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Verdict in Quader Molla case due today n Nazmus Sakib

Cabinet approves draft RPO barring war criminals from polls n Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the amendment to the Representation of the People’s Order (RPO) 1972, increasing candidates’ expenditure in national elections from Tk1.5m to Tk2.5m and exempting the travel expenses of the heads of political parties outside their constituencies for election purposes from their personal election expenditure. It raises a candidate’s security deposit to Tk20,000 from Tk10,000. The amendment proposes disqualifying war criminals from contesting parliamentary elections.

War criminals not allowed to contest polls Candidate’s election expenditure increased to Tk2.5m from Tk1.5m Individual’s donation to party fund increased to Tk2.5m from Tk1m Company’s donation to party fund increased to Tk5m from Tk2.5m Candidate’s security amount raised to Tk20,000 from Tk10,000 EC’s proposal on rebel candidates excluded Polling officers to be chosen from their own constituencies The approval came at the weekly meeting of the cabinet at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters that once the RPO was amended, people found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal would not be able to participate in parliamentary polls. Asked if those who had appealed against their conviction would be eligible to contest the general election, he said there was nothing as such in the proposed amendment and it was a matter of “clarification” of the law. Earlier, a cabinet meeting on September 2 had approved a proposal to

erase the names of convicted war criminals from the voter list. The International Crimes Tribunal has so far found six people guilty of war crimes and sentenced four of them to death. Five of the convicts have appealed against the verdicts. The amendment also proposes increasing the ceiling of donation by an individual to the fund of a political party to Tk2.5m from Tk1m and that by a company or association to Tk5m from Tk2.5m. The fee for filing any election related case has also been increased to Tk5,000 from Tk2,000. The draft RPO proposes that the polling officers should be appointed from their own constituencies. Responding to a question about the formation of Election Commission, Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain referred to the 15th Amendment to the Constitution and said the draft law mentioned that the EC would be formed with one chief election commissioner and maximum four commissioners. The draft law proposes that a candidate can withdraw his/her candidature himself/herself or by the party. In its original draft, the EC had proposed barring rebel members of political parties from taking part in parliamentary elections, but the cabinet did not discuss the issue. Asked about the matter, the cabinet secretary told the Dhaka Tribune that the cabinet had discussed the proposal sent by the law ministry, not that of the EC, and that the ministry had not included the proposal regarding rebel candidates. The draft law also proposes that all orders of the EC regarding transfer of government officials should be executed at the earliest possible time. The EC had sent the amendment proposal to the law ministry on July 25 for vetting. The cabinet yesterday also approved the draft of the Multi-level Marketing (MLM) System (Control) Act 2013 with a provision for appointing a registrar for MLM businesses, said the secretary.  PAGE 2 COLUMN 6

Electricians of Rural Electrification Board (REB) risk their lives as they hang from electrical poles without any safety equipment while fixing power lines. The photo was taken yesterday from Keraniganj in Dhaka MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is set to deliver verdict today on the appeals filed against the life-term conviction of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla. The apex court yesterday kept the matter on top of its cause list for the judgement. A five-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain will give the judgement, nearly two months after the end of appeals hearing. Both the government and the defence had appealed against the lifeterm handed down on February 5. The Jamaat assistant secretary general was tried for crimes against humanity he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War. Since January, two war crimes tribunals delivered verdicts in cases against six former and current Jamaat leaders. The Quader Molla appeals case is the first one to be disposed of. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday told reporters that they had demanded death penalty for Quader Molla to establish justice. Though they earlier differed, the defence admitted during appeals hearing that the Appellate Division had the inherent power to increase the punishment even if the government did not appeal. They sought acquittal of the convict as the top court also had the power to reduce the punishment. Quader Molla is currently imprisoned in Kashimpur jail, said his lawyer Shishir Manir. He might not be produced in the court during the proceedings since there is no such legal obligation. The International Crimes Tribunal 2 sentenced Quader Molla to lifetime imprisonment in two out of six charges of crimes against humanity. The Jamaat leader was awarded 15 years jail for three charges, and acquitted in one. Hours after the delivery of the verdict on February 5, hundreds of people thronged Dhaka’s Shahbagh intersection demanding capital punishment of the Jamaat leader. The agitation continued until May and it spread across the country. Many from abroad expressed solidarity with the demand. Amid strong public demand, the International Crimes (tribunals) Act 1973 was amended on February 18 allowing the government to appeal against verdicts at the tribunal.  PAGE 2 COLUMN 1

Khaleda issues yet another ultimatum 11 more med schools bribe Al-Masum Molla n Mohammad from Rajshahi

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of breaching laws by electioneering using state protocol for an election which she said would never take place. The opposition chief made the accusation at a rally in Rajshahi yesterday. She said: “You [prime minister] are conducting election campaign violating laws and seeking vote illegally. What is the use of seeking vote for an election that will never take place?” Khaleda’s address at the Rajshahi Madrasa playground was a wrap up of her much-hyped tour to the country’s

north aimed at drumming up public support in favour of the movement for ousting the government and restoration of the caretaker government system. Issuing yet another ultimatum, she warned of lodging “new agitation programmes” if the bill for reinstalling non-party interim government system in the constitution was not tabled in the ongoing session of parliament. “You [the government] must pass the caretaker government bill in parliament by amending the constitution and dissolve parliament by October 25. Otherwise we will come up with new action programmes,” she said. The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has issued three similar ultima-

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tums – on March 12, 2012, June 21, 2012 and May 4, 2013 – to realise the same demand. The former premier alleged that the government had amended the constitution just to stay in power forever. “The constitution is no Quran or Bible that it cannot be amended. The constitution is for the people and could be amended.” Referring to 2006, Khaleda said: “If you [prime minister] could not accept former chief justice KM Hasan as the chief of the caretaker government, then how do you expect that you would be accepted as the chief [of an interim government]?”  PAGE 2 COLUMN 4

Mother jumps off roof after daughter dies n Tribune Report Journalist Naznin Akhter Tonni, a senior reporter of daily Janakantha, has survived after she jumped off the roof of a five-storey building in the capital’s Kalyanpur yesterday after her only child succumbed to ailments. Tonni, 35, wife of Raqibul Islam Mukul, chief reporter of GTV, is undergoing treatment at the Neuro Surgery Ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Neurosurgeon Fazlul Huq said after  PAGE 2 COLUMN 6

their way through n Moniruzzaman Uzzal On the surface it looks like a noble initiative for improving the country’s health sector as the government decides to give primary approval to 10 and academic approval to one new medical colleges. But sources placed high in the government ranks have said the move to approve the new med schools is actually a result of tens of millions of taka changing hands in the form of bribes. The health ministry made the decision on political considerations at a time when the education ministry has given permission on similar grounds to six new private universities, they said. Both the moves are seen as opportunities for a section of officials to fill up their pockets as the government nears the end of its tenure. During its nearly five-year tenure, the current government has so far permitted 14 medical colleges and seven dental colleges in the private sector. Not only the new ones, when even the existing ones are still far from ensuring the desired quality of education, the decision to add 11 more names to the list, that too at the eleventh hour of the government, has raised many eyebrows. Sources in the health ministry said a list of the 11 new medical colleges had already been prepared. Officials of the

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) are likely to visit the facilities in these colleges very soon. Four of these new colleges are situated in the capital: Becon Medical College in Motijheel, Universal Medical College in Mohakhali, Care Medical College in Mohammadpur and United Medical College in Gulshan.

Bill proposing exclusion of war criminals as voters placed in JS n Kamran Reza Chowdhury

Those located outside Dhaka are: Abdul Hamid Medical College in Kishoreganj, Portcity Medical College in Chittagong, US Bangla Medical College in Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria Medical College in Brahmanbaria, Kasiruddin Memorial Medical College and Hospital in Rangpur and Addin Akij Medical College in Khulna. The other med school awaiting academic approval is the Basundhara Addin Medical College in Keraniganj near Dhaka. Apart from these 11, the list includes Delta Medical College and Green Life Medical College who are awaiting approval for their dental units. Seven more colleges are in that list that have applied for increasing the number of seats. They are: Marks Medical College in Uttara, North Bengal Medical College in Sirajganj, TMSS Medical College in Bogra, Addin Sakina

The government yesterday initiated a process in parliament to pass a law to strip the convicted war criminals of voting rights and drop their names from the voters’ roll, if already included in the list. Law Minister Shafique Ahmed tabled the Voters’ Roll (second amendment) Bill, 2013 amid absence of the main opposition BNP – the political ally of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami which has the highest number of war criminals now facing trails. Jamaat opposed Bangladesh’s birth in 1971 and sided with the Pakistani occupation forces in committing crimes against humanity. The constitution has an article that restricts the voting rights of persons proved to have been committed such offences. The bill is set to pass as law in the current session of ninth parliament, set to end on October 24. Following parliamentary rules, the bill was sent to the parliament standing committee on law ministry for further scrutiny before its passage. The cabinet approved the draft bill earlier this month. The bill proposes that persons convicted under the Bangladesh







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Security beefed up across the country n Kailash Sarkar All law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been put on high alert across the country to foil any subversive activities centring the upcoming verdict by the Supreme Court on the appeals against a special court judgment in the Quader Mollah trial. Abdul Quader Mollah, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general, was indicted by the International Crimes Tribunal for his involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. As part of stepping up security measures, a huge contingent of additional forces have been deployed at almost all key-point installations like Supreme Court, Secretariat, airports, Railway Stations, lunch and bus terminals, Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, National Shaheed Minar and Jatiya Smriti Saudha. Inspector General of Police (IGP)

Hassan Mahmood Khandher told the Dhaka Tribune “The law enforcement agencies are prepared to discharge their duties and face any kind of situation centring the trial verdict.” He, however, declined to disclose whether they had information of any subversive acts and how many additional forces were deployed. Additional IGP Moklesur Rahman, also director general of Rapid Action Battalion, said a huge contingent of additional forces had been deployed at almost all key-point installations. “We are prepared with our forces and full capacity to tackle any untoward situation centring the upcoming verdict,” he said. Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, superintendents of police of different districts and chiefs of different units of Rab admitted that they had been asked by their higher authorities to remain alert. The Supreme Court is expected to

RTI act far from benefiting people n Abu Hayat Mahmud The longstanding culture of not providing information coupled with procrastination of the authorities are some of the major obstacles standing in the way of an effective implementation of the Right to Information Act, which can help curb corruption. Again, lack of public awareness and the reluctance of the media to use the law for professional purposes were identified as the challenges by the Information Commission in its annual report for 2012. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday tabled the annual report in the assembly. The report identified 16 obstacles to the poor implementation of the right to information act, first passed by the military-led interim government of Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed to bring transparency and accountability of different authorities. Assuming the office in January 2009, the Awami League government validat-

ed the ordinance and made it a law. In line with the act, the government set up the Information Commission, which is headed by a chief information commissioner and two commissioners with the rank of a state ministers. The commission can ask for clarifications, with some exceptions, in case of the authority’s reluctance to provide information to the applicants. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, people submitted a total of 16,475 applications – 13,921 to the government wings and 2,554 to the NGOs – for information, according to the report. Of the total, the 15,799 applicants had their requests entertained, it said. Over 4% (676) of the applications for information were on process, said the report. It said many of the offices were yet to appoint responsible persons to carry out the duty of entertaining the people’s application for information while many of the authorities had logistic problems. l

pronounce its verdict today on the appeals against Quader Mollah. Quader Mollah was given a life sentence on February 5 on two of six charges brought against him of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. Convicted of torture, rape, murder and mass killing, he is now in Kashimpur Jail. Amid strong public demand, the legislature amended the ICT law on February 17 giving the same right of appeal to the government as the defence. Earlier, only the defence was allowed to appeal against a conviction. Both the state and the defence lodged their appeals against the tribunal’s verdict with the Appellate Division. The government appeal of March 3 sought capital punishment while the defence appeal submitted on March 4 petitioned for acquittal. l

Accident kills man in Barisal n

Our Correspondent, Barisal

Road accident killed a man at Bakerganj in Barisal yesterday. The deceased was Abubakar Siddik, 45, union social service officer of Bakerganj upazila. Witnesses said a bus hit Siddik’s motorcycle near Awliapur Emran Filling Station on Barisal-Patuakhali Road while he was coming back to his office from his home riding the motorbike around 10am. Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj police station, said a Sonali Paribahon’s bus plying on Barisal-Patuakhali route hit the motorcycle, leaving him critically injured. Locals rushed him to Bakerganj Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. Police seized the bus, but driver managed to flee the scene. The dead body sent to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for post mortem. l

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomes Prince Karim Aga Khan at her office. The chief of Aga Khan Development Network yesterday signed a protocol of cooperation in education and health sectors. Story on Page 16 PID

Aga Khan to support education, health, environment sectors n UNB, Dhaka The Bangladesh government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) yesterday signed a protocol of cooperation for development in different sectors, including education, health, economy and environment. Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and AKDN chairman Prince Karim Aga Khan signed the protocol on behalf of their respective sides at the Prime Minister’s Office in the capital. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing. Under the protocol, the AKDN will work for the development of health, education, economy and environment in Bangladesh through its 10 organisations. The AKDN, in phases, will also invest in tourism, health, technical education and other service sectors, mainly to help meet the demands of the country. Earlier, Prince Karim Aga Khan

made a courtesy call on the prime minister at her office. Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said the Aga Khan told Hasina that his organisation would provide assistance for higher education for nurses and development of the jute sector. The Aga Khan also praised Bangladesh’s tremendous development in different sectors, including health, education, social safety net and women empowerment. Hasina told the prince that the AKDN should avail of the excellent investment opportunities that Bangladesh offers to potential investors, especially in the fields of ICT and agro-processing. Hasina also appreciated the Aga Khan’s commendable work on social, economic and cultural development across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. l

11 more med schools bribe their way through

Khaleda issues yet another ultimatum



Medical College in Jessore, Faridpur Diabetic Association Medical College in Faridpur, Chottogram Ma-O-Shishu Medical College in Chittagong and Southern Medical College in Chittagong. The Dhaka Tribune has learnt that a health ministry meeting, to be chaired by Health Minister AFM Ruhul Haque, is scheduled to discuss the approvals tomorrow. There are allegations that these colleges are all being considered on political grounds and upon payment of hefty bribes. Sources said the bribe money, for getting a new college approved, ranged from Tk40m to Tk50m. Other colleges, who are looking to increase the number of seats, are allegedly had to pay Tk1m for each additional seat. On condition of anonymity, the owner of a private medical college told the Dhaka Tribune that a number of high-ranked ministry officials and politically influential doctors are taking the bribes in exchange for getting the approvals. Professionals said there was a specific policy in place that governed the setting up of private medical and dental colleges in the country. According to the policy, an aspirant college needs to meet certain criteria for getting government approval. For securing permission to open up a 50seat medical college, there should first be a 250-bed hospital in place which

would have to be operative for at least two years. Moreover, at the time of approval, the hospital must have 75% patient occupancy. Besides, the colleges must also ensure certain facilities in terms of infrastructure, equipment, the number of departments, doctors, nurses, supporting staffs and laboratories. The policy also suggests that a medical or dental college, after getting permission, must also ensure adequate accommodation facilities for students in line with the Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) Act. But the reality is that the policy has remained only on papers. There are allegations that coming under pressure from various influential groups and individuals, the government often approves medical colleges which do not meet the criteria. Some of these colleges are owned by people who are close to influential figures like ministers, advisers, state ministers, lawmakers and businessmen. Professor Dr Moazzem Hossain, president of the Bangladesh Private Medical College Association, told the Dhaka Tribune: “We do not need more private medical colleges. The health ministry should take necessary steps to raise the quality of education provided by the existing medical colleges.” Professor Dr Ismail Hossain, vice-principal of Dhaka Medical College, said: “At present we have around

40,000 doctors in the country. But most of them are working in the urban areas. We need to first ensure that there are enough doctors in the rural areas.” According to BMDC, there are around 65,000 registered doctors in the country. But Dr Ismail said many of them died and around 10,000 went abroad. BMDC Registrar Dr Zahedul Hoque Basunia said: “We must not give permission to any new private medical college without ensuring quality medical education.” Professor ABM Abdul Hannan, director (medical education) of DGHS, claimed that before giving approval to a new med school, they always tried to ensure that it met the criteria set out in the policy. Regarding the bribery allegations, he said: “It is easy to blame but hard to prove. Nobody is taking any bribe and no one is pressurising anyone.” The Bangladesh Medical College, the first private med school in the country, was established in the capital’s Dhanmondi in 1985. Up until 2003, there were 21 medical colleges in the country. Thirty-three more medical and dental colleges were established between 2004 and 2013. Besides the 11 awaiting approval, two other medical colleges – Ashiyan Medical College and Aichi Medical College – have secured permission this year. l

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The government appealed with the Appellate Division on March 3 seeking capital punishment while the convict on March 4 for acquittal. The appeals hearing ended on July 23. According to the Act, the appeals should be disposed of within 60 days from the date of filing. The Supreme Court in its many judgements said the court is not bound to dispose of appeals within the stipulated time for the sake of justice. The law minister had said the provision was not mandatory in nature. This is for the first time in the world history of war crimes cases that a top

court will hand down verdict. In other countries trying war crimes, the special tribunals have separate courts for holding trials and dispose of appeals, prosecutor Tureen Afroz told the Dhaka Tribune. On June 20, the Appellate Division asked seven senior lawyers to place their opinion as amicus curiae (friends of court) on whether the amendment of the tribunal law would be applicable in Quader Molla case. The amici curie are TH Khan, Rafique-Ul Huq, M Amir-Ul Islam, Mahmudul Islam, Ajmalul Hossain QC, Rokanuddin Mahmud and AF Hassan Ariff.

Five of them suggested that the recent amendment should be applicable in this case as the law has been given constitutional protection. TH Khan and Hassan Ariff opposed the view as the judgement against Quader Molla had been delivered before the amendment was enacted. But the amendment is valid for other war crimes cases for its constitutional protection, said Hassan Ariff. Lawyers Mahmudul, Ajmalul QC, Rokan and Hassan Ariff opined that the Appellate Division has the power to increase the sentence of Quader Molla even if there was no appeal against the inadequate sentence. l

According to the provisions of the now-defunct caretaker government system, KM Hasan as the last retired chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2006 was supposed to head the then polls-time government. However, he later declined to take the post after the Awami League, then in opposition, strongly opposed. Referring to the recent Chhatra League attack on a rally of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in Sylhet, Khaleda said: “Chhatra League has surprised people by attacking a small left party CPB in Sylhet.” Warning the Election Commission against registering Bangladesh

Nationalist Front, she said people would not spare the EC if BNF got registration. “As none of the political parties wants to contest polls under the Awami League government, it is forming new political parties. These parties do not even have an office and 10 supporters …BNF has nothing.” Former BNP leaders Nazmul Huda and Jahanara Begum floated BNF in August 2012 although Huda was ousted from the party a few months later. Urging the young generation to raise their voices against the misdeeds of the government, Khaleda said: “We will show you [the youth] the right path and you will walk on that path.” Although the opposition chief did not say anything directly about the Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in jail, she said she wanted the release of all “political prisoners.” Hundreds of Jamaat and Shibir activists could be seen chanting slogans in Khaleda Zia’s rally. The first few rows in the front of the gathering were entirely occupied by Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists. At one point, the Jamaat-Shibir men got involved in a scuffle with the leaders and activists of BNP. Rajshahi is one of the strongholds of BNP’s key ally Jamaat-e-Islami, the party often linked with committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. l

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Collaborators (special tribunals) 1973 and the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 will not be included in the voters list. “If already included, such convicted persons will be dropped from the list,” the minister said. A person relinquishing Bangladeshi nationality and declared insane by a court will also be dropped from the voters’ roll, according to another provision. Earlier, during the question-answer hour for the ministers, Shafique

Ahmed said the government had been trying the war criminals giving them the chance of appeal – an opportunity not given in any war crimes courts in the world. Replying to a question from Awami League MP Tarana Halim, the law minister said the alleged war criminals could appoint lawyers as many as they wanted. Citing a letter from a diplomat, he said the way Bangladesh had been trying the war criminals would be a model for the whole world. l

MP Roni out of jail n Kailash Sarkar Ruling party lawmaker Golam Maula Roni was freed from Kashimpur Jail yesterday, five days after he had obtained bail from the High Court. Roni had been imprisoned for 54 days in three separate cases – attempt to murder of journalists, extortion and issuance of threats. “The lawmaker was released from prison after we verified all documents related to his bails from the High Court. He walked out of jail around 11pm,” said Jahangir Kabir, superintendent of Kashimpur Jail 2, an extension of the Dhaka Central Jail. The Awami League MP was arrested on July 24 in connection with a case filed on July 20 by an official of private satellite channel Independent Television, owned by the Beximco Group, with Shahbagh police station for attempting to kill two of its journalists at his office on Topkhana Road in the capital. He obtained bail from a lower court on July 21. But the bail was cancelled following an appeal of the plaintiff that the accused had threatened him, and an arrest warrant was issued against the lawmaker on July 24. Police arrested Roni within hours after the warrant for arrest was issued. Two more cases were filed against Roni with Golachipa police station in his Patuakhali constituency on charges of extortion and issuance of threats. Roni also filed a case with Shahbagh police station against the two journalists, but police in their final report said the allegations were baseless. l

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According to the draft, the registrar of the Joint Stock Companies would act as the registrar of MLM companies, he said, adding that the law would make MLM businesses more accountable and transparent and check fraudulent practices so that people were not cheated. The cabinet also endorsed the draft of Asian Re-insurance Corporation Act 2013 to reinforce an ordinance, which had been promulgated during a military regime but had become defunct with the cancellation of the Fifth Amendment in 2010. A report on the activities of various ministries and divisions for 2012-13 fiscal year was also placed at the cabinet meeting. l

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a CT scan, they have found no severe hemorrhage so far. “Only her right arm is fractured,” the surgeon said. “Some other tests have also been conducted. After the results of those tests are out, we will be sure whether she is out of danger.” Tonni’s seven-year-old daughter Chandramukhi, who had been undergoing treatment at Dhaka Shishu Hospital at Agargaon for the last few days, died at around 4pm, said family members and colleagues. They said a few hours after the death of the child, Tonni jumped down from the building at around 6pm. Locals and relatives of Tonni rushed her to the DMCH at around 6:30pm. A large number of journalists, colleagues and well-wishers thronged to the DMCH after they came to know about the incident. l




Political backing chief requirement The UGC says only 10-12 of the 77 private universities in the country are properly functioning n Mushfique Wadud Of the six private universities that got approval on Sunday to launch, ruling Awami League leaders are associated with all but one. Political backing appears to have been a crucial factor in getting them the permission. According to the education ministry and University Grants Commission officials, the prime minister’s relative Sheikh Kabir Hossain is associated with Far East International University that got approval to run academic activities in Dhaka. Former Rajshahi University vice chancellor and Awami League advisory council member Professor Dr Abdul Khaleque’s wife Rasheda Khaleque is

associated with North Bengal International University in Rajshahi. Ruling party Whip Mirza Azam is associated with Sheikh Fazilatunnesa University in Jamalpur, officials said. A former Chattra League president is associated with the owners of Rajshahi Science and Technology University in Natore and a local Awami League leader is among the owners of Cox’s Bazar International University. Former UGC chairman Nazrul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune recently that during his tenure he had advised the education ministry not to give permission to any more universities in Dhaka as the capital was already saturated with them. Endorsing politically-backed private

universities is a practice that has been going on since the time of BNP-led alliance government’s tenure. The BNP government during its 2001-2006 tenure, gave permission to 36 private universities. A number of them were backed by BNP and Jamaat leaders or businessmen associated with these parties. Out of the 77 private universities in the country, only 10-12 are properly functioning, according to the University Grants Commission. In March 2012, the current government gave permission to eight new private universities, sponsors of most of which were ruling party leaders. Home Minister MK Alamgir is the trustee board chairman of European University, which was among the eight.


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Sylhet’s Gopalganj upazila Awami League President Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury is the trustee board chairman of North East University.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said universities had been approved on the basis of their qualifications, not political consideration, after proposals had been scrutinised Ruling party MP Salaiman Haque Joarder is the chairman of First Capital University that received permission to open its campus at Chuadanga in 2012. Former Chattra League president Liakat Shikdar is associated with Bar-

endra University in Rajshahi which got permission in 2012. Port City International University in Chittagong got permission in November, 2012. Former Chattra League president AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem is the founder and vice chairman of board of trustees of this university. When contacted, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said universities that got approval were approved on the basis of their qualifications and not political consideration. He said they had been given permission after scrutiny and if they failed to perform, the ministry would take action against them as per the Private University Act of 2010. l

Dismembered body recovered n Mohammad Jamil Khan The decomposed and dismembered body of a contractor was recovered two days ago from Washpur area beside the third Buriganga Bridge. Police suspect the man may have been killed over extramarital affair or a business feud. Victim Yusuf Raihan Reza was a resident of Mohammadpur. He had recently obtained a Tk5bn tender for a Kushtia sugar mill. Victim’s family members claimed Reza’s business, mainly that of government tenders, had earned him a number of enemies. Reza had been missing since Friday afternoon. On Saturday evening, police recovered a body cut into six pieces and without a head, from a bag in Washpur area. Family members identified the body and Reza’s brother Abdullah Al Muktadir later took the body from Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Sunday night. l

CPB-BSD hartal ends peacefully in Sylhet n Tribune Desk The six-hour hartal in Sylhet enforced by Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) in protest of an attack on their rally by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists was observed peacefully yesterday. On the day, CPB and BSD leaders brought out a procession at Zindabazar in the city around 9am which ended near Court Point area.Earlier, a rally was held in Zindabazar condemning the attack and demanding exemplary punishment to the attackers. During the hartal hours, all shops and business establishments in the city remained closed. Though movement of rickshaws and other smaller vehicles was normal, no long-route buses departed from the two terminals of the city – South Surma and North Surma. In Dhaka, CPB and BSD organised a protest rally in front of the National Press Club protesting the attack and demanding immediate arrest of those who attacked CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim and others. CPB Advisory Council Member Manzurul Ahsan Khan chaired the joint protest rally. Chattra Union, the pro-communist party student’s wing, also staged demonstration and brought out a procession in Dhaka University. After suspending all activities of its


IO reconfirms Ashraf’s involvement n Muktasree Chakma Sathi

The investigation officer in the case against fugitive war crimes accused Ashrafuzzaman Khan yesterday said the alleged al-Badr leader had fled the country right after its independence. During the defence’s cross-examination at the International Crimes Tribunal 2, Shahjahan Kabir reconfirmed that the diary, which was published in daily Purbadesh after the war under the title of “Jollader Diary”, containing names of targeted intellectuals had indeed been owned by Ashraf. He said: “During the investigation, several witnesses, including Ali Sazzad, told me that the diary belonged to the fugitive war crimes suspect.” Ashraf’s elder brother used to live at the house owned by Ali Sazzad’s father. The accused had stayed at the house regularly after June 1971, the IO said. He was first cross examined by state-appointed defence lawyer Abdus Shukur Khan and later by state defence counsel Salma Hye Tuni for other accused Chowdhury Mueen Uddin. The IO is the 24th prosecution witness in the case against Ashraf and Mueen, who were jointly indicted on 16 charges of crimes against humanity, which include killings of 18 intellectuals. In responding to questions, Shahjahan also said he had taken deposition of Mahmuda Begum, a cousin of Ashraf, and her husband Tayeb Ali Khan. He recorded the testimonies when he had gone to Ashraf’s native village Bejrabhatra of Morshedpur union in Gopalganj on June 28 last year. Shahjahan said he had investigated the abduction of nine Dhaka University teachers, seven of who used to live on the campus and two outside. He also inquired about the abduction of one doctor who used to live on the campus. The tribunal set today to continue the cross-examination. l

Sylhet district unit committee on Sunday night, BCLyesterday formally apologised for the incident through a press conference held at Dhaka University’s Madhur Canteen. Speaking at the press briefing BCL President Bodiuzzaman Sohag deemed the incident “unexpected” and said some “overenthusiastic” activists, and “infiltrators” from the BNP, had carried out the attack. Meanwhile, a case against 68 BCL activists was filed Sunday night by Sub-Inspector Shahabuddin of Kotwali police station, said Ezaz Ahmed, deputy police commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan police. With Sylhet district unit BCL acting president Hiron Mahmud Nipu made the main accused, charges were brought against 18 named and 50 unnamed individuals. However, the police are yet to make an arrest. On Sunday, a joint rally by CPB and BSD at Court Point in Sylhet, came under attack of local BCL activists, who were passing by the rally with a procession. The attack around 5pm left 30 people injured, including CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim and Officer-In-Charge of Kotwali police station Akter Ahmed. In reaction, CPB district unit President Anwar Hossain Sumon announced the six-hour shutdown across the district one the same day. l

Shops in Sylhet remain closed and the streets empty, as CPB and BSD enforce a half-day hartal yesterday in the city protesting an attack on their leaders


Martyr’s wife testifies in Nizami case Amended Bill tabled, n NID for everyone Udisa Islam

The widow of martyr Dr Azharul Huq in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said two Pakistani army personnel along with some armed Bangalees had abducted her husband in Dhaka during the 1971 Liberation War. Syed Salma Mahmud alias Salma Huq told the International Crimes Tribunal 1 that the abductors had also taken away neighbour Dr Humayun Kabir in front of her eyes. Both the incidents took place on order of the accused, she alleged. Dr Azhar was working at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) during the war. Before recording her deposition, the tribunal gave orders in two petitions filed by the defence. On Thursday, during the cross-examination of prosecution witness Shahjahan Ali, one of his answers was not clear. The defence then requested the tribunal to check the video recording. Yesterday, the tribunal said in its order that the answer was not clear in the recording too. The other petition was filed challenging the inclusion of Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury as a prosecution witness even though her name was not in the original witness list. The defence said the prosecution had appealed for submitting some additional documents, not for adding up a witness.

