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They talk over phone, finally Apa, let's talk Hasina invites Khaleda to dinner; BNP chief prefers it after hartal Pratim Bhattacharjee and n Partha Mohammad Al-Masum Molla Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday phoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and invited her for dinner at Ganabhaban on Monday to initiate dialogue over the polls-time government; but the opposition leader said she could not accept Monday’s invitation due to hartal. However, Khaleda said she could make it after the 60-hour countrywide hartal ending Tuesday if she got a fresh invitation. Hasina made the call around 6:20pm and requested Khaleda to withdraw the hartal to join talks over dinner. Khaleda on Friday asked the gov-
ernment to initiate dialogue within yesterday or face hartal. She also said the movement and the talks would go simultaneously. Earlier in the day, the prime minister called Khaleda on the official red telephone at her residence between 1:15pm and 1:45pm, but the opposition leader did not respond, PM’s Special Assistant (media) Mahbubul Hoque Shakil told the Dhaka Tribune. However, the BNP claimed that Khaleda’s red telephone was out of order and it was not fixed despite informing the authorities concerned repeatedly. BTCL officials yesterday afternoon went to Khaleda’s Gulshan residence to check the connection. PAGE 2 COLUMN 1
Claim and counter-claim over Khaleda’s ‘dead’ red phone n Muhammad Zahidul Islam Security officials at the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s residence in Gulshan yesterday allegedly kept Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) officials waiting as they went there to check if the opposition leader’s red phone was out of service. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called Khaleda on the official red telephone at her residence several times in the afternoon, but the
Violence marks the start of 60-hour hartal n Kailash Sarkar A 60-hour opposition-sponsored general shutdown begins today amid mindless violence unleashed by the 18-party activists yesterday across the country in a bid to topple the Awami Legaue-led government. Even the much-awaited phone call from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia yesterday evening failed to stop the opposition activists from resorting to atrocities. Pro-hartal cadres of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami exploded crude bombs in front of the houses of Chief Election Commissioner KaziRakibuddin Ahmad, Law Minster Shafqiue Ahmed, an appellate division Justice SK Sinha, Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud and Jubo League Chairman Omar Faruque Chowdhury. A handmade bomb was also hurled in front of Law Minister’s Comilla house around 11pm,said police superintendent of Comilla. Violent protesters also vandalised dozens of vehicles in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Chittagong and elsewhere in the country to intimidate people ahead of the shutdown. PAGE 2 COLUMN 3
B1 Bangladesh Bank has launched an inquiry into the recent substantial increase in garments machinery import despite ongoing political turmoil to see whether there is any attempt to siphon off money abroad through overinvoicing.
7 The yearly cycle of poverty and hunger, which symbolizes the pre-harvest season during AshwinKartik in Lalmonirhat, is testing the spirit of its peasant underclass, who are desperately seeking work opportunities to help themselves through the transition.
opposition leader “did not respond,” PM’s Special Assistant (media) Mahbubul Hoque Shakil told the Dhaka Tribune. Later, BNP chairperson’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel said Khaleda Zia’s red phone had been dead for many days, and and it was not fixed despite informing the authorities concerned repeatedly. The claim prompted BTCL officials to rush to Khaleda’s Gulshan residence. PAGE 2 COLUMN 6
Bomb blasts at sensitive establishments planned to create mass panic n Mohammad Jamil Khan Which apparently began as an isolated attack on police last Thursday, crude bomb attacks at sensitive establishments went viral yesterday with attacks on the residences of the chief election commissioner, several ministers, political leaders, members of the judiciary and offices of several private TV channels. Six individuals including three policemen and a journalist were confirmed to be injured in these attacks, seemingly being carried out by unidentified criminalsto create panic among the masses.
P16 POLICE MEN THREATENED A highly placed official in the police seeking anonymity, said: “It looks like a [new strategy] taken up by criminals to spread panic.” “However, the targets give a clear indication that the attacks have been carried out systematically and as part of the latest wave of political violence in the country,” he said. In a series of attacks yesterday, two crude bombs exploded in front of the
residence of the Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad around 7:30pm in the evening, police said. Lutful Kabir Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of Gulshan Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) confirmed the incident saying members of police went to the scene while security has also been beefed up in the surrounding area. Meanwhile, Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed’s Indira Road residence also came under attack as two bombs in the evening exploded nearby. Deputy Commissioner of Tejgaon Division of DMP, Biplob Kumar Sarker, said: “Two crude bombs exploded near the minister’s house around 7pm. We are investigating the attack.” Crude bombs were also hurled at the residences of two Judges – Justice Sk Sinha and Justice Zinat Ara, while ruling Awami League leader and Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud’s home was also targeted. Office of the Deputy Commissioner of police of Motijheel division also came under homemade bomb attack yesterday. Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman, DC PAGE 2 COLUMN 3
n Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee
Opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is not interested to talk with the ruling Awami League anything without the caretaker government issue, she told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, senior AL leaders said. The two political arch rivals differed with each other over most of the issues discussed during their 37-minute conversation. Khaleda reportedly posed counter-questions whenever Hasina criticised the opposition leader over any past issue. At one stage, the former premier categorically told Hasina that she was not interested to talk anything except for the caretaker government issue. The premier then requested her to visit Ganabhaban first and then they could talk every issue. After the conversation, Hasina, also the ruling Awami League president, joined the maiden meeting of her party’s Election Steering Committee held at her official residence Ganabhaban. The meeting decided to hold a mass rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 3. The AL chief shared her telephone conversation with the party colleagues, of who senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed hailed Hasina for making the phone call despite facing an ultimatum. Hasina said everybody blamed her for not talking to the BNP chief, but she called Khaleda for the sake of the country and its democracy. “Ignoring everything, I called her who observes her birthday on August 15, who patronised the killers of Bang-
abandhu and who tried to kill me on August 21 [in 2004] by her son. I called her for the sake of democracy,” a senior leader quoted Hasina as saying. The AL chief told the meeting that she was waiting near the red telephone from 6pm to 6:10pm as Khaleda was committed to call her at 6pm. “But as she did not call me, I called her,” the senior leader quoted Hasina. Hasina called the BNP chief at 6:20pm when senior party leaders were present. Television camerapersons were allowed in the room for three minutes to take footage.
'You visited our Dhanmondi 32 residence several times. You saw Sheikh Russel. When you observe your birthday on August 15, cannot you remember the face of Russel?' As Hasina insisted that the opposition chief withdraws the 60-hour hartal declared on Friday saying that she had initiated the dialogue, Khaleda asked her: “Why did not you call me yesterday [Friday]?” Hasina then said she usually goes bed early. During the conversation, the prime minister also requested Khaleda not to observe her birthday on August 15. “You visited our Dhanmondi 32 residence several times. You saw Sheikh Russel. When you observe your birthday on August 15, don’t you remember the face of Russel?” Khaleda then reportedly asked Hasina whether none could observe his/her birthday on that day. Sources said the AL chief asked PAGE 2 COLUMN 1
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On March 21, 2013, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia were at Bangabhaban as they went there to pay homage to late president Zillur Rahman. They did not talk Both Hasina and Khaleda attended the Armed Forces Day reception at Dhaka Cantonment on November 21, 2012 but did not meet and talk to each other. Khaleda skipped the function in 2010 and 2011 Hasina and Khaleda met at the reception in Dhaka Cantonment on November 21, 2008 after 16 years. The two leaders shook hands and talked for a while They met each other on May 9, 2009 when Hasinaâ€™s husband Wazed Miah died. Hearing the news, Khaleda went to Sudha Sadan and hugged Hasina, and talked with other members of Hasinaâ€™s family After the grenade attack on the then opposition leader Hasina on August 21, 2004, Khaleda, then prime minister, wanted to see her at Sudha Sadan but could not do so due to strong opposition from the Awami League supporters In early 1990, they talked to each other at a guest house in Mohakhali, Dhaka over the issue of ousting military dictator HM Ershad During the anti-Ershad movement in 1987, the two leaders sat together following an initiative taken by senior citizens
Initiatives by AL-BNP
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Khaleda to join the election-time all-party government she had proposed earlier. â€œWe can form the government with our own persons; otherwise, there is a possibility of recurrence of another 1/11-like situation [take over by unconstitutional force].â€? Responding to Hasina, the BNP chief asked her arch-rival why she had joined the oath-taking ceremony of Fakhruddin Ahmed in 2007. Both the two leaders had been sued and arrested during the military-backed caretaker government that lasted for around two years though the constitutional provision allowed an interim government to hold elections in 90 days and handover power to an elected government. The parliament led by Sheikh Hasina annulled the provision through the 15th amendment to the constitution. Regarding her demand to establish a caretaker government in 1996, when Khaleda was the prime minister, the AL chief defended saying that she had no other option except for demanding introduction of the system. The prime minister also claimed that all the elections held under her government had been free and fair. Khaleda then asked whether the Brahmanbaria and Bhola by-polls were fair, said the meeting sources. At one stage, the premier told Khaleda: â€œI have sat with some political parties to resolve the crisis and taken their
suggestions. I also invite you as I want to solve the crisis through talks. Both of us can present something good to the nation through credible elections instead of pushing the country backwards. This is my expectation to you.â€? Sources said at the meeting, the party decided to make success the November 3 rally at Suhrawardy Udyan to show their strength ahead of the national polls. Hasina told her party colleagues that most of the party candidates for the polls would be chosen soon so that they could take full preparations. She also stressed the need for forming core committee to monitor polls, committee to finalise manifesto and polling centre-based committees. Most of the party leaders were in favour of declaring the election schedule in early December and to hold the polls before January 15. General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said the election must be held in line with the constitution. Meeting sources also confirmed that although Presidium member Abdul Latif Siddique had earlier announced that he would not participate in the next election, yesterday he changed the decision. The Election Steering Committee was formed on October 13 with Hasina as the chairman and partyâ€™s advisory council member HT Imam as the co-chairman. All the members of the central working committee and the advisory council are members of the panel. l
May 2: Hasina says AL is ready for talks anywhere, invites Khaleda for taking a photograph with her and newly-elected first female speaker May 4: Khaleda invites Hasina for tea at her residence to talk on caretaker issue, gives 48-hour ultimatum October 18: Hasina floats a proposal on all-party polls-time government October 21: Khaleda Zia places another proposal on interim government October 22: BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir sends a letter to Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam for initiating the dialogue October 22: Syed Ashraf calls Mirza Fakhrul October 24: BNP MP Jamiruddin Sircar presents Khaledaâ€™s proposal in parliament October 25: Khaleda gives government two days to initiate dialogue or face hartal October 26: Hasina calls Khaleda
Bomb blasts at sensitive establishments planned thrown at the residences of AL leader Suranjit Sengupta, opposition leader Osman Faruk and BNP Chairpersonâ€™s Adviser Barrister Nasir Uddin. On Thursday, criminals had carried out handmade bomb attacks at Bogra police station that left three police officials injured while Uttara police station in the capital faced similar attack the same day. Beside the police establishments, other police vehicles were also targeted. On Friday evening, three petrol bombs were hurled at a police van in front of the National Eidgah. No one was injured. These attacks have not only created panic among the public but left the law enforcing officials worried as well. Officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday held an emergency meeting with the officers-in-charge at different police stations and gave instructionson the situation, sources at the DMP said. Asked about the security measures, Monriul Islam, joint-commissioner of Detective Branch of DMP, told the Dhaka Tri-
bune that police will remain alert and ensure maximum security for the citizens. Meanwhile, mobile courts will remain active on city streets to provide immediate punishment to criminals, he said. In this regard, Habibur Rahman, director of legal and media wing of Rapid Action Battalion, told the Dhaka Tribune that members of the elite force were alert and will be deployed at sensitive points across the country to control the law and order situation. Along with the regular forces, bomb squad will also remain on duty to ensure foolproof security, he said. Contacted, Hassan Mahmood Khandaker, inspector general of police, told the Dhaka Tribune that they have already given out instructions to officials concerned to remain alert and take all possible action against the criminals after proper investigation. Criminals are trying to create anarchy, but we are ready to stop them, so there is nothing to worry about, he |said. l
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday telephoned Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia requesting her to recall the strike, but the BNP chief said she could not entertain the request as it was an 18-party programme. Khaleda announced the hartal from the Suhrawardy Udyan rally on Friday. In Dhaka, the opposition workers set at least 10 vehicles on fire in Tejgaon, Farmgate, Kalabagan, Begunbari, Adabar, Bangshal, Nayapaltan, Sainik Club and Shyamoli. They also damaged at least 15 other vehicles. Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with police in Bijoynagar while Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, BNPâ€™s student front, fought a pitched battle with police in Bangshal. Shibir men hurled handmade bombs in Mohammadpur area in the morning as they brought whirlwind processions defying heightened security measures of police and Rab.
Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandher said he had asked police to discharge their duties properly. Border Guard Bangladesh was deployed across the country last night to ward off any untoward incidences. Pro-hartal pickets ransacked several vehicles and exploded crude bombs in Chittagong. CMP stepped up the security measures ahead of the hartal. Abdullah Al Noman, vice-president of the BNP, and Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, adviser to the BNP chief, spoke at a rally earlier on the day. In Barisal, opposition activists yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally. Speakers at the rally urged people to make the shutdown a success. Tension ran high in the city after the 18-party alliance activists vandalised a shop of a local Awami League leader. In Lalmonirhat, Jamaat-Shibir activists chopped three Awami League activists, vandalised two shops, two
houses and a passenger bus owned by the ruling party activists in Bawra area, Patgramupazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday evening. With the help of police, AL activists rescued the three assaulted partymen and admitted them to the Patgarm Upazila Health Complex, police said. Bawra union AL President Rabiul Islam Manik said local Jamaat-Shibir activists were trying to terrorise local people by resorting to widespread violence. Unidentified miscreants exploded cocktails around 8am yesterday in front of the house of lawmaker AKM MozammelHoque in Gazipur. BNP and Jamaat brought out a procession in Gazipur town. The opposition activists set three vehicles ablaze and vandalised at least eight more vehicles. They also hurled crude bombs from the procession. Pro-hartal activists also set a truck on fire in Narsingdi around 10pm. l
When they reached there at 3:45pm to check the status of the red phone, Khaledaâ€™s security officials kept them waiting outside, which they continued to do late into the evening, BTCL officials claimed. However, Maruf Kamal told Dhaka Tribune last night that he did not know whether any BTCL official had visited Khaledaâ€™s residence. Even though a complaint had been lodged with the authorities in this regard many days ago, â€œthen why did the BTCL officials go to the check the matter today [yesterday]?â€? he wondered. Red phone has a secured telephone line which cannot be tapped and is only provided to leading figures of the country, such as the president, the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. The BTCL authorities said there was no question of maintenance as there had been no complaint regarding the phone. â€œWe have checked our log books and found no complaint filed against that phone,â€? Mir Mohammad Morshed, an official spokesperson of the BTCL, told the Dhaka Tribune last night. He also said: â€œRight after hearing the news from different televisions channels, our experts rushed to the red telephone exchange in Gulshan and also checked a telephone cabinet in front of Khaleda Ziaâ€™s residence.â€? Senior officials at the BTCL also claimed they could not enter the residence. â€œFrom 4pm, our experts and officers are there but they cannot enter the house. If they cannot get permission, how can we be sure about the problems?â€? Swapan Kumar Shaha, general manager of the Dhaka North Zone BTCL, told the Dhaka Tribune around 9pm. Shahabuddin, director of the Dhaka north zone BTCL, told the Dhaka Tribune they had no idea about the problem. He said, â€œAs it is a red telephone, we are very cautious about the service of that phone.â€? Earlier in 2009, the government established a digital red telephone exchange at the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office, having 3,000 connections. l
you wish,â€? the Awami League chief told Khaleda and requested her to provide a list of persons who will accompany her at the Ganabhaban. Khaleda replied that she would not be able to visit Ganabhaban due to hartal. Then the PM requested her to withdraw the general strike and visit her official residence. â€œI invite you as I want to solve the crisis through talks. We can present something good to the nation through credible elections instead of pushing the country backwards,â€? Hasina was quoted by her party colleagues to have told Khaleda. After the conversation, AL spokesperson Syed Ashraful Islam briefed reporters at Ganabhaban about the partyâ€™s position and the phone call. â€œOur door is open for talks about any issue. The nation expected that the two leaders will talk and remove the political deadlock,â€? he said. Ashraf also said the dialogue would take place and that the two leaders would formally start it. â€œWhether we will be part of the talks or not it depends on them. But the initial dialogue is important.â€? he said. He also termed the day â€œvery importantâ€? like historical incidents in the countryâ€™s political arena. On the oppositionâ€™s hartal, he said
there was no need for a hartal as the dialogue had been initiated. Asked whether the 18-party including Jamaat-e-Islami was invited for the dialogue, he said only the BNP was invited for talks. Meanwhile, Khaledaâ€™s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal briefed the media at the BNP chairpersonâ€™s Gulshan office. â€œI cannot go [to Ganabhaban] on Monday as there is hartal programme. If you [PM] accept the demand of restoring caretaker government system in principle, then we agree to sit for dialogueâ€Śand then if you invite me after the hartal, I agree to join the talks with the leaders of my party and the alliance,â€? Khaleda was quoted as saying. In response to Hasinaâ€™s request to withdraw the hartal, Khaleda said: â€œThere is no scope of withdrawing the programme as it is pre-scheduled. I took the decision consulting with the alliance leaders. If you had hinted it [dialogue offer] yesterday, we could have taken a decision in this regard.â€? The former premier said the hartal would continue and any sort of discussion could be taken place after October 29. â€œBut now police are chasing the leaders of the 18-partyâ€Śthey cannot stay in their houses. I cannot withdraw the hartal without consulting the alli-
ance partners. And I also said clearly at the rally that movement and dialogue will go simultaneously. â€œSo, I am ready for dialogue with the important persons at any time after observing the hartal programme,â€? he said quoting Khaleda. The former premier told the Awami League chief that her party wanted solution through talks. â€œThis is possible to come to a decision on introducing a non-party caretaker government assimilating the proposals [of the prime minister and that of the opposition leader],â€? Khan said quoting Khaleda. When the prime minister mentioned about the all-party interim government formula, Khaleda said it was not acceptable. â€œBNP will postpone all sorts of programmes if the government accepts the non-party interim government in principle.â€? Khan claimed that the prime minister had over and over again talked about the past. In reply, Khaleda said: â€œIt is not possible to move forward if we look back repeatedly. Please do not look back, move forward. We want to go forward through new type of politics. If you [Hasina] blame the opposition by looking at the past, the atmosphere of the discussion will be foiled and we
will not be able to move forward.â€? Urging the prime minister to work together to reach an acceptable solution through talks, the opposition chief said: â€œWe worked in the past together. We will be able to reflect the nationâ€™s hope if we leave political bitterness,â€? Khan said quoting Khaleda. Khaleda told the prime minister that there were many constructive ways of communication than making telephonic calls in a â€œdead phoneâ€? if she was cordial enough for the dialogue. â€œHer [PM] officials could check the phone connection before making the call,â€? the BNP chief said. Khaleda also told the prime minister: â€œOne of the government officials said her phone was active which is false.â€? She urged Hasina to take action against the employee. In his reaction, a BNP Standing Committee member, who was a former minister, said it would be better if there were several senior leaders present during the conversation. He also observed that the press conference should have been conducted by the acting secretary general as the ruling Awami League was represented by its general secretary. The leader also said it was wrong to announce the 60-hour hartal upon condition. l
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of Motijheel, in this regard, said two handmade bombs exploded near his office in Motijheel. In the evening, offices of two private channels â€“ Ekattor TV and Desh TV â€“ faced similar crude bomb attacks. Two bombs were hurled inside the Ekattor TV premises. Senior Newsroom Editor Zakaria Biplob and cameraperson Alamgir Hossain were injured, DC Lutful Kabir Chowdhury confirmed. In the other incident, a crude bomb exploded near the Desh TVâ€™s office at Mouchak in the city. Unidentified criminals threw homemade bombs at the residence of incumbent MP from Gazipur 1 AKM Mozammel Haque around 7:45pm. Police claimed they were entirely in the dark over the possible motives of the attacks and the attackers, at a time of ongoing political crisis over the upcoming national polls. So, there has been no arrests in connection with any of the attacks. On Friday, crude bombs were
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In the evening, the prime minister called Khaleda through her mobile phone to the mobile phone of Shimul Bishwas, the special assistant secretary to the BNP chief. Only the television camerapersons were allowed at the Ganabhaban drawing room to take footage. But after three minutes they were asked to leave the room. However, no media was allowed at Khaledaâ€™s residence during the telephone conversation. During that time, Hasina was surrounded by senior party leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Syed Ashraful Islam, Kazi Zafarullah, HT Imam, Moshiur Rahman and Dipu Moni. On the other side, Khaledaâ€™s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel and partyâ€™s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were present. Ashraf later said the two leaders had talked for 37 minutes. After the end of conversation, the prime minister expressed disappointment as the BNP chief apparently rejected her invitation and dinner offer, PMâ€™s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury told the Dhaka Tribune. Hasina said she had called Khaleda in line with the latterâ€™s condition to initiate the dialogue within â€œtwo days,â€?
but she had not withdrawn the shutdown. â€œI hope that she will withdraw the hartal for the sake of countryâ€™s interest,â€? Hasina was quoted by Iqbal. The premier also expressed deep concern about the public safety during the hartal hours. â€œDespite getting my invitation, Khaleda Zia is stick to her decision for hartal. Thus she wants to push the country towards uncertainty, bypassing path of consensus,â€? she said. Hasina for the first time expressed her interest to call the opposition leader while talking to her cabinet colleagues at the regular cabinet meeting on Monday. On Wednesday, the premier at a meeting with the partners of the 14-party alliance again said she would call Khaleda and invite her for dialogue. During the conversation yesterday, Hasina addressed the opposition leader as â€œApaâ€? (used to call an elder sister) and said: â€œI phoned you several times through red telephone. But I am sorry as you did not receive the call. I am inviting you to Ganabhaban on October 28. You will have dinner with us in the evening. Let us talk frankly. â€œWhether your phone is dead or kept dead, I will inquire it tomorrow [today],â€? she said. â€œYou can bring as many guests as
Sunday, October 27, 2013
PRE-HARTAL VIOLENCE: PEOPLE HELD HOSTAGE
Low-income workers and mass people take the full brunt of the blasts from a pre-hartal procession of Shibir activists of Jagannath University as they hurl crude bombs in the city’s Dholaikhal area yesterday in support of the 60-hour hartal
MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU
Dialogue only if BNP withdraws hartal: Tofail Ahmed
Mirza Fakhrul smells conspiracy behind dialogue offer
n Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee
n Mohammad Al-Masum Molla
Hours before the prime minister invited the opposition leader for talks over polls-time government yesterday, Awami League-led 14-party alliance said the opposition would have to withdraw the hartal before talks could take place. “The leader of the opposition [Khaleda Zia] has spoiled the atmosphere for talks by giving ultimatum and announcing hartal,” said Awami League Advisory Council member Tofail Ahmed. Tofail was talking to reporters after a meeting of the ruling alliance at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office in the afternoon. He said no dialogue was possible in the face of ultimatums.
Accusing the opposition leader of killing the possibilities of any talk, Tofail said: “Withdraw hartal, we will sit for talks.” In a much-hyped rally in the capital on Friday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia announced a 60-hour countrywide shutdown starting today if the government failed to initiate a dialogue by yesterday. Terming Khaleda Zia’s proposal for a polls-time government “unconstitutional,” the AL stalwart categorically said Sheikh Hasina would be the leader of the ad hoc administration. After the meeting, AL presidium member and 14-party alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim told reporters that the BNP chairperson’s call for a hartal foiled the possibilities of a dialogue. l
Main opposition BNP yesterday alleged that in the name of dialogue, the government was hatching conspiracy to repress the opposition leaders and activists and mislead the people of the country. “They [ruling party] are afraid of free, fair and credible elections,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday. Addressing a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan office, the opposition spokesman also said: “It is not possible to hold free and fair elections under an influenced administration. People of the country and the international community also agreed on this issue. We want to say clearly that the ongoing movement will end only after the
Trade bodies fear fallout of political situation n Ibrahim Hossain Ovi
Businessmen and manufacturers across the country are apprehensive about falls in their business in the wake of the political deadlock centring on the formation of a non-partisan pollstime government. According to data obtained from the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), each hartal day causes losses of around Tk16bn to the country’s businesses, and it is the ready-
made garments (RMG) sector which suffers the most. The RMG sector incurs losses of approximately Tk3.6bn per day while the government is deprived of Tk2.5bn. “Political deadlock or shutdown hampers exports and imports and creates a negative impact on prices of essentials because of supply chain disruptions,” said Kazi Akram Uddin, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).
“The general strike or political stalemate casts a serious shadow over the RMG sector as it discourages foreign buyers from putting in new orders or expanding their businesses into Bangladesh’s RMG sector,” said BGMEA President Atiqul Islam. He urged political parties to restore stability and to reach a consensus to hold a free, fair and credible election. “Political unrest is a threat to the attainment of economic growth and that’s why we need a permanent solu-
tion to the confrontational politics,” said Harun Ur Rashid, managing director of Sea Moss Knitwear Ltd. “Political parties should come forward with a consensus on holding a credible election to pave the way for smooth business activities,” said Abdus Salam Murshedy, president of the Exporters Association of Bangladesh. Political violence never brought any good to the country in the past, he said. l
Pharmaceuticals earn sky-high profits by setting drug prices at will DGDA controls prices of 117 out of 22,000 drugs n Moniruzzaman Uzzal The top pharmaceutical companies in the country have allegedly been racking up billions of taka in profits, taking benefit of the drugs authorities’ limited powers over controlling drug prices in the market. For nearly 20 years, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) authorities have no power in fixing drug prices, except for only 117 generic drugs. With more than 264 allopathic pharmaceutical companies producing 22,000 kinds of brand drugs from 1,500 generic items, the companies have plenty of opportunities to set exceedingly higher prices for drugs, compared to the actual production cost. Earlier in 1994, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a letter in this regard, but no changes have been made to the rules yet. Sources said the interests of the ordinary people stayed neglected, as most members of the DGDA’s price control committee were themselves owners of pharmaceutical companies. This reporter found in his investigation that OpsoninPharma Limited supplies an antibiotic called Ceftriaxone to the Dhaka
Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for Tk34 and Tk68 (for 1g and 2g doses), but sells the same medicine in the market for the retail price of Tk120 and Tk220 respectively. Ceftriaxone is a third-generation antibiotic often used for the treatment of pneumonia and meningitis. The DMCH consumes a total of around 500,000 vials of Ceftriaxone every year. Earlier for the 2012-13 fiscal year, OpsoninPharma Ltd also secured work order for supplying Ceftriaxone to the DMCH at Tk34.95 per vial, while this year they curtailed the price by Tk0.95 per vial to retain its work order. The next lowest bidderInceptaPharmaceuticals Limited reportedly quoted Tk35.95, while drug suppliers Square, whose brand variety of Ceftriaxone is sold for Tk180 in the market, had quoted Tk143. Ceftriaxone is just one example among thousands of drugs that are overcharged by the companies, drugs sector insiders said, claiming that the companies can still earn profits when they supply Ceftriaxone for just Tk34. Seeking anonymity, a number of responsible sources within the health sector, told the Dhaka Tribune that all med-
icine-making raw materials available in the international market were “not of the same quality.” They also said most drug-makers in Bangladesh generally imported the raw materials from India and China, the prices of which would vary depending on the expiry dates. The company that was assigned to supply Ceftriaxone with two years of shelflife, might lower its own production costs by buying materials that would last exactly for that period of time, the sources said. A senior official at OpsoninPharma Ltd, preferring not to be named, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that they were supplying Ceftriaxone to the DMCH atlower prices, as part of an indirect promotional tool. The company’s strategy was to persuade the new doctors to prescribe Opsonin’s variety of Ceftriaxone, by displaying the effectiveness of the drug at the hospital. This method was easier than marketing representativespromoting different drugs by door-to-door campaigning to the doctors, he said. Officials involved with the procurement of drugs at the DMCH claimed that the company had been regularly exporting drugs and that it had a good reputation in the market.
