculum and

testing from London School of

Economics, the offered

courses at UCB initially include

BSc Business and

Management, BSc Finance

and BSc Accounting and

Finance. Apart from

significant savings in tuition

fee, eligible students will get up

to 40% scholarship. Students

would also become part of an

elite global community of

100,000+ plus UoL alumni

across 200 countries.

A historic inauguration

event was held in this regard

on October 27, 2022, at the

state-of-the-art UCB campus

(SA Tower, 1 Gulshan Avenue

Dhaka-1212) with leading

dignitaries in attendance,

including Dr. Dipu Moni, MP,

Minister of Education, Mr.

Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury,

MP, Deputy Minister of

Education, Mr. Tipu Munshi,

MP, Minister of Commerce,

HE Mr. Robert Dickson, High

Commissioner of UK to

Bangladesh, Professor Wim A

Van der Stede, Dean, London

School of Economics Extended

Education and others.

Bob Kundanmal, Chairman,

STS Group, stated at the

launch, "This remarkable new

phase of international incountry

education has been

possible for STS Group due to

the blessing and support of the

Prime Minister of Bangladesh,

Ms. Sheikh Hasina. Her

foresight in permitting foreign

education is one of the stellar

pillars of her vision to assist

Bangladesh continue its highgrowth

trajectory and achieve

the 2041 high-income nation

goal, hand in hand with

sustainable development


Kundanmal also thanked

both the Minister of

Education, MP Dr. Dipu Moni,

and the Deputy Minister of

Education, MP Mr. Mohibul

Hasan Chowdhury, apart from



Commission, who all are key

architects in implementing the

now globally acclaimed

Strategic Plan for Higher

Education 2018-2030. The

plan showcases how global

affordable education in the

country would not only

provide invaluable options to

the more than 1 million

students graduating from

schools every year, but also -

and most importantly - allow

the girl child of the family

parity in access to such worldclass

options right at their

doorstep, an issue very close to

Dr. Dipu Moni's heart. No

doubt, given that Bangladesh

is one of the few nations where

the 165 million population has

more women than men, this

has the potential to become

nothing short of a case study

for other nations.

Universal College

Bangladesh is a part of STS

Group, Bangladesh's largest

private sector conglomerate in

healthcare and education,

operating the nation's leading

brands such as Evercare

Hospitals, DPS STS Schools

and International School

Dhaka (ISD), apart from an

upcoming keystone

international school project.

Last year, UCB created

history by introducing Monash

pathway programs in

Bangladesh wherein students

could undertake their Monash

degree journey right here in

Bangladesh (Monash

University is ranked #44 in the

prestigious Times Higher

Education ranking). This year,

UCB has beaten its own

benchmarks with the

introduction of London School

of Economics' academically

directed degrees.

These in-country

international programs bring

other significant advantages.

Mr. Zarif Munir, Senior

Managing Director, Boston

Consulting Group, and

Director at UCB, said in his

keynote speech, "Such

programs can potentially save

invaluable dollar reserves for a

nation that annually

repatriates close to

$4.5 billion on outward

tuition fee remittances (for

Bangladesh students studying


Such an exceptional

transformation of the

educational landscape by the

Prime Minister and her

respective Education

Ministers are not going

unnoticed. As commented by

Dr. Dipu Moni during the

UoL/LSE launch ceremony,

"This fast-growing nation is

now being viewed as a mostpreferred

destination for

global equity, global

institutions and global-skilled

manpower - key pillars for

Bangladesh's ongoing

thundering industrial


Other speakers at the launch

ceremony mirrored this

compelling sentiment.

Professor Wim Van Der Stede,

Dean of Extended Education

at LSE, commented:

"Universal College Bangladesh

is now part of our global

network with access to the

world-leading LSE expertise.

Everything students learn on

the degree is designed,

directed and examined by LSE

faculty who are among the

world's leading social scientists

and researchers, ensuring that

graduates will have an indepth

understanding of their

subject areas and stand out to

employers when they enter the

job market. We are delighted

to be working with UCB to

offer these programmes in


The shareholders of DBH Finance PLC. (DBH) in its Extra-Ordinary General Meeting- 2022 (EGM) held

recently approved the amendment in the Memorandum and Articles of Association to operate shariahbased

financing under Islamic Financing Window. Nasir A Choudhury, Chairman presided over the meeting.

The meeting was attended by its directors; Mehreen Hassan Bar-at-law, Md. Mujibur Rahman, Moin

Uddin Ahmed, M. Anisul Haque FCMA, Anisur Rahman, Rahseda K. Choudhury, Maj. Gen. Syeed Ahmed

(Rtd.) and Managing Director & CEO Nasimul Baten. Jashim Uddin FCS, Company Secretary as well as the

general shareholders were also present.

Photo : Courtesy

TOKYO : Japan will spend $260

billion on a stimulus package to

cushion the economy from the

impact of inflation and the weak

yen, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

announced on Friday.

But the central bank is refusing to

budge from the ultra-loose policy

that has hammered the Japanese

currency this year, wiping out more

than 20 percent of its value against

the dollar.

The government hopes the 39

trillion yen in fiscal spending will

rise to 72 trillion when private sector

investments are taken into account,

Kishida said after ministers

approved an extra budget to partly

fund the relief measures, reports


"We want to protect people's

livelihoods, employment and

businesses, while strengthening our

economy for the future," he told

reporters, adding that the move

should help push up GDP by 4.6


Prices are rising in Japan at their

fastest rate in eight years, although

the three-percent inflation rate

remains well below the sky-high

levels seen in the United States and


Japan-which has one of the

world's highest debt-to-GDP ratioshas

already injected hundreds of

billions of dollars into its economy

over the past two years to support

recovery from the Covid-19


Friday's package, funded by a

special budget of $200 billion, will

include measures to encourage wage

growth and support households

with energy bills, which have spiked

since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"We'll aim to push down prices by

more than 1.2 percent next year by

lowering electricity bills by 20

percent and curbing gasoline

prices," Kishida said.

It is also designed to help people

and businesses affected by the

plummeting yen, currently at 147

against the dollar.

Japan spent nearly $20 billion in

September in an effort to curb the

yen's slide, and further expensive

government interventions have

reportedly taken place in recent


The yen's steep falls have been

driven by the widening gap between

the monetary policies of the US and

Japanese central banks-with the

Bank of Japan keeping rates ultralow

to encourage sustainable

growth, while the Federal Reserve

ramps them up.

Following a two-day policy

meeting, the BoJ said it would keep

its easy-money policy, defying

growing pressure to tweak its

strategy as the yen drops.

Bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda

said officials would stick to their

guns until prices rise "in a

sustainable manner", adding there

would be no change "any time


Kuroda declined to comment on

suspected currency interventions in

the past week, which the finance

ministry has not confirmed.

But "it is extremely important that

(forex rates) reflect economic

fundamentals, and move in a stable

manner", he told reporters.

"The recent depreciation of the

yen is rapid and unilateral," which is

"negative for the Japanese

economy", Kuroda said.

Ahead of the BoJ meeting, UBS

economists Masamichi Adachi and

Go Kurihara said that a mix of

continued easing by the central

bank and the government's stimulus

measures would be "optimal".

That is because Japan's inflation is

not demand-driven, but largely

down to soaring energy costs, they

explained in a commentary.

This view was echoed by Yoshiki

Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi

Life Research Institute.

"Japan's economy faces weak

demand due to price rises, in

contrast to the United States, where

demand is strong, with the Fed

trying to cool down inflation," he

told AFP.

"It's impossible that Japan would

hike rates to curb inflation, for this


The 115th Meeting of the Executive Committee of Modhumoti Bank Limited was held on Saturday,

29thOctober 2022 with assistance of Zoom technology. The meeting was presided by EC Chairman,

Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh. Among others, Managing Director of Sharmin Group Mohammad

Ismail Hossain, Chairman of Labib Group Salahuddin Alamgir, Chairman of Meghna Group Mostafa

Kamal, Director of Mona Financial Consultancy& Securities Ltd. Ahasanul Islam Titu MP, Director of

Bengal Group Humayun Kabir Bablu,Chairmanof Anwar Group Manwar Hossain and Managing Director

& CEO of the Bank Md. Shafiul Azam were present in the meeting.

