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No special police to help harassed women n Kamrul Hasan No police stations in the capital have separate teams to assist the victims of sexual harassment, as required in line with a High Court order issued first in 2006. Even most of the police officials are not aware of the directive. The police stations also do not have female prison cells. The women are generally kept at the duty officer’s room or temporary arrangements are made for the nights. Police officials say that a shortage of manpower and unwillingness of high-ups are behind the absence of special teams for women victims. According to High Court directives given in May

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2006, May 2009 and January 2011, every police station must set up victim support cells to assist the sexually harassed women. Statistics of different human rights organisations show that a large number of girls and women are sexually harassed in the city every day. Even police members have been involved in such incidents. Incidents of stalking, rape, gang-rape, attempted rape, murder after rape and selling girls to brothels are rising. On the other hand, police are also accused of showing negligence in filing cases related to rape or sexual harassments. In the 2011 directive, the High Court said: “Every police station in Bangladesh will have separate cell

Bangladesh is set to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women today along with other countries across the globe. Violence against women is an acute human rights violation across the country as well as the world. Around 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recently issued a statement in observance of the day. She stressed on for some interventions

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Intel finds no trace of Prince Moosa’s fabled $12bn n Asif Showkat Kallol Financial investigators have not found any trace of the fabled twelve billion US dollars that controversial Bangladeshi businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher says is lying frozen in a Swiss bank account. The Swiss National Bank has confirmed to the Bangladesh government that there is no accounts under the name of Moosa, who leads an extravagant life and is labelled by foreign media as a top global arms dealer. The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) ran the trace of the humongous amount of money and the account, said M Aslam Alam, secretary to the government’s Bank and Financial Institutions Division. In November last year, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) decided to run an inquiry into Moosa’s wealth after a Business Asia cover story reported in June that he had $7bn frozen in a Swiss bank account.

Interestingly, the wealth statement he submitted to the ACC showed that he had substantially more in frozen state in the Swiss bank – $12bn to be specific. Moosa had earlier said in public that if recovered, he wished to spend the money, equivalent to well over Tk92,000 crore, to finance the Padma bridge project and for the welfare of government employees. He also claimed during an ACC inquiry in December last year that he had earned all the money abroad and so there was no question of laundering. He also said that it was not possible to earn that much in Bangladesh. Originally from Faridpur district, Moosa began his career in 1974 by founding manpower export venture Datco Group. However, over the years, he has come to be known in foreign media as a top arms dealer of the world. The Swiss National Bank has yet to respond to a BFIU query whether his wife and children have accounts in Switzerland.

The BFIU and ACC have found that Moosa owns just about eight acres of land in Gazipur and several houses in Dhaka’s posh neighbourhoods Gulshan and Banani. His wealth statement also shows that his family owns jewelleries worth $90m, most of which he claims has been received as gift. In 1998, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine published a feature titled “Man with the Golden Guns” terming Moosa “Prince of Bangladesh.” Reporter Nigel Farndale visited him at his Dhaka office of Datco and concluded: “Prince Moosa, the multi billionaire from Bangladesh, bathes in rose water, wears diamond encrusted shoes and doesn’t like to talk about the offer of 5 million pound sterling he once made to Tony Blair.” In 2007, he made headlines in Bangladesh by expressing intents to buy the state-owned Rupali Bank at $250m. The ACC, who says Moosa is now living a retired life, is still continuing an investigation into his hyperbolic wealth. l


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Dhaka concerned over trans-pacific trade partnership n Tribune Report Bangladesh has voiced its concerns over the formation of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries, fearing it might adversely impact Bangladesh’s export to the US and other TPP countries. Dhaka expressed the concern at the second annual council meeting of the Bangladesh-US Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) held at the USTR office in Washington DC Monday. Bangladesh urged the US to grant duty-free and quota-free access to Bangladeshi products as per the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration and Bali Package adopted at the Bali WTO ministerial conference. It was also noted at the meeting that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of the US discriminates between African LDCs and Asian LDCs, including Bangladesh. The meeting discussed wide range of other issues including progress on workers’ rights, Sustainability Compact and GSP Action Plan, investment climate in Bangladesh, transformation of Bangladesh, market access and responsible business conduct, Istanbul Program of Action, Bali Package implementation, fair pricing, blue economy and infrastructure. l

PM: BD wants to reopen closed roads connecting India n UNB Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh wants to reopen the frontier roads connecting India which have remained closed since 1965 India-Pakistan War, aiming to further strengthen connectivity. The prime minister said this when a delegation of International Centre for Gandhian Studies, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya of India met her at her official residence Ganobhaban. Dr Alaka Sharma, dean of the university’s School of Business, led the delegation. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Stressing the importance of enhancing people-to-people contact, Sheikh Hasina said the Dhaka-Shilong-Gouhati bus services will help promote such contacts and thereby enhance trade and business activities between the two neighbouring countries. Mentioning the launching of border haats, she said economic activities between Bangladesh and India have already enhanced

significantly. Talking about ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), the prime minister said all members of the Indian parliament were seen for the first time to get united on a particular bill -- the LBA. During the meeting, Hasina recalled with deep gratitude the help and assistance rendered by the people and the government of India during the Liberation War in 1971. At the meeting, Dr Alaka Sharma appreciated the steps taken to strengthen connectivity in the region. Underscoring the need for exchange of students and teachers, Dr Sharma said there is an ample scope for the two countries to work together on ICT and healthcare. The delegation also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary and dynamic leadership saying that the country has achieved a stunning success in various sectors under her leadership. Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum were present at the meeting. l

Suspected IS members indicted n Md Sanaul Islam Tipu A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against the suspected coordinator of the Bangladesh chapter of Middle East-based terrorist outfit Islamic State and three other militants in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Judge Ruhul Amin of the Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court gave the order in presence of the accused. “The court also fixed February 25 for starting the trial by recording deposition of prosecution witnesses in the case,” said AKM Bashiruddin Miah, assistant public prosecutor of the court. The accused are Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Shakhawatul Kabir, also the IS “coordinator;” and his aides Anwar Hossain Baten, Rabiul Islam and Nazrul Islam. They claimed themselves innocent and demanded justice after the court read out the charges to them. DB Inspector AKM Kamrul Ahsan, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet on May 15. According to the case documents, the four were arrested in Jatrabari on January 18 while holding a secret meeting to recruit members for the IS. Police also had seized a large number of leaflets, passports, mobile phones, Pakistan’s visa application forms, laptops, books and video clips on militant training. l

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16 days of activism on violence against women begins today including community mobilisation, group interventions for both women and men, educational programmes and empowerment of women. She said these elements can make a change if put together with other legal, behavioural and social changes. With the global theme “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women and Girls,” a 16-day activism campaign is set to launch today and will continue till December 10, Human Rights Day. During this activism campaign, different

government agencies, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations will come together to set up initiatives to end violence against women and girls. In Bangladesh, human rights defenders along with the government agencies have taken up a number of programmes. ActionAid Bangladesh will organise interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussions, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCities-

Because and #16DaysofActivism. The public activities in the capital will take place tomorrow in the Banani Club Field from 11am to 1pm. Transgender theatre group Shomporker Noya Shetu and youth mobilising group Activista will lead the events. On local level, discussion on violence against women and child marriage will take place in eight districts. Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and Dhaka University Women and Gender Studies department is jointly organising a rally in front of

Oporajeyo Bangla in Dhaka University at 10am. Besides Bangladesh, over 450 “orange events” will take place around the world during the campaign, unified by the colour orange, to symbolise a brighter future without violence and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. At UNHQ, the commemoration event will also launch the first-ever UN Framework for Preventing Violence against Women, jointly developed by UN entities including UN Women, ILO, UNDP, Unesco, UNFPA and WHO. l

police station probes the matter. Due to lack of facilities for women at the police stations, the on-duty officers usually send all the victims to the Tejgaon centre. The VSC was set up under the Women Support and Investigation Centre (WSIC) in the city. The other centre would be set up in Rangamati. The government has plans to set up VSCs in all the divisional headquarters. An OC of a city police station, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that they did not even have own building. “How can we deploy some police members for a special cause when we lack necessary manpower?” He also admitted that they had no separate cell for the female inmates. Alimuzzaman Alim, officer-in-charge of Hazaribagh police, said that it was not feasible for the police station to run a new wing. And he added that they had women and children friendly officials. At least 29 police stations out of the 49 in Dhaka do not have own building. Deputy Commissioner (women support

and investigation division) Farida Yeasmin told the Dhaka Tribune that the VSCs give prompt service. There are four teams operating in the capital, each led by a sub-inspector, to assist the sexually assaulted women. When asked, she said that they were not authorised to monitor the issue. “It is a matter of decision from the DMP authorities. Only the commissioner and deputy commissioners of the DMP zones can take a fruitful step in this regard.” Deputy Commissioner of DMP (media) Muntasirul Islam said that they had informed all the police stations about the High Court directives. He said that policemen found guilty of assaulting women would not be spared. Meanwhile, Kamrul Hasan, public relation officer of Bangladesh Police, said that after the directives, women and children friendly officials were posted at the police stations. “Still, many police officers do not know about the directives mainly because of transfers or shuffles within the force,” he told the Dhaka tribune. l

No special police to help harassed women or team, designated only for the purpose of dealing with complaints/instances of sexual harassment in the streets, public places, shops, markets, stations or 28 terminals, bus, train, steamer (private or pubic) and any other transport and different neighbourhood areas. “Particular attention should be given to the places and areas near schools, colleges and universities, parks, cinema halls, theatres, markets and shopping malls attended by the girls and women.” According to Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, 667 women and girls were raped in the first 10 months this year whereas the number was 666 last year. Some 393 women and children were raped in 2009. The gang-rape incidents are rising alarmingly. The number of gang-rape was 146 in 2009 while it reached 175 in October this year. Some 66 women were killed after murder in 2010. the number is 74 in the first 10 months. Statistics show that the number of women sold to brothels by pimps, traffickers and their so-called lovers is also rising. The num-

ber of such incidents was 17 until October. It was 19 last year. Rights body Ain o Salish Kendra has found that even law enforcers were involved in sexually harassing women. In 2013, seven police members were made accused in cases filed over four incidents of rape and attempted rape. An army personnel was also made accused in an incident of rape that year. In 2014, seven such incidents took place. Among the accused were a constable, a RAB member and an army personnel. Six incidents of rape and gang-rape took place until October this year. Police officials said that they had been ordered to take strict action for the offences committed against women, and not to spare even if the accused is a police officer. Several police officers said that when they learned about any girl sexually harassed, they take prompt action and send the girl to the victim support centre at Tejgaon. The female police officials attend them and the inspector (investigation) of the respective


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Elections to 234 municipalities across the country will be held on December 30, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday. The CEC announced the election schedule for 234 out of the country’s 323 municipalities from a press briefing at the Media Centre of the EC Secretariat in Dhaka. As per schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination is December 3. Scrutiny will be held on December 5 and 6 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 13. This year, these local elections will be partly partisan for the first time in history and partly the other way round. According to the recently passed Local Government (Municipality) (Amendment) Bill 2015, only the elections to the mayoral posts will be partisan meaning that candidates will be able to contest with party symbols. Polls to the general and reserved-women councillor posts will be non-partisan as usual.

Additional deputy commissioners, second highest government administrative officers at the district level, have been appointed returning officers. Some 71,62,396 voters – 35,86,356 men and 35,76,040 women – will be able to exercise their franchise through 19,187 booths of possible 3,582 polling stations during the elections. The elections will see contests for 3,924 seats – 234 mayors, 738 councillors, from reserve seat set apart from women and 2,952 general councillors. The CEC said no political party registered with the Election Commission can give its nomination to more than one aspirant in a single municipality. If so, the nomination papers of all aspirants nominated by the party concerned will be rejected. President or general secretary or persons holding equivalent posts in a political party or persons authorised by the aforementioned persons can nominate party’s mayoral candidates. City corporation mayors and MPs will also

not be allowed to participate in electioneering for any candidate. As per the election code of conduct, VVIPs enjoying government privileges cannot take part in campaigning, Rakibuddin said. The VVIPs include prime minister, parliament speaker, ministers, chief whip, deputy speaker, opposition leader and deputy leader of the House and opposition deputy leader, state ministers, whips, deputy minister, those holding posts equivalent to VVIPs, MPs and city corporation mayors. Independent mayor aspirants, except those who were elected as mayor of the municipality in the past, need to collect the signatures of 100 voters of their respective municipalities to contest the polls as per the rules. A political party can spend up to Tk1 lakh as election expenditure in each municipality. The Commission has the legal obligation to hold election to a municipality within 90 days before the expiry of its five-year tenure. It arranged elections to 265 municipalities in four phases in January 2011. l

Missing Japanese citizen’s grave found Rahman Rabbi and n Arifur Sanaul Islam Tipu

Police yesterday said they have found the grave of a Japanese woman who had been missing for more than a month. Five suspects were also arrested in connection with her death, the reason for which is still uncertain. The detainees claimed that the woman had died of diarrhoea. Hiroe Miyata, 60, was first reported missing when Japanese Embassy’s Vice Consul Kosuke Matsunaga lodged a general diary with Uttara East police station on October 19 over her disappearance, said a senior DMP official on condition of anonymity. The embassy acted after Miyata’s mother Makiko Harabayashi notified them from Japan of not being able to contact her daughter in Dhaka. Following a month-long investigation, the police arrested five suspects on Sunday who later informed the police about Miyata’s grave at Uttara graveyard. According to graveyard documents, the grave belongs to a woman buried on October 29. The police said they suspect that the Japanese national was first abducted and then killed by the suspects over monetary issues. The arrestees are: Maruful Islam, Rashedul Haque, Fakhrul Islam, Dr Bimol Chandra Sheel and Jahangir Hossain. Police sources said they had a garment business together with Miyata. A Dhaka court yesterday placed the suspects on a four-day remand and set November 26 for hearing a police plea on exhuming Miyata’s body for autopsy. Seeking anonymity, police officials said the detainees claimed in primary interrogation that Miyata had died after suffering from diarrhoea. As she was living in Bangladesh without a valid visa, the suspects decided to identify her as a Muslim and buried her at Ut-

Police escort five men to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court yesterday, who are suspected to be involved in the mysterious death and burial of Japanese citizen Hiroe Miyata in the capital RAJIB DHAR tara graveyard. According to the police, Miyata had been living in Bangladesh illegally since her visa expired in 2006. Uttara graveyard officials Abdul Kuddus and Monirul Islam said the grave was registered under a 74-year-old woman named Halima Khatun, wife of Abul Mridha and daughter of Hajera Begum. Around 12 to 15 people had come to bury the woman. Police sources also quoted the arrestees as saying that Miyata had been living at Uttara’s Hotel City Homes but recently moved to a rented house in Bashundhara residential area. Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, the hotel’s Director Ayub Ahmed said he had no knowledge about Miyata as he had joined the establishment recently. Two receptionists there, Arafat Choudhory and Ratna, also gave the

same answer when they were asked about Miyata. They, however, added that the police had recently come to the hotel to collect some documents. Meanwhile, the security guard at the house where Miyata reportedly moved to from the hotel, told the Dhaka Tribune that he saw the Japanese woman come to house more than a month and a half ago, accompanied by a flat owner named Fakrul. After that first day, the guard – Ujjal Kha – did not see her again. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday cancelled a scheduled press conference regarding the Miyata case without giving any explanation. DMP Deputy Commissioner (media & publication) Muntasirul Islam said the briefing had been cancelled following instructions from high officials. l

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‘Pakistan confirms SQ Chy, Mujahid were its agents’ n Tribune Report Slamming her country’s government for showing “high passion” for war criminals Salauddin and Mujahid, Pakistan’s top rights activist Asma Jahangir said the government was only confirming the fact that two men were “political agents.” The human rights activist was reacting to the response by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, expressing anguish and concern over the execution of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhry and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid. While talking to the reporters at the Pakistan Supreme Court on Monday, she harshly criticised the Pakistan government for demonstrating “disproportionately high passion” against the execution of the two infamous war criminals. “The government was only confirming the fact that two men were political agents and working for the cause of Pakistan,” Pakistani daily The Dawn quoted the lawyer. She further said the response sent a message that the Pakistan government had extraordinary love and affection for the opposition members in Bangladesh than its citizens. “Equal passion, we hope, will be shown by the government for the people on death row in Pakistan than being hanged elsewhere in the world by denying due process,” she told reporters. Asma said Pakistan should first take up the issue of capital punishment through unfair trials at home and of those Pakistanis who were being consistently executed in Saudi Arabia and then show disproportionately high passion for the politicians of Bangladesh. Are these two Bangladeshi more important than the people living in Pakistan, she asked. “If the answer is in the affirmative, the government should also explain why and what for.” Noting that the hangings in Bangladesh would further deepen the divide and haunt its politics in the future, she said: “All human rights activists who monitored these trials agreed that due process had not been given to the two accused. “We’ve condemned the unfortunate developments and even given out urgent appeals to the Amnesty International and other international human rights organisations in this regard,” she added. However, she also claimed that the two politicians had been executed without affording due process, but regretted that the same right was being denied to the people facing trial in military courts on terrorism charges. “We’re against the death penalty and unfair trials whether in Pakistan, Bangladesh or elsewhere,” she said, adding that everybody knew that the trial of the two Bangladeshi politicians was flawed, but the role of Pakistan was something which was not understandable. “If they [Pakistan government] are against the death penalty or the undue process, they should look into the trials being conducted by the military courts,” she said. l


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Salda gas well drilling to start today n Aminur Rahman Rasel US-based oil field services company Halliburton will commence directional drilling side-tracking at Salda 4 gas well in Comilla today. Halliburton has been brought in to undo snags hit by state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) whose rigs have become stuck while drilling two onshore gas wells. Drilling work at the two wells has ceased completely due to various problems, leaving the rigs idle for around 10 months. “Bapex has signed a contract with USbased Halliburton to remove bottlenecks at two drilling jobs at the Mobarakpur and Salda wells,” a general manager of Bapex told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. The US company will charge around $1 million for the two jobs, a Bapex official said.