But the prosecution placed the witness without obtaining permission of the tribunal. The defence argued that the deposition of the witness should not be noted. On the other hand, prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said in their application, they had mentioned about granting additional 28 witnesses. After hearing both the sides, the tribunal said it had allowed five out of the 28 witnesses. So, the prosecution did not need to take further permission. While placing Salma Huq, the defence opposed and wanted to know whether her name was on the list of five witnesses. The prosecution replied in the affirmative. The witness said on March 23 during the war, she had been admitted to DMC with severely illness. During the crackdown of March 25, she and her husband had seen massacre at Dhaka University from their cabin, bearing number 33. She added that her husband did private practice in a pharmacy named Sayeda. He used to treat wounded freedom fighters there. In front of that pharmacy, there was another Ali Pharmacy, owned by one Bihari [Urdu-speaking Bangalee]. “They always kept vigil on my husband and we thought that they used to provide information to the Pakistan Army.” On November 15, some armed Bangalees and two Pakistani Army personnel had gone to their residence “when

my husband was waiting for ambulance to go to the hospital. Dr Humayun Kabir was with him. The abductors came and took them dragging to the main road. I followed them, but after sometime some armed Bangalees took me back to my house.” Salma said she had asked those people why and where her husband had been taken. “The answered that they took him on the order of Motiur Rahman Nizami.” The next day, Dr Shamsuddin of the hospital told her that they had got the bodies of two physicians kept at the DMC morgue. “Then my family members went there and identified the bodies. Those had no clothes but underwear, and the hands and legs were tied and blindfolded,” she said. Then the witness identified Nizami in the dock and said those had killed the intellectuals of the nation must be punished. She demanded capital punishment for Nizami, and said because of the accused, “I became widow just one and a half years of my marriage. My husband died when I was six months pregnant.” Meanwhile, the tribunal set September 19 to set a date on taking into cognisance the charges brought against Maulana Abdus Subhan. On Sunday, the prosecution pressed nine charges against the Jamaat leader he had allegedly committed in Pabna region during the war. l

‘Alim was not president of Peace Committee’ n Muktasree Chakma Sathi The defence counsels for war crimes suspect Abdul Alim yesterday refuted the claim that the accused had been the chief of Joypurhat district Peace committee during the 1971 Liberation War. They also claimed that neither Alim had been a razakar (collaborator) nor Maj Afzal was the commander of Pakistani occupation forces in Joypurhat at

that time. Earlier, several prosecution witnesses said Alim had been seen with one Maj Afzal in many atrocities that took place in Joypurhat during the war. The prosecution also submitted documents in favour of the claim to the tribunal. Defence counsels Ahsanul Huq and Abu Yusuf M Khalilur Rahman said these while placing closing arguments for the second day at the International

Crimes Tribunal 2 of Justice Obaidul Hasan, Justice Mojibur Rahman Miah and Justice Shahinur Islam. Following an appeal by counsel Ahsanul, the tribunal set today for further procedure of the case. The tribunal also asked the defence to be prepared for a whole-day argument today and to complete by tomorrow. A former minister of Ziaur Rahman’s cabinet, Alim is facing 17 charges of crimes against humanity. l

n Kamran Reza Chowdhury

The government yesterday tabled a draft law to amend the voters’ roll act aimed at giving all of its citizens the national identity card, which is now only issued to adults. Shafique Ahmed, the law minister, tabled the National Identity Registration (amendment) Bill-2013 in parliament. The bill went to the parliamentary standing committee on law ministry for further scrutiny. According to the bill, the Election Commission will be the authority to issue identity cards to Bangladeshi nationals. The military-led interim government of Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed first initiated the process to provide identity cards to voters, Bangladeshi nationals above 18 years of age. Children were left out of the voters’ identity cards, which are used for many official purposes, though not mandatorily. Complications in the official procedures arise as those below 18 years cannot submit such identity cards. Birth and death registration bill passed The House also passed the Birth and Death Registration law inserting a provision of punishment for people providing false information on birth and death registration. The House enacted the law by voice

vote when State Minister for Local Government Jahangir Kabir Nanak proposed it. Main opposition BNP was absent. Awami League government initiated the amendment as the original law passed by the BNP government in 2004 had no provision for punishment for providing wrong information on birth and death. The law proposed one year in jail or a fine of Tk5,000 or both for providing wrong or false information on birth and death registration. Similarly, any registrar must face similar punishment for registering false birth and death dates. Union parishad chairmen, mayors of municipalities and city corporations, presidents of cantonment boards and ambassadors of Bangladesh missions or their assigned officers are in charge of birth and death registration. The new law also proposes establishment of a central registrar general’s office to coordinate and supervise the birth and death registration. The minister said the 2004 act gave the registrars unlimited authority to change the information on birth and deaths. “The provision of punishment for providing false information is a must for developing an accurate and qualitative information management system,” the minister told the House while justifying the bill. l




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EC for consensus on polls-time government n Mohammad Zakaria Election Commissioner Md Shah Newaz believes there is still time to reach a political consensus on the polls-time government issue ahead of the next parliamentary elections. “There is still time for the political parties to come together in the national interest and reach a consensus on the nature of the polls-time government,” he told journalists at the Election Commission Secretariat yesterday. He said the commission would hold the next national polls as per the constitution and preparations were underway to hold it between October 27 and January 24 next year. “But the nature of the polls-time government has to be determined by the political parties. I hope they would reach a consensus soon.” Newaz said the EC would prepare the electoral code of conduct, giving “equal opportunity” to all parties. Asked if there was any “instruction” from any political quarter, he stressed that the commission would work in line with the constitution. Asked about the possibility of hold-

ing an election without the participation of the opposition coalition, he said the EC was an independent constitutional body and would continue to work to “gain” the confidence of all parties. About the current state of the registration of Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF), he said the commission had decided to give the party another seven days to prove its field-level eligibility. “The field-level activities of the BNF would be re-investigated as it had objected to the authenticity of certain parts of the probe report prepared.” A three-member committee comprising an additional deputy commissioner, an information officer and a district election officer would conduct the re-investigation. The BNF failed twice to meet the conditions set by the EC for registration. The EC is currently under pressure from the main opposition BNP not to register the BNF which it accused of trying to “gain political leverage” by using its party logo, portrait of its late founder and other fundamental aspects. The BNP has already urged it not to allow the BNF to be registered as a party. l

Students, who failed National University’s second year honours examinations, bring out a procession at the TSC on Dhaka University campus yesterday, demanding they be passed in respective courses after reevaluation of exam scripts MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

97 accused deny involvement in BDR carnage n Tribune Report

Child injured in explosion in Feni n Our Correspondent, Feni A child was critically injured in a cocktail explosion in Feni yesterday. The injured was identified as Towhidul Islam, 8, of Sundarpur village, Baligaon Union of the district, and was admitted to Feni Sadar Hospital. The victim’s father said Towhidul mistaken the cocktail for a toy and started playing with the container, which soon went off leaving him critically injured around 12pm. Ashim Kumar Shaha, residential medical officer of the hospital, said: “The child’s hands and legs were seriously hurt due to the explosion.” Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Feni sadar police station said: “We are investigating the matter.” l

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated seven officials of Agrani Bank for their alleged involvement in giving loans to six companies illegally. The accused are general managers of the bank – M Shamsul Huda, Sirajul Islam, M Abdus Sattar, M Azizul Kabir, and M Salauddin, and deputy general managers – M Akhtarul Alam and M Abul Kashem. The ACC alleged that the officials had been involved in delivering loans to six companies illegally. ACC Deputy Director M Nasir Uddin interrogated them, informed an ACC official. The companies involved in the scam are Roko Enterprise Limited, Julias Sweater Limited, MR Sweater limited, Fazlur Rahman and Company, Bikrampur Traders and Ark International, according to ACC sources. l

At least 345 public servants have been made OSD (officer on special duty), considered a sort of censure, during the tenure of the present Awami League government that took office in January 2009. During a question-answer session in parliament yesterday, Syed Ashraful Islam, minister in-charge of the public administration ministry, said seven secretaries were made OSD in nearly five years. Furthermore, 40 additional secretaries, 99 joint secretaries, 123 deputy secretaries, 67 senior assistant secretaries and nine assistant secretaries were also made OSD, the minister added. An officer on special duty is not assigned any specific desk or duty,

Six BPC officials sued for embezzling Tk4.5bn

Temperature unlikely to change n UNB Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions in 24 hours till 6pm today. Moderately heavy falls are also likely at places, Met Office said. Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. The sun sets in the capital at 6pm today and rises at 5:46am tomorrow. Country’s highest temperature 35.8 degree Celsius was recorded yesterday at Rajshahi and lowest 23.5 degrees at Sylhet. Highest and lowest temperature and humidity recorded in some major cities and towns today were: City



Dhaka Chittagong Rajshahi Rangpur Khulna Barisal Sylhet Cox’s Bazar

32.8 32.0 35.8 34.7 34.7 34.5 33.8 32.5

25.0 25.9 26.6 26.0 25.7 26.4 23.5 25.7

PRAYER TIMES 4:30am 5:44am 11:53pm 4:17pm 6:00pm 7:16pm


The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday lodged three separate cases against six high officials of Bangladesh Petroliam Corporation (BPC) on charge of misappropriating around Tk4.5bn by stealing state oil. The accused are Gias Uddin Ansari, general manager (accounts); Quazi Shahidur Rahman, deputy general manager (accounts); Zakir Hossain, deputy manager (accounts); Monilal Das, deputy general manager (finance); Jahangir Hossain, deputy manager (finance); and Nurul Islam, upper division assistant (finance). The accused misappropriated the amount in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years, said ACC sources. Md Ali Akbar, an ACC deputy assistant director of Dhaka 2 combined district office, filed the case with Bandar police station around noon, said Officer-in-Charge Jahedul Islam. The accused with the assistance of importers stole around 63.2m litters of oil that include refined oil, octane, petrol, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel by over-invoicing in the letters of credit (LCs). l

but enjoys all benefits according to government service rules. He or she also needs to turn up at the public administration ministry to register attendance. The minister, however, said the administration had no data on the amount of money spent on the salaries and allowances for OSD officials. The commonly perceived notion is that a government usually makes an official OSD if he or she is considered as disloyal, or just not liked. Meanwhile, the previous BNPled government (2001-06) and the interim administration (2006-07) made OSD a total of 410 officials, including 17 secretaries, 40 additional secretaries, 60 joint secretaries, 136 deputy secretaries, 74 senior assistant secretaries and 83 assistant secretaries, the minister said. l


ACC quizzes DC Mollah Nazrul n Tribune Report

n Tarek Mahmud, Chittagong


Fajar Sunrise Zohr Asr Magrib Esha

Ninety-seven accused in the BDR carnage case yesterday denied their involvement in the arson and killing committed during the Pilkhana mutiny. On the first day of examining the accused in the case, the concerned trial court read allegations against 97 out of 846 accused in the BDR carnage case. Among the accused, three told the court that they will call defence witnesses, while all of the accused claimed that the prosecution witnesses told provocative stories before the court. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge started the day’s proceedings by recording statement of an accused named Mofizur Rahman under section 342 of Code of Criminal Procedure Act. Judge Akhtaruzzaman from now on will conduct the trial instead of Judge

Mohammad Zohurul Hoque. During recording of the statements, all of the accused claimed themselves not guilty and said the allegations brought by the prosecution witnesses were false. On September 2, the court wrapped up the deposition of prosecution witnesses by recording statements from 654 out of 1,333 witnesses. Earlier, the defence counsels wanted the allegations to be read out by the judge but prosecution counsels opposed this considering the large number of accused. But the court later decided to read out each of the allegation that the witnesses raised against the accused. In 2009, 57 senior and mid-ranking army officers including the then BDR chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed were among the 74 people killed in the 25-26 February carnage inside the Pilkhana headquarters of the then Bangladesh Rifles, later renamed as Border Guard Bangladesh. l

345 officials made OSD during AL tenure

Agrani Bank officials blamed for illegal loan transfer n Kamran Reza Chowdhury n Tribune Report

Officials of Banglalink and Huawei pose for a photo after a press conference yesterday


Banglalink and Huawei announce International Youth Camp n Tribune Report Banglalink and Huawei Technologies limited yesterday announced plans to organize a youth camp to enrich local students in the fields of telecommunication and information technologies. The “Banglalink-Huawei International Youth Camp”, scheduled to take place in early 2014, will enable selected students from Bangladesh to travel to Huawei establishments in China. The announcement came from a press conference, where Banglalink’s Director of Marketing Solaiman Alam and Huawei Technologies Ltd’s Head of

Marketing & Corporate Affairs Shafayet Alam were present. The selected students will visit three cities of China during the 12-day long camp, where they will also attend workshops and receive hands-on training from experts at Huawei Technologies Ltd. In addition, the students will visit the manufacturing plants of Huawei during the trip. The motivation behind the “Banglalink-Huawei International Youth Camp” is to impart local students with a unique experience, which will allow them to develop their depth of knowledge, and familiarize themselves with

the latest technologies in the fields of telecommunications and information technology engineering. Winning teams from all three seasons of Grandmaster, an application idea generation contest run by Banglalink, will be eligible for the opportunity. The third season of Grandmaster competition, with the topic “mobile applications that make a difference in peoples’ lives,” is still open for registration. Students who have not yet participated will be able to submit their ideas on banglalinkmela, with the last date of registration on September 30. l

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday quizzed former detective branch deputy commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam for his alleged involvement in taking Tk10m bribe from a businessman, an ACC official said. The commission’s Deputy Director Nasim Anwar questioned the law enforcement official at the ACC headquarters yesterday. ACC sources said Nazrul Islam allegedly extorted Tk10m from businessman Abidul Islam threatening him with killing in “crossfire”. Earlier on September 3, the commission also quizzed the ruling party Lawmaker Kabirul Haque and Abidul Islam in this connection while the two lodged allegation against the police official with the Anti-Corruption Commission. The ACC in July formed a body to investigate into the allegation. Nazrul was transferred to Protection and Protocol Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police after the bribery allegation against him surfaced. Later, Kabirul Haque, a relative of the victim, filed complaints with the home ministry and police headquarters against Nazrul. Kabirul is an Awami League parliamentarian from Narail. l

British MPs stress long-term strategy for development

Bangladesh, US Navy begin 3rd exercise

n Sheikh Shahariar Zaman

The third Bangladesh-US annual bilateral military exercise: “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh”, began yesterday with an opening ceremony at Naval Base Issa Khan in Chittagong. Continuing through September 21, CARAT Bangladesh 2013 consists of six days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security priorities, develop

A visiting British parliamentary team yesterday said Bangladesh needs to adopt a long-term strategy for the country’s development, and it should remain in place even with a change in government. “One of the messages that comes loud and clear to us is this: whoever is leading the next government and one

after that and the one after that, Bangladesh needs a strategy – a long-term strategy -- that does not change with the wheels of fortune,” said Anne Main, the leader of the British All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh, at a press conference in the capital yesterday. Three other members of the group, Simon Danczuk, Nick de Bois and Jonathan Reynolds, were also present at the press conference. l

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relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces. “Our goal for this year’s CARAT is to continue the process of enhancing capacity and interoperability to address common maritime security concerns,” said US Navy Rear Admiral Cindy Thebaud, the commander of US Navy’s Task Force 73 and Naval Forces CARAT. “This exercise offers a credible venue to bring our maritime professionals together, share best practices and strengthen our growing navy-to-navy partnership.”

Training events in each CARAT phase are tailored based on available assets and mutual exercise goals across a broad range of naval capabilities, reports UNB. CARAT Bangladesh 2013 will focus on maritime security operations during a sea phase featuring a ship-rider exchange program and flight deck training. It is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the US Navy and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. l


Long Form

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What Bangladesh can teach the world



Despite slower economic growth, Bangladesh has achieved more rapid progress in human development than its neighbours India and Pakistan. Gender equality is a key factor in its success. The Bangladesh experience shows that gender equality is also key for the new development agenda


n John Hendra s the world looks forward to the elaboration of a new set of post-2015 development goals, member states are reflecting on the contribution of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including at a high-level event later this month at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. Understanding what has worked and why, and where the shortfalls have been, is critical to effectively build on the successes of the MDGs in the new development framework. Given its rapid progress in achieving human development outcomes, Bangladesh has important lessons to share as member states review the achievements of the MDGs, and can act as a strong voice on priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. In short, Bangladesh has localised the MDGs to meet national needs, setting new targets and indicators for women’s representation in local government, and for access to reproductive health services. Public expenditures in social sectors have increased significantly, supporting progress towards the MDGs and accelerating human development. According to the 2013 UNDP Human Development Report, Bangladesh ranked 146 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI), with an HDI of 0.515, and remains a less developed country. Yet, as Amartya Sen and others have pointed out, despite lower levels of economic growth, Bangladesh has achieved greater gains in human development than its wealthier neighbours India and Pakistan, with an HDI well above the average of 0.466 for low human development countries.

46 deaths per 1000 in Bangladesh compared to 61 per 1000 in India and 72 per 1000 in Pakistan. And according to Unicef, the literacy rate for young women aged 15-24 is 78% in Bangladesh, compared to 74% in India and 61% in Pakistan. Bangladesh has also achieved faster gains over time as well. As a result of long-term investments in human development, Bangladesh saw an increase of 65% in its HDI between 1980 and 2012. For example, while maternal mortality rates (MMR) are higher in Bangladesh, the country has achieved a more rapid reduction in the MMR than India. The MMR in Bangladesh fell from 800 to 240 deaths per 100,000 live births between 1990 and 2010, compared to a fall from 600 to 200 in India, and 490 to 260 in Pakistan during the same period. As the Bangladesh experience shows, economic growth alone is not always enough to achieve higher levels of human development. Countries that invest in education, health and social protection, and critically those that promote equality do better, even when they experience slower growth. Efforts to promote gender equality have clearly played an important role in this success. Bangladesh outperforms both India and Pakistan in the Gender Inequality Index (GII), a composite index that measures the cost of gender inequality to human development. It ranks 111th on the GII compared to 123rd for Pakistan and 133rd for India. This reflects the country’s success in particular in achieving a higher level of girls’ secondary education (30.8% compared to 26.6% in India and 18.3% in Pakistan), and significantly higher labour force participation. According

Both government and civil society must continue to champion women’s rights, even in the face of pressure from conservative forces to restrict them, if Bangladesh is to continue to realise gains in human development for its entire people

A number of statistics bear this out, including the poverty rate which fell from 56.6% in 1991-92 to 31.5% in 2010. GDP per capita (expressed as Purchasing Power Parity) in Bangladesh is half that of India: $1,777 compared to $3650 in 2011, and lower than that of fellow LDC Pakistan at $2,567. Yet, average life expectancy is 69 years, compared to 65 years in India and 65.7 in Pakistan, and well above the South Asian average of 66 years. 96% of children are immunised against diphtheria and measles compared to 80% of children in Pakistan, and 72% for diphtheria and 74% for measles in India. The under-five mortality rate is

to the ILO, Bangladesh had a female labour force participation rate of 36% in 2010 compared to 22.3% in India and 21.5% in Pakistan. Bangladesh has more female seats in parliament at 19.7% than India at 11%. Similarly, Bangladesh ranked 86 compared to India’s rank at 105 and Pakistan’s at 134 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index in 2012. There are several important factors behind Bangladesh’s success in boosting human development and gender equality outcomes. First, higher rates of girls’ education are proven globally to both raise GDP and boost human development outcomes. In Bangladesh,

there is gender parity in secondary school enrolment, and the country saw rapid gains in young women’s literacy in the decade between 2000 and 2010. However, ensuring a safe and empowering educational experience for girls remains a priority in particular as girls experience significant harassment in, and around, their schooling.

April, which took 1,129 lives shows, it can be deadly. Women’s access to formal, paid employment, social protection and safe working conditions has declined as a result of the economic crisis and austerity measures adopted in many countries. Much more remains to be done to ensure that women have

Understanding what has worked and why, and where the shortfalls have been, is critical to effectively build on the successes of the MDGs in the new development framework

Education boosts child survival rates because it leads to later marriage and increased use of contraception; higher levels of women’s education are also strongly correlated with lower total fertility and under-five mortality rates in Bangladesh. What’s more, education is a critical factor in women’s empowerment. A 2012 study on women’s participation in the workforce – published in Bangladesh Development Studies – showed a strong correlation between higher levels of women’s education and greater empowerment and welfare, including a greater say in decisions on use of contraception, children’s health and education, and mobility outside the home. A second factor is women’s increased access to paid employment. In Bangladesh, women’s participation in the workforce and, in particular, in paid employment increased rapidly over this past decade – 60% of this increase was in urban areas, predominantly in manufacturing, with more than 2 million women estimated to be employed in the garment sector. There is a strong correlation between women’s participation in paid work and greater access to assets, a say in fertility decisions and freedom of movement. The rapid entry of women into the paid workforce has also changed the face of urban public space and normalised women’s public mobility and access to public institutions. While women in the garment sector may have achieved greater autonomy and mobility, women’s increased access to paid employment does not come without a cost: it is often at the price of women’s safety and health. For example, recent research suggests that married women in paid work are more likely to be subject to domestic violence, due in part to more vulnerable women entering paid employment. Garment work is hard, has a short lifespan, and women report significant harassment and abuse in the workplace, as well as poor living and working conditions. At worst, as the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building last

access to safe, decent and equally paid work, and that labour standards are effectively monitored and enforced. Finally, UN Women’s own research shows that the presence of strong women’s associative networks and organisations has benefits for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Bangladesh has a good track record in this respect with its strong partnership approach and support to the non-governmental sector. For example, while microcredit initiatives targeting women do not always lead to economic empowerment, Bangladesh has done better than most. Microfinance has facilitated the collective participation of women in the economy, strengthened their ability to participate in household decision-making, improved their access to economic and social resources, and enabled increased mobility and access to public space. Moreover, the services offered by NGOs and associations including Brac and Grameen Bank include not only microcredit, but also much-needed health and education services, together with social protection and support. This is a game-changer for women and for gender equality. While a positive story overall, much more remains to be done to achieve gender equality and women’s rights. Rates of domestic violence remain very high in Bangladesh. 49% of married women report experiencing violence from their spouse in their most recent marriage. 66% of women aged 20-24 were married or in union before the age of 18, with a median age at first marriage of 15 years among poorer women and those with no or incomplete primary education. According to a recent Economist article women own only 2% of the land, and their land ownership has actually decreased slightly over time. And women remain significantly under-represented in decision-making. Only 4% of candidates in the 2008 elections were women, and even with 50 reserved seats for women, just under a fifth of the parliamentarians

are women. Also of concern, Bangladesh has relatively high income inequality, with an estimated national Gini coefficient of 0.458 in 2010 (where 0 equals absolute equality and 1 equals absolute inequality), up from 0.388 in 1991-92. The inequality-adjusted HDI (IHDI) measures the loss in human development due to inequality. According to the 2013 UNDP Human Development Report, Bangladesh has an IHDI of 0.374, showing a loss in the HDI of 27.4%, due largely to inequality in education. Inequality acts as a constraint on growth, and, if unchecked, can undermine hard-won gains in human development. What’s more, economic crisis and austerity measures are slowing economic growth, increasing inequality, and hindering MDG attainment in many countries. Bangladesh is no exception. According to a study by ODI and Plan International, women in Bangladesh cut their nutritional intake and reduced spending on and use of health services, and there were widespread school dropouts, mostly among girls, as a result of the crisis. That’s why Bangladesh must accelerate efforts to promote equality, including gender equality and women’s empowerment, and put an end to discrimination in all its forms, in line with international commitments set out in CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action. Both government and civil society must continue to champion women’s rights, even in the face of pressure from conservative forces to restrict them, if Bangladesh is to continue to realise gains in human development

decent work and ensure good governance. A strong focus on sustainable production and consumption, and environmental sustainability also feature in the proposed framework. The proposed goals include a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment with four main priorities: eliminating violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment, participation in decision-making including in the home, and eliminating child marriage. This ambitious framework echoes the calls being heard around the world through thematic, regional and national consultations for the new development agenda to be a much more transformative one that ensures equality, human rights, and sustainability in line with the spirit of the Millennium Declaration. Bangladesh has a key role to play in advocating that this vision be realised in the next development framework. There are just over two years left to achieve the MDGs, and agree to the goals, targets and indicators for the next post-2015 development agenda. The Government of Bangladesh has a unique opportunity not only to accelerate all efforts to achieve the current goals and targets, but also to advocate that the bar for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the new development agenda be set high so that an ambitious framework is put in place that can truly deliver the future people want. l John Hendra is UN Assistant SecretaryGeneral and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, UN Women.

Microfinance has facilitated the collective participation of women in the economy, strengthened their ability to participate in household decision-making, improved their access to economic and social resources, and enabled increased mobility and access to public space

for its entire people. This means going much further than the targets set out in the MDGs, which did not set the bar high enough for gender equality, and did not address structural inequality or discrimination. Looking forward to post-2015, it’s therefore very welcome that in its recent report to the UN General Assembly the Government of Bangladesh has identified ambitious development goals. The report highlights the critical importance of addressing both poverty and inequality and putting gender equality and women’s empowerment at the centre of the new development agenda. The goals set out in the report are designed to ensure sustainable development, equitable growth, promote




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BTCL’s part-time workers stage sit-in for permanent jobs n Tribune Report

Grameenphone to launch 3G in Chittagong n Tushar Hayat , Chittagong

Workers employed on a temporary basis in the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) staged a sit-in yesterday morning in front of the BTCL building, demanding that their jobs be made permanent. The demonstrating workers alleged that they were paid on the basis of their work but their contracts had never been formalised in the last 10 to 12 years. A committee of temporary workers organised the sit-in which took place around 10:30am, seeking an announcement from the BTCL hiring them as permanent employees in the organisation. The 2,932 BTCL employees were in a situation where they were drawing a meagre payment for their work, said Co-Convenor of the Temporary Workers’ Committee Rafiqul Islam Selim. Convenor Humayun Kabir said: “The BTCL authority on March 24, 2010 held a board meeting to formulate a salary structure for the temporary workers and regularise them.” He alleged that there had been no more developments concerning the issue since then. The workers also alleged that a section of corrupt BTCL officials had benefitted from pursuing changes in their favour at the expense of the employees. l

Grameenphone has proclaimed to launch 3G service in Chittagong by the first half of October. The mobile phone operator company yesterday stated at a press conference that it will launch the new service for its customers in select areas within the city. Allan Bonke, chief marketing officer of the company, said: “We know the importance of Chittagong as the business capital of Bangladesh and we want to introduce quality 3G services here along with Dhaka.” Allan added that the 3G service would cover the city’s Agrabad area in October, and Khulshi by November, while Pahartoli, Kotwali, Halishahar, CEPZ, Patenga by December. Chittagong University, and Chittagong University of Science and Technology would also come under the new service within this year, he added. The company’s chief marketing officer assured customers by saying that it had acquired 10MHz of 3G-spectrum, which was more than any of their competitors in the country, in the recent by BTRC auction. The leading mobile phone operator company has been hoping that it would be able to roll out a nationwide 3G network with enhanced capacity. Tahmeed Azizul Huq, head of corporate communications of the company, also addressed the press conference. l

Workers employed on a temporary basis in Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) staged demonstration in front of BTCL building in the capital yesterday, demanding regularisation of their jobs FOCUS BANGLA


Khaleda’s charge framing hearing deferred n Md Sanaul Islam Tipu A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the charge frame hearing for the seventh time in the graft case of the Zia Charitable Trust, which accuses BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others. Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 passed the order following a petition for a time extension by the defence lawyer Sanaullah Mia. In the petition, the counsel said the former prime minister was busy with her three-day visit to North Bengal as part of the movement for the restoration of the caretaker government system. The BNP leader started her journey from her Gulshan residence on Saturday afternoon. She was also busy “making preparations” to attend the next parliament session, so she could not appear before the court, said Khaleda’s lawyer. He stated that as per the East


Eleven bailed out of jail n Tarek Mahmud, Chittagong

Eleven people accused in the tender double-murder case were freed from a Chittagong jail yesterday, following their attainment of bail from a High Court bench on September 12. One of them is Helal Akbar Chowdhury Babar, a Jubo League leader who led one of the parties that clashed over a railway tender bid killing two bystanders. The process to release the accused started at 5pm at the Chittagong Central Jail, where they had been kept since their arrests, said Senior Jail Super Md Sagir Mia. Earlier, the High Court granted bail prayers of the accused and jail authorities received their release orders through the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Chittagong yesterday, said court sources. Four other accused were also freed on bail on August 4. One of them was Saiful Alam Limon, a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League who led the other party involved in the June 24 tender clash. On that day, two bystanders including a boy of six died when a deadly gunfight erupted between two groups of Jubo League and Chhatra League near the port city’s CRB Shat Rastar Mor area. They were fighting to win a contract worth Tk15m of Bangladesh Railway. Following the incident, police nabbed 56 persons including Limon and Babar, both of whom were suspended from their parties. A case was lodged with the Kotwali police station accusing 87 named, including the arrested 56, and 30-40 unnamed persons. Police interrogated the arrestees for several times. l

Pakistan (now Bangladesh) Assembly Members’ Privileges Act 1965, during a session, no member of parliament could be asked to appear in any civil, criminal or revenue court or any election tribunal. Another accused Monirul Islam Khan, the assistant private secretary of the former DCC mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, filed a similar petition seeking a time extension. Anti-Corruption Commission’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol opposed the petitions for time extension. However, after hearing the petitions, the court granted the extension to the accused and set October 6 for the charge frame hearing. On April 9, Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Mohammad Zahurul Haque set May 22 for hearing on the acceptance of the charge sheet placed against Khaleda in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. On January 15, the court took cognisance of charges against Khaleda and

three others in the case. On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Tejgaon police station accusing the four, including Khaleda, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources. ACC Deputy Director Harunur Rashid, the investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012. According to the case statement, a 2809 sq metre piece of land in the city’s Kakrail area was bought by the trust from one Suraiya Khanam for Tk65.2m in January 2005. The other accused are Khaleda Zia’s former political secretary Harris Chowdhury and Harris’ former assistant personal secretary Ziaul Islam Munna. Harris Chowdhury left the country in 2007 and has been staying abroad since. He was mentioned in the charge sheet as an “absconding accused” while Ziaul and Monirul are now on bail. l

Historic Education Day today n Tribune Report

Bangladesh must win against poverty: PM

Today is the historic Education Day. Different students and teachers’ organisations will observe the day for a demand of pro-people education system. On this day in 1962, during the regime of Ayub Khan, Mostafa, Babul, Wajiullah and other students were killed and several others were injured in police firing into protests of students who were demanding that the report of SM Sharif Education Commission 1958 should be scrapped. This led to a wider movement across the country. The movement forced the then government to an instant end to the implementation of the commission’s report. Different organizations will place wreaths at Shikkha Odhikar Chattar pillar in front of Shiksha Bhaban in the capital. National fronts of Teachers and Employees will hold a discussion at National Press Club at 11am today. The Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee for the Ministry of Education Rashed Khan Menon will be present at the discussion. Different student organizations including Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree, Bangladesh Students’ Union will hold programmes marking the day. l

n BSS, Dhaka Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her firm determination to build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country by overpowering poverty. “We don’t want to beg to anybody and we don’t want to move by begging. I believe that the nation which achieved independence through Liberation War must be a developed and prosperous country by winning the war against poverty,” she said. The prime minister said this while addressing a publication ceremony of a book, Bangladesh Government 1971-75, authored by former cabinet secretary HT Imam, in the Osmani Memorial Auditorium here this morning. HT Imam, also the Public Administration Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister, AF Salahuddin Ahmad, National Professor and Golam Mostafa, Managing Director of Hakkani Publishers which published the book, also spoke at the function. Eminent cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, recited a poem of Syed Shamsul Haque, while Tarana Halim, MP, read out some part of the book at the function.