Photo : Courtesy


Finance PLC.


The shareholders of DBH

Finance PLC. (DBH) in its

Extra-Ordinary General

Meeting- 2022 approved the

proposed insertion of the

necessary clauses in the

Memorandum and Articles of

Association of the company to

allow its proposed Shariahbased

Financing under

Islamic Financing Wing.

The approval was given at

the Extra-Ordinary General

Meeting (EGM) of the

company held recently by

using a digital platform with

its Chairman, Nasir A

Choudhury in the chair. The

meeting was attended by its

directors; Mehreen Hassan,

Bar-at-law, Md. Mujibur

Rahman, Moin Uddin

Ahmed, M. Anisul Haque,

FCMA, Anisur Rahman,

Rahseda K. Choudhury, Maj.

Gen. Syeed Ahmed (Rtd.),

Managing Director & CEO

Nasimul Baten, Company

Secretary Jashim Uddin, FCS,

as well as the general


In his speech, the chairman

of the company Nasir A

Choudhury welcomed the

general shareholders and

hoped that by conducting

shariah-compliant financing,

the company will be in a better

position to cater to the need of

mass customers.

The Managing Director &

CEO, Nasimul Baten thanked

all the stakeholders including

shareholders for their support

and hoped it will continue in

the future also.

US oil giants report

huge profits in tight

energy market

NEW YORK : A day after

blockbuster profits from



heavyweights, US oil giants

ExxonMobil and Chevron

reported another round of

bumper earnings,

prompting fresh attention

from the White House.

ExxonMobil scored a

near tripling of thirdquarter

profits to $19.7

billion, a company record,

while Chevron profits

surged 84 percent to $11.2


The eye-popping reports

drew a new snipe from

President Joe Biden and

came on the heels of hefty

profits reported earlier this

week by TotalEnergies and

Shell that have reignited a

European debate on

windfall profits taxes.

The results show how the

surge in crude prices in the

aftermath of Russia's

invasion of Ukraine has

boosted the industry by

lifting crude prices, as well

as natural gas prices due to

Europe's mobilization to

offset lost natural gas

imports from Russia.

Another factor has been

elevated refining margins,

partly due to operational

woes at some plants, as

well as the shuttering of

some refineries during the

pandemic and repurposing

of other plants for

renewable fuel instead of

gasoline. The strong

refining margins have

translated into higher

gasoline prices, a major

point of focus in the

midterm US elections

roiled by rising inflation.

Prices at the pump stand

at a national average of

$3.76 per gallon, up about

11 percent from the yearago

level. Prices topped $5

in June, hitting an all-time


Biden, who has

alternated between

slamming oil giants and

prodding them to boost

output, mocked a



ExxonMobil Chief

Executive Daren Woods,

who defended the

industry's practice of

returning extra cash to


Woods, responding to

criticism that the industry

should return profits to the

American people, said

"that's exactly what we're

doing in the form of our

quarterly dividend,"

according to prepared

remarks Friday. Biden

rejected that argument.

"Can't believe I have to say

this but giving profits to

shareholders is not the

same as bringing prices

down for American

families," Biden tweeted.

Key US inflation


maintains pace

in September


measure of US inflation kept

its pace in September while

consumer spending

remained strong,

government data showed

Friday, fueling expectations

of a further interest rate hike

by the central bank next

week, reports BSS.

The latest data fails to

provide reprieve to

President Joe Biden or the

Federal Reserve, with price

pressures still elevated

ahead of key midterm


The Fed's preferred

inflation measure, the

personal consumption

expenditures (PCE) price

index, rose 6.2 percent from

a year ago in September, the

same rate as the month

before, Commerce

Department data showed.

While the index held

steady from August as well,

in line with expectations, a

measure removing the

volatile food and energy

components edged closer to

a multi-decade high.

Policymakers have been

battling to cool surging

inflation, worsened by

supply chain snarls and the

fallout from Russia's

invasion of Ukraine, which

sent food and energy prices

soaring globally.

The Fed focuses on the

PCE price index as it reflects

consumers' actual spending,

including shifts to lower cost

items, unlike the more wellknown

consumer price

index (CPI).

SUNDAY, oCtober 30, 2022


Manchester United's Antony (left) vowed to continue with his tricks after accusations he was 'showboating'

during his side's win over Sheriff tiraspol.

photo: Ap

'Neymar can make the difference for

Brazil:' Premier League star Willian

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Opinion is often divided among football

followers when it comes to Neymar,

reports UNB.

Alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

at Barcelona from 2014-17, the forward

was part of a triumverate to rival the

game's most skilful and potent attacks.

They amassed a combined total of 363

goals, 173 assists and trophies aplenty

before Neymar was sold when Paris

Saint-Germain paid his €222 million

($221.3 million) buyout clause.

The transfer - and still a world record -

in 2017 has perhaps not been the success

story he, nor the club, envisaged.

While dominant in domestic

competition, the Qatari-owned French

side have yet to lift the Champions

League, despite an array of talent that

also includes Kylian Mbappe and Messi

Indonesian coach

apologises to

Malaysian shuttlers

over 'black and

white' remark

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Indonesian badminton

coach Eng Hian has

apologised to Malaysian

badminton players Pearly

Tan and M Thinaah over his

"black and white" reference

to them when he was giving

instructions to his shuttlers

at the ongoing French Open

championship, reports


In a video apology posted

on Twitter, the coach who

spoke in the Indonesian

language said he had no

intention to hurt the duo.

"With all humility, I

apologise to Pearly Tan and

M Thinaah. I had no

intention to upset the

Malaysian players.

"Once again, I apologise

for my words from the

bottom of my heart," the 45-

year-old coach said in the

clip posted on Twitter

account Rubber Game

Indonesia last night.

On Thursday, Eng Hian

was overheard referring to

Pearly and Thinaah as

"putih" (white) and "hitam"

(black) when he was giving

instructions to Indonesian

shuttlers Febriana Dwipuji

Kusuma-Amalia Cahaya

Pratiwi during a break.

The remark went viral on

social media after being

captured on television

during the French Open's

round of 16.

Yesterday, Pearly and

Thinaah advanced to the

semifinals of the French

Open, beating world

number three pair Nami

Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida

of Japan 15-21, 21-14, 21-14

at Stade Pierre de Coubertin,


The Malaysians will face

South Koreans Baek Ha Na-

Lee So Hee today.

after his arrival from Barcelona in 2021,

and with Neymar's performance and

contribution questioned by critics.

And for Brazil; does Neymar's name

stand deservedly alongside the all-time

greats if he does not lead them to a World

Cup success? Despite his 75 international

goals - just two shy of the legendary Pele's

record mark - in 121 appearances, the 30-

year-old has only won gold at the 2016

Olympics with the national team in major


Injury saw him miss out when Brazil

infamously lost the 2014 World Cup

semifinal to Germany 7-1 in their home

tournament, before they bowed out at the

quarter-final stage in Russia four years

later with defeat to Belgium.

At the Copa America, Willian replaced

the injured Neymar before the Selecao

won the 2019 tournament, and they lost

last year's final to Argentina last year even

with their talisman in their ranks.

But Willian, capped 70 times by his

country, has no doubt about Neymar's

quality or influence for club or country.

"Neymar is an unbelievable player, he

can make the difference for Brazil at any

time," he said. "From the first minute to

the last minute, he's a special player for

Brazil." The pressure, though, will be on

Neymar and Brazil at next month's

tournament in Qatar. Led by Tite - who

had brief spells at UAE sides Al-Ain and

Al-Wahda - Brazil are among the

favorites to win a sixth title, but a first

since 2002.