Bapex, the drilling arm of state-owned Petrobangla, had earlier begun drilling at Mobarakpur and Salda with its own rigs, until it ran into trouble. Six months ago, a rig got stuck after drilling 2,700 metres at Salda 4. Halliburton will start drilling at Mobarakpur 1, whose rig is stuck at 4,240 metres, after the drilling is completed at Salda. Drilling will take place for 16 days at Salda 4 and for 11 days at Mobarakpur 1. Dhaka University Geology Professor Badrul Imam told the Dhaka Tribune: “The problems occurred because of the bureaucratic way Bapex tends to run its operations.” The hiring of Halliburton was delayed because of bureaucratic tangles, sources said. “If it were private company, it could have immediately hired a specialist, but as a stateowned company, Bapex is not empowered to do so,” Badrul added. Drilling at Mobarakpur has been suspend-

Indian award-winning poet Sudeep Sen speaks at an event in University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh in the capital yesterday. The event was organised by the university’s Department of English and Humanities

BIMUN Conference 2015 ends n Tribune Report Planning is everything and a better plan can lead to a better future, said Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal. He made the comment at the closing ceremony of this year’s Bangladesh International Model United Nation (BIMUN) Conference yesterday in the capital’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. The four-day long programme was jointly organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB). This year, the focus was on Climate Change and Sustainable Future. The programme was also attended by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam. Around 800 participants from several countries including USA, India, Pakistan, Sri

Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia, Belgium have been participated in BIMUN conference this year. Speakers said the BIMUN conference is a programme similar to the UN General Assembly where students and representatives from different countries participate on behalf of their respective states. Within this programme, students learn and gather experience to boost up their general knowledge, consciousness about internationalism, pronunciation and body language skills, debate and on spot speech presentation and understanding skills. Speakers also said that the resolutions which were passed at the conference will be helpful for the Bangladeshi delegation visiting COP 21 in France, to achieve their demand regarding Bangladesh issues. The COP 21 will start on November 30. l

ed for ten months after a Bapex rig tilted sideways on the drilling pad. The rig, Bijoy 12, was deployed to Mobarakpur 1 aiming to drill up to 4,700 metres. Bapex suffered a similar mishap at the Salda 4 site, where it was aiming to drill up to 3,200 metres. “Ironically, when the prospect of finding gas in Mobarakpur well looked bright, the drilling pipe in that well got stuck because of complexities,” he said. “Mobarakpur is an exploratory well, a new well. Finding gas there is good luck and getting stuck is bad luck. But Salda is a development well, where finding gas is expected. Getting stuck there contributes to the gas crisis,” he added. He said from a technical perspective, the incident was not unusual. The required step is to side-track the drilling pipe from its previous vertical track and to carry on with the drilling. l

BD-Pak foreign secylevel talk unlikely n Sheikh Shahariar Zaman Dhaka feels it is very less likely that there would be any foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and Pakistan in January. “We proposed to hold foreign office consultation with Pakistan in January next year but given the situation, it is very less likely that it would happen,” said an official of the foreign ministry. The last foreign office consultation between the countries was held in 2010 in Islamabad. “The recent statement on war criminals issued by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry made it more difficult to engage with Islamabad,” the official said. The Pakistan government after the execution of war criminals Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Muzahid through a statement termed the trial process “faulty” and expressed their concern. l


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Ecnec okays Karnaphuli tunnel n Tribune Report The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council yesterday approved the much-anticipated two-lane tunnel under the Karnaphuli River connecting Chittagong with Cox’s Bazar. The over Tk8,446-crore project is the first of its kind in Bangladesh, expected to improve the Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar road network. The tunnel will reduce by-road distance between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, apart from easing the heavy port-city-bound traffic from Dhaka. “This is a dream project for the government and once it is implemented, it will improve connectivity between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar,” said Planning Minister AHM

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Company Ltd for building the tunnel. A government official said that the length of the proposed tunnel will be 3.4km in addition to a 4.89km approach road and a 800-metre bridge, linking the main city, the port, the western side of Karnaphuli and also the heavy industry-dominated eastern side. The tunnel will be located at the estuary so that the Chittagong city can be connected with the proposed deep-sea port and Cox’s Bazar. The route will pass through the river close to the Navy College on one side and Korean Export Processing Zone and the Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company on the other. This is one of the prime minister’s priority projects included at the last minute in the joint statement signed with her counterpart during her China visit in June last year. l

Mustafa Kamal yesterday after the Ecnec meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Of the total cost, the government will provide Tk3,647.20 crore and the rest will come from China as project assistance, the minister said. This is part of a plan to strengthen the role of Chittagong as centre of road communication, create a link with the Asian highway network, lessen pressure of traffic on the two existing bridges on Karnaphuli and build “One City Two Town” following the Sanghai and Hong Kong models. Bangladesh Bridges Authority (BBA) will implement the project by June 2020. In June last year, the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry signed a deal with Chinese firm China Communication Construction

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A Gaibandha court yesterday granted the bail of ruling party lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton in connection with the attempted murder case filed for shooting a child under the influence of alcohol. The Sundarganj Cognisance Court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Moniruzzaman Sikder gave him bail until December 8. Arrested on October 14, Liton was given bail on November 8 so that he could join the last session of the parliament. The session ended on Monday. The lawmaker yesterday filed a petition seeking permanent bail in the case. On October 2, Liton shot and wounded an eight-year-old boy named Sourov at Sundarganj. The same day, Liton and his supporters allegedly vandalised a house in the upazila. l

Nizami’s lawyer reads out IO statement n Tribune Report The Supreme Court yesterday finished hearing statements of the prosecution witnesses in the appeal hearing of condemned war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami against his death sentence awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal. Nizami’s lawyer SM Shahjahan read out the statements before the four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha from 9:15am to 1:15pm on the fifth day of the hearing. The court adjourned the proceedings until tomorrow. “We have finished presenting the prosecution witness accounts on charges seven and 16. Then we started reading the statements of the investigation officer in the case,” the lawyer told reporters.

The tribunal on October 29 last year awarded Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering the intellectuals. It also awarded him life imprisonment on four other charges. The Appellate Division began the hearing on September 9 this year. Nizami filed the appeal on November 23 last year. Jamaat Ameer Nizami was sentenced to death for his involvement in the killing of intellectuals by al-Badr force in Dhaka; and murder of 450 civilians and rape in Bausgari and Demra, killings of 52 people in Dhulaura, killings of 11 people and rape of three women in Karamja in Pabna. Nizami was also sentenced to death in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case. The top court bench has so far disposed of five war crimes appeal cases. l

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The High Court yesterday granted a threemonth bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three arson and vandalism cases registered with Paltan police station. A bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Md Khashruzzaman gave the verdict granted the bail on medical ground. The BNP leader’s lawyer Sabir Hossain Leon told the Dhaka Tribune that the bail order has legally paved the way for release of his client. On June 21, the HC granted an ad-interim bail to the BNP leader and issued three seperate rules asking the government as to why he should not be granted regular bail in

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the cases. The Supreme Court on July 13 gave him six weeks’ bail on medical ground, which was extended two times. On November 2, the Appellate Division asked him to surrender before a trial court rejecting his plea of bail extension in those cases filed with Paltan police station on January 4, 5 and 6. It also directed the High Court bench to hear and dispose of the rules within two weeks. The following day, the metropolitan magistrate concerned had sent Fakhrul to jail on his surrender. With these cases, Fakhrul, who stands accused in 89 cases, got bail from the HC and lower courts in all the cases filed against him. l 29

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n Tribune Report National Geographic Adventurer and Bangladesh’s youngest Everest summiteer Wasfia Nazreen has successfully reached the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak of Australasia-Oceania. She reached the summit of this Papuan territory on November 18 at 10:19am with her Indonesian friend Joshua Noya, thus becoming the first Bangladeshi to complete the Seven Summits record. She called her spokesperson Korvi Rakshand in Bangladesh from the summit, using a satellite phone and said: “Because we had launched this campaign in celebration of Bangladesh’s 40

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years of independence, it only makes sense to dedicate the completion to the Spirit of ‘71 and all those who are fighting to protect it. I pray peace return to Motherland soon!” She gave a special thank to Renata Limited, which fully sponsored the finale of climbing the highest mountains of all seven continents of the world. Before the climb, the trek into base camp included 220km of grueling trekking through thick mud-clad rainforest, river-crossings, enduring thunderstorms, tropical malaria infested areas and slippery rock faces. She left the country in early November but due to security issues, the expedition details had to be kept in secret. l

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News Home boss: No existence of IS n Tribune Report Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said there is no existence of IS in Bangladesh. The minister made the statement during a press conference at his office. He said whenever anyone tried to recruit members for the militant group in Bangladesh, they were arrested.

Sector Commanders’ Forum protest against ‘the BNP’s support for war criminals of 1971 as well as Pakistan’s interference in the country’s internal affairs’ at a press conference in National Press Club yesterday MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

SCF condemns Pak interference n Tribune Report The Sector Commanders’ Forum (SCF), a pro-liberation platform, yesterday condemned the Pakistan’s interference in the domestic affairs of Bangladesh. The forum asked Bangladesh government to reconsider its diplomatic relationship with Pakistan. It termed the Pakistani interference unacceptable. The leaders of the forum also called upon people of the country to raise their voice against the negative propaganda of Pakistan. They made the call yesterday at a press conference held at the National Press Club in the capital. The SCF organised the press conference to protest BNP’s support for war criminals and Pakistan’s interference in the domestic affairs of Bangladesh. Harun Habib, secretary general of the forum, read out the key note at the conference, while SCF Chairman MG (retd) KM Shafiullah, Vice-President Lt General (retd) M Harun-Ur-Rashid, former IGP M Nurul Alam were present, among others. KM Shafiullah said from the very begin-

ning of the trail of war criminals Pakistan mounted a propaganda campaign against it. “Now it is time to decide whether Bangladesh government should maintain diplomatic relationship with them (Pakistan),” he added. “They have to stop interfering and accept Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh since the Liberation War,” said M Harun-Ur-Rashid. “We do not mind if they follow their ideologies there but we can not accept their interference here in Bangladesh,” he added. He said legal action should be taken against those who challenge Bangladesh. Institutions that provide financial support to fundamentalism and extremism should be confiscated and the government should distribute their properties among the war victims, speakers at the press conference demanded. Habibur Rahman Shawkat, legal affairs secretary of the forum, said the real face of the BNP had been exposed after it threw its weight behind war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. Some organisations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are trying Spread propaganda deliberately to create confusion, said Haru Habib in his written speech. l

Grand finale NNI Nutrition Nightingale held n Tribune Report Nestle Nutrition Institute organised the grand finale of Nutrition Nightingale, an inter-institute quiz competition at the The Westin in Dhaka. Paramedics from five key institutes and hospitals took part in the semifinal round. As part of the NNI’s educational initiatives the competition was aimed to evaluate and raise awareness on the knowledge level of paramedics areas of expertise. The competition started on November 4 with 10 institutes and hospitals. Out of those 10 institutes, five hospitals Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Central Hospital,

Square Hospitals and Aichi Medical College & Hospital made it to the final round. Eventually, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College & Hospital became triumphant. Information Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was present as the chief guest in the event. After congratulating the winner, he requested hospitals to increase nutrition facilities in every level. If awareness about nutrition would reach every corner of the country, the country can advance as a healthy nation, he added. Chaired by Shuriya Begum, Registrar of Bangladesh Nursing Council, the programme was also attended by Nestle Bangladesh MD Stephane Norde, Nutrition Director Luke John Gomes. l

The origin of militancy in Bangladesh is rooted in Jamaat. This so called Islamist party is connected with the IS. The government will take initiative to ban Jamaat. The minister claimed that the law and order in the country is under control. Country’s young generation is innovative and which is why they are able to use Facebook with alternative process. l


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IS top brass considers fighters from South Asia inferior Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State does not consider South Asian Muslims good enough to fight in conflict zone of Iraq and Syria and so treat them as inferior to Arab fighters often tricking them into suicide attacks. PAGE 8

A combination picture taken from video shows a war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday REUTERS

Turkey downs Russian warplane, Putin warns of serious consequences n Reuters, Ankara/Moscow

Encryption is doubleedged sword in fight against terrorism Encryption can be a terrorist’s tool. But it’s also a key for those hunting attackers, and for many others. PAGE 9

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a Nato member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1km inside Syria and warned of “serious consequences” for what he termed a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists.” “We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today,” Putin said, as Russian and Turkish shares fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies. Each country summoned a diplomatic representative of the other and Nato called a meeting of its ambassadors for Tuesday afternoon. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cancelled a visit to Turkey due on Wednesday and the defence ministry said it was preparing measures to respond to such incidents.

Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it as it crashed in a wooded part of an area the TV said was known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain.” Separate footage from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency showed two pilots parachuting out of the jet before it crashed. A deputy commander of rebel Turkmen forces in Syria said his men shot both pilots dead as they came down. The Turkish military said the aircraft had been warned 10 times in the space of five minutes about violating Turkish air space. Officials said a second plane had also approached the border and been warned. “The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close,” a senior Turkish official said. A second official said the incident was not an action against any specific country but a move to defend Turkey’s sovereign

territory within its rules of engagement. A US military spokesman said it was an issue between the Turkish and Russian governments and that US-led coalition operations in Syria and Iraq were continuing “as planned.” A US official said US forces were not involved in the downing of the Russian jet, which was the first time a Russian or Soviet military aircraft has been publicly acknowledged to have been shot down by a Nato member since the 1950s. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was briefed by the head of the military, while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was due to report on the incident to Nato ambassadors. He also informed the United Nations and related countries. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the warplane crashed in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province, where there had been aerial bombardment earlier and where pro-government forces have been battling insurgents on the ground. l

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2015 Turkish-Russian aerial disputes China’s new Silk Road: Boom or dust for Pakistan? A glossy highway and hundreds of lorries transporting Chinese workers by the thousands: the new Silk Road is under construction in northern Pakistan, but locals living on the border are yet to be convinced they will receive more from it than dust. PAGE 10

The Turkish-Russian aerial disputes this year describe a series of Russian incursions and violations into Turkish Airspace over the Syrian border sparking an interception and armed confrontation between Turkish Air Force and Russian Air Force fighter jets. The incident so far is seen as one of the most serious and escalating of the Syrian Civil War. The first two incursions happened on October 3 followed by a third incursion on October 4 and a prevented incursion on October 5 witch was later revealed by Nato to possibly be a Syrian Air Force Jet according to military analysts. October 4: A Russian Air Force Su-30 crossed into Turkish Airspace over the Hatay Province and was intercepted by

Turkish two F-16s that were patrolling the border in the vicinity. Russia claims the incident was a navigational error caused by bad weather that just lasted a few seconds while the Turkish Military says it lasted several minutes and that the intruding aircraft put Turkish jets under missile lock for 5 minutes and 40 seconds prompting the Turks to respond in kind. October 4: A Russian Air Force Su-24 crossed into Turkish Airspace over the Hatay Province hours after the first incident. Russia rejects this incident and says it would “look into it.” A statement released from the Nato says these actions seem to be deliberate. October 5: A MiG-29 either Syrian or Rus-

sian, was prevented from crossing into Turkish Airspace by at-least eight Turkish F-16s on Combat air patrol duty. This sparked the unidentified aircraft to put one of the F-16s on missile lock while Syrian Air Defence SAM site installations on the ground put the rest of the Turkish combat jets on lock. The total incident lasting 4 minutes and 30 seconds. October 10: Three Turkish F-16s flying patrol missions near the Syrian border were put under missile lock by an unidentified MiG-29 resulting in the Turkish jets to shoot down the hostile aircraft. Details of the incident remain unclear. l

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India SC rejects French plea for woman’s release India’s top court Tuesday rejected a French request to release from prison a Frenchwoman wanted in Chile over the assassination of a key supporter of General Pinochet’s military regime. Chile is seeking the extradition of Marie-Emmanuelle Verhoeven, 56, for her alleged role in a conspiracy to kill Jaime Guzman Errazuriz in 1991. Indian police arrested her on February 16 as she entered the country from Nepal, and she has been held in Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail ever since. The French embassy had told the Supreme Court it would ensure she remained in India if it released her into its custody pending an extradition hearing. But on Tuesday the court dismissed the plea. -AFP

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China: Some Communist Party members in Xinjiang back ‘terrorist acts’ A senior official from China’s violence-torn Xinjiang region questioned on Tuesday the loyalty of some ruling Communist Party members there, saying some even supported “terrorist acts.” The comments are a rare admission of dissent among Xinjiang’s officials over Beijing’s policies, which have been condemned by human rights advocates as a major cause for unrest, in the region. China’s government says it faces a serious threat from Uighur Muslim militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang. -REUTERS

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Vietnam passes first law to protect transgender rights Vietnam on Tuesday passed a landmark law enshrining rights for transgender people in a move advocacy groups say paves the way for gender reassignment surgery in the authoritarian communist nation. Such operations are currently illegal, forcing people to travel to nearby Thailand for the surgery. The legislation will allow those who have undergone gender reassignment to register under their new sex. The law will come into effect early in 2017. -AFP

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Rival Libyan tribes sign peace deal in Doha Two rival Libyan tribes, the Tuareg and Toubou, have signed a ceasefire deal in Doha to end months of fighting, Qatar state media has reported. The deal, signed on Monday, not only seeks to end 14 months of fighting in the southwestern Libyan city of Ubari but also help thousands of displaced people return to their homes. The agreement was signed by heads of delegations of both tribes. -AFP

n Tribune Desk Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State does not consider South Asian Muslims good enough to fight in conflict zone of Iraq and Syria and so treat them as inferior to Arab fighters often tricking them into suicide attacks. The Times of India says, quoting a report prepared by foreign intelligence agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior to Arab fighters. There appears to be clear hierarchy wherein the Arab fighters are preferred as officer cadre and provided better arms and ammunition, equipment, accommodation and salaries. “The fighters from South Asia are usually housed in groups in small barracks and are paid less than the Arab fighters and are provided inferior equipment,” the report says. There are reports that the so-called inferior fighters are also, at times, tricked into suicide attacks. The intelligence report suggests that there is a disproportionately high level of casualty among the South Asian and African foreign terrorist fighters since they are forced to the frontlines of battle as foot soldiers. The Arab fighters with better battle experience are mostly positioned behind these fighters and hence their casualties are proportionally less in terms of their total numbers. The intelligence report says there is information that foreign fighters of Chinese, Indian, Nigerian and Pakistani origin are housed together and are monitored closely by the terrorist group’s own police force. Incidentally, only Tunisian, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Syrian are allowed to be in the IS police force, which is barred for fighters of all other nationalities. Hence, there is a clear trust deficit between the dominant Arab fighters from other nation-

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Five Myanmar men have been fined under a restrictive printing law for publishing a calendar that described the country’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya as a recognised ethnic minority, police said Tuesday. The men were arrested over the weekend in Yangon and fined $800 each on Monday after pleading guilty to an offence that carries up to two years in prison. -AFP

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alities, who are mostly attracted to IS through its sophisticated propaganda techniques on the Internet. There is also information, the intelligence input suggests, that the IS considers Islam, as it is practised in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, as “apostate” and a “departure from the original teachings of Qur’an and Hadith,” which makes them less motivated towards Salafist Jihad. Hence, there are authentic reports of brain washing of fresh recruits from South Asia and certain other countries by invoking the fear of

‘Jinn’, which are considered supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology, the intelligence input says. The fear of ‘Jinn’ is invoked to ensure that the recruits from these countries do not return to their countries of origin on the premise that the ‘Jinn’ will continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives if they do so. Further, passports of foreign terrorist fighters from South Asia and certain African countries are usually burnt upon their arrival in Iraq-Syria to prevent them going back to their countries. l

UK to boost BBC World Service funding for ‘soft power’

US issues global travel alert

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Citing “increased terrorist threats” from militant groups in various regions of the world, the US State Department issued a global alert on Monday for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali. As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the US Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the agency said potential attackers could target private or government interests. The department did not advise people against travel but said US citizens should be vigilant, especially in crowded places. The State Department has regularly issued such worldwide travel alerts since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US soil. A State Department official said the latest alert, which expires February 24, effectively updated past warnings. In the statement on its website, the State Department said: “Current information suggests that (Islamic State), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.” l

The BBC World Service will get a funding boost to strengthen London’s “soft power” in a security review released Monday, allowing for increased Russian services, television in Africa and radio for North Korea. The Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) listed the BBC’s international broadcasting service as an institution that would help “project our global influence,” a British security objective. “We have chosen to... expand our world-leading soft power and our global reach to promote our values and interests, using our diplomats and development assistance, and through institutions such as the BBC World Service,” the review read. The government will invest £289m by 2020 in world BBC digital, television and radio services “to build the global reach of the World Service and increase access to news and information,” it said.

“BBC World Service reaches into some of the most remote places in the world, providing a link to the UK for individuals and societies who would otherwise not have this opportunity,” it added. In a statement the BBC welcomed the extra funding and said it would help enhance television in Africa, create new radio services for North Korean audiences, and provide radio and digital services for Ethiopia and Eritrea. In addition, there are to be more languages on offer in digital and TV coverage in India and Nigeria, more regionalised content on the BBC Arabic Service, enhanced digital and TV services for Russian speakers, a dedicated television service for Somalia and a digital service for Thailand. The funding boost came after Britain’s public service broadcaster outlined budget cuts of £150m to its domestic service because of a shortfall in funding due to declining television ownership. l

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Encryption is double-edged sword in fight against terrorism n AFP, Washington, DC Encryption can be a terrorist’s tool. But it’s also a key for those hunting attackers, and for many others. The technology for encryption can keep data and conversations private, making it a double-edged sword that can equally be used by democracy campaigners, law enforcement or violent extremists. The November 13 attacks in Paris spurred calls for better tools for investigators to track criminals who rely on encrypted communications. But no solution is readily available that would avoid major impacts on privacy, civil liberties and a wide range of online communications including electronic commerce. The US government is both a supporter of encryption -- funding projects aimed at helping pro-democracy activists -- while at the same time pressing for ways to gain access to encrypted data for certain investigations. Interest in encryption has been growing since revelations in documents leaked in 2013 by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden describing the NSA’s vast abilities to sweep up data. But officials from the CIA, NSA and FBI as well as lawmakers and local law enforce-

ment leaders have complained that they are “going dark,” unable to tap into new encrypted apps and smartphones which may be locked down with keys available only to users. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined the debate, saying “we should take the concerns of law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals seriously.” “They have warned that impenetrable encryption may prevent them from accessing terrorist communications and preventing a future attack.” Clinton said last week that “we need Silicon Valley not to view government as its adversary.” “We need to challenge our best minds in the private sector to work with our best minds in the public sector to develop solutions that will both keep us safe and protect our privacy,” she said. But technology specialists in the private sector argue that any “back door” allowing authorities to gain access to encrypted data, could also be exploited by a hacker, or used by repressive regimes as well as democratic ones. Technology players defend the principles of encryption, saying it is legitimately used to keep data confidential by Fortune 500

companies, government leaders, journalists and dissidents around the world. The US government has acknowledged this need by funding projects for secure and encrypted communications through the Open Technology Fund led by Radio Free Asia, and which Meinrath has advised. Illustrating the complexity of the issue, however, the fund provided more than $1.3m to the Open Whisper project -whose Redphone and Signal apps have been deemed “safe” by Islamic State for its members to use. The US military also created the Tor network for encrypted communications, which was developed for secret military communications but is also used now for underground “Darknet” markets. Under pressure to act following the Paris attacks, Silent Circle and others took some steps to make it harder for terrorists to use their services. Telegram, a secure communications app created by Russian Internet guru Pavel Durov, said it had blocked dozens of accounts associated with IS that were reportedly being used to spread extremist propaganda. Encryption backers say it is like any other technology -- whether it is a car, telephone or gun -- which can be used for good or evil. l

US to release Afghan hospital strike probe results The head of Nato and US forces in Afghanistan will Wednesday announce the findings of a US military investigation into a catastrophic air raid on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in October. The US raid on October 3 in the Taliban-held northern city killed at least 30 people, forcing the charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to close the hospital. -AFP

THE AMERICAS

Domestic violence affects 1 in 2 women in El Salvador More than half the women in a couple in El Salvador suffer from domestic violence -physical and/or sexual -- according to a study released Monday by a private university and the World Health Organization. According to the results, 23% of women in the country suffer physical aggression, 13% sexual violence and 26% both types of violence. Of the cases noted, 19%”can be registered as ‘severe,’” based on the physical injuries received. -AFP

UK

UK poll shows shift in favour of ‘Brexit’ A majority of Britons want to leave the European Union, according to a new opinion poll on Tuesday. In Tuesday’s poll, 52% of 2,000 people polled by ORB International said they thought Britain should leave and 48% said it should remain. There was no option for undecided. The same polling last month by ORB showed 53% favoured remaining in the EU, down slightly from 55% in September. ORB said it was the first time in its six months of polling on the same question that a majority of Britons had opted to leave the European Union. -AFP

EUROPE

French Muslim body calls for imams to require licence to preach France’s leading Muslim body called Tuesday for imams to require a permit to preach in a bid to root out extremists, and for a new religious body to fight back against jihadist propaganda. The president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM), said the country’s imams should be given a certificate -- “like a driving licence” -- that ensured they promoted a “tolerant and open Islam”. The CFCM said it would hand out the permits by testing theological knowledge and adherence to French principles, and make them sign an “imams’ charter.” -AFP

AFRICA

Africa’s top fashion event called off over terror fears Africa’s prime fashion event, the two-yearly FIMA festival in Niger, was called off Tuesday on the eve of its launch over fears of terror attacks, Niger designer Alphadi announced. Due to have gathered some 1,000 designers, models and fashion types from 40 nations for Africa’s November 25-29 fashion week, the festival will take place “very soon”, a spokesperson said. First held in 1998, the Niger fashion get-together gathers buyers and stylists as well as showcasing the latest creations in African sculpture, art and jewellery. -AFP


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China’s new Silk Road: Boom or dust for Pakistan? n AFP, Sost, Pakistan

A glossy highway and hundreds of lorries transporting Chinese workers by the thousands: the new Silk Road is under construction in northern Pakistan, but locals living on the border are yet to be convinced they will receive more from it than dust. The town of Sost is gateway to millions in customs duties, with its rickety stalls of corrugated iron engraved in Mandarin and Urdu, its cross-border secret agents and its dusty petrol station’s abrupt service. It is the first stop along a new $46bn “economic corridor” designed by China in Pakistan. Drivers from China arrive through the Khunjerab Pass, the world’s highest paved border crossing at 4,600 metres above sea level, and unload their goods encircled by the magnificent Karakoram mountains, swirled with snow. From there, Pakistani colleagues pick up the goods and transport them the length of the country -- currently to Karachi, some 2,000km away on the Arabian Sea, but in the future to Gwadar, where Beijing has been given management of the port in a grand project allowing China greater access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. But, until recently, the highway was cut off just south of Sost, blocked for five years by a landslide that dammed the Hunza river and birthed the 10km long lake of Attabad, with its ice-blue glacier water. Unable to drive around the mountain, China simply tunnelled through it, sending thousands of workers in a titanic effort that took more than three years and cost at least $275m. “With the tunnel, we hope business will take off and tourists flock here,” said Amjad Ali, a local trader. But his optimism is tempered by fear that the trucks will simply drive on by, leaving Sost to receive, as Ali put it, “nothing but dust.” Islamabad, he predicted, is set to collect millions in customs duty from Sost while doing little or nothing for the town.

‘My land, not China’s’

Sitting on the border of his potato field under the shade of an apple tree, one Ali Qurban fears losing his beloved region in Islamabad’s grand dance with Beijing. “This is my land of Gilgit-Baltistan -- not that of Pakistan or China,” the local activist and occasional poet cries. But for the head of local government, Hafiz Hafeez ur-Rehman, the project is a “game-changer” for a region that should be the “prime beneficiary” as it is located on the threshold of China. The Uighur question Other, more shadowy political and security factors also contribute to the sense of alienation in Gilgit: such as Beijing and Islamabad’s apparent efforts to clamp down on the restive regions that surround the corridor. In Gilgit-Baltistan, the most famous local labour activist, Baba Jan, has been imprisoned for “terrorism” since 2011 for organising an anti-government demonstration. In the neighbouring Chinese region of Xinjiang, Beijing is closely monitoring Muslim Uighurs, saying that extremists from the minority are in hiding in Pakistan -- a claim that has been supported by local security sources. l

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Rift valley I was supposed to be in Bangladesh this week to attend the Dhaka Lit Fest, where brave young people are fighting for the survival of an open, cosmopolitan festival. But after the murders of the bloggers, many Western participants backed out. ‘Don’t go. Dhaka is dangerous,’ they said to me. The irony of it

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Choosing the right destination: Myanmar or Burma? The name Republic of the Union of Myanmar (referred to as Myanmar) was, of course, given to the country during the military dictatorship. This is part of the reason some refuse to use the name PAGE 13

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Global carbon taxes the best way to speed renewable energy investment

I Introspections of a Muslim mind The romanticism of Jihad and the panIslamic Caliphate must be addressed pragmatically

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t is vital that next month’s COP21 summit on climate change in Paris results in meaningful steps to reduce global greenhouse carbon emissions and help countries like Bangladesh mitigate the negative consequences of climate change. As a nation at risk from millions of people being displaced by rising sea levels, it is important for Bangladesh to take a lead in supporting proposals for globally coordinated taxes on the use of fossil fuels. Without a world-wide clean energy revolution to reduce per capita growth in greenhouse emissions and provide more sustainable power sources, our ability to adapt and improve resilience will be severely compromised. Although Bangladesh’s per capita carbon emissions remain low and are historically negligible and not a barrier to efforts to industrialise the economy, it is important we seek to grow energy production sustainably to add authority to efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. We welcome the government’s consideration of proposals to triple the target for renewable energy generation from 5% (800MW) to 15% (2,500MW). The new 50MW solar plant approved to supply power to the national grid in Mymensingh and the announcement of plans to install solar generators at all government buildings are welcome steps in this direction. Likewise, the millions of solar home systems set up by organisations such as IDCOL have been a huge boon by providing cheap renewable electricity to rural households while limiting pressures on the grid. If we want to encourage other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, we should be taking even more such steps. The government should move towards harmonising national polices on renewable energy by cutting costly subsidies on fossil fuels. This would not only help cut waste, reducing greenhouse emissions, but would also increase incentives for investment in more renewable energy generation. Internationally, the government should also be more pro-active in supporting global carbon taxes to help stimulate worldwide investment in renewable energy. Global taxes on carbon are essential to help bring about the sustainable energy future which the world needs.

