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Justice finally catches up with SQC Notorious BNP leader given death sentence for litany of horrors committed in Chittagong in 1971 BNP to make its stance clear today, calls hartal in Chittagong Al-Masum Molla and n Mohammad Ashif Islam Shaon with Tarek

kar Ali Manik n Julfi and Udisa Islam The war crimes tribunal yesterday awarded death sentence to war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1971 Liberation War. The tribunal observed that 42 years ago Salauddin Quader had committed “horrendous atrocities” on unarmed civilians in Chittagong in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation army and razakars with an aim to annihilate the Hindu community. The tribunal said the crimes have “trembled the collective conscience of mankind.” “The accused committed genocide by his active participation in different places of Chittagong targeting to wipe out Hindu population as a religious group by launching systematic attack in a large scale with the aid of Pakistani army and also killed unarmed civilians creating reign of terror in the locality,” reads the judgement of the International Crimes Tribunal 1. “As a result, millions of people were compelled to leave the country and took refuge in India during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh.” The tribunal found 64 year old Salauddin Quader, a member of the Standing Committee of opposition BNP, guilty in nine of the 23 charges

Mahmud in Chittagong The main opposition BNP will give its formal reaction today on the death penalty handed down yesterday to one of its policymakers Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. The party is likely to stage demonstration today across the country not in protest against the verdict, but to protest what they claimed the leak of the judgement before it was read out in the International Crimes Tribunal, said a party leader. The six-time MP from a Chittagong constituency was given death sentence in four charges and jail terms in five others. He was acquitted in eight charges while the prosecution did not produce witnesses in six others. The Chittagong unit BNP called dawn to dusk shutdown in greater Chittagong for today protesting the verdict. Party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told journalists that the party would brief  PAGE 2 COLUMN 4

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Trial a laughing matter for family? An accused with nothing kar Ali Manik and n Julfi Muktasree Chakma Sathi The courtroom yesterday was not as quiet as it should be on a verdict day as the accused, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, and members of his family were continuously passing remarks while the judges were reading out the verdict. Their remarks were heard by journalists, law enforcers, and others present there. Salauddin Quader was brought around 10:40am, a minute before the judges entered the courtroom. His wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury, daughter Farzeen Quader Chowdhury and sister Hasina Quader Sinha were seated at the last bench of the defence side, not far from the dock for the accused. Hasina was seen reciting prayers silently before the judges entered. Salauddin’s sons Fayyaz and Humam, brother Jamal Uddin, nephew Samir Quader and his wife, and his political follower Zeeba Khan, a BNP activist, were also in the courtroom. The first comment came from Salauddin and his wife who almost in

a chorus corrected the tribunal as it mentioned he was elected MP for five times. “Six times, not five,” the couple said out loud. Salauddin in a sarcastic tone told the tribunal: “Keep it five times, since you mention like that in the verdict.” The tribunal immediately stood corrected, saying “six times” while reading out the verdict. Around 11am, Salauddin muttered: “What is the point of reading out this

P2, 3 MORE STORIES verdict. It is on websites.We can download it from there, let’s go home.” His wife Farhat claimed that a few websites had published the verdict beforehand and alleged that the law ministry, not the judges, had prepared the verdict. The defence lawyers and relatives yesterday alleged that the verdict had been published on several websites, including www.bdtomorrow.net/blog, a website run in the name of Justice Concern. They also said the information had been first leaked on http://www.tribunalleaks.be, which is operated from Belgium.

Turning towards journalists, Farhat said: “Let it [verdict] come to an end. I will tell everyone about this.” She was holding printed documents bound like a book. She also called Captain Karim a fictitious character while the tribunal referred to one witness’ deposition containing the name regarding the genocide in Madhya Gahira. After the verdict was delivered, Farhat claimed that she had beencomparing her “advanced copy” of the verdict with the one being read out at the tribunal. “It is same word by word,” she said. However, she was not seen opening the book even for a single time in the courtroom. “Two of these judges were not even here when that witness gave the deposition,” Farhat told her sister-in-law Hasina sitting next to her. Both started laughing then. At one point, Salauddin said: “In 1995, when I resigned from parliament I was then a patriot. As soon as I joined the BNP, I became a war criminal... These people became judges and I have to listen to this.”  PAGE 2 COLUMN 4

but contempt for court Islam and Muktasree n Udisa Chakma Sathi

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is the only person who as an accused several times made remarks attacking, disobeying and insulting the tribunal judges either in a satiric way or being insolent in the court room. Since the trial began last year, the tribunal judges many times felt embarrassed because of his behaviour. It cautioned the BNP Standing Committee member and six-time MP from Chittagong several times for his disrespectful conducts. In its judgement given yesterday, the tribunal made six points of observation about the “unusual” behaviour of the lawmaker. The tribunal said during trial of the case, “we have observed many things but we like to mention a few traits of the accused which appeared to us unusual and unbecoming. In the early stage of the trial, the accused wilfully

used to violate decorum of the court room by shouting and thus by the order dated January 10, 2012 he was warned for his ‘unruly behaviour.’” Despite being a lawmaker, the tribunal said, Salauddin Quader’s art of deliberation, actions and conduct as shown in the court room were not “in conformity with rightness, decency and convention of good behaviour.” The three-member tribunal also mentioned about the violation of decorum. “After closing of every day proceeding, while the judges leave the courtroom, all the people present in the court room used to stand to pay respect to the court as a practice. But the accused remained sitting on his chair; he seldom used to stand at the time of exit of the judges.” Salauddin Quader from the dock protested the observation saying: “No and Never.” The tribunal also said during the long proceedings, the accused used to address the judges as “Chairman Shaheb”  PAGE 2 COLUMN 1

Nutan’s killing was a result of political vendetta n Julfikar Ali Manik and Udisa Islam

The killing of Nutan Chandra Singha was one of the dark chapters of the glorious history of the 1971 Liberation War. War criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, being instructed by his father Convention Muslim League Leader Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, killed the eminent personality of Chittagong. Discussing evidences and witness depositions, the International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday in its verdict that handed down death sentence to the BNP leader, observed why Nutan Chandra was targeted. The judgement said Nutan Chandra was a very popular man, especially in his hometown Chittagong, for his tremendous contributions to the society. He established many institutions including schools, colleges and, not the least, the famous Kundeshwari Oushodhalaya, an herbal medicine centre.  PAGE 2 COLUMN 6


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Victims, their families want quick execution n Tushar Hayat, Chittagong After death penalty is handed down to war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, now the victims, their family members and witnesses hope that execution of the verdict would be completed as early as possible. Profulla Ranjan Singh, son of martyred Nutan Chandra Singh, said they had been expecting capital punishment for the BNP leader. “We will be fully satisfied after the execution of the verdict,” he told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. Nutan Chandra, a philanthropist and herbal medicine researcher, was shot dead on the premises of his residence at Kundeshwari Oushodhalaya in Gahira of Raozan by Pakistani occupation forces aided by collaborators, including Salauddin Quader, on April 13, 1971. M Salimullah, who was tortured at the Goods Hill, family residence of the convict, told the Dhaka Tribune that he had been waiting for the past 42 years for

such a punishment against the linchpin behind genocides in Chittagong during the War of Independence. “The souls of the martyrs will find peace with the death penalty of this human killer,” Salimullah, a former president of Clearing and Forwarding Agents’ Association, said while demanding quick execution of the tribunal judgement. A six-time Chittagong MP, Salauddin Quader is the son of Convention Muslim League leader Fazlul Quader Chowdhury. Salimullah also urged the BNP not to defend Salauddin Quader, who is a Standing Committee member of the main opposition party. Announcement to enforce a shutdown by the party protesting the verdict had disappointed him. Salimullah recalled that the henchmen of the convict had picked him up to the torture cell at Goods Hill at about 9pm on April 2, 1971 and tortured him the whole night on charges of providing shelter to some Hindu people. “My relatives

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The ruling Awami League yesterday said the conviction of BNP Standing Committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury proved that the main opposition party was a party of war criminals. “Former president Ziaur Rahman reinstated the war criminals in the

country’s politics and his wife Khaleda Zia has patronised them and rewarded them with the national flag,” said Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahabub-Ul-Alam Hanif. Conveying the ruling party’s reaction to the verdict at his Karwan Bazar office, Hanif welcomed the verdict and said it “fulfilled people’s

expectations” and had also established the rule of law. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam also expressed satisfaction at the verdict, saying the government was pleased with the verdict, which would help ensure the rule of law in the country. l

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or “Member Shaheb” though he knew that the tribunal was been set up with judges of the Supreme Court. After pronouncing these observations, the tribunal said everybody should keep in mind, especially the accused, as a lawmaker he should not forget the popular dictum “Be you ever so high, the law is higher than you.” According to section 43B of the tribunal’s rules of procedure, at any stage of the proceedings of trial of a case, if the tribunal sees unruly behaviour of the accused which is not easy to control or manage, then the tribunal may, for its safety and dignity, dispense with the personal attendance of the accused, and direct him to appear by his counsel. Salauddin Quader was indicted on April 4 last year at the tribunal then led by Justice Md Nizamul Huq for 23 charges of crimes against humanity that include genocide, murder, rape, arson and robbery he had committed in Raozan and Rangunia of Chittagong. After framing of the charges, Justice Huq asked Salauddin Quader: “Mr Chowdhury, you have heard and understood the aforesaid charges?” Apparently irked and avoiding answering

TIMELINE OF TRIAL The war crimes accused was charged for crimes against humanity including genocide, murder, rape, arson and robbery he allegedly committed in Raozan and Rangunia of Chittagong in 1971

December 16, 2010

Arrested January 17, 2011

Ordered to be shown arrested in war crimes case November 14, 2011

Prosecution submits formal charge November 17, 2011

Tribunal accepts charges April 4, 2012

Indicted on 23 charges July 28, 2013

Prosecution starts argument July 31, 2013

Defence starts argument August 14, 2013

Arguments end and case kept as CAV

the question, the accused rather asked back: “What charges? I did not understand your charges.” The tribunal then said as the charges were read out in his presence, it would be presumed that he had heard them. Salauddin Quader was also seen commenting on the witnesses during depositions, arguments of the prosecutors and remarks made by the judges despite the tribunal’s repeated cautionary notices. On May 15 last year, the tribunal said it would be the last warning as the accused interrupted the deposition of professor emeritus Anisuzzaman by shouting from the dock. The incident took place after the tribunal had disallowed a question of the defence lawyer saying that the witness already explained the matter. The tribunal repeatedly asked him to stop as his counsel was pleading for him. Salauddin Quader rather said: “I have right to cross examine the witness, and I will.” As he kept calling out, the tribunal ordered him to keep quite. In reaction to the order, Salauddin Quader said: “Mr Nizamul Haque, please do not show me your red eyes. I request you with all respect and humility.”

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managed my release in the morning.” Sheikh Mohammed Jahangir, whose father and brother had remained missing since the war, said they were satisfied with the judgement although it had been much late. He said a team of the occupation force led by Salauddin Quader had picked up his father Sheikh Mozaffar Ahmed, who was the founder president of Awami League in Chittagong, and his brother Sheikh Alamgir from Hathazari on April 17, 1971. “We have been searching for the graves of our father and brother for the past 42 years,” he said. Kazi Nurul Afsar, the 10th witness in the case, was member of a team of freedom fighters which launched an attack on the war criminal in Dewan Bazar area in the city during the war. He said it would have been complacent for them if they could kill him back then. “However, we are happy that he will have to walk the gallows after 42 years of his misdeeds,” he said. l

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Failing to calm him, the tribunal issued the order cautioning him for the last time. Son of Convention Muslim League leader Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin Quader also dismissed his counsels several times during the trial procedure. On January 30, he again dismissed his lawyers – Ahsanul Huq Hena and Fakhrul Islam. Fakhrul, however, was seen to move for him after a few days along with stateappointed defence counsel Salma Haider. The accused, however, backed his lawyers when the prosecution termed the defence counsel’s attitude “professional misconduct.” On August 5, Ahsanul titled prosecutor Tureen Afroz as “kangaroo barrister” as she had achieved the degree from Australia. On completion of the trial, the tribunal on August 14 kept the case pending for verdict. When everybody was greeting each other in the court room, Salauddin Quader stood up in the dock and said sportingly: “While everybody is greeting, then why not me? We all know our limitations. But the tribunal in the last two and a half years showed their patience. So I am grateful to them.” l

brought by the prosecution two years back. “He has been tried as a member of a group of individuals involved in war crimes,” stated the verdict. The prosecution had failed to bring any witness to prove six charges and failed to prove eight more charges even after producing witnesses and evidences. He is the first among the seven convicted war criminals till now who is a sitting parliament member from his constituency in Raozan of Chittagong. The six-time parliamentarian, sitting in the dock wearing white Pyjamas-Panjabi, rimless glasses and chocolate colour Kabuli sandal, kept himself busy in making remarks, mocking the verdict and judges of the tribunal when they were pronouncing summary of the 172-page-judgement from 10:45am to 1:10pm in a packed court room. “Thirty lakh [3m people] were killed [during the Liberation War], say that I have killed 20 lakh,” he said at one point. He was restlessly talking like this to the police and journalists who were around the dock. During more than two-year long trial Salauddin has testified that he was from a Muslim family but was not a Bangalee, he was a Bangladeshi by choice and not by birth, cited the judgment The judgment said: “Since the accused proudly claims that he is not a Bangalee, it can be presumed that the accused as a non-Bangalee might have gone to West Pakistan as his first home during the War of Liberation in 1971.” “But the fact remains that the defence did not produce any travel or residential documents to show the date of so-called visit to West Pakistan and his staying there during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh,” read the judgment.

Among the nine proven charges, the tribunal sentenced Salauddin Quader to death for each of his four grievous offenses those include the much-talkedabout killing of Nutan Chandra Singha, killing and atrocities on Hindu population in Banik Para of Sultanpur village in Raozan, killing of around 70 people at Unosottor Para, and torturing and killing of Awami League leader Mozaffar Ahmed and his son Sheikh Alamgir. The three-member tribunal comprises Chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, and members Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Anwarul Haque. Citing the four charges in which the Muslim Leaguer turned BNP leader has been awarded death sentence, the judges said: “It is well-proved that the accused actively participated by his presence in the commissions of crimes against humanity and genocide…which undoubtedly has formed an ‘aggravating factor.’ “Thus, we are of the unanimous view that the accused deserves the highest punishment as provided under law [International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973] for committing such gravest crimes which also tremble the collective conscience of mankind,” the verdict says. Justice Kabir pronounced: “The accused is convicted and sentenced to death for each [of the four] charge…for committing the gravest offences, and accordingly he be hanged by the neck until he is dead.” The convicted war criminal had committed crimes against humanity and genocide in Chittagong district and collaborated actively with the Pakistani occupation forces that killed 3m people and raped more than 250,000 women in the nine-month-long war. Among the rest of the five proven charges, the tribunal gave him jail in different terms. Salauddin Quader has been jailed 20 years each for the killing

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Killing of 6 of 7 persons abducted Madhya Gohira Genocide Kundeshwari Killing (Nutan Chandra) Jagatmalla Para Genocide Sultanpur Genocide Unosottor Para Genocide Raozan Municipality Killing (Satish Chandra) Abduction, torture and murder of Mozaffar Ahmed and son

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the media at 4pm at its Naya Paltan headquarters. The decision came after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia held a meeting with the senior party colleagues at her Gulshan office. Party’s Standing Committee members Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar, Jamiruddin Sircar, Rafiqul Islam Miah and Nazrul Islam Khan, Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Osman Farruk were present in the meeting. Earlier, the BNP did not give any official reaction over the verdicts announced in the cases against leaders of its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami. Yesterday, pro-BNP lawyers of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum gave its reaction to the judgement. Standing Committee members Moudud and Rafiqul Islam

spoke to reporters. The forum also gave its reaction after Jamaat leader Abul Quader Molla was handed down capital punishment. Another BNP leader Abdul Alim’s case is now awaiting verdict. Alim was a former minister in gen Ziaur Rahman’s cabinet. BNP Chittagong city and Rangamati district units called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Chittagong for today protesting the verdict. BNP will enforce the shutdown (hartal) from 6:00am to 6:00pm in the port city and the district’s 14 upazilas, Sahadat Hossain, general secretary of BNP Chittagong city unit said. Meanwhile, at least nine vehicles were vandalised and nine others torched in the capital and Chittagong yesterday hours into the tribunal announced the verdict.

In Dhaka a covered van was set on fire on Kazi Salauddin Road. The driver of the van was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with burn injuries in his limbs and lower abdomen. On-duty doctors said he sustained 45% burn injuries and his condition was critical. Witnesses said, unidentified miscreants vandalised at least five vehicles and torched a covered van in Banglabazar area around 2:00pm. Driver of the covered van Nurul Islam, 25, was inside the vehicle when it was set ablaze. Nurul at DMCH told reporters that a group of around 30-35 people vandalised five vehicles and then set fire to his goods-laden van while he was stuck in a traffic snarl on the way to Armanitola from Tejgaon. A passer-by named Rana took him to the hospital. l

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Salauddin’s follower Zeeba told a journalist: “What rubbish are you listening to? These are available on websites.” At that moment, a junior defence counsel passed a slip to Salauddin’s eldest son Fazlul, which stated: “This verdict goes word by word with the leaked one. Humam knows it.” While the tribunal read out paragraphs about the BNP leader’s involvement in the killing of Nutan Chandra Singha mentioning that Nutan had been popular in his locality, Farhat commented: “Yeah, right. He used to sell alcohol.” Salauddin added: “40% alcohol, in fact.” Around 11:20am, another slip from the defence bench reached Fayyaz, which stated: “Tell him [Salauddin] to

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of five Hindus at Madhya Gohira Hindu Para and killing of 32 people of the Hindu community at Jagatmalla Para in Raozan. He has been awarded jail for five years for torturing three people in confinement at the Chittagong Cantonment after abducting them from Kotwali police station area. The tribunal also jailed him for five years for torturing freedom fighter Salehuddin at “Goods Hill,” residence of the convict’s father Fazlul Quader Chowdhury in the Chittagong city. The victim was brought to the house after abduction from Mohora village in Chandgoan police station area. The judgement said the accused was held not guilty to the offences of crimes against humanity and genocide in 14 charges. So the tribunal acquitted him from those charges. As many as 41 people testified against Salauddin Quader while four, including the convict, defended the charges at the tribunal. Salauddin Quader was a student of Punjab University in 1971. Though he was not an activist of any political party then, according to historical records, he along with Fazlul Quader, then a Convention Muslim League leader, had used their residence Goods Hill as a torture camp during the war. The convict had left Bangladesh in September 1971 and returned to the country in 1974 after the death of his father in jail, said the tribunal. War time atrocities of Salauddin Quader and his cohorts had forced many Hindu people in Chittagong to leave the country to save their life. The judges also made some observations about his arrogant behaviour and dealings with the tribunal during the 28-month-long proceedings of the case. In one observation, the judges said: “At the early stage of the trial, the ac-

oppose the verdict saying it was available on the internet. As lawyers, we cannot do it.” Fayyaz conveyed the message to Salauddin. A few minutes later, when the tribunal mentioned professor emeritus Anisuzzaman’s deposition in connection with the killing of Nutan Chandra, Salauddin said: “He was there, huh?” He then started unwrapping a candy,which made some noise in the courtroom. Hasina, Farhat and Zeeba started laughing again as soon as the tribunal said: “The accused ordered the Pakistani soldiers to kill Nutan Singha.” When the tribunal referred to the book “Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddher Dalilpatra” as evidence, Salauddin said: “Hmm, the pure Hadith.” Around 11:50am Salauddin said

cused wilfully used to violate decorum of the court-room by shouting...he was warned for his unruly behaviour.” When the judges made such remarks, the convict apparently became silent in the dock. But when the judges were leaving the bench after delivering the verdict, he stood up and said: “It [judgement] came from the ministry. This is available in the internet since yesterday [Monday]. Thanks to the law ministry.” It had been a crunch issue in and around the tribunal yesterday that a part of the copy of this judgement had been leaked through a website and it was found in a computer of an official of the law ministry. Wife of the convict Farhat Quader Chowdhury brought a printed copy claiming that it was the leaked judgement. Referring to the leak, Sadeque Hossain Chowdhury, cousin of the convicted war criminal and brother of Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury, told the Dhaka Tribune correspondent: “We knew about this, it was a pre-determined judgement.” Sate Minister for Law Quamrul Islam brushed aside the allegation of drafting the judgement in the ministry. He told journalists that it was a “conspiracy to make the trial controversial.” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters: “Leaking of the judgment is impossible; it is merely an assumption.” Prosecutor Zeal-Al-Malum said the leak of verdict was a drama. The defence was disappointed over the verdict while the prosecution and justice seekers happy. His family members and lawyer said they would file an appeal against the verdict with the Supreme Court. As per the tribunal law, appeals have to be filed within 30 days since the day of pronouncement of the judgement. l

out loudly: “No need to read this. It is available on the internet.”The tribunal paused for a few seconds after hearing the remark from the accused. Salauddin said: “They [judges] did not call me ‘respected parliamentarian’ – why would I address them as ‘my lord’?” When the tribunal was mentioning the charges that could not be proved, Salauddin said sarcastically: “Shame, shame!” The tribunal in its judgement also mentioned that the accused violated the decorum of the courtroom many times and was disrespectful towards the judges during the trial procedure. Salauddin was seen yelling at law enforcers and smoking when he was kept at the tribunal lock-up after the verdict. l

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The judgement also said his contributions, especially to the Hindu communities, made him even more popular. In the event of any political or social even, Nutan Chandra’s opinions used to be a vial factor which, the judgement said, could have been reflected in the national elections of 1970 in which Salauddin Quader’s father was defeated. The political vendetta might have led to the killing of Nutan Chandra in the end by the accused and others. It was evidenced on record that after the Liberation War began on March 25, 1971, many pro-liberation people, including around 50 university teachers and their family members, took shelter in the schools, colleges and other buildings set up by Nutan Chandra. According to court documents, from 9:30am-10am on April 13, 1971, after killing the Hindus at Madhya Gohira, the war criminal guided the Pakistani soldiers to Kundeshwari and entered the household of Nutan Chandra. At that time, he was performing his prayers, but was dragged out of the temple on his premises. According to the formal charges, Salauddin Quader told the Pakistani soldiers that his father Fazlul Quader had instructed him to kill Nutan Chandra. The soliders then opened fire on Nutan and he fell on the ground. Salauddin Quader then shot him to make sure that he was dead and left the place. l


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A career full of controversies n Kamran Reza Chowdhury The political career of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is full of controversy since the anti-liberation elements and religion based parties regained the right to do politics after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975. By then, Salauddin Quader had been back home from exile and started doing politics of Muslim League, which opposed Bangladesh’s birth but was revived in just four years of the liberation war during the period of military ruler Gen Ziaur Rahman. The known war criminal got elected as an MP in 1979 from Muslim League in independent Bangladesh in eight years of the ninemonth Liberation War when Salauddin Quader had employed all his might to annihilate freedom-fighters. That was the beginning of his career as a parliamentarian. He changed his political identity several times and managed to get elected six times since then. Currently, he is an MP from main opposition BNP. His political career, be it in parliament or outside, has always been marred by controversy often stemmed from his unguarded remarks and harsh comments along with trademark gesture about political opponents. He even did not spare the chief of his party, BNP. With an oblique reference to Khaleda Zia and some of senior party leaders whom she relied on for decision making, Salauddin Quader once said, “I knew that the dogs move tail; now I see the tail moves the dogs.” In the 7th parliament, he proudly told the House that he was a pro-Pakistani man – a statement that sparked criticism. He also said he enjoyed to be controversial. Often referred as Saka Chowdhury in the media, the BNP leader is known for his wits, which often turned out to be vulgar. But he bothered least about his public image. He has got the rare quality of overcoming tough times with his own brand of humour, often mixed with vulgarity. Couple of weeks before his arrest, he described his situation in a media interview from his Goods Hill house in

Shahbagh welcomes verdict n Tribune Report The war crimes tribunal’s verdict yesterday turned Shahbagh alive as several hundred people, mostly youths, were jubilant in celebrating the capital punishment of the war criminal. They gathered at the momentous Shahbagh intersection of the capital since morning to hear the verdict. As soon as the court’s decision reached the spot, they burst into joy and were sharing the feelings with each other. Slogans were chanted in the air while many were seen hugging their near and dear ones. They later brought out a colourful procession from the intersection and paraded the streets of and around Dhaka University. l

Chittagong, saying: “If rape is inevitable, why not enjoy it?” He discovered a short-cut to election victory in his home constituency that covers Rangunia, Raozan and Fatikchhari areas in Chittagong. During the election campaigns, he used to visit the houses of the Hindu people and asked whether they would vote for him, the residents of the areas said. The intimidated Hindus, who traditionally voted for the Awami League, used tell him Ÿes.” Then he reportedly told them: “As you have promised me giving votes, you need not go to the polling centres.” Playing anti-liberation role and killing innocent people in 1971, Salauddin Quader inherited the anti-Bangladesh politics from his father Fa-

zlul Quader Chowdhury, who was the president of Convention Muslim League that opposed Liberation War. In September 1971, he went to Pakistan and alter started living in London to complete Bar-at-Law. His father, who was speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly, died in jail after independence. Salauddin returned to Bangladesh in 1974 and remained politically dormant, his friends said. Bangabandhu’s murder in 1975 opened his political avenue. He started his father’s politics of Muslims League. The mainstream Muslim League, led by Khan A Sabur, did not accept him properly. He then created a faction of Muslim League ahead of the second general elections under

Wife terms tribunal a ‘puppet of government’ n Nazmus Sakib Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury yesterday claimed that they had known beforehand they would not get justice from the tribunal as it was a “puppet of the government.” The family said they would file an appeal with the Appellate Division against the verdict seeking his acquittal. The BNP Standing Committee member’s wife, sons Fayyaz Quader Chowdhury and Humam Quader Chowdhury and daughter Farzeen Quader Chowdhury as well as relatives were present in the courtroom when the verdict was delivered. But they did not

look anxious. Before the judgement, Humam, who now runs the businesses of his father, told the Dhaka Tribune that they went to the court to watch “farce.” He also alleged that the government had stopped many of their businesses. He said his father would shout as usual. Salauddin Quader was seen satirising the judges all the time during the pronouncement of the verdict. Humam said: “If the government changes, many things will occur.” Sister of the convicted war criminal Zeeba Khan told the Dhaka Tribune that India had a “role in the war crimes trial.” l

military rule in 1979 and got elected for the first time. After Gen Ziaur Rahman’s assassination in 1981, Salauddin Quader joined the military ruler HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party and got elected in the third polls in 1986 as its candidate. He later became the health minister. In the post-Ershad political arena, he formed a new front, the National Democratic Party (NDP), mainly comprising some leaders from his constituency, and got elected an MP for the third time. He resigned from the BNP-led fifth parliament in 1995. The following year he joined the BNP and was elected a lawmaker again. In 2001 polls, he was elected MP and later got the post of the parliamentary affairs adviser to then prime minister Khaleda Zia and enjoyed the rank of a cabinet minister. The military-led interim government arrested him in 2007 as part of its massive anti-corruption drive. He enjoyed creating controversy and making headlines. Ahead of the 2008 polls, Salauddin wrote in the affidavit of the 9th parliamentary election that he had no educational qualification. The Election Commission objected to it, but he teased the commissioners, saying he had much more reading of law books than them. Though giving false information in the affidavit could cost him the candidacy, the EC did not proceed that way to avoid controversy. The publications of the Jatiya Sangsad (8th and 9th) refer that Salauddin Quader was born on March 13, 1949 in Gohira village under Raozan upazila, Chittagong. He completed his matriculation from Sadiq Public School (Pakistan’s Punjab), higher secondary education from the Notre Dame Collage in Dhaka and the graduation (honours) in Political Science from Punjab University. In 2004, he competed as a candidate for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, but lost. Salauddin blamed Sheikh Hasina, then leader of the opposition in parliament, for his defeat and made derogatory comments about her. l

Salauddin Quader taken to Kashimpur n Kailash Sarkar Death-row convict war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was taken back to Kashimpur 1 Jail in Gazipur last night from the Dhaka Central Jail. "He was sent from the Dhaka jail on a prison van around 7:30pm,” said Forman Ali, senior superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail. Meanwhile, Jahangir Kabir, superintendent of Kashimpur 1 Jail, said they had received the convict at about 9pm. He would be taken to a division cell and later shifted to the condemned cell after receiving a copy of the verdict. Salauddin Quader, a BNP lawmaker, was taken to Dhaka on Monday night for producing him before the International Crimes Tribunal. l

‘People related with tribunal to face trial’ n Nazmus Sakib

An adviser to the BNP chairperson yesterday declared to prosecute the persons involved with the trial of party leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for war crime charges if the party was voted to power. “If BNP comes to power, the fictional war crimes cases will be dropped. Everyone related with this trial must be prosecuted one day on the soil of Bang-

la,” Khandker Mahbub Hossen said at a press briefing of the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum. Giving his immediate reaction Khandker Mahbub claimed that the war crimes trial was a farce and initiated out of political vengeance. Khandker Mahbub is a defence counsel for Jamaat leaders Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Abdul Quader Molla at the Appellate Division. After the briefing, Jamaat-e-Islami’s

Law Secretary Jashim Uddin Sarkar said without Mahbub’s declaration to prosecute those involved with the war crime trials the press briefing would have been a flop one. Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed, said: “We are shocked at the death penalty given to BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.” He said: “BNP always wants trial of those who committed crimes against humanity in 1971. But the prosecution must be of international standard,

which we believe were not applied in the case of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.” Moudud said an appeal against the verdict would be lodged with the Appellate Division. “We believe the apex court will acquit him,” he added. BNP Standing Committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah and former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar also spoke at the press briefing moderated by BNP Joint Secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon. l

The Goods Hill residence of Salauddin Quader in Chittagong used as a torture cell in 1971 DHAKA TRIBUNE

Goods Hill: A torture cell n Muktasree Chakma Sathi The war crimes tribunal in its verdict acknowledges that Goods Hill was a torture cell in Chittagong during the 1971 Liberation War. The judgement given yesterday reads: “The accused and his father used their own residence named Goods Hill situated in Chittagong town as a torture centre and he as the self-declared brigadier used to conduct operations under his [father’s] leadership in different places of Chittagong.” When the Pakistani occupation army launched Operation Searchlight in the night of March 25, 1971, Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, father of the accused, had formed para militia force in collaboration with the army to resist the independence of Bangladesh, said the tribunal. Fazlul Quader was a leader of Convention Muslim League that opposed the birth of Bangladesh. A number of charges were brought against Salahuddin Quader that relate the infamous Goods Hill bungalow, situated in Gani Bakery Moore area of the port city. Throughout the trial proceedings, a number of witnesses described horrific experiences they had undergone in that house which was used to torture the pro-liberation people in 1971. Second prosecution witness Mohammad Salimullah in his deposition said the Goods Hill had been the "main office" of razakars, al-Shams and alBadr forces in Chittagong during the war. He also mentioned that he had been abducted on September 2, 1971 and taken to the house. He was tortured and kept hostage in a garage. However, Salauddin Quader was not found guilty in none of these charges related to the Goods Hill, except for charge number 18. Abu Taher, who testified in this charge, told the tribunal that a victim Md Salehuddin, also the eighth prosecution witness, had been picked up by one Shamshu Chairman in July 1971. Later,

the witness came to know that the victim had been taken to Good’s Hill. Twenty-sixth prosecution witness Mohammad Solaiman also gave deposition at the tribunal which corroborates testimony of Salehuddin. The victim was a house tutor and used to stay at Solaiman’s home. Salehuddin, presently the vice-chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, in his testimony said two Pakistani soldiers had dragged him to the first floor of Goods Hill. Later, he was beaten up indiscriminately with wooden bed-stands. After Salahuddin Quader’s men broke three sticks, he was dragged to the ground floor where the convicted war criminal was waiting. "He is not even shedding tears. What beating have you given him?" the VC quoted Salahuddin Quader in his testimony. The war criminal was found guilty in this charge and awarded imprisonment for five years. Several media reports and books also described the atrocities in Goods Hill. The People’s Inquiry Commission, prepared in 1995 by Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee formed under the leadership of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, mentioned about the house quoting a Dainik Bangla report published on January 8, 1972. The report said: hundreds of students were tortured at Goods Hill and on July 17, 1971, student leader Faruq was killed by Salauddin Quader. “From March 26 until December 16, there was always a platoon the occupation army deployed in the Goods Hill.” Books published from Chittagong including Ekattorer Muktijuddher Sohor Chattagramer Nirjatan Kendra O Badhyabhumi (The Torture Cell and Killing Fields of Chittagong during the Liberation War), written by Shakhawat Hossain Majnu; Bangalir Muktijuddher Itibritto (The History of Liberation War of Bangalees) by Mahbubul Alam also mention about the house. l


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Government to amend milk import policy Exporters unwilling to certify their products as free from melamine, other dangerous elements

n Asif Showkat Kallol The government has decided to amend the existing policy for importing milk powder, following a botulism (a rare and sometimes fatal paralytic illness) scare on New Zealand milk products that sparked global recalls. The commerce ministry has already forwarded the proposed amendment to the import policy order 2013-15. Seeking anonymity, a senior official of the commerce ministry said the amended policy recommends that milk importers should provide customs authority with documents to import milk and milk-related products, certifying that the products are free of melamine while the milk will have to come from cows that have not taken hormone growth promotants treatment. The official said the ministry was seriously considering the issue as children’s food products from New Zealand brand Fonterra might pose threats to public health. The amendment to milk import policy is necessary because the exporter countries do not agree to provide the

importers with the required certificate. Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahemd recently told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have already taken measures to control the import of milk. The customs department will handle imported baby milk.” On August 4, China halted imports of all New Zealand milk powder after deadly bacteria were found in Fonterra’s milk in China on August 3. Fonterra said it had supplied contaminated milk to its customers in nine countries, including the Coca-Cola Co, Danone SA and China’s Wahaha. Fonterra also said it had sold contaminated whey protein concentrate to eight customers in Australia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Saudi Arabia for use in a range of products, including infant milk powder, according to Reuters. Fonterra is a large supplier of wholesale dairy ingredients to multinational food and beverage companies; it also markets its own consumer brands, including Anchor milk in New Zealand and Anlene and Anmum maternal milk formula, which are available in Southeast Asia and other regions. l

Members of Protibondhi Nagorik Odhikar Porishod form a human chain in front of the National Press Club yesterday to press home their three-point demands including execution of UN convention NASHIRUL ISLAM

Ulab celebrates 9th Unusual calm in SQC’s stomping ground anniversary FM Mizanur Rahaman, back from fled their residences out of fear that Soon after, a motorbike procession was n miscreants might attack them for moving brought out. Raozan n Tazlina Zamila Khan The local leaders and activists of ruling against the war criminal. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh has moved into its tenth year of existence. The ninth foundation day ceremony was held in its own campus auditorium in capital’s Dhanmondi area yesterday. Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, secretary of education ministry, attended the programme as the chief guest and Prof Imran Rahman vice chancellor of the university, delivered his welcome speech. The VC said, “The vision of the university is to become not only the top private university but also a high-quality university of the country.” Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said, “Every world-class universities has its own research institutes. Unless conducting research, quality education cannot be ensured.” Among others, Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed, vice president of Trustee Board of Ulab, Prof Abdul Mannan, senior advisor of Board of Trustee, Register Lt Col Md Foyzul Islam, Pro VC Prof HM Jahirul Haque were also present at the programme. l

WEATHER

Slight fall in temperature likely n UNB Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions and at a few places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions in 24 hours till 6pm today. Moderately heavy falls are also likely at places over the country, Met Office said. Day and night temperature may rise slightly over the country. The sun sets in the capital at 5:45pm today and rises at 5:51am tomorrow. Country’s highest temperature 34.3 degree Celsius was recorded at Sandwip and Sitakunda and lowest 23.3 degrees at Dinajpur yesterday. Highest and lowest temperature recorded in some major cities and towns yesterday were: City

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Even a death sentence proved to be inadequate for wiping out the deeprooted fear that the name Salauddin Quader Chowdhury invokes in the minds of the people of Raozan, especially those who were directly affected by his atrocities. Although a feeling of satisfaction could be sensed among freedom fighters and locals, but those who testified against the war criminal or the families of the victims of his crime remained tight-lipped fearing backlash. None of them were ready express their feelings about the death sentence handed down to Salauddin Quader by the International Crimes Tribunal for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. In fact, many such testifiers and families of victims have reportedly

Security personnel barred this reporter from entering the Kundeshwari area, where the followers of Salauddin Quader killed philanthropist Nutan Chandra Singh in 1971. Law enforcers were seen stationed at the gate of the Kundeswari Bhaban to avert any untoward situation. This correspondent tried to talk to the family members of the victims at Unosottor Para, where at least 69 Hindus were killed by Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in 1971. None wanted to comment on the verdict. However, soon after the announcement of the verdict against the six-time parliament member, a section of people from Raozan brought out a procession in the Munshir Ghata area in appreciation of the verdict.