"I think the pressure is normal," added

Fulham midfielder Willian. "Brazil is a

huge country, a lot of history, already won

the World Cup five times, and just always

want to win.

eng Hian was overheard referring to pearly tan and M thinaah as 'putih'

(white) and 'hitam' (black) during a break in the match between the

Malaysian doubles pair and an Indonesian pair. photo: Ap

Qatar summons German

ambassador over minister's

World Cup comments

SportS DeSk

Qatar on Friday summoned Germany's

ambassador to protest comments made by a

minister casting doubt on whether the Gulf

state should host the football World Cup,

reports BSS.

Comments by German Interior Minister

Nancy Faeser were "unacceptable and

provocative" and required a "clarification",

Qatar's foreign ministry said.

A letter handed to the ambassador

highlighted Qatar's "complete rejection" of

Faeser's comments, who had been due to

visit Qatar on Monday.

The conservative Islamic state has faced

widespread criticism over its treatment of

migrant workers, as well as rights for the

LGBTQ community and women.

This is the first time a foreign ambassador

has been summoned over such comments.

Faeser, in an interview with the ARD

network aired Thursday, said that Qatar's

hosting of the World Cup next month was

"very tricky" for Germany.

She added: "There are criteria that must be

adhered to and it would be better that

tournaments are not awarded to such


Faeser, in a statement released ahead of

her visit with the head of the German football

federation Bernd Neuendorf, said that rights

would be raised in talks.

"No World Cup takes place in a vacuum.

Human rights always apply everywhere -

and now the whole world is paying special

attention," Faeser said.

Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al

Thani said this week that his energy rich

country had been confronted by an

"unprecedented campaign" of "double


The country has highlighted widespread

reforms to its labour and industrial safety

record in recent years, that have been hailed

by international labour unions.

Rights groups have accused it of underreporting

deaths on construction sites over

the past decade, and have campaigned for

Qatar and football governing body FIFA to

set up a compensation fund for workers.

Australia this week became the first World

Cup team to release a statement on rights in

the host country highlighting the "suffering"

of workers.

Man Utd's

Antony says

his tricks are

'art' and will

carry on

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Manchester United's Brazil

winger Antony vowed to

continue with his tricks after

accusations he was

"showboating" during his

side's 3-0 win over Sheriff

Tiraspol on Thursday, reports


The 22-year-old who is

well-known for his flair

produced one incredible 720-

degree spin with the ball

seemingly glued to his left

foot during the Europa

League tie.

United manager Erik ten

Hag said he would "correct"

the player if his tricks were

"not functional" but in a post

on Instagram yesterday,

Antony said he would

continue to dazzle.

"We're known for our art

and I'm not going to stop

doing what got me where I

am," Antony, who features in

numerous showboating reels

on social media, said.

Antony's next touch

following his fancy footwork

was to knock the ball out of

play and ten Hag suggested

that his player needed to

concentrate more on the


"I don't have a problem

with tricks as long as it's

functional," said the

Dutchman, who also

managed Antony at Ajax


"I demand more from him -

more runs behind, more often

in the box and more playing

in the pocket.

"When there is a trick like

that, it's nice as long as it's

functional. If you're not losing

the ball, then it's OK - but if

it's a trick because of a trick,

then I will correct him."

Swiatek, Gauff

in same group

at WTA Finals

Sports Desk

World No 1 Iga Swiatek will

face American Coco Gauff in

a rematch of their French

Open final after the pair

were drawn in the same

group for the round-robin

stage of the WTA Finals that

will begin in Fort Worth,

Texas, on Monday, reports


Roland Garros and US

Open champion Swiatek

(21) and Gauff (18) - the two

youngest players in the field

- were joined in the Tracy

Austin Group by Caroline

Garcia and Daria Kasatkina

following the draw for the

season-ending tournament.

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, the

second-ranked player in the

world, topped the Nancy

Richey Group in which she

was joined by Jessica Pegula,

Maria Sakkari and Aryna

Sabalenka. The top two players

in each group will

progress to the semifinals,

which will be played on Nov

6. The final takes place the

following day.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

won the 2021 edition of

the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.

Women’s sport making

‘significant’ strides in

popularity, sponsors

World No 1 Iga Swiatek will join Coco Gauff, Carolina Garcia and Daria

kasatkina in the tracy Austin Group for the round-robin stage. photo: Ap

Phillies stun Astros 6-5 in Game 1 of World Series

SportS DeSk

SportS DeSk

The relentless Philadelphia Phillies

came back from a five-run deficit to

overcome favorites Houston Astros 6-5

on Friday, handing the home team

their first loss of the postseason in

Game 1 of the World Series, reports


Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto

tied it up with a two-run double in the

fifth inning and launched a solo homer

to push Philadelphia over the top in the


"It's incredible. I'm just so thankful

for this opportunity," he said in a

televised interview after the game. "I

can't say enough about my team

mates... That's a Phillies win right

Women's soccer is making enormous strides in

sponsorship and popularity worldwide,

according to a new Fifa benchmarking report

that analysed 294 clubs across 30 leagues.,

reports UNB

Clubs included in the report saw year-overyear

commercial revenue growth of 33% and

"strong growth" in merchandise sales, while

more than three-quarters of leagues surveyed

had a title sponsor in 2022, compared to 66% a

year ago.

"The data in this year's report underscores

that organisations that are prepared to invest in

women's football are receiving a return," Sarai

Bareman, Fifa's chief women's football officer,

said in a statement.

"We expect this will only increase as more

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Manchester United

manager Erik ten Hag

believes Cristiano Ronaldo is

still capable of scoring over

20 goals a season despite

limiting the 37-year-old's

game time so far this season,

reports BSS.

Ronaldo was dropped

from the United squad for

last weekend's 1-1 draw at

Chelsea after refusing to

come on as a substitute four

days previously in a 2-0 win

over Tottenham.

The performance against

Spurs was hailed as the best

of Ten Hag's reign so far and

further evidence that United

are a better team without the

presence of the five-time

Ballon d'Or winner.

But Ronaldo made a

goalscoring return to the

starting line-up for

Thursday's 3-0 Europa

League win over Sheriff


The Portuguese now has

three goals in 13

appearances in all

competitions this season.

But Ten Hag did not rule

out the prospect of him

matching his 24 goals last


"It's up to him," said Ten

Hag. "But I think when you

collect all the chances he

creates, the team creates for

him in the last weeks, you

see he's still capable to get in

the right positions and I

know he's still capable of

finishing them so it's


Ronaldo has made just

two Premier League starts

under Ten Hag with the vast

majority of his minutes

coming in the Europa


But the former Ajax boss

rejected the suggestion he is

using Europe's second-tier

competition as a way of

giving Ronaldo the time on

the pitch he craves.

"I don't have a Europe

team and I don't have a

Premier League team," Ten

Hag added.

"I look to the opponent,

what we need against such

opponent. Now I have to

focus on West Ham United

for Sunday.

"Then we will pick the

team to start but also to have

plan B or plan C in the


It was a remarkable reversal of

fortune for the Astros after a pair of

homers from slugger Kyle Tucker and

an RBI single from Martin Maldonado

gave them what should have been

plenty of cushion heading into the

fourth inning.

But the Houston offense could only

watch helplessly as nine-time All-Star

pitcher Justin Verlander, who had

appeared rock solid through the first

three innings, unraveled on the mound

and their lead evaporated.

"I need to do better. No excuses," said


"I just need to execute pitches better.

I felt like I had some guys in good

situations and just wasn't able to quite

clubs and leagues, as well as broadcasters and

partners, truly recognise the unique growth

opportunity that exists in women's football."

She added Fifa had seen "significant

developments and milestones" in the women's

sport since launching its women's football

strategy four years ago.

With the 2023 women's World Cup less than

nine months away, Fifa has everything to gain

from the growing popularity in the women's


The body's Chief Business Officer Romy Gai

said last week it had rejected a number of bids

for the quadrennial's broadcasting rights for

being too low, after a 2019 report showed that

1.12 billion viewers tuned into the last


The 2023 World Cup begins in July in

Australia and New Zealand.

