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WEDNESDAY

DHAKA : November 2, 2022; Kartik 17, 1429 BS; Rabi-us-Sani 6, 1444 Hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www.bangladeshtoday.net Regd. No. DA~2065, Vol. 20; No.164; 12 Pages~Tk. 12.00

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ART & CULTURE

Nine arrested after

Sakkari begins

bridge collapses in

WTA finals with

Parineeti and YRF

India, killing 134

win over Pegula

part ways amicably

Zohr

>Page 7

Extradition Bangabandhu’s killer Nur

Bangladesh requests

Canada to find

alternative way

DHAKA : Bangladesh has requested

Canada to find an alternative way to extradite

Nur Chowdhury, the self-confessed

and convicted killer of Father of

the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman.

Law Minister Anisul Huq made the request

when Lilly Nicholls, Canadian High

Commissioner to Bangladesh, paid a call

on him at the secretariat on Tuesday.

Huq told reporters that the Canadian

High Commissioner has informed

him that according to Canada’s law

they cannot return a death row convict.

“I have a requested her to find an alternative

way to return Nur as sheltering

a killer is violation of human rights,” he

said.

During the visit they discussed 50

years of friendship between the two nations,

areas of mutual cooperation, importance

of freedom of expression in

democratic societies.

Govt to procure 3 lakh

mts Aman paddy at Tk

28 per kg: Food Minister

DHAKA : The government has set a

target to procure three lakh metric

tonnes (mts) of Aman paddy and five

lakh mts of boiled rice in the upcoming

season. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra

Majumder revealed the matter to

reporters after a meeting of the Food

Planning and Monitoring Committee

at the Secretariat. The procurement

price of Aman paddy has been fixed at

Tk 28 per kg and boiled rice at Tk 42

per kg, he added.

Traffic congestion at

Motijheel as RMG

workers protest

factory relocation

DHAKA : Motijheel and its adjacent areas

witnessed a huge traffic jam on Tuesday

morning as workers of a RMG factory

blocked roads protesting relocation of

their factory to Keraniganj.

According to the workers, the authority

of Olio Apparels Ltd has relocated

the factory from North Kamalapur area

in the capital to Keraniganj without any

prior notice.

At least 400 to 500 workers put

up barricade at different points in

Motijheel area at 8:30 am, hampering

movement of vehicles, said Yasir

Arafat, officer-in-Charge of Motijheel

police station.

This resulted in a huge traffic jam in

the areas and traffic police have been

trying to disperse them from the area, he

said.

Around 1 pm the protesting workers

were seen staging demonstrations from

Kamalapur point to Al Helal crossing

area near Notore Dam College, FM Bajlur

Rashid Assistant Commissioner (traffic-Motijheel

zone) told UNB.

However, police are trying to ease

traffic jam and vehicles started moving

near Shapla Chattar area in Motijheel

around 1 pm, he said.

04:48 AM

11:48 PM

03:44 PM

05:25 PM

06:40 PM

6:03 5:21

Do your best to boost food

production : PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

on Tuesday urged the youth to make

greater efforts at boosting food and agricultural

production to keep Bangladesh

free from any worldwide famine and

economic recession.

“I would like to call upon our youth to

take more initiatives for the production

and processing of food items in their respective

areas. If so, we’ll be able to fulfill

the local demand and also help other

famine-hit countries,” she said.

The premier was addressing the

inauguration of the National Youth

Day-2022 and the ceremony of National

Youth Award-2022 at Osmani

Memorial Auditorium through a virtual

platform from her official residence

Ganabhaban.

She said different international organisations

predicted that the worldwide

famine might hit and many developed

countries are also facing economic

recession now.

“To keep Bangladesh free from it

(the brunt of any global famine and

economic recession), every inch of our

land should be cultivated. Besides, more

steps should be taken to produce food

items and processed food,” said Hasina.

Noting that the youth is a very powerful

force in Bangladesh, she said the

soil of Bangladesh is very fertile and its

biggest power is manpower. “We need to

utilize this power,” she added.

Zakir Hossain from Noakhali Sadar

T20 World Cup 2022

Will Bangladesh strengthen

bowling attack vs India?

DHAKA : For many fans, it was

heart-stopping to see Mosaddek Hossain

come into bowling the last over against

Zimbabwe when Bangladesh had only

16 to defend. But luckily, Mosaddek did

that, and Bangladesh recorded their second

win in the ongoing T20 World Cup

in Australia.

Now, ahead of an important clash

against India, a question is surfacing -

will Bangladesh bring another specialist

bowler to the playing XI?

While addressing the media on Tuesday

in Adelaide, Bangladesh captain

Shakib Al Hasan did not disclose anything

about the combination he is planning

against India. He rather said that

it’s important for Bangladesh to make the

most of the resources they already have.

“We are yet to conduct a team meeting

regarding the combination,” Shakib

said. “It would be wrong if you think Mosaddek

is not a regular bowler. He has a

five-for in T20Is, and he bowls regularly

in the domestic T20s.”

In the three matches of the ongoing

World Cup, Bangladesh played four specialist

bowlers. So Shakib had no choice

Motijheel and its

adjacent areas

witnessed a huge

traffic jam on

Tuesday morning

as workers of

a RMG factory

blocked roads

protesting

relocation of

their factory to

Keraniganj.

Photo : Star Mail

(1st position), Suraiya Farhana Reshma

(2nd) from Sherpur of Bogura and Billal

Miah (3rd) from Araihazar of Narayanganj

received the National Youth Award

under the successful self-employment

category, while Rita Jasmine from Barishal

Sadar (1st) and Abu Russell Huda

(2nd) from Birol of Dinajpur received

the award under the best youth organizer

category.

Besides, successful self-employed

youths and youth organisers received

the award under divisional quota.

On behalf of the PM, State Minister

for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel

handed over the award to the recipients.

Every award winner was conferred

with a crest, a certificate and a cheque of

award money. Youth and Sports Secretary

Mesbah Uddin, and two award recipients

Zakir Hossain and Rita Jasmine

spoke on the occasion.

The prime minister said the country’s

young people and students will

have to keep pace with new technology

and new inventions in science in the

world. “We want to develop our youth

as trained and skilled manpower making

it fit for the 4th industrial revolution,”

she added.

She said her government has been

establishing different institutions including,

hi-tech parks, software parks,

IT training and incubation centres, specialized

labs and union digital centres so

that the youths can get training there.

other than giving the ball to a part-timer

in the death overs.

“I don’t think we lack a bowler,” the

Bangladesh captain added. “If we lack a

bowler, we couldn’t have completed 20

overs. We can think of a few different

combinations. But we are yet to give it a

thought.”

Shakib also didn’t disclose if they

want to take the field with a four-pacer

attack against India under a possibly

overcast condition. Along with Taskin

Ahmed, Msutafizur Rahman and Hasan

Mahmud, Bangladesh have Ebadot Hossain

and Shoriful Islam in the squad.

As the left-arm spinners have a great

record against Indian batters, Bangladesh

may find a place for Nasum Ahmed

who played 27 T20Is so far and bagged

31 wickets with the best figures of taking

four for 10 runs.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Lokesh

Rahul and Hardik Pandya have better

career strike rate than their strike rate

against the left-arm spinners. This stat

might prompt the Tigers to consider Nasum

for the playing XI for Wednesday’s

match.

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Test run of a train "track car" began on the 32 km new railway line from Bhanga to near Padma

Bridge under the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project yesterday morning.

Photo : TBT

Experimental train

movement on

Padma bridge begins

Md Rafiqul Islam, Shibchar Correspondent

Experimental 'track car' running on 32

km new railway track from Faridpur

Bhanga to Shariatpur Jajira of Padma

Bridge project has been successfully

completed. On Tuesday, the experimental

train left the Bhanga station towards

Padma Bridge. After crossing a total of 32

km railway line with 4 km without stones

and 28 km with stones, they reached the

Jajira end of Padma Bridge with local and

foreign engineers and related people.

Lt. Col. Tauhid, station in-charge officer

of Mawa-Bhanga (Section-1) section

of the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project

confirmed the matter and said that for

the first time, the modern railway line has

been laid on the 32 km route. The work on

this route was completed a few days ago.

A Chinese-made Gangcar was test

driven on Tuesday. Being experimental,

the train is run at a somewhat slower pace

throughout, with breaks observed at a few

places. He said that the railway line has

been set up to allow trains to travel at a

speed of 12 km per hour on this route.

Major General Zahid Hasan, Chief

Coordinator of Padma Bridge Rail Link

Project, Project Director Afzal Hossain,

Project Manager Brigadier General Said

Ahmed and others were present at this

time.

According to the engineering sources,

using modern technology, the rail track

is laid perfectly for high-speed rail traffic.

After making sub-ballast of 450 mm thickness,

150 mm heavy stone pieces are first

laid on it and compacted.

Then 25 meter long 'track panels'

weighing 15 tonnes are placed together

on the Chinese track carrier machine. The

first concrete sleeper in the country is sitting

firmly in compaction by throwing 75

mm heavy stone pieces on it.

Once the alignment is corrected by

final tuning, the rail is made suitable for

running by tamping.

Graft case

BNP acting chairman Tarique,

his wife face arrest warrants

Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman

DHAKA : A Dhaka court on Tuesday issued

warrants for the arrest of BNP acting

chairman Tarique Rahman and his

wife Dr Zubaida Rahman in a graft case

filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission

(ACC).

Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special

Judge Md Asaduzzaman court passed the

order after taking the chargesheet against

them into cognisance.

The court also directed the officer-in-charge

(OC) of Cantonment police

station to submit a progress report

regarding the arrest warrant on January

5 next year. On June 26, High court ordered

the judicial court to dispose of the

case as soon as possible.

The HC also rejected the couple’s writ

petitions challenging the corruption case

against them for acquiring wealth beyond

Democracy is not safe

under BNP: Quader

DHAKA : Awami League (AL) General Secretary

Obaidul Quader yesterday said the

values of the Liberation War and democracy

are not safe under BNP regime. “The

country’s people are not in any crisis but,

in fact, they are in danger because of the

BNP,” he said in a statement issued protesting

the misleading statement of BNP Secretary

General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Claiming that the people think that the

biggest threat to the country’s independence

and sovereignty is the BNP, the AL

general secretary said the values of the

Liberation War and democracy are not safe

under the reign of BNP as the people are

worried about what BNP would do against

the backdrop of their political bankruptcy.

Responding to a statement of Fakhrul that

the country is in a deep crisis, he said the

country is not in crisis but the BNP is in a

deep crisis.

Quader, also the road transport and

bridges minister, said BNP leaders threaten

their known sources of income and concealing

wealth in their affidavits.

As both of them remained fugitive,

the court rejected the writ petitions of

the duo saying these are not acceptable,

he said. The court also withdrew the stay

order on the trial proceedings of the case

filed against them.

On September 26, 2007, the ACC

lodged a complaint with Kafrul Police

against Tarique Rahman, Zubaida and

her mother Iqbal Mand Banu for amassing

illegal wealth of Tk 4.81 crore and

concealing the information.

In the same year, the High Court issued

a rule suspending the trial proceedings

in the case after hearing a petition

filed by Zubaida. The HC rejected the rule

in 2017 and asked her to surrender before

the court within eight weeks.

everyday to wage a movement but they do

not know who is the leader of their movement.Mentioning

that both BNP chairperson

Khaleda Zia and its acting chairman

Tarique Rahman were convicted, he said

one was convicted for embezzling money of

an orphanage.

Bangabandhu’s daughter and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina gave Khaleda

Zia the opportunity to receive treatment

staying at her home, thanks to the generosity

of Sheikh Hasina, the AL general

secretary said. He said another person

-Tarique - fled abroad like a coward on

undertakings that he would not do politics,

while the BNP leader is a fugitive

convict in the cases of 10 trucks arms

haul and the August 21 grenade attack.

Quader said Tarique has been living a

luxurious life staying at a safe distance and

throwing sound bombs from there aiming

to boost up his leaders and activists, dreaming

of the assuming the state power.


wedNeSdAy, NoveMBeR 2, 2022

2

BGB held firing competition for 2022

TBT Report

In order to improve the quality

of firing and professional skills

of all levels of Border Guard

Bangladesh (BGB) soldiers,

'BGB Firing Competition-2022'

has been held at the Small Arms

Firing Range of BGB Sector

Headquarters, Cumilla. BGB

Director General Major General

Sakil Ahmed, SPP, NSWC,

AFWC, PSC attended the finale

of the competition as chief guest

and distributed prizes among

the champion and runner-up

teams.

The BGB Firing Competition

started on 30 October 2022

under the overall supervision of

BGB North-East Region, Sarail

and under the management of

Cumilla Sector. A total of 84

contestants from 07 teams from

5 regions and 02 individual

sectors of BGB participated in

the competition. In this firing

competition held for 03 days,

Chattogram region won the

honor of becoming champion

and Sarail region runner up.

Apart from showing personal

skill in firing, Comilla Battalion

Number-108289 Sepoy Md

Isha Ibn Lemon 1st best firer

and the same battalion number-

85051 La: Md Abdullah Al

Mamun 2nd best firer was

selected. At the beginning of the

closing speech, BGB Director

General paid deep respect to

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman, the greatest Bengali

and the father of the nation. He

said that the army built by

Bangabandhu has reached this

stage today through continuous

development under the

patronage of Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina. BGB Director

General said, a trained soldier's

friend is his personal weapon.

So he must have mastery over

this weapon. With patriotism

and morale, every BGB

member is always ready to

make the highest sacrifice for

the needs of the country. And a

big part of this preparation is

developing yourself

professionally. One of the

components of professional

excellence is weapons training

and proficiency in firing. BGB

In order to improve the quality of firing and professional skills of all levels

of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) soldiers, 'BGB Firing Competition-

2022' has been held at the Small Arms Firing Range of BGB Sector

Headquarters, Cumilla.

Photo : Courtesy

Director General congratulated

all the members who

participated in the competition.

He especially applauded the

senior soldiers and women

soldiers who participated.

He expressed his sincere

thanks to all concerned for the

smooth completion of the

competition.

It is to be noted that at one

stage of the program, the

Director General of BGB

himself demonstrated his

expertise in handling weapons

through firing to motivate all

those present.

Senior officials of BGB

Headquarters, Sarail Region,

Cumilla Sector and Battalion,

BGB members of all levels and

firing competitors from

different regions and sectors

were present on the occasion.

After the firing competition,

the BGB Director General

inaugurated the ad hoc 'Border

Guard School of Intelligence' at

a place adjacent to Cumilla

sector. Meanwhile, the BGB

Director General said that the

addition of such a training

institution in the force will play

an important role in bringing

professionalism to the

intelligence activities of the force

and will add a new dimension to

the overall capability. He

expressed hope that this ad hoc

school will be given a complete

form in the future.

For the slum dwellers children, gallery of National Museum of Science and Technology was opened

yesterday. Thirty nine children visited the gallery without ticket.

Photo : Courtesy

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WEDNESDAY, NoVEMBER 2, 2022

3

Professor Dr. Masoud Rashidi Nejad of the University of Kerman and Professor Dr. Mohammad

Sadegh Ghazizadeh of Shahid Beheshti University of Iran called on Dhaka University

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman yesterday at the latter's office of the university.

Photo : Courtesy

8 get life term for

killing schoolboy

in city

DHAKA : A Dhaka court on

Tuesday sentenced eight

people to life imprisonment

for killing a schoolboy in the

city's Pallabi in 2014.

The convicts are Md

Faisal, Md Ashiq, Md

Russel, Md Oli, Saddam,

Rabbi, Imran and Rashid.

Dhaka 7th Additional

Metropolitan Sessions

Judge Tehsin Iftekhar

delivered the judgment.

According to the case,

Mehedi Hasan was called

out of his residence by the

convicts in Pallabi area on

September 30, in 2014.

Later, he was found

unconscious in a

neighbouring building and

was sent to Dhaka Medical

College and Hospital

where doctors declared

him dead.

Mehedi's father Mosharraf

Hossain filed an FIR with

Pallabi police station on the

following day, alleging that

the convicts killed his son as

he obstructed drug peddling

in the area.

On June 12 in 2017, a

chargesheet was submitted

against the convicts. The

court framed charges and

started the trial in the case

on April 1 in 2019.

AL's Science and

Technology subcommittee

to hold

seminar on 4IR

DHAKA : Awami League's

(AL) Science and

Technology Affairs Subcommittee

will hold a twoday

international conference

on 4IR for Emerging Future.

Chairman of the subcommittee

Professor Dr Md

Hossain Mansur will brief

media about the seminar at

AL President's political

office at Dhanmondi at 11am

today, said the party's press

release.