11 injured in AL intra-party clash in Barisal n Our Correspondent, Barisal At least eleven individuals were injured as activists from the rival factions of Awami League in Barisal clashed and ransacked the city party office yesterday. The clash erupted after activists loyal to district AL President Abul Hasanat Abdullah and city AL President Shawkat Hossain Hiron got involved in an altercation over an alleged assault against a party colleague on the night before. Police fired sound grenades, teargas shells and rubber-coated steel bullets while also charging batons to disperse the activists. According to party sources, a party activist loyal to the Hiron faction, identified as Mohiuddin Babul aka Beai Babul, was allegedly assaulted by some Hasanat loyalists at a Dhaka hotel on Sunday night. The incident provoked an instant outcry from Babul’s sympathisers in the party who, led by city president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Jasim, called for a protest rally and a meeting at the party office in the city’s Sohel Square at 11am yesterday. The activists of the Hasanat faction, led by district secretary of BCL Abdur Razzak, responded by questioning the validity of the programme announcement and soon a face-off between the two factions ensued, eventually escalating into a full-blown clash. Both groups came prepared with “lethal weapons” and bricks, apparently in anticipation of the clash which began at the party office and gradually spilled into surrounding areas. At least 11 activists were injured and various pieces of furniture and win-

Police yesterday hurled tear shells, fired blank shot and charged baton to disarray two groups of Awami League conflicting over supremacy in Barisal DHAKA TRIBUNE dowpanes of the office were ransacked during, sources said. The clash triggered panic among locals and set off a prolonged gridlock around the city’s Sadar Road, Fakirbari Road, KBS Hemayetuddin Road and Fazlul Huq Avenue. However, a police team led by Atikur Rahman, assistant police commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police, soon

arrived on the spot and brought the situation under control. Both groups blamed each other for initiating the fight. The group loyal to Hiron, also a former mayor of Barisal City Corporation, alleged that their rivals had launched an “unprovoked” attack on them collaborating with Jamaat-Shibir activists. The Hasanat group, however, de-

nied culpability and said they only went to the office to protest the presence of Babul in the party, who they claimed was an “infiltrator.” No case was filed in this connection till yesterday afternoon. According to party sources, both the district and city Awami League leaders and activists of Barisal met with party chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. l

Ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament members, economists, journalists, artistes and senior government officials were present on the occasion. The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman performed a tough task during his short tenure from 1972 to 1975. “He loved people and struggled for the people throughout his life and his only aim was to change their lot,” she said. Bangabandhu, she said, performed a difficult task as he faced the antiliberation forces as well as ultra leftists and rightists in one hand, while he dedicated himself to building the warravaged nation in other hand. Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had set up a rare example in the world by sending the troops of the allied force to their home within three months. For this, the PM thanked late Indian premier Indira Gandhi. “During his short period, Bangabandhu also realized the recognition of 150 countries as well as the United Nations, OIC and the Commonwealth side by side with nation-building activities,” she said. l

RU student brings sexual harassment allegation against ex-boyfriend n RU Correspondent A female student of Rajshahi University has brought allegations of sexual harassment against a PhD candidate at the university’s Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS). The victim, an MBA student, recently submitted a written allegation to the RU Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin, Pro-VC Prof Chowdhury Sarowar Jahan and to IBS Director Prof Shahidullah. The accused was identified as Sayeed Hossain. In the written statement, the victim claimed that after meeting in 2012, the two developed a relationship which led Sayeed to manipulate her into converting her religion from Hindu to Islam. “Sayeed promised to marry me and engaged in physical relations, but later he left me,” the victim said. “Ever since I wanted to submit allegations against Sayeed, he had been threatening me with releasing video clips of our sexual encounters,” the victim added. Last Ramadan, the victim also filed a general diary with Motihar police station regarding Sayeed’s threats. Seeking exemplary punishment to Sayeed, the victim said “Now I am leading a helpless and detached life from my family members as I converted to Islam after being induced by Sayeed.” When contacted, Sayeed however denied the allegations. Claiming himself as a married person, the accused told journalists that the female student was exploiting their friendship to bring false allegations against him. l




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Unauthorised clinics thriving at Brahmanbaria

Coast Guard’s drive to rescue 65 abducted fishermen n UNB, Bagerhat Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard yesterday conducted a drive in different coastal areas of the Sundarbans to rescue 65 fishermen kidnapped by forest robbers. Lieutenant Commander M Emdad Ullah, operation department staff officer at Bangladesh Coast Guard West Zone (Mongla), said Coast Guard members launched a drive to rescue the abducted fishermen.

61 clinics, out of 83 are illegal n Tribune Report Out of 83 private clinics and diagnostic centres operating in Brahmanbaria, 61 are illegal, due to the negligence of concerned authorities. According to the District Civil Surgeon’s Office, two dental clinics and eight diagnostic centres are approved to operate, and a dozen private clinics applied to renew their licenses. Allegations have emerged that several people have died due to misdiagnosis by the illegal clinics, while patients are often ripped off by staff at these diagnostic centres and clinics. Locals said that the civil surgeon’s office and local health department do seem to be aware of the issue as they have failed to take any steps against these unlicensed medical centres, other than forming a committee to investigate the issue. In just the past year, at least 10 people have died due to negligence by doctors in these clinics, alleged members of their families Many incidents are reported that indicate there has been misdiagnosis, mismanagement and negligence of duty by staff at the clinics, reports banglanews. On April 30 last year, a ten year old boy was admitted to one clinic with fever and pain in his knees. He was being treated by a doctor called Monir Hossain. The child’s death is blamed on

Dr Hossain’s failure to treat him appropriately. On August 2, a 36 year old woman under Dr Abdul Mannan’s supervision died at the Sheba Clinic due to surgery related complications. Dr Bazlur Rahman, who owns the clinic acknowledged the accusation against Dr Mannan. Later that month, a newborn baby died at a clinic run by Dr Zakia Sultana. The next month, a 25 year old pregnant woman died at the Holy Crescent Hospital for wrong treatment. On July 16 this year, another pregnant woman died at the Lab Aid Child and General Hospital. Three days later, a woman was admitted to the Lab Aid Diagnostics Centre and Specialised Hospital where an intern doctor on duty reportedly removed the patient’s kidney without her permission. No actions were taken against any of the doctors for their shocking negligence and misdiagnosis, except for the formation of investigation committees, which family members of the deceased say are only for show. Chairman of Brahmanbaria Clinic Owners Association Zillur Rahman said the local health department was supposed to look into the matter. But Dr Abu Sayeed, the district’s acting civil surgeon said: “We have already sent written notice to the illegal clinics and further action will be taken if they do not follow the directions given.” l

The 65 fishermen were kidnapped by robbers in separate incidents from the sea and the Sundarbans near Dublar char in two days– Saturday and Sunday

An unauthorised clinic running business in the town

Five killed in separate road accidents n Tribune Report

At least six people were killed in separate road accidents that took place in Dinajpur, Mymensingh and Pabna yesterday. Four people were killed as a tractor plunged into a roadside ditch at Swapnopuri intersection of Nababganj upazila of Dinajpur early yesterday. The deceased were identified as Saiful Islam, his brother Zakirul Islam, Hasan and Rasel. Sub-Inspector of Fulbari police station Tapan Das said a wood-laden tractor fell down into a roadside ditch in Swapnopuri area, leaving four people

dead on the spot. On receiving information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies. The bodies have been handed over to the respective families for burial, police said. Meanwhile, a minor girl was killed in a road accident at Jhalua on the Mymensingh-Kishoreganj road in Nandail upazila yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Jhuma Akhtar, 7, daughter of Abdus Salam. A Mymensingh-bound truck from Kishoreganj crushed Jhuma under its whells when she was crossing the road around 8am, said Khandaker Zahidul

Islam, officer-in-charge of Nandail police station. She died on the spot. Being informed, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body and sent it to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police seized the truck, but its driver managed to flee the scene. A case was lodged in this connection. Meanwhile, a man was killed in a road accident in Kuthipara area on the Pabna-Nagarbari Highway in Santhia upazila on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Shariful Islam, 35, son of Shahidul Islam of Fulbaria village of the upazila.

Officer-in-Charge of Ataikula police station Rabiul Islam said a speeding truck ran over Shariful when he was crossing the road in the area around 7am, killing him on the spot. Incensed at the death, locals blocked the highway for about one and a half hours. They also demanded construction of a speed breaker in the area to curb road accidents. Later, the road blockade was lifted as police rushed in and assured the locals of taking steps to address their demands. Meanwhile, police detained the truck but its driver managed to flee the scene. l

Arms trader held with guns

n Our Correspondent, Jhenaidah

Several cultural organisations in Pabna form human chain, protesting the attack on Udichi activist Arif Noor recently

Detective Branch of police arrested an arms dealer with six illegal air guns from Jhenaidah bi-pass area yesterday. The arrestee was Jahul Islam, 35, hailed from village Andulia under Chowgachha upazila in Jessore. Jhenaidah DB Police Inspector Moklesur Rahman said acting on a tip-off, a team arrested Jahurul from a Bogra bound BRTC bus and seized the arms from a wrapped bag. Police suspecting that Jahurul might be a member of an international arms trading gang involved in an illegal trading for a long time. A case was filed with Jhenaidah police and he was sent to jail. l

Napier grass farming makes farmer self-reliant n BSS, Gaibandh

A marginal farmer of the district has set up a unique example for self-reliance in economics through cultivating Napier grass on his land for few years last. Abdul Gafur at Sultapur Baraipara village under Kishoregari union of Palashbari upazila in the district had used to rear cows but he had been facing fodder crisis for them for long and thought how to solve it. Once a day, farmer Gafur went to Palashbari upazila livestock office in 2001 and requested the upazila livestock officer Mostafa Kamal to give him suggestions how to get expected milk from the cow. Then, upazila livestock officer advised him to feed the cow the Napier grass side by side with taking other fodders to the animal every day to get desired quantity of milk. Accordingly, farmer Gafur took some cuttings of Napier grass cultivated on the upazila livestock office premises free of cost and planted those on his nine decimals of land. As per the suggestion of the livestock officer, he nurtured the Napier

grass filed properly and got a good return from it first time in exchange of nominal cost. Next year, he planted the cuttings of the grass on another land and earned a good amount of economical profit by selling the grass to other cow rearing men in the village.

There is no necessary to use insecticides in the land of the grass, he said, adding that only cow dung and urea fertilizers are used in the land to get desired output from the farming As he was benefited enormously, he continued to expand the cultivation of the grass on his purchased and leased land surrounding his house over the years. This year, he cultivated the grass on 10 plots measuring 9 bighas of land and was earning money veryday through selling it to the local markets after meeting its demand to a couple of cows he was rearing. Now, he is a solvent person in the area and leading a happy life with his

They, however, could neither arrest any robbers nor rescue any of the victims as of 8.00 am. Family members of a good many abductees were said to be appealing to Mohajans (money lenders) to make arrangement of money to buy their freedom. Earlier, the 65 fishermen were kidnapped by robbers in separate incidents from the sea and the Sundarbans near Dublar char in two days--Saturday and Sunday. The abducted fishermen hail from different areas of Bagerhat, Pirojpur, and Barguna and Bhola. The robbers who also looted fish and net worth Tk 1 crore demanded Tk100,000 as ransom for each of the fishermen to let them go free unhurt, threatening to kill them if their demand is not met by a week. l

family members. He has also constructed brick built house and cow shed and also taken a plan to buy at least 15 cattle within very short time with the money of grass. In this context, farmer Abdul Gafur said, “Earlier, he had nothing except nine decimals of arable land and homestead. After involving in the grass farming in few years last, he has done many things side by side with changing his socio- economic condition radically”. In reply to a question, Gafur said a farmer could earn Tk115,000-120,000 from a bigha of land by harvesting the grass nine times in a year while its production cost is Tk12,000 only. There is no necessary to use insecticides in the land of the grass, he said, adding that only cow dung and urea fertilizers are used in the land to get desired output from the farming. To see his success in Napier grass cultivation, many farmers of the union have started farming the same on their respective land in recent years and are earning money which is playing significant roles in changing their lots gradually, he added. M Moklesur Rahman, another farm-

er of the village, said he also farmed the grass on a bigha of land during the current season and had already started the harvest of the variety and earning money by selling it local markets. To see it, many interested farmers are coming to them particularly Abdul Gafur from far flung areas of the district to have a glimpse the grass filed and sharing them how to farm it successfully on the land in coming seasons, he also said. Upazila livestock officer Dr Abdul Gafur said Napier grass farming is very profitable as no handsome amount was required to invest it. Only labor and dedication is enough for the cultivation. Abul Kashem, district livestock officer, said farmer Gafur had set a unique example and become a model in Napier grass farming in the district as he turned the wheels of fortune by farming it successfully. A man could change his lots through farming the grass only, farmer Abdul Gafur is the example for it; he said adding that other men could follow it to change their lots and help the dairy sector of the country push forward towards desired development. l

Human chain for punishment to rapists in Feni n Our Correspondent, Feni

Locals of Dagonbhuiyan upazila, Feni formed a human chain at a local bazaar yesterday demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the culprits who allegedly raped a widow and her daughter on Tuesday. Later, they brought out a procession and organised a rally around 1pm. The incident occurred on Tuesday night at the Jola Bari area of Rajapur union in Daganbhuiyan upazila, Feni. Litu and his cohorts allegedly abducted

the daughter a girl from Koresh Munshi Bazar around 9pm on Tuesday, and instructed her mother over phone to come over to Jola Bari where the daughter was ensnared. The mother, who had a beauty salon at the bazar, said when she went there to rescue her daughter, both of them were gang-raped by 10-12 miscreants. Speakers, at the demonstration, gave an ultimatum of seven days for arresting the culprits including the prime accused Litu, younger brother of Daganbhuiyan UP vice-chairman Joynal Abedin Mamun. l

NEWS IN BRIEF One pistol in Chapainawabganj Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered one pistol and two magazines from Khaserhat Chamarbazar area of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday. Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Manjurul Alam of BGB Battalion-9 said being tipped off, a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area at about 11:30am and recovered one pistol and two magazines lying hidden under earth in a mango orchard. However, those who kept them there managed to flee sensing the presence of the team, said BGB sources.– UNB

Outlaw leader held in Satkhira Police arrested an outlawed party leader from Islamkathi village in Tala upazila on Sunday afternoon. The arrestee was identified as Khairul Sarder, second-in-command of Biddyut Bahini of the outlawed East Bangle Communist Party of the upazila and son of Abul Sarder of the village. Officer-in-charge of Tala police station Enamul Haque said on secret information, a team of police conducted a drive in the area at about 4pm and arrested Khairul. Khairul is a fugitive accused in several cases, including for arms and extortion, added the OC. He was involved in different criminal activities, including extortion, since long, said police.

Four Jamaat leaders held in Sunamganj Police arrested four leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami while holding a secret meeting at Ku-Dirai village in Dakhkhin Sunamganj upazila on Sunday evening. The arrestees are Dakhkhin Sunamganj upazila unit Jamaat general secretary Hafiz Abu Khalid, Pachchim Pagla union unit Jamaat general secretary Alim Uddin, Purbagola union unit Jamaat secretary Zubayer Ahmed and its Jamaat president Kabir Hossain. Officer-in-charge of Dakhkhin Sunamganj police station M Al Amin said being tipped off, a team of police led by Sub-inspector Abdul Monayem of the police station conducted a drive at the

village at about 7pm and arrested the leaders while holding a secret meeting about anti-state activities.– UNB

Arms trader held with three guns in Jessore Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive arrested an arms trader along with three air guns from Mohishkura area of Benapole town on Sunday. The arrestee was identified as Imanur, son of Hazrat Ali of Putkhali village. Lieutenant Colonel Matiur Rahman, director of BGB Battalion-26, said on secret information that a group of smugglers along with contraband Indian arms were going to Jessore town through Putkhali border from India, a team of BGB arrested Imanur after conducting a drive in the area in the morning. Later, the BGB team recovered three air guns named Dina-35 after opening body of his (Imanur’s) motorcycle. A case was filed with Benapole Police Station under the Arms Act.– UNB

Two held with phensidyl in Moulvibazar Police on Sunday arrested two alleged female drug peddlers along with 30 bottles of Indian Phensidyl syrup at Bharaura village in Sreemangal upazila. The arrestees were Zahura Khatun, 30, wife of Rokon Mia of the village, and Fatema Begum, 45, wife of late Muhid Mia of Kalighat area of the upazila. Being tipped off, police conducted a drive in the area and arrested both the women in possession of the contraband drugs at around 10am. – UNB

Bhuapur upazila vice chairman held in Tangail

Bhuapur upazila Vice-Chairman Rezaul Karim Khan Milon was arrested from Rautbari village under the upazila in Tangail yesterday. Officer-in-Charge of Bhuapur police station Rabiul Islam said acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the house of Malek located at Rautbari and arrested Milon from there. He is accused in four cases. He is husband of film actress Mayuree. – Our Correspondent

8 Indian police investigate rape of girl aged 4 n AFP, Mumbai Indian police on Monday were interrogating a school bus cleaner after his arrest on suspicion of raping a fouryear-old in the vehicle on the outskirts of Mumbai earlier this month. The 26-year-old was arrested at the weekend after the girl told her parents of the incident more than a week after it occurred on September 6, police said. News of the assault comes days after four men were sentenced to death last week over the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi in December, a brutal attack that led to weeks of protests and outrage over the treatment of women and girls in India. Financial hub Mumbai, long considered safer for women than New Delhi, has also been recently rocked by the gang-rape of a photographer in August while she was out on assignment in the city with a male colleague. According to the police complaint filed by the four-year-old’s parents, she and her friend were the first to climb on to the bus after classes in the Thane district neighbouring Mumbai. Mohite said the girl has undergone medical examination and doctors confirmed she was sexually assaulted. l



Indian PM vows tough action over deadly riots

PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar AFP

n AFP, New Delhi Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed Monday severely to punish those to blame for recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, as he met

people displaced by the violence. Singh said his government would work with local authorities to help victims of the unrest, which erupted earlier this month in Muzaffarnagar in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh.

“This is a very tragic incident and whoever is responsible for this must be severely punished,” Singh said, as he visited camps for those who fled the clashes, along with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and heir-apparent Rahul Gandhi. The death toll from the violence has climbed to 49, state police spokesman Nityanand Rai told AFP on Monday. During the violence, Singh’s federal government deployed 5,000 paramilitary personnel and the army to the affected area of the state, which has a history of religion and caste-based violence in its 200-million population. The latest unrest triggered speculation that parties are seeking to polarise the politically pivotal state along religious lines before general elections next year. “It is the duty of the (state) government to protect lives and property so that people can once again return to their homes,” Singh said. “The Indian government will give full support to Uttar Pradesh administration to rehabilitate the victims, and simultaneously we must make efforts to hand down the sternest of punishment to the perpetrators of this incident,” he said. l

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

57 children hospitalised in India after given wrong vaccine n AFP, Kolkata Almost 60 children were taken to hospital in eastern India after they were mistakenly instructed to swallow a hepatitis B vaccine instead of polio drops, officials said Monday. The children started vomiting and sweating after they were orally given hepatitis B vaccine, which is normally injected, at clinics in a village in West Bengal state on Sunday, the health officials said. Some 120 children in total swallowed the medication at the clinics, set up to administer polio vaccine drops as part of a campaign to eradicate the disease, before health workers discovered the mistake, said Biswaranjan Sathpaty, director of West Bengal Health Services. “A total of 57 children started vomiting immediately after they were administered the wrong vaccine,” Sathpaty told AFP. They were taken to a local hospital in Arambagh for treatment and have since been discharged, Sathpaty said. Doctors and officials were quoted

Egypt: Security forces storm southern town

Nobel laureates, doctors urge end to attacks on Syria hospitals

n AP, Cairo, Egypt

n AFP, Paris

Security forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters on Monday stormed a town south of Cairo that had been held for over two months by militants loyal to the ousted Islamist president, swiftly taking control despite some resistance from gunmen. Local activists Adel Shafiq and Ezzat Ibrahim said a joint force of army and police rolled into the town of Dalga, about 300 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital, before dawn on Monday. They said there were about 10 minutes of intense gunfire, followed by sporadic shots as government forces began house-to-house searches to arrest militants. Two army helicopters were flying low over the town, which has a 120,000 population of which an estimated 20,000 are minority Christians. Forces sealed off all entrances to the town and ordered residents to stay indoors, according to the activists. Militants drove police out of Dalga,

located on the edge of the Nile Valley bordering the western desert, during a security vacuum in southern Egypt’s Minya province following the July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in a popularly backed coup. Armed militants were visible on many of its streets, and Morsi supporters held daily demonstrations outside the police station calling for the ousted president’s reinstatement. Christians in Dalga say militants demanded money in exchange for their protection, a practice harkening back to a long abandoned tax called “jizyah” collected from non-Muslims. Security officials in Minya said several militants have been arrested in Dalga on Monday, including members of the Gamaa Islamiyah, a militant group that is a close ally of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The Gamaa led the insurgency against the government in the 1990s and is blamed for a series of high-profile assassinations at the time along with the killing of wealthy Christians and western tourists. l

Costa Concordia in Italy freed from rocks n Reuters, Italy The Costa Concordia cruise liner on Monday inched slowly off the rock shelf where it has been stuck for more than 20 months, in a painstaking process to right the ship that looked set to continue late into the night. As salvage teams concentrated on the biggest operation of its kind ever attempted, survivors of the January 13, 2012 disaster - when the ship carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew capsized off the Italian island of Giglio - thought of the 32 who died, including two whose bodies have yet to be found. “Naturally, I think of those people who didn’t make it and especially for those two families who are still waiting to find the remains of their loved ones,” said Luciano Castro, a 49-year-old journalist who was on the ship when it sank. “They must still be under the keel of the Concordia and I hope after this finally they will have a grave they can cry over.” After a three-hour delay caused by an overnight storm, salvage crews started the so-called “parbuckling” operation at around 9.00 a.m. (0300 ET) and by mid-afternoon had lifted the side of the vessel completely off the rock bed. Still on its side, the ship was raised far enough out of the sea to reveal a dirty brown water mark staining the white hull. “At this point we’re around half way through the first phase,” Franco Porcellacchia, leader of Costa Cruise’s technical team, told reporters. “It’s all happening very slowly but very carefully and safely.” Officials declined to estimate how much longer the operation, originally scheduled to take 10-12 hours, may last but suggested it could continue well into the night. “We never set any fixed time on it,” said Sergio Girotto, project leader for contractor Micoperi. “It could take 15 or 18 hours.” In contrast to the accident, a catalogue of mishap and misjudgement over which the Concordia’s captain Francesco Schettino faces multiple charges, the salvage operation has so far been a tightly coordinated engineering feat. l

Fifty leaders in world medicine, including three winners of the Nobel prize, on Monday urged all combatants in Syria to spare hospitals, doctors and nurses, warning that the country’s medical infrastructure was being deliberately targeted and was now on the brink of collapse. “Systematic assaults on medical professionals, facilities and patients are breaking Syria’s health-care system and making it nearly impossible for civilians to receive essential medical services,” they said in an open letter published by The Lancet. “According to the WHO, 37% of Syrian hospitals have been destroyed and a further 20% severely damaged. Makeshift clinics have become fully fledged trauma centres, struggling to cope with the injured and sick. According to the Violations Documentation Centre, an estimated 469 health workers are currently imprisoned, and about 15,000 doctors have been forced to flee abroad, according to the Council

on Foreign Relations. Of the 5,000 physicians in Aleppo before the conflict started, only 36 remain.” The letter described the attacks as “deliberate and systematic....(and) an unconscionable betrayal of the principle of medical neutrality.” “We call on the Syrian government

and all armed parties to refrain from attacking hospitals, ambulances, medical facilities and supplies, health professionals and patients; allow access to treatment for any patient; and hold perpetrators of such violations accountable according to internationally recognised legal standards,” it said. l

Syrian medics treat wounded children and men, injured from heavy shelling, at a makeshift hospital in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, northern Syria AP

by local media as saying the hepatitis B vaccine would not cause any long-term harm, but the mishap could deter parents from allowing their children to be vaccinated in future. Medical workers in India have worked hard to stamp out polio, a rare public health victory in a country where children are at risk of a range of deadly illnesses. Almost half of all children below the age of three are malnourished. The polio clinics were set up at two schools in Goghat village 80km northwest of the state capital Kolkata, said Apurba Ghosh, director of the staterun Institute of Child Health. Four health officials have been suspended and an investigation is under way into exactly how the mix-up occurred, Sathpaty said. “A few samples of hepatitis B mistakenly found their way into the container marked for polio vaccines,” he said. “A nurse was assigned to collect the packet of vaccines from a local government office,” he said. “But she sent her husband to get the vaccines.” l

Iran will accept any elected Syria ruler n AP, Tehran, Iran Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani says his country will accept anyone as ruler of Syria who is elected by the Syrian people, the official news agency reported Monday. His remarks carried by IRNA do not signal any change of policy on Syria but mark a shift of emphasis from comments by other Iranian leaders, which have often emphasized Iran’s support for its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, and blamed the West and Israel for the rebellion against him. Syria plans a presidential election in 2014, but few in the opposition take the vote seriously or believe it can be held amid the country’s civil war. Opposition groups say they oppose all negotiation with Assad’s government unless it is aimed at his giving up power. Rouhani was elected in June promising a more diplomatic approach to the West in negotiations over its nuclear program, which the US and its allies say is aimed at weapons development. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes. l

Pakistan nominates first film for Oscar in 50 years n AFP, Islamabad Pakistan has put forward a film for the Oscars for the first time in nearly 50 years as its struggling film industry shows signs of revival, officials said Monday. “The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee has selected “Zinda Bhaag”as the first Pakistani film in over fifty years to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 86th Academy Awards,” a statement issued by the selectors said. In addition to Zinda Bhaag (Flee Alive), a further three films were submitted to the committee for consideration: Chambeli, Josh and Lamha. The selection was made last week

through secret ballot and Zinda Bhaag was the “overwhelming film of choice of the Committee members.” The film is a comedy-thriller about three young men trying to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives through the use of unconventional methods available to them. The movie hits the cinemas on September 20. The film’s narrative is familiar to everyday Pakistanis. The protagonists have unfulfilled desires to achieve feats that are out of their reach and a yearning to prove themselves despite the hurdles places before them. Yet an inescapable sense of melancholy sets in when they discover their opportunities are dictated by forces outside of their control.

The film is directed and written by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, and is produced by Mazhar Zaidi. It features Indian born Bollywood stalwart Naseeruddin Shah, as well as Amna Ilyas and Khurram Patras in leading roles. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, chairwoman of the selection committee, hailed the nomination. “Pakistan will finally have a film in contention this year at the Academy Awards and I feel proud that today we are taking a small step towards recognizing our own film makers,” the statement quoted Chinoy as saying. In 2012, Chinnoy herself became the first Pakistani to claim Hollywood’s most coveted gong for co-directing a documentary about victims of acid attacks. l

WORLD WATCH Iran mulls Persian cat as next animal astronaut

Iran says it is considering sending a Persian cat into space as the next animal astronaut after claims of launching a monkey earlier this year. Monday’s report by the official IRNA news agency quotes space official Mohammad Ebrahimi as saying the next animal could be the distinctive Persian cat, a long-haired, flat-faced breed named after Iran’s former name of Persia. In February, Iran insisted it successful sent a monkey outside earth’s atmosphere and returned it safely. However photos raised international questions about whether the same animal was shown in pre- and post-launch images.

Former Malaysia communist fighter dies in exile

Malaysia’s renowned former communist fighter Chin Peng, who led a guerrilla campaign against British colonial rule, died in

exile in Thailand on Monday, according to his military liaison. The 89-year-old, who left Malaysia around five decades ago, had been hospitalised in Bangkok for several years. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia’s home affairs minister in charge of internal security, told AFP that Chin Peng’s remains would not be returned to the country. Many servicemen, civilians and British planters were killed by the communists. In the 1950s, there was a bounty of quarter of a million dollars for Chin Peng if caught alive.

Daughter of senior N. Korea official defects: Seoul activist

The teenage daughter of a senior North Korean security official has escaped to the South in a rare defection by a member of the privileged elite, a Seoul activist said Monday. The 19-year-old, identified by her surname Han, is the daughter of a Ministry of Public Security official responsible for police operations in the capital Pyongyang, the

rights activist who helped her escape told AFP. Han had been studying at a college in Beijing when she fled to the South after crossing to a third country in May, said the activist, who declined to be named.

China opens world’s highest civilian airport

China opened the world’s highest civilian airport on Monday, in a restive and remote Tibetan region of southwestern Sichuan province, which will cut journey times from the provincial capital from two days to a little more than one hour. Daocheng airport in Garzi, a heavily ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan, is 4,411metres above sea level, and overtakes Qamdo airport in Tibet, which sits at 4,334metres above sea level, for the title of world’s highest. The official Xinhua news agency said flights would initially connect with Chengdu, the provincial capital, otherwise a two-day bus trip away. Flights to cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing will begin at a later date.


Myanmar, UN nuclear agency agree closer inspections n AFP, Vienna The UN atomic agency said Monday it will sign an agreement with Myanmar aimed at clearing up lingering suspicions that its military junta might have sought nuclear weapons. Myanmar, also known as Burma, was suspected of pursuing military and nuclear cooperation with North Korea during the long years of junta rule that ended last year. The “additional protocol” to Myanmar’s existing accord with the International Atomic Energy Agency gives the watchdog’s inspectors greater physical access to facilities in Myanmar. It was due to be inked in Vienna on Tuesday at IAEA headquarters by the agency’s Japanese head Yukiya Amano and Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar’s foreign minister. Myanmar President Thein Sein’s government has denied any covert effort to obtain nuclear weapons technology from North Korea, which has conducted three nuclear tests. l


UN resolution threatening Syria may ‘wreck peace talks’: Russia n AFP, Moscow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday warned that talks by some Western countries on the swift adoption of a tough United Nations resolution on Syria could wreck peace efforts. He spoke after Britain, France and the United States at a Paris meeting agreed on the need for a “strong and binding” UN resolution on the transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons to international control. Lavrov said Russia opposed proposals by Western powers to swiftly pass a resolution including the use of force under Chapter Seven of the UN charter. He called for the United States to adhere to the terms of the framework he and US Secretary of State John Kerry drew up in Geneva on Saturday. Lavrov said that declarations “by some of our partners” that a resolution listing measures under Chapter Seven

should be passed in the next few days “show lack of understanding of what we agreed on with John Kerry, and even unwillingness to read this document”. “Chapter Seven was the subject of fierce debates at the US-Russia talks. As a result, it is not in the final text, but our partners want to replay unilaterally what we agreed in Geneva with the Americans,” Lavrov said. He was speaking at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmi in Moscow. Referring to “announcements that are coming from European capitals,” Lavrov said he was “convinced... the American side will firmly adhere, as a normal negotiating partner, to what was reached” at the Geneva talks. He insisted that the US-Russian framework agreement offered a real “practical route” towards destroying Syria’s chemical weapons.