Ronaldo still capable of

being prolific for Man

Utd - Ten Hag

pocket to win that game.

"That's what we need

finally, to win games, and

therefore we not only need

11 players, we need the

whole squad."

After a disastrous start to

his time in charge, there

have been positive signs of

United's improvement

under Ten Hag in recent


But they have often failed

to make their dominance of

the game count in the

scoreline in a run of two

wins from their last five

league games.

"To develop the team takes

time," said Ten Hag. "You

can't go from zero to 100.

"You have to construct it

from downstairs - you need

the foundation before you go

to the top, to the roof.

"Unfortunately it takes

time and I don't have time.

I'm really the most

impatient, but I have to be.

It's quite clear.

"Now we have to do also

more on developing our

attacking game but also

that's the most difficult part

so it takes even more time."

make the pitches that I wanted to. A lot

of credit to them as a lineup."

The Astros had a chance to close it

out in the ninth when Jeremy Pena

whacked one to right field with Jose

Altuve on second base, but Nick

Castellanos hustled to the ball and sent

the game to the extra inning with a

brilliant sliding grab. "How long did we

have the lead for the game, 15 minutes?

Sometimes that's all you need," said

Castellanos, who recorded an RBI

single and ran home along with Bryce

Harper courtesy of an Alec Bohm

double in the fourth inning.

"I knew that I was going to do

everything I could not to let it drop."

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is

set for Saturday in Houston.

sUNdAY, OcTOBER 30, 2022


Mim envisions another ‘sold

out’ experience with ‘Damal’

Bidya Sinha Mim has, of late, established

herself as one of the most successful and

busiest actresses in the Bangladeshi film

industry, reports UNB.

Although Mim has multiple commercially

successful films to her name, she has earned

special accolades from moviegoers for her

brilliant performance in the film 'Poran'.

On Friday, the popular actress is

appearing on the big screen yet again with

her new film 'Damal', another Raihan Rafi

directorial, based on the story of the

Swadhin Bangla Football Team.

Written by eminent cultural

personality Faridur Reza Sagar,

'Damal' is showcasing an ensemble cast

of acclaimed artistes, including Siam

Ahmed, Shariful Razz, Intekhab

Dinar and Shahnaz Sumi, alongside

the female lead Mim.

While speaking, Mim, visibly

excited about her new film, shared

her journey with 'Damal' and said

that each new movie adds a

different experience to her


"My newest film 'Damal'

portrays the story of a football

team during the Liberation War

of Bangladesh, and I appeared as

a simple yet flamboyant village

girl named Hasna. The

experience was challenging like

my every other film, and the

audience will be the one to

demonstrate whether my

efforts were praiseworthy or

not," Mim said.

Speaking on 'Poran's

overwhelming response,

Mim said that she thinks

the movie has brought

her closer to the


"The unbelievable amount of praise I

received for 'Poran' from our beloved

audience, has inspired me and

increased my courage. The experience

of houseful shows and 'sold-out'

responses were totally new


"People even called me for the

tickets of both 'Poran' and now

'Damal,' and these are really

noteworthy for me as an actress,

and I would request the

audience to buy tickets in

advance as tickets may run

out this time as well," Mim


About Damal, Mim said

that the film will continue

proving the fact that the

current filmmakers are

thinking differently and

bringing a refreshingly new

era to the country's cinema


Advance ticket sale of

Damal has begun at many

places in the country,

including Dhaka. The

number of regular shows

has also increased in


Produced by Impress

Telefilms, 'Damal' will be

showcased on single

screens and multiplexes

across the country. All

five branches of Star

Cineplex in the capital

are scheduled to run

16 shows on the first

day, while a total of

17 shows are slated

from second day


Rihanna likely to sing in Black

Panther Wakanda Forever film

Marvel's next offering, Black Panther:

Wakanda Forever, is set to be released

later this year. On Wednesday, in the

run up to the release, Marvel

Entertainment released a very brief and

mysterious announcement regarding

the film, teasing with an 'R' logo from

the film's title, adding that the mystery

will be revealed in two days' time.

However, fans are convinced this refers

to a possible Rihanna song in the film's

soundtrack. On Wednesday morning,

Marvel Entertainment's official

Instagram page shared a small video

where the film's title forms on a black

background, following which the R from

the Forever comes to the centre in large

font. Beneath is the date 10.28.22

(October 28, 2022). The post was

simply captioned, "Wakanda Forever,"

preceded by an eyes emoji.

While the post itself did not reveal

much, fans took this as a confirmation

of the rumours that Rihanna was to

perform a song for the film's

soundtrack. There had been rumours of

the pop star doing a song for the first

Black Panther film when that had

released back in 2018. The rumours

returned last week after a few outlets

reported that Rihanna had recorded a

song for the sequel.

In response to the teaser

announcement, many fans seemed to be

convinced that it was indeed about

Rihanna. "It's about time RiRi does this

film," commented one fan. Another

wrote, "Academy Award-winner

Rihanna is in the house!" Many others,

however, were confused if the

announcement was a reference to the

film being rated-R. It is highly unlikely

that Wakanda Forever would be R-rated

given that the Marvel Cinematic

Universe has an aversion to such films

that don't reach out to wider audiences.

Wakanda Forever sees a new Black

Panther take over the mantle from

T'Challa. Chadwick Boseman, the actor

who played the role in the first film, died

in 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

The film also brings a new threat to

the Marvel universe - Namor the

submariner played by Mexican actor

Tenoch Huerta.

Source: Collider

Habib Wahid, Imran

collaborate in ‘Boka Mon’


Renowned musician Habib Wahid

has lent his voice in a song composed

by popular singer Imran. This is the

first the two collaborated with each


The song titled "Boka Mon" is

penned by Rajat. The music video of

the song is expected to release soon.

"The song was being planned for a

long time. After sending the first tune

of the song, Ostad (Habib Wahid) liked

it, and agreed to sing for me. This is a

big achievement for me. I am truly

blessed to have composed a song for

the person, who inspired me in my

musical journey. It feels like one of the

highlights of my 14-year music career,"

Imran told the media.

"Around 2010, I used to rush from

Fakir Hazrat Shah:

A popular lyricist

of the time


Fakir Hazrat Shah, the popular lyricist of

the time, has shown his strong position as

a lyricist in a very short time. In just three

years, this lyricist has released more than

fifty songs in his own voice.

Fakir Hazrat Shah was born in

Sirajganj district, grew up in Natore and

Rajshahi, later he started living

permanently in Dhaka from 2001.

Hazrat Shah learned to play the

harmonium by his own efforts at a young

age, later he took his first music lesson

from Pir Khwaja Abdur Rahman Chishti.

Later, he came to Dhaka and learned

modern music from Prosenjit. Fakir

Hazrat Shah started his musical journey

by the hand of National Film Award

winning composer Plaban Qureshi.

Jatrabari to his studio to sing his

jingles, to meet him up close, to learn a

little from him. Today, after 12 years, it

This man made his debut as a lyricist in

the market with a song written by himself

titled Doi Nayaner Alo, the song was sung

by popular vocalist Kamruzzaman Rabbi.

Fakir Hazrat Shah started working in

the media in 2019 has more than fifty

original songs released so far. The songs

are sung by popular singers Dilruba

Khan, Plaban Qureshi, Kazi Shubo, Laila,

Kamruzzaman Rabbi, Suman Bappi,

Eman Khan, Shamim Ashiq, SM Sohail,

Shakeel, Parvez, Fakir Shahabuddin,

Raju Mondal, Pijit Mahajan, Jahangir

Deepika Padukone says Katrina

Kaif ‘is up to no good’as they

work out together

Deepika Padukone took to Instagram

and shared a clip while performing aerial

yoga at her gym. The video was recorded

by Katrina Kaif. Deepika shared that

Katrina was not in a mood to join her

and chose to shoot the video. Along with

fans, Varun Dhawan and Ishaan Khatter

reacted to the video.