Security beefed up across

the country for Victory Day

celebration

DHAKA : Tight security measures have been

taken across the country for smooth

celebration of the 51st Victory Day on

December 16 next, reports UNB.

"Tight security arrangements will be made

for ensuring peaceful celebration of the

Victory Day. Additional law enforcement

personnel will also be deployed to strengthen

the existing surveillance, especially in

Dhaka," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan

Kamal said. A meeting on law and order on

the occasion of the Victory Day-2022

celebration was held at the ministry

conference room with the home minister in

the chair.

The meeting has taken decision to ensure

smooth celebration of the Victory Day 2022

with due dignity and proper implementation

of the national programmes by the Ministry

of Liberation War Affairs.

After the meeting, he said security

personnel will be vigilant and setting up of

check posts in Dhaka's different points

including the diplomatic zones amid

ensuring tight security on the eve of the

Victory Day.

Besides, stringent security arrangements

have been taken to celebrate the Victory Day

in the district towns across the country, the

minister said. He said necessary security

measures will be taken to ensure safety of the

President, the Prime Minister and members

of the cabinet along with other important

persons during their movement towards

Savar National Memorial by road.

Special arrangements will be made so that

valiant freedom fighters can safely return to

the National Memorial by paying their rich

tributes to the martyrdom at Savar, Kamal

added. He said that special security

measures will be taken on the occasion of

celebration of the Victory Day in Dhaka and

other places of the country. Adequate

number of CCTV cameras and check posts

will be installed at different points of the city

and intelligence activities will be

strengthened across the country.

The meeting also decided to avoid

overhead gates on way to Savar, while roads

will be cleaned and decorated.

Law enforcement forces will take

necessary measures to maintain law and

order and security at metropolitan area,

district headquarters and upazila levels to

smooth celebration of the victory day.

The meeting also advised the leaders of

different cultural organizations to inform

local administration in advance to hold

cultural events on the occasion of the Victory

Day. High quality food will be served in jails,

hospitals, orphanages and old age homes on

the day.

Ambulance, rescue equipment and fire

fighting vehicles of Fire Service and Civil

Defense department will be available at

necessary places including Savar National

Memorial and Parade square during the

combined parade.

In order to prevent the Covid-19

pandemic, the meeting requested all

concerned to follow health guidelines strictly

at the venue of the Victory Day celebration

and wear a mask and go to the event.

The government will also arrange first aid

facility at Savar National Memorial and

other places of events if necessary.

Senior Secretary of the Public Security

Division, Secretary of Liberation War Affairs

Ministry, Secretary of Security Services

Division, IGP, heads of law enforcement and

intelligence agencies and senior officials of

concerned ministries were present in the

meeting.

Bangladesh reports one Covid-19

death, 94 positive cases

DHAKA : Bangladesh yesterday recorded

one Covid-19 death and 94 coronavirus

positive cases.

"Bangladesh reported 3.06 percent Covid-

19 positive cases as 3,074 samples were

tested during the last 24 hours," a daily

statement of the Directorate General of

Health Services (DGHS) said.

In the past 24 hours, the combined figure

of coronavirus infection in Dhaka district

and the capital is 70 while zero Covid-19

death was reported during the period.

The official tally showed that the virus

killed a total of 29,424 people and infected

20,35,334 so far, the statement added.

The recovery count rose to 19,81,102 after

another 278 patients were discharged from

the dedicated hospitals during the last 24

hours. From the beginning of the pandemic,

97.34 percent Covid-19 patients recovered

among the infected people while 1.45 percent

died, the DGHS statistics showed.

Among the 29,424 fatalities, 12,943

occurred in Dhaka, 5,902 in Chattogram,

2,160 in Rajshahi, 3,735 in Khulna, 993 in

Barishal, 1,353 in Sylhet, 1,429 in Rangpur

and 909 in Mymensingh divisions.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque addressing a program at National Press

Club yesterday.

Photo : PID

Two Iranian

Professors

meet DU VC

Professor Dr. Masoud

Rashidi Nejad of the

University of Kerman and

Professor Dr. Mohammad

Sadegh Ghazizadeh of

Shahid Beheshti University

of Iran called on Dhaka

University (DU) Vice-

Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md.

Akhtaruzzaman yesterday at

the latter's office of the

university, a press release

said.

During the meeting they

discussed various issues

including development of

power sector, mitigation of

power crisis, producing of

skilled human resources and

improvement of power

supply system in

Bangladesh. They also

discussed the possibilities of

undertaking joint

collaborative research

programs on nuclear

engineering and energy

among the University of

Dhaka and different

universities in Iran.

Dhaka University Vice-

Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md.

Akhtaruzzaman stressed the

need for conducting

collaborative research to

achieve Sustainable

Development Goals. He

thanked the Iranian

Professors for their keen

interest in undertaking joint

collaborative research

programs with Dhaka

University.

Experts for community involvement

for sustainable waste management

DHAKA : Environmentalists have suggested

engaging community, enriching knowledge

and bringing positive changes in practices

for developing an integrated sustainable

waste management.

They also stressed on enhancing skills of

local stakeholders on proper waste

management.

The environment experts made the

suggestions at a discussion on the occasion

of releasing a flagship report of Practical

Action titled 'Managing Our Waste 2021: A

view from the Global South' at a city hotel

yesterday. The Practical Action Bangladesh,

an international development organisation,

with the support of GreenTech Foundation

Bangladesh, a local non- profit organization,

published the report and organized the

discussion. Deputy Minister for

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Habibun Nahar (MP) attended the

discussion as the chief guest.

Director of the Department of

Environment (Dhaka Region) Md Ziaul

Haque, Waste Management Sectoral Expert

Dr Shafiul Azam Ahmed and Director of

Urban Development Directorate (UDD) Dr

Khurshid Zabin Hossain Taufique attended

the discussion as panelists while Country

Director of Practical Action in Bangladesh Dr

Shawkat A Begum delivered the welcome

address at the event.

Speaking at the discussion, Habibun

Nahar said that waste management is a very

important thing in the current world.

Due to the rapid and continuous increase

of the population, the waste generation is

increasing day by day, she said, adding that

the increasing amount of waste is affecting

the lives of people, especially low-income

people, who are involved in waste

management process.

"When we are looking for efficient waste

management, we must consider the health

status of the workers involved in the

process," Habibun Nahar said.

Strategic Leader of Urban and Energy of

Practical Action in Bangladesh Uttam

Kumar Saha presented the findings of the

report in the discussion while CEO and

Executive Director of GreenTech

Foundation Bangladesh Lutfor Rahman

gave vote of thanks in the event.

Cricketer Al-Amin

gets permanent bail

DHAKA : The High Court on Tuesday

granted Bangladesh national cricket team

pacer Al-Amin Hossain permanent bail in a

domestic violence case filed by his wife.

Judge Begum Mafroza Parvin of the

Women and Children Repression

Prevention Tribunal-8 of Dhaka passed the

order after he surrendered before the court.

Al-Amin surrendered before the court in

the morning and sought bail.

On September 6, a HC bench granted the

cricketer an eight-week anticipatory bail and

ordered him to surrender after expiry of the

bail period. On September 1, cricketer Al-

Amin's wife Israt Jahan lodged a complaint

with Mirpur Model police station against

him over torturing her for dowry. Later,

police registered a case.

According to the case statement, Al-Amin

married Israt on December 26, 2012, and his

wife gave birth to two sons.

Israt also claimed that Al-Amin did not

provide her maintenance and educational

expenses for the two sons for many days, it

said.

LGRD Minister Tajul Islam addressing a discussion meeting as chief guest at the Central Womens

College yesterday.

Photo : PID

DU student allegedly harasses Brac

University student on campus

DHAKA : A Dhaka University student

and activist of Bangladesh Chhatra

League allegedly slapped and harassed

a girl, who is a law student of Brac

University, on the campus during the

early hours on Tuesday.

But the DU student contradicted and

accused the girl of assaulting him.

The incident took place at 3:30 am in

front of Raju Memorial Sculpture on

the DU campus.

The girl was on the campus with two

of her male friends when the incident

took place.

Najmul Islam, a residential student of

Masterda Surja Sen Hall and

postgraduate student of Institute of

Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka

University, said the girl was filming

floating people who were asleep on

footpath. Najmul said that he stopped

along with a friend as he was returning

on a bike to the university dormitory

when he saw the girl and her friends.

He said he asked why the girl and her

friends were filming the floating people

without their permission.

An altercation broke out, prompting

the girl to slap Najmul, he said. Najmul

also retaliated and slapped the girl

back.

In a video posted online it was seen

that the girl using abusive words and

slapping the boy.

According to an audio recorded by a

witness some details have come out.

"After my birthday celebration, I was

standing in front of the sculpture with

my friends and taking pictures. At that

time two boys stopped their bike and

started questioning us using bad words

against me. They teased me and

slapped me when I protested," the girl

was heard in the audio.

Najmul told UNB that the girl also

used abusive words when he

questioned their presence on the

campus during early hours on Tuesday.

He said they were filming the people

who were asleep on the footpaths and

attires of the floating people were not in

order. "When I asked why the girl was

taking pictures of the people without

their consent, she said her father has

the ability to buy the entire DU campus

multiple times," he added.

"When I took my mobile phone to

record her abusive words, she again

insulted me," he said.

"At one point she slapped me, and I

slapped her in return," he said.

The girl filed a complaint with the

Proctor's office on Tuesday.

DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani

told UNB that they were investigating

the incident.

"The complainant girl is not our

student, so we have advised her take

legal steps," he said.

HC seeks documents of Gulshan house

occupied by lawmaker Salam Murshedy

DHAKA : The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the authorities concerned to

submit the documents of a Gulshan house owned by Ministry of Housing and

Public Works but allegedly illegally occupied by former footballer and incumbent

lawmaker Abdus Salam Murshedy.

The court asked Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Chairman

of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) and Abdus Salam Murshedy to

submit the documents as affidavit within 10 days.

A High Court division bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice

Khizir Hayat passed the order and also issued a rule asking the respondents to

explain as to why the court shall not declare illegal their 'failure and inaction' in

taking legal steps against Abdus Salam Murshedy.

The court asked Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Chairman

of RAJUK, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman, Dhaka Deputy

Commissioner and Abdus Salam Murshedy to respond the rule within 10 days. It

also set November 13 for passing further order in this regard.

The High Court came up with the order after holding hearing on a writ petition

filed by Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman. The petitioner moved

the plea before the court himself, while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin

Uddin Manik stood for the state. Senior Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan argued

for the ACC.


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Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Bringing back the

transferred resources

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is credibly thought that a nexus of corrupt

politicians-bureaucrats-businessmen and others

smuggled out of Bangladesh huge resources over

the years. Such thoughts were substantiated from

successful investigations by the incumbent

government in Bangladesh that led to even a good

amount of such money being brought back to

Bangladesh from abroad. The money was in an

account that was operated by a son of our former

Prime Minister who is currently living abroad.

Needless to say, the recovered money was part of

the kickbacks he received from so called business

operators when his mother was the PM. He is also

credibly suspected for stashing away further vast

sums of money from his ill gotten riches abroad which

are yet to be detected. Another son of the former PM

has been also charged with similar doings. Besides,

there are other potentates of that past government

against whom cases for illegal money or asset holding

abroad are in different stages

Indeed, the recovery of such resources in this

struggling developing country has been a source of

outrage to its people the majority of whom are not

affluent and lead a simple and honest life of modest

means. They would certainly be very pleased to learn

that stolen money of the state or state's resources

would be recovered and spent on their welfare and the

country's development.

The total amount of smuggled resources is also not

expertly guess-estimated to be a small one. It was

expertly calculated that such smuggled resources

under different regimes in the last 40 years would be

so vast that their substantial recoveries could lead to

an yield that would be enough to meet the entire

expenditures of two consecutive national budgets.

Thus, there should be every incentive to work

spiritedly for the recovery of such resources as the

same would be a big boost for the national economy.

More than a year ago it was observed by a minister

that the process of recovering of such monies is

fraught with many frustrating procedures and

blocking factors. The minister's words of caution

were realistic and nothing irrefutable. But the nation

would like to have more faith in the additional

statement he made at that time that his government

remained steadfast in its aim and actions to get back

the pilfered money.

There is also an opportunity now for developing

countries that have suffered from transfer of their

national resources abroad by members of corrupt

regimes and dictators, to have their resources

returned. It is called the Stolen Asset Recovery

(STAR) programme. The STAR initiative started by

the World Bank, in partnership with UNODC, is

helping developing countries to recover assets stolen

by corrupt leaders. It is designed to build institutional

capacity in developing countries, strengthen the

integrity of financial markets, assist in the asset

recovery process, and monitor the use of recovered

assets. " Bangladesh and other countries stand a good

chance of benefiting a great deal by relying on it and

using its facility intelligently and competently.

But Bangladesh of course has to first establish that

monies of Bangladeshi origin flowed out of

Bangladesh to make claims on the same. Doing of

these things efficiently and coping successfully with

the legal requirements and tangles in the host

countries, may be looked at as hurdles. But the same

are not impossible to overcome.

It is heartening to note that the present government

of Bangladesh has been relatively much more active

to get back the country's pilfered resources.

Bangladesh Bank (BB) is seen to be specially active to

this end. Apart from interacting with the STAR

initiative intensely, BB was trying hard to get the

membership of the Egmont Group that would pave

the way for its getting greater inter-state cooperation

for bringing back the smuggled out resources.

Recently, Bangladesh has got the membership of the

Egmont Group . This was reported in this paper .

Besides, Bangladesh has also formed the Bangladesh

Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU)-- sometime ago--

to strengthen its activities to get back illegally

transferred resources.

Recently the High Court has given Babgladesh

Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) three months to

sign mutual legal assistance (MLA) pacts with 10

countries for obtaining information and proof

required to recover black money stashed abroad.

In a report submitted the Court on Tuesday BFIU

stated that they had advised the Financial Institution

Division (FID) to sign MLA agreenents with at least 10

countries to get necessary help in bringing back

laundered from abroad.

These countries are the USA, UK, Can,ada,

Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE,Switzerland, Thailand

and Hong Kong.

The report further said that BFIU has asked

Bangladesh Bank to recruit manpower for the

proposed Research Cell which will help in identifying

money laundered and recovering the money. The

recruiting process is currently on going.

Disastrous cuts loom, but the Tories have a secret weapon - our weary fatalism

Last Tuesday Rishi Sunak stood behind a

lectern outside Downing Street and

issued a grave warning. The country, he

said, was in the midst of a profound economic

crisis, which would mean "difficult decisions

to come". But lest anyone worry too much, he

was also at pains to portray himself as a

guardian of the public good. "You saw me

during Covid, doing everything I could to

protect people and businesses with schemes

like furlough," he said. "There are always

limits, more so now than ever, but I promise

you this: I will bring that same compassion to

the challenges we face today."

The exact mathematics of the government's

fiscal gap are a matter of conjecture. A

fortnight ago, the reversal by the chancellor,

Jeremy Hunt, of most of the tax reductions

proposed by Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng

clawed back about £30bn, leaving a hole

estimated at £40bn. Midway through last

week, there were reports that things were

looking slightly less dire. Then, amid

continuing whispers about government

departments being instructed to come up

with cuts of up to 15%, rumblings from the

Treasury suggested that Hunt and Sunak are

"exploring" tax rises and spending savings

worth £50bn a year, while hoping they could

avoid economies on quite that scale.

Whatever the spin, bullshit and expectations

management preceding Hunt's mediumterm

fiscal statement on 17 November, one

thing remains clear: there will be cuts.

Out in the real world, there already are. For

the councils who deliver some of our most

basic public services, the austerity that began

in the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008

has never really gone away, and is now biting

with renewed ferocity. Whatever the details

of the fiscal statement, local authorities are

already having to deal with a trying

combination of inflation, increased energy

prices, and the rising need for adult and

children's social care. Because of the eternally

Westminster-focused ways of our politics and

media, the resulting local crises get far too

Politicians of all colours talk about the

United Kingdom having a proud history

of offering sanctuary to those in need and

welcoming immigrants. Priti Patel said it on a

number of occasions when she was home

secretary, and so did Rishi Sunak when

campaigning to become prime minister. So how

can it be that people who fled persecution in

Iran and Afghanistan or bloodshed in Syria are

being detained for over a week, sleeping on

floors and catching diseases such as scabies and

diphtheria? And how can it be that the home

secretary, Suella Braverman, has used such

inflammatory language, accusing them of

"invading" the UK?