Oishee rejected bail n Md Sanaul Islam Tipu A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail plea by Oishee Rahman, in connection with the killing of his parents, Special Branch inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Rahman. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Md Jahrul Haque, passed the order after hearing the bail plea from defence counsel, Prokash Ranjan Biswas and Mahbub Hasan Rana. During the hearing, Judge Md Jahrul Haque thanked Oishee, and said because of her incident, drug smuggling is decreasing. Now, parents, and even the drug smugglers are conscious about their sons and daughter. Defence lawyer, Prokash Ranjan Biswas, told to the Dhaka Tribune: “We will go to the High Court against the order.” Earlier on September 12, Oishee’s lawyers filed a bail petition, challenging the order given by a metropolitan magistrate on September 5. On September 11, the High Court

ordered the government to transfer Oishee to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University from Kashimpur Women’s Prison for an in-depth assessment of her mental condition. Oishee, the 19-year-old accused of murdering her parents, Police Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Begum surrendered to the police on August 17 and was remanded for five days from August 18, where she confessed her involvement in the killing on August 25, but later retracted the confession. On August 16, Oishee’s father, Mahfuzur Rahman, 48, and his wife Swapna Rahman, 40, were found dead at their Chamelibagh flat. Twenty-two hours later, their teenage daughter surrendered at Paltan Police Station. DB police arrested her friend Rony and house help Sumi the same day. A day after the murder, Mahfuz’s brother Moshiur Rahman filed a murder case with Paltan police station against some unnamed people. l

Awami League distributed sweets after the verdict and demanded immediate execution of the death penalty. Kiran Lal Acharya, a freedom fighter, told the Dhaka Tribune that Salauddin Quader and his father had led the mass killings at Jagatmalla Para and Unosottor Para in collaboration with the Pakistani soldiers during the war. Safiqul Islam Baby, president of upazila unit Awami League, hailed the tribunal verdict saying Raozan had been finally freed from disgrace. He also said people wanted to see the execution of the verdict during the tenure of the present government. Additional police was deployed at the key points of the area to avert any unwanted situation, said Enamul Hauqe, officer-in-charge of Raozan police station. l

4:36am 5:50am 11:48pm 4:05pm 5:45pm 7:00pm

Source: IslamicFinder.org

n Arif Ahmed The Primary Teachers Association of Bangladesh staged a hunger strike and a rally at the central Shaheed Minar in the capital yesterday to press home their two point demands. The two point demands were ‘promoting the status of primary head masters to second class government officials and increasing the salary of the assistant teachers to one stage lower than the head master; and to reduce the complexity of the promotion process from assistant teachers to head masters.’ Thousands of teachers from different parts of the country joined the programme. Speaking at the rally the teachers said: “We have been continuing our movement for the last four years. We have submitted several writ-

ten applications to relevant ministries, but they did not pay any heed to it.” Teachers association President Abul Bashar said the Ministry of Primary and Mass education had accepted their demand but it has not been implemented by finance and public administration ministry. They were seeking the prime minister’s intervention into the matter. He also declared that they would not leave the place until their demands were met. “If any officials from the prime minister makes any assurance to comply our demand, we will leave the place,” he added. Primary Teachers Association General Secretary Md Anawrul Islam Tota, Graduate Teachers Association President Farid Uddin Kamal and General Secretary Badrul Alam were present in the rally. l

Abuser confesses to torturing Aduri Jamil Khan and Md n Mohammad Sanaul Islam Tipu

A Dhaka court yesterday recorded the confessional statement of Nowrin Jahan Nodi, the alleged abuser of domestic help Aduri, under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Earfun Ullah recorded the testimony after Investigation Officer Queen Akter produced the accused at 11am with a prayer for recording the statement. After the statement was recorded, the court ordered for sending Nodi to jail. Defence counsel Md Rabiul Islam also filed a “custodian prayer” to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Nuru Miah in which he said the custody of the 8-month old baby girl of the accused be given to her grandmother Ishrat Jahan Baby, mother of the accused. The court, however, rejected the prayer and ordered for sending the baby girl to jail with her mother. Nodi’s mother Ishrat told the Dhaka Tribune that Aduri never came back af-

ter she had left Nodi’s house after Eidul-Fitr. She claimed that neither she nor her daughter had any idea about what had happened to the housemaid. She also said Nodi had been separated with her husband for a few months. She had even filed an application with the Bangladesh Mohila Ainjibi Samity seeking divorce. Ishrat said important clues would come out if Nodi’s husband Saiful, who had been absconding for a long time, was arrested. She claimed that her daughter had not tortured Aduri and that her daughter had been a victim of circumstances. Meanwhile, the doctors of the OneStop Crisis Centre (OCC) of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has said the condition of Aduri was slowly getting better. The seven-member medical team, formed to look after Aduri’s treatment, has been giving her nutritious food and medicine so that the girl could soon get well and released from the hospital. Dr Bilkis Akter, coordinator of the OCC, told the Dhaka Tribune that Aduri

could now walk and take food with her own hands. “She is recovering much faster than we thought. We hope that she will soon be out of danger.” A rights group called the Housemaid Rights Reserve Network formed a human chain in front of the capital’s National Press Club yesterday demanding exemplary punishment for the woman who allegedly tortured Aduri. Members of various rights bodies and many housemaids took part in the human chain. Speakers at the human chain demanded that the case filed in connection with the torture on Aduri be transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal. Shamima Begum, deputy commissioner of the Woman Support and Investigation Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they were now searching for Nodi’s husband and the other two accused. Last week, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Cantonment police station Abdul Mannan rescued Aduri in critical condition from a dustbin in the capital’s DOHS Baridhara area. l

BGB-BSF to hold joint daily drills at Benapole n Sheikh Shahariar Zaman

PRAYER TIMES Fajar Sunrise Zohr Asr Magrib Esha

Primary teachers stage hunger strike

Members of Ganajagaran Mancha chant slogan in the city’s Shahbagh after the verdict of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury pronounced in the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday DHAKA TRIBUNE

Border Guard of Bangladesh and Indian Border Security Force as part of confidence building measure are going to organise drills at the Benapole - Petrapole border on a daily basis. The drill, which will include ceremonial lowering of flags in the evening, will be conducted by BGB and BSF dressed in full regalia. “It is a part of the confidence building programme and it will be inaugurated in the third or fourth week of this month,”

said BGB Director General Aziz Ahmed, adding the drill will be slightly different from the one in Wagah border in Punjab. Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Sushilkumar Shinde will inaugurate the programme. “It will be very friendly and music of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam will be played during the drill. We are planning to build permanent galleries on the both sides of the border so that people can enjoy the drill every day,” the BGB DG said. l


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The era of cheap labour will soon be gone and local RMG should rise to the occasion to allay any possible uncertainty

RMG sector: Leading in times of uncertainty

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n Zahedul Amin he ongoing labour unrest is the latest in the series of setbacks hindering our RMG sector. With two large industrial accidents occurring in quick successions, the sector has been under pressure for quite some time. The current turmoil is further aggravating the already-precarious situation, which many feel has far reaching impacts. We take a lot of pride in our RMG sector, with

its record breaking export performance and its position as the second biggest RMG exporter after China. Sustained growth of RMG is seen as an integral part of our aspirations for achieving middle income status. Renowned consulting firms like Mckinsey have already attested to the sector’s growth potential. However, amid prevailing optimism and fanfare, industry leaders have failed to gauge the structural changes looming large in the horizon.

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Current uncertainties Rising wages: The current turmoil is mainly centered on workers’ demand for a hike in wages. With rising food and non-food inflationary pressure, wage hike seems a reasonable demand. However, currently a huge gap exists between the workers’ demand for a minimum wage of Tk8,000 and BGMEA’s offered wage of Tk3,600. The negotiation may ultimately yield minimum wage between Tk4,500-5,500, which is set to result in a 60% increase from existing levels. Historically export price of apparels is “upward sticky” meaning it’s unlikely to increase significantly despite rising input costs. As a result, RMG owners will have to find ways to squeeze out costs in other areas. Either they have to move to manufacture higher value products or risk losing out to competitors within existing product verticals. Currency depreciation for India: A depreciating Indian currency has once again boosted the price competitiveness for Indian exporters. As a result, RMG manufactured in India will become attractive to international buyers resulting in a possible loss of export orders from Bangladesh. The downward trend in Indian economy is set to persist for sometime which may lead to prolonged period of cheap Indian rupee and will not bode well for us. Rise of Myanmar: Myanmar’s road to democracy has enabled them to move away from international isolation. The current government has repeatedly portrayed their pro-business credentials by devising policies encouraging international investors. With geographic location beside China and access to sea, Myanmar has strategic value. Availability of cheap labour and natural resources is an added sweetener. Alongside, the Myanmar government is heavily investing in infrastructure which may take a couple more years to take shape. Myanmar’s RMG sector is still at a nascent stage and is unlikely to pose a major challenge for the next couple of years. However, given the pace of their economic growth, the sector may turn into a big player for cheaper RMG products. Some Bangladesh RMG entrepreneurs are already complaining of losing some export orders to Myanmar. Industrial accidents and image issues: Recent spate of industrial accidents has seriously dented the image of RMG sector abroad. Some international buyers have already expressed their reservations about continuing breach in the sector’s compliance issues. USA has already suspended GSP facility for Bangladesh and EU is threatening to follow suit. Possible cancellation of GSP by EU may have devastating impact on Bangladesh.

Way forward

Turkey

Mexico

China

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India

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Vietnam

Bangladesh

Source: Department of General and Continuing Education, North South University, Dhaka

Move to high value range: Bangladesh has historically operated at the lowest rung of the RMG product line. Low value-high volume buyers have chiefly sourced from Bangladesh due to significant cost competitiveness. However, with rising wage rate, Bangladesh’s competitiveness will seriously be hampered and may result in

shifting of orders. The RMG sector needs to undertake a long term strategy for product innovation which should allow them to cater to higher value segment. The success of Sri Lankan RMG industry is a case in point. Merger and acquisition (M&A): Currently, 5,000+ RMG factories operate in Bangladesh among which half lack adequate infrastructure for complying with international standards. These firms mainly rely on sub-contracting deals from larger RMG units. Due to smaller profit margin, smaller RMG companies are unable to invest in infrastructure resulting in frequent industrial accidents. Government should encourage larger RMG companies to acquire smaller ones with the view to further consolidate the industry. Smaller number of RMG units can also be monitored easily by regulatory authorities. Regulations for M&A should be further streamlined and simplified with incentives dished out for encouraging industry wide merger.

Historically export price of apparels is ‘upward sticky’ meaning it’s unlikely to increase significantly despite rising input costs

Development of middle management: Although RMG sector is one of the major export earners of the country, there remains a distinct apathy for working in this sector. This is primarily due to unattractive salary structure discouraging top talents from applying. Market leaders must understand the value of quality human capital for taking the industry forward. Design centre: Government needs to work closely with BGMEA and BKMEA to invest heavily in RMG design centers and training academies. This will increase the repository of skills for designing professionals allowing them to come up with innovative products. Overall, the era of cheap labour will soon be gone and local RMG should rise to the occasion to allay any possible uncertainty. The industry leaders, with the support of the government, must steer away the sector from being factor-driven to an innovation-driven one. l Zahedul Amin is the director of finance at LightCastle Partners, an emerging market specialised business planning and intelligence firm. (for details visit www. lightcastlebd.com)


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REHAB cancels membership of five developer companies n Tribune Report

ACC quizzed BSL chief engineer for acquiring illegal wealth n Tribune Report

The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh, the apex body of the housing sector, has cancelled the membership of five real estate companies on charge of violating rules. The decision came from the 21st REHAB executive body meeting held on Monday evening, says a press release. The five developer companies are Green Delta Housing and Development (Pvt) Limited, RSA Real Estate Pvt Limited, Janata Development and Technologies Limited, Intimate Home Builders Limited and Style Real Estate Limited. The REHAB executive body took action against these companies considering the allegations brought against them by plot and flat buyers and land owners. A copy of the REHAB order has been sent to the ministry concerned, FBCCI, Rajuk Chairman, Association of Bankers’ Chairman and all the REHAB members. l

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday questioned an official of Bangladesh Services Limited (BCL), the management firm of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, for allegedly acquiring wealth illegally and not disclosing his income, an ACC official said. ACC Deputy Director Mejbah Uddin questioned Ashrafur Rahim, the chief planning engineer of BCL, who faces allegations of misappropriating money from several development projects of the hotel in the capital’s Shahbagh area. The official said Ashrafur gave a statement before the commission that is investigating corruption allegations against him. The allegations against the engineer include embezzling public funds from projects to construct a new building and refurbish the hotel, formerly called the Dhaka Sheraton. Through corrupt practices, Ashrafur allegedly acquired properties in some posh areas of the capital and deposited his illegally earned money in different banks. l

Members of Grihoshromik Odhikar Protistha Network form a human chain in front of the National Press Club yesterday demanding punishment of the persecutor of Aduree who found nearly dead in the city’s Banani area last week NASHIRUL ISLAM

WASA takes initiative to free capital from water-logging MOU signed with Vitens Evides International for urban dredging n Tribune Report Dhaka Wasa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vitens Evides International, Netherlands with a view to removing water-logging from the capital. The MOU was signed under the Urban Dredging Demonstration Project at a ceremony at a city hotel yesterday, says a press release. Dwasa Managing Director Engineer Taqsem A Khan and Regional Director (Asia) of Vitens Evides International Ad Doppenberg signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides. Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Netherlands Ambassador in Dhaka HE Gerben de Jong and Additional Secretary of the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry KM Mozammel Haque were

present at the ceremony. As Dhaka Wasa experiences waterlogging every year in the rainy season, it requires a well-functioning storm water drainage system. The project will clean up some of the large drains in Dhaka by using the latest modern technology as is used in The Netherlands. Floating bulldozers will be used to take all the mud and silt out of the drains so that rainwater during heavy rains can more freely flow into the canals and rivers. Shajahan Khan in his speech said: “With the new technology Dhaka Wasa now could run its activities more efficiently and effectively.” Ambassador of Netherlands expressed his deep satisfaction over the projects on water supply and drainage system.

Taqsem A Khan, managing director of DWASA, put emphasis on partnership programmes and exchange of expertise between the two countries.

The project will clean up some of the large drains in Dhaka by using the latest modern technology as is used in The Netherlands Under the project, Segunbagicha Box Culvert and the Kallyanpur Canal will be cleaned. During cleanliness operators and contractors from Dhaka Wasa will be trained up. The project will also motivate people living near the canals so that they do not throw solid waste anymore into those canals. It will also select one area along the canal for a beautification.

Urban Dredging Demonstration Project is part of the Water Operators Partnership between DWASA and Vitens Evides International working together to enhance the operational performance of Dhaka Wasa in drinking water supply and improved sanitation. Financial support for the dredging is provided by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh amounting to 71% of the project implementation cost. The remaining funds are contributed by the partners. The total cost of the project, including the Dhaka Wasa contribution, will stand at 7m Euro and the project will be completed within three years. Government high Officials, development partners and the senior officers of DWASA were present at the ceremony. l

Trust fund set up at political science dept at DU n Arif Ahmed Dhaka University’s political science department has set up “Prof Dr Md Mostafa Chowdhury Trust Fund,” to support and recognise the achievements of the department’s brightest students. In order to set up the fund, Prof Dr Md Mostafa Chowdhury handed over a cheque for Tk1m to DU Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof Dr Shahid Akhtar Hossain yesterday. Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad, Chairman of the Department of Political Science Prof Dr Nurul Amin Bepari, Prof ABM Mahmood, Prof Md Jalal Uddin and Acting Registrar Syed Rezaur Rahman were also present at the occasion. Out of the interest from this donation, every year one student who will secure the highest CGPA in BSS

Honours Examination will be awarded a gold medal. Scholarships will also be awarded to two poor but meritorious students (one male and one female) of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year (Hons.) classes of the political science department every year.

Out of the interest from this donation, every year one student who will secure the highest CGPA in BSS Honours Examination will be awarded a gold medal The DU VC thanked the donor for setting up the trust fund and expressed hopes that students of the department would be benefited and encouraged from this donation. Prof Dr Md Mostafa Chowdhury was a political science teacher at Dhaka University, who joined the department as a lecturer in 1966 and retired in 2006. l

Victim of police-polytechnic student clash in Bhola dies n Our Correspondent, Barisal A victim of the clash between police and polytechnic students at Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola district succumbed to his injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Monday. Identified as Akmol, 26, son of Din Islam from Kachua of Borhanuddin, was a junior clerk of Bhola Shahbazpur Gas Field under Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. After autopsy, the body of the victim was handed over to his relatives yesterday, said Shakhawat Hossain, officerin-charge of Kotwali police station. Two separate cases have been lodged against more than 400 polytechnic students in this connection. One for the murder of Akmol, while the other for ransacking vehicles. Six of them were held yesterday. The arrested are second semester students Dipu Majumdar, Subal Ma-

jumdar; fourth semester students Sohanur Rahman, Adur Razzak, Rashed and sixth semester student Shah Farhad Bhola polytechnic institute. Akmol received head injuries from brickbats thrown during the clash. He was admitted to a local health complex and later transferred to the BSMCH. Noor Muhammad Khan, a colleague of the victim said Akmal left for Bhola land office by a private bus that day. The bus came under attack when the agitating students of Bhola Polytechnic Institute blocked the Bhola-Charfassion highway in Borhanuddin upazila around 10:00am. The clash between police and the students left Akmal severly injured.  Mainul Hasan, acting in-charge of Borhanuddin police station said Din Islam, father of the deceased filed a murder case accusing nine by name and 200 unidentified. On the other hand, Sultan Ahmed,

driver of a BRTC bus filed another case for damaging public transport accusing 27 by name and 200 unidentified polytechnic students. Students of different polytechnic institutes on Sunday went on a rampage across the capital and different districts in protest of their professional inequalities with BSc engineers holding bachelor degrees. The agitating students vandalised scores of vehicles and clashed with police while staging demonstrations. The polytechnic students took to the streets demanding amendment to the 2008 government gazette which termed diploma engineers “supervisor” rather than engineers. Due to the tensed situation prevailing in the campus no classes were held on that day to avoid police harassment, said Mustafizur Rahman Khan, principal of Bhola Government Polytechnic Institute. l

NARSINGDI GOVERNMENT COLLEGE GS MURDER Unilever Bizmaestros

15 JCD leaders charged n Our Correspondent, Narsingdi

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on Monday placed the charge sheet in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and former Narsingdi government college student’s union general secretary (GS) Billal Hossain Roni’s murder. Following a two-year long investigation, CID Inspector and investigation officer of the case, SM Ali Azam Siddiquee submitted the charge sheet to the Narsingdi Chief judicial Magistrate’s court accusing at least 15 individuals, including 14 JCD leaders and activists. The accused were identified as district unit JCD member Nazrul Islam, Jewel Mia, Junayed Ashrafi, Tarek Rashid Bhuiyan, Ariful Islam, Atiqur Rahman, Tanvirul Huda, Rafid Tanjid, Ratan Mia, Ariful Islam-2, Nasik Ahmed Ananada, Hanif Hossain, Mahbubur Rahman and

Mohsin Hossain Bidyut (BNP). CID Inspector SM Ali Azam Siddiquee said JCD leader Billal Hossain Roni was hacked and shot to death by armed JCD cadres on March 15, 2011 on the Narsingdi Government College Campus in broad daylight. Abul Fazal Bhuiyan, elder brother of Roni filed a murder case with Narsingdi sadar thana against 16 people, including Nazrul islam, Ovi, Jewel, Mithun, Taleb, Siam, Sijan, Rijan, Kutta Bubel, Boma Ratan, Tarek, Ariful Islam, Mohsin Hossain Bidyut, Atiqur Rahman, Nasik Ahmed, and Rafid. The investigation officer found five of them, namely, Rijon, Siam, Sijon, Ovi and Rubel innocent. He said Roni was killed as a result of previous enmity with Nazrul Islam and Rafid, who were stabbed by Roni and his accomplices on October 10, 2010. l

2013’s second round starts today

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Second round of Unilever BizMaestros 2013, a competition that involved university students across the country, is going to start today. The first round of the competition completed a few days back. The first round was an intra-university competition where teams from each university solved a real life challenge associated with one of the Unilever brands. The round also involved a set of interactive sessions, with three specific segments— an introduction to Unilever, Unilever Future Leaders Programme, and Bizmaestros. Alumni of universities, who are currently Unilever employees, spearheaded the session in their respective universities. Through these sessions, students got an opportunity to connect with the alumni. l

Members of a citizen group form a human chain in the city’s Paltan area demanding restoration of “No” vote yesterday NASHIRUL ISLAM

2,04,000 overseas jobs seekers registered n Rabiul Islam

A total of 2,04,000 overseas jobs seekers have registered online in Dhaka and Barisal divisions, according to Institute of Information and Communication Technology of BUET. Of the aspirant migrant workers, 1,74,116 registered in Dhaka while rest in Barisal division. With the technical assistance provided by IICT of BUET, the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) conducted the online registration across the country. IICT Director Saiful Islam said the number of jobs seekers had increased for wider publicity. Registration in Dhaka and Barisal ended on September 30. Earlier, the concluding date was set on September 28. The deadline for registration was ex-

tended by two days for each division as the server became slower in function because of the increased load, said officials at BMET. Registration in Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet would continue till October 6 that started on September 28. Registration in Khulna and Chittagong divisions would be held between October 4 and October 12, said the sources. At a press conference held recently, Expat Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said: “The government has planned to create a comprehensive database of aspirant migrants to frame the migration process in a system and reduce the migration cost.” Earlier, the government registered names of over 1.4m aspirant migrants for sending them to Malaysia to work in the plantation sector. l

Cuet to hold Robot Race-2013 n Tribune Report The inter university robot race competition will begin at the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) on December 20. As part of the second International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy-ICMERE 2013, Cuet Robo Mechatronics Association will organise the competition. Professor Jahangir Alam, vice-chancellor of Cuet unveiled the logo of the Robo Race-2013 and inaugurated the web site of the competition at a programme held on the university premises on Monday. Addressing as the chief guest, Professor Jahangir said Cuet had already become famous for creating robots. It had taken part in many national and international competitions and also bagged awards. l


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Teacher suspended for sexually harassing girl student n Our Correspondent, Gaibandha

Girder bridge opens over Arialkha n Our Correspondent, Narsingdi The 214-meter long and 6.9-meter wide RCC Girder bridge over the Arialkha River on Hasnabad to Kondarpara R&H road in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district was opened for vehicular movement yesterday. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) started the bridge Tk56.6m project in February 2010. Labour and Employment Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju inaugurated the bridge at the site. He said: “Improved communication would bring about positive changes in the commercial and economic prospect of the country.” The present government had obtained significant success in various development sectors during the last five years, he said. It has set glaring examples of development in communication, education, power supply, agriculture, health and women empowerment, added the minister. However, he said a particular political party was trying to destabilise the present government by disrupting the law and order situation. He urged everyone to stay alert against those political parties. President of district Awami League and Administrator of Zila Parishad Advocate Asaduzzaman, and President of Raipura Upazila Awami League Afjal Hossain spoke among others. l

Stalker jailed for seven years in Chandpur

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Chandpur court here on Monday sentenced a young man to seven years’ imprisonment for stalking a college girl in the town. He was also fined Tk20,000, in default, to suffer one year more in jail. The convict was Md Ibrahim, 30, son of Abul Hossain of East Barali village of Faridganj upazila. According to the prosecution, Ibrahim used to tease Amena Akter on her way to and from college. On July1, 2009, he made an indecent approach to her, but in vain. A team of police led by Superintendent of Police Amir Jafar of Chandpur conducted a drive in the area and arrested Ibrahim. Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 judge Md Shafiqul Alam pronounced the verdict around 2:30pm. l

Barisal Sangskritik Sangathan Samannay Parishad brings out a procession in the city hailing verdict against Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury

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Arsenic contamination alarming in Chandpur 8,500 people have been detected as arsenicosis patients in the district of the arsenic menace and its Shahrasti upazila alone with water la each year that hardly meet the den Our Correspondent, Chandpur unaware hazardous effects, which poses a seri- containing arsenic at harmful levels, mands. The number of arsenic patients has been increasing rapidly in Chandpur for lack of awareness-raising activities and initiatives to install deep tube wells. Some 8,500 people were detected as arsenicosis patients in eight upazilas of the district at present while a few others have already died suffering from arsenic-related diseases. Of the upazilas, Shahrasti is the worst-affected where a total of 5,117 people are now affected with arsenic contamination. Over a decade has passed since the disease had first been discovered, but still many dwellers of the district are

ous risk to their health. Only 7,000 deep tube wells have been set up so far since the first detection of arsenic in the district, many of which have gone out of order. Locals of some areas alleged that they had repeatedly requested authorities to install deep tube wells in their locality, but their requests have remained unheeded. In the absence of deep tube wells that would have provided them with arsenic-free water, they are now being compelled to drink arsenic contaminated water, the locals lamented. A massive 98% of the shallow tube wells have been found affected in

according to an estimate of Chandpur Public Health Engineering Department. Most shallow tube wells in other upazilas – especially in Faridganj, Kochua and Hajiganj – are also drawing arsenic-laced groundwater to the surface, the estimate said. If one deep tube well is allocated for every 100 people, the district needs to install 25,000 deep tube-wells to cater to its 2.5m residents, it pointed out, adding, but the district has only 7000, it fell short of more 18,000 tube wells now. Sources at the district engineering department said some 40-50 deep tube wells are being installed at each upazi-

“We are continuing our campaign at each upazila to raise mass awareness about the arsenic menace. The campaign has improved awareness over the years to a large extent,” said Executive Engineer of Chandpur Public Health Engineering Department Mozaffar Ahmed said. The official said they knew some 5-7% tube wells of the district had gone out of order, but could not repair them due to lack of government fund. “Once a deep tube well is set up, the person who applied for it is supposed to look after that. In most of the cases, tube wells became non-functional due to some mechanical problems on

Two men murdered in Mymensingh, Tangail n Mymensingh, Tangail

Faridpur district administration brings out a procession in the town, marking the International Day of Older persons

Students asked for rescuing victims during disasters n Tribune Desk The students, teachers and local community members could reduce loss of lives through conducting emergency search and rescue operations during natural disasters like earthquakes, speakers said here Monday afternoon. They were addressing the closing ceremony of a four-day training course for the students and teachers on ‘Light search and rescue operations during natural disasters including earthquake’ at BRAC Training Centre in Rangpur city. Rangpur unit of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) organised the second batch training course for 30 participants including students, teachers and community members of five urban secondary schools under Disaster Preparedness for Safer School (DPSS) Project. The American Red Cross funded in organising the training course with technical assistance of National Society for Earthquake Technology of Nepal under management of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, reports BSS. Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of Begum Rokeya University Dr Abu Kalam Md Faridul Islam addressed the ceremony as the chief guest with Rangpur unit Secretary of BDRCS Shah Mohammad Nabi Ullah Panna in the chair. Earthquake Specialist and Programme

A primary school teacher was temporary suspended on charge of sexual harassment of a girl student at Gaibandha sadar upazila on Monday. Mahbubur Rahman Monju, the teacher of East Dhutichora Government Primary School under Gidari union of the upazila, molested a class two student during school hours on September 25. After the incident, the student complained to her parents. Then the guardians of the girl along with their neighbours went to the school on the following day where they staged a demonstration demanding exemplary punishment of the accused teacher. The agitators also locked the class rooms and office rooms. Being informed, Upazila Primary Education Officer Abdul Jobbar visited the school and assured the locals of taking disciplinary action against the teacher. Later, school managing committee suspended the accused teacher temporarily on September 30, but the man went into hiding since the incident. The upazila primary education officer said an official inquiry has been started against the accused. l