In the video, an aerial yoga swing

hammock can be seen hanging in the air.

It was moving as Deepika sat inside it

and used 'Eye of the Tiger' song by

Survivor on the clip as Katrina shot her

video in the gym.

Sharing the video on Instagram Reels,

Deepika wrote, "Me working really hard

in the gym! (bicep emoji). Meanwhile

@katrinakaif upto no good (filming)

me…" Actors Varun Dhawan

commented, "Hahahaa" and Ishaan

Khatter wrote, "The mummy returns

(ghost emoji)."

Reacting to the video, one person

commented, "You and Kat are gym

buddies??? Omg." Another person

wrote, "Can you guys do a film together

or it is too much to ask for" Other person

commented, "What you and KAT?? like

this gonna break internet (heart

emojis)." Many people expressed their

desire to see a picture of Katrina and

Deepika together someday.

Deepika is now gearing up for Pathaan

with Shah Rukh Khan, which will release

in theatres on January 25, 2023. She is

currently working on Project K alongside

Prabhas. She has also signed Fighter

with Pathaan director Siddharth Anand

in the pipeline. This will mark hers and

Hrithik Roshan's first collaboration.

Katrina will be next seen in Phone

Bhoot alongside Ishaan Khatter and

Siddhant Chaturvedi, where she will

essay the character of a ghost. The film is

slated to release on November 4, 2022.

She also has Tiger 3 with Salman Khan

and Merry Christmas with Vijay

Sethupathi. She also has Jee Le Zaraa

with Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra.

Source: Hindustan Times

is a great achievement for me to be able

to compose music for him," he added.

Recently, Imran voiced for the song

"Mon Posh Manena" for the film

"Damal", which garnered much

appreciation from the audience.

Meanwhile, Habib Wahid sang the

song "Abhimani Roddur" for the film

"Operation Sundarban".

Sarkar, Baul Akaid 'Irsha Papri' and

many more.

Apart from this, the list of unreleased

songs includes 'Bohurupi Bondhu' and

'Bishwa Harami' in Laila's voice Dilruba

Khan with 'Swargiyo Prem' and 'Hoychi

Nilam'. 'Ashimer Kolpona' in Plaban

Qureshi's voice. 'Beche Thakar Bakaron'

in the voice of Sabbir Nasir and Shampa

Biswas. 'Sorbonasha Piriti' in the voice of

Kazi Shubo and 'Mane Mane Bhabi Kata'

in the voice of Irsha Papri.

Popular songs written and composed

by Hazrat Shah include 'Bhanga Mon'

'Valobasaar Naam Nebona Mukeh' 'Ami

Sotto Shuni Sotto Dekhi' 'Bhul Nilame

Bikaiyachi Mon' Jaat Bichere Hoyna

Piriti 'Amar Ostitto' 'Prem Mule Sob Fapi'

'Bhul' and Seyan Pakhi is one of them.

When asked, Fakir Hazrat Shah said, I

don't have any dreams about music, I

transform my dreams into songs, I am a

spiritual person in my personal life.

Music is associated with my life, till my

last breath I want to associate my life with

music. I want to sit on one stage with the

message of harmony through music,

sense of life, human love, humanity and

hundreds of different paths.

H O R O s c O P E


Some close friends could turn you on to a new

interest or perhaps a group you might want to join.

Intellectual stimulation through those closest to

you could open the way to new plans and

innovations. You might want to try combining artistic interests

with technology, Aries, perhaps expanding your knowledge of

photography, computer graphics, or filmmaking. Success and good

fortune through such activities are strongly indicated.


Sudden, unexpected news could arrive

today, perhaps by mail or phone. You

could host a virtual group meeting of

some kind. A lot of exciting information

and stimulating conversation could take

place, Taurus, bringing fresh ideas that spark new

interests. Expect a very busy but productive day,

looking ahead toward the future rather than back

toward the past.


Short journeys in your neighborhood,

perhaps connected with a group you're

associated with, could take up a lot of

your time today, Gemini. Fascinating

and stimulating emails or calls could

arrive. Books and magazine articles could provide

information that sends you in a new direction in

some way. Write down your ideas! You will want to

remember them all.


Technology could pave the way for you to

greatly increase your income, possibly

through new skills or investments. This is

likely to be a very positive development,

setting the stage for future financial success. Some

unusual, interesting dreams could come your way,

bringing unexpected revelations about you and your past

- and possibly your future. Write them down! They could

hold important messages for you from your higher self.


A surprising revelation, either from

within or from sources like books, the

Internet, or communications from others

could set you in an entirely new direction.

You will have an increased sense of freedom, as well as

a clearer and more progressive outlook. You might

consider some pretty heavy changes in your life, Leo,

but don't make any final decisions or arrangements

today. Wait before putting your ideas into action.


Discoveries made through occult sciences

such as astrology or numerology could

see you embrace some rather

revolutionary ideas about yourself, the

world, and life. You could become involved with a

group associated with metaphysical studies or take an

online class or workshop of some kind. This could

mean a new direction for you in some way, Virgo. It

might greatly enhance your life and thinking.


Sudden lucky breaks could come your

way today, Libra, possibly through

friends or groups with which you're

involved. A long-term goal you've been

working toward might bring unexpected but

wonderful results. Virtual group activities,

particularly those involving social or political issues,

could take up a lot of your time. This promises to be

a busy, productive day. Expect the unexpected!


Today you might feel the desire to break

free from your daily routine, Scorpio,

particularly regarding career matters.

You might consider developing a

business of your own, one that would give you a lot

more freedom than you currently have. This is a good

day to start looking into it. You might find that there are

more possibilities out there than you expected.


A sudden and unexpected opportunity

to take a journey by air could come your

way today, Sagittarius. This might be

something you've wanted for a long

time finally manifesting. Certainly, adventure is in the

air, although it might be mental adventure as much as

physical. Some information could come your way that

catapults you into a new and exciting field of interest.

This promises to be a thoroughly stimulating day.


Technology could pave the way for you to

greatly increase your income, possibly

through new skills or investments. This is

likely to be a very positive development,

setting the stage for future financial success. Some

unusual, interesting dreams could come your way,

bringing unexpected revelations about you and your past

- and possibly your future. Write them down! They could

hold important messages for you from your higher self.


The unexpected need to take a journey

by air or spend a lot of time working

could bring about an inconvenient

separation from your partner. While the

reasons for this situation and the projected outcome

are very positive, it can cause a temporary upset in

your relationship. Don't worry about it. The upset will

pass, particularly when the desired results are

attained. Concentrate on the matter at hand.


Is your workplace upgrading its

equipment? Are you in the process of

increasing your technology skills?

Today's planets show that success and advancement

through technology are definitely in the offing for

you, Pisces. If you've been thinking about purchasing

a computer, do it today if you can. Whatever your

goals, you can harness current innovations to help

them along. Give it some thought!

sUnDAY, OCTOBer 30, 2022


FM, former


pay tribute to


DHAKA : Foreign Minister

AK Abdul Mome along with

former ambassadors has

paid tributes at the

mausoleum of Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Foreign Minister Dr

Momen and the members of

the Association of Former

BCS (FA) Ambassadors

(AOFA) paid their respects

by placing a wreath at the

grave of the Father of the

Nation at Tungipara in

Gopalganj on Saturday.


Mohammad Ziauddin and

Foreign Secretary Masud

Bin Momen were presentat

the event.

Later, they offered a

special doa seeking eternal

peace for the departed souls

of Bangabandhu and his

martyred family members.

Among others, AOFA

President Shamsher Mobin

Chowdhury, Secretary

General Abdullah Al Hasan

and officials of the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs were

present on the occasion.

Heat waves cost poor

countries the most,

exacerbating inequality


waves, intensified by climate

change, have cost the global

economy trillions of dollars in

the last 30 years, a study

published Friday found, with

poor countries paying the

steepest price, reports UNB.