However, some DMCH doctors, seeking anonymity, said companies could actually supply drugs at low wholesale prices because the DMCH procured in bulk amounts every year. They also said the market prices of many of these drugs were a lot higher because the drug-makers had to compensate for the amount they spent on marketing. Most companies preferred going for the least of profits when supplying drugs to the DMCH, as successfully carrying out a work order for the country’s biggest healthcare facility allowed the companies to attract more international export work orders, the doctors said. SelimBarami, a director at the DGDA, told the Dhaka Tribune:“We don’t fix the drug prices of different drug companies, expect 117. But there is a price control committee to monitor whether the prices are reasonable or not.” ProfessorMuniruddin Ahmed, Pro Vice-Chancellorof East West University and also a specialist on drugs,claimed that the companies had been earning a lot of money by fixing prices as they desire. He however added that proper monitoring of drugs prices would ensure the lowering of prices. l
introduction of a non-partisan interim government.” Condemning what he said was “countrywide killing and oppression” on opposition activists, he alleged that the law enforcement agencies killed, attacked, tortured, oppressed, arrested, filed cases and harassed opposition supporters during BNP’s Friday’s demonstration programmes. Fakrul alleged that these oppressive actions were carried out by police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard Bangladesh, and the “criminals” of the ruling party. He claimed that eight were killed and more than 650 people were injured around the country on Friday. “It is very unfortunate that the Awami League is trying to polarise law enforcers.” l
90-day countdown starts today n Mohammad Zakaria
The Election Commission is yet to complete many of its preparatory works while countdown for the next parliamentary election begins today as per the constitution. The EC is yet to finalise the electoral code of conduct, and the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is yet to be passed in parliament while training of field-level officials is also pending, officials said. The commission has not held the formal preparatory meeting with the deputy commissioners and district police superintendents. The previous EC had held campaigning on the electoral code of conduct six to seven months before holding the ninth parliament elections in December 2008. It also trained the field-level officials and members of law enforcement agencies about the electoral laws. But the incumbent commission is yet to begin the preliminary tasks which might lead to the rise of troubles to hold the next general election in due time. According to article 123 (3) (a), the next general election must be held before 90 days of expiry of parliament’s tenure. Article 123(3) (b) stipulates that in case of a dissolution of parliament otherwise than by reason of such expi-
ration, the election must be held within 90 days after such dissolution. The first session of the ninth parliament began on January 25, 2009 and hence, its tenure will end on January 24 next year. For holding the election as per the constitution, the 90 days countdown starts today. EC officials said the commission had been working slowly as it is yet to be finalised whether the next parliamentary election would be held without dissolving the parliament or not. Election Commission Md Shah Newaz said the commission had started taking preparations for the next parliamentary election much earlier. “The preparatory works is at the last stage. The EC will complete all works after finalising the electoral code of conduct,” he said. He added that the polls schedule would be declared ensuring equal chance for all the parties and candidates. Another Election Commissioner Mohammad Abu Hafiz hoped that the political parties would reach a consensus about the formation of the polls-time government. “The electoral code of conduct would be in force after the announcement of the polls schedule. So the commission still has time to prepare it,” he added. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
GB board likely to be dissolved this week n Asif Showkat Kallol
The office of the Awami League’s Gandaria thana unit in the city is set on fire on the eve of 60-hour hartal yesterday
BCL condemns Khaleda’s remarks n DU Correspondent Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, held a protest rally yesterday condemning statements made by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at the rally held in the capital’s Suhrawardi Uddyan on Friday. BCL activists took out a procession around noon from Modhu’r Canteen and marched around the campus demonstrating before gathering in front of DU Central Library for the protest rally. At the rally, speakers said Khaleda’s statements favoured and supported Jamaat-e-Islami, its student wing IslamiChattra-Shibir and the war criminals. BCL Central President Bodiuzzaman Shohag said Begum Zia proved herself to be an advocate for anti-liberation forces by making such a “shocking” speech in a place like Suhrawardi Uddyan, which is of such historic significance for Bangladesh. He said that the opposition chief wanted to make Bangladesh a feudal country with the support of anti-liberation forces such as Jamaat-e-Ialami but “the people of Bangladesh will never give her the chance to fulfil her wish,” he added. Shohag urged BCL student leaders and activists to remain alert to militants and anti-liberation forces. l
Moderately heavy to heavy falls likely n UNB Light rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and at many places over Rangpur division until 6pm today. Moderately heavy to heavy falls are also likely at places over the country, Met Office said. Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. The sun sets in the capital at 5:23pm today and rises at 6:02am tomorrow. Country’s highest temperature 27.2 degree Celsius was recorded yesterday at Sayedpur and lowest 20.2 degrees at Sayedpur. Highest and lowest temperature recorded in some major cities yesterday were: City
Dhaka Chittagong Rajshahi Rangpur Khulna Barisal Sylhet Cox’s Bazar
24.6 24.5 25.7 26.7 23.4 23.0 23.5 26.0
22.8 23.2 22.4 21.6 22.0 22.5 20.5 24.0
PRAYER TIMES Fajar Sunrise Zohr Asr Magrib Esha
4:46am 6:01am 11:42pm 3:46pm 5:23pm 6:39pm
The Grameen Bank board of directors will be automatically dissolved if the GB Law 2013 bill is passed in the House this week, official sources said. An official of Bank and Financial Institutions Division said the number of Grameen Bank (GB) board members – which would be appointed by the government – would be the same 12 as it was earlier, but a change would be introduced to the formation of quorum. The quorum would be comprised of three members instead of the existing four. The official added that the government was likely on the two major moves. The Law and Parliament Affairs Ministry has already vetted the GB Law 2013 bill that has been sent to the parliament. Finance Minister AMA Muhith is likely to place the bill in the House today for passing, and the banking division will issue a Security Regulatory Order on the election rule of GB’s board the same day. Sources in banking division said existing GB board was currently nonfunctional because of ProfYunus’ strong influence over the bank through nine pro-Yunus women directors despite government intervention. “We have a plan to hold a vigorous protest against the government’s intervention into Grameen Bank and its ex-
isting board,” Tahsina Khatun, a member of Grameen Bank’s board, told the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday. The finance minister deliberately provoked a crisis in Grameen Bank through amending GB law and election rule of the bank, she also pointed out. “As per our plan to put a bar on implementing the upcoming government action against Grameen Bank, we are contemplating filing a case against the new law that would come into being,” Tahsina said. The GB board member added if outsiders were brought in to conduct elections for the bank, it would lead to chaos, she warned. The female board member claimed that they were elected board members of Grameen Bank and that their tenure would be up in 2015. Earlier, Muhith said the GB Law 2013 bill would be placed in the parliament on Sunday. He added that the nine “pro-Yunus” women directors of Grameen Bank would lose their positions once the parliament approved the bill. “Prof Yunus used to select the women directors as per his choice and there have been no elections in Grameen Bank over the last 30 years since its inception.” The finance minister noted that under a new set of rules, a new election for the GB board would be held shortly after the GB bill was passed in the House. l
Lack of parental monitoring blamed n Udisa Islam Absence of parental care and monitoring and poverty are driving children into criminal activities, steering up the rate of juvenile delinquency in the country. “I left home in Dinajpur at the age of 10. I had a fight with my mother. I was outraged and so I ran away and took shelter at the Parbotipur railway station. I lived there for five months surrounded by drug peddlers, thieves and hijackers. Leaving Parbotipur I went to Daulatdia, however, the scenario was no different there. Eventually I could not help myself but to get involved with illegal activities. Two years later, I came to Dhaka with my master,” said a boy aged around 14, who works as a drug peddler at capital’s Chandrima Uddyan. A sex worker of around the same age at capital’s Suhrawardi Park said: “As I was the eldest daughter in the family my mother used to insist me to go
outside and get money somehow. She was highly annoyed with me. So I used to go out often in search of work and eventually got involved in sex trade.” Currently she is living with her parents. She said: “Those who supply clients to us are of the same age as ours. These pimps are also involved in the drug selling.” “However, they are just the frontiers. The ultimate carriers of the unscrupulous business run the deal from behind the curtains. The peddlers get commission of only Tk10 for selling each unit,” she claimed. Talking with 25 drug peddlers and 10 pickpockets, all aged under 18, it was found that 82% of them considered their activities to be “crimes,” while the rest did not. Eighty percent of the children, who were engaged in pick pocketing, said they did the job individually, not in groups. Most of them carried the acts during night. Some of them also expressed the
Country waits for a dialogue n Tribune Report
Prominent citizens and a number of political analysts yesterday stressed that the country has been waiting for a most desired dialogue between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia as it is the only way to resolve the current political deadlock. Speakers at a citizen’s dialogue programme on “Requisite Measures in the Prevailing Circumstances of Confrontation” said dialogue between two leaders is needed to solve the uncertainty about the upcoming national elections. Nagorik Oikya, organised the programme in the city’s Engineers’ Institute auditorium where the analysts also discussed on many aspects of the present political crisis, while a few of them also alleged that the government changed the constitution in favour of Awami League. Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan, said Sheikh Hasina’s proposal to form an all-party government is theoretically is a very good idea, but the problem is people will not accept her as a head of the all-party government because in practice a Bangladeshi prime minister possess the supreme power. He said prime minister’s power should be reduced to distribute the power equally among the ministers
and to form a balanced government. Bodiul Alam Mazumder, secretary of Sujan, has criticised the prime minister for 15th amendment of the constitution. Mazumder said the amendment went “against people’s aspiration”, while added that: “the changes in the constitution have been made to keep one person’s unitary decisions.” ASM Abdur Rob, president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, criticised the decision of imposing section 144 in different districts of the country. Rob blamed the government for its failure to uphold peace and political stability in the present crisis period. Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who was on the chair at the programme, called upon the civil society to be loud to create pressure on the chief leaders of BNP and Awami League to make them bound to sit in a dialogue programme for the sack of people. Among others TIB Trustee Board Chairman M Hafiz Uddin Khan, former Secretary Ali Imam Majumdar, Socialist Party of Bangladesh’s General Secretary Khalequzzaman, Bangla daily Samakal’s Managing Editor Abu Sayeed Khan, Comunist Party of Bngladesh’s General Secretary Abu Zafar, Bangladesh Jatiya Party’s General Secretary Nazmul Haque, spoke at the programme. l
Blasts in front of two private channels n Kailash Sarkar
Two private TV channels, Ekattor Television and Desh Television, in Baridhara and Mouchak areas respectively came under bomb attacks yesterday evening. Two journalists of Ekattor Television were injured in the attack. Senior Newsroom Editor Zakaria Akanda Biplob reportedly sustained serious lacerating wounds, while a camera crew Alamgir Hossain suffered injuries in the ear. Witnesses said miscreants threw the bombs when the two journalists were
standing in front of the office building. The TV channel blamed supporters of the opposition for the attack. The channel’s journalists said Biplop sustained injuries in his leg and was admitted to United Hospital, adding that later he was shifted to the Dhaka CMH, following the instruction of the prime minister. Khandaker Lutful Kabir, deputy commissioner of Gulshan Division, said no one could be arrested in this connection yet. Two crude bombs were also exploded in front of the office of “Desh Television,” where the daily Bhorer Kagoj’s office is also located. l
in criminal activities. She added: “Poverty brings them to the roads. We are trying our best to bring them to the path of correction but after being released from shelter homes like rehabilitation centers and juvenile correctional centers, they take the same path again as we are not providing them with any alternative way of income.” Noted psychologist Dr Mehtab Khanam observes that children by nature are creatures who need nurturing to turn into adults through learning and gathering experiences in life. The manner in which children grow up and the kind of things they observe in their surroundings influence the foundation of their principles that they eventually form about life. She added that absence of strong parental control and lack of opportunity to get proper education are compelling the juveniles to engage in criminal activities. l
desire to become terrorists one day. On the basis of studies conducted over children engaged in crimes and years of experiences of working in the field, experts say they were introduced to criminal activities by none other than their parents. This was not the case with the lower income group only. Parents belonging to the upper strata of the society were also responsible for their children’s addiction to drugs. They observed that most of the teenagers fell prone to drug addiction because their parents provided them with excessive pocket money. The parents of this group rarely bothered to spend quality time with their children, as they were too busy with work. Nayeem Wahra, a children’s rights specialist said choked by poverty many parents forcefully engaged their children in work outside home to get an addition in the family income. This often leaves the child with no
other option but to avail means of earning which are not based on any ethical ground. This is how they fall prey to criminality and the rate of juvenile delinquency rises up, he opined. “We cannot solely blame the parents for this. First we have to ensure that the families become self-reliant in terms of income,” he added, Most of the time, the adolescents engage in violence out of sheer curiosity and due to lack of foresight. They also get involved to test their physical strength, endurance and to meet the desire for adventure. Wahida Banu, executive director of Aparajeyo Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, told: “If one goes by record, you will find 75% of the children in the country have been brought up in grave financial crisis.” Taking advantage of their poor economic conditions, some unscrupulous gangsters engage them
BNP’s abidance to constitution would avert confrontation
Journalist Gias Kamal Chy dies
n Rabiul Islam
Veteran journalist Gias Kamal Chowdhury died of old age complications at a city hospital early yesterday. He was 74. Gias Kamal, who had been undergoing treatment for a prolonged illness, including cardiac problems and diabetes, breathed his last at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital, Dhanmondi, says a UNB report. He had also been suffering from pneumonia and other respiratory problems for fluid coagulation in the lungs. He had suffered a stroke in 1993 and been almost bedridden since 2011. Hailing from Sharishadi village under Feni sadar upazila, Gias Kamal left behind his wife, two daughters, a son and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death. His namaj-e-janaza will be held in front of National Press Club today at 12 noon. He started his career in journalism with the Dhaka Times in 1964. Later he joined the English daily Morning News. Gias Kamal was a former president of National Press Club, Dhaka Union of Journalists and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists. He was Dhaka correspondent of Voice of America (VOA) and editor of the Bangla daily Khabarpatra. He once
It is possible to avoid the political confrontation centring the polls-time government if the opposition has a mindset to abide by the constitution, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury. Matia made the remark at the 44th episode of BBC Sanglap at BIAM auditorium in the city yesterday while answering a question from the audience. The question was: “Is conflict imminent if the chiefs of two main political parties do not accept each other’s proposals for solving political crisis?” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently proposed an all-party polls-time government while BNP leader Khaleda Zia proposed a polls-time government comprising of 10 advisers from the caretaker governments of 1996 and 2001. “If we want democracy, there is no reason for confrontation,” Matia said adding if there was a conflict, many vested interests would be benefited. BNP Vice-Chairman Selima Rahman said: “Chances of conflict will be inevitable if negotiation does not take place. Then again, we cannot say for certain that negotiation will not happen. We want a neutral caretaker government to oversee the polls.” l
n Tribune Desk
acted as chief reporter of the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). He was awarded “Ekushey Padak” in 1992 for his outstanding contribution to the country’s journalism. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their profound shock at the death of the veteran journalist. In a message, the president recalled the contribution of Gias Kamal Chowdhury in the field of journalism in the country. He prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members. In a message of condolence, the prime minister recalled Gias Kamal’s role in the country’s journalism profession. She prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed her sympathy to the bereaved family members. l
NU exams rescheduled
n Our Correspondent, Gazipur National University authorities have postponed all first year honours examinations, scheduled to be held today, due to “unavoidable circumstances”, said a notice issued yesterday by the examination controller. The exams in political science, social work, social science, statistics, geography, environment, anthropology and economics will be held next Saturday at 9am. l
BNP leaders pay homage to journalist Gias Kamal Chowdhury yesterday
Sunday, October 27, 2013
A man must believe in something The history and heritage of religious beliefs in the Ganges basin civilisation
n Tim Steel
t may be an act of supreme folly to write about religious heritage in any country, being liable to offend someone. Those readers who are firm in their faith are generally very hard to move from their beliefs, so it is probably the most insecure who are easiest to offend. But the purpose is not to offend. As someone secure in my own belief in the omnipotence of an Almighty, not being in Malaysia I might even use the lingua franca of Bangladesh, and use the “Allah” word. Faith fascinates me. And the heritage of religious beliefs, faiths, fascinates me most of all. Writing about such a sensitive topic derives from another strong belief; that the rich, probably unique, history of religious beliefs in Bangladesh is an intrinsic part of an extraordinary heritage in these lands.
easy to appreciate, especially for someone like me, who for most of his life has had a home in a very natural environment; worship of the natural phenomena like the sun and moon, rivers, tides and trees, in other words, Animist beliefs in the vital importance to very existence of such phenomena. It has, in fact, become much easier for me to appreciate, since retiring from a largely urban based life in London, and great cities of the world, to a remote location in the western Highlands of Scotland. There, the sun rises, splendidly and colourfully, so many days of the year, over towering mountains, and waters of the sea; and sets, over cliffs and islands, and, of course, the apparently endless Atlantic. The way the moon draws in the tides, and influences the weather, is also obvious, and, in the solitude, it is easy to develop respect for much of the natural environment all around,
The uniqueness of developments in the lands around the Ganges especially derives, it may be reasonable to believe, from the fact that the world’s first industrialised communities formed what we know as the Ganges basin civilisation
The lands around the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers – the names of both, strong in faith associations – have thousands of years of philosophical development. They certainly bear witness to the practice of at least five major belief groups, and possibly a sixth as well. An inheritance that is hard for any other nation in the world to match. And the truth is heritage sells, especially perhaps the heritage of religions, which so often leaves in its wake some of the greatest, tangible, visual, monuments, and literary traditions too. Since my work in Bangladesh has, for many years, focused on support for ventures, especially private sector initiatives, that could create much needed jobs, and generate alwayswelcome foreign exchange, taking courage in both hands, this writing will explore the tradition in Bangladesh. The development of beliefs is
A view of the bank of the Ganga in Varanasi
and the wild life that inhabits it. In fact, my own version of animism vested in my own environment. It is equally easy to understand how, especially in busy lives, engaged in the work of living, hunting, fishing, agriculture, that such beliefs can be “delegated” to someone who appears to have an especial affinity with such objects of reverence. Such delegation, which are their own form of shamanic practices, and beliefs in “priests,” continue to this very day in most, if not all, faith groups, where the priests often acquire their own veneration by extension of their special relationship between people and object of veneration. These two early belief groups, closely associated as they may be, continue to survive, even today, in remote corners of Bangladesh. Appeasing dangerous natural phenomena such as poisonous snakes, or flooding-prone rivers, impact on
so many lives, and may often seem to require propitiation for protection of loved ones, and life itself. And turning, for help and advice, to the person of priest, or shaman, is a common enough practice of such faith beliefs. From these early, some might call them primitive, faith practices, whilst far from denigrating their simple and uncomplicated beliefs, have grown more sophisticated faith groups. The uniqueness of such developments in the lands around the Ganges especially derives, it may be reasonable to believe, from the fact that the world’s first industrialised communities formed what we know as the Ganges basin civilisation. The preoccupation of production and trading led to both lack of personal time and opportunity, and a growing wealth, to reflect respect for the natural order of the world, in the building of places and developing organisations, for showing such respect. Doubtless, the trading led to sharing philosophies with neighbours, and trading partners further afield. The disciplines of trading also certainly led to the development of disciplines we might now call administration. In such a centre of trading, the development of writing and recording skills became inevitable as part of management of business, and so the Vedic culture emerged, and with it, greater sophistication in faith practices. The Hindu pantheon of Gods and practices developed, and has remained, based around these lands. Whilst the Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka may be, at about 1,000 years old, the earliest clear evidence of this faith, the ancient writings “speak” volumes for both the complexity and duration of beliefs that have inhabited Bangladesh, certainly from earliest days. Nor is it likely to be any coincidence that first emerged a derivative, and at the same time a parallel belief group, Jainism. In view of a core belief of Jainism that all life is sacred and absolutely inviolable, this group may well have emerged as a resistance to the sacrificial traditions of both Animist and early Hindu, Vedic traditions, in which such sacrifice was both a propitiation and honour to the object of worship. Sacrifice, of course, has a distinct heritage in Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions, but the Jains were the first to entirely eschew such practices.
A view of the sunset from the bank of Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh. These were objects of veneration that heavily influenced the early beliefs WIKIMEDIA Whilst Jainism has largely disappeared from Bangladesh, and left remarkably few traces, there are indications, both archaeological and documentary, of the way in which it once flourished here. The most vivid of the records can perhaps be found in the journal of the English merchant, Ralph Fitch, who described in his visit to Sonargaon, the flourishing merchants, who would eat no flesh, and wore no clothes except for a small cotton lap cloth. There can be little doubt that these masters of 16th century trade were Jains. In the middle of the first millennium BCE, at Patna, not far removed from the India Bangladesh border, and on the banks of the Ganges, a Nepalese prince meditated on the meaning of life, and found enlightenment. It was, presumably, both the wealth that afforded him
the opportunity for such meditation, although doubtless, himself eschewing it, and the Hindu and Jain traditions, together with the more ancient and less sophisticated beliefs, that informed his philosophising. The great concentration of Buddhist remains in Bangladesh, over 400 estimated at the last count, one of the densest concentrations in the world, pays tribute to the way in which this great belief group came, for centuries, to dominate a country that lived so much by trade. And it was of course that trade that afforded the opportunity to share the beliefs with so much of the rest of Asia. It was also that flow of international
through them to China, and other parts of southeast Asia. Altogether, this clearly represents a very rich heritage of philosophy and belief, and one that it is possible to hope that the Bangladesh of today might learn to aspire to emulate, and surpass. After all, if a man must believe in something, there seems to be no reason at all, not least on the evidence of its history, for this man, at least, to believe that the lands of Bangladesh are capable of more, much more, than either at present, or in the past. l Tim Steel is a communications, marketing and tourism consultant.
Whilst the Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka may be, at about 1,000 years old, the earliest clear evidence of this faith, the ancient writings ‘speak’ volumes for both the complexity and duration of beliefs that have inhabited Bangladesh
trade that first brought Islam to these lands, with merchants newly converted, doubtless arriving even during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet. It is theorised by some scholars that, half a millennium earlier, it was the Buddhist traditions that also influenced the great Christian teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. Some of those scholars detect a strong influence of Buddhist teaching in the preaching of Jesus Christ as reported in the Gospels. Others, more controversially, but, for us, fascinatingly, go further, and suggest that the gap between the reports of the precocious child, debating in the Temple with elders, and the mature leader who began his ministry ten or twenty years later, may have been filled by someone like the successful merchant, Joseph of Arimathea, whose trading ventures may well have made the lands of the Ganges Delta familiar to him, and the Buddhist centres of study and learning that abounded there, to take, or send, the youthful Jesus to study there. No more beyond the bounds of possibility than that Islam not only arrived in these lands during the Holy Prophet’s lifetime, but also passed
Sunday, October 27, 2013
60-hour shutdown to disrupt supply chain of essentials n Tushar Hayat, Chittagong The 60-hour shutdown called from today is likely to disrupt supply chain of essential commodities and industrial raw materials this month as the country went on a pretty long vacation for Eid and Puja festivals. If the weekends and the oppositioncalled three hartal (shutdown) days are added to them the current month will have only 15 working days. Officials at the Chittagong Port said delivery of goods continued even during the weekend and holidays though the volume was very thin as the importers could not complete taxation procedure during the period for delivery of goods remains fully suspended during the strike. Mahabubul Alam, president of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they had only 12 working days in October because of weekends and vacations while another three days would go in vain for the strike. “It will put an adverse impact on the supply chain of essential commodities and industrial raw materials,” he said urging the political parties to refrain from announcing such programmes for the sake of keeping the wheels of the economy active. Sayad Sagir Ahmed, general secretary of the Khatunganj Trade and Industries Association, said the strike
Rain paralyses lives Warning for coastal areas
n Our Correspondent, Barisal Non-stop rainfall with thunder and gusty winds started on Friday night and continued till yesterday evening affecting normal lives in Barisal. Prodip Kumar, officer of Kalapara weather radar station of the district, said the weather office has asked to hoist weather signal number 3 in coastal areas and signal number 1 at the inland river ports. Barisal weather office sources said the rainfall, started around 10:30pm and continued until the filling of this report in the evening without breaks. It has crossed more than 59 millimetres in 9-hours from 6am to 3pm. Lowland areas near river and canal banks affected by flash floods have caused its dwellers immense suffering. Busy roads of the town were almost empty, as most of the people had confined themselves to their houses. Makeshift shops, hawkers markets remained closed during most of the day, while very few customers’ visited kitchen markets as people refused to come out of their homes unless it was an emergency. Attendance at educational, religious institutions, sociocultural-political programmes was also very poor. At the same time, people who had no choice but to leave their homes for their workplaces had to suffer due to a shortage of transportation. Road transport operators and passengers said road communication in the Kuakata tourist zone was often disrupted as ferry gangways were submerged due to excessive rain, while road transports were seen plying the risky Barisal-Faridpur route and the Barisal-Dhaka highway. l
would disrupt the chain severely, which would ultimately affect consumers as it would cause price of essential commodities to go up. AM Mahabub Alam Chowdhury, vice-president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said handling of cargo inside the port went on but they would not be able to carry the goods to other parts of the country for three days due to the 60hour strike. “We usually carry our goods at night during day-long strike. But this time we will not be able to do so as it is a 60-hour shutdown at a stretch,” he added. Abdul Wahab, acting first vicepresident of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers’ and Exporters Association, said the garment industry would be the worst victim of the 60hour strike as they would miss the deadline for shipment. “Most of the garment factories are located in Dhaka and its adjoining areas. The owners of these factories will not be able to send their products to the Chittagong port due to the strike,” he said adding that many of the owners might have to face cancellation of orders. He also said the raw materials of garment industries would also not reach on time because of the strike, which would hinder its production too. l
Rab officials arrest two BBA students of Bangladesh Islami University from its Maniknagar campus following an altercation with the lawmen yesterday
Biopesticide to cut chemical fertiliser use
DU scientists claim these inventions will reduce import of costly tannery chemicals
n UNB, Dhaka A group of Dhaka University scientists has invented a biopesticide for agricultural use and a couple of bating agents for the tannery industry from a genus of bacteria known as bacillus, raising the hope of reducing dependence on chemical fertilizers. These inventions can play a vital role in cutting the use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture as well as reducing the dependency of the tannery industry on costly import of chemicals, claimed the scientists and industry insiders. Arafat Al Mamun, a researcher at Centre for Advance Research in Sciences (CARS) of the university, and member of the team of scientists from DU’s Microbiology Department and
the CARS, told UNB that the new biopesticide has been developed from a bacterium, named Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Led by Prof Mozammel Haque, the research team also includes Prof Dr Shakila Nargis Khan, Asaduzzaman Sishir, Md Nahinur Rahman Akand and Nusrat Khandker. Mamun said the pesticide was tested on different vegetables, including egg-plants, cabbage and cauliflower, and gave good results. “The main significance of this bio-pesticide is that it can reduce the use of chemicals in agriculture and in the way can help reduce the chemical pollution in the foodchain,” he noted. He also confirmed about the invention of some enzymatic a bating agents and a de-hairing enzyme from bacte-
rium of the Bacillus genus by the same research team. Bating agent is used in a great quantity for processing leather in the country, costing no less than Tk 5 billion to the tanners for the import of the traditional chemicals, according to industry insiders. The other enzyme invented by the team can be used in the de-hairing process and can lead to a reduction of the use of some poisonous chemicals, said Haque. The enzymes known as ‘proteas enzyme’ and ‘keratinase enzyme’ can also be used in the detergent industry as additives, he added. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), the country used about 49,000 tonnes of chemical pesticides in fiscal
Climate change workshop begins at DU n Du Correspondent, Arif Ahmed A two-day-long workshop on Adaptation to the Impact of Climate Change on Socio-economic Conditions of Bangladesh began yesterday in the conference room of the Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences at Dhaka University. The programme was organised by the Alumni Association of German Universities in Bangladesh (AAGUB) in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Goethe Institute Dhaka and embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh. Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor
Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest. The vice- chancellor at the programme said: “Bangladesh is recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of the impacts of global warming and climate change. Climate change has already had disastrous impact on natural resources, forests, rivers, and on people’s life style and livelihoods.” He urged everyone to be conscious about the climate change and take initiatives to stop it saying “unless we take appropriate measures to properly address the climate change temperature could rise even more rapidly”. Arefin also blamed human activities
Security has been beefed up at Chakoria in Cox’s Bazar in the wake of mindless violence by BNP-Jamaat men yesterday
for increasing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “We should develop our mind set by inculcating the idea of climate pragmatism among our citizens and we should continue to tackle climate crisis prudently so that climate change adaptation is ensured and disaster risk is reduced.” President of AAGUB Prof Dr Muhammad Qumrul Hasan presided over the function while Deputy Head of the Mission of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh Mr Ferdinand von Weyhe and Principal Advisor of German Development Cooperation Mr Hans-Joachim Hermann addressed as guests of honour. l
2012-13. The total expenditure for pesticides import is estimated at Tk 20 billion annually. The use of sodium sulfide and many other chemicals for de-hairing process at the tannery units at Hazaribagh causes a daily discharge of about 21,000 cubic metres of untreated liquid waste to the water of the Buriganga, said Nahinur Rahman Akand, a research assistant at the Enzyme Technology Section of CARS. He said ‘prototype tests’ of the enzymes was done at the Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology (ILET) laboratory. “A leading leather and footwear company has used our bating agents and de-hairing enzymes, and the results are very positive,” he added. l
Renowned physician dies n Our Correspondent, Narsingdi A renowned physician from Narsingdi town died in the West-Kandapara area of the town early yesterday. Altaf Hossain, 90, died from agerelated complications at his residence. He left behind two sons, one daughter, grandchildren and many wellwishers and relatives. On hearing the news of Altaf’s death, political leaders, physicians, social workers, among others, rushed to his residence to pray for peace for his departed soul. BMA President Dr ATM Golam Dastogir and Secretary Dr. Mozammel Haque were among those present. l
Families lament deaths of Jubo Dal men n Our Correspondent, Chandpur Families of the three opposition activists, who were killed during Friday’s clashes at Chandpur’s Faridganj upazila between BNP-Jamaat, Awami League and the police, are lamenting the losses of their loved ones. Md Babul Bhuiyan, eldest son of Abdur Rahim in the Badarpur village of the upazila, was a carpenter in the area who also served as the president of Rupsa (north) union’s Jubo Dal unit. Babul, who had three childrens aged 13, nine and six, had gone to a BNP procession at Faridganj sadar on Friday along with his father Abdur Rahim; but it was only Rahim who made it back home alive. With the earning member falling victim to political violence, the pregnant wife of Babul is uncertain how the family would survive in the future. Another victim of the violence, Arif Hossain, 26, was the youngest son of Abdul Alim in Barpaika village. A tiles worker in profession, Arif left behind a wife and a two-year old daughter. Arif was a Jubo Dal activist and joined the BNP procession in the town after Jumma prayers, where he died during the clashes. Meanwhile, the third victim of the clashes – Jahangir – was a favorite face in the upazila’s Gazipur village. He did not have children of his own, but adopted an eight-year old girl as his own. Jahangir, who was the vice-president of the local ward unit of Jubo Dal, worked at a cooperative office in the area before his death. The death of Jahangir – the family’s youngest child– has devastated the entire family and left them speechless. l
1000 BNP-Jamaat men sued
Cropland lies under water
n UNB, Chittagong
Police filed five separate cases in the city and Sitakundu upazila early Saturday against 1000 BNP-Jamaat activists on various charges including obstructing law enforcers from performing their duties. SM Badiuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Police Station, said assistant sub-inspector Kamal Hossain filed a case against 42 identified and 350400 unidentified men in connection with Friday’s clash between police and BNP-Jamaat men in Shuklal Hat area. Traffic inspector Shawkat Ali filed a case with Kotwali Police Station under Explosives Act and Special Power Act, 1974. Sub-inspector Ershad filed another case with Chandgaon Police Station against 400 BNP-Jamaat activists for obstructing police from performing their duties. Meanwhile, sub-inspector Tajuddin Ahmed filed a case against 80 unidentified people with Port thana and assistant sub-inspector Sanjib Dutt Khulshi filed another case with Khulshi police station. l
Water stagnation along vast tracts of wetland in the nine upazilas of Bagerhat has kept 5,018 hectares (62,000 bighas) void of cultivation, especially of aman paddy. Waters in the marshy areas are also damaging the vegetable and coconut gardens of thousands of people. If the uncultivated lands could be made fit for agriculture, some 20,000 tonnes of aman paddy could be produced from the areas, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension, Bagerhat. For the situation, farmers are incurring a loss of Tk200m annually. Waters remain stagnant in the wetlands of the nine upazilas due to unplanned sluice gates and fish cultivation that takes place by filling up canals illegally. Taking advantage of the water stagnation, a section of influential people are cultivating fish in the waterlogged canals by stopping the flow of their water.
Sources at the Bagrehat DAE said 5,018 hectare of cropland in the district are going through the ordeal of perennial water-logging. Of the total land, 15,750 bighas are in Bagerhat sadar, 17,775 bighas in Molahat, 16,875 bighas in Rampal, 788 bighas in Fakirhat, 1,875 bighas in Morelganj, 3,900 bighas in Sharankhola, 3,000 bighas in Mongla, 937 bighas in Chitalmari and 500 bighas in Kachua upazilas. Bagerhat DAE deputy director Heerendra Nath Howlader said due to permanent water-logging farmers cannot cultivate transplanted aman. Vegetable and coconut trees are also being damaged due to the water stagnation. As vast areas of land are under water, there prevails a year-round acute fodder crisis. Bagerhat Water Development Board’s deputy divisional engineer Samser Ali said due to the ceasing of excavation work for a long period of time, almost all canals have been filled with silt. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Monga tests peasant underclass 40-day job scheme yet to be launched Taherul Islam, another farmer at the n Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat Shiberkuti village in Lalmonirhat Sadar The yearly cycle of poverty and hunger, which symbolizes the pre-harvest season during Ashwin-Kartik in Lalmonirhat, is testing the spirit of its peasant underclass, who are desperately seeking work opportunities to help themselves through the transition. Monga, as the cycle is known locally, has forced many of them to migrate as far afield as Chittagong and even the capital city. The crisis has been felt almost equally by marginal farmers in the five upazilas of the district, and other districts of the northern region too. The farmers say during the Bengali months of Ashwin-Kartik (September-October-November), after Aman crops have been planted, they have nothing to do but wait for the harvest season to come, and not much to subsist on either. So they flock to neighbouring towns in search of alternative means of livelihood, some becoming rickshaw-pullers, some day-labourers, some millers, and so on. Mofiar Rahman, a farmer at the Balapara village of Aditmari upazila, said he and twenty others in the village were preparing to move to Bogra in search of jobs.
upazila, said every year a “famine-like situation” (monga) prevails in the district during this time with few job opportunities for those involved in farming activities. There is a government-run assistance programme for victims of monga, providing them with temporary employment. The programme, called Employment Generating Poorest Programme (EGPP), involves 40-days’manual work for a daily wage of Tk200. However, despite approval of necessary funds by the government, the project has yet to be launched. Sources at the Lalmonirhat District Relief and Rehabilitation Office said, the government had allocated over Tk47m to employ some 5,946 “ultra-poor farmers” – both male and female. The project was supposed to start from early October. Mahasinul Haque, who is in charge of the office, said although the project was supposed to be launched on October 1, it was not possible due to problems in preparing the list of beneficiaries. “We will launch it as soon as we have the list ready,” he said. l
Aggrieved businessmen of Maijdee town put the shutters of their shops down and block the main road protesting arson attack on their establishments by BNP-Jammat activists ahead of three-day shutdown yesterday DHAKA TRIBUNE
Cattle hide retailers DAHAGRAM-ANGARPOTA HOSPITAL control market in Magura n Our Correspondent, Magura Cattle hide retailers of Magura are dominating the market over wholesalers this year. For the last five years, the wholesalers had been allegedly depriving retailers by forming syndicates in the market. Wholesalers informed that the tannery owners’ association fixed the prices of cowhides at Tk75-80 and goathides at Tk50-55. However, the wholesalers were being compelled to buy hides at a higher price, they alleged. In this situation, they fear that they will incur losses around Tk10m this year, the wholesalers of the area claimed. When contacted, Billal Hossen, a retailer of Magura town, said they were facing losses by selling hides for the last five years as wholesalers had been exploiting them by forming a syndicate. This year the retailers decided not to sell cowhides below Tk85 per square feet while goat-hides at Tk60, he said, adding that the retailers achieved a handsome profit this year. Meanwhile, Abu Sharif, a wholesaler of the area, said they were being compelled to purchase hides at higher price than the association’s fixed price, and claimed that they would face heavy losses unless the tannery owners association increased the rate. District Marketing Officer, Magura Jakir Hossen said retailers got a good profit this year. The wholesalers would also be benefited, as tanners were purchasing hides at higher rates compared to the fixed rate. l
Indoor service closed after a month of inauguration n Our correspondent, Lalmonirhat The indoor service at DahagramAngarpota Hospital was closed after a month of its inauguration with the outdoor service running at snail’s pace due to the hospital staff ’s ignorance. Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina inaugurated the service on October 19 in 2011 for the enclave people’s to provide proper health care services to them round the clock at DahagramAngarpota under Patgram upazila of the district. People alleged that only a few staff, a medical officer and fourth-class employees are now running the hospital as most of the doctors and staff are irregular at the health care center. Enclave people also alleged that they submitted written complaint for several times to the local MP Motahar Hossain, also the state minister for Primary and Mass Education, but they did not get any fruitful result. The Dahagram-Angarpota 10-bed modern hospital was established for giving outdoor services to the enclave inhabitants in 1985. Later, a total 27 staff including four medical officers, a pharmacist, four senior nurses, four assistant nurses, a store keeper, an office assistance, two ward boys, two cooks, two night guards, two MLSS, two attendants and two sweepers were posted in the hospital on October 19 in 2011.