He said that those who wanted to threaten Syria with strikes were choosing a strategy that could jeopardise future peace talks. “If on the other hand, for someone it is more important to constantly threaten, to scare, to seek an excuse for strikes... then that is also a route to wrecking completely the chances of calling the Geneva-2 conference,” Lavrov said, referring to peace talks long proposed by Russia and the United States. Lavrov and Kerry on Saturday announced a proposed deal under which Syria would hand over a list of its stockpiles within a week and would destroy its chemical weapons by mid-2014 after intensive talks that ran into a third day. The framework agreement said that the United Nations resolution “should provide for review” of Syria’s compliance on a chemical weapons ban. l

Peace talks held in Jerusalem n AFP, Ramallah Negotiators were holding peace talks in Jerusalem on Monday, Palestinian officials told AFP, although Israeli sources refused to confirm the meetings. Meetings between the two sides, launched in Jerusalem in August, have been mostly held in secret under a US-requested media blackout, and the Palestinian sources declined to be identified. During a flying visit on Sunday focused on the Syria conflict, US Secre-


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tary of State John Kerry held talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry kept his remarks on the peace talks to a minimum. “We are convinced that the best way to try to work through the difficult choices that have to be made is to do so privately,” he said. “We will not discuss the substance of what we are working on.” Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, meanwhile, a week after meeting Kerry in London, rejected the notion of an Israeli military presence in the Jor-

dan Valley of the West Bank under any final-status agreement. “The security of the (future) Palestinian state’s borders are the responsibility of Palestinian security forces first and foremost,” he told reporters in the West Bank city of Jericho. Israel demands a long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley in case a Palestinian state is established. Security and Jewish settlement building on Palestinian land are two of many contentious issues which have led to the collapse of peace talks in the

past. Abbas called on the European Union to enforce guidelines it published in July that would ban its institutions from dealing financially with or funding any Israeli settlements in the West Bank from 2014. Kerry last week urged the EU to suspend the guidelines. “I did ask the European community if they would consider a suspension,” he said. “It’s not asking them to change the policy, it’s asking them to suspend or delay its implementation while these talks are taking place.” l

Afghan men offer funeral prayers in front of the body of the top policewoman in Helmand province, Negar, who was shot Sunday by unknown attackers AP

Top Afghan policewoman dies after gun attack n AFP, Kandahar, Afghanistan The top policewoman in Afghanistan’s restive south died Monday after being shot by assassins, just months after her predecessor was gunned down, in the latest attack to highlight the threat to women in public life. Negar, who only used one name, was shot on the street in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, on Sunday and died of her wounds in hospital. “I can confirm that Nigar died in the emergency unit of the hospital this morning,” provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP. “She died from a bad injury to her neck.” Her predecessor as the most senior woman police officer in Helmand, Lieutenant Bibi Islam, was seen as a high-profile symbol of how opportunities have improved in Afghanistan since the repressive Taliban regime was ousted in 2001. But before her murder in July, Islam admitted receiving regular death threats from people who disapproved of her career – including from her own brother. The deaths in Helmand follow the murder of female police Lieutenant Colonel Malalai Kakar in neighbour-

ing Kandahar province in 2008, and the killing of two successive women’s affairs directors in Laghman province within months last year. And earlier this month, masked gunmen in the eastern province of Paktika shot dead Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, whose book about her escape from Islamist militants in the 1990s became a Bollywood film. Negar, 38, was at first expected to survive her injuries after she was shot on Sunday morning as she walked near the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah. Her killers were riding a motorbike and escaped the scene. She had worked for seven years in the police crime branch in Helmand, a hotbed of the Islamist insurgency that erupted against the US-backed Kabul government after the fall of the Taliban. She was the mother of a son and a daughter and was based at Lashkar Gah airport after reaching the rank of investigator. Before Helmand, she had been posted in the capital Kabul. She said that she had also received death threats, but that Afghanistan needed more female police officers to protect women who often suffer repression, sexual violence and discrimination. l

At least 12 dead in US naval base shooting n AFP, Washington

Twin storms on opposite Afghan election race kicks off as coasts kill 21 in Mexico nominations open

A shooting rampage at a Washington naval base claimed at least 12 lives including that of an unidentified gunman, city police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Monday. Lanier said two more potential suspects were still at large after the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard and that the motive of the shooter or shooters was not yet known. “We are confirming 12 fatalities. We had a few additional victims who were injured. They were not fatally injured,” she said, briefing reporters on a street by the base. Lanier gave more details on two male suspects seen near the scene of the shooting, a headquarters building within the riverside base, who police are hunting. “The first is for a white male between 40 and 50 years of age ... wearing military uniform consistent with a naval uniform and a beret style hat,” she said. “We also have a lookout for a black male between the ages of 40 and 50 in an olive military style uniform,” she said. l

Mexico, already battered by heavy rain, landslides and floods on its Pacific and eastern coasts that have killed at least 21 people, braced Monday for an expected hit from Hurricane Ingrid. Thousands of people were evacuated as Ingrid and remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Manuel flanked Mexico on the Pacific and Gulf coasts, causing rivers to overflow, flooding streets and damaging bridges. The country was facing an “atypical and unusual” situation, as it has never before been hit by a hurricane 24 hours after a tropical storm made landfall, National Weather Service coordinator Juan Manuel Caballero told a news conference. Hurricane Ingrid was approaching the east coast ahead of an expected

n AFP, Acapulco

landfall. State-run energy firm Pemex evacuated three oil platforms off the Gulf coast of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and shut down 24 wells. On the Pacific side, Manuel dissipated over west-central Mexico, hours after making landfall near the Colima state town of Manzanillo, the US National Hurricane Centre said. At least 11 of the 21 deaths were in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where water rose as high as three feet (one meter) in some neighborhoods, dragging cars away. The port and the international airport were closed and the highway linking Mexico City to Acapulco shut down due to landslides and flooding in the southwestern state of Guerrero. Some 2,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the state, while more than 20,000 households lost power. l

n AFP, Kabul Nominations opened Monday for Afghanistan’s presidential election, with a large field expected to register in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai as the US-led war winds down. The election next April 5 will mark Afghanistan’s first-ever democratic transfer of power when Karzai steps aside after leading the country since the hardline Taliban regime was ousted in 2001. The presidential race, from which Karzai is barred after serving two terms, is seen as the key test of the effectiveness of 13 years of bloody international military intervention and billions of dollars of aid. “Around 28 people received the information package for presidential elections,” Independent Election

Commission (IEC) spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters as the office opened. All potential runners must register with the IEC before October 6 and a final list of verified candidates will be published on November 16. No candidate put his or her name forward on Monday. Presidential hopefuls must be aged at least 40, have a clean criminal record, provide 100,000 voter cards to prove they have a network of supporters, and lodge a deposit of one million Afghanis ($18,000). The tough new criteria were designed “to limit the number of runners,” Noor told AFP, after around 40 candidates stood in the chaotic 2009 election that was marred by massive fraud. Karzai on Monday also named a new five-member Electoral Complaints Commission which will investigate al-

Cambodia rivals meet after protest bloodshed n AFP, Phnom Penh

Turkey downs Syrian helicopter n AFP, Ankara Turkey said it had downed a Syrian military helicopter on Monday, accusing the neighbouring nation of violating its airspace in the tense border region, amid a new international diplomatic push to end Syria’s civil war. The Syrian MI-17 helicopter was detected two kilometres (1.2 miles) inside Turkish airspace and shot down five minutes later after failing to heed warnings, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting. “It was continuously warned by our air defence but as the violation continued, it fell on Syrian soil at 2:25 pm (1125 GMT), having been hit by missiles from our planes,” which took off from their base in the eastern province of Malatya, he said. Arinc added that there was no information about the fate of its crew because the helicopter fell on Syrian soil. The downing of the helicopter comes at a time of heightened diplomatic activity to resolve the Syrian crisis, which has spillover effects across the region. l

legations of fraud. The commission has been reshaped since 2009, when it was made up of three Afghans and two foreign UN representatives, and many observers fear it has lost its independence and determination to root out ballot-rigging. “Most of the members of the commission are allies of the president or his associates,” Thomas Ruttig, of the Afghan Analysts Network, told AFP. Karzai, a charismatic and mercurial figure, has dominated Afghan politics as the country has struggled to develop amid a fierce Taliban insurgency, and there are no obvious front-runners to succeed him. He has vowed to oversee a free and fair election, and said he will not endorse any candidate, but international donor nations have expressed repeated concerns over the vote. l

A man walks past tied up chairs at the Miramar beach as Hurricane Ingrid approaches the coast in Ciudad Madero, Mexico, Sunday September 15, Tropical Storm Manuel swept onto Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid swirled offshore on the other side of the country, as heavy rains and landslides caused at least 24 deaths and led authorities to evacuate thousands AP

Cambodia’s political rivals held fresh crisis talks Monday as thousands of protesters massed for a second day following violent clashes against a disputed election that left one demonstrator dead and several wounded. Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy met for several hours at the National Assembly in search of a way out of the deepening political standoff triggered by July polls marred by allegations of electoral fraud. In a joint statement released afterwards, they said they had agreed on three points – to heed the king’s call for an end to the violence, to set up a mechanism to bring about election reform in the future and to continue negotiations. The talks followed violent clashes in the capital Phnom Penh Sunday on the fringes of a mass demonstration that drew an estimated 20,000 opposition supporters demanding an independent probe into the vote. Security forces fired smoke grenades, tear gas and water cannon at rock-throwing protesters. The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) blamed the authorities for the death of a protester who, according to witnesses, was shot in the head.l



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Government to start census of illegal Rohingyas

Open source is the future

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s the economy grows, so does computer use. Most office computers use proprietary software such as Microsoft Windows, either because it is sold with the machines or, more typically in Bangladesh, because pirated copies are in common circulation. The latter option is not only illegal but will become less available as globalisation brings with it stricter enforcement of intellectual property laws. As licence fees can run into hundreds of dollars a year, software companies can be expected to approach more organisations for fees for using their products. Open source software offers a practical solution to the cost of licence fees. In addition to As the name implies, its reducing costs and computer code is made availabringing security ble freely so that engineers can benefits for users, collaborate in correcting errors open source software and adding new features. This can help open up new approach inspired the voluntary opportunities for the editing model behind Wikipedia, IT sector but many computer users are not aware of the availability of open source replacements for branded products. All the most commonly used IT applications, including web browsers, spreadsheets and word processing, are available in open source form with the same features as proprietary products. They have several advantages, firstly because being open, programmes are available for free download, and secondly because programmes can be continually checked for faults and security holes by software specialists, who can share updates with users. Such collaboration is a proven boon for developers who can build on the shared knowledge to develop better and new applications. The government should lead the way in encouraging users to move to open source software. In addition to reducing costs and bringing security benefits for users, open source software can help open up new opportunities for the IT sector.

Thank you for this article. We follow your regular coverage on the Rohingya/Myanmar issue. It is important to inform Bangladeshis about not only the political/security aspect of the Rohingyas’ persecution in Myanmar, but also the humanitarian implications of their asylum appeal in Bangladesh. Ability to seek asylum is a fundamental human right and I hope the democratic vote as well as public opinion in Bangladesh would support this country’s responsible role in continuing to provide asylum in this desperate situation. Thank you for playing a leading role in providing information and analysis. FK, UNHCR CO Dhaka

Listen to Ban-Ki-moon September 11

This whole situation is like a comedy drama, held before every election. Someone from abroad has to babysit the leaders, and stop the whining. Why can’t they trust each other? If they can’t do this little thing in life, how can they talk about taking the country to the top, creating miracles, and removing all the problems? We, the average citizens, have watched this fiasco for a long time. And unfortunately it will remain like this because it is our tendency not to change in a good way. We tend to move towards the wrong way and we love it. SH

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or too long, we have taken a backseat as merely a producer and supplier of raw jute. It is high time we take on a more active role in the mass production and promotion of jute products in our daily lives. It makes perfect sense as jute is economical, long-lasting, and eco-friendly. By endorsing jute and jute-based goods – these can include a diverse range of products such as bags, files, By endorsing jute folders, wallets, diaries, and even and jute-based laptop-carrier bags and cardholdgoods we would not ers – we would not only be suponly be supporting porting our jute farmers, but also our jute farmers, opening up new markets, and but also opening up ensuring our progress towards a new markets, and sustainable economy. ensuring our progress The Mandatory Use of Jute in towards a sustainable Packing Act 2010 is a long overeconomy due step that ought to have been introduced from the onset of our nation’s birth. Had that been done, jute products would have done much more to strengthen our economy and make it sustainable by now. However, it is not too late. Jute and jute-based goods are likely to do very well as the demand for them has continued to grow internationally. This is an opportunity that we need to take advantage of. We are already a major producer of raw jute. The next obvious step is to shift toward the production and use of jute-based goods on a more massive scale, so let us not drag our feet any longer.

I actually don’t understand how we can be more responsible as voters. Before becoming responsible voters, I want to see more responsible candidates to vote for. Well, what other choices do we have? Only 2 parties, vote for this or vote for that. Do we have any other choice? No we don’t. And what’s the use of being aware of all the good or bad works by both parties. Do they even care about that? Only option we have is not to vote or give NA vote, which I guess is not available any more. So we can be extremely responsible, but as long as the parties are not responsible, there is no use for our responsible voting. Shamim

‘Rituporno is my inspiration for playing the role of a transsexual’ says Rawnak September 12

Rasel Ahmed Rituparna never claimed any genre of sexuality for himself. Then how on earth can he become a transsexual? Subarna Ahsan Agreed. Rituparna had never declared his gender identity; rather, he was a phenomenon who pulled his identity over any gender crisis and biased myth or taboo. His unparalleled attribution toward the definition of gender in social myth and cultural aspect is still unimaginable to many of us. However, those who have the guts to overcome the barrier of window thinking, and can implement extraordinary ideas truly exceed in all sorts of definitions of common ideas blended in every day life. They are the legends, they are the rebels, they are the creators of history .

Four men found guilty in landmark gang-rape trial

15-member interim admin proposed

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This is like old wine in an old bottle; even the bottle has not changed. Think of something new, commensurate with the provisions of the existing Constitution. The “way out” is there, just look for it. WaliulHaqueKhondker

Sheikh Jinat Mahmid The Bangladeshi girl, Felani, didn’t get justice. At least the Delhi victim got it! Thanks God. Hasna Mamtaz Shoma Good! Ria Zoynab Would love to see their faces




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n Syeed Ahamed here has been a lot of talk lately about the recently amended Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act, 2006. The controversial ICT Act was introduced towards the end of the last BNP government. Article 57 of the law has been criticised for creating the opportunity for authorities to criminalise virtually any type of online publication. Although the act was challenged in the High Court for undermining the constitutional right to freedom of speech, political leaders still need to be persuaded some of the act’s provisions are excessive. It had been hoped that the current AL government would abolish Article 57 of the Act as it is a clear obstacle to its vision for “Digital Bangladesh.” Astonishingly, however, the law has now been amended for the worse. All offence under that article has now been made “cognisable,” so a police officer can arrest anyone without a Court’s permission if the officer thinks that any sort of writings including a poem or a story in any online publication can “create the possibility” to worsen the law and order situation, or “may harm” someone’s religious feelings. It has also been made non-bailable, so a person arrested on suspicion of breaching these provisions will not have any right to bail and will remain in jail until tried. Furthermore, punishment for this offence has been set at a “minimum” of seven years (and maximum of 14 years) of imprisonment and a fine of up to Tk1 crore (10m). Not surprisingly the law has already been dubbed as draconian. Draco was the lawgiver of ancient Athens who codified oral laws into a written constitution, and was particularly known for registering unusually harsh punishment for minor crimes. Thus “draconian” laws refer to disproportionate and unforgiving rules or laws. For example, Draco believed that even some minor crimes deserved


the death penalty and thus, in many cases, people convicted of both major and minor crimes faced unflinchingly severe punishment. Article 57 of the ICT Act is draconian in many ways. A good way to illustrate this is to contrast it with Bangladesh’s Penal Code (article 148) which provides a maximum of three years of imprisonment for rioting with a deadly weapon.

forbid – to ensure that people clearly understood what the law said so they could stay away from criminal acts – Article 57 does not explain what type of online publication will be considered to fall within the scope of the very general description of “possibly” worsening the law and order situation, or damaging the state’s image. Thus, in Bangladesh, until the act is amended or cases are decided, any online

Whilst Draco was at least specific about the acts he wanted laws to forbid, Article 57 does not explain what type of online publication will be considered to fall within the scope of the very general description of “possibly” worsening the law and order situation

But Article 57 of the ICT Act suggests far harsher punishment, (notably the minimum of seven years and maximum of 14 years in prison) for simply publishing anything that can “create the possibility to worsen the law and order situation.” Whilst Draco was at least specific about the acts he wanted laws to

authors could be at risk under the ICT Act’s provisions. An author will only understand his/her crime after they have been arrested. Furthermore, even though the Bangladesh Penal Code and laws on defamation ordinarily take into account the authors’ intentions and seek to avoid vagueness, Article 57 on the

other hand criminalises online publications that “harm or may harm religious feelings,” regardless of whether the author intended or did not intend to hurt religious feelings. Even Draco used to consider the “intention” of the accused when measuring the severity of a crime. For instance, he ruled unintentional “manslaughter” to be a lesser crime than intentional “murder.” Don’t the draconian laws appear better in this respect than Article 57 of the ICT Act? We do not know who influenced the BNP government in 1994 to turn down a proposal for connecting Bangladesh with the international submarine cable network free of cost. But it has had to carry the blame for that decision. Similarly, we also do not know who influenced the current government to amend the ICT Act for the worse in this draconian manner. The government should accept common sense opinion about the draconian nature of this provision and repeal article 57 from ICT Act. Otherwise, it will be responsible for undermining the spirit of digital Bangladesh which it has promoted to the nation. l Syeed Ahamed is the CEO of IID and can be contacted at

In defence of women n Dr AM Choudhury


uring the early part of my career, on return from London after completing my PhD, I was posted in Karachi as we had no offices in East Pakistan. I was living there with my wife who was pregnant at the time. It was agreed that my wife’s sister would come to Karachi before the delivery of the child, but it so happened that my child came in to this world two weeks earlier than the scheduled delivery date and before anybody else could come to Karachi to help us. Having noticed the signs and symptoms exhibited by my wife, I rushed

her to the doctor in the Nazmabad area of Karachi, where the gynaecologist requested me to get her admitted in the hospital immediately. She asked me to bring materials necessary for the delivery from the nearby market. As I was a newcomer in the area and not very conversant in Urdu, it took me some time to bring the necessary materials. It got quite late at night and I could not inform any of our friends about the matter. I explained this to my doctor. The doctor happened to be the mother-in-law of a colleague of mine working in our office, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Committee, and was very sympathetic towards us. As a matter of fact, my colleague had introduced us to his mother-in-law. As a special case, the doctor allowed me to stay in the delivery room.

Then comes the rearing of children, starting from feeding the baby, cleaning up, taking care when the baby falls ill – all this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop, without a vacation

This is the crux of the story I am going to relate, which very few men in our country other than gynaecologists have experienced. I watched the pain my wife experienced all through the

night. It was agonising pain, and many times seemed like the pain of death. My son was born just when the muezzin was calling for Fazr prayers and I found my wife smiling as though she had forgotten all the pain! Such pain during childbirth is only experienced by the mother and men have no share in it. I humbly salute my wife and all the women of the world who have produced children. Then comes the rearing of children. Here also the main part is typically played by the woman. Starting from feeding the baby, cleaning up, taking care when the baby falls ill – all this 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop, without a vacation for many years till the baby goes to school. And even after that, the mother’s work does not diminish – the primary responsibility of early education and nurturing is still almost the sole domain of the mother. This continues till the baby grows up to be independent. As Napoleon, one of the greatest generals of all time, is alleged to have said: “Give me a good mother, and I shall give you a good nation.” Now I shall present some events as described in our Islamic holy scriptures. It is stated in the hadith that a person approached our Prophet and asked him, “Who is the most honoured person in our family?” The Prophet replied, “Your mother.” The man asked again, “Who is the next honoured person?” The Prophet replied again, “Your


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mother.” He came up with the same answer when the man asked him the same question a third time. It is only during the fourth time that the answer changed to “your father.” So, in the family hierarchy, the first three positions are given to the woman. The man is given only the fourth place. This is expected because of the immense responsibility and pain she has to undertake in the family. Now I quote from Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s commentary on the Qu’ran. In Sura Nissa the running commentary given on page 177(C61) states: “All mankind are one, and mutual rights must be respected: the sexes must honour each the other; sacred are family relationships that rise through marriage and women bearing children …” Again in the commentary on the same Sura, on page 183(C62) he writes: “Let decency, kindness and justice prevail in all relationship. Let marriage be cherished and carefully guarded; women’s rights secured …” Lastly, I would like to quote what is widely acknowledged as the authentic speech of the Prophet himself. He once declared: “Your heaven lies under the feet of your mother.” What better tribute can be given to women? l The author is the former chairperson of SPARRSO and the former executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council, and a scholar in science and religion.

n Iranian war veteran fell into a coma in a Tehran hospital last week after suffering respiratory failure, his lungs ravaged by mustard gas during the Iran-Iraq war 30 years ago. Hadi Kazemnejad is one of up to 1,000,000 Iranians who were exposed to chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, officials say. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people were killed and 100,000 of those who survived have developed illnesses, often chronic. Cases like Kazemnejad’s point to the long-term damage of chemical warfare and also help explain Iran’s nuanced reaction to allegations regional ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used such weapons against his own people. Chemical attacks on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, in which an estimated 1,400 people died, have reopened a sensitive debate among Iranians over their country’s support for Syria. Tehran has provided financial and military support to ensure Assad maintains what it calls the “axis of resistance” against Israel and Arab and Western states. Iran-backed Hezbollah fighters have taken up arms for Assad inside Syria. Iranians have paid the highest price from any chemical attacks in modern history. Their suffering is etched into the existence of the theocratic state. In a Facebook posting Iran’s new foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, condemned the use of chemical weapons, “regardless of its victims or culprits.” The posting received more than 2,000 responses from Iranians at home and abroad, including many critical of Tehran’s unwavering support for Assad.

Obstacle or opportunity? It is a debate that reaches all the way to the office of Iran’s recently elected president, Hassan Rouhani, who is keen to ensure Syria’s civil war does not ruin his chances of making progress in negotiations with the West over Iran’s nuclear programme and getting trade sanctions eased, analysts say. Rouhani has praised Syria’s move to join a global anti-chemical weapons treaty, part of a US-Russia deal that would eliminate Assad’s chemical arsenal. Iran’s Syria policy is run by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an ideologue who is unlikely to switch his support from Assad. But some diplomats believe if Rouhani is given a stake in the process by Khamenei, Iran could play an important role in helping Syria towards peace. Iran, they say, has previously shown it can be constructive. As evidence they hold up Iran’s role in the 2001 Bonn conference that paved the way for a transitional authority in Afghanistan. Iran’s lead representative to those talks was new foreign minister Zarif. According to US diplomat James Dobbins in testimony to the US Congress, Zarif achieved “the final breakthrough.”

From 1983, Saddam Hussein repeatedly attacked Iran with mustard gas, sarin and tabun to reverse the fortunes of his failed invasion of Iran three years earlier

In a recent op-ed piece, former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian – who worked under Rouhani – described the cooperation of Iran and the US in 2001 as a “blueprint for a new collaboration.” Such a plan faces many hurdles. Opposing even subtle change in Iran’s policy is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s hardline and dominant military force which is responsible for delivering support to Assad. “There are clearly divergent views. It will be interesting to see whether the Rouhani approach or the current hardline policy will prevail,” said Iran expert Ali Ansari at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. “Rouhani will have to tread very carefully as far as hardliners are concerned. It’s a pity, I think Syria could be a real opportunity.” In an apparent indication of the suffocating influence of the IRGC, Rou-

hani told commanders on Monday that the force should “keep their distance from political games,” state news agency IRNA reported.

Victimised Condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria, Iran also accuses the world of ignoring the plight of its own victims, like Hadi Kazemnejad. International sanctions against Iran, it says, are complicating access to medicines. Western powers say humanitarian goods such as food and medicine are free from sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to halt its nuclear work.

Iranians have paid the highest price from any chemical attacks in modern history. Their suffering is etched into the existence of the theocratic state “When I saw him yesterday in intensive care, it made me very sad and frustrated to see that our patients who can have a chance to live and breathe are dying because of these sanctions,” said Dr Shahriar Khateri, a co-founder of the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support, an NGO. “They were victimised by Saddam during the war but the world community turned a blind eye to his war crimes and never tried to stop him. When they removed Saddam, our victims expected help but they not only ignored us, they targeted us with sanctions.” From 1983, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein repeatedly attacked Iran with mustard gas, sarin and tabun to reverse the fortunes of his failed invasion of Iran three years earlier. A declassified US state department report from Baghdad dated to February 1983 cites an Iraqi military spokesman saying: “The invaders should know that for every harmful insect there is an insecticide capable of annihilating it whatever their number and Iraq possesses this annihilation insecticide.” Shahriar Khateri says lungs, eyes and skin problems are the most visible conditions but exposure to mustard gas attacks every cell in the body and has left survivors reeling from damage to the immune system, leaving them vulnerable to a wide range of infections and cancers.

Blisters Hassan Hassani was on the battlefield in February 1986 when Iraqi fighter jets bombed Iranian positions. The 19-year-old clambered from the rubble of the building he was in but within an hour he and other soldiers experienced breathing difficulties and burning eyes and skin. “After a couple of hours, we developed huge blisters on our bodies and I gradually became unconscious,” said the 46-year-old. “I had experience of being under heavy bombardment and artillery fire but seeing how gas can kill and suffocate strong soldiers was a frightening experience. I never forget the horrors of seeing huge, painful blisters on our bodies.” Behrouz Abbasi was also exposed to mustard gas near the city of Abadan. He has suffered from breathing difficulties since and has undergone specialised corneal surgery because of the damage mustard gas did to his eyes. “It is a lifetime of suffering, it is like torture,” he told Reuters. “I hate those who make such weapons ... and those who use them.” It is this emotion and fury that unites Iranian survivors, officials and campaign groups. “Once again breaths are stuck in chests, tears are pouring, bloody coughs have stained the earth and a rain of death has taken hold of tormented people,” read a statement by the Society for Chemical Victims of Sardasht on the events in Syria, a week after they took place. The statement calls on the United Nations and its partners to launch “humanitarian intervention without delay,” bring an end to the monstrosities and bring to trial the perpetrators. In the Tehran hospital doctors say war veteran Hadi Kazemnejad’s condition appears to be improving. “He has woken and is getting better,” said Shahriar Khateri. “But such a condition is unstable and needs careful care. We pray for him.” l This article has been syndicated from Reuters.




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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ running at Star Cineplex n Entertainment Desk “Oz the Great and Powerful,” the 2013 American 3D fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi is on at Star Cineplex. The entertaining flick is produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The movie stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King and Tony Cox are featured in supporting roles. The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 14, 2013, and with general theatrical release by Walt Disney Pictures on March 8, 2013, through the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theatres. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing $493m worldwide in revenue, $149m of which was earned during its

opening weekend worldwide. The movie is about a mischievous magician who gains the wisdom to become a powerful ruler after being swept away to a land of magic and mystery, as director Sam Raimi and screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) explore the genesis of author L Frank Baum’s enduring tales of Oz. Shady illusionist Oscar Diggs (James Franco) enchants curious audiences at a Kansas circus. A self-professed conman, he’s a fast-talking performer who aspires to follow in the footsteps of inventors like Thomas Edison. Oscar is being chased across the circus grounds by the rampaging Strongman when a tornado blows in and everyone runs for cover. Seeing a hot-air balloon as his only chance for escape, the illusionist jumps in and cuts himself free. Magically transported to the wondrous world of Oz, he soon encounters

Charity show for Nurul Islam Zahid at BSA today n Entertainment Desk To arrange financial help for the prominent lyricist, bhawiya folk singer and music composer Nurul Islam Zahid, Bhawaiya Gaaner Dol has organised a solo melodious evening titled “Mor Kisher Jibon” presented by Safiul Alam Raja. Nurul Islam Zahid is critically ill. He has been suffering for a long time from NND. In association with the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the programme will be held on September 17 at the National Music and Dance Auditorium of BSA at 6:30pm. Zahid has written over 3,500 bhawaiya songs. He also wrote many songs from different genres of folk music, such as, bhawaiya, jari, shari, bhatiyali, marfoti-gaan, murshidi-gaan and a

host of others. Under the tutelage of noted composer of the genre Nurul Islam Zahid, Raja has gradually become an accomplished bhawaiya singer. The director of Bhawaiya Gaaner Dol, Fazlul Haque, will deliver the welcome speech. Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky and Managing Director of Channel i Faridur Reza Sagor will be present as special guests, while noted cultural personality Nasiruddin Yousuf will be present as chief guest. Golam Kuddus, advisor of Bhawaiya Gaaner Dol, will preside over the inaugural ceremony. Exponent Nurul Islam Zahid was born in Kurigram district. He has received Abbas Uddin Padak, Kurigram, Bhawaiya Academy Award, Kurigram, Geedaler Akhra Award and many other awards. l

Theodora (Mila Kunis), a temperamental witch who surmises that he is the wizard named after their land (Oscar’s nickname is Oz), foretold to fall from the sky, defeat a nasty witch, and ascend to the throne. Theodora takes Oscar to the Emerald City to meet her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz), a powerful witch who reveals that he cannot become the rightful ruler of Oz until he’s accomplished his mission. Later, as Oscar and his new flying-monkey companion Finley (voice of Zach Braff ) prepare to face their fearsome enemy, they’re joined by the fragile but fearless China Girl (voice of Joey King) and benevolent witch Glinda the Good (Michelle Williams), who help them prepare for the arduous battle ahead. Together with the brave people of Oz, Oscar draws up a plan to rid the land of evil once and for all, and become the great and powerful king who will rule from his throne in the Emerald City. l

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Radio Foorti CEO Rezaul Huq and Head of Programs Biswajyoti Banerjee, Airtel Bangladesh Chief Operating Officer Rajnish Kaul and Head of Marketing Mir Nawbut Ali, and musician Fuad Al Muqtadir were present at the press launch of second season of Airtel-Radio Foorti Young Star of the Month

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Maasranga will broadcast the drama series “Mumbasa” tonight at 8 pm, which features a superhero named Mumbasa, who is a loner and has a quiet nature. Mumbasa loves paintings and is a person of few words. Mumbasa’s father has a simple take on life and holds the opinion that people tend to complicate things unecessarily. He wants his son to keep away from all things complicated; therefore he did his best to bring Mumbasa up in a manner which avoids such phenomenon. He wants his son to live happily ever after. Mumbasa has some unusual powers that let him foresee other’s future. It is because of this power that he turned into a superhero. The story of “Mumbasa” proceeds to portray the different kind of life that a superhero lives. The drama series is directed by Shihab Shahin. The cast of the series consists of Audity Wadud, Trisha, Rawnak Hasan, Shaju Khadem, Azad Abul Kalam, Ritu Sattar, Monira Mithu and many more. l

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Airtel Bangladesh and Radio Foorti have jointly announced the opening of the second season of the musical talent hunt initiative “Airtel-Radio Foorti Young Star of the Month” in a press conference held in the city. After the huge success of the first season, this year’s initiative is expected to be bigger and better. More than 2,500 songs were submitted by the participants last year. This year, musical maestro Fuad Al Muqtadir has joined this project to make the dreams of young musical talents comes true. The “Airtel-Radio Foorti Young Star of the Month” project had been devised to discover young musical talents and nurture them through their journey from amateur musicians to professionals. Young potential solo and band artistes are encouraged to send their songs to Radio Foorti where

they will be played for the audience to listen. These songs will also be uploaded to Radio Foorti fan page and Airtel Bangladesh fan page “Airtel Buzz” on Facebook where listeners will be encouraged to “like” the songs. The final selection will be made based on the number of SMSs sent, “likes” gathered and the verdict of Fuad Al Muqtadir. Two winners will be selected each month. The chosen few will then be sent to Fuad’s studio for a complete makeover of their songs. At the end of the year, Airtel and Radio Foorti shall release the “Airtel-Radio Foorti Young Star” album featuring all the selected artists. The project is already under operation from the September 5, 2013. Rezaul Huq, CEO of Radio Foorti, Rajnish Kaul, Chief Operating Officer, Airtel Bangladesh and Mir Nawbut Ali, Head of Marketing, Airtel Bangladesh were present at the press launch. l

“Standing here making history as Indian Americans we are so proud,” said Miss New York Nina Davuluri, moments before being named Miss America 2014. The crowd gave a thunderous cheer when Davuluri, 24, of Syracuse, New York was named. A graduate of the University of Michigan, her pageant platform was “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competancy.” And she certainly lived up to her platform, performing a Bollywood fusion dance wearing a traditional Indian costume decorated with spangles and bugle beads. Davuluri, who calls herself a huge Harry Potter fan, plans to become a physician. Asked during the question portion of the contest about plastic surgery to make Indian women look less Indian, Davuluri replied: “I don’t agree with plastic surgery, however I can understand that from a [certain] standpoint. More importantly I’ve always viewed Miss America as the girl next door and Miss America is always evolving. I wouldn’t want to change someone’s looks. Be confident in who you are.” l

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Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif prepare to face Syria havoc n Entertainment Desk

Popular actors Shatabdi Wadud and Bindu pair up for a telefilm titled ‘Ek Ratey Nandinir Shathe,’ which will be telecast during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. In the film, Shatabdi plays the role of a goon, and Bindu plays the titular character of Nandini. The story presents how love can develop between a gangster and a naive girl

When US President Barack Obama issued a warning to the embattled Bashar al-Assad regime of Syria recently, little did he know that his announcement would wreak havoc far away in Bollywood. The dispatch from White House sent shivers down the spine of Kabir Khan, who was all set to fly down to the Syria-Lebanon border with Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan for his upcoming film. The latest political development has put the film’s schedule abroad into a tizzy, with concerns over the security of the cast and crew being raised. Kabir and the film’s producer Sajid Nadiadwala have decided to go ahead but with a newly fortified security cover. A source said: “The new security cover will cost Nadiadwala about Rs20,000 more, but safety has to come first as both he and Kabir do not want to take any risks.” Explaining the danger of the situation, the source added: “If US planes fly towards Syria, they will have to go over Lebanon. This puts Katrina, Saif and others in a potential war zone.”