And those lopsided

economic effects contribute

to widening inequalities

around the world, according

to the research.

"The cost of extreme heat

from climate change so far

has been disproportionately

borne by the countries and

regions least culpable for

global warming," Dartmouth

College professor Justin

Mankin, one of the authors of

the study published in the

journal Science Advances,

told AFP. "And that's an

insane tragedy."

"Climate change is playing

out on a landscape of

economic inequality, and it is

acting to amplify that

inequality," he said.

Periods of extreme heat

cost the global economy

about $16 trillion dollars

between 1992 and 2013, the

study calculated.

But while the richest

countries have lost about 1.5

percent of their annual per

capita GDPs dealing with

heat waves, poorer countries

have lost about 6.7 percent of

their annual per capita GDPs.

The reason for that

disparity is simple: poor

countries are often situated

closer to the tropics, where

temperatures are warmer

anyway. During heat waves,

they become even hotter.

The study comes just days

ahead of the start of the

COP27 climate summit in

Egypt, where the question of

compensation for countries

which are disproportionately

vulnerable to but least

responsible for climate

change is expected to be one

of the key topics.

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman and Vice President of Yunnun

University, China Prof. Dr. Hu Jinming signed an agreement virtually on behalf of their respective

university yesterday to strengthen joint collaborative academic and research programs between the

two universities.

Photo : Courtesy

Benjir, Panir made Dhaka district

AL president, secretary

DHAKA : Incumbent President Benjir

Ahmed and Organizing Secretary

Paniruzzaman Tarun of Dhaka district

Awami League (AL) have been elected as

president and general secretary respectively

of the unit for the next three years.

AL General Secretary and Road Transport

and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader

announced the names of the leaderships this

afternoon at the second session of the

triennial council of the Dhaka district unit of

AL at the old world trade fair ground in the

city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Before declaring the names of the newly

elected leaders, he addressed the council as

the chief guest with Benjir Ahmed in the


Earlier, the council was inaugurated led by

AL Presidium Member Advocate Qamrul

Islam at 2 pm amid the playing of the

national anthem.

Marking the much anticipated council, AL

leaders and activists were seen enthusiastic

and they joining the event with processions

from different units of the Dhaka district AL.

Thousands of party leaders and activists

thronged the council ground much before

the scheduled time.

They were seen chanting slogan favoring

the ruling party leaders and government

achievements with different kinds of

banners and festoons imprinted with

pictures of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Leaders and activists of seven units,

including Dhamrai Upazila, Savar Upazila,

Ashulia Thana, Keraniganj Upazila,

Keraniganj Model Thana, Dohar Upazila and

Nababganj Upazila of Dhaka district Awami

League (AL) joined the council to make it a


Intruder attacks Pelosi's

husband, calling,

'Where is Nancy'

SAN FRANCISCO : The husband of House

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was attacked and

severely beaten with a hammer by an

assailant who broke into the couple's San

Francisco home early Friday, searching for

the Democratic leader and shouting,

"Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?"

The assault on the 82-year-old Paul

Pelosi injected new uneasiness into the

nation's already toxic political climate, just

11 days before the midterm elections. It

carried chilling echoes of the Jan. 6, 2021,

insurrection at the Capitol, when rioters

chanted menacingly for the speaker as they

rampaged through the halls trying to halt

certification of Joe Biden's victory over

Donald Trump, reports UNB.

Speaker Pelosi, who was in Washington

at the time of the California attack, arrived

in San Francisco late Friday. Her

motorcade was seen arriving at the hospital

where her husband was being treated for

his injuries.

"This was not a random act. This was

intentional. And it's wrong," said San

Francisco Police Chief William Scott.

At an evening news conference, Scott

hailed a 911 dispatcher's work - after Paul

Pelosi called for help - as "lifesaving." The

chief appeared to hold back tears, his voice

breaking at times, as he strongly rejected

violence in politics.

"Our elected officials are here to do the

business of their cities and their counties

and their states. Their families don't sign up

for this," Scott said. "Everybody should be

disgusted about what happened this


Forty-two-year-old David DePape was

arrested on suspicion of attempted murder,

elder abuse and burglary, and remained in

the hospital late Friday, police said. Paul

Pelosi underwent surgery to repair a skull

fracture and serious injuries to his right

arm and hands, and his doctors expect a full

recovery, the speaker's office said.

Biden quickly called Speaker Pelosi with

support and later delivered a full-throated

condemnation of the "despicable" attack

that he said had no place in America.

"There's too much violence, political

violence. Too much hatred. Too much

vitriol," Biden said Friday night at a

Democratic rally in Pennsylvania.

"What makes us think it's not going to

corrode the political climate? Enough is

enough is enough."

Senate Republican leader Mitch

McConnell tweeted he was "horrified and

disgusted" by the assault.

The nation's political rhetoric has become

increasingly alarming, with ominous

threats to lawmakers at an all-time high.

The House speaker and other congressional

leaders are provided 24-hour security, and

increasingly more other members now

receive police protection. This, as crime and

public safety have emerged as top issues for

voters in the election.

In San Francisco on Friday, police were

called at about 2.30 a.m. to the Pelosi

residence to check on Paul Pelosi, said


Scott confirmed that the intruder gained

entry through the rear door of the home,

which is in the upscale Pacific Heights

neighborhood. Investigators believe the

intruder broke through glass-paneled

doors, according to two people familiar

with the situation.

Paul Pelosi called 911 himself after telling

the intruder he had to use the restroom,

where his phone was charging, according to

another person familiar with the situation

and granted anonymity to discuss it. The

person said the intruder confronted the

speaker's husband shouting, "Where is

Nancy?" Scott said the dispatcher figured

out there was "something more" than she

was being told, resulting in a priority

dispatch and faster police response. "I think

this was lifesaving," he noted.

India to contribute $500,000

to UN to counter terrorism

NEW DELHI : India will contribute half a million dollars to the

United Nations' efforts to counter global terrorism as new and

emerging technologies used by terror groups pose fresh threats

to governments around the world, the foreign minister said on

Saturday, reports BSS.

The money will go toward the UN Trust Fund for Counter

Terrorism and will further strengthen the organization's fight

against terrorism, S Jaishankar said as he addressed a special

meeting of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee in New Delhi.

This is the first time such a conference, focused on challenging

threats posed by terror groups in the face of new technologies,

is being held outside of the UN's headquarters in New York.

Jaishankar said new technologies, like encrypted messaging

services and blockchain, are increasingly being misused by

terror groups and malicious actors, sparking an urgent need for

the international community to adopt measures to combat the

threats. "Internet and social media platforms have turned into

potent instruments in the toolkit of terrorist and militant groups

for spreading propaganda, radicalization and conspiracy

theories aimed at destabilizing societies," he said in his keynote


VP Harris to replace

Biden at last of three

Asia summits


President Kamala Harris

will represent the United

States next month in

Bangkok in the third in a trio

of Asian summits, the White

House confirmed Friday, as

President Joe Biden returns

for his granddaughter's

wedding, reports UNB.

Biden will travel on

November 11 to the annual

UN climate conference in

Egypt before heading to the

East Asia Summit in

Cambodia and the Group of

20 in Bali, the White House


But he will not attend the

summit of the Asia-Pacific

Economic Cooperation

(APEC) forum taking place

in the Thai capital on

November 18-19.

Harris will attend instead

and travel afterward to the

Philippines, a longtime US

ally, with her husband, Doug


The White House said in a

statement that her visit

would "re-affirm and

strengthen the US-

Philippines Alliance and

underscore the breadth of

our cooperation as friends,

partners and allies."

The United States is

hoping for a smooth

relationship with President

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. after

rough patches with his

abrasive predecessor,

Rodrigo Duterte.