New X-ray machine, ambulance, beds and other medical accessories were installed into the hospital in 2011. But only after a month of starting the hospital in its new phase 15 staff including three doctors were transferred from the hospital. Of the rest 12, six including a medical officer are very irregular in the hospital. Under this circumstances only the other six staff along with a medical officer and fourth-class employees are working regularly in the hospital. Zillur Rahman, assistant community medical officer of the hospital, admitted that Nur Arefin Prodhan, medical officer of the hospital, along with five other staff is irregular in their duties. Reza Islam, general secretary of Dahagram-Angarpota Enclave Sangram Parishad, said many patients with different diseases were admitted at the hospital to get indoor service during the first month of its inauguration and all of them got a very good service. Dr Golam Mohammad, upazila health officer of Patgram, said indoor service of the hospital was closed due to lack of manpower, but he claimed that the outdoor service is going on properly. They have no plan to re-run indoor service immediately, said the officer. He also added that departmental action will be taken if any staff of the hospital is found irregular in duty. l
Training for farmers to get better production in Kurigram n Tribune Report Maize farmers received a day long training to get better production in Kurigram yesterday. The training was held in Solidarity Training Centre owned by seeds businessmen of the district. It was organised by Auto Crop Care Limited-an agriculture related business organisation. The training was funded by Swisscontact and Practical Action under a project of Markets Work for the Chars (M4C). To have better production in upcoming summer season, farmers of Sadar upazila, Rajarhat Upazila and Ngerswari upazila of Kurigram were provided the training. Farmers can increase the production of corn if they used high quality maize seeds instead of traditional seeds. It costs around Tk18,000-20,000 to cultivate corn on one acres of land and get 160 mounds of maize by using high quality seeds, but, the farmers were getting only 60-80 mounds of corn from the land. Bidhu Bhushon Ray, specialist of crop production of agriculture amplification department attended the programme as a chief guest. Among others, Ziaur Rahman, officer of Auto Crop Care Ltd, Golam Dostogir, sales officer of the company, Rabiul Hasan and Sushant Shaha, operation officer of M4C, also spoke at the programme. l
Two BNP leaders stabbed n UNB, Bagerhat A group of Awami League activists allegedly stabbed two local BNP leaders at Mandartola under Kachua upazila in Bagerhat on Friday. The victims were Nurul Islam Sheikh, 30, vice-president of 7-ward unit Juba Dal of Gajalia union, and Mujibur Rahman, 45, vice-president of the ward unit Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal. Ali Reza Babu, general secretary of Bagerhat district unit BNP, alleged about 12 people, led by two Awami League leaders, attacked Nurul and Mujibur, stabbed them with sharp weapons in the area in the morning and left them injured. Later, they received treatment from a local clinic. However, Ali could not mention the names of the leaders exactly, who carried out the attack. Abu Jihad M Fakhrul Alam Khan, officer-in-charge of Kachua police station, a case and counter-chase took place between activists of AL and the BNP fronts in the area in the morning, but neither side filed complaints with the police in this regard. l
NEWS IN BRIEF Man electrocuted in Jhenaidah A 40-year-old man died of electrocution at Dhopabila village under the Jhenaidah sadar upazila yesterday. The deceased was Israil Hossain of the village.Hospital sources said Israil tried to collect leafs from a jackfruit tree near his house. He was electrocuted when a live wire met with the tree’s wet branches. Locals sent him to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.
Substandard shampoo recovered in Jhenaidah A mobile court in Jhenaidah recovered a huge quantity of substandard shampoo at Paglakanai gate area in town yesterday. The court, led by Magistrate Masum Ali Beg and medicine caretaker of Jhenidah Nazmul Hasan, found the illegal products from a sweetmeat shop named Roshona Bilash in the town. The court fined the owner of the shop Tk10,000 for possessing the products, the court sources said.
15 shops burn down in Chandpur At least 15 shops were gutted by a fire that broke out at Natun Bazar in Matlab (North) upazila on Friday. Locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit around 4pm at a shop at Natun Bazar and soon engulfed 14 other adjoining shops. On information, a fire fighting unit from Chandpur town rushed in and doused the flame after frantic efforts. Ten people were injured while extinguishing the blaze. The
Six shops gutted in Sirajganj Six shops were gutted in a fire incident at Boro Bazar in Sirajganj town early yesterday. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop and soon engulfed five other adjoining shops around 4am. Being informed, a firefighting unit rushed in and extinguished the blaze after one hour of frantic efforts. The affected shop owners estimated the losses caused by the fire at about Tk3m.
Couple hacked to death in Faridpur An elderly couple was hacked to death by unidentified criminals at Munshidanga village in the district headquarter early Saturday. The deceased were Shamsu Mir, 70, a retired member of Navy and his wife Shelly Begum, 60, of the village. The couple had two daughters and a son who have been living in Dhaka. Neighbours found their slaughtered bodies lying in a pool of blood in their house around 9 am and informed police. On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Faridpur Medical College hospital morgue for post mortem examination. Officer-in-Charge of Kotwali police station Sayed Mohsinul Haque said dispute over family property might be the reason behind the double murder. A case was filed in this connection.
Notorious Indian criminal held in Lalmonirhat n Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat
Indian drug smuggler Fokra Babu arrested by BGB on Friday night at Durakuti area of Moghlhat border in Lalmonirhat sadar handed over to police yesterday DHAKA TRIBUNE
affected shop owners claimed that the extent of losses caused by the fire could go up to Tk2m.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel arrested a notorious Indian criminal, who also happens to be one of BGB’s most wanted men, from the Durakuti area of Mogholhat border in Lalmonirhat sadar upazila on Friday night. The arrestee Babu Islam alias Fokra Babu, 35, is the son of Aminul Islam of Jari Dharla village under tje Kuchbihar district of Paschimbanga, India. The arrest was made at around 9pm when the criminal, who is notorious for supplying narcotics and arms to Bangladesh, was returning home after partaking in a drug smuggling syndicate’s meeting at the Banvasa area of the town, sources at the BGB said. They also informed that Babu used his strong criminal network in the area to smuggle Indian contraband drugs, especially phensydil, and arms to Bangladesh through the Mogholhat border. “The arrested Indian criminal Fokra Babu with help of Bangladeshi criminals entered Bangladesh through the Mogholhat border and committed criminal offences. In the last three months, he committed six criminal of-
fences including attacking BGB men, looting and vandalising Bangladeshis’ residence, abducting Bangladeshi and others from the Mogholhat border area,” said Subedar Abdul Hamid, BGB commander of Mogholhat company camp. “The arrested Indian criminal Fokra Babu was on the BGB’s most wanted list,” he added. Local residents said Babu and his gang openly harassed and tortured Bangladeshi citizens on the border area, but no one could protest the misdeeds out of fear. Babu has at least seven cases lodged against him with India’s Dinhata and Kuchbihar police stations, they added. BGB sources said, Babu confessed during his interrogation and provided BGB with information on Bangladeshi drug syndicates. The BGB however refused to disclose further details because of ongoing investigation. Confirming the arrest, Commanding Officer (CO) of Lalmonirhat 15BGB battalion Lieutenant Colonel Mahbubur Rahman said the criminal was being interrogated at the battalion’s headquarters. He will be handed over to the police after his interrogation was completed, the CO said. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Germany, Brazil to propose anti-spying resolution at UN
Germany to send spymasters to United States over Merkel allegations
n Reuters, United Nations
n Reuters, Berlin
Germany and Brazil are drafting a UN General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy after a former US intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programs, UN diplomats said on Friday. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread snooping by the US National Security Agency. Charges that the NSA accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel’s mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe. Germany said on Friday it would send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House. In response to the disclosures about US spying, many of which came from fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the German and Brazilian
UN delegations have begun work on a draft resolution to submit to the 193-nation General Assembly, several UN diplomats told Reuters. “This resolution will probably have enormous support in the GA (General Assembly), since no one likes the NSA spying on them,” a Western UN diplomat said on condition of anonymity. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. However, assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can carry significant moral and political weight. Merkel demanded on Thursday that Washington strike a “no-spying” agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, adding she wanted action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words. Last month, Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders to accuse the United
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff
States of violating human rights and international law through espionage that included spying on her email. Rousseff also expressed her displeasure by calling off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for this month over reports that the NSA had been spying on Brazil. l
Syria Kurds take Iraq border post from jihadists n AFP, Beirut
Syria claims al-Qaeda linked group’s leader killed
Kurdish fighters in Syria seized a crossing on the eastern border with Iraq from jihadist rebel forces during fierce clashes at dawn on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Kurds “took control of the Al-Yaarubia border crossing with Iraq at dawn after clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the Al-Nusra Front and other rebels,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The clashes left fighters dead on both sides, said the Observatory, a Britain-based organisation that relies on a network of sources on the ground for its reports. On Friday morning the Kurdish fighters had entered the town of Al-Yaarubia, which they have been fighting the jihadists for control of for several days. The Kurds and the jihadists have been fighting for months for control of northeastern Syria, an area rich in oil and wheat. l
Syrian state-run TV reported Friday that the leader of a powerful al-Qaeda-linked rebel group has been killed — a claim that if confirmed would be a huge blow to fighters trying to topple President Bashar Assad. At least one rebel commander denied the report. Questions remained over whether Abu Mohammad al-Golani, head of Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, had indeed died. State TV said he was killed in the coastal province of Latakia, but did not say when or give details. Later Friday, it removed the report from its website without explanation. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which closely monitors the fighting in Syria, said senior Nusra Front leaders contacted by activists in Latakia and the eastern Deir el-Zour province denied al-Golani had been killed. Other Nusra Front sources said
n AP, Beirut
they could not confirm or deny the report “because contact with al-Golani was cut,” the Observatory said in a statement. A rebel commander in a Damascus suburb contacted by The Associated Press said he believed al-Golani was “alive and well” based on his contacts with other fighters including those from Nusra Front. He declined to elaborate or be identified for security concerns. The report comes as the fragmented rebels have suffered significant losses on the battlefield. Syrian troops killed at least 40 opposition fighters, including Nusra Front members, earlier Friday in an ambush near Damascus, the government said. Assad’s forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah gunmen also seized control of a rebel ammunition supply route on a highway linking the capital to its eastern suburbs — part of a blistering government offensive to bolster its position amid an international push for peace talks. l
Germany will send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House on allegations that US security officials tapped the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel has demanded action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words, following the accusations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) accessed tens of thousands of French phone records as well as monitoring her own private phone. “We are talking to the Americans to clear things up as quickly as possible,” the German government‘s deputy spokesman Georg Streiter said. “A high level delegation will travel for talks with the White House and National Security Agency to push forward the investigation into the recent allegations,” he told a news conference.
Berlin will dispatch the heads of its foreign intelligence agency BND and of its domestic counterpart, the BfV. Merkel’s chief of staff Ronald Pofalla, who is responsible for the intelligence services, may also join them. Speaking at an EU summit on Thursday, Merkel said the alleged bugging had shattered trust with the United States. She demanded Washington agree a “no spying” deal with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington’s closest EU allies had to be stopped. The White House has denied the United States is bugging Merkel, but Washington officials have refused to say whether it did so in the past. Members of the European Parliament‘s civil liberties committee said they will also fly to Washington for talks on Monday and explore “possible legal remedies for EU citizens.” The rift over US surveillance tac-
BAHRAIN: V FOR VENDETTA
Bahraini anti-government protesters handcuff themselves to their cameras in a show of support for jailed photographers during a march in Karrana, Bahrain, just west of the capital of Manama, on Friday, October 25. A few thousand people participated in the march organised by opposition societies, calling for democracy and for the Gulf kingdom’s long-serving prime minister to step down AP
Brazil bus fare protests turn violent n Agencies
Demonstrators set fire to a street sculpture in the shape of a bus station turnstile
Demonstrators protesting against Sao Paulo bus fares vandalised turnstiles and ATMs and set buses on fire at the city’s main station, after a peaceful protest turned violent. The protests, organised by the group Movimento Passe Livre (Free Pass Movement) gathered outside the city’s municipal theatre and marched to the bus station on Friday night. At least one police officer was injured in the ensuing clashes, which saw activists setting off fire extinguish-
ers and spray painting slogans on the terminal. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from Sao Paolo, said demonstrators were calling for better public transport and a drop to zero of all the bus fares in the city. Movimento Passe Livre has been demonstrating against Sao Paulo bus fares since 2004, but the protests have grown since June, when a wave of demonstrations against the high cost of living spread around Brazil during the Confederations Cup. “As long as transportation is man-
Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest
Golden Dawn to protest over criminal indictments
n AFP, Paris
n AFP, Athens
A Greenpeace activist Saturday staged a two-hour protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia’s detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group. The activist also unveiled a banner with the slogans “Free the Arctic 30” and “Militants in prison, climate in danger,” forcing authorities to close the French monument to tourists in the morning. The protest, which began at around 9am ended two hours later after firemen removed the activist from the site. Moscow has sparked an international outcry over its heavy-handed response
after two Greenpeace activists in September scaled a state-owned oil platform to protest against Russian energy exploration in the Arctic. It detained 30 crew members of the Dutch-flagged icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, including two journalists, in the northern Murmansk region, on piracy charges, which prosecutors later reduced to hooliganism. Cyrille Cormier, a Greenpeace campaigner, told AFP: “We are here to send a message to the French government to do everything to secure the release of the 28 militants and two journalists.” “Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is due to visit Russia next week. We are asking him to put this case on the agenda,” he added. l
A French firefighter (top) approaches a Greenpeace activist hanging from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS
Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn will hold a demonstration on Saturday against the recent indictment of several key members in a government crackdown following the murder of an anti-fascist musician last month. The early evening protest in Athens comes as authorities prepared to hit other senior Golden Dawn members with fresh charges as early as next week and after a move by parliament to cut the party’s state funding. Anti-fascist groups are also staging gatherings to counter the neo-Nazi protest. Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, deputy party leader Christos Pappas and party MP Yiannis Lagos are being held in a high-security Athens prison on charges of running or belonging to a criminal group. In total six of the party’s MPs including Michaloliakos have been charged in connection with the investigation. Magistrates are now expected to press criminal charges against three other Golden Dawn lawmakers whose immunity from prosecution was lifted last week. No trial date has been set. If convicted, each accused face at least 10 years in prison. Golden Dawn says the government crackdown is “unfair, illegal, unconstitutional and purely political persecution.”
tics first emerged earlier this year and had appeared close to resolution, but Berlin said on Wednesday it has obtained information that the United States may have monitored Merkel’s phone. Earlier this week French newspaper Le Monde reported the NSA had collected tens of thousands of French phone records between December 2012 and January this year. Only three months ago Merkel’s Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich made a similar visit to demand answers in Washington. The need for another trip has left Germany looking like it was duped and brought fierce criticism of Merkel for not taking a tough enough stance. “In the summer, we received explanations and assurances,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday. “Whether we can trust these explanations and assurances, that must be examined again.” l
“The real purpose of this dirty war of mud is the political extermination of Golden Dawn, the only political force resisting the (austerity) storm,” the party said. Golden Dawn is Greece’s third-most-popular party, with 18 seats in parliament. Formerly on the fringe of Greek politics, the group boosted its popularity by tapping into widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms in debt-wracked Greece, which is slogging through its sixth year of recession and where youth unemployment stands at 60%. Authorities began a crackdown on the far-right group following the killing of a leftwing musician by a self-confessed neo-Nazi. The September 18 murder of hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn supporter triggered public outrage, putting pressure on Greek authorities to take action against the party. Court documents have linked Golden Dawn to two murders including that of Fyssas, three attempted murders and numerous assaults. Witnesses have also testified that senior party members were involved in migrant beatings, extortion and possible arms smuggling. A number of police officers have also been arrested in connection with the investigation for allegedly aiding the group or turning a blind eye to its activities. l
aged according to the interests of businessman and not those of the public who uses it on a daily basis, we will remain on the streets fighting,” said protester Marcelo Hotimsky. Meanwhile, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Friday that Sao Paulo will receive the equivalent of $2.5bn of federal funds to expand its subway and commuter train networks. The funds are part of the $9.6bn the federal government will lend Sao Paulo state to improve its urban mobility. The city will have 30 years to repay the government at subsidised interest rate. l
Car blast strikes election office in Libya
n AFP, Benghazi
A bomb exploded Saturday in the car of an electoral official in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi causing damage but no casualties, an official said. “The car was parked in a lot outside a school in the Majuri district which is being used as centre for the committee organising the elections,” he told AFP. No one was hurt in the blast but five cars belonging to committee members, who were attending a training session in the school, were damaged. Libya is planning to hold municipal elections in Benghazi . l
WORLD WATCH Iowa college says squirrel vandalised bicycle
A squirrel roaming a community college in northern Iowa has become the No. 1 suspect in a vandalized bicycle incident. Officials at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville say the rodent chewed through two tires, a bicycle seat, a headlight and a taillight in the span of two days beginning Wednesday. The Sioux City Journal reports the bicycle owner, an associate math professor, reported the incidents to Estherville police. Another professor later came forward with a photo that shows the squirrel attacking the bike. A school spokeswoman says the photo helps solve the mystery of how the bicycle was vandalised without witnesses seeing a suspect.
Indian woman who donated kidney weds organ recipient
A central Indiana woman who promised to donate one of her kidneys to a man she barely knew has married him three years after his successful transplant surgery. Chelsea Clair and Kyle Froelich met at a 2009 car show when he was 19 and she was 22. Clair learned that day that Froelich had a serious kidney disease — and she told him then and there she would give him one of hers. She underwent the necessary tests and ended up being a near perfect match. Three years ago, she donated one of her kidneys to Froelich. The Indianapolis Star reports that the couple was married Oct 12 at the Danville Conservation Club, the venue that hosted the car show where they met.
‘Internal error’ downs NSA website
The National Security Agency’s website went down for several hours Friday, but the US spy service known for hacking into computer networks blamed the outage on a technical mistake. The website, NSA.gov, went down in the afternoon, setting off speculation on Twitter that the site may have suffered a denial of service attack by hackers. But an NSA spokesperson denied the claims, saying they were “not true.” The website was operational again around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT Saturday). The hacker group Anonymous joked about the incident in a tweet, without saying if it had played any role. “Aw don’t panic about nsa.gov being down. They have a backup copy of the internet,” it said.
Egyptian ex-army officer was suicide bomber
Al-Qaeda-inspired militants say the suicide bomber who carried out a failed assassination attempt on Egypt’s interior minister last month was a sacked military officer. A video posted Saturday on militant websites in the name of the Ansar Jerusalem shows a man identified as Waleed Badr, who wears a major’s uniform. He says in the video that the Egyptian army is “bent on fighting religion” and “loves America” more than Egyptians. A narrator says Badr, who graduated from the military academy in 1991, was fired from the army and joined militants in Afghanistan and in Syria. He also tried to go to Iraq but was arrested in Iran and spent a year in prison.
Iran hangs 16 after deadly border attack: judiciary n AFP, Tehran The Iranian authorities on Saturday hanged 16 “rebels” following overnight clashes in which 14 border guards were killed on the frontier with Pakistan, a judicial official said. “Sixteen rebels linked to groups hostile to the regime were hanged this morning in the prison of Zahedan in response to the death of border guards in Saravan,” Mohammad Marzieh, the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchestan province, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. “We warned the rebel groups that any attack targeting civilians or members of the security forces would not go unanswered,” he added. The official IRNA news agency, quoting what it called an informed source, said the clashes in which the border guards were killed occurred in a mountainous region used by both drug traffickers and armed rebels. Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said that the guards had been killed during the ambush set by Iranians who were “members of hostile groups.” He added that “three soldiers have been taken hostage and taken to the other side of the border in Pakistan.” The Sistan-Baluchestan province, home to a Sunni Muslim majority, has seen militants from the Sunni group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) launch bloody attacks in recent years. In October 2012, a suicide attack against a Shiite mosque in the far south of the province killed at least two people and wounded several others. l
Obama administration seeks pause in new Iran sanctions push n AP, Washington The Obama administration is asking Congress to hold off on enacting new sanctions against Iran. It says a pause in the push to impose new penalties would give negotiators flexibility in talks now under way to get Iran to comply with demands it prove its nuclear program is peaceful. Even as US officials argue that tough sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, the White House and State Department said Friday the administration wants lawmakers to wait on new sanctions legislation to give the negotiations time to get traction. Some lawmakers have argued that now is not the time to ease pressure and that pursuing new sanctions will give the US additional leverage in the talks.
‘The window for negotiation is not open-ended, and if progress isn’t made, there may be a time when more sanctions are, in fact, necessary,” Hayden said. “We have always said that there would be no agreement overnight, and we’ve been clear that this process is going to take some time’ However, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it was the consensus of the administration’s nation-
US President Barack Obama
al security teams that a pause “would be helpful in terms of providing some flexibility while we see if these negotiations will move forward.” She said the position was delivered to lawmakers and congressional aides at a White House meeting on Thursday. “We have conveyed that any congressional action should be aligned with our negotiating strategy as we move forward. So while we understand that Congress may consider new sanctions, we think this is a time for a pause, as we asked for in the past, to see if negotiations can gain traction,” Psaki told reporters. She noted that additional sanctions can always be imposed later if the Ira-
nians fail to meet their obligations, and she stressed that no existing sanctions are being lifted. At the White House, national security council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the negotiations would not last indefinitely without progress and movement from Iran, which has long defied international demands to come clean about its nuclear intentions. “The window for negotiation is not open-ended, and if progress isn’t made, there may be a time when more sanctions are, in fact, necessary,” Hayden said. “We have always said that there would be no agreement overnight, and we’ve been clear that this process is going to take some time.”
Bipartisan pressure in Congress to ramp up sanctions on Iran has been rising for some time and hit a new high last week after negotiators from the United States, the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany met with Iranian officials in Geneva. The chief US negotiator, Wendy Sherman, told Congress before those talks that the administration would support tougher sanctions on Iran if it did not come to the Geneva talks with “concrete, substantive actions” and a verifiable plan to scale back its nuclear program. The United States and other world powers fear Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. The Islamic republic says its program is for peaceful energy production, and this week’s meetings in part focused on how to scale back its enrichment of material that can be used to generate power or nuclear warhead material. The Senate Banking Committee is expected soon to draft new sanctions shortly after the government reopens, largely mirroring a House bill that passed overwhelmingly by a 400-20 vote in July and blacklisted Iran’s mining and construction sectors. It also called for all Iranian oil sales to end by 2015. The Senate’s bill may narrow that timeframe, block international investment in more economic sectors, try to close off Iran’s foreign accounts and tighten Obama’s ability to waive requirements for allies and key trading partners who continue to do business with Iran.l
7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan PM says ready to be more Japan; no damage reports assertive against China-Media n AP, Tokyo
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant early Saturday, triggering small tsunamis but causing no damage. An earthquake official with the Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.
‘It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before’ There was no damage and only one minor injury was reported, the national Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Tsunamis of up to 40 centimetres hit four areas along the coast, but a tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake. The epicentre of the 2:10am. Tokyo time (1710 GMT) quake was about 290km off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, 480km away. “It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before,” Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government’s disaster management
department, told The Associated Press by phone. “Luckily, the quake’s centre was very far off the coast.” Mizuno said the operator of the troubled Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said no damage or abnormalities had been found. Japan’s meteorological agency issued a 1-metre tsunami advisory for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast. It put the quake’s magnitude at 7.1, while the US Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 7.3. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific. The meteorological agency reported tsunamis of 40 centimetres in Kuji city in Iwate prefecture and Soma city in Fukushima, as well as a 20-centimetre tsunami at Ofunato city in Iwate and a 30-centimetre tsunami at Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture. All of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors remain offline as the government decides whether they meet more stringent requirement enacted after the 2011 quake, which triggered multiple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks at the Fukushima plant about 250 kilometres northeast of Tokyo. A string of mishaps this year at the Fukushima plant has raised international concerns about the operator’s ability to tackle the continuing crisis. Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shinichi Tanaka has scheduled a Monday meeting with Tokyo Electric’s president to seek solutions to what he says appear to be fundamental problems. l
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe China took issue with a Japanese media report saying Abe had approved a policy for Japan to shoot down foreign drones that ignore warnings to leave its airspace. “Don’t underestimate the Chinese army’s resolute will and determination to protect China’s territorial sovereignty,” Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said on the ministry’s website. “If Japan does resort to enforcement measures like shooting down aircraft, that is a serious provocation to us, an act of war. “We will undertake decisive action to strike back, with every consequence borne by the side that caused the trou-
ble,” Geng added. Relations have deteriorated sharply in the past year, with the main sticking point being conflicting claims to uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, known in Japan as the Senkaku islands and in China as Diaoyu. Ties have taken a further battering over visits by Japanese lawmakers this month to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo honouring both war dead and Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals. China is also at odds with several South East Asian states contesting its claims to large swathes of the South China Sea. l
Car bomb targets mosque in Damascus suburb n Agencies
Gunfight pits Afghan against foreign soldiers - one dead
A car bomb explosion has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens more near a mosque in the Damascus province town of Suq Wadi Barada, a monitor said. “At least three of the dead were children,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman on Friday. The town is under rebel control, but troops loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad were positioned right outside it, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. State news agency SANA also reported the blast, and blamed “terrorists,” the term the Assad regime uses for forces fighting to oust it. “The car exploded while the terrorists were packing it with explosives near the Osama Bin Zeid mosque. Terrorists and civilians were killed,” said the agency. “Two bodies have arrived at the Moassat hospital, including a seven-year-old child’s. There are also 30 wounded people, most of them critically.” l
A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least one Afghan serviceman and injuring a number of other soldiers, according to Afghan and Nato officials. So-called “insider attacks” are severely straining ties between the Nato -led alliance and the Kabul authorities and further undermine waning support for the war in the West. They have become one of the Taliban insurgents’ most effective weapons against the coalition. “There was an argument between an Afghan and foreign soldier inside a military base... where they opened fire on each other. An investigation is ongoing,” defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said. The soldier killed was Afghan, a spokesman for the Nato -led force said. A number of others were reported to have been injured. Insider attacks have been on the rise in recent months, with at least five re-
n Reuters, Kabul
Villagers wade through floodwaters in Banapur village, in Khurda district
India flooding; 39 dead n AP, New Delhi
Days of torrential rains have unleashed floods in southeast India that have killed dozens of people and forced the evacuation of more than 70,000 others from hundreds of low-lying villages. As of Saturday, 39 people had died in flood-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states since the rains began Monday, according to officials quoted by the Press Trust of India. Many drowned when swept away by surging waters or were killed when weakened walls collapsed onto them. Hundreds of villages were inundat-
ed and crops were being ruined in the so-called Rice Bowl of India. Railway services have been suspended along routes where tracks were submerged or damaged. Residents of India’s high-tech hub of Hyderabad were wading through kneedeep water surging through the streets. The local Disaster Management Department said evacuated residents were sheltering in 178 camps, while relief workers in boats and helicopters were working to help or rescue hundreds of thousands stranded by floods that have swamped both coastal and inland regions along rivers.l
14 Iran guards killed in border clashes: IRAN n AFP, Tehran Gunmen identified as “bandits or rebels opposed to the Islamic republic” killed 14 Iranian guards on the border with Pakistan in clashes overnight, state media reported on Saturday. The official IRNA news agency, quoting what it called an informed source, said the clashes occurred in a mountainous region used by both drug traffickers and armed rebels. “Fourteen border guards were killed during armed clashes in the region of Saravan, and five others were wounded,” the agency said. The unnamed source identified the gunmen as “bandits or rebels opposed to the Islamic republic.” Saravan lies in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan near the Pakistani border and is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims, unlike the rest of Shiite-dominated Iran. The region has scene bloody clashes over the past few years and officials say that more than 4,000 police officers and soldiers have been killed in the past three decades in fighting with traffickers. In October last year three Iranian border guards were killed in clashes with armed drug traffickers in the Koshtegan region, also near the border with Pakistan. Iran is a major transit route for drugs that originate in Afghanistan and is trafficked across its territory, with much of it bound for Western countries. The Islamic republic says it is fighting a deadly war against drug traffickers who make up half its prison population. Drug trafficking is punishable by death. l
Taiwan major held on China spying claims: report n AFP, Taipei
n Reuters, Tokyo Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive towards China as Beijing threatened to strike back if provoked. A top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to an attempt to conceal ulterior motives in the region and prove to be “extremely dangerous.” And the defence ministry warned Japan not to underestimate China’s resolve to take whatever measures were needed to protect itself. Abe, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, said Japan should take the lead in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals. He said he had realised at recent meetings with South East Asian leaders that the region sought leadership from Tokyo in terms of security amid China’s more forthright diplomacy. “There are concerns that China is attempting to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law. But if China opts to take that path, then it won’t be able to emerge peacefully,” he told the newspaper. “So it shouldn’t take that path and many nations expect Japan to strongly express that view. And they hope that as a result, China will take responsible action in the international community.”
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ported since Sept 21, compared to 11 incidents since the start of the year. A flurry of attacks last year prompted the coalition to briefly suspend joint military operations, a cornerstone of its mission, and adopt measures limiting interaction between troops. “If it gets worse it’ll make the coalition plan for post-2014 come apart pretty quick,” said an army strategist working on those plans. Most foreign combat troops are due to leave by the end of next year, but a small mission may remain in Afghanistan to continue supporting its newly-formed military and police forces. Afghanistan and the United States have not yet agreed on several issues in a bilateral security pact and Washington has threatened to pull out its troops next year unless differences are ironed out soon. Two years ago, the United States ended its military mission in Iraq with a similar “zero option” outcome after the failure of talks with Baghdad authorities. l
A Taiwanese air force major has been taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China, a report said Saturday, in the latest spying scandal to hit Taiwan. Identified by his family name Hau, the major allegedly sold information obtained from an E-2K early warning aircraft to China for an unspecified amount of money, the United Daily News cited prosecutors as saying. The information related to Taiwan’s land and air intelligence. Prosecutors have stepped up their investigation and suspect the involvement of up to 20 people in the case, the report said, without indicating whether they were civilians or military personnel. Officials were not immediately available to comment on the report. Taiwan has been rocked by several spying scandals in recent years, reflecting the fact that intelligence gathering has continued despite warming ties with China. Although they split in 1949 at the end of a civil war, Beijing still regards the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. In February, a former Taiwanese air force lieutenant colonel received 12 life sentences for spying for China for a reported payment of $269,000. In 2011, an army general and chief of an intelligence unit was sentenced to life for spying for China in one of the island’s biggest espionage cases. l
Indian troops battle suspected rebels in Kashmir n AP, Srinagar Police say a gunbattle erupted when Indian soldiers came under militant fire while patrolling a mountain village in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. A police officer says a suspected rebel was killed and a civilian was wounded in Saturday’s fighting. The officer spoke on customary condition of anonymity, and the report could not be independently confirmed. The officer says the troops launched a manhunt for more suspected rebels in the remote mountain village of Hushenpura and in nearby forests. The area is about 80 kilometres south of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The gunbattle follows a recent escalation in border fighting between Indian and Pakistani troops. Both sides claim Kashmir in its entirety, with each administering a part of it. l
Let there be dialogue
he good news is that the prime minister and the leader of the opposition finally spoke and have agreed to meet, with a view to resolving the crisis that the country finds itself in. The bad news is that the opposition is still going ahead with its 60-hour hartal, even though the conditions for the withdrawal of the hartal appear to have been met. Once again, therefore, the leader of the opposition seems to have damaged her party’s credibility and given the AL the moral high ground in negotiation. In the run up to an election, one would have thought that no party could afford to fall behind in the battle for public opinion. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the BNP-led 18-party will go ahead with its hartal, the fact that the two leaders spoke over the phone, for a What the two leaders reported 40 minutes, and must now demonstrate that further talks are forthis that dialogue is more coming, is a good sign for the than merely stalling nation. for time, and that they The country has been on genuinely wish to reach high alert and there was high a compromise and anxiety in the air the past resolve the crisis few days, especially with Khaleda’s statement that the government would be illegitimate first from October 25, and then, on further calculation, October 27, and any development that can help ratchet down the level of tension is to be welcomed. What the two leaders must now demonstrate is that dialogue is more than merely stalling for time, and that they genuinely wish to reach a compromise and resolve the crisis. It is now up to them to demonstrate their statesmanship and to show the people of this country that they are serious about averting further damage to the nation.
Off the map October 22
An interesting front page report was published on October 19 about Tanchi upazila, located in Bandarban. This is frankly the first time I have come across this name. The article portrays it as a totally landlocked, remote, and hilly forested area, with only basic living and communication facilities, except for some “katcha” roads and pathways. The government should take up the challenging task of initiating development of infrastructure and civic facilities here. May even be justified to have a couple of say 20KW small diesel generator sets for emergency backup. Once these facilities are in place, then road communication needs to be improved, and it could become an attractive tourist location! Engr SA Mansoor
The wrong call October 21
I’m not at all surprised with this current situation. This has become a tradition for our country. We the public will have to suffer through pre-election incidents. So when will the right time come? We have had enough wrong calls already. Shamim Hasan Since this editorial was published, there are two concrete proposals now! Both tend to collide head on because one is within the constitutional framework and the other is from outside the constitution. Both intend to hold fair and credible elections, but the means are radically different. This I feel is a very immature political stance. I agree with this editorial,
I sense a massive tidal wave of anarchy ahead. God save Bangladesh! Shafquat Zaman Khan
Canadian or US. Given the fact these industrialists couldn’t care less about the welfare of those who work in their factories so they can buy the super cars, designer wear, any number of palatial homes, travel in style and even buy a new nationality, let’s not forget “bribe” (buy) their way to years of lucrative “tax breaks”... it’s disgusting when they shirk responsibility for the situation in the sector, and continue to make excuses that are frankly just silly, about increasing wages! Sad.