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ompassion, sorrow. A pang of grief squeezes everyone’s heart in France. I live with the man who runs the Paris public hospital system. All week I’ve seen dreadful messages pour in: “My son, my sister, they wouldn’t be in one of your hospitals, by any chance?” How many nos for a yes? So much distress in the sender’s SMS. Then, hours later, a new message glows on the screen: “We have located Valentin’s body; he was killed at Bataclan.” He was 17. It was unbearable. You are not free to be free, the killers tell us. They had chosen their targets well -- cafes, concert hall, stadium. Because drinking, singing, playing, enjoying the balmy night on a terrace cafe -- all this is intolerable to them. Because thinking and believing (or not) as we wish, that is what is intolerable to them. I was supposed to be in Bangladesh this week to attend the Dhaka Lit Fest, where brave young people are fighting for the survival of an open, cosmopolitan festival. But after the murders of the bloggers, many Western participants backed out. “Don’t go. Dhaka is dangerous,” they said to me. The irony of it. For it was in Paris that blood finally spurted. A Bangladeshi friend wrote to me this morning: “The cancer of fanaticism is spreading. It’s the same everywhere. And don’t go thinking that we Muslims are suffering any lesser from it than you are. The Daesh/ISIS has killed more Muslims than non-Muslims in the world.” I ask my daughter, Mathilde, to read this mail. She frowns. “Oh come on, they certainly aren’t the victims here.” I caution her against putting everyone in the same bag. I remind her of the contribution of the Arab civilisation to philosophy, medicine, mathematics. I hear that the Imam of Bordeaux is doing the same on the radio. I think of all the teachers who, too, will say this to their students this week. And I think how crucial this process is if we want to live together peacefully, because the Muslim community in France is quite sizeable, the largest in Europe. Yet, I feel that it’s getting increasingly difficult to maintain this line. “You said that already for the Charlie killings,” says Mathilde, rolling her eyes heavenwards. “But you can see perfectly well that goodwill serves no purpose these days ...” In the wake of the January attacks, several mosques were torched. More violence is feared. Anger is taking over not only the Front National voters, but also an entire generation. Young people who identify with the victims and are already being referred to as the “Bataclan generation.” This feeling is growing, especially as it is taking root in a solid French tradition of Islamophobia. Every era seems to need scapegoats, and, after the Protestants and the Jews, it’s as if it’s now the turn of Muslims to be stigmatised. Mathilde readily acknowledges that. There were no students from a Muslim background

The French should be careful not to turn Muslims into scapegoats

I was supposed to be in Bangladesh this week to attend the Dhaka Lit Fest, where brave young people are fighting for the survival of an open, cosmopolitan festival. But after the murders of the bloggers, many Western participants backed out. ‘Don’t go. Dhaka is dangerous,’ they said to me. The irony of it

in her preparatory classes -- run by highly selective academies providing rigorous grounding to students for the elite grandes ecoles entrance exams. In class, while she’d heard of Spinoza or Verlaine, there had scarcely ever been a mention of Ibn Rushd or Mahmoud Darwish. As for the Algerian War of Independence, well, they had been pretty cagey, like the French can be about it. My friend Nousheen’s mail continued: “Obama is right when he says that this attack against France is an attack against humanity and its values. But don’t the civilian deaths in Lebanon, Pakistan or Palestine also symbolise an attack against humanity? This year alShabaab militants stormed a university in Kenya. 147 dead. All Muslims. Did that make ripples in the French press? I hope so ...” There is a strong sense of double standards among the Muslims in France, as throughout the Arab world. But who recognises that? Who really cares? Another scary tendency is putting terrorists and refugees in the same bag. We are being told incessantly that we are at war. As though the France that wants to laugh and

sing is being pulled into a downward spiral of greater intolerance and greater belligerence. And, therefore, towards an increasingly less democratic France. According to a Figaro survey, 67 % of French people are ready to accept a nondemocratic government, provided that it delivers on implementing necessary reforms. Around 40% would go to the extent of supporting an unelected authority. What’s disturbing about this survey is that it was published before the attacks. “Come on, Mum, you can see quite well that a line has been crossed,” says Mathilde. “This is the first time that kamikaze militants are operating in France. They didn’t act in isolation -- they were super well-organised. They didn’t target a symbol but a particular demographic. This is a typical wartime tactic.” That’s true. And that’s probably what’s most disquieting. These fanatics go “beyond” those who targeted Charlie Hebdo. They seem to be prey to a murderous urge that is increasingly devoid of any cause. It’s an obsession that revolves around and feeds on itself.

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In September, I had published a novel on obsession. I sought to understand what cerebral mechanisms are at work when an individual is “in the grip” of a pathology, ideology, religious fanaticism, etc. Neuroscience explained to me that the mental process was akin to that of obsessivecompulsive disorders. A thought goes round and round in the patient’s head. It’s often an absurd thought from a rational point of view, but for the patient, it’s the truth. The patient needs this “truth” and clings to it because it gives meaning to their life. Above all, they don’t wish to get better. On Rue de Rivoli on the evening of the attacks, Mathilde had seen “four young beurs (Frenchmen of North-African descent) in a car, who were singing and heading for the Champs-Elysees, ready to pop the champagne!” This image had left her deeply shaken. At the traffic signal, a stone’s throw away from her, were young adults of her age, an “anti-Bataclan generation” that was rejoicing. And whom bombs would surely make more determined than ever. Because bombs lead inexorably to the well-known vicious cycle of reprisals and reprisals for reprisals. A trap -- cleverly sprung by Daesh/ISIS? -- in which one knows perfectly well one could be caught for long years to come. l Translated from the French by Sharmila Sarkar. This article was previously published in Outlook and has been reprinted by special arrangement. Florence Noiville is a writer and journalist at Le Monde. She is the author of Attachment and Erotomania.


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Choosing the right destination: Myanmar or Burma? Would Myanmar by any other name have the same political implications?

The name is often a source of confusion for tourists

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The name Republic of the Union of Myanmar was, of course, given to the country during the military dictatorship. This is part of the reason some refuse to use the name. However, if you’re not going to say Myanmar on ethical grounds, surely the same logic must be applied to the name Burma, given to the country by Britain in its colonial days

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want to begin this article with a note that I am not a political writer. The purpose of this op-ed is to help confused tourists coming from Bangladesh work out what to call the golden land when they visit, not to take any sides in a political debate. It’s been almost three months for me in Myanmar, and I have had the chance to travel through the hustling and bustling Yangon, as well as had glimpses of the rural Myanmar. I’ve witnessed the remarkable election of November 8, celebrated Eid, and the famous Thadingyut Festival or Festival of Lights. Things that I was surprised by are the large

number of expats working here, the pouring backpackers coming to the mystic land, and how much there is still to know about this country. So, I will start with the most basic piece of information which tourists and expats here get confused with. The name of the country! In the last few months, whenever I had the chance to interact with tourists, expats working here, or the locals, I got confused about what to call this country -- Myanmar or Burma. Top Gear fans must have noticed that in the episode of Top Gear’s “Burma” special, Jeremy Clarkson proclaimed that he was in “what the BBC refers to as The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, but everyone else calls Burma.” Try saying that to the people of Myanmar. The name Republic of the Union of Myanmar (referred to as Myanmar) was, of course, given to the country during the military dictatorship. This is part of the reason some refuse to use the name. However, if you’re not going to say Myanmar on ethical grounds, surely the same logic must be applied to the name Burma -- given to the country by Britain in its colonial days. This gets even more confusing as the media vary which name they use depending on that particular publication’s bias. Daw

(used for elderly and respectable women) Aung San Suu Kyi famously still calls the country Burma. But everyone loves Daw Aung San Suu Kyi right? If she calls it Burma, they must all want to be called Burma right? Not so. Myanmar is immensely complicated, and in my last three months I have only just scratched the surface -- but enough to know that the love for “The Lady” is not universal. Myanmar is conflicted with internal ethnic conflicts over land, religion, culture, and most importantly, its enormous natural resources. A huge percentage of the population currently works for the government. A change in leadership in any country creates uncertainty and instability for government workers. Many of this particular group have not experienced change in their entire careers, don’t know what an Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD government would mean for their futures, and are understandably apprehensive. Then there are the ethnic minorities. The NLD seeks to bring democracy to Myanmar as a whole, but not everyone wants to be Myanmar. There are ethnic factions of the country who would prefer to be left to their own devices. While there are ceasefires in place, ethnic armies are still armed -- I have seen them!! And who knows how the Karen, Mon, or Shan (the most important or largest ethnic groups) armies will react should the change from the historic election not be all they are hoping for. And then of course comes the one thing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being criticised in the West for, her questionable representation of Muslim minorities. No one can be sure that she will do anything to defend this group against growing discrimination, so why should they love her? The point of all this rambling is that if you use the word “Burma” in conversation with locals, it may be perceived that you are: 1. Supportive of British colonialism 2. Just a confused tourist 3. Aligned with the NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi -- which brings a whole load of connotations One problem in the vocabulary is that it’s easier to call the people in “Burma” as “Burmese,” but what should I call the people when using “Myanmar.” For the sake of staying out of political debates, particularly when off the beaten track, it’s better to use the official term Myanmar. This worked well for me so far, and I have never been corrected like others I saw who said “Burma.” Best to stick to Myanmar. l Mohd Fahad Ifaz is a private sector development consultant and currently working in Myanmar.


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Introspections of a Muslim mind We must renew ourselves from within to change perceptions of Islam. This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long form

Islam’s brand image needs to change

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slam, compared to the other Abrahamic or major religions, is a very young religion. Today, it is passing a critical period in its life cycle, which probably all other religions have already passed through. Christianity passed it in the medieval period. They had episodes like puritan movements, witch-hunting, and numerous wars to establish the respective brand of Christianity by the kingdoms. There have been intrigues and conflicts of power between the church and the palace. Christians led crusades to establish the Kingdom of Heaven that took away the lives of hundreds of millions throughout many centuries. Even prior to that, Hinduism and Buddhism had similar bloody events in the name of religion. The early Buddhists of this region faced unthinkable miseries, persecutions and even a genocides at the hands of the Hindus. Naturally, Islam being the youngest of all the major religions, is passing through such a phase. But the bad news for the Muslims is that the world has changed and civilisation is no more in a mode to accommodate or tolerate such a medieval state of affairs today! Those who have the potential or capacity to take over the legitimate leadership are often divided and diverse. They differ in their traditions, schools, ideologies, ethnicities, and so on and so forth. If one says “X” is right, the other one will say no. If an Arab is selected, the Turks will not accept him. If a Turk, then the Arabs will not accept. If an Indian is selected, probably both the Arabs and the Turks will not follow him. Then what is the way out? Such differences or disagreements might get very

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dirty at times. There are instances where people from different schools or camps have declared their counterpart as infidels or apostates and things ended in bloodshed. When basic issues of religion are taken to be the guiding factors for politics, things can really get bloody. In situations like this, only one party can be “right,” the rest are all supposed to be incorrect. But who will decide that? Till date, no such institution in Islam has such authority. And the result is that there is no one who can unanimously speak for the community or the Ummah.

the pretext of their religious responsibility, here comes the responsibility of a Muslim. As long as the attackers affiliate themselves with Islam, Muslims as a community or religious entity are not free from the collective responsibility of the act; whether they support it or not. The only way out is public and legitimate denouncement of the act and excommunication of those who perpetrated the violence. Muslims must strive for renewal from within. Well, many may say, Islam per se is a religion resistive of any sort of reform or change. Fundamentalism in its concept,

The romanticism of Jihad and the pan-Islamic Caliphate must be addressed pragmatically. The whole Ummah, after the very initial days of the Islam -- the days of the Rashidun Caliphate -- was never a single state. It is neither practical nor a possible proposition

I think, rather than looking for suitable answers for the questions and allegations that Islam promotes terrorism, raised by the Westerners, Muslims must introspect. It’s not about being apologetic, as many hesitate to take any responsibility after a terror attack by so-called “Mulsim/Islamic terrorists.” Whenever an attack of such nature takes place, we see some militant group, claiming themselves to be the followers of Islam, claim responsibility. They often justify their heinous act with

protected and impregnable divinity in its faith, has made it impossible to bring about any change in the affairs of this religion. However, this is the order of the day. A radical change in the perceptions and interpretation of the religion is a must to keep it from turning into a monolith, devoid of the appeals of the day. This reform has to be in the path of enlightenment and moderation, through education and excellence, for knowledge and spirituality. It can be somehow deduced that

such extremist outfits have quite strong connections and backings from global super powers. But such a deduction does not help us deal with such crises. Hundreds and millions are ready in the queue to join Jihad in the Muslim world. These volunteers are ready to sacrifice their lives or take others’ lives. So, just putting the onus on the conspiracy theory doesn’t actually help us clear the acquisitions made against us. Rise of extremism, the Western conspiracy to destabilise the countries through them, and the Western war to quell the militants -- this is a labyrinth that can’t be solved; it has to be crumbled. We have got to take the responsibility and speak up for ourselves; reform or renewal, whatever may suit the policy, scholars and leaders from the community must take on programs. The romanticism of Jihad and the Pan-Islamic Caliphate must be addressed pragmatically. The whole Ummah, after the very initial days of the Islam -- the days of the Rashidun Caliphate -- was never a single state. It is neither practical nor a possible proposition. Muslims must learn to differ between nations and the Ummah Well, and many may say that Islam is a religion resistive of any sort of reform or change. But the only way out is through reforms and enlightenment. Muslims must define and decide as to what should be the course of their religion and faith in the 21st century. They must come out of the delusion of the Judeo-Christian conspiracy theory and set the brand of Islam that shall represent them. l Aminul Sarwar is a retired army officer.