It's difficult not to conclude that this is a

situation of the government's own making. Robert

Jenrick, the new immigration minister, has

insisted that there was no way the government

could have predicted the extent of the recent rise in

attempts to cross the Channel. Yet towards the end

of last year officials told ministers to expect as

many as 60,000 arrivals in 2022. The message

little attention, but they are a big part of why

Britain now feels so anxious and exhausted.

Kent county council is facing a £70m

annual "overspend" and warning of deep

cuts. In Lancashire, the gap is £84m. Wirral

councillors have been told to "prepare for the

worst", and get to grips with a financial hole of

about £50m. There is a similar picture in

Birmingham, Norfolk, Hampshire and

countless areas besides. In Sheffield, the city

council is set to cut services by £18m, and is

floating proposals for monthly bin

collections, and the closure of libraries and

recycling centres.

Tellingly, voices warning of a deepening

disaster include those of prominent

Conservatives. The Tory leader of Surrey

county council, Tim Oliver, is the current

chair of the County Councils Network. Last

Thursday, he said that, over the next two

years, £3.5bn will be added to the costs borne

by 40 of England's unitary and county

councils, which threatens to be "devastating

for local services". His message to his Tory

comrades in Westminster was plain: "With

inflation causing multibillion black holes in

our budgets, we need more help, not less."

Here was proof of the profound

disconnection between fiscal economics and

the state of society: the best that can be hoped

for, it seems, is limited cuts, but what most

places need is increased spending.

Millions of people are familiar with what

this means as a matter of lived experience:

JOHN HARRIS

parents of children with special educational

needs, disabled adults who get ever-shorter

care visits, families with no hope of making

it to the top of waiting lists for social

housing. Meanwhile, just about all of us put

up with a more ambient kind of austerity -

parks with broken swings, potholed roads,

endless litter. The decline of local amenities

and services blurs into our view of other

parts of the public sector: we have

increasingly low expectations of the police,

a shared presumption that schools will be

crowded and under-resourced, and an

increasingly ingrained view of the NHS as

something best used only in an absolute

emergency. This is the essence of the public

mood right now, a weary disengagement

Kent county council is facing a £70m annual "overspend" and

warning of deep cuts. In Lancashire, the gap is £84m. Wirral

councillors have been told to "prepare for the worst", and get to

grips with a financial hole of about £50m. There is a similar

picture in Birmingham, Norfolk, Hampshire and countless areas

besides. In Sheffield, the city council is set to cut services by

£18m, and is floating proposals for monthly bin collections, and

the closure of libraries and recycling centres.

was clear. Contingency plans needed to be made to

ensure that resources, capacity and facilities were

in place to respond. After inspecting reception

arrangements in Dover late last year, Charlie

Taylor, the chief inspector of prisons, stated that

"contingency planning should ensure there is an

effective response to fluctuating numbers and

rapid mobilisation of resources whenever

necessary".

Looking back now, the government can't say it

wasn't warned. But the lack of ministerial desire to

engage with what they were being told goes deeper

than that. The number of people waiting for an

initial decision on their asylum claim has been

rising year on year since 2010 to more than

100,000 - a consequence of long-term underresourcing,

insufficient caseworkers in place and

poor systems and processes.

A year ago, concerted action was taken to recruit

more caseworkers. But it takes at least a year from

recruitment to training for a caseworker to be up to

speed to do the job well. A plan should have been

put in place well before the Covid pandemic when

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from a state that no longer provides.

A better government would understand that

as a sign of unsustainable decay, and rethink.

If they were not locked into a view of the world

that events are shredding, the prime minister

and chancellor could rule out spending cuts

and embrace a very different approach:

increase inheritance tax, look at broader forms

of wealth taxation, reinstitute Boris Johnson's

so-called health and social care levy, or simply

put up income tax, not least at the top. The fact

that they won't is a vivid demonstration of the

limits of their "compassion", and two key

aspects of the modern Conservative mind. In

the thinking of Tory technocrats such as Hunt,

public duty now seems to boil down to the idea

that holding high office is all about "tough

the backlog was already quickly growing.

And it gets worse. Unbelievably, there hasn't

been a functional IT casework system. Decisionmakers

have been using spreadsheets. In a report

published in November last year the chief

inspector of borders and immigration, David Neal,

found "inefficient" and "ineffective" workflow

processes and an over-reliance on cumbersome

Excel files were contributing to a failure to keep on

top of decision-making. It is only this year that a

decent IT system has been developed and is now

being put in place.

The picture that emerges is of a government

operation that has been systematically neglected

and under-resourced for many years, with any

attempt to improve it only happening once it was

already deep in crisis.

A year ago, children who arrived here alone were

having to sleep on mats on the floor of a

dilapidated building in Kent because there were

inadequate mechanisms in place to transfer them

quickly into local authority care. We warned, and

ministers were told, that it would happen again

decisions", a belief that one's political fibre has

not been proven unless human need has been

judged to be less important than "efficiency".

This dovetails with that eternal Tory view of

public services as flabby, wasteful and always

deserving of cuts and savings.

The public, it seems to me, is now starting

to understand that such thinking has led to

disaster. Beyond Johnson's misrule and the

calamities created by Liz Truss, that

realisation looks like one of the key reasons

for the Tories' vertiginous drop in the polls -

though running alongside it is a very British

kind of pessimism: a belief that, after 12

years of Tory rule, stagnation is the natural

order of things and hoping for anything else

is a mug's game. Which of those views wins

out will decide our political future. It is a

measure of the Conservatives' predicament

that a grim acceptance of more austerity

and decline is one of the few things that

might give them a flickering hope of

recovery.

A fortnight ago I spent four days in

Grimsby, the former fishing town in

Lincolnshire that voted overwhelmingly for

Brexit - and three years later, returned its first

Conservative MP in 74 years. Walking

around its back streets, I met a man who had

just closed the gym he had been running, due

to impossible electricity bills. As we walked

past shuttered-up shops, he talked about his

sense that life now simply amounted to one

crisis after another. "It's like everybody's

waiting, waiting, waiting," he said. "I've

stopped looking forward to things being over

now: I've just started to accept that you have

to be happy, and deal with the situation."

What he meant was that refusing to believe

that things might get better was the best way

of staying sane. But here, perhaps, was proof

of one of the Tories' most underrated political

assets - that phlegmatic, fatalistic, very

human kind of resilience that makes things

far too easy for the stubborn donkeys who

lead us.

John Harris is a Guardian columnist

Democracy and a regime of apartheid cannot coexist

More than 5.5 million Palestinians may

be getting a new overlord. The

electorate of their occupier, Israel, will

make its choice on Tuesday. This will be

followed by weeks or months of grubby horsetrading,

which may even lead to another ballot in

the spring of 2023.

This will be the fifth Israeli election in less than

four years. While this may be extremely

consequential for Israel's Jewish voters, most

Palestinians merely shrug their shoulders.

The reality is that an electorate of 6.5 million

Israelis - and in particular the 80 percent who

are Jewish - will determine their future. Ten

percent of the Israeli Jewish electorate, the

settlers, do not even live in Israel but in occupied

territory. Here, they can vote while their

Palestinian neighbors cannot.

The Israeli Jewish electorate does not even

bother to debate the fate of these millions of

people whose lives they not only control but

dominate. It is hard to recall when the

Palestinian issue was a central issue in an Israeli

election. In one poll, only 31 percent of Israeli

Jews thought a government should advance a

two-state solution, down from 44 percent in

February 2021. This figure would be even lower

if it was premised on a Palestinian state that was

sovereign, based on the 1967 lines and with a

capital in Jerusalem, the fundamental

components of any viable two-state solution.

Incredibly, Benjamin Netanyahu is the

dominant issue of these elections. It is all about

"Bibi." Who will work with him, who will not.

The Israeli right will get a majority of the Knesset

seats, but a section of that right-wing vote will be

for candidates who refuse to be in a coalition

with Israel's longest-serving prime minister.

The lazy thinking internationally is that

Palestinians must surely prefer Yair Lapid of

Yesh Atid to win. He has called for a two-state

solution after all. He does not utter the racist,

anti-Arab bile of many of his opponents. Surely

he is more trustworthy than his major opponent,

Netanyahu, who will be attempting to fashion a

coalition of the far right for the fifth time.

However, none of the three likely scenarios

would work for Palestinians. A Netanyahu-led

coalition is perhaps the most likely. The second

would be a further election and, in Israeli election

seasons, increasing the oppression of Palestinians

is a vote-winning tactic. The third and least likely

scenario is that Lapid somehow scrapes together

another weak coalition. But any coalition would

likely crumble within a year or two.

How do Palestinians see Lapid's record and

the so-called change coalition? The Palestinian

lived experience during the last 18 months of

coalition government has been horrific. Major

settlement enterprises moved forward. Homes

were demolished. Whole areas such as Masafer

Yatta in the South Hebron Hills are on the verge

of being ethnically cleansed. Gaza was bombed

in August. The level of lethal force used against

Palestinians in 2022 has been the worst since

2015. Nablus, a city with more than 160,000

Palestinian residents, has endured weeks of

army and settler-imposed closure.

Palestinian civil society has been under attack,

with six leading human rights and civil society

CHRIS DOYLE

organizations proscribed as terrorist, as yet

without any evidence according to the EU and

even the CIA.

This coalition also enacted legislation that

strips Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem of

their residency rights based on a "breach of

allegiance to the state of Israel." By the end of

2021, Israel had deprived six Palestinians of

these rights. Of course, Israel also has other laws

it uses to remove such rights, but this is yet

another regressive and discriminatory tool. And

But things could get worse, as a new Israeli coalition could

shift from being right wing to extreme right, containing some

of the most racist anti-Arab elements in Israeli politics, the

neo-Kahanists. This includes the Religious Zionism alliance

of Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich. Netanyahu has

said both would be ministers in his coalition.

yes, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem

cannot vote in Israeli elections.

But things could get worse, as a new Israeli

coalition could shift from being right wing to

extreme right, containing some of the most

racist anti-Arab elements in Israeli politics, the

neo-Kahanists. This includes the Religious

Zionism alliance of Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel

Smotrich. Netanyahu has said both would be

ministers in his coalition.

Ben-Gvir is Netanyahu's equivalent of

Frankenstein's monster. It was Netanyahu's

wheeling and dealing that saw Ben-Gvir get a

Knesset seat in 2021. This time, Ben-Gvir's party

could get 13 or 14 seats. He is an overtly racist

settler, as opposed to being quietly racist. He

supports the transfer of Palestinians and sees

Palestinian citizens as a fifth column. Ben-Gvir

recently said: "They won't have a country nor

Israeli citizenship … I'm against autonomy. I'll

dismantle the Palestinian Authority … they

won't vote in Israeli elections." He will demand

open Jewish prayer on the Al-Aqsa Mosque

compound. Will diaspora Jews sever links with

an Israeli government that includes the likes of

Ben-Gvir? Can they genuinely continue the

fiction that Israel is a credible liberal democracy?

And what about the 1.7 million Palestinian

citizens of Israel? They still suffer from

discrimination, even if it is not as intense as in

the Occupied Territories. The poverty rate in

Israel is three times higher among Palestinians

than among Jews.

However, disillusionment is very strong.

Palestinian voters just do not see their vote as

being able to make a difference. One poll

suggests that the turnout among Palestinian

citizens will be 43.5 percent. It was 44.6 percent

in 2021, whereas the national turnout was 67.4

percent. There is a scenario in which all three

Palestinian parties do not make it past the 3.25

percent threshold, something that would

probably thrust Netanyahu back to the

premiership. The Knesset may be Palestinianfree

as a result. This is not helped by the demise

of the Joint List, which was set up in 2015,

meaning the Palestinian vote is spread thinly

among three different parties.

Of course, the Palestinian parties cannot fight

for equality in Israel. They cannot get rid of the

laws and practices that discriminate against

them. Perhaps most galling of all, Palestinians

will once again have to endure the reiteration of

the myth that Israel is some form of liberal

democracy.

Chris Doyle is director of the Council for

Arab-British Understanding, in London.

Twitter: @Doylech

An 'invasion'? Suella Braverman, this refugee crisis is of the govt's own making

unless there was a rapid overhaul.

The situation with hotels is also a consequence

of long-term neglect. Two years ago, the House of

Commons public accounts committee

investigated the use of hotel accommodation and

said it was very concerned people were not being

placed in more appropriate housing. The

committee said the Home Office "should, within

three months, set out a clear plan for how it will

quickly and safely reduce the use of hotels".

Ministers failed to get a grip of the problem. And

they failed to adequately engage with key

stakeholders including councils and health and

other agencies.

Fast forward to the present and Braverman has

been accused of deciding not to book sufficient

hotel accommodation to ensure men, women and

children were not sleeping on makeshift mats for

days on end in Manston (she denies blocking the

bookings).

Enver Solomon is chief executive of the

Refugee Council


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Things therapists do while feel powerless

Dominique ASTorino

Feeling powerless is a

desperate, overwhelming

sensation, yet one that's very

much embedded in the

human experience ? especially

lately. Many are facing this

crippling, paralyzing reaction,

thanks to war, the pandemic,

attacks on women's rights and

so many more events

seemingly out of our control.

This emotion can affect

anyone, including the

therapists who often help

others work through it. "As a

therapist, a lot of people

assume that I have it all

together, or don't experience

mental health challenges

myself - which couldn't be

farther from the truth," said

Rachel Wright, a licensed

therapist in New York. "Not

only do I have diagnosed

major depressive disorder and

panic disorder, but I also have

times where I feel powerless

and hopeless. While I can

show up for my own clients, I

sometimes struggle to show

up for myself."

Below, Wright and other

therapists share their go-to

coping tips for when they're

feeling powerless. They

practice what they preach.

Wright said therapy is a core

component in mental health

hygiene, and she's not alone in

this belief. Dr. Paul Poulakos,

a board-certified psychiatrist

in New York, pointed out that

therapy can help in situations

when you're feeling hopeless

and are struggling to navigate

that.

"If you are not coping with

your own mental health, it

makes being empathetic very

difficult, as well as burnout

being more probable,"

Poulakos said. "More

specifically, [therapy] can

assist us in reframing our

circumstances and the

negative thinking that often

leaves us feeling hopeless or

powerless."

Poulakos said he cannot

emphasize enough how

important it is to have

boundaries when you're

feeling hopeless. "Learn how

to say no and make sure you

are doing it once in a while,"

he said. "If I ever even start to

feel selfish for saying no to

things, this reminds me to

take inventory and question

whether I'm setting

boundaries."

These boundaries can be as

simple as taking a few

moments to yourself in the

middle of the day, or taking

some time off work. "Whether

it be for a day or for a month,

taking a vacation does not

always need to be an extreme

and costly trip ? sometimes

closing the laptop and

unplugging is all you need,"

Poulakos said.

Identify four activities that

help you to feel "grounded,

connected and happy," said

Forrest Talley, a clinical

psychologist based in

California. For example, yours

could be cycling, interior

design, fostering dogs and

traveling. One of his personal

tools is building something,

like home projects.

Terri Cole, a licensed

psychotherapist and author of

"Boundary Boss," said her

core activities include mindful

movement like yoga, baking,

journaling and getting out in

nature. Therapist Alfiee

Breland-Noble, founder of

The AAKOMA Project and

host of the "Couched in Color"

Spending time doing an activity you love will help you feel more in control

in the moment.

Photo: Thomas Barwick

podcast, also finds that

spending time in nature is

therapeutic and calming, and

says this is one of her first

lines of attack against feelings

of powerlessness. "I set my

intention on being positive,

and find activities for the

remainder of the day that help

me maintain my peace," she

said.

"Exercise is so helpful in

blowing off steam," said Dr.

Alex Dimitriu, a double

board-certified psychiatrist

and founder of Menlo Park

Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

Talley said intensive

exercise is one of his "constant

go-to" stress relievers. "When

things even begin to feel over

the top, I'll put extra intensity

into my workouts," he said.

Think: heavy weight training,

HIIT or judo (some of his

favorites).

If that's not your thing, try

some gentle movement, like

walking, biking, swimming or

yoga. Moving your body may

help expel some of the stress

that's physically building up

inside.

It can be easy to doomscroll

into oblivion when there are

events happening in the world

that you have no power over.

Breaks are necessary for

survival. Try spending some

time in a relaxing place where

you don't have access to

constant information.

Dimitriu personally enjoys

sitting in a steam room or

sauna. "These are becoming

[some of] the few places you

can sit without access to your

phone," he said. "I've had

some amazing insights,

peaceful meditation, and

mind relaxation in the quiet

silence of a steam room. The

heat helps, too."