Manager of NSET Engineer Nirakar Joshi, Senior Reporter of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Mamun Islam, IFRC representative Tauhidul Islam Dipu, Assistant Director of the DPSS Project of BDRCS Mofizur Rahman and its Junior Assistant Director Abdus Sabur Mollah addressed as the special guests. Earlier, Secretary General of BDRCS Md. Mazharul Haque inaugurated the course at the same venue on Friday last as the chief guest while it’s Director of Disaster Risk Management Division Ekram Elahi Chowdhury attended as the special guest. Experts of NSET, IFRC and BDRCS provided practical training in the course on emergency search and rescue operations with necessary techniques, primary aids and transportations of the injured people, disaster risk management and other related issues. The speakers narrated the major incidents of natural disasters occurred in recent times and comprehensive disaster risk reduction activities being conducted by BDRCS under its various projects in the country. They described the objectives of the training course being organised under the Red- crescent co-education curriculum in 50 urban schools including 25 each in Dhaka and Rangpur cities under DPSS project with assistances of the School Safety Clubs. l

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Flourishing of hidden talent of girl child underscored n Tribune Desk Speakers at a human chain have called upon the people from all walks of life for flourishing hidden talent of girl children to ensure their equal rights in the society. They also stressed the need for a changed mindset for eradicating the prevailing inequality and discrimination in the society for women empowerment in building a developed Bangladesh. The district administration of Panchagarh, District Women Affairs Office and Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) jointly organised the human chain at Chowrangi Mor in Panchagarh, marking the National Girl Child Day 2013. Hundreds of people, including girl students of different educational institutions, teachers, officials, activists of different NGOs, women and human rights activists, civil society members, professions and local elite participated in the programme. Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh Mohammad Salahuddin, Police Super Abul Kalam Azad, District Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Zeba Afroza and Executive Director of ‘Paraspor’ Akhterunnahar addressed the programme with District Women Affairs Officer Mariyam Begum in the chair. The speakers underscored the need for flourishing the latent talent in every girl child through bringing up them in congenial atmosphere to make them worthy citizens. l

Two men were murdered in two separate incidents in Mymensingh and Tangail yesterday, according to reports by Dhaka Tribune correspondents. Police recovered the body of a grocer from Baliagara in Bhaluka uapzila of Mymensingh yesterday morning. Quoting family sources, police said the victim, Jong Bahadur alias Sandesh Ali, 50, used to run a grocery shop at Dula Bazar near his house in Hizlipara village. When he did not return home on Monday night, his family members searched for him, but failed to find him. Yesterday morning, some local people found Sandesh Ali’s bloodied body beside a road at Baliagara and informed police. Police recovered the body and sent it to the morgue at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said Abdul Motalab Miah, officer-in-charge of Bhaluka police station. Police filed a murder case, but were yet to ascertain the motive or persons

behind the killing, Motalab said. In another incident, the body of a weaver was found at Dhulutia Moddho Para mosque at Tangail Sadar upazila early yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Aminur Rahman, 30, of Baz Gram village under Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat district. The victim’s elder brother, Habibur Rahman, said Aminur had been working with a handloom, owned by a local man, at Dhulutia for the past five years. Aminur used to pray five times a day at the mosque and would often spend the night there. “As far I know, he did not have any enemies in the area. He was a very pious man,” Habibur said. Md Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said when an imam entered the mosque early yesterday for the Fazr prayer, he saw Aminur’s bloodied body and started shouting. Hearing the imam’s cries, locals rushed to the spot and informed police. Police recovered the body and sent it to the Tangail General Hospital morgue for autopsy. l

their upper parts, which the applicants themselves could mend,” he said. But if the problems lie at the lower portion of tube wells, Mozaffar said they are then tasked to repair them. However, the repair works sometimes could not be done due to manpower shortage, he acknowledged. District Civil Surgeon ASM Abdus Sattar Mia said field-level workers continue to visit different areas of the district to offer the backward people advice about arsenic contamination. “Locals are being advised to drink arsenic-free water and cook their meals with them. In addition, the workers are requesting arsenic patients to eat vegetables more in order to reduce the harmful effects of arsenic,” he said. l

Two killed in Mymensingh road accident n Our Correspondent, Mymensingh Two people, including a child, were killed and eight others injured in a road accident in Patgodam Bus Stand area in Mymensingh town yesterday afternoon. One of the victims was identified as Happy Akhtar, 7, daughter of Iman Ali of Char Kalibari village in sadar upazila. The other male victim aged about 45 could not be identified immediately. Police said a Mymensingh-bound bus from Haluaghat knocked a CNGrun auto-rickshaw from behind in Patgodam Bus Stand area and the tempo turned turtle after hitting several rickshaws in the area around 12:30pm. Happy, a rickshaw passenger and the unidentified CNG passenger died on the spot and eight including CNG driver were injured. The injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. The bodies were sent to MMCH morgue for autopsy. Police seized the bus, but its driver managed to flee the scene.l

NEWS IN BRIEF Robbery at Sylhet Awami League leader’s house

Smuggler held with arms, bullets in Panchagarh

Cattle traders robbed of Tk200,000 in Sherpur

A gang of armed robbers looted gold ornaments and other valuables worth about Tk1m from the house of a local Awami League leader at Takipur village under Chhatak upazila in Sylhet on Monday night. Police and locals said a gang of robbers numbering 8 to 10 entered the house of leader Aslam Ali breaking open the door and tied its inmates. The gang looted seven tolas of gold ornaments, cash Tk500,000, a laptop and other valuables worth Tk1m. They also beat up Suyeb Ahmad and Maolana Selim Ahmad, leaving them seriously injured. Being informed, Shahjalal Munsi, officer-in-charge of Chhatak police station, visited the spot. Meanwhile, local people caught three alleged robbers Enamul Haque Makhon, 24, Jamal Ahmad, 25 and Saddam Hossain, 28, from Lafarj Surma Cement Ferry Ghat in the upazila around 10pm while they were trying to flee by a private car. Later, they handed over them to police, and filed a case in this connection.

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested an alleged smuggler along with a pistol, several rounds of bullet and other goods in Narayanjot border area under Tentulia upazila in Panchagarh yesterday. The arrested was Ranju Mia, son of Tajul Islam of Kankata village of the upazila. BGB sources said a patrol team of BGB at Narayanjot border point obstructed some smugglers and chased them while they were passing through sub-pillar no 4 riding two motorcycles in the small hours of yesterday. The smugglers tried to run away keeping their motorcycles behind. Later, the BGB team arrested a smuggler named Ranju after a hot chase but the rest managed to flee the scene. The team also recovered one Indian made pistol, four rounds of bullet, one sword and some Indian mobile SIM cards from his possession. The arrested was handed over to Tentulia police station.

Robbers looted Tk200,000 from some cattle traders after beating them in Halgarh area under Sreebardi upazila in Sherpur on Monday. Police said some traders along with cattle loaded in 10/15 human haulers were going to other places from Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur district early in the morning. When they reached Halgarh on the Sherpur-Sribardi Road, a gang of armed robbers attacked the vehicles and snatched around Tk200,000 and two cattle from their possession. The robbers also beat up two traders as they resisted them, leaving them injured. The injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. On information, police rushed to the spot but the robbers managed to flee the scene. Mohammad Ali Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Sreebardi police station, said police arrested two persons Sony, 28, and Robin, 25, from the area on charge of committing the robbery. A case was filed in this connection. UNB


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Floods in Thailand kill 23 as more storms loom Authorities say repeat of 2011 conditions unlikely due to successful canal dredging flooding in half a century. More than n AP, Bangkok 800 people were killed and 6 million Thai authorities said Tuesday that floods have killed more than 20 people and affected areas across the country over the past two weeks, though experts say there is little risk of a repeat of the devastation that occurred during record floods two years ago. Thirty-two out of 77 provinces have experienced flooding since mid-September and 23 people have been killed, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said in a report, adding that 25 provinces still have flooding. It said more than 2.8 million people were affected by the floodwaters and 15,254 had been evacuated from their homes. Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said Thailand was not at risk from the remnants of Tropical Storm Wutip, which reached the northeast on Tuesday. However, he said the country should be ready for other storms. In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst

hectares (14.8 million acres) of agricultural, industrial and residential lands were devastated. Many of the country’s industrial estates, which export electronic parts, auto parts and hard disk drives, were swamped, as were large parts of Bangkok. Authorities have downplayed concerns of a repeat. “Thanks to the dredging of the canals and the weather, at this point there is nothing to panic about,” Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra tweeted Monday night. “Currently the water level in the Chao Phraya River is still low, so there’s nothing to worry.” Experts also say it is unlikely the capital will see major flooding this year. “It is not worrisome as the situation is very different from 2011,” said Seree Supratid, the director of a climate and disaster centre at Bangkok’s Rangsit University. l

Indian child maid in Delhi abuse case n AFP, New Delhi

Greece to charge first group ‘World hungry drop to one in eight people’ n of neo-Nazi lawmakers

A teenage girl working as a maid in India’s capital was recovering in hospital Tuesday after being rescued from a home where campaigners said she was slashed with knives and mauled by dogs. Police have arrested her employers, a 50-year-old woman and her 85-yearold mother, who live in the upmarket Vasant Kunj area of southern New Delhi, on suspicion of illegal confinement and assault, PTI news agency reported. The 15-year-old’s injuries have focused a spotlight again on the abuse of domestic servants in the capital where thousands of workers, often children trafficked from remote and poverty-stricken states, toil for long hours in homes with almost no legal protection. “It is horrible and barbaric,” Kiran Walia, Delhi’s minister for women and child development, told reporters after visiting the victim in a city hospital where she is being treated for multiple injuries. The girl, from eastern Jharkhand state, reportedly told police after her rescue on Monday night that she had been working with her abusive employers for the past year. l

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People wade through floodwaters in Prachinburi province, Thailand

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Greece was on Tuesday to indict the first batch of lawmakers from the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party on charges including homicide, as part of a crackdown unleashed on the group following the murder of a musician. Four Golden Dawn MPs, along with a dozen-plus lower-ranked members, will appear at an Athens court on charges ranging from attempted and voluntary homicide to belonging to a criminal organisation. Other senior members will appear in court later in the week, including the founder of the formerly fringe party that during last year’s elections rode a wave of public discontent over austerity policies in the recession-hit country to enter parliament for the first time. Golden Dawn was the country’s third most popular party until the September murder of a leftist hip-hop musician sparked nationwide protests and a government crackdown on the group long accused of attacking immigrants, charges that it denies.

The investigation has revealed a series of “criminal acts” by the group, culminating in the murder of anti-fascist hip-hop musician Pavlos Fyssas by a self-confessed neo-Nazi on September 18, according to a government report parts of which were leaked in the media on Monday. Golden Dawn regularly organised “assault militias” in which dozens of members would swarm the streets, hitting any immigrant they saw with clubs, it said. The four MPs appearing in court on Tuesday include party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris — who is alleged to have overseen military-style training for Golden Dawn members — and Yiannis Lagos, a Piraeus deputy with a lengthy police record. Greece’s intelligence service EYP in 2012 compiled a record on Lagos with activities including extortion and the trafficking of women for prostitution, Ta Nea daily reported on Tuesday. At the time, the investigation into Golden Dawn activities — believed to also include scores of migrant beatings — made little progress. l

The number of world hungry has dropped to one in eight people, making the goal of halving hunger by 2015 possible despite continued problems in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, the UN food agency said Tuesday. At the global level, 842 million people — 12 % of the world’s population — did not have enough food for an active and healthy life, down from 868 million for the period 2010 to 2012. The Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said it now appeared possible to attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of halving world hunger from its 1990 level by 2015. A FAO report said the main reasons were higher economic growth in developing countries, an increase in farm productivity rates and more private and public investments in agriculture. It also said that remittances from emigrants, which have risen to three times higher than development aid globally, were helping improve diets in countries like Bangladesh and Tajikistan. “With a final push in the next couple of years, we can still reach the MDG tar-

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get,” FAO director Jose Graziano da Silva said, along with the heads of the UN rural poverty and UN food aid agencies. “Policies aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity and increasing food availability, especially when smallholders are targeted, can achieve hunger reduction even where poverty is widespread,” they said in the report.

With a final push in the next couple of years, we can still reach the MDG target The report said 62 countries have already reached the target of halving the proportion of hunger. “Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, with more than one in five people estimated to be undernourished,” it found. Sub-Saharan Africa is currently performing the worst on the hunger scale, though there has been some improvement over the last two decades, with hunger declining from 32.7% to 24.8%. In terms of numbers rather than %ages, Southern Asia had the highest number of undernourished people — 295 million — followed by Sub-Saharan Africa with 223 million and Eastern

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South Korean Scientists Use E Coli to Make Gasoline

Escherichia coli can cause serious food poisoning but Korean scientists have come up with a more helpful use for the sometimes-deadly bacteria: producing gasoline. Using genetically modified E coli to generate biofuel isn’t new. UK scientists said in April they have developed a process under which the bacterium turns biomass into an oil that is almost identical to conventional diesel–a development that followed similar research by US biotechnology firm LS9 in 2010. However, the breakthrough this time is important because the reprogrammed E coli can produce gasoline, a high-premium oil product that’s more expensive than diesel if the biofuel becomes commercially viable, according to Prof Lee Sang-yup at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. His team’s study was published in the international science journal Nature on Monday.

US police search for parachutists who landed near Ground Zero

A food supplement for malnourished children, composed of corn, soy, wheat, sugar and oil, donated by the World Food Program, is prepared by volunteers in the Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons, El-Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan. Every child under 3 years-old and those with moderate malnutrition up to 6 years old can receive this supplement AP

Sikhs widely misidentified in US: survey n AFP, Washington

More than two-thirds of Americans cannot identify Sikhs by their turbans, a survey said Monday amid a wave of violence against members of the faith. The study by Stanford University and an advocacy group confirmed widespread fears in the community that many in the United States falsely associated Sikhs with Osama bin Laden or other radical Muslims.

Asia with 167 million, the report said. Western Asia meanwhile showed no progress in tackling undernourishment: while there are fewer people going hungry here than in other parts of the region, the level of undernourishment has risen steadily since the 1990 to 1992 period. The FAO said there had, however, been significant reductions in the estimated number of people going hungry in Latin America and Eastern Asia. The most rapid progress was recorded in fast-growing economies of South-Eastern Asia, where since 1990 the proportion of hungry people has dropped from 31.1 % to 10.7 %. “Those that have experienced conflict during the past two decades are more likely to have seen significant setbacks in reducing hunger,” FAO said. “Landlocked countries face persistent challenges in accessing world markets, while countries with poor infrastructure and weak institutions face additional constraints,” it added. As a whole, FAO said the total number of undernourished in developing countries had fallen since 1990-1992 by 17 percentage points from 995.5m to the current level of 826.6m. l

When asked about Sikhs in their religiously mandated turbans, 48% of Americans, when offered a choice, said the men were Muslim and 22% believed they were Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto, the survey said. Some 29% identified the men as Sikh. Separately, nearly half of Americans incorrectly said that Sikhism was a sect of Islam. “Most people when presented with the word ‘Sikh’ don’t know much about

the culture or the people, but people do have pre-conceived ideas when they’re presented by people who wear turbans,” said Brooke Salkoff, spokeswoman for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund that helped lead the study. The project, conducted with Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab, aims to find ways to change how the public perceives the turban. The Sikh religion requires men to

wear turbans and maintain beards. Sikhs in the United States have faced a wave of violence since the September 11, 2001, attacks. In the worst incident, a white supremacist shot dead six Sikhs after barging into their temple in Wisconsin in August 2012. The study assessed some 2,450 responses from three online surveys conducted in late August and early September. l

Police in New York are searching for two men who appear to have parachuted onto a lower Manhattan street near Ground Zero before dawn on Monday and disappeared, authorities said. Two men wearing black suits and black helmets landed near 200 West Street, a 43-story office tower located several blocks west of One World Trade Center, one of the sites of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Cameras near the site captured the final descent, but authorities have yet to determine whether the men jumped from a nearby rooftop or out of an aircraft.

Suburban Dallas cop helps deliver surprise baby

A suburban Dallas police officer ended up playing midwife to one mother in labour. Gene Kimpton says he entered a home in Carrollton Wednesday morning with his weapon drawn. All he knew is there was

some sort of emergency situation in the house. There was. A young boy pointed Kimpton into the bathroom, where his mother — who hadn’t realized she was pregnant — was in labour. Kimpton helped guide the baby boy out and wrapped him in a towel until paramedics arrived and cut the umbilical cord. Police say the mother and child are resting comfortably at an area hospital.

US couple remain in Qatar jail over daughter death

A judge in Qatar has ordered an American couple to remain jailed during their trial on charges of starving to death their 8-yearold adopted daughter. The couple claims the girl died in January from medical problems complicated by anorexia-like bouts. The case has stirred support from groups from California, where the couple lived until 2012 in Los Angeles. Judge Abdullah al-Emady ordered Tuesday Matthew and Grace Huang to remain detained until at least the next hearing on Nov. 6. The prosecution alleges the couple denied food to their daughter Gloria, who was born in Ghana. The couple says the girl had various medical problems and also erratic eating habits, including binging and self-starvation. Matthew was working on engineering projects in Qatar.

China impounds 1,200 racing pigeons from in tax dispute

Customs officials in China have impounded 1,200 racing pigeons in a dispute over import duties. The pigeons had been bought by Chinese fanciers at auction in Belgium and reports say they have been in official custody since July. The world’s most expensive racer, Bolt - sold to a Chinese businessman for 310,000 euros (£260,000) - was among 400 released last week in a settlement. Chinese media says each pigeon was declared at only 99 euros. Chinese import duties are levied at 10% of the value of goods and, on top of that, there is a further value-added-tax of 13%.


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One killed, 70 homes torched in new spate of sectarian conflict n AP, Thandwe, Myanmar President Thein Sein traveled to Myanmar’s conflict-torn west on Tuesday as a new spate of sectarian violence gripped the state of Rakhine, with police saying Buddhist rioters killed a 94-year-old Muslim woman and torched more than 70 homes. Police officer Kyaw Naing said clashes broke out in Thabyachaing village, about 20km north of the coastal town of Thandwe, on Tuesday afternoon. He said the 94-year-old woman, Aye Kyi, died of stab wounds and that between 70 and 80 houses were set on fire. The visit by Thein Sein to the divided region was his first since sectarian violence broke out more than a year ago.

He arrived in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe and was scheduled to travel to several more towns in the area, including Maungdaw to the north and Thandwe to the south, where Buddhist mobs started torching Muslim homes Sunday, a senior official in the president’s office said. Sectarian clashes that began in Rakhine state in June 2012 have since morphed into an anti-Muslim campaign that has spread to towns and villages nationwide. So far, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 140,000 have fled their homes, the vast majority of them Muslims. Thein Sein, who has been praised for making moves to transition from half a century of military rule, has also

UN slams Israel Bedouin resettlement plan n AFP, Geneva UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed Israeli plans to resettle up to 40,000 Bedouin and demolish 40 villages in the Negev region, urging the government to reconsider them. “I am alarmed that this bill, which seeks to legitimise forcible displacement and dispossession of indigenous Bedouin communities in the Negev, is being pushed through the Knesset,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay said in a statement. The so-called Prawer-Begin Bill calls for the relocation of 30,000-40,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunums (70,000 hectares) of land in the Negev. “If this bill becomes law, it will accelerate the demolition of entire Bedouin communities, forcing them to give up their homes, denying them their rights to land ownership, and decimating their traditional cultural and social life in the name of development,” Pillay said. “As citizens of Israel, the Arab Bed-

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian civilian in Gaza: medics n AFP, Gaza City A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, Palestinian medical sources said. The victim, 36-year-old Houshabe Abou Houshabe, was a civilian. He was killed by Israeli gunfire, according to the sources. His body was transported to a nearby hospital in Beit Hanun, they said. Earlier on Monday, an Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli soldiers had shot and “hit” two Palestinians in the same area as they tried to cut through the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. But it was not immediately clear if the Palestinians were wounded or killed in the shooting in the Beit Hanun area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Israeli official added. On August 11, Israeli troops also shot dead a Palestinian on the border with Gaza, claiming he had been seen behaving suspiciously in an area close to the border fence. l

ouin are entitled to the same rights to property, housing and public services as any other group in Israel,” she said. “The government must recognise and respect the specific rights of its Bedouin communities, including recognition of Bedouin land ownership claims,” Pillay added, regretting that Israel “continues to actively pursue a discriminatory policy of forced displacement against its own Arab citizens”. There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Israel, mostly living in and around the Negev in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognised villages without utilities and many also live in extreme poverty. The government has said it would “as much as possible” grant legal status to Negev villages that are currently unrecognised by the authorities if they met a minimum population criteria. But those criteria have never been stated. A cabinet statement has said “most” residents -- who do not currently receive government or municipal services -- would be able to continue living in their homes after the villages are granted legal status. l

been criticized for failing to contain the unrest and protect the country’s embattled Muslim minority. The latest flare-up began in the coastal town of Thandwe on Saturday after a Buddhist taxi driver told police he had been verbally abused by a Muslim small business owner while trying to park in front of his shop, according to a state government spokesman. Police took the Muslim man in for questioning. But when he was released soon afterward, people became angry and started throwing stones at his home. Several houses were burned Sunday, and a curfew was imposed. But on Tuesday, ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs began new arson attacks in the

n AFP, Tehran

Netanyahu headed to the United States determined to use his UN address and a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday to expose what he regards as “sweet talk” from Iran about wanting to allay Western concerns about its nuclear programme. At the White House meeting, Netanyahu said it was vital that “Iran fully dismantles its military nuclear programme”. He urged Obama to keep US sanctions in place throughout negotiations between Iran and the major powers over its nuclear programme. Zarif said that “Netanyahu was the most isolated man at the UN” as he prepared to give his General Assembly speech. l

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Greenpeace International activist Anthony Perret of Britain stands in a cage at the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk, Russia AP rights watchdog. “Many of them are in a state close to shock,” she told AFP after visiting the prisoners. “They had never expected that they would face such consequences

n AFP, Tokyo The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday workers had spilled four tonnes of radioactive water, likely contaminating the soil and possibly groundwater. Workers were pumping rain water that was trapped in a concrete gutter into an empty 12-tonne tank that sat on open soil, said a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO).

The water itself was rain water. But it was from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and could contain radioactive materials “Work crew started operating the pump around 10:38am. At 11:50am, they found water was spilling from the manhole on top of the tank,” the

spokesman said. TEPCO has estimated roughly four tonnes of collected rain water might have escaped. The extent of contamination was unclear, the spokesman added, although it was not thought to be highly polluted. “The water itself was rain water. But it was from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and could contain radioactive materials,” he said, adding: “The water seeped into the ground”. The company poured thousands of tonnes of water onto runaway reactors to keep them cool, and continues to douse them. TEPCO has so far disclosed no clear plan for disposing of the huge amounts of stored polluted water, which is stored at hundreds of tanks at the plant. Some tanks have leaked highly radioactive waste water, which might have washed to sea. l

The photo shows a new island that was created offshore in the Paddi Zirr (West Bay) near Gwadar during the massive earthquake that left at least 350 people dead in Pakistan

US shutdown hurts military: Hagel n AFP, Seoul Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that the US federal government shutdown raised a “dark cloud of uncertainty” over overseas military missions that would raise doubts among key allies. Even though uniformed military personnel have been exempted and will continue to be paid, the shutdown directive would inevitably damage US credibility, Hagel told reporters in Seoul, where he is on the first leg of a visit to South Korea and Japan. The trip is largely aimed at underscoring the US commitment to its two most important military alliances in the region, and Hagel said the “completely irresponsible” stance of the US Congress could only undermine that effort. “This dark cloud of uncertainty... affects our missions around the world. It affects our allies questioning our commitment,” he said. While the shutdown will have no actual impact on US military treaty obligations, “it does cast a very significant pall over America’s credibility to our allies”, he added. l

Greenpeace crew in ‘shock’ in Russian jails: activist Greenpeace crew members detained in Russian jails for two months over their open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling are “close to shock” over their conditions, a rights activist said Tuesday. The 30 detained are being held in pre-trial detention centres in the cities of Murmansk and Apatity, which are nearly 2,000km north of Moscow and above the Arctic Circle. All but four of the activists are non-Russians from countries including Britain, the United States, Finland and Argentina. Russia has jailed the activists from Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise protest ship without charge pending an investigation into alleged piracy, after several scaled a state-owned oil rig on September 18. The activists have complained of cold cells and a lack of suitable clothing and food, said Irina Paikacheva, the head of a state-connected regional prisoners’

Four tonnes of radioactive water spilled in Fukushima

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Iran FM accuses Israel’s Netanyahu of ‘lies’ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of lying in his rejection of Tehran’s overtures to the West as a cosmetic “charm offensive”. “We have seen nothing from Netanyahu but lies and actions to deceive and scare, and international public opinion will not let these lies go unanswered,” Zarif said in an interview with Iranian television broadcast on Tuesday. Zarif was speaking from the United Nations, where Netanyahu was set to the address the General Assembly later Tuesday, the same forum where last year he used a cartoon bomb as a prop to underline how close he believed Iran was to producing a nuclear warhead. “For 22 years, the Zionist regime has been lying by repeating endlessly that Iran will have the atomic bomb in six months,” Zarif said. “After all these years, the world must understand the reality of these lies and not allow them to be repeated.”

region, 270km northwest of Yangon. Hundreds of rioters burned “many” Muslim homes in three villages near Thandwe on Tuesday morning, according to a police officer stationed in Thandwe who declined to be identified. He said the villages included Thabyuchaing, Shwe Hlay and Linthi, all of them about 30km from the town center. A Muslim resident of Thandwe, Myo Min, said three other villages elsewhere had also been hit, and some Buddhist homes were burned in the mayhem. A similar incident occurred in Thandwe three months ago when two Muslim houses were burned down after rumours circulated that a woman had been raped by Muslim men. l

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for their peaceful protest in a democratic state.” The foreign detainees are struggling to make themselves understood since virtually none of the prison staff speaks

English, she said. One of the activists has consulted a psychologist. Several of the foreign nationals have been placed in cells with Russians even though this breaches Russian law, Paikacheva added. A Polish activist is sharing a cell with four Russians, while one of the British activists has two Russian cellmates, both accused of robbery. Several non-smoking activists also complain of being placed in cells with chain-smokers. Greenpeace spokesman Aaron GrayBlock said in e-mailed comments that several of the detained activists “need prescription medication”. “A number of others are taking over the counter medications such as paracetamol for problems such as mild arthritis and back pain,” he said. A young Finnish female activist is a vegan and unable to eat prison food, Paikacheva said, adding that prison officials had denied her request for vitamins to be delivered to her. l

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US government shuts down for first time in 17 years n AFP, Washington The US federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday, after hours of political brinkmanship failed to end a congressional budget row. Ten minutes before midnight Monday, the White House budget office issued an order for many government departments to start closing down, triggering 800,000 furloughs of federal workers, and shutting tourists out of national parks and museums. The effects ranged from the poignant to the symbolically powerful: a social program that provides food to poor women and children could be hit, and the Statue of Liberty will be shut. Prospects for a swift resolution were unclear and economists warned that the struggling US economic recovery could suffer if the shutdown drags on for more than just a few days. On Tuesday morning, only essential government workers will be at their desks, leaving government departments like the White House with skeletal staff.

Vital functions like mail delivery and air traffic control will continue as normal. On a day of dysfunction and ugly rhetoric in the divided US political system, Republicans had repeatedly tied new government funding to attempts to defund, delay or dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. But each time, their effort was killed by Obama’s allies in the Democraticled Senate, leaving the government in limbo when its money ran out at the end of the fiscal year at midnight Monday. “This is an unnecessary blow to America,” a sombre Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor two minutes after the witching hour. He blamed the Tea Party faction of the Republicans, determined to erase the law designed to provide health care for millions that now lack it. It is “embarrassing that these people who are elected to represent the country are representing the tea party, the anarchists,” Reid said. l

Kenya lawmakers probe mall massacre n AFP, Nairobi Kenyan lawmakers investigating alleged security failings during the deadly assault on Nairobi’s Westgate mall by Islamist gunmen were due to meet Tuesday, as leaders gathered to commemorate the 67 killed. The four-day bloodbath at the upmarket shopping mall was brought to an end by Kenyan forces last Tuesday. Stores had been looted completely, shopkeepers said. Dalmas Otieno, a member of the national security committee, said lawmakers would meet Tuesday to “set up a programme” for the investigations, which are expected to last for at least several weeks. The Red Cross on Monday said the number of people still unaccounted for stood at 39, while Kenyan and foreign investigators continued to comb the carcass

of the mall. Part of the rooftop parking of the mall collapsed after heavy explosions and a fierce fire, leaving the key area where the insurgents are understood to have made their final stand — along with possible hostages — buried under tonnes of concrete slabs and rubble. Shopkeepers allowed back into the mall to check on their premises painted an apocalyptic scene, saying it stank of corpses and that the first floor of the mall was completely burned. “There’s a really bad stench in there of the dead bodies and blood all over the place, that’s why they’re advising us to wear masks as we go in,” Pardeep Rehal, a bookstore owner. “There is no electricity and everything is covered in ash,” another shopkeeper said. Many shopkeepers accused the Kenyan military of looting their stores. l


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esterday, a report said a 105MW power plant in Noapara, Jessore is on the verge of failing. Authorities claim it’s because of the furnace oil crisis, but the news cited sources saying it was also due to faulty machinery. They have only been adding 6MW a day, although the plant authorities claim the figure to be 10-12MW. In another news the government approved five new coal power plants. Now, the question is what is ensuring that they would not cite some similar excuse if they fail to produce enough electricity? There have been many reports in the past of such power plants failing to produce electricity at the stated level. The reason was mostly use of faulty The country can do or substandard machineries in without quick fixes the plants. Now, if that trend is now because we followed we would face simineed long-term lar troubles in the not-so-near solutions as the future. demand for electricity The government agreed to would go beyond buy power from these newly approved plants at a fixed rate, the five-year terms but what’s the point of getting our politicians and to buy only 6MW when we are bureaucrats think in in dire need of the whole 100 of them. The country can do without quick fixes now because we need long-term solutions as the demand for electricity would go beyond the five-year terms our politicians and bureaucrats think in. The government should take into account all factors such as future availability of fuel for the plants and properly assess their feasibility before approving them. There are enough capable minds working behind the approval of these projects to foresee such crises. It should also have a stipulation in place that if the private plants fail to meet a certain level of production per day, then the government would not be buying from them. That should put some pressure on the private plants to operate properly. The people are paying for this electricity, directly and indirectly; it’s high time that their money is spent in much wiser ways.

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he government needs to take stronger measures to prevent the production of illegal medicines and disallow them from being sold in the open market. That these practices still continue with little monitoring is a sign of how deeply corruption has been allowed to permeate the pharmaceutical industry. For instance, a few days ago, three truckloads of medicines worth Tk50m were seized from the medicine market near Mitford Hospital, and 103 drug traders arrested for selling the illegal medication. But this is only a tiny part of a multi-fold problem. As there seem to First, there are allegations of be little safety some pharmaceutical companies procedures in importing extra raw materials by place to oversee bribing National Board of Revethe production of nue officials. However, unable to the medicines, it is store the material properly, they highly likely they reportedly sell it to a number of are being produced pharmaceutical units who, in unsafely and will have turn, produce the medicines, and detrimental effects drug traders sell these medicines on the buyers of these to the unsuspecting public. On medicines, most of top of that, allegations have whom are poor and been brought against some drug illiterate administration officials for taking illegal fees to procure licences for the drug traders. As there seem to be little safety procedures in place to oversee the production of the medicines, it is highly likely they are being produced unsafely and will have detrimental effects on the buyers of these medicines, most of whom are poor and illiterate. The drug administration should be held to higher standards. It should more closely monitor the drug businesses so as to ensure that underhanded practices do not continue. On top of that, the NBR must make sure that pharmaceutical companies are unable to bring in extra raw materials in the first place. The government must bring to justice all parties who are involved in the production and sale of illegal medicine, because, in the end, it is the paying public who suffers.

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A must read for our working mothers’ hubbies. Just staying at home doesn’t help, you need to know how to take care of the baby too, like the mothers do, so that mothers can do their work freely. It’s necessary to have your partner beside you to go back to work. Reetu A Sattar

Wages in the RMG industry September 26

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Emaciated child housemaid found in dustbin September 26

Recently this minimum wage issue has been addressed in the papers, on television, etc. These workers had to go to the streets just to demand their rightful wages. Owners always say it’s not logical to raise wages, that it will hamper profits, and so on. But the funny thing is, owners keep buying new model cars, new houses, so no problem there. Then, what’s the problem giving the workers a minimum wage? And where are our social workers now? Where are our NGOs? The real truth is when it comes to the rights of the poor, we tend to be observers, and say: “No comment please.” Shams “While our workers in the RMG industry do deserve a respectable wage, preliminary studies suggest that the present condition of the industries may not be supportive of a minimum wage hike to more than Tk5,200 or $65 per month.” Mr Rashid is trying to sound compassionate and “respectable,” while justifying starvation wages. Workers in the RMG sector deserve more than crocodile tears. John Smith

Uronto provides a platform for artistic endeavours

September 25 How can I get more information regarding “Uronto?” Luther Khan

September 26 This was helpful. Thank you!