Last week, Kabir had flown down to Lebanon to finalise venues for the planned shoot and he returned to India last week after an extensive tour of the country. “The plan is to start the shoot on October 18. Kabir will shoot the first schedule, spanning close to 15-18 days in the conflict-ridden Syria-Leb-

anon border. The production house is backing Kabir’s decision despite the fact that the schedule could not be insured,” the source added. As of now, the team including Saif and Katrina will fly to Beirut first, and after filming some scenes in the Lebanese capital, they will proceed to the border. l

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Salahuddin pledges to work harder n Raihan Mahmood Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin said that Bangladesh football was “down but not out” and vowed to remain focused on the further developing the game. Flanked by vice presidents Kazi Nabil Ahmed and Badal Roy, Dutch head coach Lodewijk de Kruif and assistant coach Rene Koster, the BFF president announced his intention of changing the picture. At his first official press conference since the Saff Championship, in which Bangladesh failed to make it out of the group stage, Salahuddin said, “We are shocked. We did not get the results, it was the stoppage time debacle in two matches. Maybe a few different seconds would have changed the whole scenario but I don’t want to make any excuses. “However, it does us not good to sit idle after the disappointing result. We will try harder to get ahead - I pledge to try ten times harder to win the next Saff Championship. Our goal is to make Bangladesh a respected entity on the

international scene. We want to get past the World Cup qualifiers and that remains our target.” Salahuddin said he had formed a three member fact finding committee to review the performance of the national football team and they will submit a report within the next seven days. The committee is led by vice presidents Badal Roy and Tabith Awal and executive committee member Shamsul Hauqe Chowdhury MP. Salahuddin added that the committee’s findings would be revealed in full to the public. The president was also looking to build the skills of younger players by giving them greater international exposure, with an eye for the future. “We are sending the U-12 team to Korea, the U-16 team will fly to Kyrgyzstan and the U-19 team will be playing in Iran. This way, we are building future players - they need true international exposure and have to learn about the international environment,” he said. “We will be trying and trying harder, we will come out with different system, we will not give up,” Salahuddin concluded. l

Shakib named Unicef goodwill ambassador

Newcomer Devcich in NZ squad for Bangladesh ODIs

Comeback kid Yuvraj hits century for India ‘A’

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Bangladesh cricket star Shakib Al Hasan has been named a United Nations Children Funds’ (Unicef) “goodwill ambassador” for Bangladesh, along with famed magician Jewel Aich and popular actress Arifa Zaman Moushumi. The appointments will be officially announced at a press conference arranged by Unicef today. The last time the organization named goodwill ambassadors from Bangladesh was in 2005 and on that occasion, table tennis legend Zobera Rahman Linu, former Bangladesh national cricket captain Habibul Bashar Sumon and star batsman Mohammad Ashraful were the ambassadors. The ambassadors will sign a two year contract and will work to promote children rights. Unicef Bangladesh representative Pascal Villeneuve is expected to introduce the new goodwill ambassadors. l

Uncapped opening batsman Anton Devcich has been named in the New Zealand one-day cricket team to play in Bangladesh in late October and November. The 25-year-old left-hander recently toured India with the New Zealand “A’’ team, where he scored 115 in a four-day match against India “A’’ and 48 and 66 in one-day matches. New Zealand will play Bangladesh in one-day internationals at Dhaka on Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, at Fatullah on Nov. 4 and Sylhet on Nov. 6. Selection manager Bruce Edgar said Devcich was an opening batsman who “is also an outstanding fielder with the ability to contribute as a left arm spin bowling option which will be useful in the sub-continent.” Fast bowler Adam Milne returns to the New Zealand team which will play one Twenty20 international against Bangladesh. “Adam returns to the team after a number of injury concerns and he

For a man who had played no competitive cricket in four months, Yuvraj Singh acquitted himself disturbingly well at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Rusty at first and cautious through the middle, Yuvraj concluded his innings a rampant blur, having whacked an 80-ball hundred as India ‘A’ overwhelmed the West Indies ‘A’ in the first one-day game of the series. Chasing an imposing 312, the visitor fell 77 runs short, only Narsingh Deonarine and Ashley Nurse offering any resistance. In the morning, a wet outfield delayed proceedings by two hours and reduced the contest to 42 overs-a-side as the West Indies ‘A’ invited the host to bat. Robin Uthappa’s exit was followed,

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin speaks at the press conference regarding his future plans at the BFF House yesterday

offers the squad genuine pace,” Edgar said. “We’ve been impressed with his rhythm and pace on the New Zealand ‘A’ tour of India.” Opener Martin Guptill and leftarm spinner Daniel Vettori were not considered for selection because of injuries. In Guptill’s absence, Devcich is likely to open the batting with

Hamish Rutherford. New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson. l

first, by a loud roar, and then by Yuvraj. At first, the skipper yielded centre-stage to Mandeep Singh, who, gratuitously dropped on 20, went on to make 67 as India ‘A’ recovered from a sluggish start. Yuvraj — having taken 39 balls for his first boundary — then moved swiftly through the gears. A crowd of over 2,000 cheered as he unfurled a trademark pull off Ronsford Beaton, three sixes off Nikita Miller in the 35th over, and an imperious strike over long-off to raise his century. Yuvraj eventually fell for 123 (89b, 8x4, 7x6), having made 56 off his last 19 balls. At the other end, Yusuf Pathan had gone berserk, clobbering six sixes in an unbeaten 70 (32b), as the captain and he added 125 runs in only 9.1 overs to guide India ‘A’ to a mountainous score. l

Injured Kaka won’t Walton karate starts today Six charged with match-fixing in accept pay Raihan Mahmood n n AFP Australia Brazilian forward Kaka has added to AC Milan’s injury woes after being sidelined with an adductor muscle injury. Kaka, expected to be out for at least two weeks, will now be unavailable for the Rossoneri when they host Celtic in their opening Champions League Group game at the San Siro on Wednesday. Milan are already without forward Stephan El-Shaarawy, defenders Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio and midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, all of whom have picked up injuries in recent weeks. He will play no part on Wednesday after picking up the injury during a 70-minute spell against Torino on Saturday when Milan scraped a 2-2 draw. Kaka will miss next weekend’s Serie A clash against Napoli, Milan’s second group game away to Ajax in two weeks time and could also miss the league visit to Juventus on October 6. The 31-year-old former Ballon d’Or winner, meanwhile, said he won’t accept any salary while he is sidelined. “I’ve decided to go without pay for the time that I am injured. All I want from Milan is their support so I can heal as quickly as possible,” said Kaka.

The Walton 5th Divisional Karate Championship starts with the Dhaka phase at the National Sports Council gymnasium today. In the Dhaka phase, a total of 150 participants will compete in 17 events. Later on, the other four phases will take place in Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur and Barisal respectively. In addition, the Japan Cup Karate

will be held at Mirpur Indoor Stadium tomorrow and on Wednesday. At a press conference at the Bangladesh Olympic Association auditorium yesterday, director general of Rab and the president of karate federation Mokhlesur Rahman, executive director of Walton S.M. Zahid Haasn and additional director of Walton F.M. Iqbal bin Anwar Dawn announced the events. l

Mokhelsur Rahman, the president of Bangladesh Karate Federation speaks at the press conference of Walton Divisional Karate Championship yesterday


Six men including a Malaysian and a Briton have been charged following an investigation into multi-million dollar match-fixing in Australian state soccer, reports said Monday. The charges relate to the alleged manipulation of results mainly for overseas betting at an obscure second-tier Melbourne side called Southern Stars. The Australian Associated Press identified the prime accused, Segaran ‘Gerry’ Gsubramaniam, 45, as a Malaysian who was the contact man with players. Victoria state police said he faces 10 charges linked to corrupting the outcome of a betting event. Melbourne magistrates on Monday adjourned Gsubramaniam’s bail application until Friday. Detective Scott Poynder told the court receipts for foreign currency worth more than Aus$200,000 ($185,000) were found at Gsubramaniam’s rented accommodation and he had been booked to leave Australia on Monday night. l

Yuvraj Singh hits out against West Indies A in Bangalore on Sunday





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) laughs with Wayne Rooney (3rd R) and Shinji Kagawa (4th R) during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester September 16, 2013. United are set to play German side Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday REUTERS

First night jitters for veteran campaigners n Reuters Experienced as they are there will still be a few first-night nerves this week as Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti set off on new Champions League journeys with plenty to prove and reputations to polish. Each with two Champions League triumphs on their managerial CVs this season they are attempting to work their European magic in new surroundings. After a year-long sabbatical, having twice taken Barcelona to European glory in a glittering reign, Guardiola has arrived at Bayern Munich tasked with retaining the trophy won in such style by Jupp Heynckes in May. Ancelotti, after his brief stay at Paris

St Germain, will be expected to deliver Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup without delay, having twice led Milan to the summit. Guardiola’s Bayern open the defence of their crown at home to CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid will unleash Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in Turkey against Galatasaray while Chelsea face Swiss side FC Basel at Stamford Bridge. Rafa Benitez, another manager with a proven Champions League pedigree, will have to hit the ground running as his Napoli side host last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund in what looks like being a devilishly difficult Group F. With so many Champions League masterminds among the 32 coaches setting off this week, Manchester United’s David Moyes and Barcelona’s new coach Gerardo Martino look like rookies in comparison as they prepare for their

first ventures in the groups stages of the tournament. Moyes will need all his steely calm and self-belief as he plots United’s first Champions League campaign in the post-Alex Fergsuon era. The Scot will have a tough baptism with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen first up on Tuesday in a group that also contains Real Sociedad and Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk. A good start in Europe will go a long way to helping Moyes establish himself but the Champions League, as even Fergsuon would testify to, can be an unforgiving place. “(Ferguson) said he thinks this is one of the hardest draws United have had in the Champions League,” Moyes, whose only flirtation with the competition was a final qualifying round defeat while in charge at Everton, said. “If that’s coming from him it must be

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tough.” Martino has started life confidently at the Nou Camp and with Lionel Messi already having scored six league goals and with Brazilian Neymar about to make his Champions League bow, Barca will again start as one of the favourites. The Catalans are in Group H - the only section comprised of all former winners - with Celtic, Milan and Ajax

Amsterdam who they begin against on Wednesday in one of the ties of the week. While Moyes may be a novice at this level, albeit with a team containing the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, rivals Manchester City have recruited a vastly-experienced European coach in Manuel Pellegrini. City’s away tie against Group D minnows Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday will be the Chilean’s 45th in the Champions League and the club’s owners will be expecting a vast improvement on the previous two seasons in which they have managed only three wins in 12 group games. Bayern are also in City’s group, but Pellegrini, who steered Malaga to the quarter-finals last season, has warned against taking Czech side Plzen or CSKA Moscow lightly. “If we think we are going to qualify

for the last 16 because the other teams are weak we will be making a mistake,” he said. Ancelotti, who suffered Champions League disappointment while at Chelsea, has a mouthwatering array of talent at his disposal but finding the best system to incorporate the likes of Ronaldo, Bale, Luka Modric and Isco will be key to his chances of succeeding where others failed. An away match at Galatasaray will offer some early clues. The Italian clubs are not being touted as potential champions this year but Napoli, Juventus and Milan will all bring plenty to the party in the coming months. Paris St Germain, one of only two French clubs in the group phase, begin away to Olympiakos on Tuesday while Marseille host English regulars Arsenal on Wednesday. l

WORLD CUP PLAYOFFS Valencia slip to third consecutive Ivory Coast draw rivals Senegal defeat Fixture n By Mark Gleeson AFP


Real Betis continued Valencia’s disappointing start to life under new manager Miroslav Djukic as Los Verdiblancos scored three times in the opening 35 minutes on their way to a 3-1 win. Six of the previous seven meetings between the two had ended in victory for the home side and there seemed little doubt that run would end after Betis dominated the opening period. Jorge Molina opened the scoring on 10 minutes after being fed by Salva Sevilla to fire home from inside the area. Just 12 minutes later it was roles reversed for the second as this time Molina put Sevilla clean through on goal and he finished confidently past Diego Alves in the Valencia goal. Sevilla doubled his tally for the evening 13 minutes later with a simple finish from Jorge Vadillo’s cross and despite a late reply by Ricardo Costa for the visitors, Valencia slipped to a third consecutive defeat. Elsewhere, Moudir El Hamdaoui made a sensational debut for Malaga as the Moroccan scored a hat-trick in the Andalusians 5-0 hammering of Rayo Vallecano. The on-loan Fiorentina forward opened the scoring with a neat sidefooted volley before squaring for Francisco Portillo to add the second beforehalf time. And the former Ajax man completed his hat-trick with two more finishes from close range after Eliseu had fired into the top corner. Espanyol moved up to fifth in the day’s early game as Manu Lanzarote’s controversial winner 14 minutes from time handed them a 1-0 win over Granada. l

Ivory Coast and Senegal were paired together in Africa’s World Cup qualifying playoffs draw on Monday, reviving a rivalry that featured a stadium riot last year. They were the first two countries to emerge from the draw in Cairo, soliciting gasps from the small audience at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters. The other four ties will see Ethiopia play Nigeria, Tunisia meet Cameroon, Ghana take on Egypt and Burkina Faso against Algeria. Senegal have been banned from using their stadium in Dakar since rioting brought a premature halt to the African

Ivory Coast v Senegal Ethiopia v Nigeria Tunisia v Cameroon Ghana v Egypt Burkina Faso v Algeria First legs between Oct 11-15, second legs between Nov 15-19

Nations Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast in October. The match was stopped after Didier Drogba’s penalty had put the Ivorians in control of the two-legged tie. Since their Nations Cup elimination Senegal have appointed former France midfielder Alain Giresse as coach and

dumping top players like Demba Ba. Senegal will have completed their ban by the time they host the second leg of the playoff against Ivory Coast. However, it has not yet been decided if they will take the match to the same Stadium where last year’s riot occurred. The first legs must be played between Oct. 11-15 and the return games between Nov. 15-19. The winners qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. Burkina Faso and Ethiopia are looking to reach the finals for the first time. Ethiopia have a tough assignment against Nigeria while Burkina Faso will fancy their chances against mercurial Algeria who are ranked third in Africa despite having had a poor Nations Cup in South Africa at the start of the year. l

Saints held by Hammers n AFP

Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca participates in a soccer match in Cota Cota Bajo about 75 km from La Paz after inaugurating a sport centre there REUTERS

Southampton were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw as West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen came to his side’s rescue at St Mary’s on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino’s team had the better of the few chances on offer, but Jaaskelainen made several fine saves to ensure a dour encounter ended in stalemate. West Ham’s only real chance fell to James Collins in the closing minutes, but the Welsh defender shot high over the crossbar. The draw left both teams in midtable in the Premier League with five points from their four matches. l

Alves liver love for Abidal n AFP, Madrid Monaco full-back Eric Abidal has said that his old Barcelona teammate Dani Alves offered to donate the Frenchman his liver when Abidal needed a transplant 18 months ago. Abidal was first diagnosed with a tumour on his liver in March 2011 and after briefly returning to the first team, was ruled out of the game for over a year to undergo the transplant in March 2012. As a tribute to Abidal, who was surprisingly not offered a new contract by Barca at the end of last season, Alves has changed his squad number from two to Abidal’s old number 22 this season. However, the 34-year-old has revealed their friendship went even much further than public displays of support. “My relationship with Dani goes much further than him taking my old number 22 shirt,” he told Catalunya radio. “When I had to undergo surgery, he wanted to donate his liver. Logically, he couldn’t because he is a professional footballer. Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship.” In another recent interview Abidal

caused controversy by saying that Barca hadn’t paid him whilst he had been ill. Those allegations were denied by the club who said they had fulfilled all their contractual obligations to the player. Abidal admitted there had been a misunderstanding and that he will most likely return to the club to work with their football development team once he has finished playing. In the period when Abidal needed the transplant and then during his recovery period, his playing contract was suspended by mutual consent, although he did continue to receive monthly payments from the club. His playing contract was then reactivated when he returned to training with the first team. “I don’t have any problems with Barcelona. It was all signed, what they said was true and what I said was true. “Everything is good. I will return to Barcelona with the joy that I have always had there. “I have an agreement with Barca for when I finish playing to be the director of their football schools worldwide and I will almost certainly accept that proposition.” l



Czechs back trusty Berdych, Stepanek for Davis Cup double n AFP

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Gago return inspires Boca to win over Racing Playmaker Fernando Gago revived Boca Juniors after missing their defeat at Olimpo last weekend by inspiring them to a 2-0 win over Racing Club at La Bombonera on Sunday. Boca moved within two points of leaders Newell’s Old Boys and within one of San Lorenzo, Argentinos Juniors and Arsenal, who were held by River Plate to a 1-1 draw. Newell’s lead the table with 14 points from seven matches after Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Olimpo in Rosario where former France striker David Trezeguet scored their equaliser and Maxi Rodriguez a penalty winner. Boca struck in the 17th minute when midfielder Juan Sanchez Mino passed to Juan Manuel Martinez on the left and raced into the box to meet the striker’s return cross with a firm header. The home side went further ahead in the 67th when midfielder Jesus Mendez lobbed the ball into the middle where striker Emmanuel Gigliotti beat goalkeeper Sebastian Saja with a header. – Reuters

Mario Gomez out for six to seven weeks Fiorentina confirmed on Monday that Germany striker Mario Gomez will be out for up to seven weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee in a 1-1 draw with Cagliari. Former Bayern Munich striker Gomez was one of Vincenzo Montella’s key summer signings but had to be stretchered off four minutes into the second half of Sunday’s game after clashing with visiting goalkeeper Michael Agazzi. Reports after the game said Gomez had suffered a “sprained knee with a partial lesion of the medial collateral ligament”. After scans on Monday Fiorentina said the striker had been diagnosed with “a grade two lesion on the medial collateral ligament of the knee”. The statement added that Gomez’s recovery time would be in the region of “six to seven weeks”. The German will now be sidelined for key Serie A games as well as Fiorentina’s group campaign in the Europa League, which begins Thursday at home against Pacos Ferreira. He is also likely to miss Germany’s final two qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, with Joachim Loew’s side yet to secure qualification for Brazil. Fiorentina also confirmed Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado would be out for up to three weeks. – AFP

More needed from Khan, trainer believes Amir Khan needs to re-dedicate himself to boxing if he is to have any hope of achieving his stated ambition of defeating the sport’s superstar Floyd Mayweather, his trainer believes. The British boxer is down to take on IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in December with a potential bout against Mayweather in his sights after that. Khan, 26, was ringside in Las Vegas at the weekend to see Mayweather stretch his record to 45-0 with a majority decision win over Saul Alvarez for the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles. – AFP

Monaco back on top after Lorient victory Monaco returned to the Ligue 1 summit following a patchy 1-0 win over Lorient on Sunday. Having been displaced on Friday night by champions Paris SaintGermain, and then passed too by SaintEtienne on Saturday, Monaco needed a win in the Principality to take over top spot again. And record signing Falcao was the match-winner, slotting home cooly from the spot on six minutes after he himself had been brought down in the area by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard. – AFP

Serbia's team celebrates after Sebia's Janko Tipsarevic defeated Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the Davis Cup semi-final match between Serbia and Canada at the Belgrade Arena on Sunday. Serbia, the 2010 champions, will host the November 15-17 final against the Czechs who defeated Argentina 3-2 in their semi-final in Prague AFP

The Czech Republic will bet on a timetested successful team of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych when they face Novak Djokovic-led Serbia in the Davis Cup finals on November 15-17. Defending champions, the Czechs won their eighth Davis Cup tie in a row when they swept Argentina in the semifinals in Prague, while 2010 champions Serbia, led by world number one Djokovic, saw off Canada. The Czech Republic and Serbia last clashed in the 2012 quarterfinals, which the Czechs won 4-1 on their way to the victory. Two years earlier, Serbia had beaten the Czechs in the semi-finals in Belgrade 3-2 to lift the trophy in the end too. Against Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic, the Czechs will pit a duo that has a stunning record since teaming up in 2007. Berdych, the world number five, and Stepanek, ranked 61st in singles and fifth in doubles, led the Czechs to their third final in five years at the weekend, having won the 13th of their 14 Davis Cup doubles rubbers together. Experts praise their faithfulness to the team - unlike others, Berdych and Stepanek typically skip Davis Cup ties only when they are injured. l

Djokovic sends Serbia into Czech showdown n AFP Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic led Serbia into a Davis Cup final clash with defending champions the Czech Republic on Sunday after over-turning a 2-1 deficit to beat Canada 3-2 in the semi-finals. Serbia, the 2010 champions, will host the November 15-17 final against the Czechs who had already made sure of victory in their semi-final on Saturday when they opened up an unassailable 3-0 lead against Argentina in Prague. World number one Djokovic kept Serbia alive in Belgrade by seeing off world number 11 Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-2. Tipsarevic, the world number 24, then assured Serbia of a second final in four years by defeating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 7-6 (8/6). But Pospisil went down fighting, coming back from 5-2 down in the third set and saving four match points

in the ensuing tiebreaker. “I’ve won a number of Grand Slams but nothing compares to sharing the joy of victory with your team mates, who are there for you and cheer on every shot you take on the court in the Davis Cup,” said Djokovic, who arrived in Belgrade having been defeated by Rafael Nadal in the US Open final in New York on Monday. Tipsarevic added: “This is one of the sweetest wins of my career and I wish to thank my team mates for their support. November’s final will be the third meeting between Serbia and the Czech Republic in the last four seasons. Serbia won the 2010 semi-final 3-2 before the Czechs got revenge with a 4-1 quarter-final win last year. Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych, who had won their singles on Friday, had wrapped up the tie for the Czech Republic on Saturday by beating Carlos Berlocq and Zeballos in the doubles, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

“For sure it is tough playing away,” said Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil. “In 2009 against Spain we lost very easily 5-0, but my guys are good and experienced enough to play finals away from home.” Australia, the 28-time champions, returned to the World Group for the first time in six years with Bernard Tomic supplying the crucial third point against Poland with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Lukasz Kubot in Warsaw. The victory gave Pat Rafter’s team an unassailable 3-1 lead. Andy Murray secured Britain’s return to the World Group after a fiveyear absence when he defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in Umag for a 3-1 advantage. Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray won his opening singles on Friday and teamed up with Colin Fleming to win the doubles on Saturday. “I thought it was pretty good match. I didn’t give him a lot of opportunities on my serve,” said the world number three. l

Size matters at China bodybuilding contest Heavy rain postpones final n round of PGA playoff event AFP

Their bronzed bodies rippling with tension, gaggles of Chinese bodybuilders preened and performed press-ups backstage before competing for one of the country’s biggest prizes in their discipline. More than 100 men competed at a Bodybuilding Grand Prix this weekend for a top prize worth 80,000 yuan ($13,000). They included at least 20 professionals as well as scores of amateurs from across the country, in what organisers said was a sign of the bulging popularity of muscle building in China. “I am totally devoted to bodybuild-

ing -- I don’t do any other job,” said Jiang Min, 24, from northeast China, as assistants used rollers and brushes to daub brown make-up over his huge torso. Wearing nothing but thongs, contestants grimaced as they contorted themselves under glaring stage lights in the central city of Zhengzhou, with an audience of several thousand people whooping in excitement. “Chinese bodybuilders are now competing at an international level,” said Gao Yan, a scientist turned gym entrepreneur who has run the competition for a decade and says it offers China’s beefiest prizes. Bodybuilding has at least a century

of history in China, but fell out of favour following the Communist revolution in 1949, when the sport was condemned as western and bourgeois and competitions sometimes banned. But it has enjoyed a resurgence since the 1980s, and competitors said the growing number of contests made it viable as a way of making a living. “There are more and more competitions and bigger prizes, so more opportunities,” said Wang Yu, a 24-year-old amateur on the cusp of turning professional. The winners were presented with oversized cheques -- along with bumper-sized black tubs of protein supplements labelled “muscle powder”. l

n AFP A heavy rainstorm Sunday postponed completion of the final round of the $8 million BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the US PGA Tour playoffs. Only six players finished their final rounds at par-71 Conway Farms, where play was delayed twice before officials halted the round until Monday morning. There were still 22 players in the field of 70 yet to tee off, including US leader Jim Furyk, who matched the

tour record low round with a 59 on Friday and followed with a 69 on Saturday to stand on 13-under par 200 for 54 holes. The top 30 players on the playoff points list after the final round will advance to next week’s season-ending Tour Championship at Atlanta, with the top five on that list being assured of winning the playoff crown and a $10 million prize should they win the tournament. Brandt Snedeker, ninth on the points list entering the final round, will be the first defending champion to even reach the final event. l

Moyes wants video to clamp down on diving

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Professional bodybuilders pose on stage in a bodybuilding contest in Zhengzhou, Henan province. More than 20 professionals - including a dozen from China – were competing in the Bodybuilding Grand Prix in the central Chinese AFP

Manchester United manager David Moyes has called for video evidence to stamp out diving after revealing he has told Ashley Young to cut out the theatrics. Young was booked for deliberately initiating contact with Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi in a failed bid to win a penalty in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Old Trafford. The United winger was then bundled over by Dikgacoi in a separate incident later in the half which brought Moyes’s team their first goal of the day via a penalty and led to the Palace player’s dismissal. Moyes felt referee Jon Moss handled the situation perfectly, but he was quick to condemn England international Young for his dive and made it clear the use of post-match video to prove players

guilty of diving is the best way to sort out the issue. “I have had a word with him (Young) privately. I can never be sure it won’t happen again,” Moyes said. “I’ve said for many years we should have retrospective video for diving. That would help referees no end. “Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn’t change my views on that because it is really difficult at times.” Palace chairman Steve Parish has gone even further, claiming diving should be treated in the same harsh manner as preventing goalscoring opportunities. “If preventing a goalscoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also,” Parish told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The only player in the incidents that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he’s sent off and banned for the next match. l



Tk100,000 given for Tk50bn nuke power project

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The ‘fast track’ Rooppur project is left out of ADP and set to miss Oct 2 deadline

n Asif Showkat Kallol The government has allocated only Tk100,000 in the current fiscal year for the country’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur although the science and technology ministry in October sought Tk2.463bn to start the first phase of the plant’s work. A senior official at the Finance Division said they had received the ministry’s proposal for the allocation under the prime minister’s “fast track” project on July 17, missing the Annual Development Programme for this fiscal year. The official said the Planning Division had allocated only Tk50m for non-approved projects for this fiscal year. The Finance Division disbursed Tk424m on June 20 in the last fiscal year – after the revised budget and the ADP had been finalised – as the consultancy fees of the Russian firm Atomstroyexport.

phase work on October 2 seems uncertain because of the lack of funds. The government plans to take five years – from March 2012 to 2017 – to complete the Tk50.87bn Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, which will produce 2,000MW of electricity. The Russian government will give Bangladesh Tk40bn as hard loan as per an agreement signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Russia in January this year. Visiting the project site on September 7, State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman said safety was of the utmost priority at the Rooppur plant. Science and Technology Ministry Secretary M Rafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune over phone from Vienna yesterday that the government would allocate the fund for the first phase work of the Rooppur plant from the Tk12.99bn block allocation in the current fiscal budget. Two exhausted rickshaw-pullers take a well-deserved break as they fall asleep in the heat of the afternoon. The photo was taken at Fuller Road yesterday

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Source: Ministry of Science and Technology According to the contract, the Russian government will not disburse its promised loan of Tk10bn unless the Bangladesh government pays 10% of it. The government disbursed the consultancy fee to meet that condition. Now the inauguration of the first

The secretary said: “I talked to a top official of the Russian government, Sergey Kiriyenko, an hour ago and he ensured me that the Russian government would disburse the projected amount allocated for this fiscal year shortly.” l

Law Commission plans to update age-old laws n Nazmus Sakib

The Bangladesh Law Commission yesterday sent its biannual work plan to the Law Ministry seeking opinion or recommendation if any. The commission Chairman ABM Khairul Haque, a former chief justice, and its member Prof M Shah Alam yesterday made the plan. According to the work plan, the institution will work on the Code of Criminal Procedure, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Act, Specific Relief Act, Right to food, Territorial Waters

and Maritime Zones Act, Reform of Laws for protection of rights of minority group, Motor Vehicles Ordinance as well as road accidents and Arthorin Adalat Ain. Earlier in July, The commission Chairman Khairul Haque said the state could not be run by the British era law. Prof Shah Alam told the Dhaka Tribune the law commission would examine the British-era laws CrPC, CPC, Evidence Act and SR Act thoroughly. The commission would recommend enacting those laws newly in a comprehensive way, he added.