This could be practicing a

skill you know you excel at,

leaning into your spirituality

or faith (which means

something different to

everyone), or reading a book

or poem that speaks to you.

Breland-Noble uses

mantras. Simple phrases with

powerful messages, these

short sentences provide

meaning and hope. "Phrases

like 'The cream always rises to

the top,' 'Remember who you

are,' 'You come from a long

line of proud people who

overcame tremendous odds,'

and 'You are equipped with

everything you need,'" are

some that allow her to find

footing, she said.

Whether it's your partner,

immediate family, best friend

or a wider community, nearly

every therapist recommended

talking to and spending time

with loved ones.

"Spending time with family

is important," said Talley, who

noted that he becomes even

more conscious of the need

for time with his wife and

children when times are

particularly tough.

"Personally, when I feel

powerless or hopeless ?

usually about the state of the

world as opposed to the state

of my life ? I focus on what I

can do," Cole said.

This can include sharing

resources for people, donating

to organizations that make a

difference in the world,

advocating for causes you care

about, posting your thoughts

on social media, and engaging

in thoughtful conversations

with others.

BriTTAny WonG

Caren Gussoff Sumption, a

writer who lives in the Seattle

area, estimates about half of

the people in her

neighborhood are still

wearing masks. That group

includes Gussoff Sumption

and her husband. They both

have chronic health

conditions and take

immunosuppressant

medications, so they're in no

rush to remove their face

coverings.

Not everyone is

understanding. About a

month ago, Gussoff Sumption

was filling up her gas tank in

South Seattle when a man on

the opposite side of the pump

shouted something at her.

As he gestured at her face,

eventually Gussoff Sumption

made out his words: "Mask

mandate is over. You can

breathe free!"

"I just shook my head and

kept pumping my gas but he

kept talking, and all I caught

were snatches, to be honest,"

she said. "But it was obvious

he was trying to explain to

me, like I was a child ? I'm 49

? that omicron was not as

contagious and I didn't have

to live my life in fear."

He wasn't necessarily being

nasty about the mask, but the

comments were unsolicited

and Gussoff Sumption felt

infantilized and more than a

little annoyed because of it.

She said she's not generally

quick on her toes with

comebacks or responses, but

this time was different.

"I raised my palm, and

announced, 'Unsubscribe,'"

Gussoff Sumption said. "It

just fell out. He then, finally,

backed off, and said

something like, 'Fair

enough.'"

It was a well-played use of

internet slang ? and,

increasingly,

an

uncomfortably relatable

experience on the whole. As

we enter the "mask optional"

phase of the pandemic,

comments like "you know you

don't have to wear that in

here" are more and more

common.

Masks have been a political

hot topic throughout the

country since the start of the

pandemic - leading to vocal

opposition and sometimes

even physical confrontation.

As mask mandates have lifted

throughout the United States

How to respond when someone

objects on mask wearing

in the past few months, many

people who continue to wear

a facial covering are

concerned their choice may

lead to a confrontation ?

"mask harassment" as it's

been dubbed. In March, for

example, a video showing

Republican Florida Gov. Ron

DeSantis telling students at a

high school to remove their

masks and stop the "COVID

theater" went viral.

Encounters like these are

snide, though often civil

enough, but some people

have been downright hostile

over others wearing masks. In

April, novelist Elaine Hsieh

Chou tweeted about a

troubling experience she had

one night in her

neighborhood in New York

City.

"Walking home just now,

three men yelled,

'Coronavirus is over' at me

because I was wearing a mask

and then proceeded to make

'Chinese sounds,'" Hsieh

Chou wrote. (Throughout the

pandemic, Asian Americans

have dealt with aggressive

harassment and even physical

assault regardless of whether

they were wearing a mask

because of the coronavirus's

likely origins in Wuhan,

China.)

"What hurts even more is,

as I turned around to stare at

them, they were laughing

while they walked away,"

Hsieh Chou wrote in the

Twitter thread. "They looked

like they were going out for

the night. They are probably

having a great time as we

speak. They have certainly

forgotten me."

Meanwhile, she wrote, "I

am crying, triggered by all the

other times people have

shouted at me in public for no

reason, when I was minding

my own business and just

EXISTING."

Why do so many people feel

compelled to call out mask

usage? During the pandemic,

mask-wearing was the norm

and the expectation. Now that

we're tentatively entering the

endemic phase of the virus,

face coverings are mostly

optional, which only makes

them more of a loaded topic,

said Monica Gandhi, a doctor

and professor of medicine

and infectious diseases at the

University of California, San

Francisco.

"That's because the face

mask has been the most

visible sign of the pandemic,"

she said. If you've long

accepted that and are eager to

move on to the endemic

phase of this virus, a mask is

an unsettling visual reminder

that we may not be out of the

woods yet.

"That's when you get people

feeling compelled to

comment or feeling affronted

by others wearing masks,"

Gandhi said. "The reality is,

we should all be respectful of

each other's risk tolerance

and choices."

If you're concerned about

dealing with unpleasant

remarks about your maskwearing

(or worse), experts in

public health and deescalation

techniques offer

their best advice below for

getting through the next few

months.

First, let's state the obvious:

You're not obligated to explain

yourself. If you don't want to

talk about your reasons for

wearing a mask, it's fine to say

so, said Meg Stone, the

executive director of IMPACT

Boston, a violence prevention

and empowerment selfdefense

program.

"Using a direct, assertive,

respectful tone will give you

the best chance of getting

your point across without

escalating the situation," she

said. "Keep it simple, say

something like, 'I don't really

feel like talking about masks'

and then end the

conversation. Then physically

move away if you can."

if you're concerned about dealing with unpleasant remarks about your maskwearing

(or worse), experts we spoke to have advice. Photo: malte mueller

Best ways to prevent fine lines around the eyes

CAroline BoloGnA

As we age we see changes in our skin, particularly around the eye

area. Wrinkles and fine lines are an inevitable part of getting

older, and have many contributing causes.

"The skin around the eyes is extra thin, delicate and

vulnerable, which is why this is one of the first areas that people

will notice fine lines settling in," Connecticut-based

dermatologist Dr. Rhonda Klein told HuffPost. "Fine lines

around the eyes are caused by a combination of collagen and

elastin loss as well as volume and fat loss ? natural effects of

aging skin."

Frequent usage of the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eyes

tends to create these lines, Dr. Joyce Park, a dermatologist in

Northern California, noted.

"As we squint and emote throughout the years, these repeated

actions cause lines to form," Park explained. "Aging skin is also

less able to hold onto moisture, and dry skin wrinkles more

readily. Additionally, environmental exposures to UV radiation

or smoke over time can cause wrinkling."

These wrinkles and fine lines are completely natural, but they

can be a source of insecurity for many ? even impacting everyday

lives. "When I was a medical student, I rotated at a cosmetic

practice where the female medical assistants refused to laugh or

smile in efforts to prevent the development of crow's feet," said

Dr. Karan Lal of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Hillsborough,

New Jersey.

The good news is you don't have to give up on smiling or

laughing to address wrinkles around your eyes. Below, experts

share their advice for preventing and treating these fine lines.

"One of the things that helps to prevent and treat wrinkles is

retinol," said Dr. Papri Sarkar. , a dermatologist in Brookline,

Massachusetts. "Using a retinol or retinoid cream here helps to

stave off the aging process. I recommend a retinol that's

formulated with the eye area in mind, as it's more sensitive. But

diluting an eye cream with a moisturizer can also do the trick."

Lal also advises retinol and offered a product

recommendation. "There are many retinol-based eye creams,

which can stimulate collagen and prevent the development of

the crepey appearance around the eyes," Lal said. "One such

example is RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream."

New York City dermatologist Dr. Hadley King endorsed

Pond's Rejuveness Lifting and Brightening Eye Cream, which

she advised using nightly. "It contains moisturizing ingredients,

as well as niacinamide to help improve tone and texture, and

retinol to help stimulate collagen," King noted.

"Rubbing the eye area can cause lines and pigmentation,"

Sarkar said. "That's why I generally recommend handling this

area very gently! Don't rub or pick your eyes or the skin around

them." While it's overall best to avoid touching your eye area (or

face in general), we learned from the pandemic that it's not

When it comes to address fine lines, dermatologists sing the praises of products with retinol, peptides

and hyaluronic acid.

Photo: Getty

always easy to do this. Plus, there are daily tasks that require us

to come into contact with our eye areas. In these instances, the

key is to be mindful.

"Use care when washing your face and applying

makeup/products," said Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, an

assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven

Hospital. "Avoid repeated tugging on this delicate skin."

Retinol gets a lot of attention in the skin care world these days.

But when it comes to tackling fine lines, many experts also tout

the benefits of peptides. Peptides are basically short chains of

amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins like

collagen and elastin.

"My recommendation for preventing fine lines is to start using

peptides that will build collagen and relax the muscles that

contribute to fine lines," Lal said. "An affordable product is The

Ordinary's Argireline Solution, which helps reduce muscle

contraction and its effects on the skin. Another great product I

like is Revision's Revox Line Relaxer, which has GABA and other

peptides that help soften those fine lines around the eyes."

King is also a fan of Revision Skincare products, including

DEJ Eye Cream and Revox 7. "One of the only clinically proven

topical products that helps smooth the appearance of expression

lines, this serum contains seven different anti-aging peptides,"

King said of Revox 7. "Their studies show that it softens the

appearance of seven types of expression lines: forehead lines,

glabella frown lines, crow's feet, bunny nose lines, nasolabial

laugh lines, lip lines, marionette lines."

"Sun exposure or UV radiation is another preventable cause of

fine lines and wrinkling," Sarkar said. "Making sure this area

and the rest of your skin is protected is important." Protect

against sun damage by applying a mineral sunscreen with an

SPF of 30 or higher and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses.

"A large, wide-brimmed hat also helps to provide shade to the

eye area and is sometimes easier to keep on than remembering

to reapply sunscreen as often as you need it," Sarkar added. "You

can't really change your genes or stop the years from marching

by, but you can make some important changes to prevent fine

lines," Sarkar said. "Smoking is bad for every organ system,

including the skin. If you're smoking, take this as a signal that it's

time to kick that habit to the curb."

In addition to putting down the cigarettes, Dr. Melanie D.

Palm ? a board-certified dermatologist and medical director at

the Art of Skin MD in Southern California ? emphasized being

kind to your body in other ways and practicing good self-care.

"Appropriate sleep, rest, physical activity, stress management,

and nutrition all play a role in the look of the area around our

eyes and the overall health of our skin," Palm said.

"A good, hydrating eye cream or moisturizer with hyaluronic

acid can help plump the skin around the eyes resulting in fewer

lines," said Dr. Brian Hibler of Schweiger Dermatology Group in

New York City. "I always have patients apply a thick

moisturizing cream at night to the skin around the eyes,

especially if they are also using a topical retinoid, which can be

drying to the skin."

When choosing a product, talk to your dermatologist to

determine the best options for your skin type. King

recommended No7 Youthful Eye Serum, which contains

hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, and Olay Total Effects Eye

Transforming Cream, which is "rich in moisturizing ingredients

and antioxidants, as well as niacinamide."

Make sure you're staying hydrated as well. In addition to the

other health benefits of drinking water, it's great for the skin.

"Although this is a temporary cause, dehydration or dry skin can

also cause undereye lines to be more pronounced," Sarkar

noted.

"If the wrinkles have already formed, you can consider Botox

in the crow's feet area to soften the lines," Park suggested.

Botox is a neuromodulator, which can relax the muscle

activity in areas of the face and thus soften the lines created by

muscle movement and reduce their appearance at rest. Other

common neuromodulators include Dysport, Xeomin and

Juveau. Younger people are increasingly turning to Botox

treatments for so-called prejuvenation ? minimizing movement

and treating wrinkles before they are fully formed to prevent

deep creases.

"It is normal to have expression around the eyes, but if we can

relax the muscles so that the movement is not as strong or

dynamic, we can reduce the appearance and onset of these lines

and prevent them from becoming etched deeper into the skin, at

which point they become more difficult to treat," Hibler said.

King recommended trying dermal fillers if Botox doesn't offer

satisfactory results. "If the lines were etched in and do not

sufficiently disappear after a neuromodulator, then a superficial

filler like Belotero can create great results," King said. "This may

be approximately $700-1,500."


WeDnesDay, noVeMbeR 2, 2022

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a discussion meeting was held on the occasion of the 149th birth anniversary of sher-e bangla aK

fazlul haque in barisal university.

photo: courtesy

Discussion meeting held in BU

A discussion meeting was held on the

occasion of the 149th birth

anniversary of Sher-e Bangla AK

Fazlul Haque in Barisal University.

On October 31, at 7.30 pm, this

discussion meeting was held in Shere

Bangla Hall of the University.

Barisal University Vice-Chancellor

Professor Dr. Md. Sadequl Arefin was

present as the chief guest in the

meeting. In the speech of the chief

guest, the Vice-Chancellor said that

the students should know about the

biography of Sher-e Bangla AK Fazlul

Shibchar observes

National Youth

Day

MD. Rafiqul islaM, shibchaR

coRResponDent:

National Youth Day was

celebrated at Shibchar in

Madaripur. On Tuesday

organized by Shibchar

Upazila Administration and

Upazila Youth Development

Department, a rally was

taken out at Shibchar

Upazila Parishad square

from 10 am. Later, a

discussion meeting was

organized at the local Elias

Ahmed Chowdhury

Auditorium. Later, the youth

loan certificate was

distributed.

Shibchar upazila nirbahi

officer Md. Rajibul Islam

presided over the ceremony

where Abdul Latif Molla,

chairman of Shibchar

Parishad was present as the

chief guest. Member of

National Committee of

Bangladesh Awami League

and Wartime Seven Police

Station Area Commander

Muslim Uddin Khan,

Shibchar Upazila Parishad

Bhai Chairman BM Ataur

Rahman and Shibchar

Upazila Jubo League

President Elias Hossain

Pasha were present as special

guests. About 200 people

including officials of various

departments of Shibchar

Upazila administration,

leaders of various youth

organizations were present.

3 traders fined

for using plastic

wrap in products

M R nayan, KuMaRKhali coRResponDent:

A mobile court has fined

three grocery store traders 6

thousand taka for the crime

of using plastic wrap in

products in Kumarkhali,

Kushtia. The court was

conducted at Kumarkhali

Municipal Tahbazar on

Tuesday. Upazila Assistant

Commissioner (Land) and

Executive Magistrate Md.

Shahidul Islam led the

mobiel court. At that time,

the chief director of the

district education

department Sohrab Uddin

was present.

Upazila Assistant

Commissioner (Land) Md.

Shahidul Islam said,

because of the use of plastic

wrap in products instead of

jute wrap, three

businessmen named Md

Abdul Momin, Md. Shafiqul

Islam and Daniam have

been fined 6 thousand taka.

And there is a strict warning

not to use plastic wrap.

Haque. After reading his biography,

the students should play an

important role in building the

Bangladesh of the future. The special

guest at the event was Treasurer

Professor Dr. Mohammad

Badruzzaman Bhuiyan and Dean of

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Dr. Md. Mohsin Uddin.

General Secretary of Barisal

University Teachers' Association Dr.

Abu Zafar Mia, Principal of Sher-e

Bangla Hall, Abdul Baten

Chowdhury, Bangabandhu Hall

Principal Arif Hossain, Sher-e Bangla

Hall Resident Teacher and English

Department Chairman Yasif Ahmed

Faisal, Resident students Shariful

Islam Niloy and SM Shamim Hossain

spoke among others.

Resident teacher of Sher-e Bangla

Hall and Assistant Professor of

Geology and Mining Department,

Hasnat Zaman, conducted the

program where Resident teachers,

assistant resident teachers, students

and officials of Sher Bangla Hall were

present.

Rallies, discussion meetings and check distribution were held on the

occasion of national youth Day celebration at patnitala in naogaon.

assistant commissioner (lands) azizul Kabir, Vice chairman abdul

ahad, Women Vice chairman Khadijatul Kobra Mukta, youth

Development officer Mozammel haque, officials, employees of various

departments, journalists and sudhijan attended the meeting under the

chairmanship of upazila nirbahi officer (uno) Rumana afroz, organized

by patnitala upazila administration and youth Development

Department on Monday. at this time, 8 lakh youth loan checks were

distributed among 14 entrepreneurs.

photo: h.M. shahriar

AC land office ransacked

by unknown thieves

MasuDul hasan MasuD, bhuapuR coRResponDent:

An incident of violent theft took place by

cutting the window grill of the chief assistant

(cum-account keeper) room of the Upazila

Assistant Commissioner (Land) office next

to the Bhuapur police station in Tangail and

breaking the lock of the Gobindashi Union

(Land) office room inside the land office.