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INSIDE WB: Forestation raises income of coastal and hilly people Income of people in the country’s nine coastal and hilly areas has increased after launching a project funded by the World Bank nearly two and a half years ago. PAGE 16

Atiur calls for humane banking Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman has called upon the bankers to develop humane banking coming out of the conventional method to achieve an inclusive economic growth. PAGE 17

Italy’s zero-cost bailout is too good to be true Italy’s zero-cost bank bailout is too good to be true. The Italian bank resolution fund will cough up 3.6bn euros to restructure four failing lenders. Officially, public funds won’t be used, but the burden will hit a sector already struggling with low rates and weak demand. Italy could find itself on the hook too. PAGE 18

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Rizvi urges businessmen to depict Bangladesh’s real business scenario n Tribune Report Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has urged the businessmen to depict the real scenario of doing business in Bangladesh for attracting foreign investors here. Rizvi came up with the call while addressing a seminar on “Investment Climate in Bangladesh: Looking Ahead” organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in the city yesterday. Speaking as chief guest, he said, “We have to correct our narratives about our potentials and opportunities in doing business, instead of undermining ourselves.” “We undermine our own-selves,” said Rizvi who also urged the private entrepreneurs to work as ambassadors abroad to enhance the image of the country. He also admitted that without Foreign Direct Investment, Bangladesh wouldn’t be able to implement its 7th five-year plans. “Somewhere, there is a mismatch between what we are and what we narrate about ourselves and the major problem is the gap,” said Rizvi. In this regard, he urged the businessmen to make extra efforts to find out the gaps hindering the country’s efforts in doing bet-

Grameen Bank exempted from tax till 2020 n Syed Samiul Basher Anik The National Board of Revenue has decided to give tax-break benefit to Grameen Bank for another five years till 2020 following a request from the microcredit institution. The tax authorities made the decision at its regular board meeting held yesterday at its headquarters. NBR officials said the bank will be exempted from paying any type of taxes including income tax, super tax and tax on profit. The Grameen Bank has been enjoying tax exemption facility since its inception in 1983m, and this will expire in December 2015. NBR officials said the tax authorities will soon issue a statutory regulatory order to the effect of the decision. They said the tax-break facility is being extended in recoginition to the bank’s contribution to the spread of microcredit operations, alleviation of reduction and empowerment of marginalised people, particularly women in Bangladesh. Currently, around 8.7m are members of the Grameen Bank. The bank now disburses a total of Tk13,500 crore annually as microcredit among its members. l

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Proper use of demographic dividend

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ter than the other countries. DCCI President Hossain Khaled urged the government agencies including the central bank to undertake and design comprehensive, inclusive and effective road map in coordination with private sector to improve the position of Bangladesh in doing business. He also called for restoration of investors’ confidence and competitive advantages of Bangladesh to outperform other contending countries as attractive investment hub. He said SDG required around US$600bn investment with large stake of private sector. “The central bank is considering to provide long-term and lower-rate financing for the business under the Export Development Fund (EDF),” said Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, deputy governor, Bangladesh Bank. According to Board of Investment (BoI), Bangladesh witnessed FDI of $1.52bn, which was 4.5% less compared to $1.6bn of 2013. Nabhash Chandra Mandal, Executive Member, Board of Investment (BOI) presented key-note on business climate while Abrar A Anwar, country chief executive officer, Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh and M Masrur Reaz, program manager, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Bangladesh also spoke on this occasion. l

Biman to hire new CEO n Ishtiaq Husain Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited has invited applications from deserving Bangladeshi and foreign nationals for appointment to the company as managing director & chief executive officer. The national flag carrier has been struggling over the past few years to come to terms with the lack of skilled managing director and foreign carriers’ influence in the local aviation market. Biman authorities assume that its current CEO Kyle Haywood, who is on a prolonged leave since October, might not return. The British national did not even communicate with the management while being on leave. On the other hand he is seeking more leave. Kyle joined the Biman in last January. The Biman boss was hired to rescue the ailing aviation business, but of no avail. Rather, it continued to go to a further nosedive. The airliner incurred a heavy loss of Tk31.2 crore in the period between February and July when Kyle was at the helms. His continued absence from office took a heavy toll on the national flag carrier. Under the circumstances, the Biman board of directors, highest policy-making body of the airliner, decided on an-

nouncement for a new managing director. Though Biman has totally brand new aircraft, the carrier continues to experience flight disruptions due to mismanagement. During his tenure, Kyle has so far enjoyed over two-month leave, ignoring the company’s interest. Even the CEO did not attend two scheduled board meetings on September 09 and 14, a Biman source said, adding that because of his absence, the meeting was not held. Finally, he didn’t attend the board of directors meeting held on October 12. Considering Kyle’s all track record, the Biman management on Monday announced vacancy for a new managing director & CEO. Interested candidates are requested to send their applications along with a complete CV and photograph by 22 December 2015 to mgremp@bdbiman.com. l


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WB: Forestation raises income of coastal and hilly people n Tribune Report

Income of people in the country’s nine coastal and hilly areas has increased after launching a project funded by the World Bank nearly two and a half years ago. The project titled Climate Resilient Participatory Afforestation and Reforestation is being implemented in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshimipur, Barisal, Pakuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Feni. The World Bank is supporting Bangladesh Forest Department to reduce forest degradation and increase forest coverage in a participatory way in above nine coastal and hilly districts. As a start-up activity for the poor and the extremely poor forest-depended groups (FDGs), the project has distributed in the last three seasons a total of 3.5 tons of 16 varieties of vegetable seeds, and 36,000 saplings of 5 varieties of quick growing fruit trees, said the

World Bank in a statement. “These have helped almost all the FDG households not only to increase their consumption of vegetables, but also earn cash-income within a short period of time by selling surplus production.”

The Bangladesh Climate Change Resilient Fund has allocated US$33.8m to implement the project to be completed by next year At least 30% income increase occurred in 19% of households; another 35% households’ income increased more than 20%, but less

HSBC: Asia set to drive global trade surge to $68.5tn field for entrepreneurs and n Tribune Business Desk ing startups, and forms the founAsia is poised to ignite a decade of global trade growth and be the starting point for a quadrupling of worldwide exports to an estimated $68.5tn by 2050, according to new forecasts in HSBC’s landmark Trade Winds report. Led by a burst of intra-Asian trade that will lift the region’s share of global exports to 27% by 2050 from 17% at present, the surge will mark a third wave of globalisation anchored by new technologies and increasing economic integration, the report said. “The importance of trade’s contribution to global growth and prosperity cannot be underestimated. Asia’s position at the leading edge of technological and supply chain innovation gives the region a unique opportunity to benefit from this next wave of globalisation,” Paul Skelton, HSBC’s regional head of Commercial Banking, Asia Pacific, said. Nimble networks of micro-multinationals that create their own specialised value chains will be at the core of a drive for prosperity that promises to take nations out of poverty and improve quality of life across the world, said the report commissioned by HSBC Commercial Banking and compiled by Oxford Economics. “The next few years should carry the global economy into the next wave of globalisation, critically underpinned by sophisticated and pervasive digital technology that reduces international trade barriers, improves communication between cultures, levels the play-

dation for an “always-on” global economy,” the report said. The report identifies three distinct waves of trade development, the first from 1865 to 1913, the second from 1950 to 2007 and the third set to run from 2015 to 2050. The map of world trade created by this third wave of globalisation may look very different from today’s, as shifting demographics and economic catch up -- with almost 3bn people joining the middle class by 2050. Asia-Pacific’s share of global exports is forecast to rise from around a third in 2015 to 46% in 2050. Western Europe’s share is expected to decline from 34% to 22%, and North America’s to fall from 11% to 9%. China should extend its lead as the world’s leading exporter, with its growing influence in Asia further extended by projects such as the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). India also has the potential for strong growth, and is projected to outpace China. The report expects growth in merchandise exports from India to average 6% a year in 2025–50, compared with just under 5% a year for China. The report identifies four “trade winds” that will drive opportunity for the business leaders of today and tomorrow: the march of industrialisation and a shift to mass customisation; plummeting transport and logistics costs; further liberalisation of trade policy; and the evolution of more nimble business operating models. l

than 30%; another 34% households’ income increased more than 10%, but less than 20%, according to the World Bank. The project has helped establish 55 mutual rotating savings and loan funds and already provided BDT 4.46 crore loans to extremely poor beneficiaries. The communities manage this fund and are responsible for loan realization. The project has already completed 13,144 ha block plantation out of the targeted 17,000 ha. The project has also completed 1,505 km strip plantation. Almost 90% seedlings survived and the trees are growing healthily. The project is promoting resilience of the forest ecosystems through afforestation, reforestation and restoration of different species. The site survey and planning along with advanced nursery preparation was matched with micro-site conditions (soils, water table, slope and aspect) to select species and their spatial distribution on the

landscape. The Bangladesh Climate Change Resilient Fund has allocated US$33.8m to implement the project to be completed by next year. The project’s participatory approach helped the local community meet climate change challenges and reduce vulnerability. The project helped the forest dependent population with alternative income generating activities. It has benefitted over 45,000 extreme poor households through alternative livelihood programs, participation in the social forestry program or employment as labors in nurseries. The project provided skills training on various trades to 6,000 FDG members as per their choice for alternative income generation activities. Additionally, 565 group leaders have received training on organizational and leadership development and financial management, including around 400 females and 35 people from ethnic population. l


Atiur calls for humane banking n Tribune Report Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman has called upon the bankers to develop humane banking coming out of the conventional method to achieve an inclusive economic growth. “We want to operate banking business making sure that the poor come under banking services,” the governor said while addressing the inaugural session of a five-day-long Banking Fair Bangladesh 2015. The central bank organised the fair for the first time in Bangladesh on the Bangla Academy premises in a bid to achieve sustainable economic growth by bringing more unbanked people into banking services, said Atiur. He said the event will help improve relations between banks and customers, plus create a platform of interaction for both. The inaugural session was, among others, attended by NBR Chairman Nazibur Rahman and Finance Secretary to the Bank and Financial Division of the Finance Ministry, M Aslam Alam. “Some vicious circles are active in our economy and that is why irregularities are being held in the banking sector,” said Nazibur. “As a result we could not collect tax properly.” l

Visitors throng stalls on the first day of a five-day banking fair held yesterday on the Bangla Academy premises. Bangladesh organised the event for the first time in the country MEHEDI HASAN

Oil rises on Middle East tensions, weaker US dollar n Reuters, London Oil prices rose yesterday as tensions in the oil-rich Middle East escalated following the downing of a Russian-made fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border and a weaker US dollar provided incentive for investors to buy more oil. Brent futures for January were up 67 cents to $45.50 a barrel at 0909 GMT, up 1.5% on Monday’s close. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 68 cents at $42.43. “News of a military jet crashing in Syria is a reminder that there is still substantial risk in the Middle East,” said Bjarne Schieldrop, the Olso-based chief commodities analyst at SEB. Turkey said it had downed a Russianmade fighter jet near the Syrian border after it violated Ankara’s airspace. A weaker US dollar, easing from an eightmonth peak against a basket of currencies, also lent support as investors found it cheaper to buy the dollar-denominated commodity. They also awaited US crude stocks data, with expectations of a small increase. US commercial crude oil stocks likely gained 1.1 million barrels for the week ended Nov 20, according to a preliminary Reuters survey of five analysts on Monday. A rise would mark a ninth consecutive weekly gain. “We still think that a low 40s NYMEX WTI is a floor from which the market can rally through the winter,” said BNP Paribas said in a research note. “Thereafter, the summer of 2016 presents down risk for oil prices as OPEC pursues its current policy, US production stabilises and Iran delivers more barrels to the market.” Saudi Arabia led a shift by the Organization

of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in November 2014 to defend market share against competing supplies, rather than cut output to prop up prices. Analysts said the impact of comments by the Saudi Arabian oil minister, that his country was prepared to work with other oil producers to stabilise prices, was muted because there was no firm signal to slash production to ease the global glut. The market will be closely watching the gathering of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) next month for firm announcements on the cartel’s lofty production levels, analysts added. “There was no concrete signal from the Saudi oil minister’s remarks that OPEC will cut back on production, so the impact is limited,” said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst with Phillip Futures in Singapore. “If there had been such a signal, prices would be shooting up much higher right now.” He said markets were waiting for the OPEC meeting to see if the cartel “really means business” and starts trimming production. The Saudi cabinet said on Monday it was ready to cooperate with OPEC and non-OPEC countries to achieve market stability, days before OPEC meets to review its policy. BMI Research said slower growth in emerging markets was helping keep prices low. “Prices will struggle to recover, with lacklustre demand lagging global supply. Diesel is the most exposed from weaker growth, an economic rebalancing in China and the slowdown in global trade,” it said in a market commentary. l

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Domestic spending lifts German economy in third quarter n AFP, Berlin The German economy posted firm growth for the third quarter, boosted by consumer spending which is fast becoming a cornerstone for German economic expansion, data published yesterday showed. A rise in government spending for a record influx of asylum seekers was also a major factor for growth. Gross domestic product expanded 0.3% for the three months ending September, the Federal Statistics Office Destatis said, confirming its earlier estimate. Household consumption rose 0.6 percent from the previous three months, while state spending shot up 1.3%. The strong domestic consumption made up for weakness in companies’ investments, which fell 0.8% compared to the previous quarter due to a cloudy outlook for both emerging markets and eurozone economies. Imports were up sharply, rising 1.1%, while exports grew only 0.2%. The latest figures suggest that Germany is no longer just an export-oriented economy, but that consumption is fast becoming a key pillar of output. l


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Italy’s zero-cost bailout is too good to be true n Neil Unmack Italy’s zero-cost bank bailout is too good to be true. The Italian bank resolution fund will cough up 3.6bn euros to restructure four failing lenders. Officially, public funds won’t be used, but the burden will hit a sector already struggling with low rates and weak demand. Italy could find itself on the hook too. The restructuring is complex. The country’s resolution fund will pump 1.7bn euros into four small banks, allowing them to write down the value of their bad debts and separate them into a bad bank. The fund will inject a further 1.8bn euros to recapitalise four new banks. The government has said the deal comes at no cost for public funds. That’s true in the most literal sense. As the fund doesn’t have the money now, it will borrow from the country’s biggest banks. But banks – and so their customers, Italian taxpayers – will pay annual levies to enable the fund to pay off the loans, along with proceeds as the assets are sold. State bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) will provide a guarantee for 1.65bn euros if one of the

The logo of UniCredit, Italy’s biggest bank by assets, is pictured next to a spire St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna REUTERS loans can’t be repaid in 18 months’ time. That could be needed if the good banks can’t

be sold at book value, or if recoveries on the loans are worse than expected. Most Italian

banks are trading below book value due to weak profitability. The restructuring is a halfway house between the bailouts of old, when governments would rescue banks at taxpayer expense, and the new regime of Europe’s Recovery and Resolution Directive that comes into force next year, where creditors bear losses. By pushing the deal through before year-end, the resolution will only force losses on equity and junior creditors, and avoid bailing in senior bondholders and unsecured corporate depositors. The Italian government could have used the more stringent regime and bailed in more creditors. That would have meant a lower capital need, and hence lower liability for other banks and indirectly CDP. But it would have created other risks: depositors in other weak banks might have taken fright. Above all, the restructuring highlights the nervousness that authorities will feel when, or if, they use the full power of the new resolution regimes. Neil Unmack is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The article was initially published at Reuters. l

CORPORATE NEWS

Singer, Beko offer trip to Barcelona n Tribune Business Desk Singer Bangladesh Limited and European top brand Beko have jointly launched a campaign to award one Bangladeshi couple with an

opportunity to watch a match of FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. Buyers of Beko products worth Tk 30,000 from any Singer outlet by February 13 will be eligible to win the three-day trip through a coupon draw, said a press release. l

Advertising agencies, AdComm Ltd and Bagher Bachcha Digital have recently been appointed by Olive Tree Foods Ltd for marketing its ice cream brand named, Cold Stone Creamery. Managing director of Olive Tree Foods Ltd, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed was present at the signing ceremony along with Jeetu Ahsan and managing director of AdComm Ltd, Nazim Farhan Choudhury Bangladesh Bank has recently recognised City Bank for its contribution in popularising ‘School Banking’ among students in the country. Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Atiur Rahman handed over a crest and certificate to additional managing director of City Bank, Faruq M Ahmed in this regard at the School Banking Conference

Meghna Bank Limited has recently organised a training programme on Integrated Supervision System (ISS) reporting. The bank’s additional managing director, Md Mohashin Miah was present on the occasion

Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited has recently held its 226th board meeting. The meeting was presided over by the bank’s chairperson, AK Azad


Name of A Sabur road yet to be changed despite HC ruling n Our Correspondent, Khulna

The authorities of Khulna City Corporation yet to take any effective measure to change the name of Khan A Sabur Road to its old name Jessore Road despite a ruling of the High Court. On November 3, the High Court ordered the authorities of Khulna City Corporation to give back Jessore Road its old name which is now named after Muslim League leader Khan A Sabur. The High Court bench comprising justices–Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman–gave the order after their attention was grabbed to a newspaper report. The court ordered to take measures to change the name within three days. During a city roundup this corespondent found that name of road on most of shops, business establishments and houses have not been changed. Leaders of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Khulna chapter yesterday met

acting mayor of the KCC Anisur Rahman Biswas to draw his attention over the issue. During the meeting, the leaders told the mayor that was unfortunate that the city corporation could not take any measure to give back the road its old name. Anisur Rahman Biswas said: “We have already informed city dwellers through loudspeaker to change the name of road from their signboard or holding numbers immediately.” He said the city corporation would conduct a drive tomorrow and take actions against city residents who did not change the name of the road. “The city corporation will take action if anyone disobey High Court’s verdict,” the mayor said. The KCC mayor assured the leaders that he would look into the matter and take effective measures to give back the road its old name. The meeting was addressed among others by President of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Dr Baharul Alam, its General Sec-

retary Mahendra Nath Sen, leader of Krisok League Central Commitee Shyamal Singha Roy. Baharul Alam also urged the authorities to change the name of institution which has been named after A Sabur Kahn. Paromol Ghosh, proprietor of Ridoy Electronics located at Dakbanglamor, told the Dhaka Tribune that they were informed about the matter and take steps to change the name. Sadekul Hira, manager of Sundarban Paint and Hardware located at Ferryghatmor, said they had already blured the name of the road with black colour and soon change the name. Earlier, the court also ordered the city authorities to change the name of Khan A Sabur Road as Jessore Road, as it was previously without any delay. The court then asked the Khulna City Corporation mayor to submit a report on actions which it takes on the issue within seven days. Khan A Sabur, a minister during Ayub Khan’s regime, was a collaborator of the Pakistani Army during Liberation War in 1971. l