ACC approves filing of charges against 25

Prof Alam said they would finalise its report on the law of sea by October. “We might encounter problem if we do not amend the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974, in line with the United Nation’s Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, despite the fact that Bangladesh had maritime victory over Myanmar,” he said. The jurist said the reports on protection of minority group and establishing mechanisms for implementing the human rights treaty would also be finalised within October. According to the section 6A of the

former managing director Humayun Kabir, former manager of Ruposhi Bangla branch AKM Azizur Rahman, general managers Noni Gopal Nath (OSD) and Mir Mohidur Rahman (OSD), suspended assistant general manager of the head office Saiful Hasan, suspended executive officer Abdul Matin, Dhanmondi Branch Senior Executive Officer Mehrunnisa Meri, former deputy managing directors Mainul Haque and Atiqur Rahman (both now OSD), suspended deputy general managers Sheikh Altaf Hussain and M Safizuddin Ahmed, suspended assistant general managers Kamrul Hossain Khan and Ejaj Ahmed. The other accused from Hall-Mark Group’s entities are Anwar Spinning Mills owner Jahangir Alam, Paragon Group Managing Director Saiful Islam Raja, Nakshi Knit Managing Director M Abdul Malek, Century International Ltd owner Ziaur Rahman, Apparel

T and Brothers Director Taslim Hasan and Max Spinning Mills owner Mir Zakaria. The ACC also approved pressing of charges against M Jamal Uddin Sarker, chairman of Tetuljhara union of Hemayetpur, Savar for issuing trade licences to fake companies. Shahbuddin assured that the Hall-Mark Group probe report was “realistic.” In response to journalists’ queries about the allegation that the commission had excluded some names, he said: “Many quarters are saying that we have spared some people and their names are not in the probe report, but this is not true. If people have any problem with the probe report, they are always welcome to submit their allegations with proofs.” He added: “Since the Sonali Bank Board of Directors was not responsible for the embezzlement, their names

Regarding Prime Minister’s Health Adviser Syed Modasser Ali’s involvement, Shahbuddin said the commission team had interrogated him but found no connection between him and the scam. “He may have had social relationship with the Hall-Mark Group officials, but it does not mean he was involved in the embezzlement,” he said. Following a letter from Bangladesh Bank on July 15 last year, the anti-graft agency formed a six-member probe committee to conduct an inquiry into the allegations against the little known firm. According to an investigation report the central bank released in May last year, Hall-Mark and the five other companies, with the connivance of a number of Sonali Bank officials, had taken out loans for Tk35.5bn from the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch of Sonali Bank using forged documents. l

Bangladesh ill-prepared for sixth APPC n Sheikh Shahariar Zaman

Bangladesh’s position may be compromised in the sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) due to lack of preparation, fear senior government officials. Prior to attending the conference, an inter-ministerial meeting slated for September 10 was not held. SM Latif, personal secretary to the State Minister for Women and children affairs, told the Dhaka Tribune that the meeting could not be held, as the ministry had to hold its internal meeting involving ministry officials. The five-day conference that began yesterday highlights thorny issue like abortion, women’s property rights, inclusion of comprehensive sexual education in curriculum, all revolving around one central topic, which is, the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). When asked about Bangladesh’s

stance on the sensitive subjects, he said, the ‘country paper’ was not with him and he had no clue with whom it was in the ministry. Director General of department of women affairs had the country paper but he flew to Bangkok on Friday to attend the conference, he said. This is the first time the delegation is being led by the ministry of women and children affairs instead of the health ministry, which traditionally had been leading the Bangladeshi delegation in this conference till now. After going through the draft document prepared by the UNFPA, a joint secretary-level official said: “It is undoubtedly a health related concern and for last 20 years had been supervised by the health ministry.” The change of the leading ministry might weaken the country’s presentation, he feared. “Due to lack of preparation and poorly constructed delegation, it is

apparent that Bangladesh will dance to the tune of UNFPA, which has a complete opposite position over some of the prominent issues that are politically sensitive at the same time in the context of Bangladesh,” he said. Meher Afroze Chumki will lead the delegation from Bangladesh in the conference that commenced yesterday. The United Nations Population Fund prepared a briefing note for the Bangladesh. Regarding comprehensive sexual education, the note says: “The delegation should strongly support the realisation of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR), including access to SRH [sexual and reproductive health] information, services and sexuality education.” The note on women’s inheritance issue stipulates that ‘the [Bangladesh] may refrain from making comments on the language related to women’s equal rights to inherited custom as it is a sen-

sitive area.’ On sexual orientation and gender identity issue, the UNFPA proposed that the delegation should ‘refrain from voting against any motions in favour of services for LGBT.’ The 6th APPC will discuss and finalise the draft outcome document on population and development for ministers to sign and adopt. The conference secretariat and UNFPA prepared the draft. Representatives from 40 countries will attend the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference from September 16-20 in Bangkok. The Conference will review the region’s successes, challenges and future priorities in the area of population and development. Its agenda covers a wide range of issues including poverty reduction, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, gender equality, youth, ageing, migration, and sustainable development. l

Law Commission Act, 1996, the commission has to send its biannual work plan to the government by 30 September each year, and the government has to give its opinion or recommendation regarding the plan, if any, within November 30. The commission was not bound to consider the government’s opinion or recommendations, Shah Alam said, adding that they had to inform the government by December 31 after finalisation of the plan. He added that they sent the primary work plan to the Law Ministry as it acted as an intermediary. l

No doubt sarin used in Damascus attack: UN

Probe finds no involvement of PM’s health adviser and Sonali Bank board n AFP, United Nations Enterprise owner Shahidul Islam, Star were not included with the probe reager Tushar Ahmed. n Syed Samiul Basher Anik Accused from the Sonali Bank are Spinning Mills owner M Jahangir Alam, port as accused.” The United Nations said Monday there The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday approved pressing of charges against 25 officials of Hall-Mark Group and Sonali Bank for their alleged involvement with the Tk15.7bn-scam by the group and its five entities from the Ruposhi Bangla branch of the stateowned bank. On Thursday, an ACC probe committee submitted its report on the scam to the commission’s Director General Ziauddin Ahmed. It was submitted to the commission on Sunday for consideration. Commissioner M Shahbuddin told reporters that a regular meeting of the commission had approved the charge sheet against 25 people since the commission was satisfied with the probe report. Those accused from the Hall-Mark Group include its Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud, his wife and Chairman Jasmine Islam, and General Man-


is clear evidence that rockets carried sarin gas into a Damascus suburb and that there has been widescale use of chemical arms in the Syria war. UN leader Ban Ki-moon slammed the use of banned poison arms as a war crime and called on the UN Security Council to impose “consequences” to back a Russia-US plan to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical arsenal. Without naming the perpetrator, Ban said an August 21 attack on Damascus suburb of Ghouta was “the most signficant” use of chemical weapons since late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein killed thousands in the town of Halabja in 1988. The United States says more than 1,400 people died in Ghouta. Its threat of a military strike has eased following the agreement of a plan with Russia. But the UN experts’ report released Monday will now become a key weapon in a Security Council battle over how much of threat must be made against Assad to make him disarm. While Assad blames opposition rebels for the attack, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was quick to state that the UN report left “no doubt” that government forces were to blame. “The environmental, chemical and medical samples we have collected provide clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used” in Ghouta, said the report of UN inspectors who were in Syria when the attack was staged. The experts said they had concluded that “chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians including children on a relatively large scale.” A UN-mandated independent commission of inquiry into rights violations in the Syria war announced separately on Monday that it was investigating 14 alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The UN experts went to Damascus on August 18 to investigate claims that chemical weapons were used at Khan

al-Asal, near Aleppo on March 19 and at Sheik Maqsood and Saraqueb earlier. The team was told to focus on the Ghouta attack as soon as the horrific events became known. They will return later to investigate the other sites. Ban called on the Security Council to impose “consequences” for any failure by Assad to keep to a Russia-US plan to destroy Syria’s banned chemical arsenal in the next year. He told the 15-nation council the UN investigators have “now confirmed, unequivocally and objectively that chemical weapons have been used in Syria.” “This is a war crime,” he added. Ban told how doctors treated civilians with no external signs of injuries in the streets of Ghouta in the hours after the attack. “The weather conditions that morning were conducive to maximizing the potential impact,” Ban said. “The downward movement of air would have allowed the gas to easily penetrate the basements and lower levels of buildings and other structures where many people were seeking shelter,” Ban said. France and Britain will soon send a draft resolution to other Security Council members demanding a threat of sanctions if Assad does not keep to a disarmament plan and for the chemical attacks to be referred to the International Criminal Court, diplomats said. The council is expected to start negotiations this week on a resolution. After a meeting of their foreign ministers in Paris on Monday, France, the United States and Britain called for a “strong” resolution to put pressure on Assad to stick to the plan. While the western states want a threat of sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter none have called for the threat of force to be included. The United States and France have said military action in Syria is still possible. Russia has insisted, however, that it will not agree a UN resolution that includes a threat of force. Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 that sought to increase pressure on Assad without imposing any sanctions. l

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E-TIN wins over young people ‘The process has been made very easy and E-TIN is very user friendly’

n Syed Samiul Basher Anik Newly introduced Electronic Taxpayers Identification Number (E-TIN) received huge response from the visitors, particularly from young ones. The young people were seen very active in registering for E-TIN on the first day of nationwide Income Tax Fair 2013, which is scheduled to be continued till September 22. Many of them were receiving information from the booths about the tax payment procedure and filing forms of E-TIN registration while others of different age group approaching to different booths for registering E-TIN as well as submitting tax returns. While talking to the visitors, they expressed satisfaction with the fair arrangements and appreciated introduction of the E-TIN. Farzana Osman, a recent graduate and probationary officer of a private bank, came to the fair to ask for a TIN number. “I was waiting to have a TIN number till the day I engaged myself at a job. It is my responsibility to pay taxes to contribute to the country’s economy. So, I came to the fair,” she told the Dhaka Tribune at the event premises. “The process has been made very easy and E-TIN is very user friendly. The officials are also supporting me to file the registration form.” Asked why she did not register earlier, Farzana said: “Once I went to one of the zone office last year, but the lengthy procedure and the hassle that I faced on the first day, I was reluctant to have a TIN.”

A young woman seeking information at a stall at Income Tax Fair in Dhaka yesterday Like Farzana, there were many young people seen registering for the E-TIN. Another young man Zarif Bin Hasib, who works at a private NGO, also registered with the income tax process. While completing his registration, he said: “At the fair, all I need to do is filling up the form and then the officials are doing rest of the works. I am very happy since I could contribute to the country’s economy from today.”


Asked why he feels the need of having a TIN, he said: “I have seen at the newspapers that anyone, who have an annual income of Tk240,000, have to pay the tax. So, I am here to have the TIN and fulfill my duty towards the country.” NBR officials also praised the participation of young people and said the E-TIN would attract the young people more and would help contribute to the economy, which would boost the revenue collection. l

Banks get 3 years to cut stock market exposure to 25% n Kayes Sohel Bangladesh Bank has asked the commercial banks to reduce their capital market exposure to 25% of their equity by July, 2016 in accordance with the new bank company law. It also directed the banks to submit their stock investment statements to the central bank within 10 days from the last working day of every month. Though the bank company act specifies about the banks’ stock exposure, the directive was issued for closely monitoring the bank’s stock investment and clarifying some issues of the Act, said a circular issued yesterday. The directive comes two months after the parliament passed the Bank Company (amendment) Act to meeting the demand of time and situation. Banks that have still maintained higher exposure to the stock market will have to reduce it to

25% of their paid-up capital, reserve, retained earnings and share premium, says the circular. During calculation of their total investment in stocks, the banks will have to take elements like all kind of shares, debenture, corporate bonds, mutual fund units and other securities into account, said the central bank. It said banks will have to follow all necessary banking rules and regulations in lending credit to their subsidiary companies like brokerage firm, merchant bank and other similar institutions. Before the new bank company law, banks were allowed to invest up to 10% of their liabilities in the stocks. A senior executive of the central bank said presently banks’ exposure to the stock market is hovering over 3% of their liabilities. “The stock exposure of the bank will have to be reduced more than their existing position in line with the new law,” he added.

Prime Finance and Investment Ltd Managing Director Asad Khan said banks have already substantially reduced their exposure to stocks. “Three years time is still in their hand. So, there is nothing to be worried for the stock market.” After the present government’s assuming power in 2009, the stock market showed a bullish trend and many banks invested beyond their limits. But after a price debacle in 2011, the banks’ huge exposure came under criticism from various quarters. The International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank recommended that the banks’ investment in the capital market should be 25% of their equities instead of deposits (liabilities). The donor agencies tagged the condition for the disbursement of the second installment worth of US$150m of a $300m loan under a capital market development programme. l

Income tax fair begins n Tribune Report Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday called upon the people to pay taxes to help develop the country as the Income Tax Fair 2013 began in Dhaka. “I request the public to pay income tax on a regular basis since it’s our national duty,” he said, inaugurating the week-long annual event at the Officers Club premises. The minister said the trend of income tax payments has changed over the time as the people are now interested in paying taxes. The revenue authorities are expecting to get around 150,000 tax returns at this year’s event, which is fully automated, said National Board of Revenue Chairman Ghulam Hossain. Last year, around 100,000 returns were submitted. Besides the Dhaka event, 54 district headquarters will observe two-day fair and seven divisional headquarters will observe it for seven days. One day mobile fair will be held at the three hilly districts. To facilitate tax related transactions and to help the visitors, 16 booths, 44 E-TIN registration booth, two E-Payment booth, 72 return filing booth, 50 help desks, 2 emergency health booths were set up at the fair premises in Dhaka. There are booths of Sonali Bank and Janata Bank to facilitate financial transactions. The fair will remain open for visitors from 10am to 6pm. The visitors would be offered to get the electronic TIN registration instantly. Last year, the revenue body observed the fair at 18 locations and collected Tk8.31bn in income tax from the fair. A total of 346,867 people received services from the fair and the board had received tax returns from 97,867 taxpayers. Fresh TIN was issued to 16,287 people. On the first day, the revenue body bagged over Tk320m in revenue. A total of 32,354 people received services from the fair and the board received returns from 7,454 taxpayers. Fresh TIN was issued to 764 people. Due to some technical error, the E-TIN registration and re-registration process, however, suffered for a short period of time. NBR officials said the database server of the Election Commission was down for a while. As the NBR uses the EC database to verify information, they had to face the problem. However, the problem was solved within a short period of time. l




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Robi brings CEM quality solution this year n Muhammad Zahidul Islam Bangladesh’s one of the leading mobile phone operators Robi is going to introduce by the end of the year a new quality maintenance solution to ensure better service for its customers in receiving data and voice, said a high official. When asked after a press conference yesterday in the city, the officials told the Dhaka Tribune about it. The press conference was held to announce the selection of Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd, Nokia Siemens Networks Bangladesh Ltd and Huawei Technologies as Robi’s network partners to roll out 3G services in the country. “Once the Customer Experience Management (CEM) solution is launched, we will be able to monitor service quality across the country as live,” said AKM Morshed, Chief Technology Officer of Robi. “Monitoring will be in every five minutes, which is as like as live. The service will help us reduce call-drops and speed up the data service,” he explained. AKM Morshed continued: “Problems will be detected before they are reported by the customers from Dhaka and also from Kuala Lumpur.” The CEM solution will deliver active Quali-

ty of Experience (QoE) by collecting, correlating and graphically presenting, in real-time, a broad array of transactional performance and service quality data from Robi’s networks. “But we will never go into detail what a user is uploading or downloading with this device,” he added. Already, Robi’s parent company Axiata Group Berhard (Axiata) has launched CEM solution to their three operators in Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka this year. The company is spending a total of $60m for the service in these countries and Bangladesh. AKM Morshed said Robi has already started installing equipment of the solution. “Hopefully, we can bring the service by December.” Sources said there will be a dynamic dashboard in the shape of Bangladesh map where bubbles of different colours will be displayed. The different colours will send messages of different problems. “The breach of privacy will never be a concern in this service. We will just monitor if there is any calldrop or the speed of data transmitting reduces,” Robi’s chief technology officer said. Meanwhile, the selected three network partners will plan, design, deploy and maintain Robi’s 3.5G network, said the operator.

“3G services mark the beginning of the next phase of Bangladesh’s telecom growth story and will elevate the telecom sector at par with most advanced telecom markets in the world,” said Robi Axiata CEO Michael Kuehner, adding “our priority is a quality customer experience rather than just a speedy execution.” He also informed they are now in planning stage for 3.5G service packages, which will soon take off. According to Robi, 3G is a service being operational in different countries since 2001. By these years of operation, the service has upgraded to 3.5G which is faster than 3G. Meanwhile, the telecom regulator said Robi will not be able to maintain service quality as it has acquired only 5MHz spectrum on 2100 bands for 3G at $105m at an auction held on 8th this month. When asked about it, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Financial Officer of Robi, said: “As a modern operator, they first fix parameter for quality of service and then go into operation. The policy will remain same in the 3G service too.” The press conference was also attended by other senior officials of Robi and representatives from the three technology vendors. l

Bangladesh Competition StanChart retains FinanceAsia award Commission gets n Tribune Business Desk secretary after a year

n Asif Showkat Kallol

Bangladesh Competition Commission has got its secretary nearly one year after establishing the regulatory body to monitor and control market cartel. The government appointed joint additional secretary Md Sujayet Ullah to the post, which is expected to work on setting up the commission office, said a senior official. Commerce ministry issued a circular in this regard yesterday.

The BCC may investigate into any allegation on its own or on receiving complaints As per the law, the government will select one commissioner from five possible commissioner candidates. The BCC, to be comprised of a chairperson and a maximum of four members, may investigate into any allegation on its own or on receiving complaints. Besides, it will oversee the market situation and take necessary measures against unscrupulous businesses and organisations. Under the law, if found guilty of violating the Commission’s order, one will be punished with a jail sentence of maximum one year and a fine of Tk100,000 per day in case of non-compliance of orders. The government will take appropriate measures against business syndication to ensure healthy competition in trade and commerce as per the law. The Commission, equivalent of a civil court, will be responsible for ensuring the enforcement and implementation of the Competition Law-2012 to resist any anti-competition designs and ensure healthy competition for all, particularly small and medium enterprises. l

For the 5th consecutive year, Standard Chartered Bank has been named the “Best Foreign Commercial Bank in Bangladesh” by FianaceAsia, a leading financial publication in the region. The bank received this prestigious award as part of FinanceAsia 2013 Country Awards for Achievement, said a press release of the bank. Jim McCabe, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh, received the award at FinanceAsia 2013 Country Awards Gala Dinner held recently in Singapore. On winning the award for the 5th time, Jim McCabe said: “We are delighted with this win, and we’re excited by the future for Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh.” He thanked the clients and colleagues of the bank for their support in winning the prestigious award once again. “The award highlights our success story and is a testament to our strong performance in the country and continued commitment to this market. The award reiterates that we are ‘Here for good’ in Bangladesh,” said Jim McCabe. Standard Chartered Bank is the largest foreign bank in Bangladesh with 26 branches and booths, 97 ATMs and 19 financial kiosks; employing over 1,700 people. Standard Chartered is the only foreign bank operating in six cities including Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Bogra and Narayanganj. FinanceAsia Country Awards for Achievement celebrates excellence among the region’s financial services firms. The winners of the Country Awards were chosen from the fields of local and international banking, investment banking and broking. These awards are recognised as an annu-

NRB Bank inaugurates Sylhet Branch

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NRB Bank recently launched a branch in Sylhet. The British MP Rushanara Ali inaugurated the branch as chief guest, said a press release. Another British MP Shabana Mahmood also attended the function as guest of honour. The bank’s Chairman Iqbal Ahmed OBE and Managing Director Muklesur Rahman were also present. l

JBL awarded as one of top corporate taxpayers

n Tribune Business Desk Jamuna Bank Ltd (JBL) chairman Kanutosh Majumder and managing director Shafiqul Alam have been awarded tax cards by the NBR. Finance Minister AMA Muhith handed over the cards on National Income Tax Day, said a press release. The awardees received certificates and crests as recognition of tax paying in the years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The bank’s director Golam Dastagir Gazi MP Bir Protik, among other distinguished, was also present. l

BCB enters a tripartite deal n Tribune Business Desk

Jim McCabe, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh receiving the award for “Best Foreign Commercial Bank in Bangladesh” at FinanceAsia 2013 Country Awards Gala Dinner at Hotel Fort Canning, Legends Ballroom, Singapore al benchmark for in-country performance in the financial services sector and the awards process, which is more than a decade old seeks to highlight that have a commitment to attaining the highest standard. FinanceAsia, the leading financial journal in Asia and the Pacific was established in 1996, and is Asia’s leading financial publishing company based in Hong Kong. With additional bureaus in Singapore and Sydney, they have over 15 journalists covering Asia’s fast moving financial and capital markets. l

Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd (BCB) has signed a tripartite agreement with F1 Soft International Private Ltd and Hypertag. Under the agreement, F1 Soft will facilitate BCB with its “Mobile Money and Inward Foreign Remittance” software named “Transborder,” said a press release. The software will connect the bank to a number of international remittance companies/exchanges with 150 countries worldwide. F1 Soft chief marketing officer Pankaj Kumar, Hypertag managing director Shofiul Alam and BCB executive vice president SM Jahangir Akhter signed the deal on behalf of their respective organisations at the bank’s head office. l



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Retailers’ alliance plan latest technology for fire safety

BSEC working on derivatives market

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n Kayes Sohel

The North American Alliance of retailers has a plan to introduce latest technology to ensure fire safety in Bangladesh’s garment factories. It has identified innovative technology solutions that will allow workers anonymously report their safety concern, said Jeffrey Krilla, president of the Alliance. He told it to the journalists after a meeting with the board of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday in the city. “As part of our commitment to improve workers’ safety, the alliance will bring the technology in the sector,” said Jeffrey Krilla. Ellen O’ Kane Tauscher, the independent chair of the Alliance, announced that they are going to “materially change the life of workers in Bangladesh.” He appreciated the “progress of steps taken to improve fire and building safety in the country.” Ellen added the alliance is working on National Building Code, Fire Safety Rules and National Tripartite Action Plan with the government, NGOs, BGMEA and BKMEA to improve safety situation of the RMG sector. She said: “The Alliance are actually aware that there is no simple remedy to the problems facing Bangladesh garment factories,

Oil prices down after deal on Syrian chemical weapons

n AFP, Singapore

Oil prices fell yesterday in Asian trade after a US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons averted a potential Western military strike on the Assad regime. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in October eased 86 cents to $107.35 in afternoon trade, while Brent North Sea crude for November declined 95 cents to $110.75. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov reached a breakthrough deal Saturday following three days of talks in Geneva. Under the agreement, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has a week to hand over details of the quantity and location of all its toxic arsenal. The stockpile would then be turned over to international supervision and destroyed by mid-2014. The deal has won backing from China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council. Analysts said the accord has averted a possible US-led strike on Syria to punish it for its alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people. “The risk premium on crude prices over Syria continues to subside after the US-Russia agreement on Saturday,” Victor Shum, managing director at IHS Purvin and Gertz in Singapore, told AFP. l

and that’s why the retailers’ platform emphasise and promote collaboration among all stakeholders.” “We set out to bring transparent, sustainable, measureable solution to the workers through the Bangladesh Workers Safety Initiative,” Ellen added. Tauscher, a former congressman, said the Alliance has prepared a common set of fire and building safety standard for garment factories in Bangladesh by working with experts.

‘The Alliance are actually aware that there is no simple remedy to the problems facing Bangladesh garment factories, and that’s why the retailers’ platform emphasise and promote collaboration among all stakeholders’ “Our goal is to accelerate the identification of common shared set of standards that will ultimately result in making these factories safer.” The Alliance is going to inspect 500 garments factory in the country in an effort to improve fire and building safety standards. But Ellen could not tell when the inspection will start. However, it has been already announced the inspection will be completed by July next year. Ellen informed that 22 technical experts

have already been employed and an office has been opened in Bangladesh to expedite the process of inspection. The Alliance is going to place check-list to the government on common standard of inspection, she said. After the meeting, BGMEA president Atiqul Islam said the Alliance is very positive on the issue of fire and building safety in factories. A fund of US$46m was raised by the Alliance, which will be used in training, inspection and establishment. In addition, Alliance will provide another $100m to upgrade fire and building safety measures in Bangladesh. It is also trying to collect fund from the donors to provide compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashion. Earlier on August 20, the US-based clothing retailers’ alliance of 20 companies held a meeting in Chicago where they announced steps to implement a safety plan for the factories in Bangladesh. The alliance launched a five-year project to inspect 500 factory sites in the region, implement safety standards and assist owners with making the necessary improvements. The US retailers took the initiatives following the Rana Plaza collapse in April, which killed more than 1,100 workers, putting pressure on the manufacturers to address safety. l

Banks pull stocks up n Tribune Report Stocks edged higher amid high volatility yesterday, driven by mainly market bellwether banks that gained more than 2%. The market moved between negative and positive, as investors played both sides of fence. The intra-day volatility during the session was more than 50 points. The benchmark DSEX index closed at 4,138 with a rise of 14 points or 0.34%. The blue chip index DS30 fell more than 7 points or 0.5% to 1,523. The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Selective Categories Index, CSCX, rose 37 points to 8,075. After remaining under pressure for long on their comparatively poor half-yearly profits, banks gained 2.5%, led by City Bank that rose more than 7%. Out of 30 listed banks, 28 banks moved up on the day. All other big sectors ended lower with telecommunications losing highest 2.42%, followed by financial institutions 1.17% and pharmaceu-

ticals 0.69%. Trading activities went down as the total turnover value at DSE was Tk5.2bn, down by 11.2% from previous day’s 2-week high value. The market breadth also remained negative as out of 293 issues traded, 143 advanced, 131 declined and 19 remained unchanged. “Volatility continued throughout the session over profit booking in large cap scrips against re-positioning in micro cap scrips. The bourse ended flat, where DSEX gained and DS30 lost,” said IDLC Investment in its daily market analysis. Additionally, investors were seemed to be more active in generating quick return and indecisive for long term positioning, it said. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd was the most traded stock of the session with turnover worth Tk206.8m. It was followed by Heidelberg Cement, United Airways, Grameenphone, JMI Syringe, AMCL (PRAN), Active Fine Chemical and CVO Petrochemical Refinery Ltd. l


The securities regulator is working on formulating rules to introduce derivatives as part of its efforts to provide a platform for producers to discover fair prices and hedge risks of their products. A derivatives and commodities exchange, a very new concept in Bangladesh, is a place arranged to allow for the selling and buying of commodities and derivatives including futures and options contracts on precious metals, base metals, agriculture commodities, energy and currencies. On derivatives market, futures contracts for tangible commodities are bought and sold. On stock market, investors trade shares of the listed companies. “The commission is looking into the legal issues to devise necessary rules for introducing derivative instruments,” said the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) in its latest annual report submitted to the current session of parliament. “Derivative product is required to hedge risk through future contracts between sellers and buyers,” it said. The BSEC’s move comes after the parliament amended the Securities and Exchange Ordinance 1969 in November last year, allowing establishment of a “commodity exchange” in the country. Few broker firms have already trained their executives on how to execute trade in the commodities market, said a broker. “They have been trained mainly on gold trading,” said an executive of a broker firm. Chairman and Managing Director of Alliance Capital Asset Management Ltd Wali-Ul-Maroof said this is good move as it will ensure fair prices of products. “Most of our agricultural producers are small farmers who have inadequate access to updated market prices and are vulnerable to price shocks,” he said. He said small and medium traders and middlemen are usually engaged in marketing of agricultural commodities and farmers generally have no bargaining power. So they do not have much choice but to accept prices offered by middlemen in the marketing chain, he said. Establishment of a commodities exchange might bring positive changes in this context, he added. Allowing growers to sell futures contracts for their commodities helps them ensure guaranteed prices and better plan for the future, he said. “Futures take out the uncertainty in the market and help ensure price predictability. They allow you to know your income without uncertainty,” he said. A well-functioning marketing system with a commodities exchange can handle the demand-supply uncertainties, reduce transaction costs and improve food security, he said. l

Business China eyes private funds to tackle bad-debt buildup, avoid bailout


n Reuters, Shanghai Faced with a chorus of warnings that China risks choking on bad debts, Beijing is pushing banks to raise private capital in an effort to head off the need for a second government bailout in as many decades. The hangover from a credit binge that powered China’s swift recovery from the global financial crisis, combined with the economy’s slowdown, has prompted expectations of a repeat of the early 2000s, when Beijing shored up its major banks with hundreds of billions of dollars. Right now, however, authorities appear focused on pushing banks to bolster their balance sheets by aggressively enforcing new international bank capital requirements, known as Basel III. Some analysts say warnings of an impending crisis are overdone. “We’ve done some stress test analyses, which find that even under fairly stressed scenarios, the banks - especially the larger banks - will still be making a marginal profit,” said Grace Wu, head China bank analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets in Hong Kong. “So in that sense, they won’t even eat into their reserves.” Twelve of China’s 17 listed banks have already announced plans to raise around 425bn yuan ($69.47bn), largely through subordinate debt. On Friday, the securities regulator said banks - and other listed firms - could also issue non-tradeable preferred shares. That offers another avenue for banks to bolster their balance sheets with funding from commercial investors, and possibly a way for the government to inject capital directly if private funds aren’t enough. In an article published last week, China’s central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, cited the US government’s rescue in the global financial crisis of American International Group Inc as a positive example of how preferred shares could be used.


Whether that will be necessary depends on how big China’s bad debt pile really is. This is a matter of guesswork, given that analysts think the official non-performing loan ratio of less than 1% is a considerable understatement. Most analysts put it in the 3 to 6% range, but Reuters estimates based on official data shows that their current capital and loanloss provisions would suffice even if more than a fifth of their loans went bad. But much of the potential risk lies outside of the official banking system.