This incident happened on Monday night.

Chief Assistant (Accounts Keeper) of

Land Office Mahmudul Islam filed a case

at Bhuapur Police Station as the plaintiff in

the theft incident on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Deputy

Commissioner of Tangail Md. Ataul Gani,

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ishrat Jahan and

Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC)

Mohammad Faridul Islam visited the spot.

However, the police could not arrest any of

the thieves in this incident. Abdul Muslim

Khan, the night watchman of the office,

said that around 1:30 last night, I blocked

the main gate of the land office and fell

asleep on the balcony of Ac land sir's office.

When I woke up in the morning around 8

o'clock the sweeper China Begum came to

clean the office and opened every office

room. Then I saw the window grill of Nazir

sir's office room cut, papers scattered.

Then I reported the incident to Humayun,

the chainman of the office.

In this regard, the plaintiff's chief assistant

(cum-account keeper) Mahmudul Islam said

that at some point in the night, a group of

thieves entered my office room and

ransacked important documents and other

furniture, broke the drawer of the office table

and stole 25 thousand 300 taka.

He also said that he also broke the lock of

the neighboring Gobindasi Union (Bhoomi)

office room and messed up the documents.

They also tried to break the locks of other

cupboards.

executive Magistrate Md shahidul islam managed the mobile court in

Kumarkhali town tahbazar.

photo: M R nayan

Yaba, phensidyl

recovered in

C'nawabganj

chapainaWabGanJ:

Members of Border Guard

Bangladesh (BGB) recovered

8,000 pieces of contraband

yaba tablets and 96 bottles of

phensidyl in two separate

drives last night and early

yesterday, reports BSS.

BGB sources said, acting

on a tip-off, a patrol team of

BGB from Sonamasjid

Border Out Post (BOP)

conducted a raid in

Tohakhana area in Shibganj

upazila of the district about

200 yards inside

Bangladesh territory from

border pillar No. 185 around

11.45 pm and found 8,000

pieces of yaba tablet in an

abandoned condition.

Besides, another team of

BGB from Chakpara BOP

conducted a raid in

Namochakpara area in the

upazila about 300 yards

inside Bangladesh territory

from border pillar No.

183/4-S around 1.30am and

found 96 bottles of

phensidyl.

Polls in Hazrabari

municipality in

Jamalpur tomorrow

JaMalpuR: The election

commission has completed

all preparations to hold the

polls of Hazrabari

municipality in Melandah

upazila in the district amid

peaceful atmosphere on 2

Nov, reports BSS.

According to election

office sources, 4 candidates

including Awami League

(AL) and Islami Andolan

Bangladesh nominated

candidates will contest for

the mayoral post in the

municipality.

The candidates are

Samsuzzaman Suruj(AL),

Saiful Islam(Islami Andolan

Bangladesh), Md Manjurul

Haque Manju(Independent)

and Maksudul Hasan Suman

Hazari(Independent).

Besides, 39 candidates for

nine ward councilor posts

and 16 candidates for three

reserved ward councilors

will contest in the polls.

A total of, 14,864 voters

including 7,457 female will

franchise their voting rights

in 54 booths of 9 centers

from 9 am to 4 pm in the

polls tomorrow.

District Election Officer,

Golam Mostafa said the

voting will be held through

EVM method.

He said during vote

members of district

administration, Ansar,

police, RAB and BGB will be

deployed to maintain the

law and order. Beside each

center will be monitored

through close circuit

camera.

National Youth

Day observed

in Banaripara

s Mizanul islaM, banaRipaRa

coRResponDent:

National Youth Day - 2022

was celebrated in

Banaripara upazila on

Tuesday. The program of the

day included youth rally loan

distribution, certificate

distribution among trainees

and discussion meeting.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer

Ripon Kumar Saha presided

over the discussion meeting

at Upazila Parishad

Auditorium on the initiative

of Upazila Administration

and Youth Development

Department. Upazila

Women Vice Chairman

Syeda Taslima Hossain

Flora, Youth Development

Officer Md. Rafiqul Islam,

Journalist S. Mizanul Islam,

Primary Teachers

Association Secretary Md.

Zahid Hossain and others

participated in the

discussion. At the end of the

discussion, 1 lakh 20

thousand taka were awarded

to the two for selfemployment

and certificates

were distributed to 30

trainees.

Muktagacha Press Club celebrates

39th anniversary

M. yousuf, MyMensinGh coRResponDent:

Journalism is the mirror of the nation. If

proper journalism is going on, all the good

and bad of the nation will be reflected in that

mirror. Therefore, as journalism is helpful

for democracy, free and objective journalism

can play a strong role in the overall progress

of the society and the state. Abida Sultana,

Additional DIG of Mymensingh range said

this in the speech of the chief guest at the

39th founding anniversary of Muktagacha

Press Club in Mymensingh on Monday.

Additional DIG Abida Sultana,

Mymensingh Range of Police, was the chief

guest at the event presided over by FMA

Salam, President of Muktagacha Press Club.

General Secretary of Press Club M. Idris Ali

was the special guest, Muktagacha upazila

Nirbahi officer AKM Lutfor Rahman, officer

in-charge Muktagachha police station

Mahmudul Hasan, International Visitor of

Worldvision from Switzerland Ms. Amy, Ms.

Noem, Mr. Thomas and Worldvision

Bangladesh Senior Manager Raju William

Rosario. Among others, Muktagacha Press

Club Publicity and Publication Secretary

Mahbubul Alam Ratan, Member Manonesh

Dash, M Yousuf, Worldvision Officer

Namrata Howie spoke.

Additional DIG Abida Sultana said that

the role of journalists is very important in

the overall development of the state.

Through accurate and objective

journalism, all the good and bad of the

society comes out.

The participation of journalists in various

social activities including child marriage ban

is very positive. Mrs. Amy said, there is a lot

of work being done in Bangladesh for multifaceted

development in various categories

including prevention of child marriage. It is

very good to know that the field level

journalists of this country are also doing a lot

of work on various social issues in addition to

their profession. Children here are also

working to stop child marriage. There has

been a lot of awareness among people here.

In issues like child marriage, parents or

specific people should be made aware and

work collectively. After the discussion, the

cake of Muktagacha Press Club's foundation

anniversary was officially cut. Officials,

members of the press club, journalists of

various media participated in this along with

the guests.

39th founding anniversary of Muktagacha press club was held in

Mymensingh on Monday.

photo: M. yousuf

Taka 8.47 crore to distribute

as incentives among 73,870

farmers in Khulna region

Khulna: The Government will distribute

special incentives worth about Taka 8.47

crore among 73, 870 small and marginal

farmers of Khulna agriculture region during

the current season, reports BSS.

Each farmer will get incentive against one

Bigha (33 shatoks) land to enhance the Rabi

Crops production during the current season,

official sources said here today.

The Department of Agriculture Extension

(DAE) of the Khulna Zone has been

completing list of farmers of the region to

distribute the incentives.

Officials of the DAE said the incentives, in

terms of seed and fertilisers, will be

distributed among the beneficiary farmers

to assist them in cultivating eight varieties of

crops during the current Rabi season.

"Of those, distribution of Agriincentives

for wheat, maize, mustard,

groundnut, BT brinjal and Boro rice crops

to be completed by this month while

distribution of summer (sesame) 'Tiil' and

moonbeam will end by December," said

Md Hafizur Rahman, Acting Additional

Director of the DAE Khulna regional

office.

Under the programme, each of the

beneficiary farmers will receive one to 20-kg

seed of different crops, 10 to 20-kg Diammonium

Phosphate (DAP) and five to

10-kg Muriate of Potash (MoP) fertiliser free

of cost to cultivate crops on one Bigha of

land.

The incentives will be distributed to assist

Taka 3, 87, 26,400 among 26,970 small and

marginal farmers of Khulna. One farmer

will get Taka 1,435 for each Bigha land. Taka

1, 95, 59,700 will be distributed among

11,350 farmers.

One farmer will get Taka 1,723 for each

Bigha land. Taka 1, 24, 25,300 will be

distributed among 18,000 farmers.

One farmer will get Taka 690 for each

Bigha land and Taka 1, 39, 88,600 crore will

be distributed among 17,550 farmers. One

farmer will get Taka 797 for each Bigha land,

the DAE official said.

Hafizur Rahman said, farmers will get

incentives as per rules by the Ministry of

Agriculture. They will get seed and fertilizers

from authorized dealers of the government.

"We have already formed a monitoring

and rehabilitation committee in each

upazila to be distributed government

incentives headed by UNO and Upazila

Agriculture Officer of its member secretary,"

he said.

Farmers of the region are now very busy

for producing Rabi crops, vegetables

aftermath of cyclone 'Sitrang', he said

adding that government has taken various

steps to increase the production in the

agricultural sector.

national youth Day - 2022 was celebrated in banaripara upazila on

tuesday.

photo: s Mizanul islam


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Search and rescue work is going on as a cable suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi town of western

state Gujarat, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. The century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed into

the river Sunday evening, sending hundreds plunging in the water, officials said. Photo: AP

Nine arrested after bridge collapses

in India, killing 134

MORBI : Police in western

India arrested nine people on

Monday as they investigated

the collapse of a newly repaired

143-year-old suspension

bridge in one of the country's

worst accidents in years,

officials said. The collapse

Sunday evening in Gujarat

state plunged hundreds of

people into a river, killing at

least 134, reports UNB.

As families mourned the

dead, attention turned to why

the pedestrian bridge, built

during British colonialism in

the late 1800s and touted by

the state's tourism website as

an "artistic and technological

marvel," collapsed and who

might be responsible. The

bridge had reopened just four

days earlier.

Inspector-General Ashok

Yadav said police have formed

a special investigative team,

and that those arrested include

managers of the bridge's

operator, Oreva Group, and its

staff.

"We won't let the guilty get

away, we won't spare anyone,"

Yadav said.

Gujarat authorities opened a

case against Oreva for

suspected culpable homicide,

attempted culpable homicide

and other violations.

Germany postpones decision

on mandatory speed limits

BERLIN: Germany is

postponing politically

sensitive decisions on

reducing greenhouse gas

emissions in the transport

sector until 2023 amid strong

opposition from one

governing party to the idea of a

universal speed limit, officials

said Monday, reports UNB.

The libertarian Free

Democratic Party, which

controls the Transport

Ministry, has long blocked the

introduction mandatory

speed limits seen in most of

Germany's neighbors.

Experts say that limiting

speeds on highways to 120

kilometers per hour (74.5

mph) would save 2.6 million

metric tons of carbon dioxide

a year. A limit of 100 kmh (62

mph) would more than

double the savings, according

to Germany's Environment

Agency. Those annual savings

would make a significant

contribution to closing the

remaining emissions gap in

Germany's transport sector of

118-175 million tons by 2030.

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Bank Asia Disburses Loans to

Fresh Entrepreneurs

Bank Asia Limited has disbursed loans to

fresh entrepreneurs aiming to facilitate

the ongoing entrepreneurship

development initiative for enhancing

their business activities, a press release

said.

The loans were disbursed to eight

entrepreneurs, who were obtained a

month-long training earlier, at a

'Conference on Entrepreneurship

Development Program & Open Loan

Disbursement Ceremony' held at the

Bangladesh Bank Training Academy

(BBTA) in Dhaka on October 29, 2022

where 90 per cent entrepreneurs were

Food banks are a ‘lifesaver’ as

UK feels cost of living crisis

LONDON: "This absolutely

has been a lifesaver to me,"

says Michael Cox. The 51-

year-old hasn't eaten in two

days and so finally resolved to

visit one of Britain's growing

number of food banks

providing basic items to

those in need, reports BSS.

"I had no money. So I'll give

it a try," said Cox who before

the current cost of living crisis

had never before needed to

ask for help feeding himself.

Hundreds of people on

Monday queued in front of

the food bank in Hackney in

east London armed with a

coupon allowing them to

collect a basket of three days'

worth of food.

Each receives a mix of

goods tailored to their needs

and family size, with many of

the items donated by

members of the public.

Rising food and energy

prices in Britain have seen

inflation soar.

The figure went over 10

percent in September, the

highest of any G7 country,

putting yet more pressure on

women.

Abdur Rouf Talukder, Governor,

Bangladesh Bank, was the Chief Guest

and Md. Ekhlasur Rahman, Executive

Project Director, SDCMU, SEIP, was the

Special Guest of the ceremony.

The conference was presided over by

Abu Farah Md. Nasser, Deputy Governor

of the Bangladesh Bank (BB).

Among others, Adil Chowdhury,

President & Managing Director (current

charge), Md. Shaminoor Rahman, SEVP

& Head of MSME, B M Shahidul Haque,

Head of Bank Asia Institute for Training &

Development (BAITD) and Md. Nasimul

already stretched household

budgets .

"Now with the cost of living

crisis, people... can't pay their

bills and buy food. They have

to choose one. We are

noticing more and more of

that, unfortunately," said

food bank supervisor Johan

Ekelund.

Sidoine Flore Feumba, a

graduate nurse, who receives

government benefit

payments, says she could no

longer afford to feed her

three children and heat her

home as well.

"Life now is quite difficult.

I'm on a universal credit,

which is not quite sufficient

for my own living, because

inflation is rising quite

quickly.

"So I found that that the

food bank was my last option

to make my ends meet," she

said.

Ekelund said he was

worried about the arrival of

the cold weather and the

prospect of sky-high

heating bills suddenly

starting to land on people's

doormats.

"I'm really worried for this

winter I think it's going to be

a horror show," he said.

Last Saturday, the food

bank in Hackney registered

record numbers of people

coming forward for help,

with demand now roughly

double that of the pre-Covid

period.

A new food bank-which

will open on Friday evenings

and cater for those in full

time work-will open in

December.

The situation is something

completely new, said Tanya

Whitfield, Hackney food

bank's head of services.

A particular rise in the cost

of basics was also making the

situation even worse, she

said.

"Everyone sees pasta as a

cheap option, it's no longer a

cheap option," she said.

The price of vegetable oil

has gone up by 65 percent in

a year while pasta is up 65

percent, two items the prices

for which have risen the

fastest according to

Haque, Head of Cox's Bazar Branch of

Bank Asia Ltd, were present at the

ceremony.

Earlier in June 2022, Bank Asia, in

association with Bangladesh Bank,

organized a month-long

'Entrepreneurship Development

Program' funded by the Asian

Development Bank (ADB), for SME

entrepreneurs at Cox's Bazar.

The training program is under the Skills

for Employment Investment Program

(SEIP) of the Ministry of Finance along

with SME & Special Programmes

Department of the central bank.

experimental research

published by the Office for

National Statistics on

Tuesday.

Millions of Britons have

been reduced to skipping

meals, according to a recent

poll by the consumer

association Which?

It said half of UK

households were cutting

back on the number of meals

they ate, citing a survey of

3,000 people.

The situation of those on

benefits was precarious, with

many saying they are

having to choose between

eating and heating.

"The number of people

coming and asking for food

that they don't have to cook is

'shocking'," said Whitfield.

"And it's frightening that

those requests are going up

every single week."

Another consequence of

the cost of living crisis is that

people have less money to

give to others.

"At this time of the year

we're normally quite busy

with school and church

harvest collections and

donations," said Whitfield.

But this year schools were

preferring to skip the harvest

festival collections "because

so many parents are

struggling and they don't

want to put that added

pressure on families", she

said.

With many families who

would normally donate to

food banks now forced to

focus on their own needs,

food bank worker Andrew

Wildridge said they were just

hoping for the best ahead of

Christmas.

"Hopefully we could get an

increase in the donations," he

said, adding however that the

pattern since before the

pandemic was for demand to

double and donations to

halve.

Australia lifts rates

to near-decade high

as inflation soars

SYDNEY :Australia's central

bank raised borrowing on

Tuesday to their highest level

in almost a decade as it tried

to rein in soaring inflation but

brushing off calls to be more

aggressive, reports BSS.

The Reserve Bank of

Australia's 25-basis-point

move marks the seventh

consecutive increase and is in

line with a global effort to

temper price rises fanned by

soaring energy and food

costs.

"As is the case in most

countries, inflation in

Australia is too high,"

governor Philip Lowe said in

a statement after the

decision, which leaves

borrowing costs at 2.85

percent, their highest level

since April 2013.

Markets had expected the

25 basis point rise, but there

were vocal calls for a 50-point

lift to tame an increasingly

painful cost of living crisis,

with inflation hitting 7.3

percent last month on the

back of a spike in fuel and

food costs.