Police swoop on Khaleda’s convoy, detain Tuku October 23
That is how polite the police are!! As I saw on TV yesterday, the police said they wanted to question him about some driving issues. Now the TV news shows that he has been arrested! Wow! Abu Syeed
Pregnant wife of a slain worker ‘abandoned’ October 22 Motaleb Khan It’s a really pathetic history of Bangladesh. Malcolm Arnold Unfortunately you are correct. Harun Ur Rashid Ripon Where has the Tk117 crore gone? We want answers from Hasina. Motaleb Khan How we can help this young woman?? Shajahan Jahan This is just so sad. Malcolm Arnold All talk but no action, so she suffers.
Census of tigers begins in the Sundarbans October 21
This is a very good effort. Traditional methods are not as dependable. To know the actual number of Bengal tigers in Sundarban, the work should be done by India and the Bangladesh government jointly. jyotirindranarayan lahiri
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It would be in the interests, both of the party and the nation, for the Awami League to try to engage with the opposition party and work towards a mutually acceptable arrangement. Ahnaf
rutland waters Every time the issue of raising minimum wages for garment workers arises, factory owners say they cannot afford it. Yet, I have never seen a factory owner living in poverty in this country, or abroad where many of them have second homes.
the PM’s proposal had room for further deliberation, even on the matter of the head of interim government. Now the proposal to take out the old skeletons from the cupboard, who were denounced by both the party heads in turn, appears to be a perfect recipe for a political impasse. We now have to wait for a miracle to happen for a peaceful election to take place in time. Wali
Other mountains to scale
Elections according to constitution: PM
he political uncertainty that the country has been thrown into is threatening the wellbeing of our greatest national resource – our young generation. The BNP chairperson’s threat of a continuous 60-hour hartal spelt doom and gloom for students preparing for crucial exams such as the Junior School Certificate exam, the Primary Terminal Examination. About five millions students are currently engaged in preparations for those two exams. Furthermore, thousands of O and A level students getting ready to sit for their exams have had their plans Not only do these thrown into doubt as the political agitations British Council said exams disrupt the progress of scheduled for October 28 our young population in would be cancelled in the a very tangible sense by event of a hartal, and would deferring all plans which be rescheduled for nightdepend upon completion time if the hartal was lifted. of their exams, they take Not only do these polita great psychological toll ical agitations disrupt the on the young minds progress of our young population in a very tangible sense by deferring all plans which depend upon completion of their exams, they take a great psychological toll on the young minds. As it is, important exams are stressful even under normal circumstances. There is no justification for mentally assaulting our youth further by throwing their whole lives into chaos. While national examinations can afford to push back their dates because of political instability, our O and A level candidates find themselves in a much trickier position. International exams cannot be postponed, and so sometimes need to be held in terribly inconvenient hours of the night. It is our responsibility to protect and nurture our next generation. By hurting them, we are crippling our own future.
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YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Crossword
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Just ask the lady n Muhammad Eusha
SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN
Credibility and the campaigns
n Jyoti Rahman
rom Facebook status writers to TV talking heads via op-ed columnists, everyone is talking about the BNP chief’s speech. Unsurprisingly, the BNP supporters are positive about it, while AL-ers find the speech not-so-positive, focusing on the number of former caretaker government advisers still alive in good health and with interest to serve in a potential new caretaker government. All that minutiae discussion completely misses the forest for the trees. The best take on Mrs Zia’s speech that I have come across is in David Bergman’s bangladeshpolitico.blogspot. com. Bergman summarises the content of the speech into five topics: militancy, India, minorities, end of revenge, and election proposal. While there has been a lot of noise about the election proposal – it’s not constitutional, there aren’t enough old advisers, this isn’t a lasting solution, yadda yadda - election proposal is the last thing Mrs Zia mentioned, after four other major issues. And her message is pretty consistent across all four issues - she is telling the people-who-matter: “Trust us, we won’t screw things up.” And who are these people-whomatter? Certainly the “international community,” but also what can be called, for the lack of a better word, the “domestic establishment.” She is telling the Americans and the Indians that as far as terrorism, militancy, insurgency, extremism and communal violence is concerned, a future BNP government will do at least as well as, if not better, than the current government. And with the “no revenge” message, she is telling the civil-military bureaucracy, local corporates, and the opinion makers in the media/NGOworld that under a BNP government
things will be stable and everyone will be safe. The BNP chief knows that she does not head a radical revolutionary movement. She knows that to successfully govern Bangladesh, she will need active co-operation of the local and foreign players. At the very least, concerted opposition by these players will doom any government she might ever lead again, no matter how big the parliamentary majority is. She is waging a campaign for the minds, if not hearts, of these players. The problem she faces is, there is nothing she can credibly do to convince these players.
the election, she will also need the people-who-matter. At the very least, she will need the civil-military law enforcement mechanism - people with guns - thoroughly and unquestionably obeying her orders in case of political violence, while the bureaucracy will be needed to keep the machinery of the state going. Can the PM be sure about such absolute loyalty? Think about this carefully. In 200607, senior officers of the army – on their own or due to instigations from others – marched on to Bangabhaban and upset BNP’s game plan. In 1996, senior bureaucrats came out of the secretariat to topple the BNP government.
As it happens, BNP is not the only side with a credibility problem. If the prime minister is really determined to stay in office until (if not beyond) the election, she will also need the people-who-matter
Let me use an example to explain my point. When a young man courts a young woman for marriage, he buys her expensive gifts, with a diamond ring being the ultimate. He does not expect to get the diamond ring back in case the liaison does not work out. That is the whole point of the ring — it’s a signalling device to demonstrate commitment. With the ring, the guy says to the girl that he wants her so badly that he is ready to spend a lot of money on this piece of rock. Is BNP courting the people-who-matter? What is BNP’s diamond ring? Does it have any? Of course, BNP will say “trust us, we won’t screw up” – who wouldn’t? What can BNP actually do to convince the doubters? As it happens, BNP is not the only side with a credibility problem. If the prime minister is really determined to stay in office until (if not beyond)
In contrast, until November-December 1990, the civil-military bureaucracy – as well as the (then a lot more important) international community and the (then nascent) corporate sector – remained loyal to the Ershad regime. Can the PM count on the police/RAB/ BGB/army to commit mass murder across the country to prop her up? Can she count on the civil administration to stay loyal? Can she expect the money to keep flowing to the party coffers? If the PM is committed to a path that is rejected by a majority of her own supporters, she will need the people-who-really-matter: peoplewith-guns. The thing is, if peoplewith-guns are involved, why would they not be involved directly? One answer is fear. In the Star Wars Episode IV, fear of the Death Star is supposed to keep everyone loyal to the Empire. The
prime minister does not have the Death Star, but she can remind the people-with-guns that their previous marches usually ended poorly: the 1970s coupmakers died violent death, first of them (August 15 killers) under her watch; more recent ones, from Ershad to Moeen-Masud duo, are either political orphans or exiles. She can remind the people-withguns that no one is safe from her wrath – not a Nobel laureate with international connection, not the opposition leader, no one. Is the PM really that scary? During this election, there will be the usual campaign across 300 seats, each with dozens of centres and local details. Countrywide opinion polls might suggest a BNP landslide, but local issues such as candidate selection and handling of party factions/dissidents will matter a lot, and could well produce an upset. But before we even get to those campaigns, two major campaigns are playing out right now, where the two parties are wrestling with their own credibility problems. The constitutional details or pedantry about which 1996 advisor is still alive and not in hospital will be ignoring these two campaigns. In the coming days and weeks, there will be a lot of latest developments – lights will appear and disappear at the end of tunnel, Ershad will join and leave alliances, there will be speeches and counter speeches, lifelong followers of Zia will find Bangabandhu and vice versa. But how these two major campaigns play out, and how the two parties resolve their credibility problem, will matter a lot more than any of those developments. Dear pundits, pay attention. l This artical was originally published in nuraldeen.com.
ichard Feynman, the famous American theoretical physicist, who contributed significantly to the most counterintuitive and paradoxical branch of physics, ie quantum mechanics, once famously acknowledged that despite being considered a leading pundit of the discipline and an expert on the subject for years, he hardly ever felt he could understand it well. The reader should not make the mistake of assuming it is Feynman’s humility: his statement was, as would be clear to those who know a bit about the peculiarity of quantum mechanics, inspired by a very genuine perception which even veteran physicists like him experience. Such is the eerie mystery of the subject. Even though politics, especially Bangladeshi politics, could hardly be considered to be as obscure as quantum mechanics, just like Feynman, many of our politicians seem to have lost their very understanding of political science, even though they do not possess Feynman’s candor to confess their ignorance. Some would very rightly say that most of them never had any understanding of it in the first place, making it impossible for them to lose it anyway. Why else would some of the politicians try to threaten one another saying they would “decide it on the streets”? If I heard it right, on the news on TV, more than once this very terrorising and sentimental threat has been uttered by some of the gladiators of our political arena in the recent past. The exact wording might have been different in different cases, but both the major political parties seem to be getting ready not just for a fisticuff but a conflict which may involve weapons possession which do not befit political activists but terrorists. The present political situation can very well be compared to a dormant volcano generating fear in the hearts of people who are uncertain about when the eruption would take place but the time may very well be imminent. There would have been no surprise at
Why else would some of the politicians try to threaten one another saying they would ‘decide it on the streets’?
the political parties’ affinity to pugnacity had they learnt to be careful about not using the word “democracy” so approvingly when microphones are held before them. The ironic fact is that they do not seem to understand even the rudimentary facts about democracy. Otherwise, why would they summon their street fighters instead of
asking people to give them a verdict about the present situation? No, I am not referring to holding an election to find out which political party they prefer.
In the middle ages, two knights seeking the hand of the same lady used to fight a duel to decide who gets to have her. It hardly seemed to occur to them that they could simply ask the lady who she wanted to be with
Why can a poll not be arranged to ask people whether they want a politically neutral authority to arrange elections or not? That is indubitably the most democratic way of settling it, is it not? Democracy is all about letting people choose. So if the nation is decrying possible trouble ahead over two obstinate political parties, why can we not request the public to enunciate their choice? One of the political parties keeps insisting that the election must be held as is permitted by a democratic system approved by the constitution. What seems to be nonchalantly ignored is that election results cannot possibly be considered credible if a major political party expresses a clear lack of belief in the impartiality of those who will be assigned the responsibility of arranging the polls. And what is so “undemocratic” about choosing a completely neutral poll authority with no partisan identity? The most important fact is, if this political party is so concerned about sustaining the sanctity of democracy, why can it not simply ask people to vote in favour of or against having a neutral authority for supervising elections? Are they scared about what the opinion of people might be? Both the political parties have the right to be a little intimidated. They have tormented people so much over the past few months that most among us have reached the level of extreme exasperation. While these parties are teaching one other how to spell the word democracy, they seem to care little about being truly democratic, ie to let the people choose their own fate. Both are claiming that the people love them and yet this is only a malevolent refusal to witness that the people are learning to despise them both. In democracy, nothing is decided on the streets. Is anybody listening? In the middle ages, two knights seeking the hand of the same lady used to fight a duel to decide who gets to have her. It hardly seemed to occur to them that they could simply ask the lady who she wanted to be with or whatever she wanted. It seems we are having a similar conflict here. Why can we not just ask the lady? Muhammad Eusha is a freelance contributor.
Why this insanity? n Mohammad Ali Sattar
any believed till yesterday that the leaders of bigger parties do not want further conflict. This was made evident one more time from the fact that the prime minister came up with a formal proposal of an all-party government.
People still looked up to the last minute deal or any move that could ward off the confrontation. Nothing happened
She called upon the main opposition to send in the names of their members to be inducted into the proposed cabinet. This proposal, though not profound in nature, created some ripples in various circles. BNP binned it. After a considerable lingering, Begum Khaleda Zia finally came up with an election
time government offer. If this was an outcome of her political conscience or done under compulsion from outer force, we do not know. Her proposition indeed lightens the dark alleys of our politics. This was, in a natural response, rejected outright by the ruling party and its allies. Khaleda Zia’a scheme should have been more mature. It was done in haste without much study. She should have had placed more than one proposals. People still looked up to the last minute deal or any move that could ward off the confrontation. Nothing happened. There was a momentary phone conversation between Syed Asharful Islam and Mirza Fakhrul, we heard only Fakhrul speak. We heard him say: “Now that we have sent out a letter to you (AL), we expect you to initiate a dialogue.” AL did to take steps for a dialogue. Then we have another stunner from our information minister that the prime minister would make a phone
call to the leader of the opposition. Begum Khaleda Zia thinks her party holds the edge and called for the 3-day shutdown until Tuesday evening. BNP and allies received shots in the arm when they finally got the consent of the police to hold rally in Suhrawardy Uddyan, while government is drawing consolation by not allowing them to hold the rally in front of the BNP office, where the meet was originally planned for. All said and done, we have been forced into a state of war. Or are we already under siege? Bloodletting and vengeance has become our political culture. Nevertheless we like to trust our leaders and would still like to believe, that deep down in their hearts they like to have a peaceful relationships. Our prime minister must be working on a safe exit plan in place to avert a crisis that might see us in the gravest of situations. The opposition leader also should have an acceptable program in place that will give us some solution to the problems that have
been plaguing this nation for decades. So, back to square one? Hold on, not so fast. New approaches are being worked on. We don’t mind this if it is all for saving the people and the na-
Our prime minister must be working on a safe exit plan in place to avert a crisis that might see us in the gravest of situations
tion from destruction. Dan Mozena is putting in his efforts for an answer. We might see more of our foreign friends join up with Mozena. Jatiya party now plans to contest the polls independently, out of the alliance, that is. They also dream to be a part of the democracy. Life was never easy for HM Ershad ever since he took power in 1982. For his very coming to power was unceremonious and unconstitutional.
By now social thinkers and political analysts have passed their judgment. On many counts, both the offers need to be seriously dealt with. The two leaders should now call on each other and sit with their offers. There might be elements that would not entertain the idea of a peaceful negotiation and a viable solution to the crises. These elements remain in good health in both parties and other smaller parties because they survive only through fishing in troubled waters. Peace-lovers are confused, but people have hopes. They look for that light at the end of tunnel, however faint it might be. For once, we would like to consider that maybe the two leaders will shake hands and smile at each other, so that the land smiles. This won’t be doling out a favour to the people. This is what they should always be doing. Mohammad Ali Sattar is chair, Peace Bangladesh Foundation and a political analyst.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I love to be a judge: Ayub Bachchu n Afrose Jahan Chaity Ayub Bachchu earlier appeared as a judge in different TV talent hunt shows including Benson and Hedges Star Search 1 and 2, and D Rockstar 1. Now, once again, he has become the talk of the town as a member of the judging panel of the ongoing reality show “Bangladeshi Idol.” The leading man behind the band LRB, Ayub Bachchu, talks about the recent scenario of talent hunt shows to Dhaka Tribune: “I love being a part of the judging panel in such programmes. It is always refreshing to get to know the young talents.” However, a recent incident at “Bangladeshi Idol” made disputes about the rock star’s opinion as a judge of the show. In a recent episode he loudly criticised a participant after he gave his performance. Later, the fans of the performers posted abusive comments about the veteran musician on different social networking sites. Ayub Bachchu, on the next episode, clarified that he scolded the participant as a guide just as he does it to his son. However, he expressed anguish over the offensive comments made by “so called” fans of the participant. While asked about the event, Bachchu said he does not want to think about it further and emphasised on moving forward with the positive sides of the show. “The participants are very impressive. I believe we will find a real
Shadhona’s latest dance drama Champabati was staged at the Experimental Theatre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 25. The experimental production combining different traditional folk dances was enjoyed by a houseful audience. SADIA MARIUM
committed singer through this reality show. Whoever wins the title of ‘Bangladesh Idol,’ he or she will do something remarkable in the music industry.” On audience voting system, the rock icon shares: “After all singers sing for the audience, they will choose their star. As judges, we can show the participants the right path for their future journey and suggest them how to improve.” “But, they have to remember that this is only the beginning. A much bigger platform is waiting where they have to work for the industry and the mass people. Honesty, hard work and commitment will be needed on bigger scale,” he shared his message for the youngsters. l
Razzak and Rezanur Rahman honoured n Entertainment desk
TODAY IN DHAKA Exhibition
Solo painting exhibition Castles in the Sky By late Sohrab Khan Time: 12pm – 8pm Bengal Art Lounge House 60, Road 31, Gulshan 1 Group Exhibition Unity of Souls
Time: 10am – 8pm Athena Gallery of Fine Arts A Heights, Cha-72/1/D, Progati Shoroni
Baramkhana Theatre (Baily Road) Time: 7pm National Theatre Hall Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Jobs Nishwartha Bhalobasa Titanic (3D) Monsters University in 3D Udhao Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini The Wolverine in 3D Bullet to the Head Level 8, Bashundhara City
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Urban Youth Festival II Time: 11am – 8pm Goethe Institut Bangladesh Road 9(new), House 10 Dhanmondi R/A
Iconic film actor-director Razzak and veteran film journalist Rezanur Rahman were honoured with Fazlul Haque Memorial Award 2013 at a city hotel yesterday. Writer and widow of Fazlul Haque, Rabeya Khatun and popular writer Abdullah Abu Sayeed handed over the awards to the awardees. Fazlul Haque Memorial Award is given away every year in memory of late Fazlul Haque who was a pioneer-
ing cine-journalist and director of “President”, the first film for children. His wife, renowned litterateur Rabeya Khatun initiated the award in 2004. Each year the awards are given away to two individuals for cine-journalism and filmmaking. The event was well attended by cultural personalities, journalists, family members, poets, well-wishers and family members of Fazlul Haque. As his reaction, Razzak said at the programme: “This is my first award as a film director. I am overwhelmed.” l
Jones sues Jackson estate over royalties n Entertainment Desk
Workshop on mime by Swapnodal n Entertainment Desk A five day long workshop on mime titled “Mime, Expression and Body Rhythm” is going to take place at the at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, from November 1 to 5. The workshop will be conducted by popular theatre artiste Zahid Repon. The troupe is inviting interested theatre activists to enroll for the workshop. Swapnodal is preferring people who have extreme passion for theatre and prepared to dedicate proper time, energy and creativity, to participate in the workshop. Applicants who have previous experience in dance, music or painting will get preference for the workshop. Interested candidates are requested to apply with CV, passport size photograph, and contact details to email@example.com. The last date to apply is October 30. The theatre troupe Swapnodol has completed thirteen drama workshops so far. l
Music producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson’s estate on Friday, seeking millions of dollars in royalties generated from some of the star’s biggest hits after the King of Pop’s death. Jones, who worked on Jackson’s three biggest solo albums - “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” - also named Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of Jackson’s longtime label, Epic Records, in the breach-of-contract complaint.
The lawsuit seeks at least $20 million in damages - $10 million for each of the two master contracts that Jones claims were breached in various ways under secret agreements between MJJ Productions and Sony after Jackson died Jones accused the music giant and the song company controlled by Jackson’s estate, MJJ Productions, of denying him royalties, fees and profit-sharing as they exploited Jackson’s work through the posthumous concert film “This Is It.” His claim, brought in Los Angeles Superior Court, also mentioned two Cirque du Soleil productions based on Jackson’s music, accompanying soundtracks and the 25th anniversary edition of “Bad.” According to the lawsuit, master recordings of songs Jones produced were remixed and edited to deprive the 27-time Grammy-winning producer of compensation he was entitled to under agreements with Jackson dating back to the 1970s and ‘80s. Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which he was taking as a sleep aid as he was preparing for series of comeback concerts. The movie “This Is It,” filmed during rehearsals for those concerts, generated more than $260 million at
the box office worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing concert films ever. The lawsuit seeks at least $20 million in damages - $10 million for each of the two master contracts that Jones claims were breached in various ways under secret agreements between MJJ Productions and Sony after Jackson died. “Quincy has been frustrated with these matters for a number of years, felt he was not making any progress and needed to take more formal action,” Jones’ lawyer, Henry Gradstein, told The Hollywood Reporter, which posted a copy of the suit online. In a statement issued to the website TMZ. com, Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, said: “The estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael’s estate. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael.” There was no immediate comment from Sony. Jones, 80, who has worked with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, first collaborated with Jackson as one of the composers for the 1978 film adaptation of the musical “The Wiz,” which starred Jackson as the Scarecrow. He went on to produce Jackson’s blockbuster solo albums, “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” - released in 1979, 1982 and 1987, respectively. They ranked among the most commercially successful albums of all time. “Thriller” alone sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the top 10, according to AllMusic.com. l
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Bollywood girls’ fascination for motorbikes n Entertainment Desk Bollywood’s leading men have played macho roles on screen for a long time now. From action scenes to daredevil stunts and riding fast bikes, they’ve dabbled in it all. Not to be left behind, in the last few years actresses too have been experimenting with such roles. To add to this repertoire, for some time now, heroines have been seen riding bikes as well. In the past, Anushka Sharma rode a bike with Shah Rukh Khan as her pillion rider, in her debut film “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”
(2008). In “Golmaal Returns” (2008) and 3 Idiots (2009), Kareena Kapoor was seen doing the same. And though the actor loves bikes in real life too, she was reportedly quite worried while performing the stunts. Then came Katrina Kaif’s chance to turn into a biker chick. The actor took away Hrithik Roshan’s breath when she chased his car on her bike in a scene in “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” (2011). She had reportedly said, “I learnt riding the bike within a few days before I shot the scene. That entire sequence took around three hours. I am ready to ride a bike on the streets of Mumbai now.” She will
even be seen performing some stunts in her next release “Dhoom: 3” as well. The last action heroine to have taken to the two-wheeler is Sonakshi Sinha. In fact, for “Son Of Sardaar (2012),” the actress took lessons from co-star Ajay Devgan on how to ride a bike as she was quite anxious about performing stunts on it. And now, yet another actress is preparing to take classes to learn how to ride a bike. Shraddha Kapoor, who will be seen opposite Sidharth Malhotra in Mohit Suri’s “The Villain” will ride a motorcycle in the movie. l
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
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Southee wants to win ‘tough’ ODI series
n Minhaz Uddin Khan The two-match Test series ending in a draw and the rain interruption throughout the tour so far has been frustrating for New Zealand. The tourists upon arrival had declared of stepping in this part of the globe for wins, but are yet to see one. Though there have been few individual feats, the visitors are still seeking for a team achievement. “The Test draw has been disappointing. However the games were competitive and both the teams did really well in the games putting up a good series for the spectators,” said New Zealand seamer Tim Southee to the media yesterday. Though no win, the drawn series along with individual feats were more than Bangladesh’s expectation. This led the Tigers to rest the whole of yesterday, but the few members of the tourist party who are part of the ODI team had spent some time in the nets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday morning before the rain interrupted.
More rewards for Mominul n Raihan Mahmood
State minister for youth and sports Ahad Ali Sarkar declared a monetary award of Tk200,000 for cricketer Mominul Haque yesterday as the lefthanded batsman became the man of the Test series against New Zealand recently. Mominul carved out a total of 376 runs in the two Tests and was the deserved winner of the series award. The state minister congratulated the middle-order batsman of Bangladesh saying his achievement has enhanced the image of the country and is a great feat in any yardstick. He hoped for continued success of Mominul. l
Bangladesh and New Zealand now looks forward to the three-game ODI series starting on October 29 at Mirpur. The achievements in the Test series is expected to boost the home side. However, pressure will be on the Kiwis who will go into the series with bitter memories from the 4-0 humiliating defeat in 2010 at the same venue. “It was disappointing losing that series 4-0, but things have changed now. We have played well in few our last ODIs and few of our guys have played here in the sub-continent recently so the preparation is fine I think. That series happened long time ago, the team now is different so yes we are excited with the three game ODI series,” said Southee. A superlative effort by hosts Bangladesh saw them register the first ODI series win against the Kiwis in 2010 and the upcoming series between the sides will be the first since then. “We want to put things right in the ODI series and come out of what had happened in the past. We have progressed in the one day side in the recent past and we want to keep on doing that. “We want to win the series to be honest, but this will be tougher than any of the series in the past. Bangladesh has improved in the ODI cricket in the last few years. They have been doing really well at home. We are definitely looking forward to the series,” said Southee who is yet to be a playing member for the tourists in the ongoing trip. The right-arm pacer sustained ankle surgery in July. Though a part of the squad, he was benched in the Test series. l
South Africa rout Pakistan to level series n AFP, Dubai
South Africa kept their seven-year unbeaten away record intact with an innings and 92-run win over Pakistan in the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday, squaring the two-match series 1-1. It was a thorough and professional comeback by the world number one Test team after going down in last week’s first Test by seven wickets, but the Proteas out-batted and out-bowled Pakistan at Dubai stadium. The win was completed with a day and 9.5 overs to spare when Pakistan were bowled out for 326 in their second innings after they conceded a big 418-run lead in the first innings.
Rain forces draw in U-16 match n Minhaz Uddin Khan
Inclement weather forced the first threeday game between Bangladesh Under-16 and visiting Madhya Pradesh Cricket Academy Under-16 to end in draw at BKSP yesterday. The persistent rain across Dhaka had interrupted the first day of the match and it continued in the second day as well. Hosts Bangladesh started the second day with an overnight score of 167 runs and stretched the innings to 216 before getting all out. Wicketkeeper-batsman
Graeme Smith (L) of South Africa and Misbah Ul Haq of Pakistan pose with the trophy at end of their second Test match in Dubai yesterday
Jakir Ali Naik added 46 runs to the tally along Kazi Anik Islam’s 41 while Ritesh Shakya led the MPCA’s bowling chart claiming seven wickets for 55 runs. Later, the home side bowlers dominated as they put the visitors under pressure by reducing them to seven for 56 before the game was called off. Three of the MPCA batsmen were dismissed for a duck while another three were restricted to single digit. Visiting opener Ankush Singh scored the highest 25. Shahibul Motin picked three wickets for Bangladesh while Kazi Anik claimed two. l
An action from the Plan Under-15 Girls’ football championship match between Bogra and Naogaon at Rajshahi district stadium yesterday COURTESY
But Pakistan did not go down without a fight as Asad Shafiq (130) notched his fourth Test hundred and, along with skipper Misbah-ul Haq (88), frustrated the South Africans during a 197run stand for the fifth wicket. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir finished with 3-98 and took a total of eight wickets in the match, while part-time right-arm offbreak bowler Jean-Paul Duminy took Shafiq’s wicket on the way to career best figures of 3-67. South African skipper Graeme Smith praised his team. “It was an outstanding four days for us, to respond in these conditions where I don’t think Pakistan have lost before. We got most things right in this game. Anytime you bowl a team out
for 99 you’ve gone way ahead in the Test match,” said Smith. Smith’s counterpart Misbah rued their first innings failure. “I am disappointed not to have won the series in these conditions,” said Misbah. “We couldn’t recover after being bowled out for 99. Smith and AB de Villiers batted really well.” However, South Africa’s deserved win was tainted by a ball-tampering row on Friday, when Faf Du Plessis was caught on television cameras scratching the ball on the zip of his trousers. The on-field umpires Rod Tucker of Australia and Ian Gould of England along with television umpire Paul Reiffel warned Smith, changed the ball and gave five penalty runs to Pakistan.
The ICC match referee David Boon of Australia then fined Du Plessis 50 percent of his match fee on Saturday. Pakistan were left to rue their low score of 99 in the first innings which never allowed them to add to their only series win over South Africa in 2003 and, after their rivals piled up a mammoth 517 runs in reply, the writing was on the wall. The highlight of the match was Smith’s epic 234 and AB de Villiers’ 164 during their all-time South African Test record stand for the fifth wicket of 338. The two teams now play a fivematch one-day series, the first of which will be in Sharjah on Wednesday. They will also play two Twenty20 internationals. l
Score Card Pakistan 1st innings 99 (Zulfiqar Babar 25; Imran Tahir 5-32, D. Steyn 3-38) South Africa 1st innings 517 (G. Smith 234, AB de Villiers 164: Saeed Ajmal 6-151, Mohammad Irfan 3-102) Pakistan 2nd innings (overnight 132-4) Misbah-ul Haq c Kallis b Elgar 88 Asad Shafiq st De Villiers b Duminy 130 Adnan Akmal lbw b Tahir 5 Saeed Ajmal lbw b Tahir 9 Mohammad Irfan b Duminy 14 Junaid Khan not out 2 Zulfiqar Babar retired hurt Extras: (b10, lb15, nb2, w1 pen-5) 23 Total: (all out; 135.1 overs) 326 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-2, 3-48, 4-70, 5-267, 6-278, 7-301, 8-323, 9-326 Bowling: Steyn 22-9-48-1, Philander 197-34-1 (nb1, w1), Morkel 22-7-47-0 (nb1), Tahir 42-14-98-3, Kallis 7-3-9-0, Duminy 21.1-3-67-3, Elgar 2-0-3-1 Result: SA won by an innings and 92 runs
Federation Cup on time, BPL uncertain n Raihan Mahmood
Bangladesh Football Federation’s Professional League Committee reaffirmed that the curtain raiser tournament of the football season Federation Cup will kick-off on November 4, but will go slow over the start of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) observing the political situation of the country. Abdus Salam Murshedy, the senior vice-president of BFF and the chairman of the committee presided over the
meeting yesterday at the BFF House and revealed the decisions to the press. “Its confirmed that the Federation Cup will kick-off from November 4 and the 10 Bangladesh Premier League clubs along with Rahmatganj are destined to play in the tournament, as there are 11 teams we will stage a play-off between BKSP and Bangladesh Police and the winner will be the 12th team of the meet,” said Salam. “The draw will be held on November 1 and the format of the tournament
will see the top two of each group reach the quarterfinal. The fixture is yet to be finalised so we can’t reveal the date of the final,” added Salam. However, Salam was concerned about the kick-off the premier league due to the existing political situation. “Usually the premier league starts within seven to ten days after the completion of the Federation Cup, but at the moment we are not sure about it. We will observe the scenario and take the decision later,” he said.
Salam said all the clubs of the BPL has informed him that they have already completed their team formation and will complete the players’ registration within the deadline of October 31 and there will also be sponsors ahead of the meet. Salam also added that the dispute regarding the five players are yet to be solved and the Players Status Committee has sought more papers to reach a conclusion as the papers they possess are not enough to provide a verdict. l
Shanta gives Rangpur flying start
Hockey transfer window postponed
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Shanta slammed seven goals as Rangpur district kicked off their Plan Under-15 Girls’ football championship with a gigantic 16-0 victory over Joypurhat at the Dinajpur district stadium yesterday. Rukhsana and Ratna also netted a hat-trick each for the victors while Moushumi and Lemu added one apiece. Meanwhile in the day’s other game, Jessore edged past Narail district 1-0 at the Chuadanga district stadium. Khadija scored the only goal in the 64th minute. At Rajshahi district stadium, Bogra defeated Naogaon 1-0 with Nijhum scoring in the 38th minute. l
The long-awaited inter-club players’ hockey transfer window, which was earlier scheduled for October 29-31, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, informed Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) through a press release yesterday. A league committee meeting is planned on November 2 where the next date will be rescheduled. However, BHF general secretary Khwaja Rahmatullah said the political unrest that saw a three-day long strike throughout the country is the reason
behind pushing back the transfer window. “We have a league committee meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow (Sunday), but due to strike the meeting has been called off. We can’t settle on the transfer window without the meeting, so we had to postpone it,” said Khwaja yesterday. The BHF general secretary hinted that the transfer window could take place on the following weekend between November 7 to 9. Earlier, Dhaka Wonderers Club, one of the rebel six clubs who boycotted all kind of hockey activity
under the newly elected committee, have withdrawn their decision and decided to participate in the transfer. Khwaja said he expected another club to change their mind at the end of this month and take part in the transfer window. However, he denied disclosing the name of the club, but inside sources informed it is likely to be Bangladesh Sporting Club. “I want every club to participate in the players’ transfer and play in the premier league. I’m hopeful to have another club (who boycotted hockey activity) to take part in the transfer by the end of this month,” said Khwaja. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Juve set sights after CL setback n AFP, Milan
Champions Juventus are expected to return to Serie A with fire back in the belly after a brace from Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo virtually extinguished their Champions League hopes. Juve host Genoa on Sunday with the pain of Wednesday’s Cristinao Ronaldo-inspired 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid still fresh in their minds.