Bussiness establishment sued for dodging tax

n Tribune Report Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation yesterday sued a business establishment over Tk11 crore tax dodging. Deputy Director of customs Jakir Hossain said the case was filed with Customs Bond Commissioner against Liberty Enterprise. Jakir Hossain said Liberty Enterprise had imported different types of Polyfilm worth about Tk46 crore from abroad, but the entrepreneur did not paid tax after selling those. Earlier, the CIID also filed another case against Sunrise Groups, sister concern of Liberty Enterprise for the same charge. Md Iliash Mia is the chairman of the Chittagong based group of companies located in East Pahartali area, said CIID sources. l

A human chain was formed in Rajshahi city yesterday protesting attack on ethnic minority people at Bhugroil village AZAHAR UDDIN

Student politics banned on SBMC campus n Our Correspondent, Barisal Authorities of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) have banned student politics on the campus following a clash between two factions of the ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). Sources said supporters of Imran Hossain, BCL president and follower of lawmaker and city AL leader Jebunnessa Afroj and Mustafizur Rahman Tuhin, follower of the district unit AL president and lawmaker Abul Hasanat Abdullah, got locked in a clash on the campus yesterday night over establishing supremacy, leaving five including a police official injured. Dr Bhaskar Saha, Principal of the SBMC, said the situation became under control with the help of police around 3am. Later, the college authority held an emergency meeting of academic council at noon and formed a 5-member probe committee

headed by Dr Zahangir Hossain, head of microbiology department, and asked to submit report within next 3-working days. The SBMC academic council also imposed restriction against political activities of all student organisations till further order. Abdur Rouf, Deputy Commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan police, said additional police had been deployed on the campus. Injured Assistant Sub-Inspector Farid was being given treatment at the Police Medical Center. Injured students Nasim, Rajiv, Shuva and Tahsib were admitted to the SBMC, hospital sources said. Five rooms of Habibur Rahman Hostel were ransacked and valuables looted during the clash. Witnesses said the campus became tensed centering observation of the18th central council of Medicine Club, a voluntary organisation. l

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Drugstore owners attack mobile court n Anwar Hussain, Chittagong Drug traders launched an attack on a mobile court yesterday morning leaving two Ansar members injured. The incident took place around 12pm when a mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin conducted a drive at KC Dey Road adjacent to Hazari Lane under Kotwali police station. The mobile court also fined two errant drugstores - Desh Medico and G1 with Tk10,000 and seized two cartons of medicines. During the drive, several hundreds drug traders all on a sudden started hurling brickbats targeting the mobile court. A chase and counter-chase took place between the traders and the Ansar members of the mobile court. On information, a team of the police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control after charging baton. Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin said he did not sustain any injury as the Ansar members protected him from the attackers. Jashim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said they detained 10 people on charge of launching an attack on a mobile court. Meanwhile, wholesale drug traders of Hazari Lane area have closed their shutters and suspended selling medicines from afternoon protesting the arrest of their fellow traders. There are 450 drugstores in Hazarai Lane, a major drug wholesale markets of the port city. Drug traders also threatened to enforce a non-stop strike from tomorrow if detained drug traders are not released by then. Samir Kanti Shikder, president, Chittagong chapter of Bangladesh Chemists and Druggist Association, alleged that mobile court seized some legal and approved medicines during the drive. “The drug traders did not launch any attack on the mobile court. The traders locked into a clash between the police,” said Samir Kanti Shikder. Responding to allegation of drug traders, Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin said that fake medicines are manufactured in many drugstores of Hazari Lane. l


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Five killed in Comilla road accident Nokib Bahini n establishes reign of terror in Sonadia Our Correspondent, Comilla

n Our Correspondent, Cox’s Bazar A gang of pirates has long been desperate in the different coastal areas of Cox’s Bazar and Banshkhali of Chittagong in absence of proper monitoring by the authorities concerned. Consequently, the fishing boats have been victim of robbery in the sea and even the pirates fatally injured some fishermen during the crimes. On the other hand, the local administration is yet to take any meaningful measures to prevent the pirates despite having repeated call from the victims. Sources said ringleader Nokib from Sonadia controls the pirates and there are above 100 members in the gang. They are divided into ten groups and the pirates have been looting fishes and belongings of the boats fish in Banshkhali, Kutubdia, Pekua, Moheshkhali and Chakaria areas in the sea. In Sonadia area, Bahdur Miah’s son Sarwar alias Botoilla, Mosan Ali’s son Anju Miah, Ekhlas Miah’s son Jambu, Sher Ali’s son Faruk are on the leading row of the gang. Locals alleged Nokib’s father Abdul Gafur Nago, UP member of Sonadia island, has been playing a godfather role behind the gang. Sources at Cox’s Bazar Boat Owners Samity said the gang looted about 50 fishing boats following the sprawling period of Ilish this year and they beat up about 100 fishermen mercilessly, leaving them critically injured. Recently, police have arrested some pirates who confessed Nokib’s involvement in the offences as well, but the local administration surprisingly is yet to arrest the bigwigs of the gang. When asked, Cox’s Bazar Boat Owners Samity President Mujibur Rahman acknowledged the desperate movement of the pirates and said congenial environment might return to the sector following the arrest of the identified pirates. Cox’s Bazar Boat Owners Samity Organising Secretary Mostak said: “The pirates have developed a safe den in Sonadia because it is an isolated area and the administration does not conduct any drive there. A Coast Guard camp was unnecessarily established on the Bakkhali estuary. We have repeatedly urged upon the authorities concerned to shift the camp to Sonadia for sea patrolling to prevent the pirates.” Coast Guard Cox’s Bazar Station’s PT Officer Nannu Miah said: “Manpower crisis lingers the camp shifting to Sonadia although we have increased the number of raids in the sea. In line with the move, we are trying best to arrest the pirates of Nokib gang.” Moheshkhali police station Officer-in-Charge Saikul Islam Bhuiyan said: “Nago member’s son Nokib is a daring pirate and he has been desperately committing robbery one after another in the sea. He is accused in several cases and police have failed to arrest him despite many raids in different areas for six months. Police remain active to nab Nakib.” l

Trafficking victims sent to Dhaka with police escort n Anwar Hussain, Chittagong The police could not confirm whether the rescued 20 women were accumulated on trafficking purpose. However, the women were sent to Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka with police escort as they claimed that they have a flight for Saudi Arab yesterday night. Earlier, police yesterday detained a suspected human trafficker and rescued 20 women from a Dhaka-bound Shyamoly Paribahan bus in the city’s City Gate area under Akbarshah police station. The police also detained a suspected human trafficker identified as Kabir Ahmed, 45, of Cox’s Bazar. Kabir told the police that he was an employee of a travel and tours agency named ‘Alif Overseas’. “The rescued women hailing from Cox’s Bazar were going to Dhaka to board on a Saudi Arab bound plane. The detained travel agent claimed that the women were going to Saudi Arabia as house help. l

At least five people including two college girls were killed in a road accident at Fatehpur in the district yesterday. Monowar Hossain Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Laksam police station, said a Noakhali-bound truck hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw 7:30am, leaving

three auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three injured. Later, two others died on the way to hospital. The deceased were auto driver Jashim Udiin, 30, Nasrin Akhter, 24, wife of Jahiruddin, Abul Kalam, 25, of Rajapur vilage of the upazila, Mohsena Akhter, 25, and Rozina Akhter, 20, students of Nawab Faizunnesa Govt College.

Another passenger Raju Ahmed was undergoing treatment at Comilla Medical College Hospital. Police seized both the vehicles, but the drivers managed to flee. In Chittagong, a CNG-run auto rickshaw driver was killed in an accident in city’s Khulshi area, reports our correspondent. l


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‘Want the world to know Kenya is growing by itself’: Ciku Kimeria Kenyan author Ciku Kimeria visited Dhaka during the Dhaka Lit Fest, and appeared in a number of talks. Her novel ‘Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges,’ was published in December 2013, and has been featured in various Kenyan media. We sat down with her for a quick chat on her impression of Bangladesh, its literary scene, and how it’s back home in Kenya

n Syeda Samira Sadeque What’s your impression of Bangladesh? This is my first time here in Bangladesh, and in Asia overall, and I’m really impressed – because all I’d seen before coming here is all you see in the media. But because I’m also from a country and continent that suffers from the danger of the single story, I’m more or less open to other places. What has been your most interesting discovery about Bangladesh? I really find it exciting how empowered the women are. Yes, there are other places in the world where challenges of gender equality still exist, but I’m really proud to meet all these women who openly claim their feminist identity. I really hadn’t expected this. I’d known that it was a conservative society, so I didn’t think there’d be such a force of women which is that strong. Is it the same back home in Nairobi? In other parts of Kenya? In Nairobi, yes. In other parts of Kenya, no. When it comes to gender equality, it’s skewed towards the higher-income group of people. It’s still a struggle. Even in Kenya, I say that there are strong activists – but we’re strong activists because we need to be. There’s so many things that go on, there’s so much violence against women that go unpunished. And the women in the lowerincome group are usually the ones who suffer more. What has been your most interesting discovery about the literary scene in Bangladesh? I found that it’s really vibrant and there’s

huge enthusiasm among the crowds. I was in one session today [Saturday] where the crowd was standing! That doesn’t happen in Kenya. Just looking at the number of people is fascinating – for us it’s still a bit of a challenge to attract such a crowd towards the reading culture. So it seems to me that the literary culture is quite strong here if a literary fest can have such a strong crowd. Well, this festival is geared towards English literature. In Kenya, would the struggle to get a reading crowd be higher for an English festival specifically? It’s a struggle in general. We’re a multilingual country so we have two official languages – Kikuyu and Kiswahili, but because English is the language of instruction in schools, most people who will be reading for pleasure would be reading in English. So, we very rarely find fiction that’s being done in Kiswahili –parents even find books for children in English to make their children learn the language vetter.

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footnote it. There’s some fancy things you can do – in your writing – wherein you don’t need to explicitly explain the meaning of that word, but imply it with the context you’re writing in. But again, there are some other words that you’d need to define, so I still feel like it’s a bit tricky.

Does that have an effect on the literature in Kiswahili? Yes, it’s very small. The number of people who are writing Kiswahili is quite small. There are the coastal areas where writing in Kiswahili would be common because people read it there but other than that it’s a very small market.

You said English is your main language. Is there an urge to use any of the native languages in your writing? For certain things, yes. Even when I say English is the main language I use, when I speak to my friends in Kenya we throw in a lot of words that are not typical English, so I still want my reader to feel that it’s a Kenyan voice. So it’s the idea of these various forms of English because we do throw in some of our languages even while speaking English. So in my book, even when it’s a conversation in English, I need it to seem like a conversation two Kenyans would have. So, the book is in English but I also want to portray the Kenyan element.

In your talk on Friday, where you discussed your novel Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges, you mentioned it can be a struggle to use words from your native language in English writing. Could you tell us a bit about that? I’ve read many other writers also from African countries that aren’t widely read and I’ve seen how they use a word but not

You spoke earlier about the danger of the single story that all developing nations somehow or the other suffer from. What is one Kenyan narrative that you would like to redefine through your work? I want to show that Kenya is a growing nation. Yes, we do have a problem with terrorism, we do have al-Shabab and Somali

militants – but that’s not everyday. Yes we have poverty, but on the other side, we still do have people coming out of poverty. There’s a lot of technological innovation going on in Kenya. There’s Ushahidi [a non-profit software company that created a mobile app to manage group check-ins during emergencies], which was created in Kenya during post-election violence, and was also used in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake. It was developed by Kenyan programmers. Kenya is actually a place where digital platforms are being created which are used by the world. Kenya is the home of mobile money, and is still the most successful mobile money platform in the world. I want people to know that in Kenya, there isn’t just poverty – there is poverty, there are people with jobs, there are people creating jobs. And the story I want people to know is that it’s being done home-grown. A lot of the times, success stories in Kenya, when being told in the West, tend to focus on the “international aid” bit, but I want to show them that Kenyans are doing it by themselves. We don’t need saviors. I don’t want any single story to dominate the narrative of Kenya. What I’d want is a diversity of stories that really shows the diversity of living in a place. I’m sure it’s the same in Bangladesh. l


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A semester apart Gary W Role of BRAC University’s residential semester in the tertiary education in Bangladesh on MakerLab

n Rehan Ahmed Tertiary education plays a vital role in fostering the nation building process. One of the major objectives of university education is to make the students aware about the country, society, and people, preparing them to take responsibilities of the country, inspiring them to bring the underprivileged into the main stream of development. In addition to the academic curriculum, social awareness must also be instilled the students. Academic learning should be supplemented by extra-curricular activities so that they can get hands-on experience and strengthen their classroom learning. The concept of a residential semester may play an important role in tertiary education system in Bangladesh to make the students better human beings and responsive citizens of the country. In this regard, BRAC University had taken the revolutionary initiative to start its residential semester. The university was founded with a greater view to create functional leaders for the society, and promote the development process of the country through its graduates. This aspiration motivated the founder of the university to start their residential semester and in 2003, BRAC University began. Away from the urban congestion, residential semester is hosted at the BRAC University’s residential campus, located in a village in the Ashulia-Biruliya road at Savar. It is about an hour’s drive from Dhaka. BRAC University wants to create patriotic,

of the university, three residential semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall semester) take place in a year. Therefore, every year, around 1,380 students get the chance to do the semester. Besides academic classes, they take part in different experiential learning activities to reinforce the classroom learning, extract inner potentials, enhance leadership skills, and learn how to face the challenges and come out of them. It actually gives the students an opportunity to explore the new

For any academic institution, it is so important to ensure the academic atmosphere for the teachers and students to obtain an environment to create and disseminate knowledge.

ethical and competent future leaders through its residential semester. Students coming from different social backgrounds stay in the residential campus for one semester, and thereby, get the unique opportunity to interact each other in a larger community. They are able to share knowledge and experiences with their fellow mates and teachers in a diversified manner, which ultimately helps them to gain social awareness, and the brew their desire to do something for the society. At present, around 460 students stay in the campus for three months to complete the semester. Following the academic calendar

horizon and become self dependent. In order to achieve the goals, three specialised courses are taught in the residential semester such as “Bangladesh Studies” and “Ethics and Culture.” Teachers take special care to improve students’ listening, reading, writing and speaking and highly encourage to practice English in the residential campus. English language courses of different modules are offered, the major ones consisting of ENG 101, ENG 102 and ENG 204. Apart from the English language courses, French and Chinese language courses are also offered in the residential semester at an

elementary level. To encourage students to extract their inner potentials and learn different skills, the residential semester organises a variety of extracurricular activities. It is mandatory for each student to sign up for at least one activity. They are to present the outcome or product of their activity through arranging exhibition, where parents and invited guests come and observe the creativity of their children. Students take part in different

rich library with reading areas and modern computer labs with internet connection. There are comfortable dormitories for students and faculty members, four large dining halls, an auditorium for presentations and meetings, and grounds for outdoor games. Student life is the golden time for a person to keep the health sound and robust. If a student is not physically fit, it creates huge problem for him/her to concentrate on the

activities, sectioned under titles of Debate, Spelling Bee, Creative Writing, News Letter, Wall Magazine, English Recitation, Yoga and Meditation, Presentation Skills, Chess, Drama, Know the Country and Culture, Sketching and Gardening. A number of seminars and integrated sessions for the students are also organised on contemporary issues. These seminars help the students to acquire crosscutting knowledge so that they can adjust themselves in the speedily changing world, remain updated to be competent globally, boost up the confidence and be aware to keep them away from negative peer pressure. Seminars on drug abuse, public health, career coaching, grooming and etiquette, political development of Bangladesh, economical achievements of the country and dramas on ethical issues take place on a regular basis. For any academic institution, it is so important to ensure the academic atmosphere for the teachers and students to obtain an environment to create and disseminate knowledge. This academic environment should encourage teachers and students to have interactive and participatory session, for which adequate facilities are also a vital requirement. The residential campus include well-equipped classrooms, spacious conference rooms, a

study. Thus, Savar campus also offers twenty four hours’ medical services. From the very beginning, BRAC University has been giving high emphasis on quality education, which enlighten the students and make them prepared take the challenges as the future leaders of the country. Therefore, it has set three core principles – innovation, collaboration and social impact. This institution believes that the university students should have the thirst to discover new things. The residential semester plays a vital role to make the students understand the importance of collaboration, making them more globally competent. Finally, it gives them the chance to think about the country and demonstrate their responsibilities to bring positive changes for the society. This semester has been contributing a lot in the tertiary education system in the country and will continue the journey to become a powerhouse for innovation and creativity in the society. l Rehan Ahmed Campus Superintendent BRAC University, residential semester Savar Campus