"A further increase in

inflation is expected over the

months ahead, with inflation

now forecast to peak at

around eight percent later

this year," the bank said.

But with many homeowning

Australians feeling

the pinch from rising interest

rates, the central bank faces a

difficult balancing act in the

months ahead.

Hong Kong

stocks jump more

than 3pc in

morning trade

HONG KONG : Hong Kong

stocks rallied more than

three percent in the morning

session Tuesday ahead of a

key Federal Reserve policy

meeting later in the week,

reports BSS.

The Hang Seng Index

jumped 3.31 percent, or

486.53 points, to 15,173.55.

The rally is in line with a

surge across Asia as

investors await the Fed's

announcement on

Wednesday, with hopes it

will hint at a slowdown in

the pace of rate hikes.

Tech firms were among

the biggest winners-led by

Alibaba and Tencent-on

bargain-hunting after a hefty

sell-off saw some of the

market's biggest firms

plunge this year, while Xi

Jinping's tightened grip on

power in China added to

fears of another crackdown

on the sector.

Asian markets extend

rally as bargain-buyers

boost Hong Kong

HONG KONG : Asian markets rose again

Tuesday, building on the strong start to the

week as traders look ahead to the Federal

Reserve's policy decision, hoping it will signal

a more dovish approach to fighting inflation,

reports BSS.

While Wall Street suffered a pullback from

a recent rally, the mood in Asia remained

optimistic while bargain-buying also

provided some much-needed support to

Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The Fed is widely expected Wednesday to

announce a fourth straight 75-basis-point

rate hike as it tries to rein in runaway prices,

which has led to worries it will tip the world's

top economy into recession, sending stocks

tumbling.

But a report last month suggesting officials

are looking to dial down the pace of increases

has sparked a rally in risk assets over the past

week, helped by signs other central banks are

also trying to take a step back.

"Fifty basis points or 75 basis points in

December is ultimately less important than

the path (Fed boss Jerome) Powell lays out

for next year," said Stephen Innes at SPI

Asset Management.

"If push comes to shove, the Fed probably

does not want to see the market pricing cuts

as soon as the hike cycle finishes, so I expect

the rhetoric to be targeted here."

Data showing eurozone inflation hit a

record 10.7 percent last month-fanned by a

Bankrupt Sri Lanka's

inflation dips to 66 pc

COLOMBO: Inflation in crisis-hit Sri Lanka

dipped marginally for the first time in 12

months but prices were still an eye-watering

66 percent higher than a year ago, official

data showed Monday, reports BSS.

The island nation of 22 million people has

suffered months of extreme economic

hardship with severe shortages of essentials

including food, fuel and medicines.

The Department of Census and Statistics

data showed October inflation was nearly

four percentage points lower than the record

69.8 percent in September.

Food inflation which had also reached a

record high for the 12th consecutive month

in September at 94.9 percent moderated to

85.6 percent in October.

The department did not give reasons for

the slowdown in inflation, but authorities

had reduced fuel prices twice in October,

cutting prices by 20 percent.

However, the price of petrol is still double

the amount before the start of the crisis late

last year, while diesel-used commonly for

public transport-is still three and a half times

more.

Sharp price increases for both food and

fuel has led to a drop in demand and queues

for petrol and diesel and cooking gas have

sharply reduced in recent weeks.

The World Bank has warned that the

economy could shrink by 9.2 percent this

year, worse than the 8.7 percent contraction

the central bank of Sri Lanka had forecasted.

An unprecedented downturn forced the

government to default on its $51 billion

foreign debt in April and go to the

International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a

bailout. Blackouts, chronic fuel shortages

and high prices triggered months of political

unrest, ultimately forcing the president

Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and

resign in July.

The IMF has tentatively approved a fouryear,

$2.9 billion bailout to help Sri Lanka

reorganise its finances, subject to an

agreement with its creditors.

It had also asked the government to

contain spiralling inflation and address

corruption as part of efforts to salvage the

troubled economy.

Saudi Aramco posts 39pc jump in

third-quarter profits: Tatement

RIYADH :Saudi Aramco on Tuesday

announced a 39 percent increase in thirdquarter

profits, the latest financial results

boosted by higher oil prices resulting

largely from Russia's invasion of Ukraine,

reports BSS.The energy giant's net income

totalled $42.4 billion, up from $30.4

billion during the same period last year,

and was "primarily driven by higher crude

oil prices and volumes sold", it said in a

filing with the Saudi stock exchange.

Employees of SGS will receive

insurance from MetLife

41.9 percent rise in energy costs-drove home

the fine line banks must walk in battling

rising prices while trying to cushion fragile

economies.

That came as other figures showed

manufacturing around the world is shrinking

owing to the spike in prices and borrowing

costs.

"A global manufacturing contraction is

here," said OANDA's Edward Moya.

"Factory activity is taking a big hit as China

struggles with Covid, Europe is headed

towards a recession, and as the US economy

finally feels the impact of inflation and Fed

tightening."

In early trade, Hong Kong led the gains,

jumping more than three percent thanks to a

bargain-buying surge in beaten-down tech

giants including Alibaba and Tencent.

Shanghai climbed more than one percent,

along with Singapore and Seoul, while Tokyo,

Sydney, Taipei and Bangkok. However,

Jakarta and Wellington edged lower.

Investors are also keeping tabs on the

earnings season, with Japanese giants Toyota

and Sony among the big-name firms

reporting.

The announcements come after a number

of US companies have surprised with betterthan-expected

results, suggesting they are

holding up despite the tough trading

environment. Australia lifts rates to neardecade

high as inflation soars

Tokyo stocks open higher with eyes on earnings

TOKYO : Tokyo stocks opened higher

on Tuesday, shrugging off US falls, as

investors awaited earnings reports by

major Japanese firms including

Toyota, reports BSS.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index

was up 0.13 percent, or 36.14 points,

at 27,623.60 in early trade, while the

broader Topix index added 0.22

percent, or 4.23 points, to 1,933.64.

The dollar fetched 148.70 yen in

early Asian trade, against 148.72 yen

in New York and 147.92 yen in Tokyo

on Monday, after Japan's finance

ministry said it spent $43 billion in

October to bolster the yen's value.

Wall Street stocks fell on profittaking

overnight, following

disappointing Chinese and European

data and with investors looking

ahead to a key Federal Reserve

decision.

"Attention is on Toyota's earnings

report, due during trading hours, and

Sony's report after the market close,"

said senior market analyst Toshiyuki

Kanayama of Monex. A wait-and-see

attitude may also grow ahead of the

Fed's policy decision on Wednesday,

analysts said.

Markets are expecting the US

central bank to make another 0.75

percentage point interest rate hike in

its latest aggressive move to combat

inflation.

But there will be much focus on Fed

Chair Jerome Powell's tone at a press

conference following the decision.

Hopes that the Fed could soon

moderate its stance in light of

weakening economic data have lifted

stocks in recent weeks.

Toyota was up 0.49 percent at

2,069.5 yen, Honda was up 0.98

percent at 3,406 yen and Nissan was

up 0.40 percent at 476.3 yen. Sony

Group was up 1.02 percent at 10,090

yen. Panasonic was up 0.52 percent

at 1,070 yen after revising its full-year

net and operating profit forecasts

downward.

ANA Holdings was up 0.86 percent

at 2,916 yen, after the airline revised

up its annual forecasts for net and

operating profit, as well as sales.

Bridgestone was down 0.52 percent

at 5,334 yen, after the tyremaker said

it is looking for a local buyer for its

assets in Russia, citing uncertainties

and supply problems.

SGS Bangladesh Limited has

selected MetLife to provide

insurance for its employees

and their dependents

(spouse and children)

against accidents, disability,

loss of life and medical

emergencies, a press release

said.

SGS is one of the world's

leading product and service

quality inspection and

certification companies. The

company has a network of

2,700 offices and

laboratories globally, and it

has been operating in

Bangladesh since 1974.

SGS Bangladesh has

selected MetLife as an

insurance provider because

of the insurer's customized

solutions, online claims

settlement service, faster

payment of insurance claims

and financial strength.

MetLife started offering

insurance services for

corporates in Bangladesh

from 19## and SRG was the

first corporate client for

MetLife Bangladesh.

Today, MetLife provides

insurance protection to over

270,000 employees and their

dependents of more than

800 organizations.

An agreement signing

ceremony has recently been

held between SGS

Bangladesh and MetLife

Bangladesh.

Mohammad Abdur

Rashid, Country Manager,

SGS Bangladesh Limited and

Ala Ahmad, Chief Executive

Officer, MetLife Bangladesh

signed the contract on behalf

of their respective

organizations. Other senior

officials were also present in

the event.


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9

Antonio Conte (C) clashes with referee Danny Makkelie during last Wednesday's draw.

Ukraine football

federation asks FIFA

to remove Iran from

World Cup

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The Ukrainian football

federation urged FIFA on

Monday to remove Iran

from the World Cup next

month, alleging human

rights violations and

supplying the Russian

military with weapons,

reports UNB.

The call was made three

weeks before Iran is due to

face England in the first

Group B game in Qatar. The

group also includes the

United States and Wales.

The

Ukrainian

federation's executive

committee did not ask for

Iran to be replaced at the

tournament by the Ukraine

team which lost to Wales in a

European playoff final in

June.

Atthaya Thitikul

rises to No 1 in

women's world

golf rankings

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Thai teenager Atthaya

Thitikul reached No 1 in the

latest Rolex Women's World

Golf Rankings released

today, supplanting Jin

Young Ko at the top, reports

UNB.

Thitikul becomes the 16th

different player to reach No 1

as well as the second player

from Thailand to do so.

Ariya Jutanugarn was No 1

for 23 total weeks between

June 2017 and March 2019.

Ko, who spent 152 total

weeks atop the rankings,

dropped to No 2.

Thitikul is also the second

player to reach the No 1

ranking in her LPGA Tour

rookie year, after Sung Hyun

Park in November 2017.

At 19, she is only the

second player under age 20

to reach No 1, joining Lydia

Ko.

"It means a lot for my

team, my family, my

supporters and myself. It is

such an honour to have my

name at the top amongst the

biggest names of the game,"

said Thitikul. "It is very

special to get to the top but it

is much harder to retain it. I

still have a lot to learn from

all the legends and current

players both on and off the

course. I will continue to

work hard for my family, my

team, my fans and my

country."

In 2017, Thitikul became

the youngest to win a

professional golf

tournament when she took

the Ladies European

Thailand Championship

title as an amateur at 14

years, four months and 19

days. Thitikul was also the

No 1-ranked amateur for 12

weeks in 2019 when she was

16.

After winning four times

on the Ladies European

Tour from 2017-21, Thitikul

has won twice on the LPGA

tour this season: the JTBC

Classic in March and the

Walmart NW Arkansas

Championship in

September.

Spurs 'in a different

world' without Conte

for Marseille trip

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Tottenham assistant Cristian

Stellini said on Monday the

team are in a "different world"

for this week's crucial

Champions League trip to

Marseille with coach Antonio

Conte serving a touchline ban,

reports BSS.

Italian Conte was shown a

red card during last week's

draw with Sporting Lisbon for

his reaction after an injury

time goal was disallowed.

Spurs head to southern

France knowing they will

reach the last 16 if they avoid

defeat to the 1993 winners on

Tuesday.

"It's a change that's difficult

but we have to prepare

ourselves all together before

the match," Stellini told

reporters.

"It's a totally different world

because normally the days

before the game, Antonio will

do all his preparation himself,

alone.

"But now, we have to do this

all together so it changes

everything. We have to work

on the strategy and this can

become complex," he added.

The north London outfit

will come up against former

Arsenal attacker Alexis

Sanchez as well as Matteo

Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares

photo: File/Ap

and Sead Kolasinac, who have

also spent time at the

Emirates Stadium.

Chile's Sanchez lost one

derby between the sides in

seven meetings.

"Beating Spurs every time

was a great joy," Sanchez told

reporters.

"It was very special and

those are memories that I

hold dear to my heart," he

added.

Marseille will reach the next

round if they win the fixture.

"Every single player has

motivation to play and win,"

Sanchez said.

"We all want to bring the

victory back," he added.

Tragedy convinced Pakistan

cricket great Akram to

ditch cocaine habit

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Pakistani cricket legend Wasim

Akram says it took the death of

his first wife Huma to spark

him into finally kicking his

addiction to cocaine which had

replaced the thrill of playing

when he retired, reports UNB.

The 56-year-old former pace

bowler and a key member of

the Pakistan side that won the

1992 World Cup told the

Sunday Times it was Huma

who "found me out" and

advised him to seek help.

However, that did not work,

Akram said an interview to

promote his new

autobiography "Sultan: A

Memoir", because "the doctor

was a complete con man" and

he returned to taking cocaine.

It took Huma's death aged

just 42 in October 2009 to

finally persuade him to give it

up.

Akram-who took over 400

wickets in 104 Tests-said "the

culture of fame in south Asia is

all-consuming, seductive and

corrupting" and he fell into that

trap after he retired in 2003.

"It was a substitute for the

adrenaline rush of competition,

which I sorely missed, or to take

advantage of the opportunity,

which I had never had.

"My devices turned into

vices."

Akram-who was diagnosed

with diabetes when he was 30 -

- said he first took cocaine when

he was offered some at a party

in England.

"My use grew steadily more

serious, to the point that I felt I

needed it to function," he said.

'Facility was brutal'

Huma lived between

England and Lahore with their

two sons, Tahmoor and Akbar,

but felt isolated as Akram's

media commitments took him

all over the world.

"It (cocaine) made me

volatile," he said.

"It made me deceptive.

Huma, I know, was often lonely

in this time . . . she would talk of

her desire to move to Karachi,

to be nearer her parents and

siblings.

"I was reluctant. Why? Partly

because I liked going to Karachi

on my own, pretending it was

work when it was actually

about partying, often for days at

a time."

Akram agreed with Huma he

needed help after her

"discovering a packet of cocaine

in my wallet."

"I couldn't control it," he said.

"Four (lines) would become a

gram, a gram would become

two.

"I could not sleep. I could not

eat. I grew inattentive to my

diabetes, which caused me

headaches and mood swings."

Akram said rehab in Lahore

proved a total failure, not least

because the doctor placed

dollar signs ahead of curing his

patients.

"This facility was brutal: a

bare building with five cells, a

meeting room and a kitchen,"

he said.

"The doctor was a complete

con man, who worked

primarily on manipulating

families rather than treating

patients, on separating relatives

from money rather than users

from drugs."

Far from cured, he resumed

his habit as "the lure of my

lifestyle remained" and

indulged in it at the 2009

Champions Trophy.

However, it was to be the

final rush as two weeks after the

tournament finished Huma

died of mucormycosis, a rare

fungal infection. The tragedy

finally convinced Akram to give

up cocaine.

Atthaya thitikul is the second player from thailand to reach first

place in the world rankings.

photo: Ap

Penalty point in

Mexico leaves

Gasly close to a

race ban

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Pierre Gasly will have to stay

out of trouble until May -

well into next season - after

Sunday's Mexico City Grand

Prix left the AlphaTauri

driver just two penalty points

away from a Formula One

race ban, reports UNB.

The Frenchman, who is

joining Renault-owned

Alpine at the end of the year

as replacement for Fernando

Alonso, now has 10 points on

his licence with 12 in a 12-

month period triggering an

automatic suspension.

He was given a five second

penalty and a point on his

licence on Sunday for leaving

the track and gaining an

advantage, forcing Aston

Martin's Lance Stroll off as

well, without giving back the

place.

Gasly, who finished 11th,

said he had not been told to

give back the place and

would have a discussion

about what to do differently

to avoid future points.

"I don't feel like I've been

that dangerous over the last

12 months, and it would be a

shame to get a race ban for

slowing down a bit too much

behind the safety car and a

couple of track limits

(breaches) this year," he told

reporters.

The Frenchman suggested

there might be changes to

the penalty points rules next

year that could get him off

the hook.

"I think they're working on

it and probably for next year,

there are going to be

changes. That's good to

hear," he said.

Gasly has had penalty

points in Spain (2), Austria

(3), Japan (2), the United

States (2) and Mexico (1) -

four of them for collisions,

two for speeding during red

flag conditions, and two for

being more than 10 car

lengths behind the safety car.

The other two were for

exceeding track limits

repeatedly and going off and

gaining an advantage.

Sakkari begins

WTA finals

with win

over Pegula

SportS DeSk

Maria Sakkari beat Jessica

Pegula 7-6(6), 7-6(4) in the

opening round-robin singles

match of the WTA Finals in

Fort Worth, Texas

yesterday, avenging her loss

to the American in the

Guadalajara final eight days

ago, reports UNB.