Rainer Ebert A child domestic worker tortured and thrown into a dumpster in Dhaka. By people who must be found and held responsible. This is not surprising though, as domestic workers (“maids”) are widely considered less-than-fully human in Bangladesh. Once you have erected a wall between “us” and “them,” violence becomes horrifyingly easy. Hassan ‘Nishit’ Sheikh Rainer Ebert: Beautifully summary of a horrible truth.

ICT 1 issues contempt rule against Channel 24 September 26

The difference between an accused in a regular court, and an accused in a war crime and crime against humanity case is, the former is considered innocent until proven guilty and the latter is already guilty by default until proven innocent. This is the reality. WaliulHaqueKhondker

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Their crime is their innocence September 26

The lady who was responsible for torture of the 11 years old girl, she should be given exemplary punishment for her crime. Mahbub Alam Some may begin to awaken to the fact that so many tiny villagers are labouring for so many families. There are no laws protecting the little ones from this labour, no age limits on when they may begin working so hard, far away from their own homes. Donna Rahman

Electricity import from India begins September 27 Tim Steel Doesn’t seem to have diminished load-shedding! Mahbub Alam If now, there is any power shut off by DESCO, then we will presume India did not supply electricity as per the contract.

Anti-Rampal activists move for Khulna today September 27

Keep on going. We are with you all. Hasna Mamtaz Shoma

Be Heard Aduri gets a new dress, support from police, rights bodies September 26

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Please try to find her parents first. I believe they can help the police find the people who did this to her. Shahin

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uch quoted as a mantra by acerbic BBC interviewers, it was the legendary Times journalist Louis Heren who first came up with the rule: “When a politician tells you something in confidence, always ask yourself: why is this lying bastard lying to me?” Heren, a Londoner who won fame with his coverage of communal massacres in the Punjab during Partition, is widely accepted as the inspiration for the Thomas Fowler character in Graham Greene’s classic Vietnam novel: The Quiet American. That British journalists today revel in following his advice reflects a prevailing spirit of non-deference towards politicians in the UK. To the permanent annoyance of British republicans, deference and respect are mainly reserved for the royal family, while politicians are considered fair game for aggressive questioning in public forums. Of course political cultures vary across the world. In the US, where politicians, however partisan, tend to be more formal and collegial in Congressional debates than their rowdier House of Commons equivalents, media interviewers are rarely as assertive (or just plain rude) as their British counterparts. The presidency meanwhile is conferred with monarchical style respect. Tellingly, the most popular historical presidents are those, like Lincoln and Washington, associated with tales of obsessive honesty. Whilst the only serving US president to resign the office was Richard Nixon, caught out in 1974 by the petty venality of the Watergate cover up, rather than the massive anti-war movement of the time, which conspicuously failed to stop his landslide re-election in 1972. Bangladeshi politicians of course need few lessons in being “economical with the truth.” Only this year, having at the time justified the necessity of police action to remove Hefazat demonstrators from the centre of Dhaka on the night of 5-6 May, in a move which killed dozens of people, government lawmakers only a matter of days later, blithely denied that anyone had been hurt in the operation. Just as blatantly, having penned a much commented upon article for an American newspaper in January, the leader of the opposition just a few months later denied ever having submitted the piece. For all the heated political discussions that occur nightly on talk shows, perhaps our political culture which confers a Raj style respect for senior political leaders, would benefit from a spirit of less deference in questioning.

Syria and Iran reveal Western weakness as well as strength n Indalecio Alvarez

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While it remains the case all around the world that whether for a fellow politician or journalist, actually accusing a politician of telling a lie is still regarded as crossing a line, it is also widely understood that politics has been a notoriously dirty business throughout history. Honesty therefore is no guarantee of success in politics. In the United States, the notably straightforward President Carter who had as Governor of Georgia successfully presided over desegregation during the turbulent civil rights era, ended up humiliated by events in Iran.

Having spent a large part of his presidency battling the Lewinsky scandal with a characteristic mixture of charm and evasion, Clinton’s political manoeuvring accomplished little for his party. However, it was unable to parlay his popularity into electoral success until Obama established himself as a candidate in 2008. A thick skin is a useful attribute for any politician. For those that are especially shameless, even repeated disgrace does little to deter success. The former British MP, Jeffrey Archer, is a interesting example.

A thick skin is a useful attribute for any politician. For those that are especially shameless, even repeated disgrace does little to deter success

Despite having initially welcomed the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, his administration was dragged over the coals by the wily Khomeini regime which manoeuvred to ensure that US hostages from the infamous Tehran embassy siege, were not released until the very moment after Carter formally relinquished office, in 1981, as a defeated one-term president. For Carter’s Democratic party, the lesson was learned. While 1960s idealism was kept alive by the likes of Jesse Jackson’s “rainbow coalition” politics during the much more right wing Reagan era of the ‘80s, it was to the more manipulative centrist politics of Bill Clinton that returned it to power.

Despite a cavalier relationship with the truth, which led to more than one resignation from political office and an imprisonment for perjury, Archer has led a charmed life by turning his talents for storytelling into a lucrative career as a pulp novelist. As he has never been near real power, his misdemeanours, such as embellishing a short course at a institution near Oxford into a degree from the celebrated university on his CV, are mainly a topic for amused gossip rather than reproach. It is only appropriate that public contempt for untruths spoken by politicians is reserved for those which have serious consequences. Despite

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being one of the most successful ever politicians in the UK, former prime minister Tony Blair’s reputation is forever associated with the moniker Tony B Liar, because of his role in supporting the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, which caused so much carnage and chaos. Having downplayed his own religious proclivities (his more conventionally non-religious spokesman having famously pronounced “we don’t do God”), Blair used every ounce of his messianic faith in his own infallibility to force through fantasies about WMDs to justify his support for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Even so, the charismatic Blair was still able to secure an election victory in 2005, despite having invigorated one of the largest anti-war movements in history. The lessons of Blair’s mistaken “evidence” reverberated recently in the caution shown by British and US politicians this year when debating military intervention in Syria. Modern communications make it easier for the public to examine evidence and hold politicians to account. This can only be a good thing for democratic societies and demonstrates the value of Louis Heren’s wisdom. For all the poor reputation lavished on the journalistic profession by tabloid intrusions and phone hacking, at its best, its role fundamentally remains one of speaking truth to power. Should this on occasion require being rude to those in authority, so be it. l Niaz Alam has worked on ethical business issues since 1992 and is a former vice-chair of War on Want.

hreats of war and economic sanctions may have resulted in a double diplomatic breakthrough in the Syrian and Iranian crises but, analysts have warned, they also reveal the limits to Western power. The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution Friday ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. The major powers overcame a prolonged deadlock to approve the council’s first resolution on the Syrian conflict, which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead in 30 months. Meanwhile US President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone in the historic, first direct contact between leaders of their estranged nations since the 1979 Islamic revolution. “Just now, I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Obama said in a televised statement, revealing the most intriguing turn yet in relations between the Islamic Republic and a superpower it branded the Great Satan. That landmark call was presaged when US Secretary of State John Kerry shook hands and met briefly with a smiling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the United Nations on Thursday. “We now have more belief in the goodwill of both sides,” Paul von Maltzahn, the former German ambassador to Iran and vice-president of the German Society for International Policy (DGAP), told AFP. “We are witnessing the beginning of a more solid basis for trust between the parties.” Dominique Moisi, of the French Institute of International Relations, believes: “We can say that Western economic sanctions worked in Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Russians have taken seriously the threats of Western military strikes and changed their behaviour.” For Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at Bradford University, personal chemistry plays an important part too. “We are lucky that we have Kerry and (Russian counterpart Sergei) Lavrov as leading players, as they have a personal chemistry,” he told AFP, while cautioning that “untoward things can suddenly happen.” All in all “there is some measure of cautious optimism on both issues (Syria and Iran) that there wasn’t a few weeks ago. But we are not out

of the woods by a long stretch,” he concluded. Carrot, stick or another approach? Is it possible, therefore to speak of a breakthrough for the West, even of a diplomatic victory? The experts are not so sure. “To say, ‘it worked, we showed them that we were the strongest and they had to bow to our will’ does not correspond with reality,” cautioned Moisi. “The reality is that in both cases, the Syrians, like the Iranians, like the Russians, realised that the West couldn’t really strike. Our stick is very weak so their carrot can go further.” Thierry Coville, of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) believes that “Americans have come to the conclusion that it is not possible to resolve the regional crises – Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan – without direct talks with Iran.”

‘The Syrians, like the Iranians, like the Russians, realised that the West couldn’t really strike. Our stick is very weak so their carrot can go further’

“The Syrian crisis has also opened the eyes of a number of people. They realised that it was not consistent to say ‘We want a political solution in Syria’ while holding a hawkish stance in Iran.” But while there appears to be more confidence between the major powers, there is more distrust on the ground in Syria. The divisions between the Free Syrian Army and radical movements is getting deeper and deeper and “Syria will become a bit like Lebanon during the 1980s,” says Karim Emile Bitar, an expert on Syria. But can the diplomatic breakthroughs of the past few weeks solve the region’s most intractable problem and enforce a kind of peace between the Palestinians and Israel? “All cases are strongly linked,” notes Moisi. “But if America shows itself to be weak on Iran, can it exert strong pressure on Israel?” Von Maltzhan summed up the mood. “We can talk about a move towards less mutual distrust,” he said, but it would be “completely premature” to talk of significant progress. l This article has been syndicated from the AFP.

Bangladesh-India relations under the microscope n Md Ariful Islam

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he relations between India and Bangladesh have experienced ups and downs since independence. India is the largest democratic country as well as a growing economic superpower in the world. It is our biggest neighbour and liberation war friend. Kautilyan foreign policy offers the theory that “an immediate neighbouring state is an enemy and a neighbour’s neighbour, separated from oneself by the intervening enemy, is a friend.”

can be effective without any befitting military power to back it up. Kautilya also wrote that power was the only means to ensure friendly relations with other countries. If Bangladesh were a strong military power, it would have been involved in fighting with India more than once over the water conflict. Bangladesh is a country which does not pose a threat to India. India has got everything they want from Bangladesh. Now it is the time for introspection on our relations over different issues which demand extra explanation.

Kautilya also wrote that power was the only means to ensure friendly relations with other countries. If Bangladesh were a strong military power, it would have been involved in fighting with India more than once over the water conflict

We have to contemplate the above dictum because it is somewhat likely to be acceptable between our two neighbours and vice versa. It would not be an exaggeration to state that Indian foreign policy is still revolving around the Kautilya discourse. Quincy Wright said that diplomacy is the art of employment of tactics, shrewdness and skill in any negotiation or transaction. It goes without saying that, no diplomacy

The facts are not being painted over; we got a lot of things from India since independence. But the mainly disputed issues have actually not been solved yet. We have signed an agreement regarding the issue of the Farakka barrage but we are not getting sufficient amounts of water, which causes drought in the northern districts of Bangladesh. There have been widespread allegations that we are not

getting enough water even with the consonance of the treaty. We had a land boundary agreement in 1974 which was supposed to solve the enclave problems but this agreement has not been implemented yet. India has been killing our citizens like birds for nothing. Sharing of Teesta water remains uncertain after the then newly elected chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, refused to approve the treaty. Apart from that, the UN International Law Commission in its Article 7 also emphasises that states shall utilise an international river in an equitable and reasonable manner. Therefore, it is a legal right of Bangladesh to get equitable share with regard to water sharing. Fortunately, Bangladesh is not a big country like America or the other superpowers; if so, I am sure Bangladesh would have fought over Teesta waters. On the other hand, we have a huge trade deficit with India and our products have to face a non-tariff barrier when it’s being exported from Bangladesh to India. As far as our constitution is concerned, the state shall base its international relations on the principles of respect for national sovereignty and equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, peaceful settlement of international disputes, and respect for international law and the principles enunciated in the United Nations Charter. We want a relation where respect, dignity, mutual understanding, and a “give and take policy” will be the main basis to continue our relations. But whatever we have seen since 1971, it is

not called friendship. Now, the question is why are we not getting fair treatment from the Indian side? The obvious answer is that we do not have any bipartisan foreign policy in terms of our interest. The irony is that our mainstream political parties have failed to define what our main interest is. It is worthwhile to mention here that, with the change of regime our foreign policy with India also changes. However, Indian foreign policy is more or less the same whatever party

comes into the power. There can be polarisation, there can be difference, and there should be criticism among our political parties. But our political leadership should forge a consensus on important issues, for instance when it comes to our national interests. Our political parties should be careful and need to identify what our main national interests are. At the same time our defence force should be modernised and sophisticated. Otherwise, what would happen

is what the famous Bengali song says: “Tumi Arekbar Ashia Jao More Kandaiya.” Bangladesh and India relations over the years are the reflection of a hegemonic role in south Asia. If India wishes to continue its relationship with Bangladesh, it needs to take a good second look. A hegemonic stance by India would have significant impact on Indo-Bangladesh relations. l Ariful Islam is a freelance contributor.


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DU Music Department to celebrate DL Roy’s 150th birth anniversary n Afrose Jahan Chaity Department of Music, Dhaka University has arranged a two-day long music festival paying tribute to DL Roy which starts from today at the TSC auditorium. This is the fifth time DU is arranging such a festival commemorating the great composer-lyricist who enrich the collection of Bangla music with more than 500 timeless songs. Chairman of Music Department, Shahnaz Nasrin Ila, said to Dhaka Tribune: “A staggering 90 performances will be showcased at the two-day long

programmes. Also, we will honour eminent Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das with a special award, for his immense contribution to music. Following the award giving ceremony, scholarships will be awarded to Nilufer Yasmin and Farid Shirin of the music department.” “Besides arranging commemorative programmes, the department of music regularly celebrates programmes to mark national days and traditional festivals like International Mother Language Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Pahela Falgun, Pahela Baishakh, Borsha Utsob, Nobanno

Utshab and more,” she added. The theme of this year’s festival is Roy’s composition style. The festival will also feature Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, folk music, classical music and dance performances. Choreographed by Warda Rihab, artistes of Dhriti will perform three dance compositions. Cultural Minister Abul Kalam Azad will inaugurate the festival as the chief guest. Vice Chancellor of DU AAMS Arefin Siddique and Pro-Vice Chancellor Nasrin Ahmed will be present as special guests on the occasion. l

Workshop on electronic music to begin n Ahsan Sajid Carel Richter’s painting on dance

Richter’s paintings portray ecstasy of dance n Shadma Malik “Invitation to the Dance,” a painting exhibition by Dutch-Guatemalan artist Carel Richter, is taking place at Bengal Art Lounge till October 9. This is Richter’s first solo exhibition in Asia and is a great opportunity for artlovers to experience the complex beauty in the paintings of the gifted artist. The array of artworks on display are about the classical representation of dance movements. Richter, a “wizard with the brush,” has his own signature style to portray the intimate relationship between two people. Working with the traditional medium of acrylic on canvas, his paintings seem to radiate with a silent tune and emotions of dance movements, where the subject is the reflection of sensuality. His artworks with bold strokes of intense shades emphasise the rhythm of the body. The attractive and mesmerising moves of dance are captured with

dexterity on canvas. The paintings shows his keen perception of dance movements, as he understands the dancer’s sensitivity. Inspired by the alluring movements of dance, the artworks have powerful postures, which depict the mysterious façade of a dancer. The artist has paid immaculate attention to the eyes and facial expression that portray deeper penchant. The paintings have the dynamic sense of a real dance performance. The exhibition showcases paintings with Bangladeshi elements, such as rickshaws and rural boats, which are a clear representation of the influence of his surroundings on the artist. About his show at Bengal, Richter said: “The collection of my paintings is classical, not in method and medium but also the subject, who I choose to portray. I am always engaged in observing people in life and on screen. These paintings are still, but they are

about motion, they are about revealing the mystery that is usually concealed.” Richter is a graduate from The Royal Academy of Art and Design, an institution from where the great art maestro Vincent van Gogh graduated. “The Consensus,” an artwork he created when he was working as an independent artist in 1987, is permanently on display at the new Dutch parliament at The Hague. Richter had his major solo exhibitsions at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Arndt in Berlin, Museum 52, Criterion in Amsterdam and many more. He has received prizes in the Netherlands, Italy and America. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands H E Gerben Sjoerd de Jong inaugurated the exhibition on Sunday, September 29 at 6pm. Dr Gowher Rizvi, the international affairs adviser to the prime minister, and Jim McCabe, the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, spoke on the occasion. l

The “Soundlab: Workshop on Electronic Music” will start on October 5. This is a part of Border Movement’s mission to merge electronic music from South Asia and Germany, with affiliation with the Dhaka Electronica Scene (DES). The four-day workshop will be a who’s who of Dhaka’s electronica artists as they come under one roof to share ideas, techniques, plans for the future and learn from one another and from the scene’s stalwarts. Among the topics covered will be technology, possibilities and limitations of live performances, sound-art etc. In four days, 12 participants will learn from Sasha Perera (Jahcoozi, Berlin), Gaurav Malaker (BLOT, Delhi) and Gerriet Schultz (Border Movement, Berlin) in different workshops and lectures all about the electronica scene’s issues such as club-event and club-culture, self-marketing on the internet, viral marketing, building a music label from scratch and more. Music production workshops are going to be held where participants will be guided to produce music on their own, because the goal is to give each participant the basics of digital music production to produce their own songs. The workshop is on invitation only. The interested musicians have to express their interest with a short note about how it may benefit them as musicians by sending an email to dhakaelectronica@outlook.com. l

Shamrat and Keya come together in Atripto Bashona n Entertainment Desk The shooting for the single episode drama, “Atripto Bashona,” ended recently and new onscreen couple Shamrat and Keya will be seen together for the first time. Shamrat and Keya first paired up for “Nayak Raj” (King of Heroes), Razzak’s film “Ayna Kahini,” which will hit the cinemas on November 8. Therefore, the audience will get to see this new chemistry beforehand in the drama “Atripto Bashona,” written by Sajal Ahmed and directed by Minhazul Islam. About his experience of working with Keya, Shamrat shares: “Keya is a truly sincere and hardworking actor. In

YouTube Music Award coming up

TODAY IN DHAKA Exhibition

I am Gautam Chakraborty Time: 1:00am – 7:30pm Galleri Kaya, Sector 04, Uttara

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Dhamrai Metal Craft Brass and bronze sculpture exhibition EMK Centre, Dhanmondi 27

Concert

Folk-fusion Concert Joler Gaan EMK Centre 9th floor, Midus Centre Road 27, Dhanmondi

Comedy Show

Live Stand-up Comedy By Naveed’s Comedy Club Time: 8pm – 10pm Nando’s, Level 3, Plot # SE(F), Gulshan South Avenue, Gulshan-1

Dance Show

Group and dance recitals Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha Time: 7pm National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

ON TV MOVIE 6:30pm Zee Studio

The Mummy Returns

9:30pmHBO

The Legend Is Born – IpMan

COMEDY 5:00pm Colors

Comedy Nights with Kapil

9:00pm Star World

Two And A Half Men

MISC 3:30pm Discovery

Superhuman Showdown

10:00pm Fox Traveller Food Safari

both ‘Ayna Kahini’ and ‘Atripto Bashona,’ she has done a wonderful job. The audience will enjoy the drama very much.” Keya shares: “I enjoy working in films and am more comfortable in that field, but with a good script, I also work in drama and tele-films. Previously I have worked on two tele-films for the small screen.” Praising Shamrat she says: “My understanding in working with Shamrat is great. He is an amazing co-star and the audience will experience our understanding and chemistry in ‘Atripto Bashona.’” The drama will air during Eid-ulAzha. l

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s puppet theatre troupe staged traditional theatre of our country, popularly known as Putulnatyo. The programme was staged at the Studio Theatre Hall of the academy on September 30. The troupe represented Bangladesh in World Puppet Carnival which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from September 1 to 8 and won the championship trophy SYED LATIF HOSSAIN

It looks like Google has plans to compete with MTV, as they have announced the first ever YouTube Music Awards, which will be a live event. On Sunday, November 3, YouTube will host the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, a live-streamed event honouring the artists and songs that musiclovers have turned into hits over the past year. The mother of all video platforms has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Nominees for the seven awards will be announced October 17. Winners will be chosen by fans vote. Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire, among others, will perform at the event in New York on November 3.

Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire, among others, will perform at the event in New York on November 3 In the days leading up to the event, nominees will share official music videos, covers, parodies, concerts, interviews and fan videos. On the night itself, artists and some of YouTube’s most popular contributors, including Lindsey Stirling and CDZA, will take part in performances and musical collaborations around the world. Shows will take place in Seoul, Moscow, London and Rio de Janeiro as well as the live event in New York. The YouTube Music Awards will be hosted by American actor Jason Schwartzman. Spike Jonze, who directed “Where The Wild Things Are” as well as videos and documentaries for The Chemical Brothers and Bjork, will be the creative director of the event. l


Did you know? Everton have completed more passes (732 ) in the final third than any other team in the English Premier League this season

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Nazmul urges clean sheet

A total of 43 nomination papers were bought by the aspirant candidates of the Bangladesh Cricket Board elections from the Election Commission office at the National Sports Council yesterday. BCB ad-hoc committee president Nazmul Hasan led his panel to the NSC in the afternoon to pick their nomination papers. Among the 43 nomination papers 17 were from category-1 (District and Divisions), 23 were from category-2 (Dhaka Clubs) and three were from category-3 (NSC nominated and former national players ). Each of the nomination papers were priced Tk 5000. l

n Raihan Mahmood

Nomination Paper Buyers

Category-2 Zahir Ahmed Victoria SC Azizur Rahim Victoria SC Lutfor Rahman Badal Gazi Tank Cricketers Gazi Golam Mortuza Gazi Tank Cricketers Tanzil Chowdhury Prime Bank CC Shawkat Aziz Russell Sheikh Jamal DC Nazib Ahmed Sheikh Jamal DC Nazmul Hasan Abahani Ltd Lokman Hossian Bhuiyan Mohammedan SC Mahbubul Anam Mohammedan SC Nazmul Karim Tinku Kalabagan KC Ismail Haider Mallik Brothers Union Md. Ali Naser Biman Bangladesh Enayet Hossian Siraj Azad SC Ahmed Iqbal Hasan Young Pegasus Arif ul Islam Indira Road KC Hanif Bhuiyan Rapid Foundation Salahuddin Chowdhury Katahalbagan Green Zikrul Hasan Sheikh Jamal Cricketers Omar Hossain Mirpur Cricket Club Rakib Haider Prantik KC Jalal Yunus Rayer Bazar Athletic Club Ahmed Sajjadul Alam Sheikh Russell KC Category-3 Debobroto Paul Jahangirnagar University Khaled Mahmud Shujon NSC nominated Gazi Ashraf Hossain NSC nominated

Mostafa, Rimi win gold in junior wrestling

n Shishir Hoque Mostafa and Rimi Sarkar clinched gold medals on the opening day of the Marcel Refrigerator 22nd National Junior Wrestling at the Shaheed M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday. Mostafa of Kishoreganj District Sports Association (DSA) won gold in the U-96 kg event while Rasel of Dhaka and Aktaruzzaman of Rangpur took silver and bronze respectively. Rimi from Narail DSA bagged gold in the U-59kg event while Runa Khatun and Asma Khatun were placed second and third respectively. l

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43 candidates pick nomination papers n Raihan Mahmood

Category-1 Akram Khan Chittagong DSA Imtiaz Ahmed Shamsul Huda Rajshahi DSA Sheikh Sohel Khulna DSA Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel Sylhet DSA Ad. Anwarul Islam Rangpur DSA Mirza Zillur Rahman Jamalpur DSA Monjur Kader Munshiganj DSA Saniat Khan Bappa Tangail DSA Naimur Rahman Durjoy Manikganj DSA A.J.M Nasiruddin Chittagong DSA Sheikh Nizamuddin Satkhira DSA Kazi Inam Ahmed Jessore DSA Anup Kumar Nandi Kushtia DSA M.A.Awal Chowdhury Barisal DSA Rafius Shams Paddy Rajshahi DSA Masudur Rahman Milon Bogra DSA Saiful Alam Swapan Pabna DSA

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Record holder Elton Chigumbura of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi leads his team after completing the route against Abahani at the SBNS yesterday DHAKA TRIBUNE

Most expensive overs in list ‘A’ matches Runs

Batsman

Bowler

Match

39 (nb5w164646w16) Chigumbura Alauddin Babu

Sk Jamal v Abahani

36 (x6)

HH Gibbs

DLS van Bunge SA v Netherlands

35 (64wd6666)

RV Gomez

DB Ravi Teja

34 (5x6 1x4)

IVA Richards DA Graveney

34 (4x6 2x4)

SC Ganguly

33 (644w666)

Tamim Iqbal Sikandar Raza

Venue Dhaka, 2013/14 St. Kitts, 2006/07

Hyderabad v Kerala Chennai, 2009/10 Somerset v Gloucestershire Taunton,1977

Sukvinder Singh India v India B Brothers v Kalabagan CA

Chennai, 2000/01 N’ganj, 2013/14

Brief Score Sheikh Jamal 282/9 in 50 over Elton Chigumbura 69 not out, Jahurul Islam 60, Dilshan Munaweera 42 Al-Amin 38/4, Mosaddek Hossain 41/2 Abahani 254/10 in 47.5 over Tharanga Paranavitana 56, Shahriar Nafees 48, Mosaddek Hossain 43 Abul Bashar 32/4, Shafiul Islam 56/3 Sheikh Jamal won by 28 runs

The president of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s ad-hoc committee Nazmul Hasan urged all to keep cricket above personal grievance and asked his election opponents not to confuse the nation with false and fabricated statements. Nazmul, who along with his panel members bought the nomination papers at the Election Commission of National Sports Council yesterday, was sharing his thoughts with the press in a hurriedly arranged press conference. “I want to say that a vested quarter has been trying to destroy the image of Bangladesh cricket, both locally and internationally. I urge them to stop the ill practice” said Nazmul. The BCB chief said the upcoming election of BCB is very significant for two reasons. “Firstly, we have failed to meet the ICC deadline which was June 30. I thank the ICC that they have extended the time for holding the elections, if we don’t host the election there are fear of being suspended from the international cricket arena and the hosting right of T20 World Championship will also be in jeopardy,” he said. He was surprised to see the objections regarding the councillorships and the election procedure. “I categorically state that in all the past election process of the BCB, BCB has asked for the councillorships not the NSC, even when Saber Chowdhury was there it was the same story. I have also checked the constitution regarding the clauses, for example 12.3. There is nothing that

clashes with the procedure we are maintaining, we can’t allow this unfair means to continue. We have observed that whenever an ICC official arrives in city a quarter comes out with some fabricated statements,” added Nazmul. Nazmul asked his opponent party to keep cricket over the personal issues and urged them to take part in the election. “They may not like me or the members of my panel, but that’s a personal issue. An election is a democratic process and I ask them to participate in the election. Some will win some will lose, that’s election. If someone thinks as all the voters does not belong to me so I will not take part in the election, what can I do?” expressed Nazmul. “I know him and I believe Saber Chowdhury can’t do such things. Somebody may be misguiding him, I believe if Saber runs in the election he will come out as a victor, but the other people around him will know how much support they have in the local cricket arena,” opined Nazmul. However, Nazmul refused to admit that the mud-slinging between two ruling party lawmakers has hurt the image of the cricket. “I may say it was attempted, coming out with false and fabricated statements do not help much. The new constitution has been approved by ICC, there are no confusions in that,” he said. The final panel will be announced today while 15 members have already collected nomination papers. The much-awaited BCB election is scheduled to be held on October 10. l

Chigumbura smashes record 39 off one over n Mazhar Uddin Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi’s Zimbabwean Elton Chigumbura struck a world record 39 runs from a single over as his team defeated Abahani Ltd by 28 runs in the Walton Dhaka Premier League (DPL) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Chigumbura accomplished the feat from the last over of the innings, which was bowled by paceman Alauddin Babu. When informed that he had broken the world record, Chigumbura was surprised. “Oh is that so? It always feels good to break the record. The most

important thing was to win the record. I didn’t know, I just came to know now. I just tried and play my natural game tried to stick in the wicket. “I didn’t think about that, 39 runs. I just thought, we kept losing wickets, we just had to play all the overs, my plan was to smash the last two overs, and take the team in a good position,” he said. The two teams were supposed to have clashed on Monday, but rain prevented any play and the match was shifted to the reserve day. Abahani won the toss and elected to field first as Jamal batted solidly with most of the bats-

men making worthwhile contributions. Opener Junaid Siddique was dismissed after scoring 20 runs, but his partner Jahurul Islam along with Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera added 99 for the second wicket before Jahurul was dismissed for 60 (seven four, two sixes) by Mosaddek Hossain. Munaweera fell soon afterwards for 42. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (15) and Afghan recruit Gulbadin Naib (20) chipped in before Chigumbura played a hurricane knock at the end. The first ball of the last over of the innings was a no-ball which went for four and the second ball was a wide. The first legal de-

livery went for six, the next for four, six, four, six, wide and a six to finish up. In all, Chigumbura made 69 not out from 54 balls (four fours, five sixes) to take Jamal to 282/9. Pacer Al-Amin took four wickets for Abahani while Shamsul Alam and Mosaddek picked up two each. Alauddin Babu conceded 93 runs from his 10 overs. In their steep run chase, Abahani lost their young opener Al-Amin (12) in the third over before Shahriar Nafees and Sri Lankan Tharanga Paranavitana took things under control with a 100-run partnership. However, off spinner Abul

Bashar dismissed Nafees for 48 before removing Paranavitana for 56 to put Abahani under pressure. In form under-19 batsman Mosaddek did his best to keep Abahani in the game, but with the run-rate climbing, he too fell to Bashar for 43 to effectively end the Sky Blues’ hopes. They eventually finished 254 all out in 47.1 overs to lose by 28 runs. Bashar returned with figures of 4-32 while national pace bowler Shafiul Islam took three wickets for Jamal. With the win, Sheikh Jamal moved to the top of the points table with eight points, alongside Prime Doleshwar and Brothers Union. l

Rakib maintains top spot n Shishir Hoque Grandmaster Abdulla Al-Rakib of Duronto Rajshahi remained solid at the top of the Berger Paints 39th National ‘A’ Chess Championship points table following a victory over Md Jamal Uddin at the media centre of BOA yesterday. Rakib now has 8.5 points after the end of the 10th round. Rakib played with black pieces in Nimzo-Indian. The game continued to Leningrad Variation before Rakib won the game after 40 moves. International Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar of Bangladesh Ansar stood at second position with eight

points after beating Fide Master Mehdi Hasan Parag of Access Group. GM Ziaur Rahman of Dhaka Mohammedan defeated FM Debaraj Chatterjee of Access Group to remain at the 3rd position with 7.5 points while GM Enamul Hossain Razib of Duronto Rajshahi was placed 4th with seven points as he drew with FM Sk. Nasir Ahmed of Titas Club. Meanwhile, reigning champion GM Niaz Murshed of Dhaka Mohammedan beat Mohammed Hafizul Islam Chapal of Dhaka City, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Access Group beat Shafiq Ahmed of Golden Chess Club and FM Kh. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Ansar beat FM Mohammad Javed of Access Group. l

New Zeland cricketers arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at the city yesterday

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BCB president Nazmul Hasan reveals his election aspirations while Saber Chowdhury officially announces his withdrawal from BCB election in separate press conference’s yesterday COURTESY

Saber withdraws from election n Shishir Hoque

Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday withdrew from the upcoming BCB polls, claiming that the election is not being held according to the current constitution. According to the verdict of Appellate Division, the election will be held according to the amended constitution of November 21 but Saber Hossain claimed that National Sports Council (NSC), the BCB and the election commission are organizing the election in accordance with amended constitution of November 29 – contrary to the Appellate Division’s verdict. The former BCB chief and the councilor of Baridhara Dazzlers called a press conference at the Ruposhi Bangla yesterday where he stated that he would not take part in the election. “It was written on the last page of the copy that BCB has to host the election according to the amended

constitution of November 21, but NSC provided us the amended constitution of November 29. The current election activities go against the verdict. So I have decided not to take part in the election. If I contest in the polls, it will be equivalent to contempt of court,” said Saber, who is also a former organising secretary of Bangladesh Awami League. “I sent a letter to election commission asking them to postpone election activities and announce the re-schedule,” he added. Saber also questioned other aspects of the election process and claimed that the procedure started on September 27 – before the Appellate Division verdict was given on September 30. “As I said before, the NSC can’t organize election without the certified copy of the Appellate Division verdict, not even the election schedule. I asked them and they said they would get the copy of the verdict. After that, they gave me a copy on September 30.