‘I don’t think it’s likely to happen this time around. At that time banks wanted to reform in order to list. They needed to remove bad debts. But now large and middlesized banks have already listed, so the pressure is not there’ Goldman Sachs has said that under its worstcase scenario credit losses for the entire system could reach $3tn, or a fifth of forecast GDP in 2016, though actual losses would probably be considerably lower. That is comparable to bad loans estimated at 16% of GDP in 1999 that Beijing cleared from the balance sheets of its top banks between 1999 and 2008 in preparation for their stock listings. Former deputy central bank governor Wu Xiaoling believes another bailout on that scale is unlikely, although she sees the possibility of targeted aid from Beijing for highly indebted local governments. “But I don’t think it will happen on a large scale. And the Chinese government won’t provide this help easily. If you do it easily, then it creates very large moral hazard,” she told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference. How China tackles its debt challenge will largely determine the extent to which the financial system is able to support the transition Beijing is engineering to turn the

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economy away from one driven by investment-heavy industrialization to one more reliant on development of consumption and services. A debt workout by the banks would avoid the upheaval of a government-led bailout, but could weigh on economic growth for longer as banks work through their pile of non-performing loans. A muddle-through option with limited debt write-offs and disposals would also spare the cost and political embarrassment of a bailout, but could lead to a Japan-style scenario in which banks continue to roll over bad loans to “zombie companies”, crowding out more worthy borrowers. But Wu said that extending the maturity of loans is sometimes appropriate. “The vast majority is investment debt, like public infrastructure. It will eventually be a functional asset,” she said. Apart from the fiscal cost and moral hazard associated with a bailout, banks themselves are not currently clamoring for help. “I don’t think it’s likely to happen this time around. At that time banks wanted to reform in order to list. They needed to remove bad debts. But now large and middle-sized banks have already listed, so the pressure is not there,” said a loan officer at Bank of Communications in Shanghai. There is also a sense within the financial community that things are just not as bad as last time, when according to Beijing-based consultancy GK Dragonomics half of bank loans were non-performing. “Fifteen years ago it was the accumulated impact of the whole economy for the past half century. The banks were all technically insolvent. There was no liquidity in the market,” said Jimmy Leung, lead partner for China banking and capital markets at PwC in Shanghai, who counts China Construction Bank, China’s second-biggest lender, among his clients. Still, those who fear a crisis, point to a rapid rise in off-balance sheet lending,

India inflation hits six-month high of 6.1% in August n AFP, New Delhi India’s inflation rose unexpectedly in August to a six-month-high, data showed Monday, adding to challenges confronting the new central bank chief, who is already grappling with a slowing economy and a weak currency. The higher-than-expected inflation is the last piece of domestic data before Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, a former IMF chief economist, chairs his first monetary policy-setting meeting on Friday. The annual rate of inflation - based on the widely watched Wholesale Price Index - hit 6.10% in August from the same month a year ago and was up from 5.79% in July. The level surprised analysts who had ex-

pected inflation to be broadly in line with July’s level. “Food and fuel price inflation will continue to drive the headline (number),” said Glenn Levine, economist at Moody’s research arm, ahead of the data. Fruit and vegetable prices jumped 13% in August from a year earlier while the cost of fish rose 22%. The scandal-tainted Congress-led government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is anxious to tame inflation and revive the economy as it seeks a third term in office with elections due by May 2014. But the weak rupee and rising prices have curbed the central bank’s room to cut rates to stimulate an economy that grew five percent last year, its slowest pace in a decade. The central bank cut rates three times in

2013 following an aggressive hiking spree but was forced to tighten monetary policy to try to stem the rupee’s fall. While still down around 12% this year, the rupee has rallied on the back of a string of measures announced by Rajan since he took over at the bank on September 4. The measures have been mostly aimed at bolstering the currency and liberalising financial markets to encourage foreign fund inflows. Business leaders have been clamoring for lower interest rates to spur the economy. But economists say rate cuts right now could undermine the rupee, push up import costs and widen India’s gaping current account deficit - the broadest measure of trade - which the bank calls the “biggest risk” to the economy. l

known as shadow banking. Charlene Chu, China bank analyst at Fitch Ratings, said banks are involved in 75% of all non-traditional lending, so they are more exposed to shadow credit than their balance sheets suggest. “A 1% non-performing loan ratio has little signaling value when 36% of all outstanding credit resides outside Chinese banks’ loan portfolios,” she said. A severe cash squeeze in June suggested starving the market of liquidity was how the authorities wanted to tackle shadow lending, but August data showed the central bank had turned on the taps again to boost sagging economic growth. Now, Beijing wants to develop an alternative to shadow banking and the risky wealth management products it has spawned with a market for asset-backed securities. The idea would be to offer attractive returns but also provide more clarity on risks. There are doubts though that securitization could scale up fast enough to challenge what Fitch says is a $2tn market for wealth management products. Only about $5bn in securitized products are currently outstanding. Ultimately, whether China’s debt pile becomes a crippling drag on growth may depend less on moves to shift the burden around within the financial system and more on efforts to kick the credit addiction. Goldman’s analysts calculate that China’s total debt-to-GDP ratio has surged by 60 percentage points since the global financial crisis. It says such a rapid increase is often associated with financial crises, even if the absolute level of debt is not excessive. “China must get to a point where it can get back on a healthy growth path that is not dependent on massive amounts of credit every year,” said Fitch’s Chu last month. “Absent this, everything else is secondary, including policies to improve the soundness of shadow finance or financial sector liberalization.” l

Nissan to begin production in Myanmar: report

n AFP, Tokyo

Japanese automaker Nissan plans to begin producing small cars and trucks in Myanmar with its Malaysian partner as early as this year, the Nikkei business daily reported yesterday. Nissan Motor and Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd will jointly produce several thousand small passenger cars and pickup trucks a year in the Southeast Asian country, the newspaper said without citing sources. Myanmar has been experiencing sharp growth in demand for cars since it began taking steps toward democracy in 2011, and used Japanese models are especially popular there. l



tuesday, september 17, 2013


Former Obama aide Summers withdraws from Fed chair consideration n Reuters, Washington Summers, a former top aide to President Barack Obama and widely regarded as a brilliant economist and a shrewd and decisive policy maker, was considered to be the front-runner for the position to replace Bernanke, whose second term expires in January. But Summers was dogged by controversies including his support for deregulation in the 1990s when he ran the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration - blamed by some for the financial crisis of 2007-2009 - as well as for comments he made about women’s aptitude while president of Harvard. “It became obvious he did not have support from some in his own party and had too much baggage to get approved for a number of reasons,” said Richard Daskin, chief investment officer at RSD Advisors in New York. Summers’ withdrawal appeared to open the door for the nomination of Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen, who was seen as his chief rival for the position. Yellen, who has a long career in the Fed system and also chaired the White House Council of Economic Advisers under former president Bill Clinton, would be the first woman to lead the US central bank. Still, the president has said he is also considering others, and has mentioned former Vice Chairman Donald Kohn, who retired in 2010 after 40 years at the Fed. Roger Ferguson, who was vice chairman from 1999-2006 and is currently chief executive of the academic retirement fund TIAA-CREF is also considered a possibility. Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, while popular at the White House made clear on Sunday he has not wavered from his oft-expressed disinterest in the job. Summers’ withdrawal in a letter to Obama in which he said any confirmation process would likely be acrimonious and a distraction came after weeks of intense political pressure for the administration. The president sought congressional approval for a military strike against Syria for a suspected poison gas attack against rebels, only to meet resistance from within his own Democratic ranks as well as from Republican lawmakers. He averted the possibility of a humiliating defeat in Congress by embracing a Russian proposal for destroying Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. Looking ahead, is the approaching battle between the administration and Republicans in Congress over government funding and an extension of the US debt ceiling, without which the federal government could shut down in two weeks and the nation could default on its debt. Obama also must defend his signature healthcare reform against attempts to cut its funding. It was not clear if Summers was persuaded by Obama to withdraw because of growing fears that nominating him as Fed Chairman would lead to an ugly battle within the

Lawrence H Summers, former director of the White House’s National Economic Council, gives a speech during a business forum ‘The United States, China, and Taiwan: Roles and Responsibility in a Global Economy’ in Taipei this file photo REUTERS president’s own party, or whether Summers decided himself that he did not want to go through such a potentially damaging process. “Maybe it was a recognition that he wasn’t going to get through the confirmation process, and Obama certainly doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of political capital right now,” said Scott Frew, Managing Partner and Owner, Rockingham Capital Advisors in Hartford, Connecticut.

Unprecedented Backlash

Word that the president was leaning toward nominating Summers over Yellen elicited an unprecedented backlash against a potential nominee to run the US central bank. Summers said that the storm pointed to a difficult confirmation process that could hurt the president’s economic agenda and the institution, and decided to pull back. “I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interests of the Federal Reserve, the administration, or ultimately, the interests of the nation’s ongoing economic recovery,” he wrote in his letter to Obama. Liberal lawmakers and progressive groups

had been outspoken in their opposition to Summers and were pleased the economist had taken himself out of the running. “Larry Summers’ past decisions to deregulate Wall Street and do the bidding of corporate America has made the lives of millions of Americans more acrimonious. He would have been an awful Fed Chair,” said Adam Green co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political advocacy group. Four Democratic senators on the Senate Banking Committee were expected to vote against him if he was nominated by the president. The most recent statement of opposition came from Montana Senator Jon Tester on Friday. “The administration realized that the math wasn’t there for a Summers nomination,” a Democratic aide on the Senate banking committee said. “Withdrawing was the right choice.” Twenty Senate Democrats had signed a letter urging Obama to nominate Yellen. Investors took the withdrawal of Summers as a green light for risk and lower interest rates, with initial market reactions signaling a view that the bank’s next chief was more likely than Summers to extend an era

of easy money that has flooded global markets with cash. In futures trading ahead of the opening of the US trading week, stock index futures tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose more than 1 percent and futures tracking the US 10-year Treasury note also rose, implying benchmark bond yields would move lower to start the week. The dollar also weakened on expectations that US interest rates were less likely to rise as rapidly as they had over much of the summer. Sunday’s developments come at a sensitive time for the Fed. On Wednesday it is expected to announce a plan to start winding down its massive stimulus, perhaps one of the most pivotal policy maneuvers ever attempted by the US central bank. Summers is the second high profile potential nominee to withdraw under pressure in Obama’s second term. Susan Rice, now Obama’s national security advisor, stepped back from consideration to be secretary of state over controversy surrounding her role in explaining the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four US government employees, including the ambassador. l




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7THICB | 13.53 | 98.60 | Vol. 2000 D: 82.20 ⇓ 0.96% | 82.50 | 82.50 / 82.00 8THICB | 12.47 | 70.07 | Vol. 5000 D: 49.50 ⇑ 1.02% | 49.60 | 49.60 / 49.40 1STBSRS | 14.43 | 161.88 | Vol. 17500 D: 89.90 ⇑ 0.90% | 90.00 | 90.50 / 89.60 AIMS1STMF | 3.02 | 15.70 | Vol. 451250 D: 41.40 ⇑ 0.49% | 41.61 | 42.30 / 41.00 C: 41.30 ⇑ 1.23% | 41.12 | 41.70 / 40.40 ICBAMCL1ST | 7.14 | 48.54 | Vol. 75000 D: 34.70 ⇓ 4.14% | 34.97 | 36.00 / 34.20 C: 35.10 ⇓ 10.00% | 35.13 | 35.20 / 35.10 ICBISLAMIC | 2.21 | 26.81 | Vol. 68000 D: 17.50 ⇓ 2.23% | 17.72 | 18.30 / 17.50 GRAMEEN1 | 6.26 | 33.23 | Vol. 311500 D: 46.20 ⇓ 5.52% | 46.86 | 49.00 / 45.80 C: 45.80 ⇓ 5.57% | 46.04 | 47.00 / 45.70 ICB1STNRB | 4.06 | 35.31 | Vol. 10500 D: 24.10 ⇑ 1.26% | 24.19 | 25.00 / 23.30 ICB2NDNRB | 2.49 | 16.24 | Vol. 233000 D: 9.40 ⇓ 1.05% | 9.52 | 9.80 / 9.40 C: 9.40 ⇓ 2.08% | 9.41 | 9.50 / 9.40 GRAMEENS2 | 2.17 | 16.41 | Vol. 906000 D: 16.20 ⇓ 2.41% | 16.33 | 16.60 / 16.10 C: 16.30 ⇓ 2.40% | 16.32 | 17.20 / 16.10 GREENDELMF | -0.82 | 9.72 | Vol. 161000 D: 5.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.12 | 5.20 / 5.10 C: 5.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.10 | 5.20 / 5.10 POPULAR1MF | 0.77 | 11.38 | Vol. 415528 D: 5.80 ⇓ 1.69% | 5.89 | 6.00 / 5.80 C: 5.80 ⇓ 3.33% | 5.86 | 6.00 / 5.70 IFILISLMF1 | 0.00 | 10.45 | Vol. 407000 D: 5.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.18 | 5.30 / 5.10 C: 5.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.07 | 5.10 / 5.00 PHPMF1 | 0.63 | 10.92 | Vol. 444000 D: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.43 | 5.50 / 5.40 C: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.39 | 5.50 / 5.30 AIBL1STIMF | -0.07 | 9.25 | Vol. 164500 D: 6.20 ⇓ 1.59% | 6.26 | 6.50 / 6.20 C: 6.10 ⇓ 4.69% | 6.13 | 6.20 / 6.10 MBL1STMF | -0.16 | 9.08 | Vol. 338500 D: 6.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.04 | 6.20 / 6.00 C: 6.30 ⇑ 5.00% | 6.30 | 6.30 / 6.30 SEBL1STMF | 0.94 | 11.85 | Vol. 816750 D: 7.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 7.70 | 7.80 / 7.00 C: 7.50 ⇓ 1.32% | 7.57 | 7.70 / 7.50 EBLNRBMF | 1.07 | 10.88 | Vol. 5000 D: 6.40 ⇓ 1.54% | 6.40 | 6.50 / 6.40 RELIANCE1 | 0.95 | 10.33 | Vol. 1079600 D: 8.00 ⇓ 1.23% | 8.07 | 8.30 / 7.90 C: 8.40 ⇑ 5.00% | 8.39 | 8.40 / 7.90 LRGLOBMF1 | 0.50 | 10.82 | Vol. 28500 D: 6.60 ⇓ 2.94% | 6.67 | 6.80 / 6.60 ABB1STMF | 0.92 | 10.63 | Vol. 48000 D: 6.90 ⇑ 1.47% | 7.00 | 7.00 / 6.80 NLI1STMF | 1.17 | 12.22 | Vol. 573150 D: 8.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 8.07 | 8.20 / 7.70 C: 7.90 ⇓ 1.25% | 7.90 | 8.10 / 7.80 FBFIF | 1.30 | 10.27 | Vol. 3500 D: 8.10 ⇓ 4.71% | 8.29 | 8.20 / 8.00 ICBSONALI1 | 0.00 | 10.39 | Vol. 501000 D: 6.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.45 | 6.60 / 6.40 C: 6.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.30 | 6.40 / 6.20 EXIM1STMF | 0.00 | 10.91 | Vol. 19000 D: 6.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.84 | 7.00 / 6.50 NCCBLMF1 | 1.16 | 10.48 | Vol. 10000 C: 9.50 ⇑ 7.95% | 9.50 | 9.50 / 9.50 ENGINEERING AFTABAUTO | 4.29 | 52.65 | Vol. 433652 D: 117.5 ⇓ 2.16% | 119.12 | 130.0 / 108.1 C: 117.4 ⇓ 2.09% | 118.87 | 121.9 / 116.7 AZIZPIPES | 0.39 | -42.04 | Vol. 32200 D: 19.90 ⇑ 1.53% | 20.17 | 21.30 / 19.60 C: 20.60 ⇑ 7.29% | 20.58 | 21.10 / 20.20 OLYMPIC | 5.94 | 14.91 | Vol. 273848 D: 224.7 ⇓ 1.06% | 225.78 | 228.1 / 215.0 C: 224.8 ⇓ 0.84% | 225.21 | 226.0 / 224.0 BDLAMPS | -5.31 | 37.07 | Vol. 59900 D: 184.4 ⇓ 0.75% | 183.56 | 193.0 / 180.3 C: 183.8 ⇓ 1.71% | 181.49 | 186.0 / 170.0 ECABLES | 2.04 | 18.87 | Vol. 57200 D: 88.20 ⇑ 0.68% | 88.14 | 90.80 / 85.00 C: 85.90 ⇑ 0.12% | 85.87 | 88.00 / 84.10

MONNOSTAF | 5.31 | 44.78 | Vol. 19500 D: 395.7 ⇑ 8.35% | 389.03 | 397.1 / 356.1 SINGERBD | 9.99 | 45.74 | Vol. 288608 D: 226.3 ⇑ 1.12% | 225.83 | 230.9 / 210.0 C: 229.3 ⇑ 2.50% | 227.02 | 232.0 / 220.0 ATLASBANG | 11.98 | 207.70 | Vol. 40500 D: 189.5 ⇓ 2.57% | 190.64 | 194.0 / 177.0 BDAUTOCA | 0.25 | 6.23 | Vol. 175270 D: 42.90 ⇑ 10.00% | 41.63 | 42.90 / 39.00 QSMDRYCELL | 1.65 | 58.49 | Vol. 522743 D: 41.10 ⇑ 0.24% | 40.70 | 41.90 / 39.50 C: 41.20 ⇑ 0.73% | 40.16 | 41.40 / 39.90 RENWICKJA | 5.62 | -90.00 | Vol. 50600 D: 194.7 ⇑ 3.62% | 195.38 | 203.0 / 185.0 NTLTUBES | -2.52 | 312.10 | Vol. 208840 D: 91.50 ⇓ 2.45% | 90.73 | 95.00 / 84.50 BDTHAI | 0.43 | 39.35 | Vol. 1156296 D: 28.30 ⇑ 5.20% | 28.07 | 29.00 / 24.50 C: 28.30 ⇑ 4.04% | 27.81 | 28.70 / 27.00 ANWARGALV | 0.51 | 8.08 | Vol. 544500 D: 30.90 ⇑ 6.92% | 29.74 | 31.70 / 27.10 C: 32.90 ⇑ 9.67% | 32.21 | 33.00 / 30.20 KAY&QUE | -3.89 | 6.03 | Vol. 86500 D: 18.90 ⇓ 6.90% | 20.53 | 22.30 / 18.50 C: 19.30 ⇓ 9.81% | 21.85 | 23.40 / 19.30 RANFOUNDRY | 2.84 | 18.62 | Vol. 382000 D: 124.9 ⇑ 9.85% | 120.79 | 125.0 / 111.0 C: 125.3 ⇑ 8.77% | 122.83 | 126.5 / 118.0 SALAMCRST | 3.31 | 20.00 | Vol. 205250 D: 42.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 43.06 | 43.80 / 41.00 C: 42.10 ⇓ 0.94% | 42.23 | 43.00 / 42.00 GOLDENSON | 3.70 | 28.70 | Vol. 496097 D: 44.40 ⇓ 1.99% | 44.43 | 45.90 / 40.80 C: 44.00 ⇓ 2.44% | 44.13 | 44.40 / 44.00 BSRMSTEEL | 3.06 | 19.53 | Vol. 286025 D: 73.00 ⇓ 0.27% | 73.79 | 74.90 / 70.00 C: 73.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 73.36 | 73.60 / 72.50 NAVANACNG | 4.09 | 27.04 | Vol. 342339 D: 71.40 ⇓ 2.86% | 72.96 | 74.50 / 67.00 C: 72.00 ⇓ 2.70% | 72.31 | 73.50 / 71.10 DESHBANDHU | 1.16 | 12.02 | Vol. 1479915 D: 26.90 ⇑ 1.89% | 26.50 | 27.10 / 23.80 C: 27.00 ⇑ 1.12% | 26.68 | 27.90 / 25.50 GPHISPAT | 2.11 | 15.27 | Vol. 203400 D: 45.40 ⇓ 1.94% | 45.81 | 47.10 / 45.30 C: 45.20 ⇓ 1.74% | 45.71 | 46.40 / 45.00 BENGALWTL | 2.42 | 20.72 | Vol. 788600 D: 46.60 ⇑ 5.91% | 46.06 | 46.80 / 44.80 C: 47.10 ⇑ 7.05% | 46.25 | 47.80 / 44.00 NPOLYMAR | 2.01 | 324.37 | Vol. 287219 D: 71.50 ⇓ 2.46% | 71.83 | 75.00 / 66.00 C: 71.40 ⇓ 3.38% | 73.66 | 79.00 / 70.00 FOOD & ALLIED APEXFOODS | 2.54 | 90.81 | Vol. 142800 D: 115.8 ⇑ 1.67% | 113.27 | 119.9 / 108.3 C: 112.1 ⇓ 4.51% | 113.88 | 117.0 / 107.3 BANGAS | 7.20 | 50.27 | Vol. 49200 D: 453.9 ⇓ 1.02% | 450.59 | 464.0 / 444.0 C: 448.9 ⇓ 2.12% | 449.33 | 458.0 / 444.6 BATBC | 65.69 | 117.22 | Vol. 4300 D: 1489 ⇓ 1.65% | 1495 | 1511 / 1486 C: 1500 ⇓ 6.19% | 1500 | 1500 / 1500 GEMINISEA | 10.88 | 9.69 | Vol. 19500 D: 267.6 ⇑ 3.64% | 273.49 | 280.7 / 237.1 NTC | 29.88 | 110.05 | Vol. 950 D: 934.8 ⇓ 3.97% | 934.74 | 951.0 / 911.1 ZEALBANGLA | -23.01 | -193.09 | Vol. 600 D: 9.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 9.00 | 9.00 / 9.00 CVOPRL | 2.66 | 13.28 | Vol. 119190 D: 850.0 ⇑ 4.23% | 822.44 | 855.0 / 795.0 C: 850.0 ⇑ 5.72% | 821.56 | 850.0 / 790.0 AMCL(PRAN) | 6.53 | 53.37 | Vol. 411450 D: 285.1 ⇑ 8.65% | 277.40 | 285.3 / 262.4 C: 283.6 ⇑ 8.49% | 278.10 | 284.2 / 266.0 SHYAMPSUG | -36.87 | -355.85 | Vol. 500 D: 8.10 ⇓ 3.57% | 8.00 | 8.60 / 8.00 RAHIMAFOOD | 0.62 | 4.46 | Vol. 1055000 D: 29.90 ⇑ 9.93% | 29.52 | 29.90 / 27.50 C: 29.90 ⇑ 9.93% | 29.44 | 29.90 / 28.30 FUWANGFOOD | 1.26 | 12.37 | Vol. 906944 D: 27.00 ⇓ 2.88% | 27.31 | 28.10 / 26.00 C: 27.10 ⇓ 2.17% | 27.16 | 28.40 / 26.70

MEGHNAPET | -0.58 | -1.02 | Vol. 10000 D: 6.30 ⇓ 5.97% | 6.40 | 6.50 / 6.30 MEGCONMILK | -6.68 | -16.22 | Vol. 43500 D: 8.80 ⇓ 7.37% | 8.97 | 9.50 / 8.60 BEACHHATCH | 1.01 | 12.48 | Vol. 2015515 D: 26.10 ⇑ 6.97% | 25.06 | 26.70 / 22.50 C: 26.60 ⇑ 8.57% | 25.19 | 26.90 / 23.70 FINEFOODS | -0.11 | 10.58 | Vol. 708430 D: 26.30 ⇑ 9.58% | 25.07 | 26.40 / 22.00 C: 26.60 ⇑ 9.92% | 25.43 | 26.60 / 24.00 RDFOOD | 0.91 | 16.84 | Vol. 2122268 D: 23.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 23.87 | 24.30 / 21.80 C: 24.10 ⇑ 1.26% | 23.94 | 24.50 / 23.10 GHAIL | 1.01 | 22.08 | Vol. 419820 D: 45.90 ⇓ 0.22% | 45.95 | 46.50 / 41.40 C: 45.90 ⇑ 0.22% | 45.69 | 46.20 / 45.60 FUEL & POWER LINDEBD | 31.71 | 144.00 | Vol. 39500 D: 734.1 ⇓ 3.37% | 743.92 | 764.0 / 730.1 PADMAOIL | 16.38 | 43.67 | Vol. 222743 D: 352.4 ⇓ 0.73% | 354.47 | 360.3 / 340.0 C: 351.3 ⇓ 0.96% | 353.46 | 360.0 / 350.2 EASTRNLUB | 6.32 | 68.68 | Vol. 4400 D: 477.1 ⇓ 2.37% | 472.50 | 483.0 / 460.0 BDWELDING | 0.33 | 16.82 | Vol. 2550758 D: 26.00 ⇑ 9.70% | 25.28 | 26.00 / 22.00 C: 25.70 ⇑ 8.90% | 25.49 | 25.90 / 24.50 SUMITPOWER | 3.17 | 19.26 | Vol. 442270 D: 34.10 ⇑ 0.29% | 34.25 | 35.10 / 30.60 C: 34.00 ⇑ 0.89% | 34.10 | 35.00 / 31.00 DESCO | 2.80 | 35.25 | Vol. 242900 D: 80.20 ⇑ 0.25% | 81.65 | 83.50 / 75.00 C: 79.80 ⇑ 0.88% | 79.57 | 80.00 / 79.00 POWERGRID | 2.56 | 48.08 | Vol. 47969 D: 56.60 ⇓ 0.88% | 57.14 | 58.50 / 53.00 C: 56.30 ⇓ 2.60% | 56.30 | 56.30 / 56.30 JAMUNAOIL | 22.78 | 50.24 | Vol. 288123 D: 230.2 ⇑ 0.61% | 230.74 | 232.3 / 226.0 C: 228.5 ⇓ 0.17% | 229.07 | 230.8 / 226.0 MPETROLEUM | 16.98 | 40.41 | Vol. 323522 D: 273.7 ⇓ 0.87% | 274.80 | 280.0 / 265.0 C: 272.1 ⇓ 1.45% | 273.99 | 279.8 / 271.4 TITASGAS | 9.01 | 36.56 | Vol. 658309 D: 84.70 ⇓ 0.47% | 84.88 | 85.60 / 76.60 C: 84.20 ⇓ 0.59% | 84.11 | 85.00 / 84.00 KPCL | 4.73 | 15.86 | Vol. 103587 D: 49.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 49.82 | 50.40 / 46.00 C: 49.40 ⇓ 1.00% | 49.60 | 50.20 / 49.40 BEDL | 1.57 | 17.89 | Vol. 499274 D: 36.30 ⇑ 0.28% | 36.42 | 36.90 / 32.60 C: 36.20 ⇑ 0.28% | 36.27 | 37.00 / 36.00 MJLBD | 2.73 | 30.24 | Vol. 80345 D: 73.10 ⇑ 0.69% | 73.37 | 74.00 / 67.00 C: 73.10 ⇑ 0.55% | 72.74 | 73.50 / 72.50 GBBPOWER | 1.86 | 22.63 | Vol. 636429 D: 26.10 ⇓ 1.14% | 26.57 | 28.00 / 24.00 C: 25.80 ⇓ 1.90% | 26.03 | 26.80 / 25.70 SPPCL | 3.81 | 23.34 | Vol. 540900 D: 57.80 ⇓ 1.03% | 58.65 | 59.80 / 52.60 C: 57.80 ⇓ 0.86% | 58.36 | 59.50 / 57.60 JUTE JUTESPINN | 2.06 | 17.42 | Vol. 74000 D: 162.2 ⇑ 8.86% | 158.69 | 163.8 / 145.0 NORTHERN | -13.80 | -6.19 | Vol. 200 D: 19.50 ⇑ 9.55% | 19.50 | 19.50 / 19.50 SONALIANSH | 5.54 | 218.80 | Vol. 37400 D: 178.0 ⇓ 1.11% | 175.11 | 180.0 / 170.0 TEXTILE AL-HAJTEX | 1.35 | 15.64 | Vol. 277072 D: 99.80 ⇑ 8.36% | 95.16 | 100.8 / 83.00 STYLECRAFT | 20.00 | 287.30 | Vol. 5200 D: 1264 ⇓ 4.03% | 1317 | 1399 / 1236 RAHIMTEXT | 0.51 | 73.88 | Vol. 9175 D: 323.8 ⇓ 2.20% | 322.62 | 331.9 / 305.0 SAIHAMTEX | 2.75 | 29.50 | Vol. 560800 D: 29.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 29.96 | 30.60 / 29.70 C: 29.60 ⇓ 1.99% | 29.78 | 30.50 / 29.50 MODERNDYE | 0.91 | 10.37 | Vol. 20300 D: 142.8 ⇑ 9.93% | 142.66 | 142.8 / 129.9



tuesday, september 17, 2013


September 16, 2013 Sectotal Index: BANK: 32,487.82 ⇑ 2.79% NBFI: 21,237.36 ⇑ 0.47% INVS: 4,662.97 ⇓ 0.55% ENGG: 6,453.06 ⇓ 0.36% FOOD: 10,379.82 ⇑ 3.01% F&P: 10,773.22 ⇓ 0.74% TEXT: 3,151.27 ⇑ 0.66% PHAR: 17,658.70 ⇓ 0.80% PAPR: 1,252.18 ⇑ 3.97% SERV: 3,215.44 ⇑ 0.52% LEAT: 5,677.48 ⇓ 2.40% CERA: 541.68 ⇓ 1.46% CMNT: 4,840.99 ⇑ 0.48% INFO: 7,879.77 ⇑ 0.44% GINS: 9,823.94 ⇓ 0.17% LINS: 114,829.45 ⇓ 0.74% TELC: 1,404.61 ⇓ 1.40% MISC: 6,472.85 ⇓ 2.58% DSHGARME | 0.72 | 12.00 | Vol. 76100 D: 66.30 ⇑ 9.77% | 63.04 | 66.40 / 56.70 DULAMIACOT | -8.46 | -27.78 | Vol. 10500 D: 9.30 ⇓ 1.06% | 9.43 | 9.60 / 9.00 TALLUSPIN | 2.56 | 12.06 | Vol. 2050310 D: 43.70 ⇓ 0.68% | 43.20 | 44.60 / 40.70 C: 43.70 ⇓ 0.46% | 43.43 | 44.50 / 42.00 APEXSPINN | 2.01 | 49.32 | Vol. 35800 D: 96.50 ⇑ 3.76% | 93.02 | 99.00 / 85.30 C: 97.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 97.00 | 97.00 / 97.00 MITHUNKNIT | 4.54 | 30.39 | Vol. 384953 D: 115.0 ⇓ 3.20% | 115.35 | 118.4 / 108.0 C: 115.7 ⇓ 2.45% | 115.41 | 119.0 / 113.1 DELTASPINN | 3.06 | 18.12 | Vol. 358600 D: 34.80 ⇑ 0.29% | 34.92 | 35.40 / 33.00 C: 34.80 ⇓ 0.29% | 34.92 | 35.70 / 34.70 SONARGAON | 0.27 | 34.50 | Vol. 705278 D: 20.20 ⇑ 9.78% | 20.17 | 20.20 / 17.00 C: 20.20 ⇑ 9.78% | 20.20 | 20.20 / 20.00 PRIMETEX | 1.01 | 63.54 | Vol. 255500 D: 25.50 ⇓ 0.78% | 25.78 | 26.60 / 25.30 C: 25.40 ⇓ 2.68% | 25.38 | 25.80 / 25.20 ALLTEX | -0.11 | 23.81 | Vol. 190100 D: 8.80 ⇑ 1.15% | 9.00 | 9.20 / 8.00 C: 9.10 ⇑ 1.11% | 9.02 | 9.10 / 8.90 ANLIMAYARN | 1.19 | 11.01 | Vol. 433200 D: 37.60 ⇓ 1.57% | 38.17 | 39.00 / 37.00 C: 39.90 ⇑ 5.84% | 39.91 | 40.90 / 37.00 HRTEX | 2.08 | 14.92 | Vol. 178605 D: 36.20 ⇓ 0.82% | 36.11 | 36.70 / 34.00 C: 35.10 ⇓ 3.84% | 35.07 | 35.50 / 34.20 CMCKAMAL | 1.37 | 19.31 | Vol. 990738 D: 26.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 26.13 | 27.00 / 24.00 SAFKOSPINN | 0.95 | 21.78 | Vol. 1985852 D: 27.20 ⇑ 9.24% | 26.69 | 27.30 / 24.90 C: 27.30 ⇑ 9.64% | 26.70 | 27.30 / 25.80 SQUARETEXT | 4.32 | 31.82 | Vol. 200205 D: 94.60 ⇓ 0.32% | 94.68 | 95.20 / 87.00 C: 94.60 ⇓ 0.63% | 94.52 | 95.00 / 86.00 METROSPIN | -1.00 | 19.59 | Vol. 1481733 D: 18.20 ⇑ 5.81% | 18.00 | 18.90 / 16.00 C: 18.50 ⇑ 6.94% | 17.90 | 19.00 / 17.00 MAKSONSPIN | 0.16 | 20.55 | Vol. 2806648 D: 15.20 ⇑ 3.40% | 15.15 | 15.70 / 13.50 C: 15.40 ⇑ 4.05% | 15.23 | 16.00 / 14.70 DACCADYE | 1.21 | 31.13 | Vol. 625255 D: 28.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 28.71 | 29.40 / 26.00 C: 28.20 ⇓ 1.05% | 28.30 | 28.60 / 27.90 RNSPIN | 2.80 | 16.58 | Vol. 3038676 D: 31.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 31.64 | 32.50 / 28.60 C: 31.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 31.61 | 32.40 / 31.10 BXSYNTH | 0.93 | 25.42 | Vol. 562352 D: 15.80 ⇓ 1.86% | 15.97 | 16.50 / 14.80 C: 15.90 ⇓ 1.24% | 16.11 | 16.60 / 15.60 MALEKSPIN | -1.44 | 46.87 | Vol. 742500 D: 26.10 ⇑ 1.95% | 25.97 | 26.70 / 23.50 C: 26.20 ⇑ 1.55% | 25.96 | 26.50 / 25.70 ZAHINTEX | 1.91 | 35.25 | Vol. 233200 D: 29.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 29.82 | 30.50 / 27.50 C: 29.60 ⇓ 1.66% | 29.74 | 30.20 / 29.50 SAIHAMCOT | 1.92 | 23.62 | Vol. 1594250 D: 27.50 ⇓ 1.08% | 27.49 | 28.30 / 27.20 C: 27.50 ⇓ 2.14% | 27.63 | 28.00 / 27.30 GENNEXT | 1.68 | 15.15 | Vol. 1140380 D: 21.50 ⇑ 0.47% | 21.52 | 21.90 / 19.30 C: 21.70 ⇑ 1.40% | 21.57 | 21.80 / 21.40 ENVOYTEX | 3.26 | 39.26 | Vol. 862060 D: 53.00 ⇑ 7.72% | 52.03 | 53.50 / 44.30 C: 52.50 ⇑ 6.28% | 51.73 | 53.40 / 50.00 ARGONDENIM | 1.89 | 38.86 | Vol. 637840 D: 37.10 ⇑ 1.64% | 37.05 | 37.70 / 33.00 C: 37.10 ⇑ 1.64% | 37.01 | 37.70 / 36.30 FAMILYTEX | 3.72 | 14.68 | Vol. 585500 D: 37.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 36.91 | 37.30 / 36.50 C: 36.40 ⇑ 0.28% | 36.17 | 36.60 / 36.00 QSMSILK | -0.22 | -0.06 | Vol. 0 C: 0.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 0.00 | 0.00 / 0.00 Pharmaceutical & Chemical AMBEEPHA | 3.94 | 26.15 | Vol. 27330 D: 322.4 ⇓ 2.54% | 322.75 | 339.0 / 311.5 C: 325.5 ⇑ 0.53% | 314.56 | 330.0 / 300.0 BXPHARMA | 3.77 | 52.55 | Vol. 210470 D: 47.70 ⇓ 1.04% | 47.94 | 49.00 / 44.00 C: 47.80 ⇓ 0.42% | 48.03 | 49.00 / 47.60