724 people were jailed during the 22-day hilsa protection campaign in Barishal. Photo : TBT

GD-1744/22 (5x4)

Karnaphuli tunnel project

is coming to an end

(From front page)

However, the claim of the families affected

by the construction of the tunnel is that

many of the claimants (owners) of the

acquired land are at a standstill in the

country during the Corona period, and many

are in exile, and due to the fact that legal

proceedings are pending in the court

regarding the actual ownership and false BS

records, and neither the boys nor the girls are

appointed as parents. As a result of various

complications including problems,

compensation money for many lands cannot

be withdrawn yet. Also, due to various

complications, including being at a standstill

for two and a half years due to Covid-19, onethird

of the land owners have not been able

to collect the compensation money. As a

result, they think that at least 600 families

will be affected by such a decision of the


Meanwhile, since the release of the

authority's notification, the affected families

have been in contact with the local chairmen

and concerned UP members. They have

approached the project authorities, district

administrators, UNO, local MPs and land

ministers to ensure the fair rights of the land


WASHINGTON : President Joe Biden will

make a week-long, three country trip next

month for a quartet of summits-including one

that could potentially put him in the same

room as China's Xi Jinping and Russia's

Vladimir Putin, reports UNB.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-

Pierre announced Friday that Biden will first

travel to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Nov. 11 for

the COP 27 climate conference before heading

to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to participate in

the U.S.-ASEAN Summit of Southeast Asian

leaders and the East Asia Summit. He'll then

head to Bali, Indonesia for the Group of 20

summit, a gathering of leaders from most of

the world's largest economies.

The president's overseas travel begins just

days after the pivotal midterm elections in the

United States, which will determine which

party controls the House and Senate.

The G-20 summit could also offer Biden his

first opportunity as president to meet face-toface

with his Chinese counterpart, Xi, and

potentially puts him in the same room with

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi

Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin

Bairag Union Chairman Nowab Ali told

The Bangladesh Today that since 1980 many

properties in the area were acquired for

various projects including CUFL Kafco,

KEPZ, China Economic Zone, gas line,

power line. However, since the affected

landowners did not get proper

compensation and lost their property, many

of them became destitute. At present, at least

600 families have not received

compensation for the construction of a

tunnel under the Karnaphuli river. "We

doubt it will. So we are appealing to the

concerned authorities including our minister

to extend the time for at least one more


In this regard, Harunur Rashid

Chowdhury, the project director of the

tunnel, told The Bangladesh Today, "We

cannot sit on this issue as our project is

ending. They are stuck due to various

complications and now we cannot be

accommodated due to this. We have to

finish the work within a certain time limit.

We have worked several times through

miking and our appointed agencies to

ensure that no one is harmed. However, we

will try to ensure that people get the

compensation properly.

Biden to head to Cambodia, Egypt,

Indonesia for summits

Salman. The prince, who often is referred to

by his initials MBS, is the de facto leader of the

oil rich kingdom.

Putin, Xi and MBS have yet to announce

their travel plans.

Biden and Xi travelled together in the U.S.

and China when both were vice presidents

and have held several calls since Biden

became president in January 2021. But the

U.S.-China relationship has become

increasingly fraught.

The U.S. president has taken China to task

for human rights abuses against the Uyghur

and other ethnic minorities, squelching

democracy activists' voices in Hong Kong,

coercive trade practices, its military

provocations against democratic, self-ruled

Taiwan and differences over Russia's

prosecution of its eight-month -old war

against Ukraine

Xi's government, meanwhile, has criticized

the Biden administration's posture toward

Taiwan-which Beijing looks to eventually

unify with communist mainland China- as

undermining China's sovereignty and

territorial integrity.

Sunday, Dhaka : october 30, 2022; Kartik 14, 1429 BS; rabi-us-Sani 3 , 1444 Hijri

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday addressing a massive anti-government

rally in rangpur.

Photo : Star Mail

Hilsa fishing

resumes as

22-day govt

ban ends

DHAKA : Hilsa catching, selling and transportation

resumed on Saturday after a government

ban for 22 days.

A total of 600 maunds of Hilsa came to

Chandpur's Bara Station Fish Ghat, the

biggest Hilsa market of the country, from

Hatia, Bhola, Charfasion and other coastal

areas on trawlers and ships since Saturday

morning, A Bari Jamadar Manik, President

of the Chandpur Fisheries Association, told

UNB Chandour correspondent.

Besides, Hilsa from the confluence of the

Padma and the Meghna rivers in Chandpur

also arrived at the market in small amounts.

Visiting the market, UNB found that most

of the Hilsa weighted 800 g to 900 g. A 900g

Hilsa fish was selling at Tk 900, while 1kg

and 2kg Hilsa were selling at a rate of Tk

1,100 to Tk 1,500.

Many people were seen buying fresh Hilsa

and sending them off to various places

across the country.

"I'm taking around 50-60 maunds of Hilsa

to Jamalpur via Karwan Bazar, Tongi,

Baipail and Gazipur on my truck," said

Azizul Haque, a truck driver.

The 22-day government ban on hilsa

catching, selling, hoarding and transporting

came into effect on October 7, with a view to

boosting its production.

JS goes into 20th

session today

DHAKA : The 20th session of the 11th Jatiya

Sangsad will begin at 4.30pm today.

Earlier, President Md Abdul Hamid convened

the session exercising the power

bestowed upon him as per the Clause (1) of

Article 72 of the Constitution.

The nineteenth session of 11th parliament

was prorogued on September 1 after five sittings.

A total of 228 treasury and opposition

bench lawmakers delivered their addresses

during the session. A total of three bills were

passed in the session.

Along with the legal procedure, a total of

37 important notices under section 71 of the

rules of procedure were received.

A total of 37 questions were available for

the prime minister's question and answer

session where only 15 questions were

answered by the prime minister during the

session. Two proposals were accepted and

adopted after they were widely discussed

under section 147 of the rules of procedure.

BNP MPs ready to resign; Govt must

go for credible election:Fakhrul

RANGPUR : BNP Secretary General Mirza

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said

MPs from his party are ready to resign from

the current parliament as their main goal is

to restore democracy by ousting the Awami

League government.

"We would like to straightly say that no

election will be held in the country under

Sheikh Hasina and without a caretaker government.

Our only demand is the resignation

of this regime." He told a massive antigovernment

rally in Rangpur.

The BNP leader said the government

must dissolve the parliament.

"Our MPs Harun, Rumeen and Zahid are

ready to resign (from parliament) as per the

directive of the party. The government must

hand over power to a caretaker government

which will form a new Election Commission

and a fresh election will be held under it," he


He said a national government will be

formed after a credible election to repair the

state, economy and politics that have been

destroyed by the current government.

As part of the party's planned rallies at

division level, the Rangpur city unit BNP

organised the programme on Rangpur

Collector Eidgah ground.

Thousands of leaders and activists of the

BNP and its associate bodies joined the

rally, defying a transport strike.

An adequate number of police and other

BHOLA : Huge hilsa netted from the

Meghna estuary have flooded the ghats,

mokams and wholesale fish markets of

the district.

Fishermen resumed fishing since last midnight

as the 22-day ban on catching, selling,

transportation and hoarding of the delicious

hilsa ends on Friday midnight.

Like previous years, the government has

imposed a 22-day ban starting from October

7 on catching, selling, storing and transporting

Hilsha, to ensure safe spawning of the

Mother Hilsha, during its peak breeding

period. On the very first day, the fishermen

were happy to catch a lot of fish including

hilsa in their nets.

Huge fish was netted in Tulatuli and Majhi

security officials have been deployed

around the rally venue and at different

points in the city to prevent any untoward


The organisers said the rally was meant to

denounce the price hike of daily essentials

and fuels, the death of five party men in previous

police action in Bhola, Narayanganj,

Munshiganj and Jashore, and to ensure the

freedom of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

On Saturday, Fakhrul saluted the people

of Rangpur for making the rally a success

after enduring untold sufferings and working

hard for three days due to obstacles

caused by a 36-hour transport strike.

He questioned why the government

attempts to obstruct BNP's rallies and guns

down opposition activists and attacks them

if it is not afraid of BNP.