I wonder how the election procedure started before they got the certified copy. ”According to BCB constitution, the election commission should perform every election activities starting from providing election guidelines till the result but what is happening is the current ad-hoc committee of BCB prepared rough voters list, which is a flagrant breach of the constitution. It doesn’t have any legal authenticity,” said Saber. Former BCB director Dewan Shafiul Arefin Tutul, GS Hasan Tamim, Yusuf jamil Babu and organisers’ forum’s secretary general Ashikur Rahman Miku were also present on the occasion. President of organisers’ forum Yusuf Jamil Babu lodged complaints against councillorship of Monjur Kader of Munshiganj. Babu said, “Sheikh Jamal president Manjur Kader became the councilor of Munshiganj in spite of his own club but, he is not a part of Munshiganj sports association.”l


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Pellegrini, Guardiola meet again

Evergreen Giggs on brink of Champions League record n Reuters Manchester United’s poor start to the season has left the club reeling and new boss David Moyes under scrutiny but Ryan Giggs will offer a reassuring presence when he reports for Champions League duty in Ukraine this week. Should Moyes turn to the evergreen midfielder on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk, Giggs will register a record 145th appearance in Europe’s premier competition (including qualifiers), moving him ahead of former Real Madrid striker Raul in the appearance list. Giggs, who won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues under former manager Alex Ferguson, is now part of Moyes’s coaching staff but has plenty to offer on the pitch. “Really? Wow. I didn’t know that,” was Giggs’s reaction in an interview on the club’s website when told of the milestone. “It’s a great competition and I’ve been lucky enough to win it twice and play a lot of memorable matches. “There have been so many great players to have graced the tournament and Raul is up there as one of the very best - he has a great goalscoring record and he’s won it three times.” “If I do pass him it will be a great source of pride for me,” added Giggs, United’s record appearance maker. The records have piled up for Giggs down the years and with five appearances for United this season it is not inconceivable that he could reach 1,000 club games. “I just can’t believe he’s nearly 40. In my playing days everyone just assumed you were finished when you reached 30, but there he is, still going strong,” said United great Bobby Charlton, whose appearance record Giggs memorably surpassed in United’s Champions League final win against Chelsea in 2008. l

United face tough test at Shakhtar gives the nod to the Spain captain ahead n AFP, Paris of Diego Lopez in goal in Europe. Ga-

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola

Galatasaray confirm Mancini appointment n AFP, Istanbul Galatasaray on Monday finalised the appointment of Roberto Mancini as their new coach on a three-year deal to replace the sacked Fatih Terim. The Turkish giants confirmed the news in a statement to the Istanbul stock exchange, saying that he will pocket 3.5 million euros ($4.7m) for this season plus 4.5 million euros more for each of the next two campaigns. The Italian, who left Manchester City in the summer, will also earn a 300,000euro bonus if the club win the Turkish title and reach the Champions League

quarter-finals. Mancini, 48, arrived in Istanbul on Sunday and met with club officials, who were seeking a replacement for Terim after his departure last week. Mancini was sacked as manager of City in May – a year to the day after leading the club to the English Premier League title. His time at City saw the club win a first major trophy in 35 years with the 2011 FA Cup, while the 2011/2012 Premier League title was their first top-flight crown since 1968. Defending Turkish champions Galatasaray have endured a miserable start to the season despite boasting the talents of former Chelsea star Didier Drogba.l

Italian football coach Roberto Mancini walks out of a hotel after holding talks with Galatasaray in Istanbul on Monday AFP

Icardi called up by Argentina after Messi injury

Manchester City’s home clash with Pep Guardiola’s reigning European champions Bayern Munich will capture the imagination of most on Wednesday evening, while the pressure is on David Moyes as Manchester United face Shakhtar Donetsk. A trip to deepest Ukraine is surely the last thing that David Moyes wanted as the pressure builds on the Scotsman following Manchester United’s worst start to a domestic campaign in 24 years. United’s 2-1 home loss to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was their third defeat already in just six Premier League games, but at least Moyes oversaw a 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in his opening Champions League group game in charge a fortnight ago. Wayne Rooney scored twice in that game and Moyes - who has admitted his side lack sufficient world-class talent to win the Champions League - will need the England star at his best in the Donbass Arena. After the humiliation of losing the Madrid derby at the weekend, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti knows the importance of getting back to winning ways in Europe. Iker Casillas will make his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu in almost nine months as Ancelotti again

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

Qatar deny World Cup ‘slavery’ claims n AFP, Doha

Rampant Lukaku helps Everton sink Newcastle

The Chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday denied claims by the Guardian newspaper that the 2022 World Cup organisers were treating Nepalese construction workers like ‘slaves’. Ali Al-Marri said the allegations, made last week, were totally erroneous. “There is no slavery or forced labour in Qatar,” he said at a press conference. “The information that The Guardian reported is false and the numbers cited by them are exaggerated.” The Guardian report last Thursday said dozens of Nepalese workers have died while working in Qatar in recent weeks, raising concerns about the Gulf state’s preparations to host the World Cup. Quoting documents obtained by the Nepalese embassy in the Qatari capital Doha, the Guardian said thousands of Nepalese – at 370,000 the second largest group of labourers in Qatar after the Indians – faced exploitation and abuses amounting to “modern-day slavery”. Marri admitted there had been some problems but added he and the government were doing their utmost to put these right. “There have been some problems, owing to the fact that there are 44,000 businesses in the country,” he said. “But I can assure you that the authorities are constantly making efforts to resolve the problems.” l

n AFP, Liverpool Everton forward Romelu Lukaku destroyed Newcastle as the Belgian marked his home debut with a double-strike in a 3-2 win at Goodison Park on Monday. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez snapped up Lukaku on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and the powerful 20-year-old looks set to be a big hit on Merseyside.

Points Table Team Arsenal Liverpool Spurs Everton Chelsea Southampton Man City Hull Aston Villa West Brom Cardiff Man Utd Swansea Norwich Stoke Newcastle West Ham Fulham Crystal Palace Sunderland

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L 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 5

Pts 15 13 13 12 11 11 10 10 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 5 4 3 1

Lukaku’s goals came either side of Ross Barkley’s strike, which the Belgian also set up as Everton raced into a 3-0 lead before the break. Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy scored for Newcastle in the second half, but Alan Pardew’s side had left it too late to complete a remarkable revival. Lukaku wasted little time making an impression as the Belgian didn’t have to wait long for his first goal in an Everton shirt at Goodison however as he opened the scoring in the fifth minute. With Lukaku proving such a handful, Martinez’s men were carving through the Newcastle back-four at will and it was no surprise when the hosts doubled their lead in the 25th minute. Lukaku was the provider this time as he slipped a perfectly-weighted pass through to Barkley, who ran through the gaping hole in the Newcastle defence before steering his shot past Krul. To their credit, Newcastle came out with more verve after the break despite the seemingly impossible task facing them and French midfielder Cabaye reduced the deficit in the 51st minute with a fine strike into the top corner from 20 yards out. Gouffran went close to giving Newcastle even more hope when his shot whistled just wide, but by the time French forward Remy poked home in the 89th minute it was too late for Newcastle to avoid their third defeat of the season. l

reth Bale could also make his first start at home for his new club, who thumped Galatasaray 6-1 away last time out. After being held by Copenhagen two weeks ago, Italian champions Juventus chase a first win in Group B as they play host to Galatasaray, who are seeking an improvement on their 6-1 thumping at the hands of Real Madrid.

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This encounter at the Etihad Stadium promises to be fascinating, with City manager Manuel Pellegrini coming up against Bayern’s Pep Guardiola again. The pair are familiar with one another from their time in Spain, in particular when they occupied the dugouts at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively in 2009-10. The two Group D favourites meet on the back of wins in their opening matches, with City triumphing away to Viktoria Pilsen while Bayern beat CSKA Moscow at home.l

El Arabi condemns Bilbao to 2-0 defeat at Granada n Reuters, Madrid Athletic Bilbao missed a chance to climb above Villarreal into fourth in La Liga when a Youssef El Arabi double condemned the Basque club to a 2-0 defeat at Granada on Monday. Bilbao had made a solid start to the season after flirting with relegation last term but they turned in an error-strewn performance devoid of inspiration at

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Granada’s Los Carmenes stadium. El Arabi fired the Andalusian side ahead from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after Ander Herrera fouled Yacine Brahimi on the edge of the area. The Morocco international scored his second eight minutes later when Pape Diakhate flicked on a Diego Buonanotte corner and he headed past Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. They were Granada’s first goals at home in four matches this season and lifted them to 12th on eight points from seven games. Bilbao stay fifth on 12 points. Ernesto Valverde’s side have won all three of their matches at their new San Mames stadium but have lost their last three on the road after an opening-day win at Real Valladolid.l

Wenger is best boss in England says Benitez

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Lionel Messi’s injury has opened the international door to Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, called up for the first time by Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella for their last two World Cup qualifiers. Argentina, who lead the South American group and have already qualified for the 2014 finals in Brazil, host Peru in Buenos Aires on Oct. 11 and visit Uruguay in Montevideo four days later. Messi suffered a hamstring injury playing for Barcelona at Almeria on Saturday and is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks. The 20-year-old Icardi, an Argentina under-20 international, came through Barcelona’s junior ranks before joining Sampdoria in 2011 from where he moved to Inter this season. Sabella added Icardi to the squad he named on Friday which included Messi. l

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez hailed Arsene Wenger as the best boss in the Premier League ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Arsenal on Tuesday. After losing their first domestic fixture at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal have since gone on a five-match winning run to storm to the top of the table, while also qualifying once again for the Champions League group stages. Arsenal’s success has silenced Wenger’s critics, who were crying out for his dismissal following eight years without a trophy. But former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Benitez claimed he has never been in doubt about Wenger’s qualities after watching him at close quarters during his time in England. “I am expecting a strong team because I think Arsene Wenger is the best coach in the Premier League,” said

Benitez on Monday. “They have signed good players, at this point everything going well for them. Wenger is a great manager, a great person, someone who knows the league here in England. He has experience in Europe, Arsenal is always top four and he is doing great job. Hopefully he can win the Champions League, but another year, not this one." Benitez, who was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea following his spell as interim boss last season, has been an interested observer on the opening few weeks of the new English season, which has seen both Manc United and Man City suffer an inconsistent start, while Southampton are in the top four. “Arsenal have a great manager and a good team, Liverpool they continue growing, so the second year with a new manager, every body is expecting them to be in the top four and are doing well,” he said.l

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal against Newcastle United during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England yesterday REUTERS


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Overtaking Federer not my main goal: Nadal

Quick Bytes Razzak, Jashim selected for AFC coaching course Abdur Razzak and Kazi Jashim Uddin have been nominated to attend the AFC Regional Coaching Instructor Course 2013, which will be held in Kuwait from December 10 to 19. The decision was reached at a Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) development league committee meeting at the BFF house yesterday. -SH

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Yuvraj Singh back for Australia series The mercurial Yuvraj Singh is back in the limited-over scheme of things for India. The explosive batsman has been included in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 International and the first three matches in the seven-match ODI series against Australia at home. India plays the T20 game against the Aussies at Rajkot on October 10. And the ODI series begins in Pune on October 13. But the selectors have ignored the comeback bids of the two senior cricketers from Delhi, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Despite glimpses of form, the two haven’t done enough. The 31-year-old Yuvraj Singh’s rousing form in the matches against West Indies ‘A’ and his improved fitness levels appear to have convinced the selection panel, headed by Sandeep Patil, that met here on Monday. The southpaw’s ability was never in question. In 282 ODIs, Yuvraj, often donning the role of a match-winner, has notched up 8,211 runs at 36.98 with 13 centuries and 50 halfcenturies (strike rate 87.64). His left-arm spin has been effective too, claiming 109 wickets at 37.95. – Agencies

Pistorius brings US investigators in to legal team

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has enlisted a team of forensic investigators from the United States for his murder trial which begins next year, his spokeswoman said Tuesday. The investigators will work with his defence team to beef up his defence against charges he murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14. Annelise Burgess confirmed the arrival of the investigators saying “it was standard practice to work with experts during the preparation of any trial.” Burgess could not give further details about the group’s work. The sprinter’s trial is set for March 3 to 20 at the Pretoria High Court. The double amputee athlete known as “Blade Runner” is currently out on bail. He has admitted to killing Steenkamp but has denied murder, saying he shot her through a locked bathroom door because he thought she was an intruder. – AFP

Del Potro through, Nishikori flirts with disaster

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro survived a stiff test to beat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday while defending champion Kei Nishikori flirted with disaster before squeaking through. Nishikori, who became the host country’s first winner of the $1.43 million event last year, had to dig deep to overcome Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 under a closed roof in rainswept Tokyo. Former US Open champion Del Potro looked rusty in his first match since a shock second-round exit at the New York slam last month. But the giant Argentine shook off the cobwebs and the effects of a 37-hour flight to the Far East with some typically meaty hitting after dropping the first set. The world number seven, a finalist in Tokyo in 2008, secured the crucial break in game eight of the decider after a period of sustained pressure on the Baghdatis serve. – AFP

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after winning the match against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia at the China Open in Beijing yesterday

Serena struggles, Djokovic and Nadal sail through n AFP, Beijing Top seed Serena Williams stumbled her way into the third round of the China Open on Tuesday while men’s favourites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal powered through their opening matches. The world number one Williams at times appeared agitated during her 6-4, 7-5 victory over Italian Francesca Schiavone, shouting at herself over lost points. The American only showed rare moments of her trademark power-play, gaining the upper hand in the first set via a mistake from her opponent, who double-faulted on set point.

The top seed Williams was forced to become more aggressive in the second set after her serve was broken in the first game by Schiavone, Italy’s first Grand Slam winner, at Roland Garros in 2010, and the current world number 50. As the competition intensified both players’ tempers threatened to boil over, with Williams ranting and Schiavone smashing balls into the barriers at the side of the court in Beijing. But Williams seemed calmer – and quieter – as she closed in on a hardearned victory. “I was able to save some energy, so I started walking slower and taking my time more. When I did that, I actually won three or four games in a

row,” she said. Her sister Venus meanwhile crashed out 6-1, 6-2 to Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki. The 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro defeated American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2 to book her place in the third round. On the men’s side, Djokovic signalled his intent to reclaim the title he won in the Chinese capital last year, sweeping aside Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-3. The Serbian world number one – and top seed – dumped out his Czech challenger in just 53 minutes. Nadal, who could unseat Djokovic in the world rankings after Beijing, faced slightly more resistance from Santiago Giraldo, with the Spaniard claiming a

n AFP, Sydney Captain Michael Clarke was Tuesday ruled out of Australia’s one-day tour of India this month with his long-standing back problem needing further treatment ahead of the home Ashes series against England. The star batsman was picked in the initial 14-man squad last month but the chronic injury has failed to show as much progress as expected, with George Bailey assuming responsibilities as skipper. “Michael was very keen to captain the ODI team to India but unfortunately he hasn’t progressed enough to be available for selection,” said national selector John Inverarity. Clarke has been plagued by back problems for years and it flared up again before Australia’s final ODI in Southampton last month at the end of a gruelling Ashes tour to England.

Squad ODI George Bailey (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson.

T20 George Bailey (capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Shane Watson. He played in that game, but selectors are reluctant to take any more risks with Clarke given a big home summer coming up including the return Ashes series which starts with the first Test in Brisbane on November 21. “Michael Clarke has a long-standing

low-back injury that requires ongoing management,” said team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris. “During the recent England ODI series his injury flared up again and has been slow to improve with his regular treatment regime. “Michael will therefore not be available to play the upcoming India ODI series and will require a more extensive rehabilitation period before returning to competitive cricket.” Australia are due to play a sevengame ODI series and one Twenty20 in India from October 10, coached by Steve Rixon while Darren Lehmann is rested. South Australia’s Callum Ferguson has been called up to replace Clarke with veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin assuming Bailey’s previous role as vicecaptain. Selectors, meanwhile, added highly promising New South Wales batsman Nic Maddinson to their squad for the one-off T20 match. l

n AFP, Paris

World and Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Mohamed Farah of Britain have both been named among those on the 10-man shortlist for the IAAF 2013 World Athlete of the Year Award. Both men starred at the recent World Athletics Championships in Moscow where Bolt won gold in the 100 and 200 metres and Farah clinched a rare 5,000-10,000 metres double. The women’s shortlist has top Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann FraserPryce as well as Ethiopian long-distance stars Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba. The shortlist will be cut back to just three after a voting process and the winners will be announced by the IAAF at a ceremony on November 16. l

Visitors pose for a photo with a wax figure of Chinese tennis player Li Na (R) during an outdoor exhibition held by Madame Tussauds in Wuhan, Hubei province yesterday REUTERS

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6-2, 6-4 win in about 90 minutes. The second seed will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber, while Djokovic will meet Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the second round. Fifth seed Richard Gasquet and sixth seed Stanislas Wawrinka both safely negotiated their way through. France’s Gasquet defeated Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), while Switzerland’s Wawrinka needed three sets to overcome Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Verdasco claimed victory over Somdev Devvarman of India 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 and American Sam Querrey defeated Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (7/3), 6-3. l

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Rafael Nadal said Tuesday he will look back on his career with pride even if he doesn’t eclipse Roger Federer’s record 17 Grand Slam titles. The world number two currently has 13 and has been in sizzling form this season after long-term injury. He is also closing in on the top spot in the world rankings, currently held by Novak Djokovic. Tennis legends Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras reportedly said the Spaniard could overtake Federer before the 27-year-old finishes his career. “If that happens or that not happens, the only thing I am sure is when I am going to leave this tour, I am going to be very happy about what I did,” Nadal told reporters in Beijing in response to questions about the comments from Agassi and Sampras. Nadal believes he would need to sustain his form – and crucially his fitness – for the next four years if he is to better Federer’s Grand Slam achievements. “I tried everything in every practice, in every match. I gave everything. When you try your best every day, that’s all that you can do. I think I did. So that’s why I am going to be happy,” Nadal said after he won his opening game at the China Open against Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-4. The second seed and 2004 champion in Beijing will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. l

n AFP, Sydney

Daily Inqilab beat RisingBD.com by 52 runs in the opening match of the Walton-DRU Cricket at the hockey stadium yesterday. Batting first Inqilab posted 90 for three and later restricted the opponents on 28 to make a winning start. In the other match of the day Khas Khabar 69/0 beat Daily Amader Aurthonity by five wickets. BCB president Nazmul Hasan inaugurated the meet as the chief guest. DRU president Shahed Chowdhury, general secretary Elias Khan, Walton operational director Uday Hakim, additional director A.F.M. Iqbal bin Anwar and others were present in the opening ceremony COURTESY

Indian cricket chief N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law ran the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Chennai Super Kings team, ex-Australia star Mike Hussey has claimed, in comments that could add fuel to a spot-fixing scandal. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charged by Mumbai police with forgery, cheating, criminal conspiracy, breach of contract and handing critical team information to alleged bookmakers. But the embattled Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief, under fire for a family member’s alleged involvement in the scandal, has main-

tained that Gurunath was only a “cricket enthusiast” even though he sat in the team dug-out during matches and took part in IPL auctions. Hussey, who has been part of the Chennai Super Kings franchise since the Twenty20 competition’s first edition in 2008, asserted in his new autobiography ‘Underneath the Southern Cross’ that Meiyappan was running the team. “Our owner was India Cements, headed by Mr. Srinivasan,” Hussey wrote, according to excerpts published on the ESPNCricinfo website. “As he was also on the board of the BCCI, he gave control of the team to his son-in-law Mr. Gurunath. He ran the team along with Kepler Wessels, who was (then) coach.” l


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Bangladesh honours more foreign friends for 1971 role Government brings country back to the ideals of Liberation War: President the friends of Bangladesh Liberation n Tribune Desk War, the president said: “Our efforts President Abdul Hamid said the assumption of office of the present government had enabled the country to return to the ideals for which it fought for in 1971. “The government is working to uphold the principles of the constitution, democracy, secularism and social justice,” he said while handing over “Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” and “Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour” along with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city. The government today handed over ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ to two personalities and ‘Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ awards to 57 individuals and an organisation for their contributions to the country’s War of Liberation in 1971, reports BSS. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Liberation War Affairs AB Tajul Islam and Pranabranjan Ray, among others, spoke at the function. Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan read out the citations of the award recipients. President Abdul Hamid said: “We initiated the War Crimes Trials through the International Crimes Tribunal which was set up by the present government in 2009 to investigate and prosecute suspects for the genocide in 1971 by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators – Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams.” Expressing his deepest gratitude to

combined with yours culminated in attainment of statehood by Bangladesh. This is the indelible bond of friendship and love between you and the people of Bangladesh which will be written in golden letters in our nation’s history.” President said: “Your unflinching support helped us in reaching out to the world and making our voice heard as we fought for our cherished freedom and liberty.” “You helped us in numerous ways during the Liberation War by raising awareness in your own countries, attracting media conscience in our favour, providing military support, training our freedom fighters, assisting our fleeing refugees, providing them food and shelter, raising awareness internationally organizing and holding meetings in favour of our Liberation War,” the president said. President Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh had achieved significant progress both at national and international levels. The achievements in flourishing democracy, establishing human rights and rule of law, ensuring food security, increasing power generation advancing information technology, empowering women, improving child and maternal health care are noteworthy and recongnized by the world, he observed. “We are the leading voice on the issue of global climate change and the ardent advocate of global peace,” the president said. Foreign friends from the USA, the UK, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt,

Top: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina honour foreigners yesterday for their contribution in Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Bottom: Friends of Bangladesh pay homage to the mural of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi yesterday PID Japan and Turkey were honored at the event. Cabinet Division, Ministry of Liberation War Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organised the programme. This was the 7th such ceremony

Education sector less corrupt: TIB n Mushfique Wadud

Transparency International’s (TI) Global Corruption report says corruption has relatively small effect on the education sector in Bangladesh than in some South Asian countries and the global average. Citing TI’s Global Corruption Barometer in 2012 it says the percentage of people who paid bribe in the education sector is 12 in Bangladesh while the global average is 17%. According to the report, the percentage is 48% in India, 16% in Pakistan, 13% in Sri Lanka, 3% in Nepal and the Maldives each. The information was shared at a press conference by Transparency International Bangladesh held yesterday at BRAC Centre Inn. Among others, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman, TIB trustee and Dhaka University professor Syed Manzoorul Islam were also present. TIB said the percentage of paying bribes in the education sector had decreased over the years. It came down from 39% in 2007 to 14.8% in 2012. The report, however, said Tk70.3 crore was spent on primary education in the year during the report period in view of petty corruption. Corruption mainly takes place in school admission, distribution of

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman presents Global Corruption Report at press briefing at Brac Centre Inn in the capital yesterday scholarship allowance, in appointing teachers and so on, the report goes on. Dr Iftekharuzzaman said though Bangladesh is relatively little affected than the global average it is still unbearable and the youth are the first victims of corruption in education sector affecting their integrity and dignity. “Corruption in education can lead to incompetent future leaders and professionals.” Leadership and political will are the key to lessening corruption. The report recommends openness, disclosures, transparency and accountability in all levels to curb corruption. Rule of law and people’s engagement, participa-

Rewards of demanding divorce! n Ashif Islam Shaon A female college student allegedly committed suicide jumping off from the fourth floor of the old building of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court at Kotowali in Old Dhaka yesterday. The deceased was identified as Rabeya Khatun, 22, a student of Abujor Gifari College and a resident of Hazipara in the capital’s Malibagh area. However, Rabeya’s family alleged that she was pushed by her in-laws as she had decided to divorce her husband Atiqur Rahman, a convict in multiple cases. Shahidul Islam, Sub-inspector of Kotowali Police Station, said she jumped off of the building, where the Women and Children Repression Prevention Court sat. Critically injured, Rabeya was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and was declared dead. Her body was taken to the morgue of the medical college. “She fell on the ground between the court mosque and court correspondents’ office around 4pm. Her mobile phone was recovered from the spot,” the SI said.

“We have checked her call list, and it appears that she had called her family members,” he also said. A street hawker, who witnessed the incident, said he had seen the girl arguing with two youths in front of the building’s gate. Rabeya’s mother Salma Begum said: “She married Atiqur Rahman last January in court. Later, she came to know that Atiqur was convicted in several cases, including a death sentence.” “That is why she decided to divorce him. By this time, he was arrested and sent to Kashimpur jail. From the jail he continued threatening her and my family over phone. We kept her in a safe place since last March as his cohorts visited our house several times and beat her up,” she said. She said, however, she did not know why her daughter went to the court. “I think she went there to complete paperwork for divorcing Atiqur and I strongly suspect, Atiqur’s cohorts pushed her off the fourth floor,” she alleged. Kotowali Police said, they were investigating the incident. l

tion and oversight can be very effective in fight against corruption. TIB recommends that school management committees, civil society groups and others should have cooperation agreement such as “integrity pledges” to incentivize anti-corruption practices. Syed Manzoorul said political will could help us to curb corruption. “Corruption in education sector has a negative impact on children as from the early age they experience corruption and this can have negative impact on their future lives.” A documentary was screened on how a school can perform well when it runs on the basis of honesty. l

since the present government began honouring foreign friends as a mark of the nation’s gratitude to them on July 25, 2011, with conferring ‘Bangladesh Freedom Honour’ on Indira Gandhi posthumously. l

JS committee also favours IGW rates cut n Muhammad Zahidul Islam After the telecom regulator, the parliamentary standing committee on post and telecommunication has also expressed support for the reduction of rates for incoming international phone calls that would reduce government’s annual revenue by at least Tk10.73bn. However, the telecom minister and the secretary reportedly took a stance against it in a meeting held yesterday in the parliament secretariat. Though it was not on the agenda for yesterday’s meeting, the Chairman of the committee Md Abdus Sattar raised the issue and recommended to reduce the call termination rate as early as possible, according to sources at the meeting. Minister Sahara Khatun and secretary Md Abubakar Siddique voiced their disagreements. Politically powerful gateway (IGW) operators have been pushing for the cuts, and other benefits from the government. Last month two ministers and four others, all of them IGW owners, met Sahara Khatun in what was apparently an effort to push home these demands. In the last week of July, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission sent a recommendation to the telecom ministry for lowering the international incoming call charge by 50% ($.015 from $.03) and the revenue sharing by IGWs by 22.71%. According to the BTRC recommendation, 35m minutes of international calls were coming in every day and government would lose at least Tk10.731bn every year if the rates were reduced. But according to various sources, loses might amount to as much as Tk15bn since the actual amount of calls was much more than what BTRC was reporting. A source at the meeting said, “Sahara Khatun said the ministry had dis-

Nuclear Industry Information Centre opened in city

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A newly set-up Nuclear Industry Information Centre (NIIC) has been inaugurated in the city’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre yesterday. The NIIC will provide information to people on the planned 2000-MW Rooppur Nuclear Power plant Project. The NIIC is the outcome of the memorandum of understanding signed on June 4, 2012, between the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Russia’s state corporation “Rosatom”. The centre has a modern high-tech cinema hall with panoramic 3D projection, computer graphics and animation, stereo sound, interactive consoles and personal monitor facilities. The NIIC has two halls. Hall 1 is equipped with Nuclear power plant (NPP) safety models, which will show two way safety process of NPP. Dosimeter will measure the radiation status in human body. Educational film on nuclear energy will be shown in this hall.

Hall 2 has six tables with 36 seats. Each table has a PC with touch pad for interactive quizzes and games. State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman inaugurated the Information Centre. Yeafesh Osman said theCenter is a multi-functional communication centre aiming at educating public about the use of nuclear.

Dummy equipment of power plants would be kept here in the centre to give people an idea about the process of setting up a nuclear power plant He added that:“Dummy equipment of power plants would be kept here in the centre to give people an idea about the process of setting up a nuclear power plant.” Sergei Novikov, director of communications of Rosatom, Alexander Nikolaev, Russian ambassador to Bangladesh, and Arshad Hossain, director General of Novo Theatre were present at the programme. l

PM inaugurates Rooppur project today n Aminur Rahman Rasel Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled today to inaugurate the groundwork of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project, the country’s largest power plant with a capacity of 2,000 megawatt (MW) at Rooppur in Pabna. Sergey Kirienko, director general of Russia’s state-owned corporation, Rosatom and a former prime minister of Russia, is also expected to attend the programme. Yeafesh Osman, state minister for the ministry of science and technology, said the prime minister would lay the foundation stone of the project at the plant site at about 10am. A high-powered Russian delegation led by Sergey Kirienko arrived in Dhaka yesterday. The delegation includes senior government officials, nuclear energy experts, nuclear educationists and other dignitaries. Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia on January 14 this year, during Ha-

cussed the matter with the stakeholders and most of the IGWs disagreed with BTRC’s recommendations.” The source also said the BTRC chairman was “trying to pressurise the committee” on the issue. He told the meeting only the telecom ministry had the authority to reduce the rates and the cabinet or the finance ministry had no power in the matter, the source said. According to the source the he also claimed that newspapers had published false reports regarding the issue. BTRC Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose was unavailable for comments. Telecom Secretary Md Abubakar Siddique disagreed with BTRC Chairman and said if the ministry approved the BTRC recommendation it would mean a Tk11bn loss for the government. “And as this is near the end of the government’s tenure, we need to think again,” he said, according to the source. Another member of the standing committee Md Nazrul Islam Babu was in favour of seeking expert opinions on the issue. “We are trying to set up a regulation for IGWs and at the same time ensure the government portion,” Sahara Khatun told the Dhaka Tribune after the meeting. At present $0.03 comes in to the country with every minute of international incoming call and it is shared among IGWs, ICX, local operators (ANS) and the government. BTRC has recommended reducing the termination rate to $.015. It has also proposed to change the revenue sharing structure to reduce the government share. Currently BTRC or the government gets 51.75% of the revenue. ICX gets 15%, ANS operators get 20% and the IGWs can take 13.25%. BTRC recommended a government share of 40%, ICX 17.50%, ANS operators 22.50% and 20% for IGWs. l

sina’s visit to Moscow – on extension of state export credit to finance the preparatory stage of the nuclear power plant. Russia has agreed to provide $500m to finance the initial stages of Bangladesh’s first nuclear power project.