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Barcelona's Neymar (2R) is congratulated by his team mates (L-R) Gerard Pique, Xavi, Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish La Liga "Clasico" match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona yesterday REUTERS
Barca down Real as Bale flops n AFP, Barcelona Gareth Bale had an El Clasico debut to forget as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Neymar and Alexis San-
chez. Bale had been surprisingly selected for just his second start since joining the club by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, but struggled to make an impression as Barca dominated the first-half. Neymar gave the hosts a deserved lead with a neat finish from a narrow angle on 19 minutes before Lionel Messi ought to have doubled the advantage when he fired wide moments later. Bale was replaced by Karim Benzema on the hour mark and the Frenchman nearly made an instant impact when he smashed the crossbar with 21 minutes remaining. However, Sanchez sealed the points 12 minutes from time with a delightful
Beckham says Fergie strength revived his career n AFP, London David Beckham hailed Alex Ferguson for helping get his career back on track after his infamous 1998 World Cup sendingoff made him a hate figure in England. In an interview with The Times newspaper, Beckham said the Manchester United manager was a tower of strength as he dealt with national vilification. The comments came after Ferguson said Beckham had become fame-obsessed and thought he was bigger than his boss. Beckham was sent off in England’s second round match against Argentina for kicking out at opponent Diego Simeone, in a game England went on to lose on penalties and go crashing out of the tournament. The midfielder was demonised the following season with Beckham receiving death threats and being booed by away fans, while effigies were hung and torched. But the midfielder came second in FIFA’s World Player of the Year vote as he helped United to win the English Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League. “Sir Alex was fantastic,” Beckham said. “He gave me huge strength with his support after the sending-off. The United fans were huge, too. “In some ways, I am glad I went through it. It made me stronger. When people criticise you, it is not a reason to give up, but to work harder and believe in yourself.” Describing the extent of his vilification, Beckham said: “Nothing could have prepared me for what happened. l
chip over Diego Lopez. Substitute Jese Rodriguez pulled a goal back for Madrid in stoppage time, but it was too little too late as Barca moved six points clear of their rivals at the top of La Liga. Bale’s inclusion was not the only surprise amongst Ancelotti’s starting line up as Sergio Ramos was also moved into an unfamiliar central midfield role. The Welshman had Madrid’s first effort on goal with a left-footed strike that sailed well over, but it was Barca who settled quicker as Real struggled to come to terms with Neymar’s pace and trickery. It was no surprise that it was the Brazilian who put Barca in front when he collected Andres Iniesta’s pass inside the area and sneaked his shot from a narrow angle inside the far post with the aid of a slight deflection off Dani Carvajal. The presence of Cesc Fabregas in the Barca side had forced Messi into an unusual position on the right side. However, the Argentine should have
Neymar 19, Sanchez 78
Lopez 5, 64, Fernandez 23, Nolito 73, Charles 81
doubled the lead two minutes later when he was released through on goal only to uncharacteristically slide the ball wide on his trusted left foot. Bale then saw another wild effort from distance fly well over, but Madrid did finally create a clear opening two minutes before the break when Cristiano Ronaldo showed Dani Alves a clear pair of heels down the left and Sami Khedira’s effort on the slide was brilliantly kept out by Victor Valdes. Bale’s miserable first-half was rounded off in stoppage time when he saw a yellow card for a high challenge on Gerard Pique. Madrid started the second-half
brightly as their pressing higher up the field unsettled Barca. However, the visitors had Lopez to thank for keeping them in the game as Javier Mascherano picked out Neymar with a wonderful pass in behind the Madrid defence and his volley was beaten away by the keeper. Ancelotti then introduced Asier Illarramendi for Ramos to improve Madrid’s use of the ball in midfield. Real’s pressing very nearly delivered an equaliser as Luka Modric and Khedira robbed Iniesta before the Croat fed Ronaldo and his rasping drive was turned behind by Valdes. Bale was then withdrawn as Ancelotti sent on Benzema in search of an equaliser. Ronaldo was less furious with referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco when he felt he had been bundled over by Adriano inside the area. And seconds later Benzema nearly marked his entrance in stunning fashion as he lashed an effort from outside the area off the underside of the bar. l
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Borussia Dortmund proved too strong for Schalke in Saturday’s Ruhr derby in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich edged out Hertha Berlin to stay top of the table. Beaten twice by their bitter rivals last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side gained revenge with a 3-1 win at the Veltins Arena, while Bayern came from behind to beat Hertha 3-2 and Bayer Leverkusen also recovered from the loss of the opening goal to win 2-1 against Augsburg. Bayern remain top of the table, a point clear of Dortmund and Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen. And a clear gap has now opened up below, with Hertha in fourth a further 10 points adrift. Dortmund got off to a dream start in Gelsenkirchen, taking the lead on 14 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stabbed the ball home at the end of a sweeping move.
Ten-man Arsenal preserve Premier League lead Manchester United belatedly rediscovered their famous fighting spirit by roaring back from behind to beat Stoke City 3-2 on Saturday and reenergise their Premier League title defence. David Moyes’s side trailed 2-1 at half-time and looked on course for a third successive home game without victory in the league, only for goals from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez to secure a much-needed win.
Results Aston Villa
Suarez 12, 17, 55, Sturridge 77 Van Persie 43, Rooney 78, Hernandez 80
Lambert 21, Rodriguez 43
Lukaku 68, Osman 81
Arteta 47-p, Giroud 87
Crouch 4, Arnautovic 45
United remain eight points behind Arsenal, who won 2-0 at Crystal Palace to consolidate their position at the head of the table, but they have closed to within three points of the top four.
Stoke took a fortuitous lead in the fourth minute at Old Trafford when Jonny Evans’s attempted clearance from an Erik Pieters cross cannoned against the prone Peter Crouch and flew into the net. Robin van Persie equalised in the 43rd minute, tucking home after Asmir Begovic parried a Rooney header, only for Marko Arnautovic to restore the visitors’ lead on the stroke of half-time with a superb free-kick. Stoke lost the influential Arnautovic to injury in the second half and United capitalised by turning the game around with a pair of goals in the space of three minutes. Rooney cleverly flicked a looping header over Begovic to equalise in the 78th minute, before substitute Javier Hernandez completed the comeback with a back-post header from Patrice Evra’s teasing cross. With Chelsea not in action until Sunday, when they host Manchester City, Liverpool took advantage to climb above them into second place thanks to a glorious hat-trick by Luis Suarez in a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. The Uruguayan broke the deadlock with a fine goal in the 12th minute, picking the ball up in a deep position, drifting past one defender and nutmegging another before drilling a low shot past Boaz Myhill. James Morrison replied with a penalty in the 66th minute, but Daniel
Liverpool's Luis Suarez gestures during their English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England yesterday REUTERS Sturridge restored Liverpool’s threegoal advantage in style 13 minutes from time with an exquisite chip from the left-hand edge of the area. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised his two goalscorers, saying: “They’re very hard to contain. Both of them have different qualities and both are goalscorers. Earlier, Arsenal survived the dismissal of goalscorer Mikel Arteta to overcome Palace at Selhurst Park and preserve their status at the top of the standings on the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.
Torino Livorno Sassuolo Fiorentina Genoa Milan Roma Cagliari
Unlike Juve, Napoli are in buoyant mood after a 2-1 away win away to Marseille left them third in a tight Group F in which all top three teams - Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli - resting on six points. Francesco Totti was forced off injured at the Olympic Stadium last week and is expected to be out action until mid-November. Udinese hope to take advantage, but midfielder Giampaolo Pinzi admits the Giallorossi remain formidable opponents, especially in defence. Fiorentina, in fifth, are nine points behind Roma but only four behind Napoli and Juventus and hoping to build on last week’s stunning victory over Juve with a trip away to third-frombottom Chievo. AC Milan injected some life into their mediocre start with a hard-fought win over Udinese last week and after a promising 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona will be looking for more of the same away to Parma. l
Dortmund win derby as Bayern stay top
United fight back, Suarez slays West Brom n AFP, London
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Arteta put the visitors ahead with a 47th-minute penalty, but he was contentiously shown a straight red card with 25 minutes remaining for a lastman foul on former Arsenal man Marouane Chamakh. Wojciech Szczesny produced two stunning saves to thwart Palace, who parted company with manager Ian Holloway on Wednesday, before Arsenal made sure of victory late on when Olivier Giroud headed home from Aaron Ramsey’s dinked cross. Second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman earned Everton a 2-0 win at Aston Villa. l
(Mandzukic 29, 51, Goetze 54) Ben-Hatira 58) Meyer 62
Rolfes 34, Can 83
Okazaki 8, 68
Hertha Berlin (Ramos 4,
Aubameyang 14, Sahin 51, Blaszczykowski 74 Hahn 24
Salihovic 10, Herdling 18, Roberto Firmino 62, 64
Schalke were looking to make it three consecutive wins against Borussia for the first time since the 1960s and they were handed a route back into the game on the half-hour mark when Neven Subotic brought down Christian Fuchs inside the area and referee Knut Kircher pointed to the spot. l
Late equaliser stuns Guangzhou in AFC final n AFP, Seoul A late Dejan Damjanovic equaliser left the AFC Champions League final on a knife’s edge as FC Seoul held hot favourites Guangzhou Evergrande 2-2 in the first leg Saturday. In a pulsating match at Seoul World Cup Stadium, the hosts took a surprise early lead but they fell 2-1 behind before Damjanovic fired his precious leveller with seven minutes left. And it could have been more as both sides had their chances to snatch victory in the dying minutes. Guangzhou, led by World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, will know they can’t afford any slip-ups in the November 9 second leg as they seek to become China’s first Asian champions in 23 years. And his defence certainly looked rusty when Sergio Escudero stole in for FC Seoul’s opener when he held off Feng Xiaoting and rolled his shot past goalkeeper Zeng Cheng on 12 minutes. The goal brought the crowd to life but it was FC Seoul’s turn to show defensive frailty on 30 minutes when Brazilian forward Elkeson rose unmarked at a corner to head in from close range. After turning at 1-1, industrious forward Gao Lin put Guangzhou in front in the 59th minute, deftly redirecting a Sun Xiang cross following a poor clearance attempt. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Du Plessis fined for ball tampering
Quick Bytes Siddikur jumps to 32nd Siddikur Rahman jumped 19 places up to 32nd with a brilliant three-under-par 69 on the third day of the star-studded CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West Course yesterday. The Bangladeshi golfer carded a total two-under-par 214. However, the beginning of the third round was not good for Siddikur who clubbed a bogey in the first hole before returning with four birdies. Meanwhile, leader USA golfer Chris Stroud, searching for his first PGA Tour title, shot a 68 for a 12-under-par 204 aggregate alongside Moore, who returned a 69 as he seeks his third career victory at the CIMB Classic. Another American, Gary Woodland moved into a share of third place with Kiradech after a 67 while veteran Jerry Kelly shot a stellar 66 for fifth place, two behind the lead. – SH
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DPL postponed The matches of round 8 to 11 of the Walton Dhaka Premier League as per the itinerary issued on October 24 have been postponed, informed a media release from the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis yesterday. The decision was made due to unavoidable circumstances. The tournament was suspended on October 11 for Eid vacation and was scheduled to resume on October 27 with the round 8 matches. The CCDM also informed of announcing a revised itinerary for the games in due course. -MUK
I’m no bloodsucking parasite, says Blatter FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit out at portrayals of world football’s governing body as a corrupt cabal of ruthless parasites. In a speech Friday to the Oxford Union debating society at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University, the 77-year-old said FIFA was more Robin Hood than Bond villain. “Perhaps you think I am a ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood out of the world and out of football! The Godfather of the FIFA gravy train! An out-of-touch, heartless schmoozer!” he said, according to The Independent newspaper. “There are not many names that the media haven’t thrown at me in the last few years. And I would be lying to you if it did not hurt, even if you know that it goes with the territory. “You would have to have a heart of stone for it not to hurt. –AFP
Lorenzo grabs pole ahead of Marquez Jorge Lorenzo captured pole position for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, outgunning rival and championship leader Marc Marquez on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The Yamaha rider Lorenzo, the reigning world champion, clocked a fastest time of one minute 53.471sec to edge out fellow Spaniard Marquez, who was 0.658sec slower, to grab his fourth pole of the season. Honda’s Marquez can become the youngest ever MotoGP world champion and first rookie title winner for 35 years on Sunday, although Lorenzo can still catch him mathematically. There is just one race, in Valencia, after Japan. The action at Motegi has been badly disrupted by weather but the rain stopped shortly before the riders hit the track for qualifying, although puddles remained. –AFP
Day’s Watch Star Sports 8:00AM MotoGP World Championship Main Race La Liga 4:45PM Sevilla v Osasuna 12:00AM Real Sociedad v Almeria 7:45PM Italian Serie A Juventus v Genoa 10:00PM English Premier League Tottenham v Hull City Star Sports 2 9:45AM Ranji Trophy, Day 1 Haryana v Mumbai 5:15PM Italian Serie A 2013/14 Napoli v Torino 7:45PM Parma v AC Milan 10:00PM La Liga Bbva 2013/14 Villarreal v Valencia ESPN 2:45PM F1 World Championship 2013 Main Race Star Cricket 7:30PM English Premier League (Epl) Sunderland v Newcastle United 10:00PM English Premier League Chelsea v Man City
China's Li Na returns the ball to Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during their WTA Championships semifinal match in Istanbul yesterday
Li Na strikes first for China as Azarenka goes out n AFP, Istanbul Li Na, the first Chinese singles player to win a Grand Slam title, added another significant first to her collection on Friday by reaching the WTA Championships semi-finals. Li’s trampling 6-2, 6-1 win over an ailing Victoria Azarenka carried her to the last four of the tour’s flagship tournament for the first time. Another victory on Saturday, where she will face Petra Kvitova, will make her the first Chinese player to ever climb as high as number three in the world.
From early on there was little doubt that the uncompromising flat hitting of the 31-year-old from Wuhan would earn her revenge for her narrow loss to Azarenka at the Australian Open final in January. By the sixth game the world number two from Belarus was suffering from a lower back injury, which required three lots of treatment and significantly impaired her movement although Li had already been looking the sharper and more potent attacker. These words suggested that Azarenka’s worrying decision to carry on,
Lethal Federer cuts down Dimitrov n AFP, Basel Roger Federer showed his lethal best when it mattered most as he beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) on Friday to reach the Swiss Indoors semifinals. Federer, a five-time champion in the city of his birth, played a secondset tiebreaker to perfection against the 22-year-old. Seventeen-time major winner Federer also strengthened his position for a place in the eight-man World Tour Finals starting in London in 10 days. He stands provisional seventh as he heads into a Saturday semi-final with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who beat Ivan Dodig 7-6 (13/11), 6-4. Federer could qualify for London if he wins a sixth title in Basel on Sunday, according to ATP calculations. The Swiss great improved his record to 18-1 against players born in the 1990s, with his only loss in that category coming in Hamburg against Argentine Federico Delbonis this year. Federer was pleased to be finding some consistent from after one of the poorest seasons of his career.
He began with a wobble on Friday and was forced to save five break points in his opening service game against the Stockholm champion from last week. “It was very important to win in two sets,” said Federer. “There were a lot of free gifts out there in some games. “When I saved three set points (second set) I just told myself to play one point at a time and hope to get there. I broke him (for 5-5) and that made it difficult for him. I was able to come through well in the tiebreaker. “It always feels good to win at home,” added Federer, whose lone title so far came in the summer in Halle. Top seed Juan Martin del Potro won his 300th career match as he marched into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu. The top seed and defending champion crushed the French qualifier in 78 minutes and will next face a second French opponent after Edouard RogerVasselin beat Germany’s Daniel Brands 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. “I played a good match,” said the South American, who sent down 11 aces and never faced a break point. l
whatever the discomfort, may have been influenced by a large number of previous retirements, and perhaps by the unpopularity she endured with some of the Melbourne crowd at the Australian Open. There she took a medical time out immediately after missing five match points in her semi-final against Sloane Stephens, and the resulting hostile mood of some of the spectators affected the ambience of Azarenka’s final against Li. Friday’s setback ensured that Azarenka, who also lost to Jelena Jankovic, would be eliminated, while the former
world number one from Serbia qualified instead. She has a semi-final on Saturday against world number one Serena Williams, who had already completed three wins on Thursday. Meanwhile Jankovic lost 6-4, 6-4 in her last group match to Sara Errani, the sixth-seeded Italian. However a more important calculation for Jankovic was almost certainly that of managing her energy levels for a bigger and more important performance - when she takes on Williams, the titleholder, on Saturday. l
South Africa’s Faf du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to tampering with the ball during the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai, the ICC said Saturday. South Africa were penalised five runs and umpires ordered the ball to be changed on Friday, and match referee David Boon of Australia swiftly summoned du Plessis. “Du Plessis is fined 50 percent of his match fee after breaching the ICC code of conduct on Friday,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said. The 29-year-old is the first South African to be charged with ball tampering. The incident took place in the 31st over of Pakistan’s second innings on Friday afternoon when du Plessis was seen on television rubbing the ball in the vicinity of the zip of his trouser pocket, the ICC said. Boon said: “After discussions with du Plessis, he has elected not to contest that charge, but I am also satisfied that this was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball, and that the imposition of a fine of 50 percent of his match fee is appropriate considering the circumstances.” The ICC statement said: “The TV umpire Paul Reiffel brought this to the notice of the on-field umpires who, in accordance with clause 42.1.1 of the ICC Test match playing conditions, which deals with the match ball -- changing its condition -- replaced the ball, awarded five penalty runs to Pakistan and reported du Plessis.” South African vice captain AB de Villiers backed du Plessis on Friday, saying: “Honestly, we’re not the team that scratches the ball. “We play in a fair manner. Obviously we want to swing the ball as much as you can and try to get it to reverse. We don’t cheat, it’s as simple as that. “I know ‘Faffy’ very well, he’s the last man to try anything like that, it is part of his responsibility to shine the ball and I thought he did it very well.” But former Pakistan players have blasted the game’s governing body for taking what they saw as overly lenient action against du Plessis, saying a player from the sub-continent would have been banned. l
Pellegrini wary of Mourinho mind games n AFP, London Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini says he has no intention of igniting a feud with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the two teams’ Premier League showdown on Sunday. The pair previously crossed swords in Spain, with Mourinho denigrating the Chilean’s record with Real Madrid after succeeding him at the Bernabeu in 2010.
Fixtures Chelsea Sunderland Swansea Tottenham
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Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge will be their first encounter in English football, but Pellegrini says he does wish to revisit old disagreements. Both managers’ current teams are riding high in the Premier League. Chelsea climbed to second place with a 4-1 win over Cardiff City last weekend, while City stole into the top four by winning 3-1 at West Ham United. They each carried their good form into the Champions League in mid-
week, Chelsea winning 3-0 at principle Group E rivals Schalke and City beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the Russian capital. The visitors will be without captain Vincent Kompany, who is still not ready to return following a thigh problem, but Pellegrini says that Jack Rodwell could feature after overcoming a hamstring complaint. Mourinho can once again call on leftback Ashley Cole, who has not played since sustaining a rib injury in the 3-1 win away to Norwich City on October 6. Tottenham Hotspur will look to main-
tain their impressive defensive record when they face Hull City in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The north London side, currently fifth in the table, just missed out on a Champions League place last season and are desperate for a top four finish that would secure a place in the next edition of European club football’s elite tournament. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hopes the passion of Sunday’s derby against bitter rivals Newcastle can help kickstart his team’s flagging Premier League campaign. l
Cook’s challenge for pace understudies Vettel seizes Indian pole n AFP, Perth Captain Alastair Cook on Saturday challenged his backup pace battery to push for Test places when England’s Ashes tour gets under way next week ahead of the series against Australia. Cook used his first official media conference in Perth to state that a place was up for grabs in England’s pace attack behind first choice stars Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad and urged the next in line -- Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and newcomer Boyd Rankin -- to go after it. England open up against an understrength Western Australia team in a three-day warmup game starting in Perth on Thursday ahead of the opening Test at Brisbane’s Gabba ground on November 21. This is followed by Tests
in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Selectors included five fast bowlers in their 17-man touring squad with an eye to taking advantage of the hard bouncy wickets they are likely to encounter in Australia. “It is quite clear to see that Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have done
enough over their fantastic careers to be first choice bowlers and we tend to play three quicks and a seamer so there is one place up for grabs,” Cook said. Former Ireland international Rankin, who impressed for his adopted country during the one-day series against Australia last month, is bidding for his first Test match during the Australia tour. Cook’s team is gunning for a fourth successive Ashes series win and the five-Test tour Down Under comes barely two months after wrapping up a 3-0 home series win over Australia. Cook said he had only discovered on Saturday that England will encounter a second-string WA team this week, with the state side’s leading players involved in a Sheffield Shield domestic game against Victoria in Melbourne at the same time. l
n AFP, Greater Noida Sebastian Vettel looked odds-on favourite to win his fourth straight Formula One title as he snared pole position for the Indian Grand Prix with apparent ease on Saturday. Vettel, needing only to finish fifth on Sunday to seal another championship, burned an uncatchable record lap of 1min 24.119sec on his first run of the final qualifying shoot-out. The 26-year-old Red Bull ace then garaged before returning to the track late in the session, but it proved unnecessary with none of the field able to come close. Nico Rosberg went second in the final minutes, a yawning 0.75sec adrift, with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton third and Mark Webber fourth in the other Red Bull.
Fernando Alonso, who has a mathematical chance of denying Vettel the world title, will start from the fourth row after timing only eighth quickest for Ferrari. “Yes guys, yes,” Vettel shouted on the team radio. “We did what we had to. Great job, the car was fantastic.” Vettel’s seventh pole position this season comes as he seeks to extend his career-high winning streak of five races in what has turned into another season of dominance. If, as expected, he lifts the world title again this year, he will be the youngest man to win four in a row and only the third ever behind legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. “I’m trying not to think about (the title), obviously it’s difficult when every second person in the paddock is asking you the same question,” Vettel told reporters. l
Sunday, October 27, 2013
PLAYING WITH FIRE: PUTTING OTHERS IN DANGER
An Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre is all ready with a petrol bomb in the city’s Rayerbagh to hurl it at a running BRTC bus, a common target of hartal pickets. He is running away with the mindless action done yesterday (Right)
Non-stop hartals to affect O level examinees n Mushfique Wadud O level candidates in Bangladesh who are taking the Cambridge International Examinations during the October-November session are apprehensive about possibly losing an academic year because of the opposition’s 60-hour hartal which begins today. Some O level exams are scheduled for tomorrow. Normally in the case of hartals the British Council conducts missed exams at night. But since the shutdown is non-stop this time, it will be difficult to hold the tests at night. A British Council official in Dhaka said they had not yet reached any decision in this regard. “We might get a decision on Sunday, and will let the students know about our decision on holding the examinations,” the official told the Dhaka Tribune requesting anonymity. Unless the British Council reschedules the missed examinations, the candidates will have to take the exams in the next academic session. Many examinees told the Dhaka Tribune that they were worried about whether they would be able to sit for the exams this year. The students also claimed that there were rumours the British Council does not want to conduct O and A level examinations in Bangladesh due to the country’s volatile political situation. In that case, the students feared, they would have to travel to neighbouring countries to take the exams. However, the British Council official would not say if there was any such plan. Meanwhile, many guardians also expressed their frustration over the confrontational politics that disrupts their children’s education. l
Parents prefer kindergartens to free primary schools n Mushfique Wadud The end of the learning day at a primary school and a kindergarten sited within 100 yards of each other in Pallabi is the best yardstick by which to compare the social statuses of parents of each school. Most of the guardians crowding at Lysiam Kindergarten in Pallabi have come to collect their children by car, but hardly any guardian can be seen at the Government Primary School, let alone a vehicle. Occasionally, rickshaw pullers can be seen taking these children home. Altaf Hossain, headmaster of Pallabi Government Primary School, said 95% of the students of his school are from low-income groups; solvent families
generally don’t send their children to his school. “It is true that people with other options do not send their children to government primary schools,” he said. This is true for all the other free primary schools in Dhaka Metropolitan area. Most have good infrastructure and trained teachers, but remain unfocused. Even teachers of government primary schools do not send their children to these schools. Despite the fact that education is free there, guardians prefer sending their children to private primary schools. This correspondent spoke to a number of guardians, teachers and students. They hold the government responsible for a lack of resources, dirty
environments and poor decoration in primary schools. Nawshad Alam, who spends Tk5,000 a month to send his six-yearold daughter to a kindergarten, said that government primary schools lack a good learning environment. “I went to a government primary school and found its wall so filthy that anyone might have had a sickening feeling,” he said. Many students and guardians alleged that the government primary schools also have scarcity of pure water and sanitation. A student at Pallabi Government Primary School Abul Bashar said: “Toilets of this school are always dirty and stinky.” Wahiduzzaman Mian, headmaster
of Senpara Parbata Government Primary School, slammed the government for not granting adequate funds to maintain day-to-day school activities. Altaf Hossain, however, blames the negative perception of guardians about primary school as they believe that students do not receive quality education in primary schools. When asked about the shabby condition of primary schools Shymal Kanti Ghosh, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, said they had already taken various steps to upgrade the standard of primary schools. “We have increased the number of teachers and resources in the government primary schools. The situation has changed in the recent times,” he noted. l
IGP asks threatened police members to stay alert n Kailash Sarkar
A number of senior police officials said in the last two days they had received death threats from unknown numbers on their phone. Meanwhile, with the law and order situation apparently deteriorating, the police chief was prompted to hold an emergency meeting with officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday. Across the country, miscreants attacked police stations and senior police officers, and bombs were exploded at the office of the deputy commissioner of Motijheel division yesterday. Admitting to the incidents of police being threatened, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker told the Dhaka Tribune that law enforc-
ers did not care for such threats. “As a professional force, and as the successor to the force that was first to resist the Pakistani occupation army on March 25, 1971, the police are not afraid,” said the IGP, adding that such threats had also been made in the past. When asked what was being done about these calls, the IGP said they were investigating the identities of those responsible for the calls. Sources said a number of officials, including the DMP’s deputy commissioners (DC), superintendents of police (SP) of districts and officers-in-charge of stations received threatening SMS and phone calls. Biplob Kumar Sarkar, DC of DMP’s Tejgaon division said that he and his colleagues had received phone calls and
SMS with threats. “The messages and calls came from phone numbers outside the country,” said the DC, who also alleged that supporters of Jamaat-Shibir might be behind them. He said at least three OCs of Tejgaon division had been threatened. When asked about the threats, the DC said the unidentified callers threatened dire consequences for them, and added: “They said as the government’s tenure nears its end ‘you cannot escape punishment for your misdeeds.’” Meanwhile, an emergency meeting was called by the IGP at the DMP headquarters yesterday afternoon, which was attended by various commissioners, DCs, assistant commissioners (ACS) and OCs. Speaking with the Dhaka Tribune, the IGP Talking said he has directed DMP of-
ficials to discharge their duties properly. Sources at the meeting said the IGP had asked police personnel to stay mentally strong and to take strict action when necessary. Quoting the police chief, a senior DMP official said: “It is not our duty whether the election would be held or not. Our duty is to keep law and order under control.” The police chief also told law enforcers to stay alert and asked them not to move on their own when in uniform. Meanwhile, Jamaat’s student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday in a press release refuted media reports that its supporters had been involved in the recent violence and threatening the police officials saying that Chhatra Shibir activists “build resistance only when they are attacked.” l
HAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU
UK warns over RMG factory safety n Tribune Desk Momentum must not be lost in the drive to tackle poor safety and labour conditions for workers in the Bangladesh garment sector, International Development Secretary, UK, Justine Greening has warned six months on from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka that killed at least 1,133 people. She set out how new UK support to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will build on action already taken by brands, factory owners and both the Bangladesh and British governments to improve safety and conditions. Justine Greening said, “April’s factory collapse took a dreadful toll on people in Bangladesh and galvanised much-needed action on safety. The UK government has already demanded improvements from clothing manufacturers and sent experts to advise on building safety.” Six months on, the UK will now support the ILO to help the Government of Bangladesh, employers and manufacturers make improvements on safety and conditions, Justine Greening said, according to a web release. “But there is still a long way to go. Everyone needs to continue to work together to maintain momentum and prevent future tragedies.” New UK support of £4.8 million will go towards the ILO’s ‘Improving the Working Conditions in the Ready Made Garment sector in Bangladesh’ programme to improve fire safety and protect workers. The ILO programme supports the Bangladesh government’s National Action Plan on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity. This was signed by the Government of Bangladesh, garment workers’ representatives and garment employers’owners’ representatives and will be monitored by the Tripartite Steering Committee composed of these three parties and additional relevant stakeholders. l
DMCH misses bone marrow transplant schedule Over 7,000 sued for Friday’s violence n Moniruzzaman Uzzal Despite much anticipation and hype surrounding the country’s first ever bone marrow transplant (BMT) operation, the authorities at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) failed to meet the scheduled October 26 date for the procedure yesterday. Hospital authorities however now expect the procedure to take place two or three weeks later. Seeking anonymity, several officials at the health ministry and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Dhaka Tribune that BMT experts shifted the date because the hightech Flow Cytometer machine had gone out of order within less than 15 days of its installation. Sources also said the chief expert technician who was involved with the installation of the machine was currently in India, but was expected to return in a couple of days to identify the problem.
Senior DMCH officials said no risk would be taken before carrying out the first ever transplant, although the problem was of minor nature. The Flow Cytometer, which cost more than Tk10m, was bought from the US. Director of the DMCH Brigadier General Dr Mustafizur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that the date had to be shifted for the lack of some preparations, but expressed hopes that the first BMT will be carried out after two or three weeks. Asked about the out-of-order machine, the director said he was not aware about that. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the five blood cancer patients whose stem cells were collected by the BMT experts, have been released from the hospital. Earlier on October 20, Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Hoque inaugurated a newly built five-bed BMT unit and a high-tech BMT laboratory at the DMCH which cost Tk200m to be set up. He also expressed hopes that the country’s first
bone marrow transplant would take place on October 26. Prof Dr MA Khan, head of the DMCH hematology department, informed that the date was shifted because of a few technical problems. Although he declined to share details on the decision, Dr Khan said the patients were released to go and meet relatives and friends before going for the BMT procedure. On the other hand, a doctor and a nurse of the six-member BMT expert team from Massachusetts General Hospital, returned to the US on Friday. It has been learnt that the new DMCH unit will be able to bring down the cost of the transplant to Tk500,000, compared to BMT costs of around Tk10m in the US, over Tk5m in Singapore, and over Tk4m in India. Bone marrow transplant has the potential to cure the blood disorder thalassaemia (major and minor), several types of bone cancer, and other non-malignant and non-cancerous diseases. l
n Tribune Report Police have sued over 7,000 activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance in several districts on charges of vandalism, arson, blasts and attacks on policemen on Friday. In Chittagong, a total of five cases were lodged – four with Kotwali, Khulshi, Bandar and Chandgaon police stations and one with the district’s Sitakunda police station – accusing 28 named and over 800 unnamed on charges of attacking police, journalists and vandalism. Around 5:30pm yesterday, police in Mirsharai upazila obstructed an opposition procession brought out in support of the countrywide 60-hour hartal starting from today. In Chakuria upazila of Cox’s Bazar, a ban on gathering (section 144) declared on Friday was still in force. Police arrested 12 individuals for defying the ban on Friday and conducting
acts of vandalism and arson in the area. In Chandpur, three cases were filed against 88 named and 2,500 unnamed BNP-Jamaat activists with Faridganj police station regarding Friday’s violence. Eight people were arrested. Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee was formed to investigate the deaths of three BNP supporters allegedly by police firing during Friday’s violence. On the other hand, upazila BNP leaders observed a dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting the killings. A namaz-e-janaja was held on Friday evening for the deceased – local BNP leaders Jahangir Hossain, Arif Hossain and Md Babul Bhuiyan amid heightened security of BGB, Rab and police. A second namaz-e-janaja was held for each of them at their respective homes before they were buried. In Laxmipur, a case was lodged against more than 500 activists of Jamaat-Shibir and BNP for attack on the
police in Ramganj upazila and vandalising Muktijoddha Sangsad, Zia Auditorium and other establishments. In Noakhali, police filed three separate cases against 175 named and 3,000 unnamed BNP, Jamaat-Shibir and 18-party alliance activists under the Speedy Trial Act centring Friday’s violence in Maijdee town when several business establishments were torched and police were attacked. In protest against the violence, traders of the area yesterday kept their shops shut and put barricades on the main road with the leftovers for an hour from around 11:30am. On the other hand, the district unit Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday blamed the BNP-Jamaat activists for setting the unit office on fire during Friday’s violence. District unit acting president Prof Kharul Anam Selim claimed that the miscreants had looted the businesses in the name of holding a rally. l
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SURGE IN RMG MACHINERY IMPORT
BGMEA to propose Tk4,500 min wage n Ibrahim Hossain Ovi
Launches inquiry to see if there is any capital flight attempt
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) may propose nearly Tk4,500 as minimum wage for the apparel workers. The proposal of 30% hike will be made today. “We have made a revised proposal of Tk4,500 as minimum wage with 30% increase to the basic amount along with inclusion of food and transport subsidies,” said Arshad Jamal Dipu, who represents owners to the minimum wage board. He added that Tk300 as food subsidy and Tk250 as transport subsidy have been included in the revised proposal. “We will request the government to set the minimum wage within the proposal limit. Any minimum wage more than it will put us in trouble to run business,” said Arshad Jamal. Earlier, BGMEA proposed an increase of Tk600 or 20% from the existing minimum wage of Tk3,000 per month. The workers rejected the offer, and many took to the streets demanding a higher minimum wage. Leaders of RMG workers, however, proposed Tk8,114 as minimum wage. “We will only accept the proposal if the increase is at reasonable level,” said Sirajul Islam Rony, workers’ representative to the wage board. He also urged the authorities to keep food and transport allowances from the wage. l
BB suspects money laundering n Jebun Nesa Alo Bangladesh Bank has launched an inquiry into the recent substantial increase in garments machinery import despite ongoing political turmoil to see whether there is any attempt to siphon off money abroad through over-invoicing. The opening of LCs for import of capital machinery increased by 23% in July-August period of the current fiscal year over the same period of the last fiscal year, according to the central bank figure. The value of LC opened against capital machinery stood at $428m and settlement stood at $380m during the period as compared to $348.31m and $334m respectively in the corresponding period of the last year. In the first 10 months period of 2012-13 fiscal, the amount of LC opening increased by almost 32% which was 26% lower during 2011-12 fiscal, as per Bangladesh Bank’s statistics. “We have marked the significant rise in capital machinery import despite this sluggish business environment,” Deputy Governor Nazneen Sultana told the Dhaka Trib-
une, expressing concern over the excessive import expenditure, particularly against machinery for readymade garments. “We’ve taken steps to inquiry as we think there may have ill motive,” she said. They country’s apparel sector is passing through a crisis period after the collapse of Rana Plaza in April that killed over 1,100 people and the Tazreen Fashions Ltd factory fire in November last year that killed more than 110. The new issue of workers’ wage added fuel to the unrest in the industry. Bangladesh Bank senior executives suspected the money laundering activities as opening of import letter of credit (LC) increased substantially during the fag end of the present government tenure. Generally, the trend is witnessed at the end of every government. They said the ill attempts are being made through over-invoicing as the imported machinery are reported as new and at higher price, but actually those would be second hand ones at lower price. Of the capital machineries, central bank marked significant increase of garment and
textile machineries, said one of them. The executives said the rising trend is illogical as the entrepreneurs remain shy of making fresh investment in this situation of political instability ahead of the upcoming general election. Earlier, Anti Corruption Commission of Bangladesh had moved to investigate the cause of significant increase in LC opening. A confusion raised among them about the money laundering through import as huge amount of money was smuggled out abroad in the name of capital machinery import. Import of garment machinery increased suddenly in July, despite having the continuous unrest situation, including issues like Rana Plaza collapse. The LC settlement of capital machineries of garment industry increased 31% to US$40m in July as compared to $30.26m in the same month previous year, according to the Bangladesh Bank data. Textile machinery import increased by 25.56% in July this year as compared to same month previous year. l
Trade experts for allowing 100% LDC products duty-free n Tribune Report An international dialogue recommended allowing 100% duty-free and quota-free (DFQF) entry of products from least developed countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh to the US market for a better and equitable world. “The developed countries should not impose restrictions on products of LDCs as they have limited export basket,” according to a set of recommendations that emerged out of the two-day meeting concluded in Dhaka yesterday. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a local think-tank, in association with a host of international organisations arranged the event to prepare a document articulating the LDC deliverables in the context of the current negotiations in Geneva and the upcoming ninth WTO ministerial conference scheduled for December 3-6 in Bali, Indonesia. CPD Executive Director Mustafizur Rahman unveiled the recommendations at the concluding session of the dialogue, pointing out that the issue of DFQF access of LDC products to the development countries, particularly the United States, remained unsettled for long.