AGNISYSL | 1.07 | 25.52 | Vol. 513005 D: 24.70 ⇓ 1.98% | 25.01 | 26.00 / 23.70 C: 24.80 ⇓ 0.80% | 25.10 | 25.80 / 24.00 DAFODILCOM | 1.12 | 11.14 | Vol. 543612 D: 18.70 ⇓ 0.53% | 18.85 | 19.40 / 17.50 C: 18.80 ⇓ 1.05% | 18.93 | 19.80 / 18.60 AAMRATECH | 1.17 | 20.44 | Vol. 963700 D: 41.30 ⇓ 0.96% | 41.83 | 42.80 / 38.00 C: 41.30 ⇓ 0.72% | 41.64 | 42.80 / 38.00

GLAXOSMITH | 20.25 | 123.32 | Vol. 2750 D: 1095 ⇓ 4.12% | 1110 | 1133 / 1091 ACI | -5.82 | 126.42 | Vol. 49255 D: 181.4 ⇓ 2.94% | 182.77 | 188.0 / 178.0 C: 180.3 ⇓ 3.63% | 181.21 | 184.0 / 180.0 RENATA | 33.57 | 138.83 | Vol. 31065 D: 817.9 ⇓ 0.82% | 824.69 | 840.0 / 810.0 RECKITTBEN | 27.16 | 78.89 | Vol. 200 D: 923.9 ⇓ 1.68% | 925.00 | 949.9 / 910.0 PHARMAID | 5.06 | 26.30 | Vol. 84450 D: 223.4 ⇓ 1.85% | 224.50 | 231.4 / 222.0 KOHINOOR | 9.52 | 10.49 | Vol. 12695 D: 547.8 ⇑ 7.39% | 547.07 | 548.3 / 480.0 IBNSINA | 3.44 | 34.02 | Vol. 201784 D: 127.8 ⇑ 0.87% | 127.25 | 131.9 / 115.0 C: 127.3 ⇓ 0.16% | 127.12 | 131.0 / 123.5 LIBRAINFU | 4.64 | 1565.37 | Vol. 18600 D: 616.6 ⇓ 5.76% | 645.82 | 703.3 / 605.3 C: 654.0 ⇑ 57.21% | 654.00 | 654.0 / 654.0 ORIONINFU | 8.72 | 1.73 | Vol. 548400 D: 51.00 ⇓ 3.59% | 51.59 | 53.90 / 50.80 C: 51.10 ⇓ 3.58% | 52.00 | 53.00 / 50.80 SQURPHARMA | 6.93 | 37.18 | Vol. 488831 D: 174.9 ⇓ 0.23% | 174.35 | 176.5 / 165.0 C: 174.0 ⇓ 0.23% | 174.12 | 175.0 / 173.0 IMAMBUTTON | -1.68 | 5.67 | Vol. 1500 D: 8.50 ⇓ 1.16% | 8.67 | 8.60 / 8.50 KEYACOSMET | 1.55 | 21.54 | Vol. 1226685 D: 27.40 ⇑ 1.11% | 27.30 | 29.00 / 25.00 C: 27.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 27.16 | 27.40 / 26.90 BERGERPBL | 32.46 | 100.20 | Vol. 5650 D: 856.2 ⇓ 4.06% | 867.50 | 890.0 / 850.5 C: 870.0 ⇓ 5.43% | 870.00 | 870.0 / 870.0 ACIFORMULA | 3.33 | 38.08 | Vol. 97350 D: 87.40 ⇓ 4.17% | 88.37 | 91.30 / 86.50 C: 88.20 ⇓ 1.45% | 87.90 | 88.90 / 87.00 MARICO | 27.53 | 62.47 | Vol. 36100 D: 839.4 ⇓ 0.69% | 841.18 | 854.0 / 836.0 C: 822.0 ⇓ 2.95% | 866.03 | 900.0 / 822.0 BEACONPHAR | 0.33 | 11.97 | Vol. 283120 D: 14.90 ⇑ 0.68% | 14.91 | 15.00 / 14.80 C: 14.80 ⇓ 1.33% | 14.86 | 15.00 / 14.00 ACTIVEFINE | 3.23 | 13.89 | Vol. 1068217 D: 96.50 ⇓ 3.60% | 98.00 | 102.0 / 90.90 C: 96.40 ⇓ 3.60% | 97.67 | 99.80 / 100.0 SALVOCHEM | 0.68 | 10.57 | Vol. 1073344 D: 24.00 ⇓ 1.64% | 24.19 | 25.00 / 22.00 C: 24.10 ⇓ 2.43% | 24.14 | 24.60 / 23.00 GHCL | 2.14 | 57.31 | Vol. 183000 D: 47.90 ⇓ 2.24% | 48.40 | 49.90 / 47.80 C: 48.10 ⇓ 1.03% | 48.09 | 48.50 / 47.50 ORIONPHARM | 5.02 | 68.68 | Vol. 1257020 D: 66.00 ⇑ 0.46% | 66.55 | 67.50 / 59.20 C: 65.90 ⇑ 0.46% | 66.28 | 67.00 / 65.60 JMISMDL | 1.12 | 12.83 | Vol. 421000 D: 281.7 ⇑ 8.72% | 279.13 | 281.7 / 266.0 C: 279.4 ⇑ 7.79% | 279.11 | 281.8 / 262.5 CENTRALPHL | 0.61 | 10.99 | Vol. 519000 D: 34.00 ⇓ 1.45% | 34.25 | 34.80 / 33.90 C: 34.00 ⇓ 1.73% | 34.24 | 35.00 / 33.90 PAPER & PACKAGING HAKKANIPUL | 0.64 | 11.02 | Vol. 159000 D: 35.00 ⇑ 5.42% | 33.42 | 36.00 / 31.10 C: 35.10 ⇑ 4.78% | 33.96 | 36.00 / 31.70 SERVICE SAMORITA | 2.31 | 17.25 | Vol. 57878 D: 125.9 ⇓ 2.70% | 125.12 | 130.0 / 120.0 C: 118.1 ⇓ 7.59% | 116.10 | 118.1 / 115.1

SAPORTL | 1.23 | 38.39 | Vol. 219161 D: 26.60 ⇓ 2.92% | 26.92 | 27.70 / 25.00 C: 26.70 ⇓ 2.55% | 26.75 | 27.20 / 26.50 EHL | 2.87 | 18.48 | Vol. 665322 D: 61.50 ⇓ 1.60% | 60.97 | 63.90 / 57.00 C: 60.50 ⇓ 3.04% | 60.68 | 62.00 / 59.40 LEATHER APEXTANRY | 6.57 | 69.38 | Vol. 1281300 D: 134.8 ⇑ 0.22% | 134.61 | 136.8 / 133.0 C: 134.0 ⇓ 0.22% | 134.27 | 135.9 / 133.1 BATASHOE | 49.12 | 135.53 | Vol. 12700 D: 776.4 ⇓ 4.05% | 788.73 | 819.0 / 772.1 C: 788.2 ⇓ 5.60% | 788.20 | 788.2 / 788.2 APEXADELFT | 23.01 | 203.26 | Vol. 186200 D: 413.7 ⇓ 1.69% | 416.70 | 438.9 / 410.0 C: 413.5 ⇓ 0.12% | 418.35 | 420.0 / 413.5 SAMATALETH | -0.07 | 12.08 | Vol. 2000 D: 13.10 ⇓ 3.68% | 13.00 | 13.30 / 13.00 LEGACYFOOT | 0.63 | 17.19 | Vol. 856821 D: 34.20 ⇑ 9.97% | 34.07 | 34.20 / 29.00 C: 36.00 ⇑ 9.76% | 35.93 | 36.00 / 32.00 CERAMIC MONNOCERA | 0.71 | 96.33 | Vol. 197600 D: 43.50 ⇓ 5.02% | 43.45 | 46.10 / 42.30 C: 43.30 ⇓ 5.04% | 43.33 | 44.00 / 42.30 STANCERAM | 1.07 | 15.97 | Vol. 27000 D: 42.80 ⇓ 2.28% | 43.04 | 44.00 / 42.80 FUWANGCER | 1.43 | 13.25 | Vol. 823355 D: 21.40 ⇓ 2.73% | 21.62 | 22.20 / 19.80 C: 21.60 ⇓ 2.26% | 21.84 | 22.60 / 21.50 SPCERAMICS | 0.62 | 30.92 | Vol. 493845 D: 17.20 ⇑ 0.58% | 17.35 | 17.60 / 16.00 C: 17.20 ⇑ 1.18% | 17.32 | 17.90 / 16.90 RAKCERAMIC | 1.98 | 16.76 | Vol. 296200 D: 55.60 ⇓ 0.54% | 55.70 | 56.90 / 50.50 C: 55.20 ⇓ 1.78% | 55.20 | 55.70 / 54.80 CEMENT HEIDELBCEM | 22.85 | 111.50 | Vol. 384350 D: 441.2 ⇑ 1.43% | 442.22 | 451.0 / 431.0 C: 440.1 ⇑ 1.24% | 440.93 | 450.0 / 435.0 CONFIDCEM | 6.23 | 90.76 | Vol. 194535 D: 133.8 ⇓ 0.59% | 134.75 | 138.0 / 125.0 C: 134.5 ⇓ 0.07% | 134.61 | 136.0 / 133.7 MEGHNACEM | 6.28 | 33.81 | Vol. 235100 D: 169.6 ⇑ 2.05% | 167.87 | 171.9 / 163.2 C: 169.9 ⇑ 3.35% | 168.38 | 171.0 / 163.0 ARAMITCEM | 3.03 | 14.65 | Vol. 236500 D: 88.20 ⇓ 4.13% | 89.50 | 91.90 / 86.50 C: 90.20 ⇓ 4.04% | 90.25 | 92.00 / 87.10 LAFSURCEML | 1.60 | 7.22 | Vol. 1069000 D: 35.80 ⇓ 0.28% | 35.91 | 36.10 / 35.60 C: 35.70 ⇑ 0.85% | 35.75 | 35.90 / 35.60 MICEMENT | 4.14 | 40.00 | Vol. 169899 D: 92.70 ⇓ 0.75% | 92.77 | 93.70 / 85.00 C: 92.00 ⇓ 1.08% | 92.24 | 94.90 / 91.90 PREMIERCEM | 3.59 | 22.92 | Vol. 193000 D: 116.5 ⇓ 2.02% | 117.51 | 120.4 / 116.0 C: 115.9 ⇓ 2.28% | 115.91 | 117.0 / 115.3 IT IINDUSTRIES ISNLTD | 0.28 | 17.31 | Vol. 284312 D: 16.90 ⇑ 9.74% | 16.89 | 16.90 / 14.00 C: 17.40 ⇑ 9.43% | 17.40 | 17.40 / 16.90 BDCOM | 1.00 | 14.91 | Vol. 470795 D: 24.40 ⇓ 1.21% | 24.58 | 25.30 / 22.30 C: 24.40 ⇓ 0.41% | 24.35 | 24.60 / 24.10 INTECH | 0.94 | 10.08 | Vol. 714381 D: 17.10 ⇑ 9.62% | 17.09 | 17.10 / 15.60 C: 17.30 ⇑ 9.49% | 17.29 | 17.30 / 17.20

GENERAL INSURANCE BGIC | 1.65 | 20.33 | Vol. 187090 D: 30.30 ⇓ 1.62% | 30.42 | 31.50 / 29.50 C: 30.30 ⇓ 1.62% | 30.31 | 30.40 / 30.30 GREENDELT | 4.05 | 64.44 | Vol. 113548 D: 112.1 ⇓ 3.94% | 112.89 | 120.0 / 111.1 C: 111.0 ⇓ 3.90% | 110.63 | 111.1 / 109.1 UNITEDINS | 2.47 | 21.04 | Vol. 18862 D: 49.30 ⇓ 3.71% | 49.42 | 50.00 / 48.40 PEOPLESINS | 2.05 | 20.72 | Vol. 49495 D: 27.70 ⇓ 1.77% | 27.74 | 28.40 / 27.00 C: 27.70 ⇓ 2.81% | 27.87 | 28.60 / 27.20 EASTERNINS | 2.22 | 35.88 | Vol. 79750 D: 41.40 ⇓ 4.39% | 43.19 | 43.80 / 41.00 C: 42.20 ⇓ 1.86% | 42.19 | 42.30 / 42.10 KARNAPHULI | 1.56 | 19.42 | Vol. 75080 D: 24.30 ⇓ 1.62% | 24.24 | 26.00 / 23.90 RUPALIINS | 2.76 | 23.38 | Vol. 172340 D: 34.50 ⇓ 1.99% | 34.74 | 35.60 / 33.50 C: 34.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 34.84 | 35.10 / 34.50 FEDERALINS | 1.10 | 10.98 | Vol. 294699 D: 24.00 ⇓ 0.83% | 23.95 | 24.20 / 23.00 C: 24.00 ⇓ 1.64% | 23.98 | 24.90 / 23.50 RELIANCINS | 3.93 | 61.52 | Vol. 5550 D: 77.50 ⇓ 1.52% | 77.61 | 78.00 / 75.00 PURABIGEN | 1.05 | 18.71 | Vol. 337300 D: 23.50 ⇓ 1.26% | 23.87 | 24.40 / 23.50 PRAGATIINS | 2.01 | 50.30 | Vol. 102441 D: 63.30 ⇑ 1.61% | 64.00 | 65.80 / 61.00 PRIMEINSUR | 2.14 | 14.14 | Vol. 173882 D: 33.90 ⇓ 2.02% | 34.21 | 35.00 / 32.50 C: 34.00 ⇓ 1.45% | 34.00 | 34.00 / 34.00 PIONEERINS | 3.11 | 23.84 | Vol. 162364 D: 74.70 ⇓ 1.84% | 74.80 | 77.20 / 73.00 MERCINS | 1.53 | 14.50 | Vol. 328777 D: 28.00 ⇑ 0.72% | 28.66 | 29.30 / 26.50 AGRANINS | 1.73 | 14.39 | Vol. 137584 D: 29.30 ⇑ 2.09% | 29.03 | 30.20 / 26.20 GLOBALINS | 1.09 | 11.78 | Vol. 124500 D: 31.70 ⇑ 0.63% | 31.49 | 32.30 / 30.80 NITOLINS | 2.59 | 15.41 | Vol. 22769 D: 37.50 ⇑ 0.81% | 37.79 | 38.70 / 35.00 ASIAPACINS | 1.84 | 13.76 | Vol. 220500 D: 30.80 ⇑ 1.65% | 30.84 | 31.70 / 29.90 C: 29.90 ⇑ 1.70% | 29.89 | 30.10 / 29.00 SONARBAINS | 1.68 | 13.38 | Vol. 461940 D: 26.20 ⇑ 3.97% | 26.04 | 26.60 / 24.00 C: 26.20 ⇑ 3.15% | 26.18 | 26.50 / 25.90 PARAMOUNT | 1.26 | 13.19 | Vol. 397020 D: 26.60 ⇑ 3.91% | 26.33 | 27.40 / 25.10 C: 26.30 ⇑ 9.58% | 26.13 | 26.40 / 25.00 CITYGENINS | 1.65 | 14.26 | Vol. 402366 D: 28.00 ⇑ 1.08% | 28.31 | 29.00 / 26.50 C: 28.10 ⇑ 1.44% | 28.15 | 28.60 / 28.00 CONTININS | 1.41 | 15.68 | Vol. 551773 D: 35.90 ⇑ 1.13% | 36.39 | 38.40 / 34.60 TAKAFULINS | 2.19 | 15.17 | Vol. 841747 D: 40.10 ⇑ 9.86% | 39.98 | 40.10 / 35.00 C: 38.50 ⇑ 10.00% | 38.23 | 38.50 / 35.00 NORTHRNINS | 1.77 | 11.15 | Vol. 294401 D: 46.60 ⇑ 0.43% | 47.23 | 48.00 / 41.80 C: 47.30 ⇑ 3.28% | 47.33 | 47.50 / 46.90 REPUBLIC | 2.14 | 12.42 | Vol. 135020 D: 54.30 ⇓ 2.69% | 55.52 | 56.90 / 54.10 C: 54.20 ⇑ 0.74% | 52.83 | 54.30 / 50.00 ASIAINS | 1.56 | 17.34 | Vol. 181657 D: 29.90 ⇓ 0.66% | 29.88 | 30.80 / 28.00 C: 30.10 ⇑ 0.67% | 29.93 | 30.50 / 29.00 ISLAMIINS | 1.29 | 11.96 | Vol. 268347 D: 33.20 ⇑ 9.57% | 33.23 | 33.30 / 28.00 C: 31.90 ⇑ 9.25% | 31.90 | 32.10 / 31.30 PROVATIINS | 1.90 | 14.30 | Vol. 114002 D: 29.50 ⇑ 0.00% | 30.00 | 31.40 / 27.00 C: 28.20 ⇓ 4.41% | 29.80 | 31.40 / 28.20

DHAKAINS | 2.84 | 18.02 | Vol. 259750 D: 42.40 ⇑ 2.17% | 42.34 | 42.80 / 40.00 C: 41.70 ⇓ 0.48% | 41.78 | 42.00 / 41.30 LIFE INSURANCE NATLIFEINS | 12.34 | 80.99 | Vol. 6588 D: 254.9 ⇓ 0.86% | 255.46 | 257.0 / 250.0 DELTALIFE | 38.53 | 189.40 | Vol. 5025 D: 6008 ⇓ 0.15% | 6017 | 6100 / 5990 C: 6000 ⇓ 1.64% | 6000 | 6000 / 6000 SANDHANINS | 2.39 | 28.22 | Vol. 37854 D: 73.00 ⇑ 0.27% | 72.98 | 73.90 / 68.00 C: 72.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 72.13 | 73.40 / 72.00 POPULARLIF | 3.70 | 715.41 | Vol. 12760 D: 167.4 ⇓ 2.67% | 167.33 | 168.0 / 158.0 FAREASTLIF | 9.21 | 60.79 | Vol. 434704 D: 116.4 ⇓ 0.34% | 115.70 | 117.8 / 110.0 C: 115.9 ⇓ 0.60% | 115.97 | 117.6 / 114.2 MEGHNALIFE | 10.82 | 48.87 | Vol. 43770 D: 108.7 ⇓ 0.46% | 108.23 | 109.6 / 105.0 C: 106.1 ⇓ 2.21% | 105.98 | 106.2 / 105.6 PROGRESLIF | 2.30 | 31.45 | Vol. 25000 D: 99.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 99.84 | 105.0 / 97.80 PRIMELIFE | 5.51 | 27.10 | Vol. 8813 D: 95.20 ⇓ 0.42% | 95.15 | 98.80 / 92.00 C: 93.10 ⇑ 0.98% | 92.91 | 93.10 / 91.00 RUPALILIFE | 3.75 | 31.25 | Vol. 98678 D: 105.4 ⇑ 2.63% | 103.52 | 107.0 / 93.00 PADMALIFE | 1.63 | 25.76 | Vol. 37000 D: 60.00 ⇑ 0.17% | 60.13 | 60.90 / 59.30 C: 59.90 ⇓ 1.64% | 59.31 | 59.90 / 58.70 SUNLIFEINS | 0.00 | 0.00 | Vol. 247250 D: 57.00 ⇓ 4.36% | 58.16 | 61.00 / 53.70 C: 58.10 ⇓ 3.81% | 58.30 | 59.60 / 57.00 TELECOM GP | 12.96 | 26.26 | Vol. 816085 D: 198.5 ⇓ 2.84% | 201.50 | 209.0 / 186.9 C: 198.2 ⇓ 2.22% | 201.56 | 207.0 / 196.6 BSCCL | 6.69 | 30.34 | Vol. 907750 D: 253.6 ⇑ 1.12% | 256.81 | 264.0 / 230.0 C: 253.4 ⇑ 0.88% | 256.22 | 264.4 / 250.2 Travel & Leisure UNITEDAIR | 1.60 | 15.12 | Vol. 9400447 D: 20.50 ⇑ 3.54% | 20.40 | 20.90 / 18.00 C: 20.60 ⇑ 3.52% | 20.43 | 20.80 / 19.90 UNIQUEHRL | 4.02 | 86.29 | Vol. 589380 D: 89.00 ⇓ 2.20% | 89.78 | 92.00 / 81.90 C: 88.60 ⇓ 2.10% | 89.19 | 90.60 / 88.50 MISCELLANEOUS ARAMIT | 16.07 | 99.93 | Vol. 44650 D: 350.5 ⇓ 2.15% | 352.25 | 369.0 / 336.3 C: 346.3 ⇑ 8.66% | 346.27 | 346.5 / 346.0 BSC | 1.77 | 565.82 | Vol. 108255 D: 565.8 ⇓ 1.95% | 570.32 | 588.8 / 565.0 C: 566.3 ⇓ 1.94% | 570.44 | 585.0 / 565.3 GQBALLPEN | 6.55 | 250.45 | Vol. 205580 D: 173.0 ⇑ 1.94% | 170.97 | 178.9 / 160.0 C: 173.9 ⇑ 1.58% | 171.53 | 177.9 / 165.0 USMANIAGL | 0.50 | 26.03 | Vol. 147503 D: 169.8 ⇓ 2.36% | 170.77 | 176.4 / 165.0 C: 169.5 ⇓ 3.42% | 170.62 | 174.5 / 168.0 SAVAREFR | 0.23 | 12.32 | Vol. 2600 D: 90.00 ⇑ 9.22% | 90.00 | 90.50 / 90.00 BEXIMCO | 3.24 | 86.74 | Vol. 901573 D: 32.30 ⇓ 0.92% | 32.41 | 33.00 / 30.00 C: 32.30 ⇓ 0.62% | 32.34 | 32.90 / 32.20 SINOBANGLA | 1.75 | 21.01 | Vol. 524500 D: 25.70 ⇑ 0.39% | 25.27 | 26.60 / 24.40 C: 26.00 ⇑ 0.39% | 25.51 | 26.90 / 25.00 MIRACLEIND | 0.14 | 14.90 | Vol. 896034 D: 20.00 ⇑ 9.89% | 19.74 | 20.00 / 17.00 C: 20.10 ⇑ 9.84% | 20.00 | 20.10 / 19.00 BOND IBBLPBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 10140 D: 953.5 ⇑ 0.05% | 953.60 | 954.0 / 952.5 C: 950.0 ⇓ 0.42% | 951.00 | 952.0 / 950.0 ACIZCBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 9062 D: 870.0 ⇓ 0.06% | 870.06 | 873.0 / 870.0 C: 848.0 ⇓ 0.41% | 848.00 | 850.0 / 846.0 BRACSCBOND | 0.00 | 0.00 | Vol. 15 D: 1100 ⇑ 3.77% | 1100 | 1100 / 1100




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Core business lessons that the ‘The Godfather’ teaches n Wasim Subhan Choudhury “The Godfather,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola and acted by Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Al Pacino is one of the greatest movies of all time. Apart than the aesthetic charm and entertainment elements, the movie has a lot of lessons regarding approach towards life, personal attitude and business dealings. Interestingly, most of these lessons are quite contemporary in context of Bangladesh. In this era of high speed internet, low speed vehicle movement and changing social norms, corporate structure, “The Godfather” teaches the core lessons that are needed to ensure success. Here are seven lessons that are relevant to the contemporary business community of Bangladesh:

Family comes first

Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. – Don Vito Corleone The core teaching of the film is - family first; always. The head of New York City’s most powerful family, Don Vito Corleone, spent his whole life protecting his family. One member of the family tend to help another when needed and required; family never hesitate to bend the rules for any of the family members; and when one is sick or attacked, others step ahead and take over. Apart from these, earning members spend time with their children no matter how occupied they are in business. Bangladesh is moving fast to become a middle income earning nation. Speed is the key. Businessman and corporate professionals, in many extent,

are ignoring the family to focus more on the economic progress. But at the end of the day, it is the family members those stick together, not the long meetings, distant clients or fancy business dinners. Family should come first; always.

When it is time to listen, do not talk

I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen. - Don Vito Corleone The movie teaches that one should listen when he or she is supposed to. Talking when listening should have been the priority might hurt in future. The idea is not to dominate any meeting, may it be business or political; and let others participate. To get the group started, the moderator needs to speak up, but once they are rolling, no need to dominate the group. Most of the businesses and trading are team exercises, so participation of every group member is important.

Don’t Take It Personally

It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business. – Michael Corleone One of the persistent and strong themes of the film is “business business” versus “personal business”. For the Mafiosi syndicate, the above quote by Michael is more like a slogan. The characters in the movie try to portray this distinction throughout the story. However, this moto frequently gets lost due to gang warfare and heated emotion. Sonny Corleone, who was in queue of becoming the next Don, almost lost the moral of this slogan when his father was shot. This is seen when he ordered brutal attacks on almost all rival leaders who were in sight, forgetting that personal and business

matters were different. However, Michael, as the head, at the end assumes his rightful place – pure business. Bangladesh’s social norms are more bowed towards personal touch than professional. Unless business is only business, professionalism will not reach the expected level. Corporate professionals too need to develop a habit of keeping business to business.

Being decisive

In the movie, Don Vito Corleone exactly knows what he wants. He commanded respect through firm leadership and executed decisively. In order to make the right choice, the movie teaches that one should know the team well. It is also important to trust them so that they can also take decisive action in the dealings. Being decisive in key business moments can ensure major deals and it can get projects implemented on time.

Being prepared

Hey, listen, I want somebody good – and I mean very good – to plant that gun. I don’t want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright? - Santino “Sonny” Corleone The movie teaches that being prepared gets job done and vice versa. Chances are limited and do not come every day. Therefore, the key is to be prepared. It often takes time to put up a plan together. The movie teaches that once the goal is identified, brainstorming is required. The final step is to brief all the participants of the plan. A well planned action means half of the execution is done.

Do not say “No” to everything

No Sicilian can ever refuse a request on his daughter’s wedding day. - Tom Hagen This is the hardest part to contain for many people in the business community. The movie teaches that the internal monitor must be turned off in order to succeed. It was not easy for Don Corleone sitting in his study at the wedding of his daughter and agreeing to the random requests made by others; but he did it. He was looking at the future by not saying no. Saying “no” randomly blocks many future avenues.

Building a powerful community

Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. - Don Vito Corleone The above words exemplify how Don Vito Corleone has created a loyal community, particularly amongst those he helped in the past. Vito Corleone built an influential network by helping people deal with their problems and granting favors. This relationship might or might not be able to yield a quantifiable or specific return, however it served to strengthen Don Corleone’s power base. This power base, in the long run, has the potential to be mutual. Any business in Bangladesh is bound to do well if a powerful community is build. Building such community nevertheless is a tough thing to do. Patience is required. No tips will work unless are implemented wisely. If followed sensibly, these lessons from ‘The Godfather’ will surely bring brawny business success. Avoiding these will guarantee pure failure! l The writer is an internet marketer and brand & image consultant.

Flurry of Chinese plans to build aviation hubs raises concern n Reuters, Beijing More than 50 cities in China have answered Beijing’s call for cleaner economic growth with plans for aviation hubs, airports clustered with industrial zones. The problem is that they may not all be needed. The cities hope the projects will attract investment in areas like logistics, high-technology and finance - the sort of businesses Beijing is encouraging to move the economy away from the smoke-stack industry that has driven rapid growth for years. But critics argue the projects will exacerbate a problem China is trying to stamp out - debt-fuelled construction that local authorities have used for years to boost their local economies. After years of massive investment, Beijing is trying to turn the economy more towards consumption-led growth, worried that continued rapid investment in factories and infrastructure will be redundant as growth slows. Such “plans often start high key, but end poorly,” said government researcher Wang Jun, who visited an airport project last month. “It is not necessarily a good thing for the whole nation, as so much investment will often lead to overcapacity and increase local government debts,” Wang, who works at the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges, a government think tank, said. “There are already signs of redundant

An aeroview shows the newly-built Hefei Xinqiao International Airport in Hefei, Anhui province  REUTERS investment, as some regions in China have too many airports, which are not in full operation.” Developing an aviation hub is more than simply building an airport, said Wang Xiaohua, a senior consultant specialising in the

aviation industry at Kent Ridge Consulting in southern Fujian province. It first of all requires minimum annual passenger flows of 10 million and cargo volume of 200,000 tons, she said. Only Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen

and Kunming met that criteria at the end of 2012. “It’s hot. Many cities are crazy about the idea,” said Wang, who has advised cities in northern Inner Mongolia province and south-western Yunnan province on aviation-hub projects. To be sure, China will need more airports as the economy grows. China has 19 airports per million square kilometres versus 57 in the United States. But profits are elusive. Of China’s 183 airports, 143 are loss making, data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) shows. That suggests that more than 60 of the 80 new airports envisioned in China’s economic masterplan for 2011-2015 will end up in the red. A third of all passengers and half of all cargo go through just three aviation hubs - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, CAAC figures show. Illustrating how fierce competition is, Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport, less than 300 km (190 miles) from Beijing, will reimburse the cost of people’s travel to the airport from eight cities, including the capital, in order to attract passengers following a 4bn yuan ($645m) expansion. Such a tough business landscape has not put off Zhengzhou, a city 650 km (400 miles) south of Beijing, which aims to expand trade at its existing airport 10 fold to $200bn by 2025 by adding three more runways. l

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