Russian State Atomic Energy Commission (Rosatom) will build, operate and provide fuel to the plant and take its waste back to Russia regularly The government has appointed Russian consultancy firm Atomstroyexport to supervise and monitor the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian firm will run a series of 63 tests and as part of pre-construction works. It will conduct feasibility evaluation (FE), environment impact assessment (EIA) and several other assessments and surveys. On April 2, the Executive Committee

of the National Economic Council approved the construction of the Rooppur plant involving a cost of Tk52.42bn, of which Tk40bn would be provided by Russia as state credit while the rest would come from local resources. The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, under the science and technology ministry, will implement the project. Bangladesh plans to produce 1,000MW of electricity by June 2017 and another 1,000MW by 2022 from the RNPP. The tenure of the plant would be 60 years, with options to extend it by another 20 years. In November 2011, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding and framework agreement. Russian State Atomic Energy Commission (Rosatom) will build, operate and provide fuel to the plant and take its waste back to Russia regularly. The total cost of the proposed plant has been estimated at between $1.5bn and $2bn. However, the cost has not yet been finalised. l

Appellate Division Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday said free and fair election would not be possible if the Election Commission was not institutionalised. He made the comment at a book-launching ceremony organised by Bangladesh Election Research Centre at the Supreme court Bar Association in the capital. The book titled “Bangladesh Nirbachan (1947-2012)” written by advocate ABM Riazul Kabir Kauser. Sinha said: “In India, election commissioners are appointed through a specific guideline, but in our country there is no specific guideline to appoint election commissioners,” he said. He said Bangladesh’s Election Commission was not an institution. “Until and unless the Election Commission is institutionalised, free and fair election will not be possible,” he said. The democratic institutions in the country should be made stronger for the sake of democracy, he added. On nomination of candidates, SK Sinha said chiefs of political parties nominated their candidates for elections while in other democratic countries, voters nominated their candidates. He said it was the time to think about the matter. About the election of the president in Bangladesh, Justice Sinha said there was no confidence in the ruling party MPs, which is why the president election was held without votes. But in real democracies votes were cast secretly to elect a president, he said. Referring to article 70 in the constitution, he said the article did not protect democracy and it should be amended. Speaker of parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, who attended the book-launching event, said all should know about different laws and the procedures to ensure the rule of law. She expressed hope that the book would educate readers about the country’s electoral laws and procedures. Election Commissioner Abdul Mobarak said all information – laws and procedure of election – was available in the book. “There are many laws in the country, but there is no implementation of these laws,” he added. l

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Taxpayers still scared of NBR offices n Syed Samiul Basher Anik The taxpayers could not yet come out of the perception they would have to face hassles in the tax offices though the National Board of Revenue is constantly insisting the people to take the services like registration and payment hassle free. Taxpayers alleged that the much known corruption still exists in the zonal and circle offices of revenue body that they have to face hassles by the tax officials. “We still need to pay bribe to the taxmen while visiting tax offices for any sort of tax related services,” Shariful Islam Chowdhury, a senior citizen of Circle 21 told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. “If you are not willing to pay bribe, you cannot make your work done hassle-free.” This correspondent met Chowdhury at a stationary shop near the NBR headquarters in Dhaka while he was re-registering with the Electronic Taxpayers Identification Number (eTIN) replacing his existing TIN number. Roving around the areas, it was found that many taxpayers are registering themselves

with eTIN from several stationary shops, accessories shops and cyber cafe’s where they can get tax related services online. Asked why he is not visiting the revenue office for eTIN or not doing the work himself online, Chowdhury said: “All I need here is just submit my documents and the work is made done within five to ten minutes. If I were in the tax office, I would have faced hassles or have to pay bribes.” An owner of the Popular Enterprise at Segunbagicha said they demand Tk100 for registering each TIN number. “Through online services, we are supporting the taxpayers and providing the time consuming services in exchange for only Tk100 for each registration,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. He estimated that a minimum of 40-50 people are getting the registration services everyday from his shop. They are not permitted for this business saying: “Though we are not permitted for this business, the process is not illegal. We are just serving taxpayers in a hassle-free way which they have to face at the

revenue offices. Taxpayers are willingly receiving the services from us to avoid the unfriendly environment.” NBR member M Bashir Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune they have placed no bar at the eTIN process to bring forward it to the clients’ door. “As you see, we have introduced the system to the Upazilla level as well. We have placed no bar to facilitate people who do not have access to internet. If people can have fastest service from such businesses, the NBR do not have any problem with that. All we need is to just serve people with the service and broaden the tax net,” he said. To ensure pro-active role in revenue collection and develop collector-client relationship, NBR has introduced eTIN system, making automation system in each of its three departments, working towards e-payment system to make the overall system digitised. An NBR official told the Dhaka Tribune that they have launched eTIN as a hassle-free system to ensure accountability in

tax collection, simplify complexity of the overall process and ensure transparency. Earlier from September 16 to 22, NBR organised a weeklong Income Tax Fair to make people aware on the tax payment system. At the concluding ceremony of the fair, lawmakers and NBR members emphasised on making an easy process for tax related services saying people always fears the tax officials, and to overcome the fear among taxpayers, awareness creation and digitisation of the process is a must where no corruption can take place. The NBR on July 1 introduced eTIN system to boost revenue collection, reduce hassles and prevent issuance of fake TINs. With the automated database, the existing and new ones will have to register with the eTIN within December 31. Computer generated TIN certificates will be issued as soon as the application procedure is completed online. For the FY13-14, NBR set a revenue target of Tk1.36tn and the introduction of eTIN is expected to help the revenue board to achieve the target. l

BTA sees new opportunity for leather goods export n Ibrahim Hossain Ovi Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) has set a target to collect raw hide of 130m square feet in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha with a view to meeting the increased global demand. “We have set a new target of 130m square feet for hide collection in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. Last year, the collection was 100m square feet,” said Md Shaheen Ahmed, Chairman of BTA. “The government provided TK3.65bn for

the hide traders last year. But we want more this year to meet increased demand,” he said. Shaheen Ahmed mentioned the global buyers choose Bangladeshi finished leather goods due to its attractive designs, competitive prices and longevity. He said production cost of leather goods has increased in China and India, which has prompted the retailers to shift their orders to Bangladesh. “This is an opportunity for us.” The country’s exports earning continued

to witness higher growth as the manufacturers are producing more value-added products, said Belal Hossain, chairman of Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters’ Association. He said: “We target to earn Tk70bn from export in this sector in the current fiscal year.” According to him, the raw hide is expected to be available more. The government has set a target to earn $670m from leather and leather goods export this fiscal. Of the amount, $460m will be from leather and $210m will be from leather goods. Last year, the export earnings from leather and leather goods rose to US$561m in the last fiscal year, posting 23% growth from the previous year.

In 2012-13, Bangladesh fetched $561.35m exporting leather and finished leather goods while during the previous year the figure was $430m, showed Export Promotion Bureau data. Of $561.35m, the leather export was $399.7m and the leather goods export was $161.6m. The leather entrepreneurs demanded allout cooperation from government to explore new markets for leather goods. They said the sector has a potential to increase the export earnings to manifold in next couple of years. According to EPB data Italy, Belgium, France, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Spain, Poland, the UK and Germany are the main destination countries for the Bangladeshi leather goods. l


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National Productivity Day today Govt chalks out elaborate programmes to mark the day n Tribune Business Desk The country will observe ‘National Productivity Day’ to create mass awareness for boosting productivity in different sectors, including the industrial units. The National Productivity Organisation (NPO) under the Ministry of Industries has chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day with the theme, “Productivity Leads to Prosperity.” President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages saying the productivity concept would gain trust among people and help Bangladesh become a prosperous nation within a short time, report agencies. President in his message said, “Productivity could be boosted through highest utilisation of resources combining technology and skilled human resources. The government is committed to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021. In this perspective, National Productivity Day is very important.” “I firmly believe that productivity could be raised to an optimum level by formulating time-befitting plans, stopping misuse of resources and proper use of present manpower, machineries and modern appliances of production,” he added. Prime Minister in her message said, “Apart from setting up new mills and factories at public and private initiatives, steps

Employers often raise question about productivity when the issue of salary hike for the workers comes have also been taken to augment productivity through building skilled manpower and infusing new technology.” “A number of mills and factories are reopened that were shut during the previous government. In addition to that the government has been implementing various programmes to help flourish the country’s industrial sector,” she added. As part of the programme, a colorful rally

will be brought out from Osmani Memorial Auditorium premises in the city. Industries Minister Dilip Barua will lead the rally to be participated by State Minister for Industries Omor Faruk, Industries Secretary M Moinuddin Abdullah, and officials of the Ministry and NPO. A seminar titled “Productivity Leads to Prosperity” will also be held at the BIAM auditorium in the city. l

Rehab expels five members n Tribune Report

Workshop on developing research skills to start on Monday

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) has cancelled memberships of five realtors acting on complaints by their clients. They are Green Delta Housing and Development, RSA Real Estate, Janata Development and Technologies, Intimate Home Builders and Style Real Estate. The decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the association in response to the allegations lodged by the buyers of plots, flats and lands of the companies, says a statement yesterday. Rehab President Nasrul Hamid said the five companies have violated the code of conduct of the organisation. “So, we have decided to scrape their memberships.” From now on, the companies will not be able to take part in any housing fair at home and abroad, giving advertisements in different media, borrowing money from any institutions and enjoying all advantages through using Rehab name and so on. l

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Pubali Bank’s client wins motorbike

Pubali Bank Ltd (PBL) and Western Union (WU) handed over motorbike to a bank’s customer who won the grand prize under WU’s Global Ramadan Campaign, says a press release. PBL Managing Director and CEO Helal Ahmed Chowdhury formally handed over a motorbike to Md Nurul Amin, a customer of PBL at a function in the bank’s head office. l

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A capacity building workshop on “Trade Flows and Trade Policy Analysis” will be held in Dhaka from October 7 to 11. The World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) and Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) are jointly organising the workshop. The workshop will focus on developing research skills and tools for trade analysis, said a press release. The workshop is aimed to cover essential approaches for trade analysis including analyzing trade flows and quantifying trade policy impacts. Core trade models such as the gravity model will be introduced and analytical software packages will be presented through

hands on training sessions. Participants will also be invited to discuss their individual research projects and will get feedback on how they can be strengthened to incorporate the new techniques and approaches that the course will impart. As this capacity building programme is tailored for researchers who are still developing their research capacity to full potential, participants aged 40 and above are discouraged from applying. “Participants should have some prior experience in conducting research in the area of trade, trade facilitation and trade integration and be interested in deepening their knowledge and conducting further research in this area,” said one of the organisers. BFIT requests interested organisations to nominate officials for the workshop as per its guideline immediately. l

Portfolio investment falls 46% in September

n Ibrahim Hossain Ovi The foreign portfolio investment at the Dhaka Stock Exchange has declined by 46% in September as compared to previous month. It witnessed fall for the third consecutive month as investors are sacred about country’s political unrest. In September, foreign investment at the premier bourse stood at Tk846m, down from Tk1.6bn, according to DSE data. Foreign investors bought shares worth Tk829m and sold stocks worth Tk1.7bn last month. The investors refrained from investment in the market as they are very much scared about the political situation, said Ahmed Rashid Lali, former senior vice president of DSE. He said it would increase if the political stability is restored. “Foreign fund investors remained watchful and took wait and see policy to observe the market situation,” said Akter Hossain Sannamat, managing director of Union Capital. He said political uncertainty pushed them to be on the sidelines. Prof Abu Ahmed, an economist and stock analyst, said investors are unwilling to put fund on stock due to political turmoil ahead of general election. Prices of some stocks went up beyond investors’ desired level, which might be another reason, he added. Banks were the foreign investors’ preferred sector, but non-bank financial institutions, power and energy, pharmaceuticals, multinationals, telecoms and IT also received their attention. l

City Bank deals with Malindo Air to facilitate its Amex cardholders

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City Bank signed an agreement with Malindo Air to facilitate City Bank’s American Express cardholders in buying air tickets. Under the agreement made recently, with purchase of one economy class return ticket of Malindo Air in Dhaka – Kuala Lumpur route, Amex Card holders will get another ticket free. For business class travel, with a purchase of two business class tickets, the third business call ticket will be free. In presence of Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy, the agreement was signed by City Bank Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer K Mahmood Sattar and MD of Tune Aviation Ltd and Bangladesh GSA for Malindo Air Ekram Hussain. l

SIBL hands over certificates to participants of a training workshop

n Tribune Business Desk Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) Board of Directors Chairman Major (Retd) Dr Md Rezaul Haque handed over certificates to the participants of a Training Workshop titled “Management of Non-Performing Loans and Recovery Strategies” organised by Bankers Association of Bangladesh. l


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Govt to build 1,148 flats for DCC cleaners Ecnec okays Tk1.9bn project n Tribune Report The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a project for the construction of 1,148 flats for the cleaners of Dhaka City Corporation at a cost of Tk1.9bn. The approval came at its meeting held at the conference room of the National Economic Council (NEC) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Under the project titled “Construction of cleaner’s colony of Dhaka City Corporation” as many as 13 ten-storey buildings would be built to accommodate the flats having an area of 472 square feet each. The project has been taken up considering the scarcity of shelters of the cleaners in the city. Ten out of these 13 buildings will be constructed at Dhaulpur and Dayagqnj and the remaining three at Sutrapur. In 2005, a project was approved to construct flats for DCC cleaners, which was canceled following the collapse of an under-construction building under the project. A Buet committee, formed to investigate the matter, found faults with the construction work at that time. On completion of a spot investigation, the IMED of the Planning Ministry had also recommended rolling back the project. Un-

Microsoft to set up innovation centres in Dhaka

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The global information technology (IT) giant Microsoft will set up innovation centers in Dhaka to impart training to students for increasing their capacity building on IT. A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday between the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Microsoft in the conference room of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC). Additional Secretary of Ministry of ICT Kamaluddin Ahmed and President and General Manager of Southeast Asia region Jamie Harper signed on behalf of their respective organisations. Secretary of Ministry of ICT Nazrul Islam Khan attended the function as the chief guest. Pubudu Basnayake, country manager of Microsoft, Bangladesh, Susanta Kumar Saha, Joint Secretary of Ministry of ICT, and Jabed Ali Sarker, director of BCC, among others, also attended the function. ICT ministry Secretary after the signing ceremony said, “We are taking some preparations for building capacity of the young generation on ICT and that is why we need a pathfinder like Microsoft as they can assist us in carrying forward the ICT activities in the country.” l

A DCC cleaner walks through a Dhaka street der the new project, the buildings would be constructed at the previous spots of the existing three colonies removing nearly 22,475 feet piles. About a 150000-square feet building will have to be demolished and removed. The project is expected to be completed by June 2017. Ecnec also gave nod to another project in-

volving Tk 32.8bn under the project of ‘Coastal Embankment Improvement Project’ (Phase-1) aiming to rehabilitate and develop embankments in coastal area, and improve the internal irrigation system. A total of 12 projects were approved in the meeting including the above-mentioned two at a cost of Tk109.3bn. l

Stocks fall for third session n Tribune Report Stocks continued to drop for the third session in a row yesterday. Market began on positive note in the morning as investors found some fundamentally sound stocks at lucrative price. However, mid-session profit booking extended losses in index, thus market could not stay in the green zone at the end of the day. After rising more than 30 points in the morning, the benchmark DSEX index lost 9 points or 0.2% to 3,928, lowest since August 12 this year. The blue chip index DS30 was down 5 points or 0.38% to close at 1,435. The Chittagong Stock Exchange Selective Category Index fell marginally about 3 points to 7,671. “Risk in financial sector, uncertainty over the imminent election and other macro trend had made investors worried,” said Lanka Bangla Securities in its daily market analysis. IDLC Investment said political anarchy fueled by SQ Chowdhury’s war criminal verdict hit the market sentiment. A total loss of 200 points in the last ten sessions dampened investors’ perception very negatively. As a result, participation continued to dwindle, it said. Overall, market volatility backed by item wise swings existed as investors were focusing on short-term market scenario and remained careful in their trading activities. “Investors apprehension about political

scenario still persists, and the upcoming Eid-Ul-Azha which is making shareholders remove their money from deposits, is acting as the main headwind for growth in stock market,” said Zenith Investments Limited. It is apparent, it said, the market will confound at least before the Eid festival as investors themselves have become perplexed and adopted the risk averse strategy to shield themselves from severe loss. “Past few weeks trend gives a clear indication that the market will hardly remain stable before eid-ul-azha as investors wait and watch tendency is going to stretch after the festival and the market may take a turn depending on the aftermath of the festival.” All the major sectors saw slightly decline with telecommunications shedding 0.94%, pharmaceuticals 0.41%, banks 0.40% and power 0.19%. However, general insurance sector gained 4.07% and non-banking financial institutions 0.03%. Significantly lower trading was observed at DSE as the total turnover further dropped to Tk2.4bn, a decrease of 11.6% over the previous session’s seven-week low. Square Pharmaceuticals was the most traded stock of the session with a turnover of over Tk81m, followed by Argon Denims, Delta Life Insurance, CMC Kamal, JMI Syringe and Medical Devices Ltd, United Airways and Grameenphone. l

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Government commits to build an industrialised-based economy: Dilip Barua

n Tribune Business Desk Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the present government is committed to build an industrialised-based economy for making the country more prosperous. He added there is no alternative to enrich the country with both light and heavy industries alongside small and medium enterprises (SME) sector for balanced development of the nation, reports BSS. He attended inaugural session of a daylong “SME entrepreneurs and bankers” conference and discussion titled “Role and contribution of bankers in SME sector” held at Rajshahi Medical College Auditorium as the chief guest. SME Foundation and Bangladesh Bank jointly organised the programme targeting successful promotion of the sector through motivating and encouraging the bankers and entrepreneurs. The event focused on SME financing and development in urban and rural areas. State Minister for Industries Omor Faruk Chowdhury spoke on the occasion as special guest with Managing Director (Acting) of SME Foundation, Mojibur Rahman in the chair. Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank AHM Kay Khashru and General Manager Zinnatul Bakeya also spoke at the inaugural session. The minister said successful promotion of SMEs could be the effective means of alleviating poverty, generating employment and thereby accelerating economic growth, as the sector is labour- intensive. He urged the bankers to be more proactive towards SME financing for the best uses of the existing potentialities. The number of loan defaulters is comparatively less in the SME sector than the heavy industries sector, he added. The minister added that more expansion of investment to the sector is needed for bolstering economic condition of both urban and rural areas together with freeing the society from the vicious circle of poverty. Explaining various aspects of SMEs towards the region’s economic development Dilip Barua said the government has taken different initiatives for SME development including need based training and information technology. State Minister Faruk Chowdhury said formulation of separate industrial policy has become an urgent need for industrial development in the region as a single policy is not capable to ensure balanced development of the country. General Manager of SME Foundation, SM Shaheen Anwar said employment generation and labor-intensive industrialisation could be possible through proper investment in establishment and expansion of SMEs to attain sustainable economic development and GDP growth and development of potential entrepreneurship. He urged the local entrepreneurs to come forward for proper utilisation of the initiatives to make the region economically solvent. He said the sector could be the ways of effective utilisation of the country’s surplus manpower. In addition, SME units do not require highly sophisticated technology and it could be useful in backward areas where the people are yet to be trained for meeting the challenges of sophisticated technology, he added. l


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US economy faces hit in government shutdown n AFP, Washington The shutdown of the US government will hit an economy struggling to sustain its post-crisis rebound, but economists say the impact will only be substantial if it lasts weeks. There was no compromise in sight Monday that could prevent an impasse over a stopgap budget bill from forcing a partial government closure on October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. That would put more than 800,000 non-essential government workers on unpaid furlough, crimping their spending, and deny important services to citizens and businesses. It would also slow the flow of funds to government contractors, another effect that would mount the longer the shutdown continues. Consultants Macroeconomic Advisors said the shutdown would slow growth, which registered a 2.5% annual pace in the second quarter and is expected to remain there for the third. A two-week shutdown would cut 0.3 percentage point off of gross domestic production, all of that in the government. “Because we expect any shutdown to be brief, induced effects on private production and repercussions in financial markets would be modest,” they said. “But output would rebound in first quarter of next year.” On the other hand, a protracted shutdown would more broadly disrupt private sector output and spark more turbulence in financial markets. And if it ties into a concurrent fight over raising the debt ceiling - which many say is

a more dangerous issue - the damage could be significant. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited both issues on September 18 when he stunned markets by announcing that the Fed would not reduce its $85bn a month stimulus program. Bernanke said Fed policy makers were wary of “very serious consequences for the financial markets” of the clash over fiscal issues.

‘Because we expect any shutdown to be brief, induced effects on private production and repercussions in financial markets would be modest’ ‘But output would rebound in first quarter of next year. In the past, Congress has always paid furloughed workers when the budget agreement is achieved, but there is no guarantee’ ‘If the government loses its legislative authority to borrow, it would need to slash spending to pay all of its bills’

Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said a month-long shutdown could take up to 1.4 percentage points from growth. The impact will be scattered. National Parks and museums will close, hurting tourism in some areas. Various permit services, like issuing passports, would halt, hurting businesses and travellers. Possibly 400,000 civilian defense workers

US government shutdown Main departments and agencies that will likely remain operational and services that will close after Congress failed on Monday to pass a budget to avert a government shutdown White House and Congress Facilities will remain open but both are likely to furlough some staff

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Entitlement programs to continue albeit with hiccups, military veterans will receive benefits but disability claims will be backlogged

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would stay at home, slowing down contracts with private suppliers. The largest impact would be in the federal hub Washington, which could lose $200m dollars a day, Stephen Fuller of George Mason University told the Washington Post. Daniel Meckstroth, an economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, pointed out that is was unknown when the 1.3 million essential workers who continue to report to duty will get paid or

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whether the furloughed workers would eventually receive their lost pay. “In the past, Congress has always paid furloughed workers when the budget agreement is achieved, but there is no guarantee,” he said. The record for the shutdown at the end of 1995 suggests the impact is significant but mostly reversible. The government closed for five days that November, reopened and then shut again for 28 days over December-January. The pace of economic growth lost nearly a full point from the third quarter of 1995 to the first quarter of 1996, slowing to 2.6%. But it sprang back to a 7.2% pace in the second quarter of 1996. For most economists, the larger worry is a continuation of the impasse into the issue of raising the country’ debt ceiling. The government spends around $60bn a month more than it brings in. That money that is already committed and so funding must be found or something else must give. The Treasury says it will run out of cash and flexibility from October 17, and if the statutory cap on borrowing is not increased, it will have to withhold some payments. That could mean payments for salaries, retirement and health benefits, or even debt service. ���If the government loses its legislative authority to borrow, it would need to slash spending to pay all of its bills,” said Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. Such cuts “could easily tip the economy into recession, and that’s not even considering the ripple effects on confidence and markets of a possible technical default,” he said. l

Chance of US government default less than 10%, economists say n Reuters, London There is a less than 10% chance that Washington’s budget feud will lead to the United States defaulting on any of its debt, according to a majority of economists polled by Reuters since Friday. Barring an 11th-hour deal between deadlocked Republican and Democrat lawmakers to continue funding the federal government, a partial government shutdown will start Tuesday. However, 40 out of 51 economists at major banks and research institutions said there is a less than one-in-10 chance that a government shutdown will escalate into a potentially ruinous default on government debt payments later this month. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said the Treasury will run out of money to pay its debt by October 17 if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. The remainder of the economists polled cited a greater risk, although no respondent thought the risk was greater than 50-50. “We think the chances of a US default are zero and a government shutdown would be not long-lasting - amounting to a quasi nonevent in economic activity,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. Other respondents said a shutdown would have some impact. “A short government shutdown will have more political than economic ramifications, though assume a quarter (percentage) point removal of growth for every week of shutdown,” said Donald Ratajczak, consulting economist and professor emeritus of Georgia State University. With just hours to go before a midnight deadline to avert a federal government shutdown, the Democratic-controlled US Senate on Monday was poised to reject a funding measure that would delay reforms promised in the 2010 healthcare overhaul. Asked how the standoff has already damaged the economy, if at all, 30 out of 52 respondents said it had not been a major impediment to the slow economic recovery. The remaining 22 said it had. A Reuters poll in January suggested the political spat resulted in businesses cutting back expansion and hiring plans. “(It) has not been a ‘major’ contributor, but was part of the backdrop of uncertainty that has been a notable headwind for the economy,” said Patrick Franke, economist at Helaba. Economists were split on whether the risk of a government default and political stalemate were the reasons behind the US Federal Reserve’s decision not to cut the pace of its monthly $85bn stimulus in bond buys at its September meeting. Twenty-seven said those factors are what probably persuaded the Fed not to taper its stimulus, and 26 disagreed. Since the financial crisis began - and even before - forecasters have tended to play down the likelihood of worst-case scenarios being played out. l


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Japan Prime Minister hikes tax It will cushion blow to economy five years later. n Reuters, Tokyo “Even if Abe’s policies go well, we still will Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a step yesterday that none of his predecessors had managed in more than 15 years - making a dent in the government’s runaway debt. Abe, riding a wave of popularity with economic policies that have begun to stir the world’s third-biggest economy out of years of lethargy, said the government will raise the national sales tax to 8% in April from 5%. But at the same time he will soften the blow to the nascent recovery. As the tax increase is set to raise an additional 8tn yen ($81.42bn) a year, Abe will also announce an economic stimulus package worth 5tn yen or more, according to a final draft seen by Reuters. A source involved in the process said the size of the package could increase somewhat, depending on how some corporate tax issues are dealt with.

not eliminate the primary budget deficit,” said senior Standard & Poor’s official Takahira Ogawa. “It will just slow the pace of growth in outstanding debt and slow the pace of budget-deficit growth, but things would still be deteriorating,” Ogawa, the ratings firm’s Tokyo-based director of sovereign ratings, told reporters last week. S&P could cut Japan’s rating if it does not shrink its budget deficit, he said. Still, pressing ahead with the tax hike bolsters the image Abe has sought to foster of a decisive leader, withstanding opposition from his advisers and some of his own party. “This plan was already in the works, but we have to give Abe some credit for following through with it,” said Hiroaki Muto, senior economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Man-

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference in New York The tax increase marks the first serious effort since 1997 to rein in Japan’s public debt, which recently blew past 1,000tn yen ($10.18tn). At more than twice the size of the economy, this is the heaviest debt load in the industrial world. Japan’s budget deficit is around 10% of GDP, huge for a country not in financial crisis. The debt pile grows every year by nearly the size of the combined GDP of Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Yet, successive governments have done little to rein in spending and Abe is watering down the impact of the tax hike, so some critics doubt yesterday’s move will be enough to get Japan on track to achieve its goal of halving the budget deficit - excluding debt service and income from debt sales - by the fiscal year to March 2016 and balance it

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agement Co. Abe is seeking a difficult balance with massive fiscal and monetary stimulus to end 15 years of deflation and tepid growth, while setting the groundwork to get the government’s finances in order over time. “Escaping deflation is my administration’s highest priority. We should realise that this will not be an easy task,” Abe told an economic advisory panel. “We also have to balance the need for an economic recovery with the need for fiscal discipline.” Financial markets have given Tokyo the benefit of the doubt: the government can borrow 10-year money for less than 0.7%. But government officials and private economists have long feared a crisis in confidence in Japan’s creditworthiness that could cause a crippling spike in interest rates.

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Indian tax officials freeze Nokia assets

n AFP, Mumbai The tax hike is part of a package agreed last year by the previous government and the two current ruling parties. The increase to 8% is the first step in a doubling of the consumption tax - similar to a goods-and-services tax in other countries - over two years. The law stipulates that the government must confirm that the economy is strong enough to weather the tax hike before proceeding. It posted the strongest growth among the Group of Seven powers in the first half, expanding at an annualised 3.8% rate in the second quarter after a 4.1% surge in the first. Yesterday, the quarterly “tankan” survey of corporate sentiment from the Bank of Japan gave Abe the final economic justification to push ahead with the tax increase. The closely watched survey found optimism surging among Japan’s big manufacturers, with the key sentiment index jumping to 12 from 4 in June, the highest since December 2007 and well above the forecast reading of 7. Still, the tax increase is an economic and political risk. Japan spiralled into deep recession after the sales tax was increased in 1997 to 5% from 3%. Economists are divided on how much the hike was to blame, as the Asian financial crisis and then Japan’s own banking crisis followed shortly afterwards. Regardless of the economic impact, the tax increase became an enduring trauma for Japanese leaders after it helped end the political career of then-premier Ryutaro Hashimoto. Even the popular Junichiro Koizumi was unable to make significant headway on fiscal reform during his 2001-2006 term. To ensure that the fiscal tightening does not derail the recovery, Abe ordered his government to compile the stimulus package to be announced yesterday. It features public-works spending for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, tax breaks to promote corporate capital spending and an early end to a corporate tax add-on that has funded reconstruction following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which will save companies 900bn yen. The stimulus could add 0.5-0.6 percentage point to economic growth in the fiscal year starting in April, but after that the impact is likely to fade away, said Sumitomo Mitsui’s Muto. The package offers some goodies to individuals, such as aid to home buyers, but with the tax breaks mostly targeting companies and the tax hike directly hitting consumers, yesterday’s steps bolster the view of critics that “Abenomics” favours corporate Japan at the expense of the little guy. The stimulus offsets some two-thirds of the money being sucked out of the economy via the tax hike. This means the combined measures effectively resemble proposals from some of the premier’s reflationist advisers: to raise the tax by just 1 percentage point instead of 3 to protect the recovery. Still, any improvement in government revenue from the tax increase is likely to be quickly overwhelmed by expenditures in a country where a rapidly ageing society and generous public services are blowing an ever-bigger hole in the budget. l

Indian authorities have frozen some of Finnish telecom giant Nokia’s assets, the company said yesterday, amid a 20bn rupee ($321m) tax dispute with the New Delhi government. Tax authorities froze Nokia’s bank accounts as well as fixed assets, such as buildings, last week, forcing the company to head to the High Court which ordered some of them released, Nokia said in a statement. Nokia said it has regained access to its bank accounts but some fixed assets remain frozen. It was unclear whether one of its biggest plants world-wide, located in the southern Indian city of Chennai, was targeted in the action. Nokia is among a string of multinationals to have become embroiled in tax disputes in India, including Cadbury, Royal Dutch Shell and Vodafone.