For Sakkari, who reached

the semifinals of the 2021

WTA Finals, the victory over

world number three Pegula

marked her first top-five win

of the year.

The first set lasted 71

minutes - a minute longer

than their entire

Guadalajara final - and

Sakkari secured it on her

third set point of the

tiebreak with a forehand

passing shot.

The Greek raced out to a 3-

0 lead in the second set

before Pegula battled back,

saving a couple of match

points and holding serve to

force another tiebreak.

However, she was unable to

send the match to a deciding

set.

"It's never easy against

Jess. She's an amazing

player, she's very confident

right now," world number

five Sakkari said. "I knew it

was going to be extremely

tough but I fought hard and

trusted my game."

In the day's other singles

match, world number two

Ons Jabeur, who reached

her first two major finals at

Wimbledon and the US

Open this year, is facing No 7

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Three matches of Premier

Handball decided in opener

SportS DeSk

Three matches of Cute Premier Handball

League were decided on the opening day

(Tuesday) at Shaheed Captain M Mansur Ali

National Handball Stadium in the city,

reports BSS.

On the day, Menzis Krira Chakra beat

Surjodoy Krira Chakra by 39-28 goals after

leading the first half by 21-12 goals in the

inaugural match, Jurain Janata Club beat

Arambagh Krira Sangha by 42-29 goals after

dominating the first half by 17-10 goals and

Flame Boys Club defeated Dhaka Mariners

Young's Club by 29-23 goals after leading the

first half by 18-9 goals.

Earlier, State Minister for Youth and

Sports Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russel,

MP, formally inaugurated the week-long

meet as the chief guest while sponsor

Mousumi Industries Limited's chairman

Kazi Razib Uddin Ahmed Chapal and

Hannan Group's chairman Shamsuddin

Maria Sakkari gestures during her match against Jessica pegula in the

WtA finals in Fort Worth.

photo: Ap

Win against India will be called

an upset: Shakib Al Hasan

SportS DeSk

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan knew that if they win

against India, it will be called an upset but he is less bothered

about it as his only target is to win the match in a bid to stay

alive for the semifinal race of the T20 World Cup, reports BSS.

Bangladesh indeed need to beat both of the subcontinent

rivals, firstly India and then Pakistan whom they will meet on

November 6. Both of the matches will be held in Adelaide

Oval, a venue in which they beat England in 2015 ODI World

Cup to move to the Quarterfinal for the first time in their

history.

In T20 World Cup also, they have now the chance to move

to the knock out stage for the first time but definitely it will be

a tough call. In this World Cup itself, Bangladesh though won

two matches, they actually didn't have any victory in the

second or main round of the tournament before that other

than a victory against West Indies in 2007 in the inaugural

edition.

"India are the favourite team, they came here to win the

World Cup. We are not favourites, we didn't come here to win

the World Cup," Shakib said here today.

"We know it very well that if we win against India, it will be

called an upset. We will try to play our best cricket, and try to

make an upset," the world's number one all-rounder

remarked.

Even though it's a crucial game to stay alive in the semifinal

race, Shakib is reluctant to see this match any differently.

"As I said before the first match in the World Cup, every

match is important for us. We want to play with the same

mentality. We don't want to worry about which country we're

playing against in which situation. We just want to enjoy that

moment. So we will have the same plan."

were present there as the special guests.

Bangladesh Handball Federation's (BHF)

general secretary Asaduzzaman Kohinoor,

league committee's chairman Sheikh

Bahauddin Litu and BHF's treasurer and

league committee's secretary Jahangir

Hossain, among others, were present at the

opening ceremony. A total of nine clubs, split

into two groups, are taking part in the league,

organised by BHF.

After group phase matches, the placedeciding

matches will begin from November

6 while the top two teams from each group

will qualify for the final slated for November

7 at the same venue.

participating teams:

Group A - Arambagh Krira Sangha, Dhaka

Mariners Young's Club, Prime Sporting

Club, Flame Boys Club and Jurain Janata

Club.

Group B - Narinda Pragati Boys Club,

Bangla Club, Surjodoy Krira Chakra and

Menzis Krira Chakra.

Wimbledon win huge confidence

boost in tough year, says Djokovic

SportS DeSk

Novak Djokovic said his

Wimbledon triumph gave

him a much-needed boost of

confidence during a tough

season and that it laid the

platform for a strong finish

to the year, reports UNB.

Djokovic was deported

from Australia in the leadup

to the year's first Grand

Slam in January for not

being vaccinated against

Covid-19. The Serb then

struggled to hit top form and

only began showing

glimpses of his best at the

end of the clay season.

The 35-year-old then beat

Australian Nick Kyrgios in

the Wimbledon final to bag

his 21st Grand Slam crown

before winning trophies in

Tel Aviv and Astana and

arriving in France primed to

defend his Paris Masters

title this week.

"The first part of the year

with everything that

happened in Australia, I felt

challenged, very much

emotionally, mentally off the

court, and it was affecting

my game," Djokovic said.

"I was finding my way to

that desired level and that

happened towards the end of

the clay season. Wimbledon

always comes at the right

time in my career. When I

need that huge confidence

boost and big title,

Wimbledon is always there."

Djokovic has won the

Paris title six times,

including in his last two

appearances in 2019 and

2021, and said coming back

always brings him good

memories.

"At this level, it's

important to have a good

feeling on the court and

good memory of coming to a

place where you have done

well, because tennis is a

game of fine margins that

decides who is going to take

a win in the match," he

added.

"Often, how you feel

mentally, whether you're

fighting with your demons

inside in a good or bad way

affects the end result. Here, I

always felt good."

Pogba to miss World

Cup after failing to

recover from surgery

SportS DeSk

France midfielder Paul

Pogba will miss their World

Cup title defence after failing

to recover from knee surgery

in time for next month's

tournament in Qatar, his

agent said yesterday, reports

UNB.

Pogba had an operation on

a damaged meniscus in

September but his agent said

that, following a medical

review, he would not be able

to return to the Juventus

squad or join up with France

before the Nov 20-Dec 18

World Cup.

"Following yesterday and

today's medical review in

Torino and Pittsburgh, it is

extremely painful to inform

(you that) Paul Pogba will

still need recovery time from

his surgery," his agent

Rafaela Pimenta said.

"For this reason, Paul will

not be able to join the

Juventus squad before the

World Cup break nor the

French national team in

Qatar.


WEdNEsdAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2022

10

Keya, Apu to star

in ‘Kathgolap’

TBT REPORT

Sabrina Sultana Keya came

into discussion several times

for acting in cinemas and

television dramas and for

performing as model in TV

commercials for last two

decades. On the other hand,

this time popular face of the

small screen, Rashed Mamun

Apu is passing best time in his

career now. Apu also acted in

movies. For the first time,

Keya and Apu worked

together in a cinema titled

'Kathgolap'. Directed by Sajjad

Khan, Apurbo Rubel wrote

story of the movie.

While talking about acting

in the movie, Rashed Mamun

Apu told this correspondent,

"In this movie, I played role of

a person named Raihanul

Karim. After taking part in the

shooting of this movie and

completed my shooting. I have

liked my character in the

movie. For the first time, I

shared the screen with

popular film actress Keya. She

is very much co-operative and

she had intention to portray

her character properly in the

movie during shooting. I hope

viewers will enjoy the movie."

In the beginning of her

acting career, Keya had a

glamorous presence on the

screen in Montazur Rahman

Akbar's movie 'Kothin Bastob.'

Still now she has maintained

her same glamorous presence

on the screen. For this reason,

directors and producers are

showing their keen interest to

cast her in their works.

Keya informed that she has

already finished shooting of

movie 'Jol Joshna,' directed by

Mehedi Hasan. Now she is

busy with acting in her new

movie 'Kathgolap.' She said,

"My character is absolutely

different from my acted other

movies of recent time. In my

long time career in the silver

screen, I got huge loves from

my fans. I want to step

forward with their loves. I am

grateful to directors and

producers as they are keeping

full confidence on me and they

are taking me in their present

works."

Few days ago, Keya finished

shooting of Salman Jashim's

movie 'Poraner Poran.' Keya

starrer movies 'Bonolata,' 'Yes

Madam,' 'Kotha Dilam,'

'Shimana,' and 'Monafik' are

waiting to get release dates,

said the actress.

Meanwhile, Rashed

Mamun Apu starrer and

Raihan Rafi directed movie

'Damal' was released last

Friday. Apu played a pivotal

role in the movie. He has

already finished shooting of

Jakir Hossain Raju's 'Chador,'

while he is going to start

shooting of Chayanika

Chowdhury's movie

'Prohelika' and Bondhon

Biswas' 'Laal Saree,' said the

actor.

Ray Fisher responds to former DC

films head stepping down

Justice League star Ray Fisher

responds to former DC Films head

Walter Hamada stepping down,

celebrating the exec's departure from

the studio.

After two years of criticizing the

studio executive, Zack Snyder's

Justice League star Ray Fisher is

opening up about former DC Films

head Walter Hamada stepping down.

Following years of working on the

stage, Fisher found his breakout film

role as Cyborg within the DC

Extended Universe, debuting as the

character with a cameo in Batman v

Superman: Dawn of Justice before

going on to largely appear in both the

theatrical and alternate cuts of Justice

League.

While reception was divided on his

first appearance and the theatrical

cut of the latter, Fisher scored

widespread praise for his

performance in Zack Snyder's

Justice League, an extended version

of the film edited together after

years of fans campaigning for it.

Despite this positive reception,

Fisher's time in the DCEU was

seemingly short-lived when he began

accusing Joss Whedon, whom

rewrote and reshot much of the

theatrical version of Justice League, of

toxic behavior on the set, as well as

Hamada for protecting the former

Avengers director.

Multiple other of his stars would

later step forward in his defense,

including Gal Gadot, who recalled

Whedon threatening her career, while

Fisher offered detailed accusations

about Whedon's attempts to minimize

Cyborg's story in the film. Whedon

would also see his former Buffy the

Vampire Slayer cast and crew speak

out against him, and release a letter

defending himself, which ultimately

fell on deaf ears, leaving many in

Fisher's support to turn their

attentions towards Hamada, whom he

accused of defending Whedon and

other high-ranking studio executives

involved.

This week not only brought the

release of Dwayne Johnson's Black

Adam, but also saw DC Films head

Walter Hamada step down from his

position at the studio. Ray Fisher, who

had been vocal in his criticism

regarding the studio exec,

subsequently took to his Twitter to

celebrate Hamada's departure, once

again calling him out for his efforts to

"protect his toxic and discriminatory

colleagues," and sharing his hopes to

never deal with him again.

Given the intensity of headlines

surrounding both Fisher and Hamada

in the years since the Zack Snyder's

Justice League star took to accusing

him of being a dangerous enabler,

Fisher's elation about the former DC

Films head is largely understandable,

namely those who have supported

him throughout his search for justice.

The question for many audiences

now is whether Fisher could make a

return to the DCEU as Cyborg now

that Hamada has left, given the actor

has stated multiple times he refused

to be a part of any Hamadaassociated

production.

Some may already be speculating

about his possibly showing up in next

year's The Flash movie, given he was

originally intended to reprise his role

for the multiverse-based story, and

Ezra Miller recently returned to set for

additional photography.

Source: Collider

'Rupali Guitar Award' announced

by Chattogram Musicians Club

TBT REPORT

Bangladesh lost one of its biggest

rockstars on October 18, 2018. This was

the day legendary rockstar, Ayub

Bachchu passed away.

In memory of the legend, a special

programme was organised on Sunday

evening, at a convention Centre in

Moghbazar. The programme was

organised by the Chattogram

Musicians Club, Dhaka. After reading

the Quran in the afternoon, a

discussion-centered around Ayub

Bachchu's life and career-was held in

the evening.

Kumar Bishwajit; Partha Barua of

Souls; Naquib Khan of Renaissance;

Foad Nasser Babu of Feedback; Labu

Rahman; Hamin Ahmed, president of

Bangladesh Musical Bands Association

(BAMBA); Syed Shahid of Doorbin,

TBT REPORT

Acclaimed Bangladeshi

musicians Avishek

Bhattacharjee and Rakat

Zami released the first

Halloween-themed album

in Bangladesh yesterday

(Oct 31). The 4 track horrorthemed

album titled 'Pett

Kata Shaw (Original Motion

Picture Soundtrack)' is now

available on distrokid.com

and Spotify.

Avishek

a n d

along with other famous artists were a

part of this discussion event.

At the event, popular musician and

actor Partha Barua announced a special

award that had been created in memory

of Ayub Bachchu.

The current president of Chattogram

Musicians Club, Syed Shahid said, "The

'Rupali Guitar Award' will be given every

year from now on in memory of Ayub

Bachchu. Details about the award will be

revealed in a few days. We believe this

award will help to inspire musicians from

all over Bangladesh."

Shamim Ahmed, the current general

secretary of Chattogram Musicians Club

and manager of LRB, said, "Ayub Bachchu,

son of Chittagong, is an indelible name in

the history of Bangladeshi music.

Through this award, he will continue to

live on forever.

Avishek, Rakat releases first Bangladeshi Halloween album

Rakat were also the

composers behind the

recent popular Nuhash

Humayun helmed horror

projects like the Chorki

original 'Pett Kata Shaw'

and Hulu original

'Foreigners Only.' Their

Halloween album is also the

compilation of the original

soundtracks the duo created

for the series 'Pett Kata

Shaw,' which received rave

reviews for its eerie

soundscape and background

score.

Announcing the release of

the milestone album,

Avishek took to Facebook

and wrote, "Happy

Halloween everyone! It is

our great morbid pleasure to

let you all know that Rakat

Zami & Me are releasing

four exclusive original

soundtracks of the series

'Shaw,' directed by my

brother Nuhash Humayun

on the eve of Halloween."

"This is the first time in

Bangladesh we are releasing

not any song but exclusive

sounds of Bengali horror.

Enjoy your Halloween with

the horrors of our sound," he

added.

Rakat also wrote on his

Facebook account, "Hey

everyone! So, after months

of contemplation, we're

finally releasing the

soundtracks for our work on

'Pett Kata Shaw' on Spotify

on 31st of October!"

"The album contains 4

tracks for each episode. Each

soundtrack is a compilation

of all the sounds that gave

the episodes their unique

identity. Hope you will enjoy

it!" he continued

Parineeti and YRF part

ways amicably

Parineeti Chopra had made her acting

debut with Yash Raj Films' Ladies vs

Ricky Bahl.

Parineeti Chopra is one of the

leading actresses in the film industry,

and right from her first movie -

Maneesh Sharma's Ladies vs Ricky

Bahl - has been associated with

Yash Raj Films (YRF), and its

talent management wing. They

have collaborated on many projects,

including Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade

and Maneesh's Shuddh Desi Romance.

Pinkvilla has now heard that the actress

is moving out of YRF's talent management

agency, however it's all done amicably.

"Parineeti and YRF go back a long way, and

the production house is like a home for her. So

there is no animosity involved here. She

wanted to explore other avenues, and is

moving to another talent management

agency," informs a source close to the

development. Before becoming an actress,

Parineeti was a part of YRF's marketing and

public relations division, and had even won the

Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

Meanwhile, Parineeti will next be seen in

filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya's Uunchai,

alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher,

Boman Irani, Neena Gupta and Sarika. While

sharing Uunchai's trailer recently, Parineeti

had written on Twitter, "A feeling that can't be

put in words. An energy that will stay with me

for a lifetime. It's special. It's #Uunchai!"

Parineeti is also a part of Capsule Gill with

Akshay Kumar.

Yash Raj Films on the other hand has Shah

Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John

Abraham starrer Pathaan, Salman Khan and

Katrina Kaif's Tiger 3, and Aamir Khan's son

Junaid Khan's debut movie - Maharaja - in the

pipeline.

Source: Hindustan Times

H O R O s c O P E

ARIEs

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.

TAURUs

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.

GEMINI

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.

cANcER

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.

LEO

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.

VIRGO

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.

LIBRA

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!

scORPIO

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.

sAGITTARIUs

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.

cAPRIcORN

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.

AQUARIUs

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.

PIscEs

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!


wEDnESDAy, novEMBER 2, 2022

11

The 33rd Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Ltd.