Ninety seven percent of LDC products already enjoy the DFQF in the US, but most of the potential items of the LDCs fall in the rest 3% and not enjoy the DFQF status. For instance, the apparel items of Bangladesh, which is now passing a GSP suspension regime, are not provided with the status. With 15 overseas participants, including WTO negotiators and ambassadors, officials from WTO secretariat, academics, trade experts and activists, attended the dialogue which was shortened to two days due to 60hour strike beginning from today morning. The recommendation covered four areas – trade facilitation, agriculture issues, including food security and cotton, DFQF access for the LDCs, and LDC waiver in the services sector. On DFQF for LDCs, the recommendations included identification of tariff lines to ‘safeguard’ interests of African LDCs and certain countries at similar level of development for time-bound exclusion from the immediate scope of DFQF implementation, stipulating a specific time line for fuller integration of the remaining excluded tariff lines (of the 3%) by the preference giving countries to achieve progressive compliance with the Hong Kong
decision on DFQF, strengthening monitoring mechanism in the WTO to advance expeditious implementation of Hong Kong DFQF and measures undertaken since then. For facilitating trade of LDCs, the recommendations included inking a possible trade facilitation agreement adequately taking into account the institutional capacity
Ninety seven percent of LDC products already enjoy the DFQF in the US, but most of the potential items of the LDCs fall in the rest 3% and not enjoy the DFQF status
of LDCs, giving strong commitment on the provision of technical and financial support for the implementation of a trade facilitation agreement and harmonising aid for trade with other agreements in the WTO. On agriculture issues, the recommendations included examining to devise a long-term solution for LDCs to benefit from disciplines of agriculture under WTO in the
changing environment of global agriculture production, agricultural productivity and changes in climatic conditions, WTO commitment to not imposing any export restrictions to LDCs during times of food shortages, price volatility and high price when members are allowed flexibility through ‘peace clause’ or ‘due restraint’, endorsing the proposal submitted by Cotton Four on October 25, 2013 in both trade as well as development components of cotton, which calls for affirmation and implementation of the Hog Kong mandate, addressing distortions in the cotton sector including elimination of export subsidies and enhanced provision of Technical Assistance and capacity building. About LDC waiver in the services sector, recommendations included expeditious and effective operationalisation of the LDC services waiver so as to provide meaningful preferences to LDC services and service suppliers, increased technical and financial assistance to strengthen the domestic services capacity of DLCs to take advantage of the preferences and LDCs to continue work after Bali to consolidate a collective request to identify the key sectors and modes of supply to appropriate to them. l
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Digital map of financial services launched n Tribune Report People would now be able to locate their desired banks and other financial services outlets across the country through a digital map launched yesterday. The “Financial Access Map” was introduced to increase people’s access to financial services. Bangladesh Bank, Microcredit Regulatory Authority and, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation jointly arranged a programme titled “A Digital Map of Financial Services in Bangladesh” in Dhaka to launch the system.
City Bank launches American Express platinum card
‘It can also use this to direct greater efforts at financial inclusion in certain geographical areas of the country – for instance we may use it to reward banks who extend agriculture or SME credit in the more underserved areas’ “Using geographic information system (GIS) analysis to assess the spatial distribution of bank branches, ATMs, agents, and other financial access points, we can generate analysis that can be of great operational value to the commercial sector, the public sector, and for guiding regulatory policy,” Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman told the function. The people can access the financial services by visiting fspmaps.com, which is an interactive web application to visualise countrywide financial access and generate accessibility statics. This tool can be used to identify gaps in access to financial services and to design policy and informed decision-making. Bangladesh Bank staff could use the system when giving bank branch permissions
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and determining the appropriate balance of branches, ATM booths, agents and other point of services. “It can also use this to direct greater efforts at financial inclusion in certain geographical areas of the country – for instance we may use it to reward banks who extend agriculture or SME credit in the more underserved areas,” said the governor. This tool could also help liquidity man-
agement. By adding mobile money agent activity data to the map, GIS analysis can comprehensively identify those agents far from a bank branch and ATM booth, and likely to face cash short-falls. With an understanding of where liquidity issues are likely to manifest themselves, mobile money deployments could proactively build liquidity management infrastru ture where it is needed most, the governor said. l
Euro slips in Asia on slowing eurozone business activity
Imports rise in Q1
n AFP, Tokyo
The country’s import rose to $8.7bn in the first quarter, posting 7.88% growth compared to the same period one year ago, showed Bangladesh Bank data released recently. The central bank said the import increased due to procurement of food grains in the international market. According to the data, total import was $8.1bn in the first quarter of last fiscal year. The overall import of the country however slowed down as sluggish investment in private sector decreased the import of capital machinery amid political unrest. Meanwhile, foreign exchange reserves hit $17bn in October, which can meet import payments for around six months. “A good amount of grains have been imported in last three months to ensure food security of the country, which has swelled import volume,” said a senior official of Bangladesh Bank.
The euro on Friday slipped from two-year highs against the dollar as slowing eurozone business activity weighed on the unit, while the dollar held steady against the yen. The European single currency fetched $1.3793 in Tokyo midday trade against $1.3798 in New York Thursday afternoon, where it hit $1.3827 at one stage, its highest level since November 2011. Against the Japanese currency, the dollar fetched 97.28 yen, nearly flat from 97.29 yen, while the euro slipped to 134.21 yen from 134.37 yen in US trading. Dealers said the dollar won a measure of support from buying by Japanese importers. The euro and yen have benefited in recent weeks as a two-week US government shutdown and weak economic data heightened speculation the Federal Reserve would delay a pullback on its monetary easing - a negative for the dollar. l
n Jebun Nesa Alo
The rice import increased to $23.75m in September from $12.15m in July. Of the September import, wheat was $173.38m, edible oil (refined) $53.47m and pulses $44.46m. In July, wheat was $118.10m, edible oil $43.37m and pulses $39.20m. Bangladesh Bank official said added the import would continue to rise for some months to come. Letters of Credit (LC) settlement registered a 20% increase to $3bn in September from the previous month. In August, it was $2.49bn. LC settlements for import of food grains in the FY13 dropped to $664.28m from $925.87m in the FY12 because good harvest in last fiscal. The central bank figures showed the import of capital machinery in September fell to $147m from $190.78m in July. In the past fiscal, the country’s total import dropped to $32.35bn from $34.81bn of the previous fiscal. l
City Bank Limited and American Express yesterday launched the City Bank American Express Platinum Credit Card. The City Bank American Express Platinum Credit Card offers tailor made benefits to suit the lifestyle requirements of high spenders in the country, said a press release. American Express India and Area Countries Global Merchant Services and Partner Card Services vice president, Pranav Barthwal, CBL chairman Rubel Aziz, CBL managing director and CEO K Mahmood Sattar, additional managing directors Sohail R K Hussain, Faruq M Ahmed and deputy managing director Mashrur Arefin were present, among others. at the launching. l
OLX appoints Top of Mind for strategic support
n Tribune Business Desk OLX Bangladesh recently appointed Top of Mind as its media agency of record (AOR) solutions provider. OLX Inc CEO and Top of Mind CEO signed an agreement on behalf of their respective sides, said a press release. OLX Inc. is used in over 106 countries in 40 languages. The company was founded in March 2006. Top of Mind will be spanning its expertise in television, print, digital, radio and out-ofhome as it will be responsible to provide exclusive strategic media planning and buying solutions. l
Al-Arafah Bank holds board meeting
n Tribune Business Desk Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd held its 249th meeting of the Board of Directors at the board room of the bank yesterday. The board chairman Badiur Rahman presided over the meeting that reviewed overall business performance of the bank, said a press release. The board members, MD, DMD and other high officials were present. l
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GP makes Tk5.74bn net profit in Q3 n Muhammad Zahidul Islam The mobile operator Grameenphone earned Tk25.01bn revenue in the third quarter of the year, posting 9.4% growth compared to the same period of 2012. During the period, the net profit after tax was Tk5.74bn with a margin of 22.9%, said GrameenPhone at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday. Despite intense competition and sluggish economic activity amid fear of political uncertainty, the operator has achieved the growths, said GP officials. The growth has been attributed to an increase in data traffic induced by attractive recharge and discount offers. Besides, growth in interconnection minutes, higher device sales and other related businesses helped GP achieve revenue and profit growths. The country’s leading operator launched 3G mobile broadband in this time. Earlier, in the September auction, the operator bought 10 Megahertz and invested Tk19.6bn for the 3G network and the spectrum. Replying to a question, Grameenphone CEO Vivek Sood informed that they are getting 1,000-1,200 subscribers per day of the high-speed broadband service. Initially, the service has been launched in some limited areas of Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. Vivek Sood said GP will be able to reach 40% of the population by the first quarter of 2014. GP successfully got new subscribers
Oil prices rise in Asian trade n AFP, Singapore Crude prices rose in Asian trade Friday on encouraging US corporate earnings, but analysts warned that worries over demand in the world’s top oil-consuming nation would cap further gains. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in December, was up 25 cents at $97.36 in afternoon trade, while Brent North Sea crude for December gained 26 cents to $107.25. “We have seen prices move up with buying off the lows and better-than-expected US earnings, but I don’t see this as the market bottoming out after the recent decline,” Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, told AFP. “There are still concerns about weak US demand and the return of a US budget impasse a few months down the road,” he said. US oil prices shook off three consecutive sessions of declines to close 25 cents higher in New York trade on Thursday, following encouraging quarterly earnings from leading US companies including automaker Ford and consumer product manufacturer 3M. WTI has shed more than $3.50 from a week ago, and hit its lowest closing level since June 28 on Wednesday, following a surprising increase in US inventories. l
Stocks decline for fifth straight week n Tribune Report
Grameenphone CEO Vivek Sood seen addressing the press in Dhaka yesterday capitalising on massive POS expansion, improved market visibility, hyped trade engagements and positive price perception. “I am pleased to present the third quarter results to our honorable shareholders, where GP has managed to be in a forward leaning position with revitalised market machineries to secure the fair share of growth being generated from the market,” said Vivek Sood. He added: “I am also excited to begin the new data centric era providing internet for all and enabling people to improve their lives
with power of digital communication. With the advent of 3G, this vision will be ever more possible to realise.” The market leader claimed profit soared due to higher revenue, lower operating expense induced by lower subscriber acquisition cost from SIM tax reduction, lower consultancy and one time effect of gain on disposal of shares in GPIT. Earnings per share (EPS) for this time stood at Tk4.25 compared to Tk2.34 of the same period of 2012. This prompted a healthy 81.5% growth. l
Containers carrying through waterway launched n Tushar Hayat, Chittagong The Chittagong Port Authority yesterday began carrying of containers to the Pangaon Container Terminal through waterway on trial basis. Shipping Minister Shahajahan Khan inaugurated test run through switching the loading of a container on a vessel at the new-mooring container terminal. Shipping Secretary Manzurul Karim and CPA Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed was also present. Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in Keraniganj is scheduled to be inaugurated formally on November 7. “Carrying of containers through waterway is a milestone in 127 years of history of
the port,” said Shipping Minister. He said this launching will ensure uninterrupted carrying of containers through waterway during hartals. Shipping Secretary said the private companies had failed to bring vessels even after two years of getting licence. “But the CPA was able to procure vessels within a short period of time after taking such plan, which has earned praise,” he added. The CPA procured three container vessels, each having capacity to carry 128 TEUs (twenty equivalent unit), from China to carry containers to and from Pangaon ICT involving Tk500m. Two of the vessels have already reached Chittagong port while the remaining is coming soon, said officials. l
Bearish sentiment continued to grip the stock market for the fifth consecutive week as investors worried over the ongoing political chaos. During the week ended Thursday, the first week after the nine-day closure for festivals, the benchmark DSEX dropped 44 points or 1% to close at 3,799. The DS30 Index comprising blue chips lost 26 points or 3% to 1,361. The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Selective Category Index fell 52 points or 0.7% to 7,442. The DSE turnover remained poor as the total turnover for the week stood at almost Tk10bn against Tk12bn of the previous week. The DSE daily average turnover value came down to almost Tk2bn, registering a decline of 16% over the previous week’s average value of over Tk2bn. Stocks suffered, as renewed fear of deepening political crisis over the upcoming national election, stock dealers said. “Excitement in the political frontier centering imminent political issues represented a snapshot throughout the week,” said IDLC Investments said in its weekly market analysis. It said this created a vibe amid investment community in a dynamic shape. “Consequently, waning tone stretched after long closure of Eid-ul-Azha.” Besides, investors seemed to remain much cautious and were focusing on shortterm positioning as political phenomenon was changing frequently, it said. It said scrip-wise swings returned alongside investors’ preference in small cap scrips centering corporate declaration. Zenith Investments said after a long streak of holidays, the market is either set to move forward or investors may again adopt a ‘wait-and-watch’ strategy due to some upcoming political agendas. The week started with a downhill in indices as investors were focusing on upcoming political situation. The stressful situation because of opposite stance by political parties fuelled in panic sale and derailed the market again at the ending of the week. All the major sectors ended in red this week except banks. The largest sector of the market gained 3% in the week. Telecommunications lost the most with 2.5% loss, followed by fuel and power with 1.8%, NBFIs 1% and pharmaceuticals 0.9%. The losers took a strong lead over the gainers as out of 292 issues traded during the week, 211 declined, 72 advanced and 9 remained unchanged on the prime bourse. Argon Denim became the week’s top turnover leader with shares worth Tk573m changing hands followed by Envoy Textile, Square Pharmaceutical, Generation Next Fashion and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company. Libra Infusion was the week’s top gainer, posting a rise of 17% and Fine Foods was the week’s worst loser for the second consecutive week, slumping by 19%. l
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Get creative: Plain vanilla doesn’t impress n Tasnuva Amin Nova
a book, you will feel the difference in your state of mind. A good book can remarkably boost your imagination.
“Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.” -Walter Lippmann, American journalist If the competencies of a great leader were listed then creativity would be ranked first. Creativity acts as the fuel for innovation. Creativity is defined as the ability to create CAREER something new and original ASCENT as opposed to imitation. Innovation is the key to success for any organisation around the world as most CEOs would assert. However, the power to innovate lies in the hands, the right brains in this case, of the people working for the company. Afshar, a 25 year old marketing executive says: “I have lots of ideas in my mind but I don’t share them fearing they aren’t good enough or that my peers have better ideas which will outwit mine.” The fear of failure or rejection hinders creativity as people often shy away even before sharing their ideas. But creativity is enhanced with practice over time, not overnight. Most people tend to shut their innovative instincts or keep them untended assuming that creativity is only necessary for professionals in the field of arts. This misconception not only restricts career development but also the overall personal development of humans as creativity is essential in any profession. As important as it seems for employees to be inventive in order to get to the top, several studies have shown that creativity of the workforce has been plummeting over
An inspiring speech goes a long way in shaking up our routines to try out something new. Even a good piece of art, movie or music can motivate us to see things differently. There is inspiration everywhere which is most often misused through imitation. Instead of copying what inspires you, try to create your own masterpiece. Watching videos of TED Talks online, visiting art galleries and museums are great sources of inspiration.
Surround yourself with positivity
the years as replication of ideas have gained acceptance and popularity along with many other factors. Although we generally are not aware of the fringes employers provide, if any at all, to stimulate employee creativity, companies like LinkedIn, a popular social networking site for professionals, sets an ideal example of what can/needs to be done from the corporations’ part to address the crisis. Along with employers, employees too need to acknowledge and act on boosting their ability to generate new ideas at work. Read on to give your humdrum working habits a creative nudge.
Instead of spending countless hours on social networking sites doing nothing, grab a book and get lost in it. After completing
Being around people who do not appreciate you can make you doubt yourself and adopt negativity. Be with a team of people who inspire you in a productive way and whose companionship fosters your creativity. Build an aesthetic environment around you; decorate your workplace and home to express your artistic side, everyone has one.
Strategic games like chess and monopoly are refreshing exercises for the mind. They help you see things differently and channel your thoughts to diverse objects. These are classic brain boosters.
Do something different once in a while. Doing what everybody does will make you like them. Take yoga classes, art classes or learn to play the piano. Stepping out of your comfort zone lets you live beyond your limits and think out of the box. l
What not to wear in a job interview In an interview the way you dress is an important part in your chance of landing the job. When two candidates are equally competent, one CORPORATE who is appropriately dressed HANDBOOK will get preference over one who is not. However, dressing appropriately must not be confused with dressing extravagantly. Most employers do not prefer overly fashionable applicants. If you want to get the first impression right in your job interview, pay heed to the following: Don’t wear anything too flashy: You don’t want to divert attention away from you. You want to look sharp while letting the focus be on you rather than your clothes. Don’t wear jeans: If you have two options of either wearing a jeans or a suit, always opt for the suit. Even if you are afraid of coming off as overly formal for that particular interview, it is still better than being informal. Avoid bold and bright colors: Very bright colors like neons are major turnoffs in a job interview. No matter how trendy they might be, they will just not work in a formal interview. Wear solid monochromes which are both smart and soothing for the eyes. Don’t go unshaven: It is equally important to be polished in the hair department as it is in the clothing. Make sure to properly trim and comb whatever hip hairstyle or beard you are sporting. Don’t flaunt your tattoos: To stay on the safe side it is better to cover any tattoos and piercings on your body. It is best to wear a suit in this case. l
Switching off vacation mode n Ahsan Sajid
with something small that will gradually get you in an active mindset, make sure you find anything that may have been left for you at your desk, and also remind you of projects you’ve been working on. Most importantly, it will reaffirm the importance of being present both in body and mind and the fact that vacation time is over.
People deal with getting back to work after a long vacation differently. While some feel refreshed, energised and proactive, looking forward to tackling a rewarding week YOUR CUP back, many suffer from the OF TEA post-vacation blues where your body is at work but your mind is not quite done relaxing yet. Following are a few suggestions that may help you ease back into work without the depression stage. Pre-plan: Coming back to work after being out of touch for a prolonged period does not help a smooth transition. A day or two before your return call a few colleagues and catch up on what everybody has been up to, if there is any news from work etc. Keep it casual but make sure to get updates regarding all the projects that have been on hold during the long break. Start thinning out your inbox the night before unless you want to spend the first day back just replying to emails.
Limit yourself: Don’t take on too much on your first day back. Screen unimportant calls. Schedule meetings that are not time-sensitive further down the week. Spend the first day back catching up properly and making sure you are well-versed in everything that has happened in your absence.
Meet a colleague: There is always one person at work you are closer to than the rest; meet this person for a breakfast date before your first day back. The purpose is the same as the previous suggestion, to get updates on what
has been going on and also to get in the proper mindset for work. Tidy up: Tidying up is a great first exercise to practice after getting back. It’s a way to start
Plan future vacations: If you are depressed and feeling nostalgic about the amazing vacation you just had, start planning your next one; even if it’s half a year away, it’ll give you something to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be a major vacation; it can be a weekend away or just a daylong outing with friends. Having something fun and exciting coming up is one of the most effective ways to get out of the post vacation blues. l
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Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? n Career Desk Selima Ahmad speaks on entrepreneurship and development
Founder of Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce (BWCCI) Selima Ahmad spoke to students at ULAB on “Entrepreneurship & Development” on October 23 at a programme organised by ULAB Center for Enterprise and Society. In her talk, Selima Ahmad pointed out that enterprise development and societal development are symbiotic in nature. The hurdles confronting the business world cannot be overcome by the private sector alone. Policymakers, civil society and even ordinary citizens have important roles to play. She added: “Lack of good governance is what differentiates Bangladesh from Malaysia, Thailand and India.” She also stressed on the power of individual commitment, creativity and perseverance. Selima Ahmad has 27 years of experience in private-sector business. Drawing on her expertise and involvement with several trade organisations she formed BWCCI, the country’s first women’s chamber of commerce, in 2001 with only 24 members to facilitate women entrepreneurs. She has helped develop more than 7,000 women entrepreneurs by planning, designing and facilitating several programmes. Selima Ahmad received many accolades including the “Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award2013” by International Republican Institute, USA. She studied business management at Dhaka University and is a fellow of Stanford University. l
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Ethical interaction: I often get confused about the approach to take while communicating with my boss; being friendly might seem informal and sometimes being formal is not enough. According to ethics, what is an ideal boss-employee ASK MENTOR relationship? Should it be different if we are of opposite genders? Mentor: Dear ethical, there is no fixed rule to this. As they say it takes two to tango. How your boss responds to you is important. It is always important that you let him or her lead. Do not get over friendly; never get personal. You can joke with him or her in presence of other colleagues. Do not make it personal, and be careful not to do it even more when it’s the opposite sex. Lone Wolf: At work I perform well in individual assignments but somehow I cannot excel in group projects. Is it really important to be able to work with a team? Mentor: Yes, Mr Wolf! Or else you will just end up huffing and puffing. It is very, very important, if I can stress more on the very. Working in a group is not just important for productivity but it is seen as a test for you to grow to become a future leader. It shows how you deal with people and manage them. It proves your interpersonal skills of listening, how well you excel in the art of disagreement and presenting your ideas. Focus on these to start with.
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Strategic Sourcing Specialist at Ericsson Tahsin Mahmood Jehad talks to Dhaka Tribune about his first job and what he picked up from it.