‘Contrary to speculation in the media, Nokia has sufficient assets in India to meet its tax obligations, details of which will be shared with the tax authorities to allay any concerns they may have’

“Late last week, the Delhi High Court ruled in Nokia’s favour in a case where the Indian tax authorities froze some of Nokia’s assets for potential claims that hadn’t even been raised against the company yet,” said a statement from Nokia, emailed to AFP yesterday. “We are now working closely with the tax authorities to ensure that the parties will find a comprehensive solution to the remaining open issues, and discussions have been constructive,” it said. The company does not believe the assets freeze will affect a $7.2bn global deal with Microsoft, which has agreed to take over Nokia’s handset business, according to local media reports. However Nokia, in a separate email to AFP, declined to comment on the deal. India has stepped up its pursuit of alleged tax offenders to reduce a hefty budget deficit, but the high-profile disputes have raised alarm among international investors about what they see as arbitrary tax demands. Tax officials earlier this year raided Nokia’s Chennai factory as part of its investigations. “Contrary to speculation in the media, Nokia has sufficient assets in India to meet its tax obligations, details of which will be shared with the tax authorities to allay any concerns they may have,” the statement yesterday said, without commenting further. l


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

DSE Broad Index: 3928.49 ⇓ 0.23%, Turnover: 2405.19 M.Tk ⇓ 11.57%, PE: 12.42 Turnover 2,606.98 MTk . ⇓ 11.93% October 1, 2013 MarketCap. 1,923.07 BTk. ⇓ 0.24% CSE All Share Index: 12145 ⇓ 0.06%, Turnover: 201.79 M Tk. ⇓ 16.01%, PE: 12.20 Combined Turnover Leader Square Pharma -A AD Limited-A JMI Syringes MDL-A Delta Life Insu. -Z CMC Kamal Tex. -A

CompanyCode | EPS | BV | Volume Traded (Share) DSE/CSE: ClosePrice ⇓/⇑ Chn % | Avg.Price | Hi / Lo

BANK ABBANK | 2.95 | 32.60 | Vol. 243318 D: 22.80 ⇓ 0.44% | 22.91 | 23.10 / 21.00 C: 22.60 ⇓ 0.88% | 22.64 | 23.00 / 22.50 CITYBANK | 1.15 | 25.97 | Vol. 233173 D: 15.20 ⇓ 1.94% | 15.28 | 16.00 / 14.00 C: 15.20 ⇓ 1.94% | 15.25 | 15.70 / 15.20 IFIC | 1.10 | 18.34 | Vol. 151987 D: 19.50 ⇓ 1.02% | 19.70 | 20.00 / 17.80 C: 19.70 ⇓ 0.51% | 19.72 | 19.90 / 19.60 ISLAMIBANK | 3.78 | 27.16 | Vol. 393678 D: 36.30 ⇑ 0.55% | 36.33 | 36.90 / 34.40 C: 36.20 ⇑ 1.12% | 36.13 | 36.30 / 35.00 NBL | 1.05 | 15.76 | Vol. 1355712 D: 10.30 ⇓ 0.96% | 10.39 | 10.50 / 9.60 C: 10.30 ⇓ 2.83% | 10.43 | 10.70 / 10.20 PUBALIBANK | 1.92 | 21.18 | Vol. 506468 D: 31.60 ⇑ 1.28% | 31.62 | 33.00 / 29.40 C: 31.60 ⇑ 1.94% | 31.39 | 31.70 / 31.00 RUPALIBANK | 6.70 | 64.27 | Vol. 9010 D: 58.20 ⇑ 1.04% | 58.44 | 60.00 / 53.00 UCBL | 1.90 | 21.72 | Vol. 950487 D: 17.30 ⇑ 0.58% | 17.27 | 17.50 / 15.90 C: 17.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 17.13 | 17.30 / 15.50 UTTARABANK | 3.42 | 26.97 | Vol. 98009 D: 25.10 ⇑ 0.40% | 25.11 | 25.90 / 22.80 C: 24.90 ⇑ 0.40% | 24.82 | 25.00 / 23.00 ICBIBANK | -1.60 | -13.03 | Vol. 245500 D: 5.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.80 | 5.90 / 5.70 EBL | 3.91 | 28.22 | Vol. 67800 D: 26.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 26.66 | 26.80 / 26.50 C: 26.50 ⇑ 0.38% | 26.43 | 26.50 / 26.20 ALARABANK | 2.03 | 14.91 | Vol. 186366 D: 13.90 ⇓ 0.71% | 13.95 | 14.10 / 12.90 C: 13.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 13.91 | 14.00 / 13.90 PRIMEBANK | 2.89 | 22.40 | Vol. 72794 D: 17.00 ⇓ 2.86% | 17.18 | 17.60 / 15.80 C: 17.20 ⇓ 2.27% | 16.84 | 17.20 / 16.00 SOUTHEASTB | 1.89 | 22.66 | Vol. 407144 D: 14.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 14.90 | 15.00 / 13.50 C: 14.80 ⇑ 0.68% | 14.76 | 14.90 / 14.00 DHAKABANK | 1.46 | 18.08 | Vol. 53636 D: 17.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 17.66 | 18.00 / 16.00 C: 17.90 ⇑ 3.47% | 17.84 | 18.00 / 17.40 NCCBANK | 1.90 | 15.88 | Vol. 410774 D: 10.90 ⇓ 0.91% | 10.96 | 11.50 / 10.00 C: 10.80 ⇓ 0.92% | 10.92 | 11.00 / 10.80 SIBL | 2.05 | 14.47 | Vol. 768069 D: 11.30 ⇓ 0.88% | 11.39 | 11.50 / 10.30 C: 11.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 11.34 | 11.50 / 11.00 DUTCHBANGL | 11.57 | 54.27 | Vol. 18500 D: 88.50 ⇓ 1.88% | 88.65 | 91.00 / 88.00 MTBL | 1.17 | 17.27 | Vol. 8480 D: 14.20 ⇓ 1.39% | 14.21 | 14.40 / 14.00 C: 14.00 ⇓ 1.41% | 14.04 | 14.10 / 14.00 STANDBANKL | 2.33 | 14.41 | Vol. 245675 D: 12.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 12.84 | 13.00 / 11.80 C: 12.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 12.69 | 12.80 / 12.60 ONEBANKLTD | 2.35 | 15.34 | Vol. 443966 D: 14.20 ⇓ 1.39% | 14.26 | 15.00 / 13.50 C: 14.10 ⇓ 1.40% | 14.25 | 14.50 / 14.10 BANKASIA | 1.35 | 20.80 | Vol. 18117 D: 19.30 ⇓ 2.03% | 19.32 | 19.40 / 18.50 MERCANBANK | 2.07 | 16.59 | Vol. 223284 D: 11.30 ⇓ 0.88% | 11.46 | 11.80 / 10.30 C: 11.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 11.30 | 11.50 / 11.00 EXIMBANK | 1.80 | 14.31 | Vol. 348269 D: 10.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 10.82 | 11.50 / 9.80 C: 10.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 10.74 | 10.90 / 10.70 JAMUNABANK | 2.47 | 18.56 | Vol. 45191 D: 13.00 ⇑ 0.78% | 12.97 | 13.10 / 11.80 C: 12.80 ⇓ 1.54% | 12.81 | 13.00 / 12.00 BRACBANK | 1.51 | 24.87 | Vol. 238601 D: 27.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 27.82 | 28.00 / 25.50 C: 27.30 ⇑ 0.37% | 27.22 | 27.30 / 27.00 SHAHJABANK | 2.61 | 14.47 | Vol. 173097 D: 13.60 ⇓ 2.16% | 13.70 | 14.50 / 12.60 C: 13.60 ⇓ 1.45% | 13.67 | 13.90 / 13.50 PREMIERBAN | 1.18 | 13.95 | Vol. 236517 D: 9.00 ⇓ 1.10% | 9.14 | 10.00 / 8.50 C: 9.20 ⇑ 1.10% | 9.20 | 9.30 / 8.50

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3.28

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302500

75.30

.89

248.92

75.07

2.88

5,911.16

72.17

2.77

34.60

12700 2085998

TRUSTBANK | 0.50 | 18.00 | Vol. 15677 D: 16.60 ⇓ 0.60% | 16.43 | 17.00 / 15.10 C: 16.50 ⇓ 1.20% | 16.49 | 16.50 / 16.00 FIRSTSBANK | 1.85 | 13.89 | Vol. 116162 D: 11.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 11.16 | 11.50 / 10.10 C: 11.00 ⇓ 0.90% | 11.06 | 11.30 / 11.00 NON BANKING F I IDLC | 4.43 | 29.18 | Vol. 160379 D: 55.30 ⇓ 2.47% | 55.95 | 57.10 / 54.90 C: 55.90 ⇓ 1.24% | 56.33 | 56.70 / 55.30 ULC | 1.80 | 14.90 | Vol. 37440 D: 26.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 26.01 | 28.50 / 24.00 UTTARAFIN | 7.16 | 41.54 | Vol. 79019 D: 72.10 ⇑ 0.14% | 71.65 | 72.60 / 67.00 C: 71.20 ⇓ 1.11% | 71.55 | 75.00 / 71.00 MIDASFIN | 0.16 | 10.21 | Vol. 13750 D: 31.00 ⇑ 2.65% | 31.00 | 31.20 / 29.00 FLEASEINT | 2.34 | 13.93 | Vol. 89276 D: 23.90 ⇓ 0.42% | 23.97 | 24.30 / 22.00 C: 23.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 24.06 | 26.00 / 22.00 PLFSL | 1.37 | 17.48 | Vol. 286209 D: 21.80 ⇓ 0.46% | 21.73 | 22.20 / 19.80 C: 21.60 ⇓ 1.37% | 21.71 | 22.40 / 21.50 PRIMEFIN | 0.87 | 17.88 | Vol. 122922 D: 22.40 ⇓ 0.88% | 22.48 | 22.80 / 20.40 C: 22.30 ⇓ 0.89% | 22.26 | 22.60 / 22.00 PREMIERLEA | 0.10 | 11.37 | Vol. 122005 D: 10.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 10.23 | 10.30 / 10.10 C: 10.30 ⇑ 1.98% | 10.18 | 10.30 / 10.00 ISLAMICFIN | 1.03 | 15.48 | Vol. 245248 D: 15.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 15.49 | 16.20 / 13.90 C: 15.60 ⇑ 0.65% | 15.60 | 15.70 / 15.50 LANKABAFIN | 1.61 | 31.07 | Vol. 278245 D: 55.00 ⇓ 1.08% | 55.55 | 60.00 / 53.00 C: 55.20 ⇓ 1.08% | 55.53 | 56.00 / 55.00 BIFC | 0.15 | 18.58 | Vol. 92045 D: 14.90 ⇓ 1.97% | 15.18 | 15.60 / 13.70 C: 14.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 15.09 | 15.50 / 14.80 IPDC | 1.23 | 19.43 | Vol. 124110 D: 17.90 ⇓ 0.56% | 18.01 | 18.50 / 16.90 C: 18.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 18.30 | 18.60 / 18.00 UNIONCAP | 0.54 | 17.85 | Vol. 41813 D: 29.70 ⇑ 0.68% | 29.58 | 30.50 / 27.00 BDFINANCE | 0.57 | 14.77 | Vol. 223763 D: 19.50 ⇑ 2.63% | 19.42 | 19.90 / 17.50 C: 19.40 ⇑ 3.19% | 19.33 | 19.70 / 18.80 ILFSL | 0.35 | 12.19 | Vol. 211465 D: 13.60 ⇑ 3.03% | 13.62 | 13.90 / 11.90 C: 13.70 ⇑ 3.01% | 13.51 | 13.80 / 13.30 PHOENIXFIN | 2.46 | 19.39 | Vol. 143198 D: 28.00 ⇓ 1.06% | 28.24 | 28.70 / 26.00 C: 28.00 ⇑ 2.56% | 28.00 | 28.10 / 28.00 FASFIN | 0.19 | 13.56 | Vol. 323150 D: 13.70 ⇓ 1.44% | 13.82 | 14.00 / 13.60 C: 13.80 ⇓ 1.43% | 13.84 | 14.20 / 13.70 DBH | 4.47 | 21.27 | Vol. 213791 D: 56.10 ⇓ 9.08% | 57.43 | 59.00 / 55.90 C: 57.20 ⇓ 6.99% | 57.34 | 57.60 / 56.50 NHFIL | 0.57 | 12.70 | Vol. 202270 D: 28.90 ⇑ 0.35% | 28.91 | 29.50 / 27.00 C: 29.00 ⇑ 2.47% | 28.92 | 29.00 / 28.40 BAYLEASING | 0.72 | 25.55 | Vol. 155524 D: 25.90 ⇓ 1.52% | 26.09 | 27.00 / 24.00 C: 26.00 ⇓ 0.76% | 26.22 | 27.90 / 25.30 ICB | 109.65 | 769.98 | Vol. 3007 D: 1880 ⇑ 0.55% | 1872 | 1900 / 1800 C: 1850 ⇑ 1.29% | 1850 | 1850 / 1850 GSPFINANCE | 1.63 | 22.23 | Vol. 27046 D: 24.00 ⇓ 0.41% | 24.03 | 24.20 / 22.00 C: 23.90 ⇓ 1.65% | 23.60 | 23.90 / 22.00 FAREASTFIN | 0.68 | 13.64 | Vol. 737000 D: 15.10 ⇑ 0.67% | 15.13 | 15.40 / 15.00 C: 15.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 15.07 | 15.30 / 14.90 INVESTMENT 2NDICB | 44.10 | 253.11 | Vol. 50 D: 245.0 ⇓ 0.97% | 245.00 | 245.0 / 245.0 4THICB | 29.24 | 229.24 | Vol. 1800 D: 169.3 ⇓ 1.17% | 169.44 | 172.0 / 166.7 6THICB | 10.99 | 60.14 | Vol. 9900 D: 45.60 ⇓ 0.22% | 45.66 | 46.20 / 45.30 8THICB | 12.47 | 70.07 | Vol. 9000 D: 49.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 49.33 | 49.70 / 49.20

172.09 41.99

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A%

CP

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10.00

10.97

8.80

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9.83

12.20

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10.03

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9.81

8.02

23.50

1STBSRS | 14.43 | 161.88 | Vol. 47000 D: 93.10 ⇓ 2.72% | 94.70 | 97.00 / 92.00 C: 96.00 ⇑ 1.05% | 95.95 | 96.00 / 95.90 AIMS1STMF | 3.02 | 15.70 | Vol. 271250 D: 38.10 ⇓ 0.26% | 38.20 | 38.80 / 37.90 C: 38.80 ⇑ 0.78% | 38.75 | 39.60 / 38.50 ICBISLAMIC | 2.21 | 26.81 | Vol. 14500 D: 16.90 ⇓ 1.74% | 16.97 | 17.10 / 16.80 GRAMEEN1 | 6.26 | 33.23 | Vol. 195500 D: 45.60 ⇑ 0.66% | 45.64 | 46.60 / 41.00 C: 44.50 ⇓ 1.33% | 44.14 | 45.00 / 43.20 ICB1STNRB | 4.06 | 35.31 | Vol. 40000 D: 21.90 ⇓ 3.52% | 21.90 | 22.90 / 21.80 ICB2NDNRB | 2.49 | 16.24 | Vol. 51000 D: 9.30 ⇑ 1.09% | 9.30 | 9.40 / 9.20 C: 9.30 ⇓ 2.11% | 9.34 | 9.50 / 9.30 GRAMEENS2 | 2.17 | 16.41 | Vol. 454950 D: 16.40 ⇑ 0.61% | 16.42 | 16.70 / 16.00 C: 16.40 ⇑ 0.61% | 16.33 | 16.50 / 16.10 1STPRIMFMF | 0.64 | 11.63 | Vol. 1073000 D: 23.00 ⇑ 3.60% | 22.58 | 23.40 / 21.70 C: 23.00 ⇑ 2.68% | 22.65 | 23.30 / 22.10 EBL1STMF | 0.55 | 12.62 | Vol. 168799 D: 6.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.88 | 7.30 / 6.50 C: 6.80 ⇓ 1.45% | 6.80 | 6.90 / 6.70 ICBAMCL2ND | 0.60 | 12.12 | Vol. 40500 D: 5.50 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.51 | 5.60 / 5.30 ICBEPMF1S1 | 0.52 | 11.32 | Vol. 102000 D: 5.70 ⇓ 1.72% | 5.78 | 5.90 / 5.70 C: 5.80 ⇑ 1.75% | 5.78 | 5.80 / 5.70 TRUSTB1MF | 0.75 | 11.65 | Vol. 399550 D: 7.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 7.23 | 7.40 / 6.60 C: 7.20 ⇓ 1.37% | 7.17 | 7.30 / 7.10 PRIME1ICBA | 0.42 | 11.18 | Vol. 51000 D: 5.30 ⇓ 1.85% | 5.35 | 5.40 / 5.30 C: 5.20 ⇓ 1.89% | 5.23 | 5.30 / 5.20 DBH1STMF | -1.12 | 10.15 | Vol. 35000 D: 5.50 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.54 | 5.60 / 5.50 C: 5.50 ⇑ 1.85% | 5.46 | 5.50 / 5.40 IFIC1STMF | 0.83 | 11.88 | Vol. 908000 D: 6.30 ⇑ 1.61% | 6.41 | 6.50 / 6.20 C: 6.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 6.33 | 6.50 / 6.30 PF1STMF | 0.51 | 11.11 | Vol. 187000 D: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.35 | 5.50 / 5.30 C: 5.40 ⇓ 1.82% | 5.41 | 5.50 / 5.30 ICB3RDNRB | 0.00 | 10.60 | Vol. 299000 D: 5.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.04 | 5.10 / 5.00 C: 5.00 ⇓ 1.96% | 5.00 | 5.00 / 5.00 1JANATAMF | 0.78 | 10.68 | Vol. 155500 D: 5.80 ⇑ 1.75% | 5.86 | 5.90 / 5.70 C: 5.70 ⇓ 1.72% | 5.75 | 5.90 / 5.70 GREENDELMF | -0.82 | 9.72 | Vol. 187000 D: 5.20 ⇑ 1.96% | 5.23 | 5.30 / 5.10 C: 5.20 ⇑ 1.96% | 5.07 | 5.20 / 5.00 POPULAR1MF | 0.77 | 11.38 | Vol. 530941 D: 5.90 ⇑ 1.72% | 5.90 | 6.00 / 5.40 C: 5.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.80 | 6.00 / 5.50 IFILISLMF1 | 0.00 | 10.45 | Vol. 239500 D: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.39 | 5.50 / 5.30 C: 5.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.30 | 5.30 / 5.30 PHPMF1 | 0.63 | 10.92 | Vol. 555000 D: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.45 | 5.60 / 5.30 C: 5.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.41 | 5.50 / 5.30 AIBL1STIMF | -0.07 | 9.25 | Vol. 127500 D: 6.50 ⇑ 3.17% | 6.51 | 6.70 / 6.40 C: 6.60 ⇑ 6.45% | 6.45 | 6.80 / 6.20 MBL1STMF | -0.16 | 9.08 | Vol. 214000 D: 6.30 ⇓ 1.56% | 6.37 | 6.50 / 6.20 SEBL1STMF | 0.94 | 11.85 | Vol. 513700 D: 8.10 ⇑ 1.25% | 7.99 | 8.30 / 7.70 C: 8.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 8.13 | 8.20 / 7.80 EBLNRBMF | 1.07 | 10.88 | Vol. 1500 D: 7.20 ⇓ 4.00% | 7.20 | 7.20 / 7.20 RELIANCE1 | 0.95 | 10.33 | Vol. 727750 D: 8.50 ⇑ 2.41% | 8.37 | 8.70 / 7.90 C: 8.60 ⇑ 3.61% | 8.56 | 8.80 / 8.10 LRGLOBMF1 | 0.50 | 10.82 | Vol. 1254000 D: 8.80 ⇑ 10.00% | 8.80 | 8.80 / 8.80 ABB1STMF | 0.92 | 10.63 | Vol. 153500 D: 7.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 7.06 | 7.20 / 7.00 NLI1STMF | 1.17 | 12.22 | Vol. 1732550 D: 9.80 ⇑ 3.16% | 9.50 | 10.10 / 9.00 C: 9.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 9.52 | 9.90 / 9.00 NCCBLMF1 | 1.16 | 10.48 | Vol. 130000 D: 10.10 ⇑ 6.32% | 10.03 | 10.40 / 8.70

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ICBSONALI1 | 0.00 | 10.39 | Vol. 322000 D: 6.40 ⇑ 3.23% | 6.34 | 6.60 / 6.10 C: 6.50 ⇑ 3.17% | 6.42 | 6.60 / 6.20 EXIM1STMF | 0.00 | 10.91 | Vol. 16500 D: 7.30 ⇑ 2.82% | 7.39 | 7.60 / 7.10 ENGINEERING AFTABAUTO | 4.29 | 52.65 | Vol. 264020 D: 102.6 ⇓ 0.87% | 103.33 | 105.0 / 93.20 C: 102.5 ⇓ 1.35% | 103.53 | 105.5 / 102.0 AZIZPIPES | 0.39 | -42.04 | Vol. 55000 D: 22.30 ⇑ 9.85% | 22.16 | 22.30 / 20.80 C: 23.70 ⇑ 9.72% | 23.70 | 23.70 / 23.50 OLYMPIC | 5.94 | 14.91 | Vol. 93100 D: 208.8 ⇑ 0.92% | 210.08 | 217.8 / 200.0 C: 206.1 ⇑ 0.78% | 213.33 | 215.0 / 206.1 BDLAMPS | -5.31 | 37.07 | Vol. 17200 D: 143.2 ⇓ 3.76% | 145.24 | 150.0 / 140.0 C: 142.2 ⇓ 3.07% | 142.17 | 144.0 / 141.4 ECABLES | 2.04 | 18.87 | Vol. 2000 D: 68.60 ⇑ 0.15% | 68.42 | 69.20 / 68.50 C: 61.10 ⇓ 7.56% | 61.10 | 61.10 / 61.10 MONNOSTAF | 5.31 | 44.78 | Vol. 3200 D: 349.8 ⇓ 8.55% | 352.19 | 360.0 / 349.5 SINGERBD | 9.99 | 45.74 | Vol. 47875 D: 197.9 ⇓ 0.55% | 199.41 | 202.8 / 195.0 C: 197.3 ⇓ 1.00% | 199.03 | 205.0 / 195.1 ATLASBANG | 11.98 | 207.70 | Vol. 11112 D: 170.0 ⇓ 0.12% | 170.71 | 173.0 / 165.0 BDAUTOCA | 0.25 | 6.23 | Vol. 46123 D: 42.90 ⇓ 5.30% | 43.49 | 46.90 / 42.00 QSMDRYCELL | 1.17 | 57.54 | Vol. 93596 D: 33.20 ⇓ 1.19% | 33.38 | 34.00 / 32.00 C: 33.00 ⇓ 1.79% | 33.26 | 34.00 / 33.00 RENWICKJA | 5.62 | -90.00 | Vol. 10050 D: 150.2 ⇓ 5.59% | 152.04 | 157.0 / 147.3 NTLTUBES | -2.52 | 312.10 | Vol. 38900 D: 70.90 ⇑ 0.42% | 71.47 | 73.60 / 70.10 BDTHAI | 0.43 | 39.35 | Vol. 390240 D: 29.10 ⇓ 0.68% | 29.61 | 30.90 / 27.10 C: 29.10 ⇓ 1.36% | 29.15 | 29.50 / 29.00 ANWARGALV | 0.51 | 8.08 | Vol. 101500 D: 26.20 ⇓ 4.73% | 26.77 | 28.10 / 25.80 C: 26.50 ⇓ 6.69% | 26.76 | 27.40 / 26.10 KAY&QUE | -3.89 | 6.03 | Vol. 15550 D: 16.80 ⇓ 0.59% | 16.80 | 17.00 / 16.50 C: 17.00 ⇑ 2.41% | 17.77 | 18.20 / 17.00 RANFOUNDRY | 2.84 | 18.62 | Vol. 50000 D: 93.90 ⇓ 0.32% | 95.17 | 98.00 / 93.10 C: 92.60 ⇑ 1.31% | 92.60 | 92.60 / 92.60 SALAMCRST | 3.31 | 20.00 | Vol. 115350 D: 38.70 ⇓ 1.28% | 39.04 | 40.00 / 36.00 C: 39.00 ⇓ 0.26% | 38.98 | 39.20 / 38.70 GOLDENSON | 3.70 | 28.70 | Vol. 165950 D: 40.90 ⇓ 0.24% | 41.08 | 41.90 / 37.00 C: 40.60 ⇑ 0.50% | 40.82 | 41.30 / 40.50 BSRMSTEEL | 3.06 | 19.53 | Vol. 90021 D: 64.70 ⇓ 0.92% | 65.32 | 69.80 / 58.80 C: 66.00 ⇑ 1.38% | 65.99 | 67.00 / 65.10 NAVANACNG | 4.09 | 27.04 | Vol. 19430 D: 64.50 ⇓ 0.15% | 64.51 | 65.80 / 59.00 C: 63.70 ⇓ 0.47% | 63.74 | 64.00 / 63.60 DESHBANDHU | 1.16 | 12.02 | Vol. 447130 D: 21.40 ⇑ 1.42% | 21.50 | 22.50 / 19.00 C: 21.50 ⇑ 0.94% | 21.82 | 22.70 / 21.20 GPHISPAT | 2.11 | 15.27 | Vol. 39000 D: 40.70 ⇓ 0.73% | 41.07 | 41.90 / 40.30 C: 40.70 ⇓ 2.63% | 40.70 | 40.70 / 40.70 BENGALWTL | 2.42 | 20.72 | Vol. 71600 D: 42.40 ⇑ 0.24% | 42.63 | 43.50 / 42.40 C: 42.50 ⇑ 0.47% | 42.38 | 42.90 / 39.20 NPOLYMAR | 2.01 | 324.37 | Vol. 135200 D: 55.00 ⇓ 6.30% | 56.58 | 59.70 / 54.20 C: 55.70 ⇓ 6.86% | 56.78 | 63.50 / 54.10 FOOD & ALLIED APEXFOODS | 2.54 | 90.81 | Vol. 88700 D: 96.20 ⇑ 3.00% | 97.52 | 101.9 / 94.70 C: 97.00 ⇑ 4.19% | 98.20 | 99.80 / 96.00 BANGAS | 7.20 | 50.27 | Vol. 43060 D: 486.4 ⇓ 1.50% | 491.60 | 520.0 / 470.0 C: 481.7 ⇓ 2.65% | 485.20 | 506.0 / 473.1 BATBC | 65.69 | 117.22 | Vol. 20325 D: 1575 ⇑ 0.85% | 1568 | 1589 / 1520 C: 1569 ⇑ 6.24% | 1567 | 1569 / 1566

GEMINISEA | 10.88 | 9.69 | Vol. 100 D: 204.3 ⇓ 3.68% | 204.30 | 204.3 / 204.3 NTC | 29.88 | 110.05 | Vol. 950 D: 803.0 ⇑ 0.15% | 803.53 | 808.0 / 802.0 C: 815.0 ⇓ 1.21% | 815.00 | 815.0 / 815.0 ZEALBANGLA | -23.01 | -193.09 | Vol. 12500 D: 9.90 ⇑ 6.45% | 9.84 | 10.00 / 9.50 AMCL(PRAN) | 6.53 | 53.37 | Vol. 58000 D: 259.2 ⇓ 4.81% | 265.33 | 275.0 / 255.0 C: 258.3 ⇓ 5.56% | 260.17 | 268.3 / 252.0 SHYAMPSUG | -36.87 | -355.85 | Vol. 2700 D: 8.20 ⇑ 1.23% | 8.15 | 8.40 / 8.20 FUWANGFOOD | 1.26 | 12.37 | Vol. 750097 D: 25.90 ⇑ 5.28% | 26.26 | 26.70 / 22.60 C: 26.20 ⇑ 6.50% | 26.23 | 27.00 / 25.60 MEGHNAPET | -0.58 | -1.02 | Vol. 72500 D: 9.30 ⇑ 9.41% | 9.30 | 9.30 / 9.30 MEGCONMILK | -6.68 | -16.22 | Vol. 52500 D: 9.20 ⇓ 2.13% | 9.33 | 10.20 / 9.10 BEACHHATCH | 1.01 | 12.48 | Vol. 1638457 D: 23.40 ⇑ 9.35% | 23.38 | 23.50 / 20.00 C: 23.60 ⇑ 8.76% | 23.44 | 23.70 / 22.30 FINEFOODS | -0.11 | 10.58 | Vol. 1724882 D: 28.10 ⇑ 9.77% | 27.90 | 28.10 / 24.00 C: 28.70 ⇑ 9.96% | 28.43 | 28.70 / 27.00 RDFOOD | 0.91 | 16.84 | Vol. 2334994 D: 23.50 ⇑ 9.81% | 23.29 | 23.50 / 20.00 C: 23.70 ⇑ 9.72% | 23.51 | 23.70 / 22.20 GHAIL | 1.01 | 22.08 | Vol. 353460 D: 42.00 ⇑ 0.24% | 42.37 | 43.60 / 38.00 C: 42.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 42.23 | 43.00 / 41.50 FUEL & POWER LINDEBD | 31.71 | 144.00 | Vol. 7304 D: 667.9 ⇓ 0.13% | 670.93 | 680.0 / 620.0 PADMAOIL | 16.38 | 43.67 | Vol. 116702 D: 320.3 ⇓ 0.90% | 324.89 | 330.0 / 300.0 C: 320.8 ⇓ 0.31% | 324.21 | 330.0 / 318.9 EASTRNLUB | 6.32 | 68.68 | Vol. 200 D: 353.5 ⇓ 6.80% | 355.00 | 354.0 / 353.1 BDWELDING | 0.33 | 16.82 | Vol. 678101 D: 23.10 ⇑ 8.45% | 22.59 | 23.40 / 19.20 C: 23.20 ⇑ 9.95% | 22.70 | 23.20 / 21.40 SUMITPOWER | 3.17 | 19.26 | Vol. 235692 D: 31.60 ⇓ 0.32% | 31.94 | 32.70 / 29.00 C: 32.00 ⇑ 0.31% | 32.06 | 33.90 / 31.80 DESCO | 2.80 | 35.25 | Vol. 40943 D: 73.50 ⇑ 0.14% | 73.54 | 76.50 / 66.10 POWERGRID | 2.56 | 48.08 | Vol. 17375 D: 55.20 ⇑ 1.47% | 55.23 | 56.00 / 50.90 C: 55.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 55.00 | 55.00 / 55.00 JAMUNAOIL | 22.78 | 50.24 | Vol. 113720 D: 225.7 ⇓ 0.66% | 226.36 | 228.0 / 220.0 C: 224.6 ⇓ 0.49% | 225.04 | 227.1 / 224.1 MPETROLEUM | 16.98 | 40.41 | Vol. 180569 D: 264.9 ⇑ 0.30% | 268.21 | 270.7 / 250.0 C: 264.8 ⇑ 1.69% | 266.73 | 269.0 / 264.1 TITASGAS | 9.01 | 36.56 | Vol. 329380 D: 82.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 82.41 | 83.20 / 74.20 C: 82.00 ⇑ 0.86% | 81.78 | 82.00 / 81.90 KPCL | 4.73 | 15.86 | Vol. 300613 D: 45.00 ⇓ 2.17% | 45.48 | 48.00 / 42.00 C: 45.30 ⇓ 1.95% | 45.86 | 46.60 / 45.20 MJLBD | 2.73 | 30.24 | Vol. 37507 D: 70.00 ⇑ 0.14% | 69.63 | 70.70 / 63.00 C: 69.60 ⇑ 0.43% | 69.51 | 70.40 / 69.50 GBBPOWER | 1.86 | 22.63 | Vol. 484765 D: 25.10 ⇓ 0.79% | 25.25 | 25.80 / 23.00 C: 25.20 ⇓ 1.18% | 25.25 | 26.70 / 25.10 SPPCL | 3.81 | 23.34 | Vol. 308440 D: 49.30 ⇓ 3.14% | 49.85 | 51.30 / 46.00 C: 49.30 ⇓ 3.33% | 49.77 | 51.70 / 49.10 JUTE JUTESPINN | 2.06 | 17.42 | Vol. 16250 D: 106.7 ⇑ 3.79% | 107.82 | 111.0 / 102.7 NORTHERN | -13.80 | -6.19 | Vol. 2200 D: 40.90 ⇑ 9.95% | 40.90 | 40.90 / 40.90 SONALIANSH | 5.54 | 218.80 | Vol. 11700 D: 145.7 ⇓ 0.48% | 147.52 | 151.0 / 145.0 TEXTILE AL-HAJTEX | 1.35 | 15.64 | Vol. 75442 D: 100.8 ⇑ 2.13% | 101.30 | 103.5 / 91.00