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Rapid fire with Munni Saha A quick chat with Bangladesh’s fiery female journalist

n N Anita Amreen As Dhaka Lit Fest 2015 came to a triumphant close, a host of dignitaries graced the stages of Bangla Academy for talks, discussions and lively debates. “Wow Bites” was one such discussion where three leading ladies – journalist Munni Saha, businesswoman Rubana Huq and the first woman to climb Mount Everest Nishat Majumdar shared their stories through a gender lens. The panel was moderated by journalist Jude Kelly, creator of the Women of the World (WOW) festival. As one of Bangladesh’s leading TV journalists, Munni Saha rose to fame as a female journalist that made her name in what is considered to be a man’s world. With her fearless skills and knack for asking hard hitting questions, Saha nows stands tall and proud as the Head of News of ATN News. The Dhaka Tribune had a chance to have a quick chat with her to find out what books line her reading shelf, what her favourite Bangla phrase is and how she would like to switch a man’s brain with a woman’s, to help them gain perspective into a woman’s world. What book are you reading? I’m currently reading and really enjoyin More Malicious Gossip by Khushwant Singh. What is your all time favourite book? Currently, I can’t name just one. I’m a voracious and different kind of reader – sometimes I find myself lost in poetry and sometimes in fiction. I also have a habit of always reading three books at a time. Khushwant Singh, Rabindranath Tagore’s

Bishasher Jogot and Mallika Sengupta’s Sitayana. What was the one movie that you watched but can’t get over? Margarita, with a straw was such a hauntingly beautiful movie, I was so moved by it that ever since I haven’t been able to watch another movie. It’s an Indian movie, but ever since I saw it, I haven’t been able to get over it. It’s such a great movie I’d even suggest you to watch it too. Favourite word in the Bangla Language? Tough question. I’d have to say, “Ami jani na” - it’s such an interesting phase with so many connotations. Quite a philosophical phrase, to tell you the truth. In one sense, it simply means “I don’t know” and can be used as a phrase that humbly admits to my ignorance. In another sense, “Ami jani na” can also, to some extent, talk about how we don’t really know ourselves fully. It’s one phrase I really love. If you could have skills like Wonder Woman what would you? Usually, I don’t feel like I’d ever want any superpowers, or would like to have skills like Wonder Woman. I feel quite content being the simple human being – the journalist Munni Saha. However, if I was ever Wonder Woman, I would have chosen to replace a man’s brain with a woman’s so that he can get a perspective into female lives and see what we go through. If you wrote a book on your life, what would the last line be? “My work is my message.” l

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Hult Prize round one n Feature Desk The Hult Prize is an international student competition that encourages young people to take responsibilities for their societies and their world. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the Hult International Business School, organises the competition annually. This year, BRAC University is an official campus partner of the Hult Prize Foundation for Hult Prize 2016. The first round took place at the university campus on Sunday, October 22. 35 teams competed among which five were declared the winners in the round. The judge’s panel consists of associate professors, assistant professors, senior lecturers and lecturers from

BRAC Business School, Department of Economics and Social Sciences and BRAC Institute of Languages. The director of Office of Co-curricular at the university was also present as one of the judges. The panel also invited a visiting judge from “Save the Children.” All the teams took part in two workshops on social business and business model development. The winners will attend two more workshops on the visions and missions of the model and on finance. The winners of first round will also take part in the second round to be held later this month or earlier next month. One team will be selected from second round that will represent Bangladesh in the regional competition in Shanghai. In 2014, BRAC started a course named “Presentation 101” where eight teams were

formed with members who completed the course. In 2015 the participating team was “Sneha,” from which one member was invited to Harvard. The five winning teams in round one this year are Team Albatross with members Navid Abdullah Gorfan, Mahmudul Kader Siddique, A K M Azimul Haque and Joy Chowdhury; Team Uttolon with Upoma Rashid, Tahmid Masud Zaman, Amir Obaidul Huq Chowdhury and Shafaat Mridha; Mirza Tanzim, Tasneem Omar Ava, Arafat Ahmed Rifat and Mohammad Saad from Team SYNERGY; Enzemam Ali Moeen, Moinul Hussain Deepto, Saadman Ahmed and Namiha Khaleque from Team Quadrology; and Team Joyoshree with Afsary Adiba Priyanka,, Sophia Shawon Gomes and Tasnia Jebin. l


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Hatil’s ‘Puzzle Solved For Ever’ offer Consumers will now be able to decorate homes with furniture of their choice. We believe that Puzzle Solved will be an exclusive solution for people who were not able to decorate their homes satisfactorily, despite spending a lot of money.” In this package, people can choose from a range of new designs created keeping a unique artistic approach in mind. After undertaking a research on purchasing behaviour of consumers, it was seen that they usually buy furniture of different designs from different companies which is often time consuming, and expensive. As a result, their dream to decorate homes to their

Afsana and Ruhin are bankers that have to spend a lot of their waking hours working, finding time for little else. Once they are done with work, they want to return home and find themselves in peaceful surroundings, to let loose and relax. They like to design their homes with furniture that is elegant, comfortable and modern. This is a common scenario at almost all middle-class households. Finding the perfect set of furniture for households is widespread problem. Hatil Complex Limited, a leading furniture company has launched a drive to unearth

choice is not fulfilled. This Hatil package is one where consumers can decorate their homes within a Tk78,000 to Tk150,322 budget. There are 11 packages in total along with eight alternate packages. For this, consumers can select any solution of their choice based on their demand.  Each package has an innovative name. Product combinations include: one bed, one two/three door wardrobe, one dressing table and a bed side table (optional). Besides, there is an option of six-month long Equal Monthly Installment (EMI) at zero percent interest rate to ensure eay payment. l

the main problems that plague furniture purchasing decisions. They have also identified a solution via a campaign titled ‘Puzzle Solved.’ Afsana said, “No one can provide furniture that meets every requirement we have. It becomes tough to match designs with the right kind of colour, material and even sizes. As a result we are often compelled to buy furniture even when we are not fully satisfied.” Firoz Al Mamun, head of marketing, Hatil said, “Hatil has come up with a unique solution called Puzzle Solved Forever.

British Council Launches IELTS Scholarships 2015 for Overseas Studies The British Council has launched “British Council IELTS Scholarships 2015” to support more students to access an international education experience. This year, five applicants who are planning to study in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme in any institution that recognises IELTS will be nominated to receive a scholarship each worth Tk300,000. Scholarship payments will be made to the respective higher educational institution in order to support the awarded students towards their tuition fees. Bangladeshi students applying to higher education institutions in Australia, the USA, the UK and all other countries can apply for the scholarship. Candidates who have

taken the IELTS test in between August 1 2015 to February 13 2016 and secured overall IELTS band score of 6.0 are eligible for the scholarship. Candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed based on their writing task that will be submitted with the application. The public announcement of five winners will take place on March 17, 2016. To download the application form with detailed information on the eligibility criteria, please follow www. britishcouncil.org.bd. The last date of application for the scholarship is February 29, 2016. For more information, interested candidates can send an e-mail to bdenquiries@ britishcouncil.org or call at +88 09666 773377. l


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Al Amin hat-trick seals low-scoring thrillier Pacer Al Amin Hossain’s five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, allowed Barisal Bulls defend 108 runs and win the low scoring thriller against Sylhet Super Stars by just one run. With Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah available for selection, Sylhet fielded a strong team compared to Barisal but had no answer to the heroics of Al Amin. PAGE 26

Lopez sacked, Maruful named as new coach Fabio Lopez’s tenure as the Bangladesh football head coach lasted just two and a half months after the country’s football federation sacked the Italian and named Maruful Haque as his replacement. BFF vice president and national team management committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed confirmed the news. PAGE 27

Comilla Victorians skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza throws his bat away in excitement as he celebrates after hitting the winning boundary against Chittagong Vikings during their 2015 Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 match at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday MAINOOR ISLAM MANIK

Mashrafe bats Comilla to victory Vikings suffer second defeat in three games n Mazhar Uddin

United, Juve, PSG target Champions League last 16 For all the criticism aimed their way this season, Louis van Gaal’s United are just one point off the top of the Premier League and a win against PSV will secure their berth in the last 16 with one game to spare in Group B. Louis van Gaal’s side won 2-1 at Watford at the weekend. PAGE 28

India eye series win as Steyn ruled out again India will start as favourites to wrap up the series after South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn was sidelined again for the third Test which starts in Nagpur on Wednesday. India lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Mohali inside three days before rain washed out the last four days. PAGE 29

Unbeaten half centuries from Marlon Samuels and Mashrafe bin Mortaza guided Comilla Victorians to their maiden win in the Bangladesh Premier League after they beat Chittagong Vikings by seven wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The Samuels-Mashrafe pair added a match winning 123 runs in the fourth wicket to chase down the target with seven balls to spare after Chittagong had posted 176/4 riding on a blistering 16-ball 39 from Ziaur Rahman. The start, however, was a depressing for Comilla who lost both the openers inside 10 runs before Shuvagata Hom entertained the crowd with a quick 30 off 16 balls. Mashrafe surprised the opposition by promoting himself to No 5, but the way he batted gave no impression of any gamble. His calculative innings wore the look of composure which was well complimented by the dangerous West Indian partner he had in the middle. The pair picked up that odd boundary in the over, took the calculative risk and accelerated their innings to perfection as Comilla finsihed the game with Mashrafe on 56 and Samuels on 69. “I did score a fifty in club cricket before but I never thought of finishing the game as I often get out before that. But it’s because of Samuels I controlled myself as our plan was if we need quick runs he was going to charge from the other end and Samuels made things easy after he charged Shafiul

in the 18th over. I had the trust on him so I was willing to give Samuels the strike more often,” said Mashrafe. Mashrafe sliced Mohammad Amir for a four through third-man to land the win and followed it up by a crazy celebration. “You must have noticed my celebration after winning the game and it felt great honestly. I don’t get excited if I win a game for my side with the bat as my main job is bowling. But it was a different scenario.”

BPL POINTS TABLE Teams

Mat

Won

Lost

Pts

BB

2

2

0

4

DD

1

1

0

2

CV

2

1

1

2

CHV

3

1

2

2

RR

2

1

1

2

SSS

2

0

2

0

Earlier, Tamim Iqbal and Tillakaratne Dilshan provided yet another a solid start after Viking were put in to bat first. Both departed in their thirties but ensured 62 runs at the top. Zia smashed three massive sixes and two fours to end the Vikings on a high note. The second defeat in three matches, things look tight for the Chittagong outfit who will face favourites Dhaka Dynamites tomorrow. Comilla will look to build on the momentum when they take on Barisal Bulls today. l

CV v COV CHITTAGONG VIKINGS INNINGS Tamim Iqbal* c M Hasan b Ashar Zaidi Dilshan c Imrul Kayes b Ashar Zaidi Anamul Haque† not out CK Kapugedera b Mashrafe Mortaza Yasir Ali st †Liton Das b Narine Ziaur Rahman not out Extras (lb 2, w 3)

R 33 36 39 2 22 39 5

Total (4 wickets; 20 overs)

176

B 31 21 30 4 18 16

Fall of wickets 1-63 (Dilshan, 7.1 ov), 2-79 (Tamim, 9.4 ov), 3-84 (Kapugedera, 10.5 ov), 4-123 (Yasir Ali, 15.4 ov)

Bowling Mahmudul Hasan 2-0-23-0, K Santokie3-0-190, Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-30-1, SP Narine 4-029-1, Ashar Zaidi 4-0-29-2, Abu Hider 4-0-44-0

COMILLA VICTORIANS INNINGS Liton Das† c Ziaur b Amir Imrul Kayes c Tamim b Amir MN Samuels not out Shuvagata Hom c Dilshan b Shafiul Mashrafe Mortaza* not out Extras (lb 2, w 11)

R 9 0 69 30 56 13

Total (3 wickets; 18.5 overs)

177

B 12 1 52 16 32

Fall of wickets 1-5 (Imrul Kayes, 0.4 ov), 2-10 (Liton Das, 2.6 ov), 3-54 (Shuvagata Hom, 7.2 ov)

Bowling Mohammad Amir 3.5-0-27-2, Taskin Ahmed 4-1-34-0, Shafiul Islam 4-0-43-1, Saeed Ajmal 3-0-35-0, Asif Ahmed 2-0-18-0, Ziaur Rahman 2-0-18-0 Comilla Victorians won by 7 wickets Player of the match - Mashrafe Mortaza (Comilla Victorians)


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Al Amin hat-trick seals low-scoring thrillier for Bulls

BB V SSS BARISAL BULLS INNINGS R Shahriar Nafees c Bopara b Edwards 12 Rony Talukdar c †Mushfiqur b S Roy 20 BRM Taylor† c & b Nazmul Islam 9 Mahmudullah* run out (Subashis Roy) 7 Sabbir Rahman c Shah b Nazmul 15 Nadif run out (†Mushfiqur) 24 S Prasanna c Nazmul b Nazmul Islam 0 KK Cooper c †Mushfiqur b Bopara 2 Taijul Islam not out 10 Mohammad Sami run out (Mominul Haque/†Mushfiqur Rahim) 0 Al-Amin Hossain b Mohammad Shahid 3 Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 2) 6

n Minhaz Uddin Khan

Pacer Al Amin Hossain’s five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, allowed Barisal Bulls defend 108 runs and win the low scoring thriller against Sylhet Super Stars by just one run yesterday. With Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah available for selection, Sylhet fielded a strong team compared to Barisal but had no answer to the heroics of Al Amin who finished with figures of 5-36. In pursuit of the paltry total Sylhet faltered from the beginning as Al Amin completed his hat-trick inside four overs to reduce the opposition to 18 for four. After having Mominul Haque and Ravi Bopara caught behind, Al Amin dismantled Nurul Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to announce a strong resistance. As overs went by, Taijul Islam and Kevon Cooper made sure the required run-rate stayed up while Mohammad Sami, who has the first BPL hat-trick beside his name for Duronto Rajshahi in 2012, played the biggest supporting role by giving away nine runs off his speedy four overs. A 28-run stand between Nazmul Hasan and Nazmul Islam revived hopes for Sylhet and despite two dropped catches, Taijul held on to a blinder at covers as Barisal hung on to pull off a brilliant result that took them top of the table. “We were 20 runs short,” said Mahmudullah, “I felt the wicket was sticky. I think we should have batted more sensibly. The bowlers did great. I knew we needed wickets to defend it, but the hat-trick from Al-Amin and Taijul bowled really well. His catch was the turning point. His last over, to defend 10 runs, he bowled really well” Earlier, Barisal crossed the 100-run mark courtesy of Nadif Chowdhury (24) and Taijul’s unbeaten 10. They were 80-7 at one stage with left-arm spinner Nazmul bagging 3-18. l

Total (all out; 19.3 overs; 98 mins)

B 11 15 9 13 14 28 3 3 17 0 6

108

Fall of wickets 1-34, 2-34, 3-48, 4-53, 5-75, 6-75, 7-80, 8-101, 9-101, 10-108

Bowling Mohammad Shahid 3.3-0-15-1, FH Edwards 4-0-35-1, Subashis Roy 3-0-19-1, Nazmul Islam 4-0-18-3, RS Bopara 4-0-14-1, EMDY Munaweera 1-0-6-0

SYLHET SUPER STARS INNINGS R EMDY Munaweera c Prasanna b Taijul 36 Mominul Haque c †Taylor b Al-Amin 2 RS Bopara c †Taylor b Al-Amin Hossain 4 Nurul Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 0 Mushfiqur Rahim*† b Al-Amin Hossain 0 OA Shah lbw b Taijul Islam 11 Nazmul c Taijul b Al-Amin Hossain 15 Nazmul Islam b Mohammad Sami 16 Mohammad Shahid c Nadif b Taijul 2 FH Edwards not out 11 Subashis Roy not out 1 Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 4) 9

(Top) Sabbir Rahman runs in to join pacer Al Amin Hossain celebrate his hat-trick during Barisal Bulls’ Bangladesh Premier League encounter against Sylhet Super Stars at the SBNS yesterday. (Right) Mushfiqur Rahim’s stumps are shattered and left broken as Al Amin, who took 5/36, cleans up the Sylhet skipper to complete his hat-trick in the last-ball thrillier

Total (9 wickets; 20 overs)

B 31 6 3 1 1 29 21 14 6 6 2

107

Fall of wickets 1-9, 2-18, 3-18, 4-18, 5-61, 6-62, 7-90, 8-95, 9-101

Bowling Mohammad Sami 4-1-9-1, Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-36-5, S Prasanna 4-0-20-0, KK Cooper 4-014-0, Taijul Islam 4-0-23-3

MAINOOR ISLAM MANIK

Barisal Bulls won by 1 run Player of the match - Al-Amin Hossain (Barisal Bulls)

BFF confirms Bangladesh Super League The first ever franchise-based football league planned from next season

n Shishir Hoque The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday confirmed late 2016-17 as the possible time frame for holding the inaugural franchise-based professional football league. Named Bangladesh Super League, the identical version of the Indian Super League, will be organised in collaboration with the Celebrity Management Group (CMG), Soccer League UK and Saif Powertec. “It had been our long desire to do something new for football and (yesterday) we have reached to a decision. We will arrange Bangladesh Super League in the 2016-17 football season with the association of three companies. We will inform further details by next 30 days,” said BFF president Kazi Salahuddin following a meeting with the three parties. “We needed time for the final announcement. So this is now finalised, we are happy. It feels really good. I hope we will make it a successful event.”