First job, first love! Tell us a little about your education background? I did undergrads from Islamic University of Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering, before which I did my O’ and A’ Levels from the Aga Khan School, Dhaka. What was your first job after graduation? My first job was as a Management Trainee in British American Tobacco, Bangladesh (BAT). How did you get the job? BAT hosted a workshop in IUT; I dropped my resume there and received a call back. What was to follow was a month of long, exhilarating interviews and assessments! The assessment center, in particular, was the most challenging aspect of the recruitment process, for it wears you down both mentally and physically. It’s a daylong session, debating on business models with strangers in a locked room surrounded by top business managers from BAT; their intimidating questions did little to calm the situation. The best part of this is you figure out your strengths and weakness if you don’t know them already. After the assessment, a final interview follows with the head of Supply Chain and Human Resources, which was like a walk in the park after the assessment. What was your biggest accomplishment in that position? For me, overcoming the biggest personal challenge was my biggest accomplishment and that would be shop floor people management. The beauty of BAT manufacturing is that it provides the opportunity for young individuals to come in and work directly with the shop floor employees, hand in hand. Now understanding them, talking to them about their problems or breaking a meal with them to get desired production level was very fulfilling for me as a human being. Looking back, what is the most valuable lesson you picked up from your first job? My valuable lesson from my first job was to stand up firmly for what I believe in and to do things with an open mind. Did your first job change your mind about what you wanted to do with the rest of your career? Yes! It convinced me to pursue a career in Supply Chain Management. Who inspired you the most in your first job? The list would be quite long! At BAT, there is a saying ‘Bring Your Difference’ and that’s what everybody does, everyday! No matter what the job description is, everybody strives to add value to the organisation and the sheer amount of dedication and ownership of work is fantastic. l
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CompanyCode | EPS | BV | Volume Traded (Share) DSE/CSE: ClosePrice ⇓/⇑ Chn % | Avg.Price | Hi / Lo BANK ABBANK | 2.95 | 32.60 | Vol. 1086145 D: 23.20 ⇑ 2.20% | 23.69 | 24.50 / 20.50 C: 23.40 ⇑ 2.63% | 23.47 | 24.00 / 22.30 CITYBANK | 1.15 | 25.97 | Vol. 3331053 D: 16.20 ⇑ 1.89% | 16.39 | 17.80 / 15.00 C: 16.00 ⇑ 0.63% | 16.26 | 17.40 / 15.30 IFIC | 1.10 | 18.34 | Vol. 2322341 D: 21.20 ⇑ 2.91% | 21.32 | 22.20 / 18.40 C: 21.50 ⇑ 4.37% | 21.03 | 22.30 / 19.70 ISLAMIBANK | 3.78 | 27.16 | Vol. 1923225 D: 35.90 ⇑ 2.57% | 35.78 | 36.20 / 31.90 C: 35.60 ⇑ 0.85% | 35.42 | 35.70 / 32.00 NBL | 1.05 | 15.76 | Vol. 7614269 D: 10.30 ⇓ 0.96% | 10.44 | 11.50 / 9.40 C: 10.40 ⇑ 0.97% | 10.50 | 10.90 / 10.10 PUBALIBANK | 1.92 | 21.18 | Vol. 960319 D: 31.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 31.01 | 31.90 / 27.90 C: 30.90 ⇓ 0.32% | 30.95 | 31.60 / 30.00 RUPALIBANK | 6.70 | 64.27 | Vol. 68514 D: 58.90 ⇑ 0.51% | 60.00 | 61.90 / 57.00 C: 60.00 ⇑ 4.35% | 59.60 | 60.00 / 56.00 UCBL | 1.90 | 21.72 | Vol. 13060546 D: 19.00 ⇑ 4.40% | 18.98 | 20.00 / 16.20 C: 18.90 ⇑ 3.85% | 18.85 | 19.70 / 17.70 UTTARABANK | 3.42 | 26.97 | Vol. 913477 D: 25.60 ⇑ 0.39% | 25.81 | 26.50 / 23.00 C: 25.90 ⇑ 1.57% | 25.73 | 26.70 / 25.00 ICBIBANK | -1.60 | -13.03 | Vol. 823700 D: 5.60 ⇓ 1.75% | 5.68 | 5.90 / 5.50 EBL | 3.91 | 28.22 | Vol. 689514 D: 26.50 ⇑ 0.76% | 26.67 | 27.10 / 24.00 C: 26.30 ⇑ 1.15% | 26.37 | 26.70 / 24.50 ALARABANK | 2.03 | 14.91 | Vol. 1109863 D: 14.60 ⇑ 6.57% | 14.55 | 15.50 / 12.50 C: 14.40 ⇑ 5.88% | 14.42 | 15.00 / 13.70 PRIMEBANK | 2.89 | 22.40 | Vol. 1109661 D: 20.20 ⇑ 14.77% | 20.12 | 20.70 / 16.00 C: 20.00 ⇑ 16.96% | 20.05 | 20.20 / 17.00 SOUTHEASTB | 1.89 | 22.66 | Vol. 6052803 D: 15.90 ⇑ 14.39% | 16.10 | 16.90 / 12.60 C: 16.00 ⇑ 14.29% | 16.00 | 16.20 / 13.90 DHAKABANK | 1.46 | 18.08 | Vol. 817469 D: 18.30 ⇑ 4.57% | 18.24 | 18.70 / 16.00 C: 18.00 ⇑ 3.45% | 17.98 | 18.80 / 16.40 NCCBANK | 1.90 | 15.88 | Vol. 2083220 D: 11.10 ⇑ 2.78% | 11.07 | 11.50 / 9.80 C: 11.10 ⇑ 2.78% | 11.05 | 11.40 / 10.50 SIBL | 2.05 | 14.47 | Vol. 2505611 D: 10.90 ⇓ 0.91% | 10.95 | 11.40 / 9.90 C: 11.00 ⇓ 0.90% | 11.09 | 11.40 / 10.60 DUTCHBANGL | 11.57 | 54.27 | Vol. 42830 D: 90.30 ⇑ 0.33% | 90.67 | 94.90 / 89.00 C: 92.20 ⇑ 4.77% | 92.43 | 93.90 / 90.50 MTBL | 1.17 | 17.27 | Vol. 206301 D: 14.90 ⇑ 4.20% | 15.05 | 15.70 / 12.90 C: 15.00 ⇑ 7.14% | 15.00 | 15.00 / 14.10 STANDBANKL | 2.33 | 14.41 | Vol. 2465797 D: 13.30 ⇑ 4.72% | 13.40 | 14.10 / 11.50 C: 13.20 ⇑ 5.60% | 13.30 | 13.90 / 12.40 ONEBANKLTD | 2.35 | 15.34 | Vol. 3576347 D: 14.30 ⇑ 0.70% | 14.44 | 15.00 / 12.70 C: 14.30 ⇑ 0.00% | 14.49 | 15.00 / 13.00 BANKASIA | 1.35 | 20.80 | Vol. 538666 D: 18.20 ⇓ 1.62% | 18.21 | 18.80 / 16.20 C: 18.60 ⇑ 1.64% | 18.55 | 18.60 / 18.20 MERCANBANK | 2.07 | 16.59 | Vol. 2284989 D: 11.80 ⇑ 1.72% | 11.87 | 12.30 / 10.30 C: 11.70 ⇑ 1.74% | 11.72 | 12.10 / 11.40 EXIMBANK | 1.80 | 14.31 | Vol. 3140245 D: 10.90 ⇑ 2.83% | 10.94 | 12.20 / 9.60 C: 11.00 ⇑ 2.80% | 10.98 | 11.30 / 10.00 JAMUNABANK | 2.47 | 18.56 | Vol. 307756 D: 13.00 ⇑ 0.78% | 13.06 | 14.00 / 11.70 C: 13.20 ⇑ 3.94% | 13.20 | 13.60 / 12.70 BRACBANK | 1.51 | 24.87 | Vol. 791102 D: 28.70 ⇑ 5.51% | 29.14 | 30.00 / 25.00 C: 28.70 ⇑ 6.69% | 29.20 | 29.50 / 24.40 SHAHJABANK | 2.61 | 14.47 | Vol. 913604 D: 14.20 ⇑ 3.65% | 14.25 | 15.50 / 12.40 C: 14.20 ⇑ 2.90% | 14.24 | 15.00 / 13.60 PREMIERBAN | 1.18 | 13.95 | Vol. 2149165 D: 9.00 ⇓ 3.23% | 9.07 | 9.60 / 8.20 C: 9.10 ⇓ 1.09% | 9.11 | 9.50 / 8.90 TRUSTBANK | 0.50 | 18.00 | Vol. 687193 D: 18.10 ⇑ 5.85% | 18.15 | 19.20 / 15.40 C: 17.70 ⇑ 9.26% | 17.72 | 19.00 / 17.30
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FIRSTSBANK | 1.85 | 13.89 | Vol. 956213 D: 11.30 ⇑ 2.73% | 11.36 | 12.00 / 9.90 C: 11.20 ⇑ 1.82% | 11.32 | 12.00 / 10.00 NON BANKING F I IDLC | 4.43 | 29.18 | Vol. 291667 D: 53.70 ⇓ 4.45% | 54.14 | 56.20 / 50.00 C: 53.80 ⇓ 4.78% | 54.22 | 56.20 / 52.20 ULC | 1.80 | 14.90 | Vol. 281301 D: 25.50 ⇑ 0.00% | 25.70 | 27.00 / 24.00 UTTARAFIN | 7.16 | 41.54 | Vol. 180049 D: 70.90 ⇓ 1.66% | 70.83 | 72.00 / 65.00 C: 71.20 ⇓ 1.25% | 71.04 | 73.00 / 67.00 MIDASFIN | 0.16 | 10.21 | Vol. 23600 D: 31.90 ⇓ 0.31% | 32.00 | 32.00 / 29.00 C: 28.80 ⇓ 9.72% | 28.80 | 28.80 / 28.80 FLEASEINT | 2.34 | 13.93 | Vol. 467635 D: 22.70 ⇓ 3.40% | 22.96 | 23.90 / 21.00 C: 22.80 ⇓ 2.15% | 22.71 | 23.50 / 22.40 PLFSL | 1.37 | 17.48 | Vol. 1281231 D: 20.20 ⇓ 4.27% | 20.41 | 22.00 / 18.30 C: 20.30 ⇓ 4.25% | 20.37 | 21.80 / 19.50 PRIMEFIN | 0.87 | 17.88 | Vol. 874992 D: 20.70 ⇓ 3.72% | 20.91 | 21.80 / 19.50 C: 21.00 ⇓ 2.78% | 20.94 | 21.80 / 20.40 PREMIERLEA | 0.10 | 11.37 | Vol. 591087 D: 10.00 ⇓ 0.99% | 10.09 | 10.30 / 9.40 C: 10.20 ⇓ 0.97% | 10.20 | 10.40 / 10.00 ISLAMICFIN | 1.03 | 15.48 | Vol. 691766 D: 14.90 ⇓ 0.67% | 14.97 | 16.30 / 14.00 C: 14.90 ⇓ 1.97% | 14.92 | 15.50 / 14.80 LANKABAFIN | 1.61 | 31.07 | Vol. 637629 D: 50.20 ⇓ 5.10% | 50.95 | 54.00 / 47.70 C: 50.50 ⇓ 4.90% | 50.57 | 53.10 / 50.00 BIFC | 0.15 | 18.58 | Vol. 378887 D: 14.50 ⇓ 5.23% | 14.66 | 16.00 / 13.70 C: 14.60 ⇓ 5.19% | 14.56 | 15.50 / 14.00 IPDC | 1.23 | 19.43 | Vol. 395873 D: 17.90 ⇑ 1.13% | 17.91 | 19.00 / 16.80 C: 17.80 ⇑ 3.49% | 17.94 | 18.30 / 16.00 UNIONCAP | 0.54 | 17.85 | Vol. 43919 D: 28.00 ⇓ 0.36% | 28.05 | 29.00 / 25.00 C: 27.50 ⇓ 0.36% | 27.50 | 27.50 / 27.30 BDFINANCE | 0.57 | 14.77 | Vol. 994206 D: 19.80 ⇓ 0.50% | 19.64 | 22.00 / 18.00 C: 19.70 ⇓ 0.51% | 19.68 | 21.00 / 18.70 ILFSL | 0.35 | 12.19 | Vol. 1242647 D: 13.10 ⇓ 3.68% | 13.15 | 14.00 / 12.00 C: 13.00 ⇓ 4.41% | 13.04 | 14.00 / 12.50 PHOENIXFIN | 2.46 | 19.39 | Vol. 1060596 D: 29.00 ⇑ 7.01% | 29.26 | 29.60 / 24.70 C: 29.00 ⇑ 7.41% | 29.00 | 29.00 / 27.00 FASFIN | 0.19 | 13.56 | Vol. 1183996 D: 13.20 ⇓ 5.04% | 13.29 | 14.00 / 12.40 C: 13.20 ⇓ 5.04% | 13.32 | 14.10 / 12.70 DBH | 4.47 | 21.27 | Vol. 191966 D: 52.40 ⇑ 2.34% | 52.60 | 53.30 / 47.20 C: 51.20 ⇓ 2.48% | 51.20 | 52.00 / 51.00 NHFIL | 0.57 | 12.70 | Vol. 754619 D: 27.50 ⇓ 2.48% | 27.79 | 29.40 / 26.00 C: 27.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 27.60 | 29.00 / 27.00 BAYLEASING | 0.72 | 25.55 | Vol. 1230208 D: 27.70 ⇑ 10.80% | 27.81 | 28.80 / 23.00 C: 27.80 ⇑ 9.02% | 27.62 | 28.50 / 24.20 ICB | 89.23 | 607.74 | Vol. 26054 D: 1440 ⇑ 0.03% | 1437 | 1460 / 1350 C: 1460 ⇓ 3.49% | 1460 | 1460 / 1419 GSPFINANCE | 1.63 | 22.23 | Vol. 149095 D: 23.50 ⇓ 2.08% | 23.57 | 24.50 / 22.50 C: 23.70 ⇑ 0.00% | 23.76 | 24.00 / 22.80 FAREASTFIN | 0.68 | 13.64 | Vol. 3038000 D: 14.70 ⇓ 7.55% | 14.86 | 15.80 / 14.50 C: 14.80 ⇓ 6.92% | 14.91 | 15.80 / 14.50 INVESTMENT 1STICB | 75.63 | 942.30 | Vol. 2400 D: 908.7 ⇑ 5.66% | 908.75 | 910.0 / 850.0 2NDICB | 44.10 | 253.11 | Vol. 1450 D: 229.0 ⇓ 3.50% | 229.00 | 230.0 / 220.0 3RDICB | 26.16 | 235.16 | Vol. 1100 D: 179.0 ⇑ 3.47% | 179.00 | 180.0 / 174.0 4THICB | 29.24 | 229.24 | Vol. 2100 D: 170.0 ⇓ 1.16% | 170.00 | 174.0 / 170.0 6THICB | 10.99 | 60.14 | Vol. 40800 D: 44.20 ⇓ 0.90% | 44.19 | 45.60 / 43.90 C: 43.90 ⇓ 0.23% | 43.90 | 43.90 / 43.90 8THICB | 12.47 | 70.07 | Vol. 17500 D: 48.00 ⇓ 2.24% | 48.13 | 49.40 / 48.00
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1STBSRS | 14.43 | 161.88 | Vol. 339030 D: 81.30 ⇓ 1.09% | 81.93 | 83.20 / 75.00 C: 80.10 ⇑ 0.13% | 80.13 | 81.00 / 80.00 AIMS1STMF | 3.02 | 15.70 | Vol. 698775 D: 35.10 ⇓ 2.50% | 35.33 | 36.70 / 33.60 C: 35.00 ⇓ 3.85% | 35.12 | 36.80 / 34.00 ICBISLAMIC | 2.21 | 26.81 | Vol. 53000 D: 16.20 ⇓ 3.57% | 16.26 | 17.00 / 16.00 GRAMEEN1 | 6.26 | 33.23 | Vol. 979000 D: 39.90 ⇓ 7.64% | 40.08 | 43.80 / 39.80 C: 40.00 ⇓ 7.19% | 40.18 | 44.00 / 40.00 ICB1STNRB | 4.06 | 35.31 | Vol. 40500 D: 21.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 21.62 | 21.90 / 21.50 ICB2NDNRB | 2.49 | 16.24 | Vol. 458500 D: 8.60 ⇓ 2.27% | 8.66 | 8.90 / 8.40 C: 8.80 ⇓ 3.30% | 8.81 | 8.90 / 8.70 GRAMEENS2 | 2.17 | 16.41 | Vol. 2091450 D: 14.80 ⇓ 5.13% | 14.96 | 15.60 / 13.50 C: 14.90 ⇓ 5.70% | 14.97 | 15.50 / 14.30 1STPRIMFMF | 0.64 | 11.63 | Vol. 2612500 D: 18.70 ⇓ 4.59% | 18.76 | 20.50 / 17.70 C: 18.80 ⇓ 3.59% | 18.69 | 20.40 / 18.00 EBL1STMF | 0.55 | 12.62 | Vol. 1105232 D: 6.40 ⇓ 3.03% | 6.48 | 6.90 / 5.90 C: 6.50 ⇓ 2.99% | 6.47 | 7.00 / 6.00 ICBAMCL2ND | 0.60 | 12.12 | Vol. 422000 D: 5.70 ⇑ 3.64% | 5.74 | 5.90 / 5.40 C: 5.50 ⇑ 3.77% | 5.50 | 5.80 / 5.20 ICBEPMF1S1 | 0.52 | 11.32 | Vol. 697500 D: 5.90 ⇑ 1.72% | 5.84 | 6.00 / 5.70 C: 5.80 ⇑ 1.75% | 5.80 | 5.80 / 5.60 TRUSTB1MF | 0.75 | 11.65 | Vol. 2607311 D: 7.00 ⇓ 4.11% | 7.08 | 7.60 / 6.50 C: 7.00 ⇓ 5.41% | 7.12 | 7.50 / 7.00 PRIME1ICBA | 0.42 | 11.18 | Vol. 312500 D: 5.00 ⇓ 1.96% | 5.00 | 5.60 / 5.00 C: 5.10 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.10 | 5.20 / 5.00 DBH1STMF | -1.12 | 10.15 | Vol. 1089500 D: 5.20 ⇓ 1.89% | 5.22 | 5.40 / 5.10 C: 5.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.20 | 5.40 / 5.00 IFIC1STMF | 0.83 | 11.88 | Vol. 2772780 D: 6.10 ⇓ 1.61% | 6.22 | 6.60 / 5.70 C: 6.20 ⇓ 1.59% | 6.20 | 6.30 / 5.50 PF1STMF | 0.51 | 11.11 | Vol. 506000 D: 5.10 ⇓ 3.77% | 5.13 | 5.30 / 5.10 C: 5.20 ⇓ 1.89% | 5.20 | 5.20 / 5.10 ICB3RDNRB | 0.00 | 10.60 | Vol. 879000 D: 4.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 4.90 | 5.00 / 4.80 C: 4.90 ⇓ 2.00% | 4.90 | 5.00 / 4.80 1JANATAMF | 0.78 | 10.68 | Vol. 1217000 D: 5.50 ⇓ 1.79% | 5.57 | 5.80 / 5.50 C: 5.60 ⇓ 1.75% | 5.60 | 5.70 / 5.30 GREENDELMF | -0.82 | 9.72 | Vol. 1206000 D: 5.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.04 | 5.10 / 4.90 C: 5.00 ⇑ 0.00% | 5.00 | 5.20 / 4.80 POPULAR1MF | 0.77 | 11.38 | Vol. 2107906 D: 5.40 ⇓ 5.26% | 5.47 | 6.10 / 5.00 C: 5.50 ⇓ 3.51% | 5.51 | 5.70 / 5.40 IFILISLMF1 | 0.00 | 10.45 | Vol. 1101000 D: 5.10 ⇓ 1.92% | 5.24 | 5.40 / 4.90 C: 5.10 ⇓ 1.92% | 5.10 | 5.30 / 5.00 PHPMF1 | 0.63 | 10.92 | Vol. 2905000 D: 5.00 ⇓ 3.85% | 5.02 | 5.30 / 5.00 C: 5.00 ⇓ 5.66% | 5.04 | 5.30 / 5.00 AIBL1STIMF | -0.07 | 9.25 | Vol. 228500 D: 6.20 ⇓ 3.13% | 6.20 | 6.30 / 6.10 C: 6.50 ⇑ 6.56% | 6.50 | 6.50 / 6.50 MBL1STMF | -0.16 | 9.08 | Vol. 411000 D: 5.90 ⇓ 3.28% | 6.00 | 6.20 / 5.90 C: 6.20 ⇑ 1.64% | 6.23 | 6.30 / 6.00 SEBL1STMF | 0.94 | 11.85 | Vol. 1485700 D: 7.50 ⇓ 2.60% | 7.63 | 8.00 / 7.50 C: 7.70 ⇓ 1.28% | 7.67 | 8.30 / 7.60 EBLNRBMF | 1.07 | 10.88 | Vol. 4000 D: 7.60 ⇑ 2.70% | 7.60 | 7.70 / 7.50 RELIANCE1 | 0.95 | 10.33 | Vol. 1558200 D: 7.70 ⇓ 2.53% | 7.74 | 8.00 / 7.50 C: 7.60 ⇓ 2.56% | 7.64 | 8.00 / 7.50 LRGLOBMF1 | 0.50 | 10.82 | Vol. 681000 D: 7.50 ⇓ 3.85% | 7.60 | 7.80 / 6.80 C: 7.90 ⇑ 0.00% | 7.90 | 7.90 / 7.90 ABB1STMF | 0.92 | 10.63 | Vol. 255332 D: 6.60 ⇓ 1.49% | 6.62 | 7.00 / 6.50 NLI1STMF | 1.17 | 12.22 | Vol. 2852250 D: 8.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 8.44 | 9.20 / 8.00 C: 8.50 ⇓ 1.16% | 8.50 | 8.80 / 8.10 FBFIF | 1.30 | 10.27 | Vol. 1500 D: 9.10 ⇓ 2.15% | 9.10 | 9.10 / 8.90 NCCBLMF1 | 1.16 | 10.48 | Vol. 76575 D: 8.60 ⇑ 2.38% | 8.60 | 8.80 / 8.20
ICBSONALI1 | 0.00 | 10.39 | Vol. 1236000 D: 6.20 ⇓ 8.82% | 6.26 | 6.80 / 6.20 C: 6.30 ⇓ 4.55% | 6.25 | 6.60 / 6.10 EXIM1STMF | 0.00 | 10.91 | Vol. 12500 D: 7.00 ⇓ 9.09% | 7.00 | 7.40 / 6.90 ENGINEERING AFTABAUTO | 4.29 | 52.65 | Vol. 1090245 D: 96.50 ⇓ 5.11% | 96.85 | 102.8 / 88.00 C: 96.80 ⇓ 5.56% | 97.00 | 99.90 / 92.00 AZIZPIPES | 0.39 | -42.04 | Vol. 66450 D: 17.80 ⇓ 7.77% | 18.07 | 20.40 / 16.40 C: 18.50 ⇓ 4.15% | 18.44 | 20.20 / 15.70 OLYMPIC | 5.94 | 14.91 | Vol. 325882 D: 190.1 ⇓ 3.55% | 192.57 | 203.6 / 180.0 C: 187.2 ⇓ 5.93% | 189.07 | 214.5 / 184.6 BDLAMPS | -5.31 | 37.07 | Vol. 47830 D: 130.5 ⇓ 7.25% | 131.70 | 144.0 / 123.0 C: 131.2 ⇓ 4.58% | 130.70 | 142.0 / 125.0 ECABLES | 2.04 | 18.87 | Vol. 4000 D: 71.40 ⇓ 4.03% | 71.36 | 73.90 / 67.20 C: 73.40 ⇓ 7.09% | 73.40 | 73.40 / 66.40 MONNOSTAF | 5.31 | 44.78 | Vol. 5450 D: 292.6 ⇓ 8.48% | 292.63 | 320.0 / 271.0 SINGERBD | 9.99 | 45.74 | Vol. 203159 D: 185.8 ⇓ 2.57% | 186.78 | 195.5 / 172.0 C: 185.3 ⇓ 2.52% | 186.22 | 193.0 / 179.1 ATLASBANG | 11.98 | 207.70 | Vol. 33765 D: 156.9 ⇓ 5.14% | 156.66 | 166.0 / 141.0 BDAUTOCA | 0.25 | 6.23 | Vol. 230320 D: 36.10 ⇑ 6.80% | 36.39 | 40.30 / 27.50 QSMDRYCELL | 1.06 | 52.31 | Vol. 302366 D: 28.30 ⇓ 3.41% | 28.54 | 30.60 / 27.10 C: 28.60 ⇓ 1.72% | 28.28 | 30.50 / 25.50 RENWICKJA | 5.62 | -90.00 | Vol. 38900 D: 125.3 ⇓ 5.43% | 127.61 | 142.9 / 116.7 NTLTUBES | -2.52 | 312.10 | Vol. 108176 D: 64.90 ⇓ 7.15% | 65.26 | 70.50 / 61.50 BDTHAI | 0.43 | 39.35 | Vol. 965530 D: 26.30 ⇓ 1.13% | 26.57 | 28.60 / 24.10 C: 26.10 ⇓ 1.51% | 26.47 | 28.30 / 24.20 ANWARGALV | 0.51 | 8.08 | Vol. 607500 D: 24.00 ⇓ 1.64% | 24.05 | 28.70 / 19.80 C: 23.80 ⇓ 3.64% | 24.00 | 28.70 / 20.20 KAY&QUE | -3.89 | 6.03 | Vol. 30250 D: 15.00 ⇓ 5.66% | 15.00 | 15.90 / 14.90 C: 15.40 ⇑ 0.65% | 15.40 | 15.40 / 15.20 RANFOUNDRY | 2.84 | 18.62 | Vol. 202000 D: 86.40 ⇑ 1.41% | 87.70 | 93.90 / 76.90 C: 90.30 ⇑ 6.86% | 90.28 | 91.00 / 77.00 SALAMCRST | 3.31 | 20.00 | Vol. 365550 D: 36.50 ⇓ 3.69% | 36.54 | 38.40 / 34.00 C: 37.30 ⇓ 1.84% | 37.19 | 38.70 / 35.00 GOLDENSON | 3.70 | 28.70 | Vol. 668533 D: 40.80 ⇓ 1.69% | 40.71 | 42.20 / 36.40 C: 40.60 ⇓ 1.69% | 40.60 | 42.50 / 40.10 BSRMSTEEL | 3.06 | 19.53 | Vol. 505430 D: 61.60 ⇑ 0.00% | 61.99 | 64.60 / 56.00 C: 61.80 ⇓ 0.32% | 61.56 | 66.50 / 59.00 NAVANACNG | 4.09 | 27.04 | Vol. 307792 D: 59.70 ⇓ 2.45% | 60.21 | 65.00 / 54.00 C: 59.70 ⇓ 2.45% | 60.13 | 62.50 / 58.60 DESHBANDHU | 0.26 | 10.67 | Vol. 1110606 D: 16.20 ⇓ 2.99% | 16.18 | 17.50 / 15.00 C: 16.00 ⇓ 4.76% | 16.04 | 17.50 / 15.40 GPHISPAT | 2.11 | 15.27 | Vol. 241200 D: 39.60 ⇓ 3.18% | 39.70 | 41.30 / 37.00 C: 39.20 ⇓ 2.73% | 39.20 | 41.50 / 39.20 BENGALWTL | 2.42 | 20.72 | Vol. 1289400 D: 43.80 ⇓ 7.20% | 42.53 | 47.50 / 42.00 C: 43.30 ⇓ 8.84% | 42.56 | 47.90 / 42.20 BDBUILDING | 1.02 | 12.40 | Vol. 7262500 D: 38.30 ⇓ 16.92% | 38.62 | 45.80 / 37.50 C: 38.20 ⇓ 17.14% | 38.65 | 44.90 / 38.00 NPOLYMAR | 2.01 | 324.37 | Vol. 297007 D: 47.80 ⇓ 6.64% | 47.89 | 54.40 / 45.00 C: 47.40 ⇓ 6.14% | 47.86 | 53.70 / 46.00 FOOD & ALLIED APEXFOODS | 2.54 | 90.81 | Vol. 160750 D: 91.00 ⇑ 3.17% | 91.84 | 99.00 / 83.00 C: 90.00 ⇑ 3.81% | 90.00 | 97.00 / 84.20 BANGAS | 7.20 | 50.27 | Vol. 199741 D: 380.1 ⇓ 8.19% | 382.31 | 427.0 / 356.5 C: 378.8 ⇓ 7.41% | 378.86 | 423.0 / 355.4 BATBC | 65.69 | 117.22 | Vol. 4600 D: 1504 ⇓ 4.66% | 1503 | 1550 / 1465 C: 1480 ⇓ 3.51% | 1480 | 1480 / 1480 GEMINISEA | 10.88 | 9.69 | Vol. 3400 D: 175.8 ⇑ 3.11% | 175.56 | 191.0 / 154.0
NTC | 29.88 | 110.05 | Vol. 1350 D: 795.9 ⇓ 0.51% | 795.71 | 820.0 / 790.0 C: 815.0 ⇑ 0.62% | 812.50 | 815.0 / 810.0 ZEALBANGLA | -28.94 | -221.34 | Vol. 2000 D: 8.40 ⇓ 7.69% | 8.40 | 9.00 / 8.40 AMCL(PRAN) | 6.53 | 53.37 | Vol. 256630 D: 212.2 ⇓ 2.75% | 216.28 | 244.0 / 187.2 C: 217.8 ⇓ 0.73% | 218.68 | 244.9 / 185.3 SHYAMPSUG | -45.77 | -396.49 | Vol. 500 D: 7.10 ⇓ 6.58% | 7.10 | 7.20 / 7.10 FUWANGFOOD | 1.26 | 12.37 | Vol. 1191708 D: 22.00 ⇓ 5.58% | 22.09 | 24.00 / 21.00 C: 21.90 ⇓ 6.81% | 21.98 | 23.50 / 21.50 MEGHNAPET | -0.58 | -1.02 | Vol. 27500 D: 7.10 ⇓ 8.97% | 7.10 | 7.70 / 6.90 MEGCONMILK | -6.68 | -16.22 | Vol. 140500 D: 7.20 ⇑ 0.00% | 7.30 | 8.10 / 6.60 BEACHHATCH | 1.01 | 12.48 | Vol. 2992160 D: 20.90 ⇓ 5.86% | 21.12 | 23.60 / 19.20 C: 20.90 ⇓ 5.43% | 21.14 | 23.50 / 19.10 FINEFOODS | 0.05 | 10.63 | Vol. 2135823 D: 17.90 ⇓ 19.73% | 17.90 | 20.90 / 15.00 C: 17.80 ⇓ 20.54% | 18.01 | 20.90 / 14.90 RDFOOD | 0.91 | 16.84 | Vol. 2106013 D: 20.70 ⇓ 3.27% | 20.84 | 22.20 / 19.00 C: 20.90 ⇓ 2.34% | 20.86 | 22.00 / 20.10 GHAIL | 1.01 | 22.08 | Vol. 1601120 D: 42.30 ⇓ 6.00% | 42.52 | 44.90 / 38.70 C: 42.30 ⇓ 6.21% | 42.51 | 44.50 / 41.10 FUEL & POWER LINDEBD | 31.71 | 144.00 | Vol. 34884 D: 601.9 ⇓ 1.68% | 606.13 | 644.8 / 584.4 PADMAOIL | 16.38 | 43.67 | Vol. 661617 D: 289.3 ⇑ 1.30% | 293.55 | 305.8 / 260.0 C: 287.8 ⇑ 1.05% | 292.69 | 306.9 / 266.0 EASTRNLUB | 6.32 | 68.68 | Vol. 4500 D: 316.8 ⇓ 3.27% | 317.04 | 329.5 / 302.0 BDWELDING | 0.33 | 16.82 | Vol. 1740408 D: 20.20 ⇓ 3.81% | 20.25 | 22.90 / 18.00 C: 20.00 ⇓ 4.76% | 20.06 | 22.00 / 18.50 SUMITPOWER | 3.17 | 19.26 | Vol. 702635 D: 30.10 ⇓ 1.31% | 30.19 | 32.20 / 26.90 C: 30.00 ⇓ 1.96% | 30.78 | 32.50 / 29.00 DESCO | 2.80 | 35.25 | Vol. 333475 D: 68.90 ⇓ 2.68% | 69.36 | 73.00 / 65.00 C: 69.00 ⇓ 1.43% | 70.17 | 73.90 / 63.10 POWERGRID | 2.56 | 48.08 | Vol. 283509 D: 50.70 ⇓ 5.23% | 50.94 | 54.00 / 50.00 C: 52.00 ⇓ 1.89% | 52.00 | 52.50 / 52.00 JAMUNAOIL | 22.78 | 50.24 | Vol. 487091 D: 223.0 ⇑ 0.41% | 225.59 | 235.0 / 210.0 C: 222.2 ⇑ 0.27% | 224.40 | 229.7 / 212.1 MPETROLEUM | 16.98 | 40.41 | Vol. 586965 D: 252.0 ⇓ 0.28% | 256.43 | 260.0 / 230.0 C: 252.0 ⇓ 0.28% | 256.31 | 260.0 / 241.5 TITASGAS | 9.20 | 46.26 | Vol. 1997179 D: 76.90 ⇓ 2.90% | 76.93 | 82.00 / 70.00 C: 77.00 ⇓ 3.39% | 76.64 | 80.00 / 75.00 KPCL | 4.73 | 15.86 | Vol. 630985 D: 44.90 ⇑ 1.35% | 44.97 | 46.70 / 40.00 C: 44.20 ⇓ 0.45% | 44.54 | 45.80 / 43.00 BEDL | 1.48 | 19.43 | Vol. 1247651 D: 24.70 ⇓ 4.26% | 24.86 | 25.90 / 22.90 C: 24.90 ⇓ 4.23% | 24.88 | 25.90 / 24.30 MJLBD | 2.73 | 30.24 | Vol. 207963 D: 68.90 ⇓ 1.71% | 68.91 | 72.00 / 62.30 C: 68.40 ⇓ 1.44% | 66.57 | 69.90 / 65.00 GBBPOWER | 1.86 | 22.63 | Vol. 2121382 D: 24.40 ⇓ 2.40% | 23.71 | 25.50 / 21.90 C: 24.30 ⇓ 2.80% | 24.46 | 26.00 / 23.80 SPPCL | 3.81 | 23.34 | Vol. 1267300 D: 46.90 ⇓ 3.30% | 47.09 | 49.50 / 42.30 C: 46.90 ⇓ 3.50% | 47.14 | 49.40 / 45.10 JUTE JUTESPINN | 2.06 | 17.42 | Vol. 44650 D: 101.6 ⇓ 7.89% | 101.85 | 118.0 / 93.00 NORTHERN | -13.80 | -6.19 | Vol. 5400 D: 28.70 ⇓ 19.38% | 28.75 | 37.50 / 27.60 SONALIANSH | 5.54 | 218.80 | Vol. 55650 D: 130.0 ⇓ 3.56% | 130.49 | 144.9 / 123.2 TEXTILE AL-HAJTEX | 1.35 | 15.64 | Vol. 196382 D: 84.20 ⇑ 4.47% | 84.78 | 93.00 / 74.00 STYLECRAFT | 20.00 | 287.30 | Vol. 100 D: 1190 ⇓ 5.38% | 1190 | 1190 / 1190
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013
OCT 20-24, 2013 Sectotal Index: BANK: 32,406.77 ⇑ 3.61% NBFI: 18,430.95 ⇓ 0.74% INVS: 4,502.56 ⇓ 0.56% ENGG: 5,394.68 ⇓ 1.98% FOOD: 9,555.75 ⇑ 0.26% F&P: 9,579.52 ⇑ 1.32% TEXT: 3,029.08 ⇑ 3.04% PHAR: 16,595.14 ⇑ 0.75% PAPR: 955.85 ⇑ 4.88% SERV: 2,732.92 ⇓ 0.37% LEAT: 4,781.71 ⇓ 0.14% CERA: 465.79 ⇓ 0.44% CMNT: 4,144.58 ⇓ 3.13% INFO: 6,745.28 ⇓ 2.46% GINS: 8,901.92 ⇓ 2.46% LINS: 101,163.96 ⇓ 3.87% TELC: 1,231.33 ⇑ 0.08% MISC: 5,575.11 ⇓ 2.72% RAHIMTEXT | 5.81 | 70.85 | Vol. 10100 D: 269.3 ⇑ 5.82% | 271.18 | 298.9 / 233.0 SAIHAMTEX | 2.75 | 29.50 | Vol. 1207500 D: 28.90 ⇓ 3.34% | 29.01 | 30.50 / 28.30 C: 29.00 ⇓ 3.97% | 28.95 | 30.20 / 28.00 MODERNDYE | 0.91 | 10.37 | Vol. 18950 D: 80.60 ⇓ 6.28% | 80.31 | 86.00 / 70.00 DSHGARME | 0.72 | 12.00 | Vol. 268300 D: 58.90 ⇓ 3.44% | 59.62 | 71.10 / 49.50 DULAMIACOT | -8.46 | -27.78 | Vol. 23400 D: 8.30 ⇓ 4.60% | 8.35 | 8.80 / 8.10 TALLUSPIN | 2.56 | 12.06 | Vol. 2468059 D: 37.30 ⇓ 7.21% | 37.74 | 41.50 / 35.10 C: 37.30 ⇓ 7.21% | 37.73 | 43.40 / 35.30 APEXSPINN | 2.01 | 49.32 | Vol. 23600 D: 64.70 ⇓ 5.13% | 64.86 | 71.00 / 63.00 MITHUNKNIT | 4.54 | 30.39 | Vol. 328400 D: 79.90 ⇓ 7.42% | 79.91 | 86.00 / 76.00 C: 78.50 ⇓ 7.76% | 78.90 | 85.70 / 77.70 DELTASPINN | 3.06 | 18.12 | Vol. 1100400 D: 29.50 ⇓ 5.45% | 29.82 | 32.00 / 27.40 C: 29.50 ⇓ 5.75% | 29.76 | 31.90 / 27.50 SONARGAON | 0.27 | 34.50 | Vol. 988957 D: 17.00 ⇓ 2.30% | 17.22 | 19.20 / 14.80 C: 17.20 ⇓ 1.71% | 17.22 | 19.40 / 14.90 PRIMETEX | 1.01 | 63.54 | Vol. 791000 D: 24.90 ⇓ 2.35% | 25.26 | 27.20 / 22.20 C: 25.70 ⇑ 0.78% | 25.71 | 27.00 / 22.40 ALLTEX | -0.11 | 23.81 | Vol. 640700 D: 7.70 ⇓ 11.49% | 7.82 | 8.40 / 7.50 C: 7.80 ⇓ 12.36% | 7.85 | 8.50 / 7.60 ANLIMAYARN | 1.19 | 11.01 | Vol. 306500 D: 32.60 ⇓ 9.19% | 32.97 | 36.00 / 32.10 C: 34.70 ⇓ 4.67% | 34.73 | 36.50 / 32.80 HRTEX | 2.08 | 14.92 | Vol. 676690 D: 36.50 ⇑ 3.99% | 35.97 | 38.80 / 30.80 C: 36.90 ⇑ 4.24% | 36.94 | 37.20 / 32.90 CMCKAMAL | 1.37 | 19.31 | Vol. 6372145 D: 28.90 ⇓ 9.12% | 28.40 | 32.70 / 27.00 SAFKOSPINN | 0.95 | 21.78 | Vol. 1188670 D: 22.70 ⇓ 0.87% | 22.94 | 24.50 / 19.00 C: 22.70 ⇓ 0.87% | 23.28 | 24.20 / 19.90 SQUARETEXT | 4.32 | 31.82 | Vol. 334247 D: 89.50 ⇓ 0.89% | 89.76 | 91.70 / 83.00 C: 89.70 ⇑ 0.67% | 89.09 | 91.50 / 87.20 METROSPIN | -1.00 | 19.59 | Vol. 1187247 D: 15.80 ⇓ 5.39% | 15.90 | 17.30 / 14.60 C: 15.80 ⇓ 4.82% | 15.61 | 17.00 / 14.80 MAKSONSPIN | 0.16 | 20.55 | Vol. 5018707 D: 15.10 ⇓ 1.31% | 15.34 | 16.80 / 13.20 C: 15.10 ⇓ 1.31% | 15.26 | 16.20 / 13.90 DACCADYE | 1.21 | 31.13 | Vol. 1005139 D: 25.90 ⇓ 3.00% | 26.22 | 27.50 / 24.10 C: 26.00 ⇓ 1.89% | 26.01 | 27.90 / 24.70 RNSPIN | 2.80 | 16.58 | Vol. 5735984 D: 27.70 ⇓ 2.46% | 27.76 | 29.10 / 24.50 C: 27.60 ⇓ 2.47% | 27.72 | 29.00 / 25.80 BXSYNTH | 0.93 | 25.42 | Vol. 864574 D: 15.00 ⇓ 2.60% | 15.05 | 16.10 / 13.50 C: 15.10 ⇓ 2.58% | 15.05 | 16.20 / 14.30 MALEKSPIN | 2.81 | 43.48 | Vol. 4558105 D: 25.00 ⇑ 5.04% | 25.02 | 26.30 / 16.90 C: 24.60 ⇑ 3.36% | 25.08 | 26.00 / 21.30 ZAHINTEX | 1.91 | 35.25 | Vol. 763300 D: 28.80 ⇓ 4.32% | 28.91 | 30.90 / 26.50 C: 28.70 ⇓ 4.97% | 28.35 | 30.60 / 26.30 SAIHAMCOT | 1.92 | 23.62 | Vol. 2313500 D: 22.80 ⇓ 2.15% | 22.91 | 24.10 / 21.70 C: 22.70 ⇓ 2.58% | 22.84 | 24.10 / 21.40 GENNEXT | 1.68 | 15.15 | Vol. 15020340 D: 23.80 ⇑ 5.78% | 23.89 | 24.40 / 19.40 C: 23.90 ⇑ 6.70% | 23.86 | 24.40 / 21.00 ENVOYTEX | 3.26 | 39.26 | Vol. 9569330 D: 58.40 ⇑ 4.47% | 58.22 | 61.10 / 49.00 C: 58.20 ⇑ 3.74% | 58.29 | 61.00 / 52.70 ARGONDENIM | 1.89 | 38.86 | Vol. 10470240 D: 61.50 ⇑ 7.89% | 60.33 | 64.90 / 50.60 C: 61.30 ⇑ 8.88% | 60.03 | 62.90 / 52.40 FAMILYTEX | 3.72 | 14.68 | Vol. 1151500 D: 37.80 ⇑ 0.53% | 37.92 | 39.70 / 36.00 C: 38.00 ⇑ 1.33% | 37.91 | 38.90 / 35.60 PHARMACEUTICAL & CHEMICAL AMBEEPHA | 3.94 | 26.15 | Vol. 37602 D: 244.0 ⇓ 2.24% | 243.42 | 262.0 / 217.1 C: 245.0 ⇓ 1.13% | 244.93 | 259.8 / 220.0 BXPHARMA | 3.77 | 52.55 | Vol. 960896 D: 40.10 ⇓ 2.91% | 40.36 | 42.00 / 36.00 C: 40.40 ⇓ 3.12% | 40.41 | 42.00 / 39.30 GLAXOSMITH | 20.25 | 123.32 | Vol. 500 D: 920.0 ⇑ 3.46% | 920.00 | 931.2 / 879.0