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October 01, 2013 Sectotal Index: BANK: 31,596.25 0.00% NBFI: 19,187.79 ⇓ 0.79% INVS: 4,707.28 ⇑ 0.92% ENGG: 5,765.06 ⇑ 0.00% FOOD: 10,093.58 ⇑ 0.68% F&P: 10,218.95 ⇑ 0.14% TEXT: 3,062.69 ⇓ 0.47% PHAR: 16,820.73 ⇓ 0.78% PAPR: 1,083.66 ⇓ 1.93% SERV: 2,912.88 ⇓ 0.11% LEAT: 5,333.93 ⇓ 0.32% CERA: 503.68 ⇑ 0.05% CMNT: 4,320.78 ⇓ 0.52% INFO: 7,496.14 ⇓ 0.44% GINS: 9,819.56 ⇑ 2.19% LINS: 110,173.82 ⇓ 0.06% TELC: 1,334.37 ⇓ 0.92% MISC: 6,244.91 ⇑ 2.11% RAHIMTEXT | 0.51 | 73.88 | Vol. 750 D: 263.6 ⇓ 3.76% | 264.00 | 270.0 / 255.0 SAIHAMTEX | 2.75 | 29.50 | Vol. 695000 D: 31.50 ⇓ 1.25% | 31.56 | 32.60 / 31.30 C: 31.40 ⇓ 1.57% | 31.52 | 32.00 / 31.30 MODERNDYE | 0.91 | 10.37 | Vol. 2950 D: 91.40 ⇓ 9.42% | 91.19 | 99.00 / 91.00 DSHGARME | 0.72 | 12.00 | Vol. 64600 D: 69.70 ⇓ 9.36% | 70.20 | 78.80 / 69.30 DULAMIACOT | -8.46 | -27.78 | Vol. 20800 D: 9.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 9.42 | 10.10 / 9.20 TALLUSPIN | 2.56 | 12.06 | Vol. 704150 D: 43.40 ⇓ 0.46% | 43.70 | 44.40 / 41.00 C: 43.20 ⇓ 0.46% | 43.61 | 44.50 / 43.00 APEXSPINN | 2.01 | 49.32 | Vol. 11800 D: 73.90 ⇑ 0.82% | 74.41 | 78.00 / 72.00 MITHUNKNIT | 4.54 | 30.39 | Vol. 108984 D: 102.2 ⇓ 1.26% | 103.67 | 106.3 / 94.00 C: 102.1 ⇑ 0.89% | 103.77 | 105.7 / 101.1 DELTASPINN | 3.06 | 18.12 | Vol. 186400 D: 32.80 ⇑ 0.00% | 33.01 | 33.60 / 30.50 C: 32.70 ⇓ 0.30% | 32.97 | 33.50 / 32.50 SONARGAON | 0.27 | 34.50 | Vol. 230187 D: 20.50 ⇓ 0.49% | 20.87 | 21.60 / 18.90 C: 20.70 ⇑ 0.49% | 20.82 | 21.40 / 20.10 PRIMETEX | 1.01 | 63.54 | Vol. 205000 D: 27.30 ⇓ 2.50% | 28.01 | 29.00 / 27.10 C: 27.30 ⇓ 2.85% | 27.60 | 28.20 / 27.20 ALLTEX | -0.11 | 23.81 | Vol. 148500 D: 9.40 ⇓ 6.00% | 9.58 | 10.00 / 9.40 C: 9.80 ⇓ 2.00% | 9.84 | 9.90 / 10.00 ANLIMAYARN | 1.19 | 11.01 | Vol. 90500 D: 36.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 36.20 | 36.50 / 35.90 HRTEX | 2.08 | 14.92 | Vol. 241000 D: 39.60 ⇓ 3.88% | 40.61 | 42.50 / 38.40 C: 40.00 ⇓ 0.99% | 40.17 | 40.50 / 40.00 CMCKAMAL | 1.37 | 19.31 | Vol. 2085998 D: 33.90 ⇓ 2.87% | 34.60 | 36.00 / 31.50 SAFKOSPINN | 0.95 | 21.78 | Vol. 192230 D: 26.80 ⇓ 2.90% | 27.18 | 28.00 / 26.00 C: 26.50 ⇓ 4.33% | 26.77 | 28.00 / 26.50 SQUARETEXT | 4.32 | 31.82 | Vol. 62198 D: 89.50 ⇓ 0.44% | 89.80 | 91.00 / 82.00 C: 89.10 ⇓ 0.67% | 89.74 | 91.00 / 89.00 METROSPIN | -1.00 | 19.59 | Vol. 254331 D: 17.30 ⇓ 1.14% | 17.62 | 18.20 / 15.90 C: 17.40 ⇓ 0.57% | 17.91 | 19.00 / 17.20 MAKSONSPIN | 0.16 | 20.55 | Vol. 812360 D: 15.40 ⇑ 1.32% | 15.44 | 16.00 / 13.70 C: 15.40 ⇑ 1.32% | 15.37 | 15.60 / 13.70 DACCADYE | 1.21 | 31.13 | Vol. 499702 D: 26.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 26.48 | 27.80 / 24.50 C: 26.90 ⇓ 0.37% | 26.58 | 27.00 / 25.50 RNSPIN | 2.80 | 16.58 | Vol. 1331082 D: 28.90 ⇓ 0.34% | 28.93 | 29.30 / 26.50 C: 28.80 ⇓ 0.69% | 28.91 | 29.50 / 28.50 BXSYNTH | 0.93 | 25.42 | Vol. 226180 D: 15.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 15.79 | 17.00 / 14.20 C: 15.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 15.68 | 16.10 / 15.50 MALEKSPIN | -1.44 | 46.87 | Vol. 466285 D: 25.10 ⇓ 1.18% | 25.35 | 26.00 / 24.00 C: 25.50 ⇑ 0.39% | 25.76 | 26.60 / 25.20 ZAHINTEX | 1.91 | 35.25 | Vol. 298600 D: 30.80 ⇓ 1.28% | 31.13 | 31.80 / 30.00 C: 30.70 ⇓ 1.29% | 31.14 | 32.00 / 30.70 SAIHAMCOT | 1.92 | 23.62 | Vol. 622250 D: 24.10 ⇓ 1.23% | 24.28 | 24.70 / 24.00 C: 24.20 ⇓ 1.22% | 24.27 | 24.80 / 24.00 GENNEXT | 1.68 | 15.15 | Vol. 1071300 D: 22.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 22.39 | 22.80 / 20.10 C: 22.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 22.42 | 22.90 / 22.10 ENVOYTEX | 3.26 | 39.26 | Vol. 514670 D: 52.50 ⇓ 0.76% | 52.43 | 53.10 / 50.00 C: 53.00 ⇑ 0.38% | 52.94 | 53.00 / 47.60 ARGONDENIM | 1.89 | 38.86 | Vol. 1919200 D: 42.30 ⇑ 0.48% | 42.00 | 43.00 / 37.90 C: 42.30 ⇑ 0.95% | 41.62 | 42.60 / 41.10 FAMILYTEX | 3.72 | 14.68 | Vol. 273500 D: 35.20 ⇓ 0.28% | 35.15 | 35.50 / 34.90 C: 35.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 34.90 | 35.20 / 34.60 PHARMACEUTICAL & CHEMICAL AMBEEPHA | 3.94 | 26.15 | Vol. 6100 D: 279.0 ⇑ 0.69% | 279.67 | 287.0 / 277.0 BXPHARMA | 3.77 | 52.55 | Vol. 64998 D: 44.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 44.66 | 47.00 / 40.20 C: 44.30 ⇓ 0.45% | 44.49 | 45.00 / 44.00

AAMRATECH | 1.17 | 20.44 | Vol. 503200 D: 33.10 ⇓ 3.50% | 33.59 | 34.50 / 31.00 C: 33.20 ⇓ 2.35% | 33.66 | 34.30 / 33.00

GLAXOSMITH | 20.25 | 123.32 | Vol. 1850 D: 954.9 ⇓ 0.47% | 956.22 | 973.0 / 950.0 ACI | -5.82 | 126.42 | Vol. 6780 D: 161.5 ⇑ 0.06% | 160.81 | 164.0 / 147.0 C: 156.1 ⇓ 3.70% | 154.78 | 156.2 / 156.0 RENATA | 33.57 | 138.83 | Vol. 7025 D: 698.1 ⇓ 0.73% | 702.74 | 710.0 / 670.0 RECKITTBEN | 27.16 | 78.89 | Vol. 150 D: 754.3 ⇓ 5.59% | 753.33 | 757.0 / 751.0 PHARMAID | 5.06 | 26.30 | Vol. 22950 D: 183.8 ⇓ 2.23% | 186.84 | 193.9 / 182.9 KOHINOOR | 9.52 | 10.49 | Vol. 500 D: 439.9 ⇑ 6.00% | 439.90 | 439.9 / 439.9 IBNSINA | 3.44 | 34.02 | Vol. 129500 D: 108.0 ⇑ 4.65% | 107.82 | 110.7 / 101.0 C: 106.4 ⇑ 3.30% | 107.13 | 109.0 / 104.1 LIBRAINFU | 4.64 | 1565.37 | Vol. 4000 D: 495.8 ⇓ 6.42% | 496.00 | 505.0 / 490.2 ORIONINFU | 8.72 | 1.73 | Vol. 117900 D: 44.80 ⇓ 0.44% | 45.31 | 46.60 / 44.60 C: 43.90 ⇑ 0.46% | 44.75 | 45.30 / 43.60 SQURPHARMA | 6.93 | 37.18 | Vol. 496505 D: 172.1 ⇓ 1.04% | 172.12 | 176.0 / 157.0 C: 170.9 ⇓ 0.93% | 171.59 | 173.9 / 170.5 IMAMBUTTON | -1.68 | 5.67 | Vol. 78500 D: 12.20 ⇑ 9.91% | 12.18 | 12.20 / 11.80 C: 13.20 ⇑ 9.09% | 13.20 | 13.30 / 12.20 KEYACOSMET | 1.55 | 21.54 | Vol. 297650 D: 23.40 ⇑ 0.43% | 23.50 | 23.80 / 22.50 C: 23.40 ⇓ 0.43% | 23.39 | 24.40 / 23.30 BERGERPBL | 32.46 | 100.20 | Vol. 1000 D: 802.8 ⇓ 2.66% | 803.00 | 815.0 / 780.0 ACIFORMULA | 3.33 | 38.08 | Vol. 27500 D: 77.00 ⇓ 0.65% | 77.25 | 78.50 / 76.30 C: 76.30 ⇑ 0.13% | 76.25 | 78.00 / 74.50 MARICO | 27.53 | 62.47 | Vol. 11500 D: 815.1 ⇑ 2.25% | 814.21 | 825.0 / 800.0 C: 810.0 ⇑ 0.62% | 810.00 | 810.0 / 810.0 BEACONPHAR | 0.33 | 11.97 | Vol. 192900 D: 14.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 14.51 | 14.70 / 13.00 C: 14.60 ⇓ 0.68% | 14.57 | 14.80 / 14.50 ACTIVEFINE | 3.23 | 13.89 | Vol. 272873 D: 90.80 ⇓ 1.41% | 91.49 | 96.00 / 83.00 C: 90.90 ⇓ 1.41% | 91.47 | 92.10 / 90.70 SALVOCHEM | 0.68 | 10.57 | Vol. 381324 D: 21.30 ⇑ 0.95% | 21.47 | 22.00 / 19.00 C: 21.60 ⇑ 0.93% | 21.52 | 22.10 / 21.30 GHCL | 2.14 | 57.31 | Vol. 58250 D: 45.30 ⇑ 0.44% | 45.31 | 46.00 / 45.10 C: 45.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 45.31 | 46.50 / 45.00 ORIONPHARM | 5.02 | 68.68 | Vol. 350980 D: 60.70 ⇓ 0.65% | 60.96 | 62.00 / 55.00 C: 60.90 ⇓ 1.30% | 61.23 | 62.40 / 60.80 JMISMDL | 1.12 | 12.83 | Vol. 302500 D: 240.7 ⇓ 7.17% | 248.73 | 264.0 / 237.0 C: 247.0 ⇓ 8.72% | 250.10 | 264.0 / 247.0 CENTRALPHL | 0.61 | 10.99 | Vol. 271000 D: 33.90 ⇑ 0.30% | 34.09 | 34.50 / 33.80 C: 33.90 ⇑ 0.30% | 33.89 | 34.80 / 33.60 PAPER & PACKAGING HAKKANIPUL | 0.64 | 11.02 | Vol. 35000 D: 32.70 ⇓ 6.84% | 33.43 | 36.00 / 32.10 C: 31.50 ⇓ 8.16% | 32.68 | 34.00 / 30.90 SERVICE SAMORITA | 2.31 | 17.25 | Vol. 14023 D: 103.8 ⇑ 0.39% | 103.84 | 104.9 / 95.00 SAPORTL | 1.23 | 38.39 | Vol. 144130 D: 25.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 25.41 | 25.70 / 24.90 C: 25.30 ⇓ 0.78% | 25.44 | 26.10 / 23.00

EHL | 2.87 | 18.48 | Vol. 158850 D: 53.90 ⇓ 0.92% | 54.24 | 55.40 / 49.00 C: 54.10 ⇓ 0.55% | 54.36 | 55.00 / 54.00 LEATHER APEXTANRY | 6.57 | 69.38 | Vol. 104550 D: 116.3 ⇓ 0.43% | 117.57 | 120.4 / 116.0 C: 116.1 ⇑ 0.00% | 116.52 | 120.5 / 116.0 BATASHOE | 49.12 | 135.53 | Vol. 7100 D: 718.0 ⇓ 0.44% | 717.61 | 727.9 / 711.0 APEXADELFT | 23.01 | 203.26 | Vol. 45000 D: 375.9 ⇑ 2.34% | 373.91 | 379.0 / 365.2 SAMATALETH | -0.07 | 12.08 | Vol. 5500 D: 13.40 ⇓ 4.96% | 13.40 | 13.40 / 13.40 C: 13.60 ⇓ 2.86% | 13.62 | 14.50 / 13.00 LEGACYFOOT | 0.63 | 17.19 | Vol. 375365 D: 41.00 ⇓ 8.07% | 42.01 | 44.80 / 40.20 C: 40.80 ⇓ 7.90% | 41.73 | 44.60 / 40.20 CERAMIC MONNOCERA | 0.71 | 96.33 | Vol. 55100 D: 33.60 ⇓ 1.75% | 34.30 | 35.90 / 32.90 C: 36.50 ⇑ 9.94% | 36.50 | 36.50 / 36.50 STANCERAM | 1.07 | 15.97 | Vol. 10000 D: 37.90 ⇓ 4.29% | 38.00 | 38.90 / 36.70 FUWANGCER | 1.43 | 13.25 | Vol. 335269 D: 19.40 ⇑ 0.52% | 19.58 | 20.10 / 17.80 C: 19.50 ⇓ 0.51% | 19.71 | 20.00 / 19.40 SPCERAMICS | 0.62 | 30.92 | Vol. 253054 D: 16.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 16.30 | 17.00 / 14.60 C: 16.20 ⇓ 0.61% | 16.31 | 16.70 / 16.20 RAKCERAMIC | 1.98 | 16.76 | Vol. 89856 D: 52.00 ⇓ 0.38% | 52.07 | 52.80 / 47.00 C: 51.90 ⇓ 0.19% | 51.99 | 52.20 / 51.60 CEMENT HEIDELBCEM | 22.85 | 111.50 | Vol. 79150 D: 364.1 ⇓ 3.78% | 371.84 | 383.1 / 361.8 C: 366.4 ⇓ 2.53% | 369.83 | 375.0 / 363.0 CONFIDCEM | 6.23 | 90.76 | Vol. 71858 D: 118.0 ⇓ 0.84% | 118.62 | 120.6 / 113.0 C: 117.9 ⇓ 1.42% | 118.62 | 120.1 / 117.5 MEGHNACEM | 6.28 | 33.81 | Vol. 50200 D: 135.6 ⇑ 1.35% | 135.38 | 136.9 / 134.0 ARAMITCEM | 3.03 | 14.65 | Vol. 42600 D: 75.80 ⇓ 0.66% | 76.47 | 79.80 / 75.30 LAFSURCEML | 1.60 | 7.22 | Vol. 310000 D: 33.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 33.26 | 33.40 / 33.10 C: 33.20 ⇑ 0.91% | 33.14 | 33.40 / 33.00 MICEMENT | 4.14 | 40.00 | Vol. 179244 D: 91.50 ⇑ 0.99% | 91.33 | 92.50 / 82.00 C: 91.20 ⇑ 0.33% | 90.95 | 92.00 / 90.20 PREMIERCEM | 3.59 | 22.92 | Vol. 85400 D: 101.9 ⇑ 0.00% | 102.02 | 103.8 / 100.4 C: 100.9 ⇓ 2.32% | 100.72 | 104.0 / 100.3 IT IINDUSTRIES ISNLTD | 0.28 | 17.31 | Vol. 204750 D: 20.40 ⇓ 4.67% | 20.98 | 22.30 / 19.70 C: 20.70 ⇓ 1.90% | 21.12 | 22.90 / 20.00 BDCOM | 1.00 | 14.91 | Vol. 399945 D: 27.30 ⇑ 0.74% | 27.55 | 28.00 / 25.00 C: 27.30 ⇑ 0.37% | 27.28 | 27.90 / 27.00 INTECH | 0.94 | 10.08 | Vol. 429559 D: 18.40 ⇑ 2.22% | 18.42 | 19.00 / 17.00 C: 18.40 ⇑ 1.66% | 18.28 | 19.00 / 17.80 AGNISYSL | 1.07 | 25.52 | Vol. 237577 D: 23.20 ⇓ 0.43% | 23.34 | 24.20 / 22.00 C: 23.20 ⇑ 0.43% | 23.24 | 23.40 / 23.10 DAFODILCOM | 1.12 | 11.14 | Vol. 395864 D: 18.40 ⇑ 1.10% | 18.53 | 18.90 / 16.40 C: 18.30 ⇓ 0.54% | 18.56 | 19.40 / 18.10

GENERAL INSURANCE BGIC | 1.65 | 20.33 | Vol. 122150 D: 30.40 ⇑ 4.11% | 29.99 | 30.70 / 28.00 C: 30.10 ⇑ 4.51% | 29.91 | 30.30 / 29.00 GREENDELT | 4.05 | 64.44 | Vol. 73163 D: 103.0 ⇑ 2.69% | 102.93 | 104.9 / 91.00 C: 101.8 ⇑ 2.83% | 102.05 | 103.0 / 100.0 UNITEDINS | 2.47 | 21.04 | Vol. 6900 D: 46.50 ⇑ 3.33% | 46.23 | 47.50 / 45.20 PEOPLESINS | 2.05 | 20.72 | Vol. 1135790 D: 34.40 ⇑ 9.55% | 33.84 | 34.50 / 28.90 C: 34.10 ⇑ 9.65% | 33.63 | 34.20 / 32.50 EASTERNINS | 2.22 | 35.88 | Vol. 65073 D: 41.30 ⇑ 5.09% | 41.58 | 42.90 / 37.00 C: 41.80 ⇑ 1.70% | 41.69 | 42.00 / 41.80 JANATAINS | 7.84 | 170.69 | Vol. 15793 D: 280.8 ⇑ 1.45% | 281.78 | 287.5 / 260.0 C: 285.3 ⇑ 3.26% | 276.88 | 286.0 / 272.0 PHENIXINS | 2.70 | 20.96 | Vol. 69806 D: 42.30 ⇑ 5.75% | 41.73 | 42.80 / 37.50 C: 39.50 ⇓ 1.25% | 39.50 | 39.50 / 39.50 EASTLAND | 4.06 | 23.29 | Vol. 247480 D: 49.90 ⇑ 3.96% | 49.65 | 50.80 / 48.30 C: 50.00 ⇑ 5.26% | 50.00 | 50.00 / 50.00 CENTRALINS | 1.54 | 19.04 | Vol. 54689 D: 30.40 ⇑ 6.29% | 29.94 | 30.50 / 27.00 C: 29.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 28.00 | 29.00 / 29.00 KARNAPHULI | 1.56 | 19.42 | Vol. 200500 D: 24.30 ⇑ 4.29% | 24.39 | 25.00 / 23.50 RUPALIINS | 2.76 | 23.38 | Vol. 123223 D: 33.40 ⇑ 2.45% | 33.27 | 34.30 / 31.00 C: 33.50 ⇑ 3.72% | 33.63 | 33.70 / 33.40 FEDERALINS | 1.10 | 10.98 | Vol. 361792 D: 24.60 ⇑ 4.24% | 24.39 | 25.00 / 22.00 C: 24.90 ⇑ 5.06% | 24.77 | 25.10 / 23.50 RELIANCINS | 3.93 | 61.52 | Vol. 486 D: 74.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 72.02 | 74.00 / 70.00 PURABIGEN | 1.05 | 18.71 | Vol. 331172 D: 24.60 ⇑ 5.13% | 24.53 | 25.20 / 23.30 PRAGATIINS | 2.01 | 50.30 | Vol. 28053 D: 57.30 ⇑ 2.50% | 57.44 | 60.60 / 53.00 C: 60.70 ⇓ 9.94% | 60.70 | 60.70 / 60.70 PRIMEINSUR | 2.14 | 14.14 | Vol. 254587 D: 35.30 ⇑ 7.62% | 34.98 | 35.90 / 31.90 PIONEERINS | 3.11 | 23.84 | Vol. 58923 D: 70.60 ⇑ 4.13% | 69.68 | 74.40 / 65.00 MERCINS | 1.53 | 14.50 | Vol. 1513850 D: 31.50 ⇑ 9.38% | 30.97 | 31.60 / 26.00 C: 31.20 ⇑ 9.09% | 30.68 | 31.40 / 29.10 AGRANINS | 1.73 | 14.39 | Vol. 103676 D: 30.40 ⇑ 3.40% | 30.33 | 31.70 / 26.50 GLOBALINS | 1.09 | 11.78 | Vol. 66811 D: 30.90 ⇑ 3.00% | 31.07 | 31.90 / 28.20 NITOLINS | 2.59 | 15.41 | Vol. 67656 D: 37.10 ⇑ 3.34% | 37.05 | 37.90 / 35.00 ASIAPACINS | 1.84 | 13.76 | Vol. 93180 D: 29.90 ⇑ 6.03% | 29.53 | 30.70 / 26.00 C: 29.90 ⇑ 5.28% | 29.93 | 30.00 / 29.80 SONARBAINS | 1.68 | 13.38 | Vol. 226547 D: 27.70 ⇑ 4.92% | 27.35 | 28.50 / 25.00 C: 27.50 ⇑ 3.00% | 27.50 | 28.00 / 26.80 PARAMOUNT | 1.26 | 13.19 | Vol. 182387 D: 25.30 ⇑ 2.43% | 25.07 | 26.50 / 23.20 CITYGENINS | 1.65 | 14.26 | Vol. 459145 D: 29.40 ⇑ 8.09% | 28.88 | 29.80 / 25.00 C: 29.20 ⇑ 6.96% | 28.86 | 29.50 / 27.30 CONTININS | 1.41 | 15.68 | Vol. 567427 D: 37.10 ⇑ 3.92% | 35.63 | 38.00 / 33.00 C: 37.00 ⇓ 2.12% | 37.21 | 38.40 / 36.60 TAKAFULINS | 2.19 | 15.17 | Vol. 172231 D: 46.50 ⇑ 1.75% | 46.40 | 48.00 / 41.20 C: 45.60 ⇓ 0.87% | 46.30 | 47.00 / 45.60 STANDARINS | 2.58 | 13.99 | Vol. 17920 D: 41.10 ⇑ 1.48% | 41.07 | 41.80 / 38.00 NORTHRNINS | 1.77 | 11.15 | Vol. 357828 D: 47.10 ⇑ 9.03% | 46.19 | 47.40 / 39.00 C: 47.20 ⇑ 8.01% | 46.82 | 47.90 / 45.40 REPUBLIC | 2.14 | 12.42 | Vol. 45969 D: 50.50 ⇑ 2.64% | 50.33 | 50.80 / 46.00 C: 51.60 ⇓ 0.58% | 51.75 | 51.90 / 51.60 ASIAINS | 1.56 | 17.34 | Vol. 164370 D: 28.60 ⇑ 7.92% | 28.20 | 29.00 / 25.00 C: 28.40 ⇑ 5.97% | 28.14 | 28.60 / 26.60

ISLAMIINS | 1.29 | 11.96 | Vol. 37461 D: 34.00 ⇑ 2.72% | 33.86 | 34.20 / 30.00 C: 32.80 ⇑ 1.86% | 33.40 | 34.00 / 32.10 PROVATIINS | 1.90 | 14.30 | Vol. 235969 D: 31.00 ⇑ 6.53% | 30.51 | 31.60 / 26.70 C: 30.20 ⇑ 0.67% | 30.32 | 31.00 / 29.90 DHAKAINS | 2.84 | 18.02 | Vol. 190625 D: 41.00 ⇑ 3.54% | 41.02 | 42.20 / 36.00 C: 41.00 ⇑ 4.33% | 41.00 | 41.00 / 41.00 LIFE INSURANCE NATLIFEINS | 12.34 | 80.99 | Vol. 1736 D: 245.0 ⇑ 0.62% | 244.61 | 245.0 / 240.0 DELTALIFE | 38.53 | 189.40 | Vol. 12700 D: 5819 ⇑ 0.92% | 5911 | 5983 / 5700 C: 5939 ⇓ 0.48% | 5939 | 6010 / 5744 SANDHANINS | 2.39 | 28.22 | Vol. 25970 D: 69.80 ⇑ 0.43% | 69.97 | 70.90 / 68.00 POPULARLIF | 3.70 | 715.41 | Vol. 5505 D: 175.8 ⇑ 5.14% | 175.82 | 180.0 / 174.0 FAREASTLIF | 9.21 | 60.79 | Vol. 28075 D: 91.10 ⇓ 1.41% | 91.47 | 92.40 / 90.70 C: 90.70 ⇑ 0.11% | 91.11 | 93.90 / 90.20 MEGHNALIFE | 10.82 | 48.87 | Vol. 26950 D: 99.90 ⇑ 0.20% | 99.96 | 101.8 / 99.00 PROGRESLIF | 2.30 | 31.45 | Vol. 14516 D: 94.10 ⇑ 1.84% | 94.00 | 95.50 / 90.00 PRAGATILIF | 0.60 | 30.15 | Vol. 50250 D: 111.0 ⇑ 0.00% | 111.40 | 112.6 / 111.0 PRIMELIFE | 5.51 | 27.10 | Vol. 13264 D: 93.80 ⇓ 1.26% | 93.81 | 95.50 / 93.00 RUPALILIFE | 3.75 | 31.25 | Vol. 20153 D: 96.50 ⇑ 0.94% | 97.16 | 100.0 / 88.00 PADMALIFE | 1.63 | 25.76 | Vol. 28000 D: 61.90 ⇑ 1.48% | 62.12 | 63.50 / 61.40 C: 61.00 ⇑ 0.16% | 61.60 | 62.00 / 61.00 SUNLIFEINS | 0.00 | 0.00 | Vol. 201075 D: 53.00 ⇑ 1.34% | 53.02 | 55.80 / 47.10 C: 53.00 ⇑ 1.92% | 52.73 | 53.30 / 47.20 TELECOM GP | 12.96 | 26.26 | Vol. 302801 D: 187.7 ⇓ 0.90% | 188.62 | 190.3 / 175.0 C: 187.2 ⇓ 0.69% | 187.69 | 190.0 / 185.9 BSCCL | 5.82 | 26.38 | Vol. 251540 D: 212.8 ⇓ 1.30% | 215.21 | 220.0 / 207.0 C: 212.6 ⇓ 1.53% | 216.09 | 219.7 / 212.0 TRAVEL & LEISURE UNITEDAIR | 1.10 | 12.87 | Vol. 3665734 D: 18.00 ⇑ 0.56% | 18.01 | 19.10 / 16.40 C: 18.00 ⇑ 0.56% | 17.99 | 18.40 / 17.80 UNIQUEHRL | 4.02 | 86.29 | Vol. 302020 D: 85.20 ⇓ 1.27% | 85.71 | 87.20 / 77.70 C: 85.40 ⇓ 0.93% | 85.85 | 87.40 / 85.10 MISCELLANEOUS ARAMIT | 16.07 | 99.93 | Vol. 17650 D: 341.4 ⇑ 3.99% | 341.71 | 355.0 / 330.0 C: 340.0 ⇑ 3.03% | 340.00 | 340.0 / 340.0 BSC | 1.77 | 565.82 | Vol. 68880 D: 525.0 ⇓ 1.69% | 530.64 | 541.0 / 523.8 C: 524.3 ⇓ 1.91% | 530.15 | 542.8 / 521.3 GQBALLPEN | 6.55 | 250.45 | Vol. 68487 D: 151.5 ⇓ 1.56% | 152.84 | 155.5 / 145.0 C: 150.4 ⇓ 1.96% | 151.38 | 153.5 / 150.0 USMANIAGL | 0.50 | 26.03 | Vol. 35316 D: 138.0 ⇓ 0.93% | 139.30 | 143.0 / 130.0 C: 138.8 ⇓ 0.22% | 140.03 | 141.5 / 138.1 SAVAREFR | 0.23 | 12.32 | Vol. 100 D: 64.00 ⇓ 8.57% | 60.00 | 64.10 / 64.00 BEXIMCO | 3.24 | 86.74 | Vol. 1436995 D: 30.00 ⇑ 1.01% | 30.06 | 32.10 / 26.80 C: 30.00 ⇑ 0.33% | 30.01 | 30.30 / 29.60 SINOBANGLA | 1.75 | 21.01 | Vol. 246500 D: 22.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 22.79 | 23.60 / 22.10 C: 22.30 ⇓ 0.45% | 22.56 | 23.50 / 22.30 MIRACLEIND | 0.14 | 14.90 | Vol. 196460 D: 17.20 ⇑ 2.99% | 17.19 | 17.90 / 16.00 C: 17.10 ⇑ 1.79% | 17.11 | 17.50 / 17.00 BOND IBBLPBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 85 D: 956.3 ⇑ 0.10% | 942.86 | 957.0 / 955.0 C: 960.0 ⇑ 1.27% | 960.00 | 960.0 / 960.0 ACIZCBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 32 D: 870.0 ⇓ 0.11% | 863.64 | 871.0 / 870.0 C: 864.5 ⇑ 0.46% | 864.30 | 865.0 / 861.5


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DHAKA TRIBUNE

Business

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

‘Content is key in 3G development’ Airtel eyes PPP for taking government services to doorsteps n Saif Kamal Airtel Chief Executive Officer Chris Tobbit shares his company’s plans about 3G with the Dhaka Tribune. How is Airtel focussing on 3G-market penetration? We are delighted that the country is entering the era of 3G. Having gone through the transparent and consultative auction process, we are very enthusiastic about bringing high quality 3G services. We have already had our first test call and video call. We should have limited coverage in our office in a few days, allowing employees to test 3G network and experience. By October, we will launch 3G services in some areas of Dhaka and Chittagong. By November, most of Dhaka and Chittagong and parts of Sylhet will get coverage. By early January, we will be done with the first phase of the rollout obligation, specified in the license. How will this benefit the industry? The country has very low broadband penetration and there is a strong latent demand for broadband. Mobile broadband always brings additional advantages of mobility. We look at it a little bit beyond that because the objective is not just simply to be a service provider but to help the government connect with consumers. The government is on one hand, and of course, private enterprises are on the other. So, in six to 12 months, we would be looking at forging a few vital public private partnerships (PPP) to ensure that essential government services are actually brought through us. Do you think 3G will attract new customers? What is your expectation of growth? Currently, about 8% of our consumers have 3G enabled handsets. There are three key areas to be mastered by a service provider before 3G penetration can reach a meaningful level. One is content, the second is bandwidth, and the third and most critical is devices. Devices will be the key here: how quickly can you ramp up this consumer to 20%. Touching 50%, however, depends on supply and demand. It also depends on the latent demand that would bring the prices of the handsets to affordable levels. We feel that the government can play a stellar role by either giving tax and import duty holidays or at least reducing the import duties for a one to three year time frame so that we can bring the prices of handsets down. Will 5MHz spectrum be enough? In India, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea have 5MHz spectrums. 3G is a little bit different from 2G in terms of the loading. If the network gets overloaded, the experience degrades. It also causes coverage shrinkage. Therefore, the operator which has the best consumers to MHz spectrum ratio will provide the best quality. Airtel has by far the best ratio.

The government can play a stellar role by either giving tax and import duty holidays or at least reducing the import duties for a one to three year time frame so that we can bring the prices of handsets down

What are the new aspects of the mobile services that the consumers will experience through 3G services? Content plays a big role here. So, the world over surprisingly 3G is used residentially rather than when people are out. In Europe 75% of 3G usage happens at the residences at night where people have access to high quality wired broadband. So, which obviously means that the convenience of having information available to you on your device, whatever that device may be, outweighs even having it on a wired facility or Wi-Max facility close by. So, that convenience will come to all of us. Content plays a key role apart from the obvious developments and enhancements that people will enjoy which means high-speed access to social networking, gaming, and entertainment. On the business side, access to business applications. All of these will take business and casual internet user (mobile internet user) to the next level. But the biggest impact is on your productivity. What used to take you may be five minutes to access will take you 20-30 seconds. How do you think this will impact us in terms of social and economic one? You know, Bangladesh has been always pioneering in social development projects. How will 3G help? Well, that’s an area of development for all of

us. That’s an area where we have to now sit down and work with the government and the NGOs and private entrepreneurs who are interested in this area to figure out how we can actually bring about social change. So, it’s not an area where I have an immediate answer for you but it’s an area of immense interest to me personally and to marketers within Airtel.

pen at that point of time, people should make informed decisions about what to buy so that they have the best possible experience. The third, which is a critical one, is in the area of helping customers to correlate the usage that they do with the amount of data consumed. So, in other words, if I download a song or if I download a video what does that translate in terms of actual charge to me.

In terms of, you know, we have 8% of the people using smartphones and they have potential to access 3G. If you were to move the market to 20%, how are you going about to educate the potential customers? That’s such a great question. I don’t know if you have noticed, but actually over last few days we have launched a ravenous campaign. So, the media is covering it. And we plan to as far as possible, completely encircle it to a 360 degree sort of education campaign. One is in the area of tariffing and transparent tariffing. So, we have to educate customers about 3G tariffing because the bill shock is likely to result to a customer who has been used to long sessions and now suddenly the session will happen much quicker which will leave him more time to play around with his device more which can result in a temporary increase in his monthly spend. So, that’s one area of awareness. The second is in the area of devices because device experience changes dramatically. HSPA versus non HSPA device, dongle versus smartphone, smartphone versus non-smartphone. Even within dongles, mimo which is multiple input multiple output dongle versus a non-MIMO dongle the experience is dramatically different. So, we are also mindful of the fact that Eid is around the corner. People who went shopping and the coinciding of the 3G launches which will hap-

Currently, if there is an obstacle what is the obstacle that will be for Bangladesh 3G services? Devices, devices, and devices! We are working with all the smartphones, the 3G non-smartphones, as well as the dongle equipment suppliers, but pricing is key here. Currently, the cheapest handset is available for over 50 dollars. We have to bring it down 20-30 dollars. If we are having handsets available eventually within 6 months at 19.99 dollars, I think that should be the target of the industry. We have seen many countries have service providers actually have packaged long-term instalments so that it’s beneficial to the user as well as the affording that handset. Is there some kind of similar plan rolling out for the consumers? Yes, we are in discussion with the service providers that between the two of us and an insuring agency of some sort, bank or an insurance company, that we will offer handsets of EMIs. I do want to stress here that we are not in the business of handset sales, but what we will do is try and bundle good quality with our phones which are sold through our distributors. But we are working with them to ensure that effective EMI schemes are on so that people who can’t afford the whole upfront cost should be able to take advantage of deferred payments. l


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