"A party and one person (PM Sheikh

Hasina) have ruined the entire country and

repressed and suppressed us for the last 15

years…They've chewed up the economy and

destroyed it. They're now trying to eat up

the entire Bangladesh," Fakhrul said.

He said the resignation of the current

government is their only demand as it has

destroyed the nation's all achievements.

"Wherever you look at, you'll see their theft.

They're stealing from the construction work

on roads and bridges and even from the

construction work on building houses for

our poor people.

Bhola markets abuzz with

fishermen amid huge hilsha catches

Fish Ghat areas of Sadar Upazila in Meghna

Par and Nashir Magi ghat.

Jalaluddin and Faizullah, fishermen of

Tulatuli area, said that they went to the river

with fishing trawlers and got about 70 kg of

hilsa which were sold at Taka 35 thousand.

Trader Al Amin of Meghna Fish ghat said

that a lot of hilsa fish have arrived at the ghat

since Saturday morning. Around 300 to 500

grams of these fish are being sold at Taka

800 to 900 while 600 to 900 grams are

being sold at Taka 2000 to 2500.

District Fisheries Officer Molla

Emdadullah told BSS that there are 60 small

and big fish ghats in the district. As the ban

ends last night, all the ghats have become

crowded with fishermen.

Bangladesh, Myanmar border guards

meet today to discuss tension

DHAKA : A flag meeting between

members of Border Guard

Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar's

Border Guard Police (BGP) at commandant

level will be held over the

prevailing unrest along the border at

Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar.

Lieutenant Colonel Khalid

Mohammad Iftekhar, commandant of

BGB-2 Battalion, told UNB that they

would discuss the issues related to the

border security and prevailing tension.

"You have learned what incidents

have happened, we will discuss

issues, which have triggered tension

among our people living along the

border," he said.

On September 16, a Rohingya boy

was killed and five others injured as a

mortar shell fired by the Myanmar

army exploded at a Rohingya Camp

located at the Zero Point of the border.

On the same day, another

Bangladeshi young man was seriously

injured in a landmine explosion along

the Bangladesh-Myanmar border at

Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban.

Local people said it was the Myanmar

army that had planted mines the area.

One exploded near the Tombru border.

In the face of continuous gunfire and

mortar shelling inside Myanmar close

to the Bangladesh border local authorities

evacuated 30 families from Dochari

and Ghumdhum unions at

Naikhongchhari on October 23.

Bangladesh's Ministry of Foreign

Affairs has recently summoned

Myanmar envoy to Dhaka several times

and formally protested against the

move by the Buddhist-majority

nation's military.

Community policing should tackle crimes

by teenage groups: Home Minister

DHAKA : Home Minister

Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday

called upon the members of the community

police for working to prevent

the criminal activities of juvenile


Due to the closure of educational

institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic,

young people had no work,

and taking that advantage teenage

gangs surfaced, he said.

The home minister said the activities

of such juvenile groups are having

adverse effects on the society and

the issue needs to be taken care of

seriously, reports UNB.

The minister made the remarks

when he addressed a discussion

meeting to mark the Community

Policing Day-2022 at the Bangladesh

Police Auditorium in Rajarbagh in

the city.

A colorful rally was organised from

Dhaka Metropolitan Police

Headquarters on Saturday morning

to mark the day. The procession

marched through streets and ended

at the Rajarbagh Police Line.

T20 World Cup

New Zealand

beat Sri Lanka

Trent Bout and Glenn Phillips starred in New

Zealand's thumping 65-run win over Sri Lanka

in the Twenty20 World Cup Group 1 contest at

Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, reports


The left-arm pacer was at his menacing best

to claim four wickets with his variable pace and

teasing length, giving the batters the chance to

go after him and only to come up trumps. Boult

finished with figures of 4 for 13 in his four overs

as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 102 in 19.3

overs. By the 13th over Sri Lanka had lost eight

wickets and it was only time that the match

came to a conclusion.

Earlier, Phillips took the match away from Sri

Lanka with his calculated assault of 104 off 64

balls. The burly right-hander was lucky to be

dropped by Pathum Nissanka when he was 12 and

then again by skipper Dasun Shanaka. But Phillips

made those dropped chances count and made the

Sri Lankans pay dearly for their lapses.

New Zealand gave a masterclass on how to

approach the game when they are down and

how to tighten the screws when they are in control

in a clinical display of batting, bowling and


Just a week after the Black Caps defeated

defending champions Australia, they ran into

early trouble at 15 for three by the end of the

fourth over. But Phillips and Daryl Mitchell

added 84 runs for the fourth wicket in 63 balls.

Phillips turned on the volume at the right time

to score his second Twenty20 International century,

and his first in the World Cup, to propel New

Zealand to 167 for seven in 20 overs. The Kiwis

were aided by some sloppy fielding and a defensive

approach at a time when the Sri Lankan

bowlers should have gone for the kill.

Sri Lankan innings was in stark contrast.

None of the batters showed the right temperament

and the application to take the chase deep

into the match and succumbed playing shots

too early on a wicket that assists the bowlers.

Barring Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shanaka none

of the batters could get going.

The minister said that the task of

community policing is to identify

criminals before crimes are commit-

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan

ted in the society, to collect information

about criminals. We have been

100% successful in this regard, he


He also said that as a result of community

policing, child marriages and

eveteasing have reduced a lot in the



Members of Muktijoddha Sangsad

Sontan Command have surrounded

the house of Chattogram city "Good's

Hill" demanding an apology for the

"arrogant" speech of Hummam

Quader Chowdhury, the son of

Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, who

was hanged for crimes against humanity.

On Sunday morning, the leaders

took a position in front of their residence

at Gani Bakery intersection in

Chattogram city.

At the same time, from the stay program,

the wives and children of the

war criminals have been demanded to

be banned from politics and their

assets confiscated. Besides, the leaders

from the program marked the house of

Razakar by painting the walls of

Good's Hill house.

Hummam Quader Chowdhury, a

"There are still some challenges like

illegal drugs...we need to do more on

drug control," he said.

About dealing with the militancy in

the country, the minister said they

have been successful.

"When we were faced with a difficult

challenge in combating militancy

and terrorism, the Prime Minister

called upon the general people from

all walks of life to stand up... During

that time we saw phenomenal success,"

he said.

"Nothing is impossible when the

people are there," he said.

Chaired by DMP Commissioner

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, the programme

was also addressed among

others, by IGP Chowdhury Abdullah

Al-Mamun, former vice-chancellor of

Dhaka University A.M.S. Arefin

Siddique, Additional IGP (Crime and

Operations) of Police Headquarters

Md Atiqul Islam, DMP Additional

Commissioner AKM Hafiz Akhtar

and Mirpur Model Police Community

Policing Committee President Dewan

Abdul Mannan spoke.

Glenn Phillips anchored the New Zealand innings and became the second from his country to

score a century after Brendon McCullum in the history of the T20 World Cup. Photo : ESPN

FFs children surround Salahuddin

Quader Chowdhury's house

member of the central executive committee

of the party, addressed the divisional

meeting of the BNP at the polo

ground in Chattogram on October 12.

At one stage of the speech, he said to

the government, "You cannot return

home alone after leaving power.

All martyrs will be forced to go to

their graves and ask for forgiveness."

He later ended his speech with the slogan

'Naraye Takbeer', a slogan BNP

does not use at the party level.

Freedom Fighter organizations and

families erupted in protest of this


Earlier on October 18, Humam was

asked to submit apology for his speech

by the Mukti Juddha Sangsad Santan

Command. Otherwise, Good's Hill

house will be sieged. To implement the

program, the organization held a torch

march on October 28.

Sons of Freedom Fighters on Saturday besiege Goods Hill, the residence of Bangladesh Nationalist

Party leader and executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury at Kotwali area in Chattogram

following Hummam Quader Chowdhury's speech at a party rally in Chattogram. Photo : TBT

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