(BAPEX) was held on Monday at BAPEX Board Room, BAPEX Bhaban (Level-6), 4 Kawran Bazar,

Dhaka. The Shareholders and the Members of Board of Directors of the company attended the meeting

presided over by Md. Mahbub Hossain, Chairman of BAPEX Board and Senior Secretary, Energy

& Mineral Resources Division, Govt. of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The Audited Financial

Statements for the fiscal year 2021-2022 of the company was approved by the Shareholders at the

meeting. During the financial year the total Income and Expenditure of the company was Tk. 669.55

crore and Tk. 485.01 crore respectively. Company's profit before tax was Tk. 184.54 crore and it was

626% higher than previous year. During the year the company has deposited Tk. 243.23 crore as government

revenue to the national treasury. In the meeting the honourable Shareholders and the

Members of the Board of Directors expressed their satisfaction in the overall activities of the company

during the period and provided valuable suggestions and guidelines on various issues for the

better functioning of the company.

Photo : Courtesy

Record inflation puts the squeeze

on Eurozone economies

FRANKFURT : - Inflation hit a new record

in the 19 countries that use the euro

currency, fueled by out-of-control prices for

natural gas and electricity due to Russia's

war in Ukraine. Economic growth also

slowed ahead of what economists fear is a

looming recession, largely as a result of those

higher prices sapping Europeans' ability to

spend, reports UNB.

Annual inflation reached 10.7% in October,

the European Union's statistics agency,

Eurostat, reported Monday. That is up from

9.9% in September and the highest since

statistics began to be compiled for the

eurozone in 1997.

Natural gas prices skyrocketed in the wake

of the invasion of Ukraine as Russia throttled

back pipeline supplies to a trickle of what

they were before the war. Europe has had to

resort to expensive shipments of liquefied

gas that come by ship from the U.S. and

Qatar to keep generating electricity and

heating homes.

While liquid gas succeeded in filling

Europe's storage for the winter, the higher

prices have made some industrial products

such as steel or fertilizer expensive or simply

unprofitable to make. Consumer spending

power has been drained at shops and

elsewhere as more income goes to pay for

fuel and utility bills and as basics such as

food become more expensive.

Natural gas prices for short-term

purchases have eased recently but remain

high on markets for coming months,

suggesting that costly energy may be a

persistent drag on the economy. A survey of

professional forecasts last week by the

European Central Bank showed expectations

for inflation next year rose to 5.8% from

3.6% predicted three months ago.

The inflation outbreak has been an

international phenomenon, sending price

increases to near 40-year highs in the U.S. as

well.

Eurostat figures showed prices for food,

alcohol and tobacco have increasingly joined

energy prices as a major contributor, rising

13.1%, while energy prices rose an

astronomical 41.9% from a year earlier.

Govt to procure 5

lakh tonnes of

boiled rice: Sadhan

DHAKA : Food Minister

Sadhan Chandra Majumder

yesterday said the

government will procure

around three lakh metric

tonnes of Aman paddy and

five lakh metric tonnes of

boiled rice this year.

The minister disclosed

this responding to a query

from journalists after

attending a meeting of the

Food Planning and

Monitoring Committee held

in the cabinet room of the

secretariat here.

As the government has

fixed the target and price of

the items, the Aman paddy

will be procured at Taka 28

per kilogram (kg) while rice

at Tk 42 per kg, he added.

Agriculture Minister Dr

Muhammad Abdur

Razzaque.

Dhaka district AL pays tribute

to Bangabandhu

DHAKA : The newly-formed Dhaka

district unit of Awami League paid a

rich tribute to Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur

Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial

Museum in the city's Dhanmondi

yesterday, reports BSS.

President of Dhaka AL Benzir

Ahmed and its General Secretary

GD-1761/22 (6x4)

Poniruzzaman Torun placed a wreath

at the portrait of Bangabandhu this

afternoon.

Representatives of the former

committee of Dhaka AL and leaders

of AL-affiliated organisations were

present.

Earlier, AL general secretary

Obaidul Quader announced the

names of Benzir and Poniruzzaman

as president and general secretary

respectively of the Dhaka AL during

the triennial council of the unit on

Saturday.

Thousands of Awami League

activists and leaders were present at

the event held at Sher-e-Bangla

Nagar's old trade fair ground.

GD-1760/22 (10x4)


Wednesday, Dhaka : November 2, 2022; kartik 17, 1429 Bs; rabi-us-sani 6 , 1444 Hijri

The Bangladesh Today employees strike a pose with the pro VC of DU prof. Dr. A. s. M.

Maksud kamal.

photo : TBT

DU Pro-VC visits

TBT office

TBT Desk

Prof. Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal, Pro-Vice

Chancellor (Academic), University of

Dhaka, visited the office of The

Bangladesh Today on Tuesday evening.

He was received by Md. Jobaer Alam,

Acting Editor of The Bangladesh Today

with the office staffs.

During the visit, he exchanged views

with the staff of the newspaper and

encouraged them to work sincerely. Later

he discussed with the Acting Editor on

various contemporary issues.

Tainted foods have

flooded market, says

health minister

DHAKA : Food adulteration has

increased alarmingly across the country,

said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on

Tuesday.

"Almost all the foods we eat are adulterated",

he said while addressing an

opinion exchange meeting at the

Directorate of Health Services in the

capital's Mohakhali.

Basic food items, including rice, pulses,

spices, fish and vegetables have toxic

chemicals and other harmful additives,

he said. As a result, ailments like cancer

and Kidney diseases have doubled

across the country.

"In developed countries, no compromises

are made to poison food, no matter

how powerful a company is. But

adulterated food is being served everywhere

in our country. So, where do people

go? What will we eat? It won't be

allowed anymore," the minister warned.

"Creating awareness among people is

a must to stop food adulteration. We've

taken various steps in this regard," the

minister said. "If we want to give a

healthy life to our next generation, these

adulterated businesses must be stopped

now", he said.

"We are going to form some field level

teams to prepare a specific report on

this. Later, we will sit with the higher

authorities and resolve it very soon," the

minister said.

Director General of the Department of

Health Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam,

Director (Administration) Prof Dr Md.

Shamiul Islam Sadi and other

Directorate of Health officials were present

at the meeting.

DHAKA : BNP's democracy meant carrying

out torture and oppression on opposition

party as BNP-Jamaat government

used to foil Awami League rally through

charging batons and firing tear-gas, Prime

Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb

Wazed Joy said.

He came up with the comment in a facebook

post from his verified account this

evening. A photograph of a news item of

Dainik Janakantho was also attached with

the post.

Joy said after assuming power in 2001,

BNP-Jamaat government started launching

oppression and tortures on Awami

Despite remittance dropping in Oct,

grew up 2.03 pc in last 4 months

DHAKA : The inward remittance inflow to

Bangladesh decreased by 7.4 percent in

October to USD $1.52 billion compared to

the same month of last year, reports UNB.

But the remittance inflow increased by 2.03

percent in the first 4 months of the current

fiscal year compared to the last FY 21.

According to Bangladesh Bank (BB)

data, Bangladesh received inward remittance

of $7.19 billion in July-October of FY

23 while the figure was $7.05 billion in the

same time of FY 22.

It shows remittance grew up by 2.03

percent in this time, despite the drastic fall

in remittance inflow in September and

October this year.

The BB spokesperson Md Abul Kalam

Azad told in order to increase inflow, the

central bank has increased the exchange

rate of US dollars for remittance.

In addition to 2.5 percent hassle-free

incentive for remittance, several banks

also provide additional incentives to

attract foreign exchange, he said.

SANGSAD BHABAN : The Bangladesh

Small and Cottage Industries

Corporation (BSCIC) Bill, 2022 was

placed in Parliament keeping a provision

of two years in prison and a maximum

fine of TK50,000 for providing

false information for borrowing money

from the corporation.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid

Mahmud Humayun placed in the

House and it was sent to the respective

Parliamentary Standing Committee

for further examination. The

Committee was asked to submit its

report within 30 days.

The Bill says that if anyone damages

or replaces any border wall the punishment

will be maximum six months of

imprisonment or maximum Tk one

lakh as fine or both. If anyone creates

obstacles in any work of the BSCICappointed

developer or contractor then

the punishment will be the same.

BNP's democracy means launching

torture on opposition : Joy

League leaders and workers.

Even they opposed Awami League in

holding any peaceful rally or programme,

he mentioned.

And even the government used to carry

out subversive acts by 'marginal terrorist

group' under the banner of 'Jatiayatabadi

Bastuhara Dal' and fire tear-shell by police

personnel, he said. This pathetic incident

was portrayed with picture in a report

published in the Dainik Janakantho on

March 29, 2002, he said.

The report suggested that police dispersed

workers at Awami League's peaceful

rally at Muktangan by firing teargas

Apart from this, the banks will not

charge any fee for remittance collection

from now on. At the same time, in the current

reality of foreign exchange reserves,

banks have to open LCs with dollar

resources from their own sources, the BB

said to the commercial banks

However, according to the new decision,

from now on, if the income of expatriate

workers, including doctors, engineers,

lawyers, and nurses is sent through the

bank, the maximum rate will be Tk 107.

Besides, it has been asked to increase its

own exchange house outside the country

to encourage remittance collection directly

through banks by reducing the dependence

on foreign exchange houses. In this

case, the central bank will provide the necessary

assistance.

In the meeting, it was asked not to

charge any kind of charge to induce remittances

through official channels at this

time of dollar crisis. Banks have promised

to implement these decisions.

BSCIC Bill placed in JS

aimed at streamlining small

and cottage industries

For illegal land grabbing and construction

of infrastructures the punishment

will be the same also. If anyone transfers

any plot illegally then the punishment will

be one year of imprisonment (maximum)

or fine of Tk 50,000 (maximum) or both.

The Bill will make the industrial entities

under the BSCIC more effective.

The proposed law will promote women

entrepreneurs as the existing law, 1957 is

outdated. The Bill said that the

Corporation can take necessary steps to

create women entrepreneurs in industrial

sector and give them protection.

As per the proposed law, the authorised

capital of the Corporation will be Tk 3000

crore while the paid up will be Tk 2637.22

crore. There will be a 16-member board of

directors for the Corporation and chairman

of the entity will be the president.

The Corporation will have 10 directors

and the government will appoint all the

directors.

shells in three times, he said.

Amid the situation, Sheikh Hasina addressed

the rally and later police members

carried out indiscriminate and heavy baton

charge on leaders and workers and

emptied the venue of the rally.

During the time, some hired marginal

terrorists along with police carried out

attacks on Awami League leaders and

workers. The terrorists were coordinated

under the banner 'Jatiyatabadi

Bastuhara Dal' patronised by a lawmaker

who was a syndicate member of

member of BNP government's alternative

power house Hawa Bhaban.

Tk 1893 crore unpaid as electricity

bill by govt ministries, depts

SANGSAD BHABAN : State minister for

power Nasrul Hamid on Tuesday said the

power department will get Tk 1893 crore

as unpaid electricity bill from various ministries

and departments of the government

till September this year, reports UNB.

He also said that considering the average

daily production of 2300 million cubic

feet of gas, it will be possible to use the remaining

gas for nearly 11 years (10.8

years).

Hamid said that the power division will

get maximum amount Tk 905.21 crore

from local government department and

Tk 395.68 crore from the ministry of disaster

management.

In response to a query from ruling

Awami League MP Md. Mozaffar

Hossain, he said by strengthening supervision

and implementing various activities

at the field level, it has been possible to reduce

the amount of electricity bill in arrears

in the past few years.

He said that the government has taken

Govt to procure

5 lakh tonnes of

boiled rice : Sadhan

DHAKA : Food Minister Sadhan Chandra

Majumder yesterday said the government

will procure around three lakh metric

tonnes of Aman paddy and five lakh metric

tonnes of boiled rice this year.

The minister disclosed this responding

to a query from journalists after attending

a meeting of the Food Planning and

Monitoring Committee held in the cabinet

room of the secretariat here.

As the government has fixed the target

and price of the items, the Aman paddy

will be procured at Taka 28 per kilogram

(kg) while rice at Tk 42 per kg, he added.

Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad

Abdur Razzaque, Commerce Minister

Tipu Munshi, Health Minister Zahid

Maleque and State Minister for Disaster

Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur

Rahman were present, among others, on

the occasion.

Industry-Design Bill

placed in JS to protect

intellectual property rights

SANGSAD BHABAN : The Bangladesh

Industry-Design Bill, 2022 was placed in

Parliament in a bid to protect the intellectual

property rights of industrial design,

reports UNB.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid

Mahmud Humayun placed in the House

and it was sent to the respective

Parliamentary Standing Committee for

further examination. The Committee was

asked to submit its report within 30 days.

A registrar office will be there to issue or

cancel patents of any single inventor or

joint inventors of any technological innovation

under the proposed law.

The Bill is enacting by splitting the

Patents and Designs Act, 1911 as there is a

huge number of diversified affairs under

the century-old law.

There is also a provision in the draft law

that the owners will get compensation,

and such cases will be dealt with by civil

courts.

various initiatives including setting an annual

target for reducing in the Annual

Performance Agreement (APA), holding

inter-ministerial meetings for collection of

dues from different government organisations,

preparing list of bill defaulters and

taking steps to recover them and disconnecting

electricity, if necessary, to collect

the unpaid electricity bills.

He also said that all the customers are

being brought under prepaid/smart meter

to reduce the arrears in electricity bills.

In response to a query from AL MP

Shahiduzzaman Sarker, the state minister

said according to the latest (July 1, 2022)

estimate, the amount of proven and potential

recoverable gas reserves in the

country is 28.59 trillion cubic feet.

From the beginning of gas production to

till June 30, 2022, the cumulative amount

of gas in the country is 19.53 trillion cubic

feet.

Currently the remaining recoverable reserves

are 9.06 trillion cubic feet.

sporTs Desk

Considering the current average daily production

of 2300 million cubic feet of gas

from the gas field, it will be possible to use

the remaining gas for 10.8 years (nearly 11

years).

The mentioned time may be increased

or decreased if daily rate gas production is

decreased and if gas production is increased

following invention of new gas

field, he added.

In response to another question, the

state minister said that since Bangladesh

needs to import LPG, if the price does not

decrease in the international market, there

is no opportunity to reduce the price of

LPG in the domestic market without government

subsidy.

In response to Nizam Uddin Hazari's

question, the state minister said that from

the financial year 2009-10 to 2021-22,

$28.3 billion have been invested in the

electricity sector.

Of this, $9.73 billion have been invested

in the private sector for electricity.

england see off New Zealand by 20 runs in an excellent all-round

performance.

photo: Ap

England beat NZ to boost T20

World Cup semi-final hopes

England batting first in a must-win a day-night

match, the nagging fear that they hadn't quite

mustered the final flourish they required, New

Zealand rebuilding after two early wickets: all

night at the Gabba, the spectre of Abu Dhabi in

last year's T20 World Cup semi-final was hard

to escape. But escape it England eventually did.

They leave Brisbane with a 20-run victory that

was altogether more fraught than the final margin

suggests - and their World Cup hopes not

just alive, but also in their own hands.

As Jos Buttler walked off, he could salute his

best day as England T20 captain. His 73,

marked by stunning flat-batted shots against

pace, had underpinned England's 179-6.

Shrewd, flexible captaincy - backing up the welcome

promotions of Moeen Ali and Liam

Livingstone with the bat by opening the bowling

with Moeen, and then whisking Sam

Curran into the attack in the fifth over to exploit

Finn Allen's early vulnerability against left-arm

pace - then helped to ensure England closed out

the win. There was even time for a terrific catch,

diving to his right to dislodge Devon Conway.

Deep into New Zealand's pursuit of 180 - 13

runs more than they had required last year -

Buttler must have feared that it would all feel

very different. Last year, England had failed to

defend 57 runs from the last four overs when

New Zealand had six wickets in hand. This

time, after Glenn Phillips's consecutive sixes

against Adil Rashid had transformed the feel of

the chase, New Zealand needed 57 runs from

the last five overs with seven wickets still in

hand. It was hard not to think that, for the second

consecutive T20 World Cup, English hopes

would be ended by a clinical New Zealand run

chase.

Lose in Brisbane, and England would have

required an extraordinary upset by Afghanistan

over Australia in Adelaide if their final Super 12

game with Sri Lanka was not to be a morbid

exercise in futility.

Mark Wood was among the bowlers to suffer

a chastening night in Abu Dhabi. But in the 16th

over, he provided a wonderful distillation of the

eternal value of pace: Jimmy Neesham, the

scourge of England in the UAE, was defeated by

a back of a length delivery that he could only top

edge, aiming to hit to the longer side of the

ground. Daryl Mitchell, who hit an undefeated

72 that night, was greeted by two deliveries of

express pace and could not score a run. The

16th over had yielded just three runs.

The administration has made extensive security arrangements for the third election of Fatikchhari

Municipality. The election is going to be held today.

photo : TBT

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