ACI | -5.82 | 126.42 | Vol. 36222 D: 155.6 ⇓ 1.39% | 155.59 | 163.5 / 145.0 C: 159.0 ⇑ 1.73% | 158.17 | 159.0 / 150.0 RENATA | 33.57 | 138.83 | Vol. 16511 D: 695.6 ⇓ 1.26% | 698.10 | 750.0 / 675.0 RECKITTBEN | 27.16 | 78.89 | Vol. 1550 D: 765.5 ⇑ 5.41% | 765.52 | 774.0 / 720.0 PHARMAID | 5.06 | 26.30 | Vol. 90600 D: 163.8 ⇓ 4.15% | 163.97 | 176.1 / 152.5 KOHINOOR | 9.52 | 10.49 | Vol. 8650 D: 445.3 ⇑ 1.23% | 443.17 | 457.0 / 395.0 IBNSINA | 3.44 | 34.02 | Vol. 343094 D: 96.10 ⇓ 3.90% | 97.62 | 107.4 / 86.20 C: 97.30 ⇓ 2.11% | 97.03 | 99.90 / 86.10 LIBRAINFU | 4.64 | 1565.37 | Vol. 9400 D: 428.4 ⇑ 17.31% | 428.00 | 430.0 / 355.0 ORIONINFU | 8.72 | 1.73 | Vol. 501800 D: 40.20 ⇓ 5.41% | 40.56 | 43.10 / 38.60 C: 40.70 ⇓ 2.40% | 41.14 | 42.90 / 37.30 SQURPHARMA | 6.93 | 37.18 | Vol. 1986773 D: 176.3 ⇑ 0.80% | 177.00 | 188.0 / 157.5 C: 176.1 ⇑ 0.86% | 176.68 | 179.9 / 172.1 IMAMBUTTON | -1.68 | 5.67 | Vol. 86750 D: 8.90 ⇓ 3.26% | 8.93 | 9.20 / 7.60 C: 8.30 ⇓ 15.31% | 8.45 | 9.50 / 8.10 KEYACOSMET | 1.55 | 21.54 | Vol. 1792481 D: 22.90 ⇓ 2.97% | 22.97 | 23.80 / 20.40 C: 22.90 ⇓ 2.97% | 22.99 | 23.50 / 22.00 BERGERPBL | 32.46 | 100.20 | Vol. 2100 D: 795.2 ⇓ 1.71% | 795.00 | 820.0 / 771.1 ACIFORMULA | 3.33 | 38.08 | Vol. 78726 D: 75.70 ⇑ 0.13% | 75.89 | 79.00 / 70.00 C: 76.30 ⇑ 2.28% | 75.17 | 78.00 / 72.00 MARICO | 27.53 | 62.47 | Vol. 49350 D: 778.7 ⇑ 3.70% | 803.97 | 830.0 / 710.0 C: 797.4 ⇑ 8.71% | 797.40 | 801.1 / 770.0 BEACONPHAR | 0.33 | 11.97 | Vol. 1593500 D: 13.20 ⇓ 6.38% | 13.51 | 14.20 / 13.00 C: 13.60 ⇓ 2.86% | 13.58 | 14.70 / 13.20 ACTIVEFINE | 3.23 | 13.89 | Vol. 1383015 D: 90.60 ⇓ 1.41% | 90.19 | 93.70 / 81.50 C: 90.50 ⇓ 1.31% | 90.14 | 95.50 / 88.20 SALVOCHEM | 0.68 | 10.57 | Vol. 1497307 D: 19.40 ⇓ 3.48% | 19.29 | 20.90 / 17.50 C: 19.40 ⇓ 3.48% | 19.75 | 21.20 / 18.50 GHCL | 2.14 | 57.31 | Vol. 1477250 D: 49.30 ⇓ 8.19% | 49.86 | 53.30 / 47.70 C: 49.70 ⇓ 7.96% | 49.81 | 54.00 / 47.80 ORIONPHARM | 5.02 | 68.68 | Vol. 3224880 D: 52.80 ⇓ 14.01% | 52.92 | 61.40 / 49.00 C: 52.80 ⇓ 14.15% | 53.10 | 61.00 / 52.60 JMISMDL | 1.12 | 12.83 | Vol. 1191000 D: 202.3 ⇓ 1.99% | 201.73 | 235.9 / 170.9 C: 202.2 ⇓ 2.55% | 203.21 | 229.5 / 172.6 CENTRALPHL | 1.62 | 12.24 | Vol. 2108500 D: 31.30 ⇓ 7.94% | 31.57 | 34.30 / 31.10 C: 31.50 ⇓ 7.08% | 31.76 | 34.50 / 31.10 PAPER & PACKAGING HAKKANIPUL | 0.64 | 11.02 | Vol. 164500 D: 27.90 ⇑ 10.71% | 28.70 | 32.00 / 21.60 C: 26.90 ⇑ 3.07% | 27.20 | 30.50 / 22.50 SERVICE SAMORITA | 2.31 | 17.25 | Vol. 95774 D: 92.00 ⇓ 4.56% | 92.76 | 105.0 / 80.00 C: 90.00 ⇓ 8.16% | 90.00 | 97.00 / 88.30 SAPORTL | 1.23 | 38.39 | Vol. 2365877 D: 26.80 ⇑ 7.20% | 27.07 | 29.20 / 22.50 C: 26.80 ⇑ 6.77% | 27.04 | 29.30 / 23.90 EHL | 2.87 | 18.48 | Vol. 787587 D: 50.90 ⇓ 5.21% | 51.19 | 53.90 / 48.00 C: 50.80 ⇓ 5.58% | 50.81 | 54.00 / 48.20
LEATHER APEXTANRY | 6.57 | 69.38 | Vol. 1306400 D: 109.0 ⇓ 3.88% | 109.25 | 117.5 / 104.1 C: 108.9 ⇓ 3.88% | 109.17 | 116.1 / 105.0 BATASHOE | 49.12 | 135.53 | Vol. 18200 D: 667.9 ⇓ 1.62% | 670.22 | 695.0 / 653.0 APEXADELFT | 23.01 | 203.26 | Vol. 222800 D: 360.0 ⇓ 1.23% | 361.09 | 390.0 / 331.0 C: 350.0 ⇓ 1.41% | 350.00 | 370.0 / 350.0 SAMATALETH | -0.07 | 12.08 | Vol. 4500 D: 12.50 ⇑ 5.93% | 12.50 | 12.90 / 11.00 LEGACYFOOT | 0.63 | 17.19 | Vol. 2283523 D: 35.70 ⇑ 14.42% | 35.82 | 37.90 / 25.30 C: 35.70 ⇑ 14.79% | 35.76 | 38.00 / 25.30 CERAMIC MONNOCERA | 0.71 | 96.33 | Vol. 253350 D: 32.70 ⇓ 3.25% | 33.17 | 36.60 / 29.50 C: 33.00 ⇓ 2.94% | 33.04 | 36.30 / 30.00 STANCERAM | 1.07 | 15.97 | Vol. 48520 D: 39.20 ⇑ 1.82% | 39.33 | 43.00 / 34.60 FUWANGCER | 0.72 | 13.97 | Vol. 1364820 D: 17.90 ⇓ 4.28% | 17.81 | 19.10 / 16.70 C: 18.00 ⇓ 3.74% | 17.80 | 19.00 / 16.90 SPCERAMICS | 0.62 | 30.92 | Vol. 838400 D: 15.30 ⇓ 3.16% | 15.37 | 16.20 / 14.00 C: 15.50 ⇓ 1.90% | 15.46 | 16.20 / 14.90 RAKCERAMIC | 1.98 | 16.76 | Vol. 1157987 D: 48.00 ⇓ 3.03% | 48.88 | 50.50 / 43.90 C: 47.80 ⇓ 4.78% | 48.42 | 50.00 / 47.20 CEMENT HEIDELBCEM | 22.85 | 111.50 | Vol. 225150 D: 352.8 ⇓ 5.79% | 353.47 | 375.0 / 339.3 C: 355.9 ⇓ 4.53% | 355.87 | 373.0 / 352.0 CONFIDCEM | 6.23 | 90.76 | Vol. 444153 D: 113.7 ⇓ 3.07% | 114.63 | 120.0 / 110.0 C: 114.1 ⇓ 2.89% | 114.50 | 119.5 / 110.0 MEGHNACEM | 6.28 | 33.81 | Vol. 698300 D: 119.3 ⇓ 12.73% | 120.63 | 131.1 / 111.2 C: 117.3 ⇓ 15.00% | 119.43 | 128.0 / 112.4 ARAMITCEM | 3.03 | 14.65 | Vol. 284070 D: 66.70 ⇓ 4.58% | 67.24 | 74.00 / 64.00 C: 68.40 ⇑ 0.59% | 68.39 | 72.00 / 65.10 LAFSURCEML | 1.60 | 7.22 | Vol. 2842000 D: 31.60 ⇓ 5.11% | 31.92 | 33.60 / 31.50 C: 31.60 ⇓ 5.39% | 32.14 | 33.30 / 31.50 MICEMENT | 4.14 | 40.00 | Vol. 611285 D: 89.30 ⇓ 6.78% | 89.94 | 99.00 / 84.00 C: 89.10 ⇓ 5.91% | 89.78 | 94.50 / 88.90 PREMIERCEM | 3.59 | 22.92 | Vol. 863800 D: 101.7 ⇑ 0.30% | 102.67 | 107.0 / 93.20 C: 100.5 ⇓ 1.08% | 101.28 | 106.1 / 94.10 IT IINDUSTRIES ISNLTD | 0.28 | 17.31 | Vol. 998688 D: 18.40 ⇑ 8.88% | 18.16 | 20.20 / 14.00 C: 18.30 ⇑ 7.02% | 18.27 | 20.30 / 14.00 BDCOM | 1.00 | 14.91 | Vol. 1188905 D: 25.60 ⇓ 5.54% | 25.66 | 27.80 / 22.70 C: 25.50 ⇓ 4.49% | 25.94 | 27.90 / 25.10 INTECH | 0.94 | 10.08 | Vol. 1286530 D: 15.50 ⇓ 0.64% | 15.62 | 17.80 / 13.80 C: 15.50 ⇓ 1.27% | 15.61 | 17.90 / 13.50 AGNISYSL | 1.07 | 25.52 | Vol. 726003 D: 21.10 ⇓ 4.52% | 21.31 | 22.60 / 19.50 C: 21.10 ⇓ 4.95% | 21.10 | 22.20 / 20.20 DAFODILCOM | 1.12 | 11.14 | Vol. 1065258 D: 16.60 ⇓ 3.49% | 16.80 | 18.50 / 16.50 C: 16.70 ⇓ 5.11% | 16.71 | 17.90 / 16.50 AAMRATECH | 1.46 | 21.90 | Vol. 1460450 D: 29.40 ⇓ 9.26% | 29.63 | 32.10 / 28.00 C: 29.30 ⇓ 9.01% | 29.46 | 31.90 / 29.00
GENERAL INSURANCE BGIC | 1.65 | 20.33 | Vol. 170928 D: 28.00 ⇓ 3.45% | 28.24 | 29.00 / 25.80 C: 28.00 ⇓ 0.71% | 28.00 | 29.60 / 27.90 GREENDELT | 4.05 | 64.44 | Vol. 135547 D: 88.20 ⇓ 6.47% | 88.80 | 97.00 / 82.50 C: 91.10 ⇓ 3.09% | 92.03 | 92.50 / 91.10 UNITEDINS | 2.47 | 21.04 | Vol. 33330 D: 42.00 ⇓ 8.10% | 42.03 | 43.50 / 40.00 PEOPLESINS | 2.05 | 20.72 | Vol. 651357 D: 29.90 ⇓ 4.78% | 29.94 | 31.40 / 27.50 C: 33.20 ⇑ 7.44% | 33.23 | 33.30 / 28.90 EASTERNINS | 2.22 | 35.88 | Vol. 78410 D: 37.50 ⇓ 2.09% | 37.65 | 39.40 / 36.00 C: 37.50 ⇓ 0.53% | 38.35 | 39.90 / 37.50 JANATAINS | 7.84 | 170.69 | Vol. 45199 D: 241.0 ⇓ 5.12% | 241.23 | 251.5 / 227.5 C: 236.3 ⇓ 5.86% | 236.25 | 245.0 / 230.0 PHENIXINS | 2.70 | 20.96 | Vol. 107611 D: 40.30 ⇑ 0.50% | 40.34 | 40.90 / 38.00 C: 41.00 ⇑ 2.50% | 41.00 | 41.00 / 40.00 EASTLAND | 4.06 | 23.29 | Vol. 219562 D: 45.00 ⇓ 3.64% | 45.25 | 47.00 / 42.00 C: 44.70 ⇓ 2.19% | 44.73 | 47.90 / 44.50 CENTRALINS | 1.54 | 19.04 | Vol. 86472 D: 27.90 ⇓ 6.38% | 28.05 | 29.70 / 27.90 C: 28.50 ⇓ 1.72% | 28.50 | 28.50 / 28.50 KARNAPHULI | 1.56 | 19.42 | Vol. 294460 D: 22.10 ⇓ 4.33% | 22.26 | 23.20 / 21.80 RUPALIINS | 2.76 | 23.38 | Vol. 324661 D: 30.60 ⇓ 2.86% | 30.77 | 32.00 / 29.00 C: 30.40 ⇓ 2.88% | 30.64 | 31.50 / 30.40 FEDERALINS | 1.10 | 10.98 | Vol. 587020 D: 22.10 ⇓ 2.21% | 22.21 | 23.00 / 20.00 C: 21.90 ⇓ 2.67% | 21.95 | 22.90 / 21.20 RELIANCINS | 3.93 | 61.52 | Vol. 67512 D: 68.60 ⇓ 4.72% | 68.65 | 69.80 / 65.00 PURABIGEN | 1.05 | 18.71 | Vol. 514250 D: 20.70 ⇓ 5.05% | 20.91 | 22.00 / 20.00 PRAGATIINS | 2.01 | 50.30 | Vol. 39579 D: 53.00 ⇓ 2.93% | 53.00 | 54.80 / 50.00 C: 51.00 ⇑ 6.25% | 51.00 | 52.80 / 48.30 PRIMEINSUR | 2.14 | 14.14 | Vol. 94732 D: 30.00 ⇓ 5.06% | 30.22 | 32.80 / 28.50 C: 31.00 ⇓ 9.09% | 30.60 | 31.00 / 29.00 PIONEERINS | 3.11 | 23.84 | Vol. 115000 D: 64.50 ⇓ 2.86% | 64.48 | 67.80 / 63.30 C: 65.00 ⇓ 3.70% | 65.00 | 65.00 / 65.00 MERCINS | 1.53 | 14.50 | Vol. 169189 D: 27.90 ⇓ 3.79% | 28.37 | 30.70 / 25.00 C: 29.00 ⇑ 0.69% | 29.00 | 29.00 / 26.10 AGRANINS | 1.73 | 14.39 | Vol. 238920 D: 26.70 ⇓ 7.61% | 26.83 | 28.20 / 25.00 GLOBALINS | 1.09 | 11.78 | Vol. 101204 D: 27.50 ⇓ 6.46% | 27.62 | 29.00 / 26.00 NITOLINS | 2.59 | 15.41 | Vol. 52370 D: 34.10 ⇓ 2.57% | 34.09 | 35.70 / 32.00 C: 35.50 ⇑ 0.00% | 35.30 | 35.50 / 35.50 ASIAPACINS | 1.84 | 13.76 | Vol. 93100 D: 27.90 ⇓ 7.62% | 27.98 | 29.90 / 27.00 C: 27.50 ⇓ 5.17% | 27.50 | 29.00 / 27.50 SONARBAINS | 1.68 | 13.38 | Vol. 273603 D: 23.20 ⇓ 6.45% | 23.45 | 25.00 / 22.50 C: 24.70 ⇓ 1.20% | 24.40 | 24.70 / 24.00 PARAMOUNT | 1.26 | 13.19 | Vol. 500069 D: 23.90 ⇑ 1.70% | 24.21 | 24.60 / 20.80 CITYGENINS | 1.65 | 14.26 | Vol. 170545 D: 26.50 ⇓ 7.02% | 26.69 | 28.40 / 25.00 C: 27.00 ⇓ 2.53% | 27.00 | 28.80 / 26.00 CONTININS | 1.41 | 15.68 | Vol. 931306 D: 29.50 ⇓ 5.75% | 29.67 | 31.00 / 26.50 C: 29.40 ⇓ 6.67% | 30.77 | 32.70 / 29.00 TAKAFULINS | 2.19 | 15.17 | Vol. 503994 D: 48.60 ⇑ 10.45% | 47.63 | 50.00 / 40.00 C: 48.00 ⇑ 9.09% | 48.00 | 48.00 / 42.00 STANDARINS | 2.58 | 13.99 | Vol. 28948 D: 39.40 ⇑ 0.00% | 39.45 | 40.00 / 37.00 NORTHRNINS | 1.77 | 11.15 | Vol. 106446 D: 43.80 ⇑ 0.23% | 43.73 | 45.80 / 39.40 C: 42.00 ⇓ 4.98% | 42.00 | 48.00 / 42.00 REPUBLIC | 2.14 | 12.42 | Vol. 608043 D: 39.60 ⇓ 5.94% | 40.03 | 41.60 / 38.00 C: 40.10 ⇓ 4.52% | 40.10 | 42.00 / 39.80 ASIAINS | 1.56 | 17.34 | Vol. 182922 D: 26.10 ⇓ 3.69% | 26.36 | 28.80 / 24.00 C: 26.10 ⇓ 6.79% | 26.10 | 27.80 / 25.80 ISLAMIINS | 1.29 | 11.96 | Vol. 143553 D: 32.90 ⇑ 5.11% | 32.77 | 34.80 / 29.80 PROVATIINS | 1.90 | 14.30 | Vol. 79442 D: 27.80 ⇓ 3.14% | 27.89 | 29.40 / 25.00 C: 27.90 ⇓ 0.36% | 28.94 | 29.60 / 27.00
DHAKAINS | 2.84 | 18.02 | Vol. 168175 D: 37.90 ⇓ 2.07% | 38.17 | 39.80 / 35.80 C: 38.00 ⇓ 3.80% | 38.00 | 39.10 / 38.00 LIFE INSURANCE NATLIFEINS | 12.34 | 80.99 | Vol. 31288 D: 237.4 ⇓ 4.16% | 237.44 | 248.0 / 232.3 C: 239.0 ⇓ 3.98% | 239.00 | 239.0 / 239.0 DELTALIFE | 38.53 | 189.40 | Vol. 42166 D: 4413 ⇓ 16.12% | 4428 | 5071 / 4402 C: 4560 ⇓ 12.32% | 4560 | 5010 / 4513 SANDHANINS | 2.39 | 28.22 | Vol. 117932 D: 65.20 ⇓ 3.69% | 65.10 | 68.00 / 63.00 C: 65.00 ⇓ 1.22% | 64.95 | 68.00 / 63.00 POPULARLIF | 3.70 | 715.41 | Vol. 39260 D: 163.1 ⇓ 4.45% | 163.20 | 173.0 / 155.0 FAREASTLIF | 9.21 | 60.79 | Vol. 947836 D: 87.80 ⇓ 6.40% | 87.99 | 96.60 / 80.00 C: 89.50 ⇓ 3.76% | 89.16 | 91.00 / 85.00 MEGHNALIFE | 10.82 | 48.87 | Vol. 82120 D: 93.40 ⇓ 6.41% | 93.39 | 98.70 / 93.00 C: 95.60 ⇓ 8.87% | 95.63 | 100.0 / 94.00 PROGRESLIF | 2.30 | 31.45 | Vol. 28933 D: 96.70 ⇓ 4.16% | 96.86 | 101.5 / 94.00 PRAGATILIF | 0.60 | 30.15 | Vol. 90854 D: 103.6 ⇓ 6.33% | 103.65 | 111.8 / 100.0 PRIMELIFE | 5.51 | 27.10 | Vol. 55498 D: 89.50 ⇓ 3.35% | 90.10 | 95.00 / 82.00 C: 87.10 ⇓ 4.81% | 86.50 | 90.00 / 86.20 RUPALILIFE | 3.75 | 31.25 | Vol. 243450 D: 90.40 ⇓ 7.85% | 91.51 | 95.50 / 89.00 C: 93.00 ⇓ 9.97% | 93.00 | 93.00 / 93.00 PADMALIFE | 1.63 | 25.76 | Vol. 200120 D: 54.70 ⇓ 10.77% | 54.93 | 62.00 / 51.00 C: 54.10 ⇓ 13.44% | 53.78 | 58.50 / 53.50 SUNLIFEINS | 0.00 | 0.00 | Vol. 440900 D: 53.30 ⇓ 2.74% | 53.95 | 56.60 / 49.00 C: 52.70 ⇓ 3.30% | 52.70 | 55.70 / 51.00 TELECOM GP | 12.96 | 26.26 | Vol. 1166002 D: 178.0 ⇓ 1.87% | 179.03 | 186.0 / 170.0 C: 178.6 ⇓ 1.43% | 179.43 | 185.8 / 175.1 BSCCL | 5.82 | 26.38 | Vol. 1706320 D: 178.6 ⇓ 7.32% | 179.94 | 195.0 / 165.5 C: 178.6 ⇓ 7.17% | 179.80 | 194.6 / 165.0 TRAVEL & LEISURE UNITEDAIR | 1.10 | 12.87 | Vol. 10794557 D: 14.90 ⇓ 5.10% | 15.04 | 16.00 / 14.00 C: 15.10 ⇓ 3.82% | 15.09 | 16.00 / 14.90 UNIQUEHRL | 4.02 | 86.29 | Vol. 1337120 D: 77.70 ⇓ 5.59% | 78.10 | 83.90 / 71.50 C: 77.60 ⇓ 5.60% | 78.12 | 81.30 / 75.90 MISCELLANEOUS ARAMIT | 16.07 | 99.93 | Vol. 51850 D: 262.8 ⇓ 7.24% | 262.75 | 295.0 / 246.6 C: 281.0 ⇓ 15.11% | 274.14 | 282.0 / 268.0 BSC | 1.77 | 565.82 | Vol. 333335 D: 417.8 ⇓ 12.51% | 424.63 | 475.0 / 415.0 C: 418.8 ⇓ 12.80% | 424.40 | 480.0 / 416.5 GQBALLPEN | 6.55 | 250.45 | Vol. 162567 D: 139.7 ⇓ 3.85% | 140.83 | 149.5 / 137.0 C: 140.4 ⇓ 3.17% | 139.28 | 147.0 / 135.5 USMANIAGL | 0.50 | 26.03 | Vol. 165826 D: 125.1 ⇓ 7.81% | 126.14 | 136.5 / 117.0 C: 124.1 ⇓ 7.94% | 124.40 | 138.0 / 120.0 SAVAREFR | 0.23 | 12.32 | Vol. 400 D: 66.00 ⇑ 6.45% | 66.00 | 66.00 / 60.00 BEXIMCO | 3.24 | 86.74 | Vol. 5315528 D: 26.40 ⇓ 3.30% | 26.52 | 28.20 / 23.70 C: 26.40 ⇓ 4.00% | 26.64 | 27.90 / 25.80 SINOBANGLA | 1.75 | 21.01 | Vol. 600000 D: 20.30 ⇓ 4.69% | 20.62 | 22.20 / 19.50 C: 20.30 ⇓ 4.69% | 20.31 | 22.20 / 19.20 MIRACLEIND | 0.14 | 14.90 | Vol. 891682 D: 14.70 ⇑ 0.68% | 14.87 | 16.60 / 12.30 C: 14.70 ⇓ 0.68% | 14.62 | 16.40 / 12.50 BOND IBBLPBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 4375 D: 955.3 ⇓ 0.47% | 1000 | 960.0 / 953.0 C: 945.5 ⇑ 0.00% | 945.50 | 945.5 / 945.5 ACIZCBOND | 0.00 | 1000.00 | Vol. 112 D: 880.5 ⇑ 1.21% | 888.89 | 881.0 / 870.0 C: 880.0 ⇑ 2.33% | 880.00 | 880.0 / 880.0
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013
China changes consumer laws n Reuters, Shanghai China’s top legal body has strengthened consumer rights in the country after it revised the nation’s Consumer Protection Law on Friday, the first major overhaul in two decades. The revisions increase consumer powers, add rules for the booming Internet shopping sector and stiffen punishments for businesses that mislead shoppers. Chinese regulators have been cracking down on real or perceived corporate wrongdoing, with domestic and international infant formula makers and drugmakers particularly coming under the spotlight this year. Global firms like Apple Inc and Starbucks Corp have also been getting caught in the glare, while South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world’s largest smartphone maker, had to apologize to Chinese customers on Thursday after a broadcast on China Central Television criticized company repair policies. China is also trying to stimulate domestic consumer spending as it attempts to transition from an investment-led economy to a more consumption-driven model. But domestic consumers are often wary of product safety and quality, with 3.8bn yuan ($624.79m) worth of poor quality goods sold in China between 2010 and 2012, according to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). “Strengthening consumer confidence will benefit the whole nation’s economic development and boost domestic demand,” Jia Dongming, director of the civil law working committee under China’s Standing Committee, said at a press briefing to announce the changes to the law. The amendments to the 1993 law include
n AFP, Washington
Customers are seen at an Apple store in Beijing increasing compensation for consumers and raising fines for retailers who violate the law, including in cases where faulty products lead to consumers being harmed or killed. Compensation rose from equaling the amount of damages to three times the amount. China will also strengthen the role of the China Consumers’ Association, which will be able to represent groups of consumers in any wider class actions against retailers. Officials also stressed the growing importance of protecting consumers in China’s booming online shopping sector, which has expanded rapidly with the rise of market leader Alibaba’s Taobao, Wal-Mart Stores
Inc’s Yihaodian and 360Buy.com. Internet sales have risen almost 50-fold since 2006 to hit 1.3tn yuan ($213.75bn) in 2012, according to Jia, while analysts predict e-commerce will account for a fifth of total retail sales in China within five years. The law will make it easier for consumers to return goods bought online, while sellers will bear the burden of proof in any disputes. Online retailers will also have to meet strict privacy requirements, including requesting users’ permission to use any personal data. “The make-up and challenges of the consumer sector has completely changed and so the law has had to adapt for the times,” said Jia. l
Japan says winning war on deflation n AFP, Tokyo Japan on Friday hailed a key inflation indicator touching a five-year high as proof its “Abenomics” growth blitz was winning the war on falling prices, but analysts warned consumer spending had yet to gain traction. Stripping out volatile fresh food and energy prices, which have largely driven recent increases, prices did not fall in September deflation-plagued Japan’s best result since December 2008. The broader consumer price index, which measures a basket of everyday goods but excludes the cost of fresh food, rose 0.7% in September from a year earlier, the fourth consecutive monthly rise. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government embraced the new figures, with officials saying its efforts to conquer deflation and stoke growth in the world’s third-largest economy were taking hold. Economy Minister Akira Amari applauded the “good moves toward getting out of deflation”, and likened Tokyo’s battle to nearing the summit of the country’s iconic Mt Fuji. “Oxygen is getting thin but we’d like to hold out,” he added. Abe’s efforts have started to bear fruit with the economy growing at an annualised rate of 3.8% in the first half of the year, far
YouTube readying paid music service: source
outpacing other G7 economies, while business confidence hit a five-year high. However, the upbeat headline for Friday’s data was tempered by the fact that prices were largely driven up by higher fuel bills, not surging demand for everyday goods like vacuum cleaners and clothes which power the economy as a whole. While falling prices may sound like a good thing for shoppers, it can be bad for growth because they encourage consumers to put off spending, knowing they will pay less for a product if they wait. That makes it difficult for companies to invest and discourages them from giving wage rises, which, in turn, reduces consumer spending further. “Inflation data out of Japan highlighted how nervous consumers are,” said Chris Tedder, research analyst at Forex.com in Sydney. It “puts the spotlight on a bigger problem in Japan: the lack of domestic demand ... We think the problem is that household income isn’t increasing enough to justify consumers spending more”, he added. Japan’s conservative premier has pledged to drag Japan out of its 15-year deflationary funk with a policy blitz dubbed “Abenomics”, lifting prices and wages to get the economy moving again. Key to that effort is the Bank of Japan’s huge monetary easing drive, unveiled in
April, and a two-percent inflation target. But Friday’s data showed the BoJ’s ambitious inflation target - to be reached in just two years - was still a long way off as consumers keep a tight rein on their spending. “Things are heading in the right direction, just a bit slower than the BoJ would like,” Tedder said. London-based Capital Economics also issued a downbeat assessment, saying “further increases in inflation should be more muted”. Some firms are heeding Abe’s call to raise wages while also raising prices but that is largely due to a weak yen driving up material costs. Abe and the BoJ’s hard-charging bid to stoke growth has helped push down the yen’s value against the dollar by about one-quarter since late last year - giving a boost to Japan’s exporters. But the weaker yen has also driven up energy import costs which spiked in the wake of the Fukushima atomic disaster in 2011, forcing the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear reactors. That forced Tokyo to turn to pricey fossil fuel imports to plug the gap, stoking ever-widening trade deficits as anti-atomic sentiment in Japan works against the government’s hopes to restart reactors once their safety could be assured. l
Google’s video-sharing arm YouTube is preparing to launch a subscription music service to allow consumers to watch videos and listen to music ad-free, industry sources said Friday. Sources familiar with the plans told AFP the service is likely to launch sometime next year. The new plan would still allow users free access for the vast amount of music and music videos available on YouTube but would allow an option for a paid service without ads, with some extras such as the ability to store and listen to songs offline. A source familiar with the plan said YouTube is not setting up a “pay gate” for music and would continue to allow people to stream music on any device for free if they choose. The move however is the latest effort to monetize YouTube, which Google bought in 2006 for $1.65bn and which is believed to generate a modest amount of advertising revenues. YouTube recently launched a number of paid channels for television programs. Earlier, Billboard magazine and The New York Times reported that the premium subscription designed for mobile devices would cost around $10 a month and would compete with services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody. The reports said the deal would allow record companies to get bigger royalty payments than they currently get from free services. Billboard said a paid service would give YouTube more flexibility in packaging and selling music with fewer restrictions. It also said a premium service could be paired with other Google products in the future, including Google Glass. Creating a paid service would help YouTube move away from the sharing of free music videos, which often face copyright violations. YouTube currently allows verified music publishers and other copyright holders the ability to block infringing videos or to place an ad over the video to generate revenue. A YouTube spokesman, contacted by AFP, declined to comment on the specific reports of the new paid service but said: “We’re always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach their fans.” Billboard said the new paid service could allow YouTube the ability to stream full albums, which are not usually available because artists generally select one or two tracks from any single album to feature in a music video. The music publication said YouTube is in the process of a larger redesign of the YouTube mobile app that would offer a cleaner interface for music and playlists. Google in May introduced a paid music service for smartphones and tablets powered by its free Android software, called Google Play All Access, with a monthly subscription fee of $10. l