CMG executive director Bhaswar Goswami, UK Soccer League’s Mohammad Kabir and Tarafdar Ruhul Amin, owner of Saif Powertec, were present when the five-year deal was signed at the BFF chief’s residence in

Gulshan yesterday. Similar to the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, the BSL will also be contested by six to seven district and divisional teams. The Bangladesh Super League will be

included in the BFF’s domestic calender and is likely to be held between November to January. As planned, the next football season will begin with this money-spilling tournament.l

When

Business end

Maradona as ambassador?

BFF eyes to begin their 2016-17 season with the money-spinning league. Since the Bangladesh Premier Football League is expected to lower the curtains of the ongoing season in August next year, the BSL is likely to be held between November-December 2016.

Bhaswar highlighted that the structure of the league will have a sole target of ensuring profits to the franchises against their expense. “The total budget for the clubs, footballers and organisers will be around Tk1000m (100 crores). The financing will come through private companies and marketing.” added Salahuddin.

CMG earlier promised BFF to sign Argentine legend Diego Maradona as the ambassador of BSL. “Maradona is still on board. We have his written permission that he will become the face of Bangladesh Super League. When everything is ready to roll, Maradona will come,” confirmed the CMG spokesperson.

Where This could be the time Sylhet and Rajshahi are rediscovered for their passion in football. Both cities attracted huge crowd in their recent hosting of the international friendlies and BSL could be the right time when the two cities are added in the list of professional tournament venues alongside Dhaka and Chittagong.

International Club as Partner Bhaswar informed of already holding talks with five famous clubs for their partnership with the participating teams. “Mainly from Europe and Latin America – Olympique Lyon from France Ligue 1, Boca Juniors from Argentina, Flamengo from Brazil, Club Nacional de Football from Uruguay. We have been talking to these clubs for last one year.”

No more Super Cup? Newly formed tournaments like Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup and BSL will be printed in the next calender and that will leave no room for the Super Cup. With the Bangabandhu Cup and all these leagues forming, even BFF president opined of erasing the Super Cup from the chart.


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Lopez sacked

QUICK BYTES Arsenal lose Coquelin for two months

Maruful named as new coach for booters

Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news that midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out for at least two months with a knee injury. Manager Arsene Wenger announced that the 24-year-old Frenchman suffered knee ligament damage in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at West Bromwich Albion. –AFP

n Shishir Hoque Fabio Lopez’s tenure as the Bangladesh football head coach lasted just two and a half months after the country’s football federation sacked the Italian and named Maruful Haque as his replacement yesterday. Although Lopez, who took charge from Lodewijk de Kruif on September 10, had set his sight for the Saff Championship in December, the Bangladesh Football Federation cut his contract early on the back of horrible results both home and away. BFF vice president and national team management committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed confirmed the appointment of Maruful. The Italian was criticised in the media for overhauling the Bangladesh formation and style which they had developed in the past two years. He shuffled the formation, shifted players from their original position and handed new roles that backfired for the 43-year-old coach. He began with a 2-0 away defeat to Kyrgyzstan in the World Cup qualifier and followed it up with the 5-0 away defeat in Tajikistan and 4-0 home loss to the Socceroos. However, it is the recent results in China that essentially made the BFF take such a quick decision. The Bengal Tigers suffered two defeats to Myanmar club Hantharwady United and Chinese lower-division outfits Lijiang in the ongoing Yunnan Asean International Tournament. Although the side managed to win in their last game against Chinese club Hebei yesterday, it was not enough to save his job. Meanwhile, this will be the first time Maruful will be seen in such a role for the national team. The Sheikh Russel KC coach Maruful, who is also the first South Asian to achieve UEFA A license in coaching, now has the responsibility to motivate the depleted souls and lead them to the Saff Suzuki Cup in Kerala in late December. The decision came from a national team management committee meeting on Tuesday where the recent poor performances of the team under Lopez was brought under scanner. after the meeting where BFF President Kazi Salahuddin and vice president Tabith Awal were also present. It is the first time as head coach of Bangladesh for Maruful Haque, who recently became first South Asian to achieve UEFA A license. The Sheikh Russel KC coach will now guide a disorganised and morally-down Bangladesh side in the Saff Suzuki Cup 2015 beginning in Kerala, India in late December. l

Bayern will find ‘great coach’ if Pep goes: Lahm Bayern Munich will be able to find a “great coach” to replace Pep Guardiola, should the Spaniard not renew his contract which expires next June, says captain Philipp Lahm. “If Guardiola leaves one day, for sure another excellent coach will come along, but first we have to see what happens,” Lahm told German magazine Kicker. –AFP

FIFA court opens case against Blatter, Platini The judgement arm of FIFA’s ethics committee on Monday opened a case against the body’s suspended president Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, with a verdict in the corruption allegations surrounding both men due next month. The panel of judges, known as the adjudicatory chamber, received the final report from the ethics committee’s investigative branch on Saturday, which called for sanctions to be levelled against both men. –AFP

Federer to play on into 2017 after agreement Roger Federer will not be retiring at the end of next year after the Swiss signed up to play at the Stuttgart grass court tournament for the next two years. Organisers announced their coup on Monday, claiming Federer had agreed to play in the tournament, which switched from clay to grass for the first time back in June, beyond next year. –AFP

Real president Perez backs coach Benitez Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has backed coach Rafa Benitez despite Saturday’s humiliating 4-0 drubbing at home to arch rivals Barcelona in the La Liga ‘Clasico’. “We analysed the sporting situation and I want to inform you that our coach Rafa Benitez has our full support and our full confidence,” Perez told a news conference after a board meeting at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. –REUTERS

Struggling Chelsea announce £23m loss Chelsea made a loss of £23.1 million ($34.9m, 32.9m euros) last season, the Premier League champions announced on Monday. The west London club revealed their annual financial results until June 30, 2015 and reported the deficit kept them within Financial Fair Play limits. –AFP

The BPL drama series... n Tribune Report Stampede at SBNS gate

The first noticeable irregularity in the 3rd Bangladesh Premier League actually occurred earlier than it was anticipated. With the opening match between Chittagong Vikings-Rangpur Riders going inside the stadium, a large group of Dhaka Dynamites supporters, led by the chairman of the Dhaka franchise Shayan F Rahman, came through the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium’s main entrance chanting “Dhaka, Dhaka”, without tickets or accreditation cards. Some cars followed the “rally” inside and then entered the Dhaka team bus ahead of their game against Comilla Victorians. TV cameras rushed to the scene as it unfolded and captured the stampede that resulted from the gathering. Witnesses said that there could have been many casualties had some of the security guards not opened up both parts of the gate. After the crowd was dispersed, hundreds of shoes and sandals were seen lying on either side of the gate. The routine security presence at the gate, which is in place to check tickets and accreditation cards, couldn’t intervene

much as the rush was unprecedented. “The BCB president has condemned the incident,” Nizamuddin said, more than 24 hours after the incident. “We have to remember that the match is in Dhaka and they were Dhaka supporters. It was an expression of their excitement. But the board has warned them so that they don’t do it again.”

Sylhet’s cheap stunt

Matchday 2 unfolded a cheap drama staged by Sylhet Super Stars. The franchise officials failed to provide the BPL authorities the No Objection Certificates (NOC) of English pair Ravi Bopara and Josh Cobb before their game against the Vikings on Monday afternoon, but the length they went to curve the rules is beyond imagination. Firstly, Mushfiqur Rahim, the SSS captain, walked out for the toss 26 minutes after the scheduled time and later he led a playing XI to field that was different from the one presented during the toss. What happened later only sparked a huge negative point to the tournament that already has enough stain on it. Sources confirmed that the SSS officials tried to delay the game, buying more time for

the NOCs to come, so that their foreign players can play. Question rises, why and how did the players got their BCB accreditation without the NOC in the first place? How could Mushfiq, Bangladesh’s Test skipper, allow or comply such unethical activity? Meanwhile, the dispute probably went a bit far with Tamim getting involved in a verbal battle with Sylhet owner Azizul Islam. In the process, Azizul used abusive words against the Tigers opening batsman which the cricketer later brought in notice of the authorities. “The disciplinary committee has already started working on the matter. It was unfortunate to see the members of the two franchises get into dispute. The committee will try get as deep possible into the incident and find out of what exactly happened,” said the BCB CEO yesterday. Cricketers Welfare Association in Bangladesh (CWAB) demanded an accurate investigation and blamed the BPL authorities and Sylhet management for displaying lack of professionalism. At the same time the organisation termed Sylhet owner Azizul’s behaniour as unfortunate and unacceptable. l


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United, Juve, PSG target Champions League last 16 Man United (ENG) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)

For all the criticism aimed their way this season, Louis van Gaal’s United are just one point off the top of the Premier League and a win against PSV will secure their berth in the last 16 with one game to spare in Group B. Louis van Gaal’s side won 2-1 at Watford at the weekend despite being without Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney due to injury and illness respectively. United lost 2-1 in Eindhoven in September when Luke Shaw suffered a horrific leg break and PSV remain right in contention.

Juventus (ITA) v Manchester City (ENG)

With Manchester City already through, Juventus can join them in advancing from Group D with a win in Turin. A draw will also suffice as long as Sevilla do not win their game in Germany, and the current form guide suggests Juve are the favourites. After a slow start to the campaign, the reigning Serie A champions and last season’s Champions League runners-up made it three straight league wins at the weekend by beating AC Milan 1-0. City, in contrast, travel on the back of a chastening 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool in which their defending was shambolic.

Malmo (SWE) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Man United’s Wayne Rooney and manager Louis van Gaal talks during training on the eve of their Champions League match against PSV REUTERS

Gerrard to be on Liverpool shirt in legends match n AFP, London Former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard will pull on the famous Reds shirt once again after agreeing to play for the club’s ‘Legends’ side in Australia next year. Gerrard is currently on a post-season break from his Los Angeles Galaxy commitments after joining the MLS club from Liverpool earlier this year. The ex-Liverpool captain has spoken with Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp about training at Melwood while he is back on Merseyside. But the 35-year-old midfielder will also be in a Liverpool shirt at the Sydney ANZ on January 7 alongside former teammates including Jamie Carragher, Dietmar Hamann and John Arne Riise as part of a legends team managed by former Reds boss Gerard Houllier. “It will be great to play with the official Liverpool FC Legends,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s official website. “The squad looks like it’s a great set of lads. It’ll be good to get on the pitch with them. “Our fans are the best and to play in front of them again will be emotional, I’m sure.” l

This game is all about the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to face his hometown club and the team where he started his glittering career before leaving for Ajax in 2001. The interest in this fixture is huge in Sweden -- after

the draw was made there was talk of moving it to Stockholm to allow more fans to attend and tickets have reportedly been going on the black market for as much as 20,000 kronor ($2,289, 2,146 euros).

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Real Madrid (ESP)

The pressure on Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez is intense in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 trouncing at the hands of Barcelona in the Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu. That came after a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla and has left Madrid six points adrift of leaders Barca in La Liga. Shakhtar are top of the Ukrainian league but realistically need a win to maintain any hope of reaching the knockout stages themselves. Sergio Ramos and Marcelo have been ruled out for the visitors.

CSKA Moscow (RUS) v Wolfsburg (GER)

In one of the closest groups to call, CSKA are bottom but could move into second place if they beat Wolfsburg at the Arena Khimki and other results go their way. However, they could also be eliminated in case of a defeat. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are third but just one point behind leaders Manchester United. CSKA are looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat in Germany in September and also lost at the weekend -- a 2-0 home reverse against Krylya Sovetov Samara was their third defeat on the bounce but they remain top of the Russian Premier League. Wolfsburg, in contrast, travel east after crushing Werder Bremen 6-0 in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

Astana (KAZ) v Benfica (POR)

Benfica have saved their best form for Europe this season and a fourth win in five Group C outings when they make the long trip to Kazakhstan will take the Portuguese giants through to the last 16. A draw will also be enough if Galatasaray fail to win at home to Atletico Madrid later on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Galatasaray (TUR)

Beaten 2014 finalists Atletico need only draw against Galatasaray at the Vicente Calderon to secure their place in the last 16, although they may have to win to retain a chance of finishing top of the section. Diego Simeone’s side, who welcome back Juanfran for this match, are eight games unbeaten in all competitions.

Moenchengladbach (GER) v Sevilla (ESP)

Sevilla’s only points so far came in a 3-0 win at home to Gladbach in September and they must win again in Germany, and hope Juventus fail to beat Manchester City, to maintain any hope of reaching the last 16. Gladbach, meanwhile, cannot reach the last 16 but can still pip Sevilla to the consolation of a berth after Christmas in the Europa League. Gladbach are fifth in the Bundesliga after beating Hanover 96 2-1 at the weekend thanks to a late Raffael winner. Sevilla have been dogged by inconsistency all season long, and lost Italian defender Marco Andreolli to a ruptured achilles tendon in a 2-0 weekend defeat to Real Sociedad. l


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India eye series win as Steyn ruled out again n AFP, Nagpur

South African pacer Dale Steyn bowls during a practice session in Nagpur on Monday ahead of the 3rd Test against India AP

DAY’S WATCH Channel 9 Bangladesh Premier League 2015 2:00PM Rangpur Riders v Dhaka Dynamites 6:45PM Comilla Victorians v Barisal Bulls

Star Sports 1 9:50 AM South Africa Tour of India 3rd Test Day 1

Star Sports 2 7:20 PM Indian Super League FC Goa v NorthEast United FC

Ten Sports 1:00 AM UEFA Champions League Juventus v Manchester City FC

Ten HD 11:00 PM UEFA Champions League CSKA Moskva v Wolfsburg 1:00 AM UEFA Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk v Real Madrid

India will start as favourites to wrap up the series after South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn was sidelined again for the third Test which starts in Nagpur on Wednesday. India lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Mohali inside three days before rain washed out the last four days of the drawn second match in Bangalore. With another dry, spin-friendly pitch laid at the VCA stadium on the outskirts of Nagpur, the top-ranked Proteas are in real danger of losing their nine-year unbeaten series record on foreign soil. South African captain Hashim Amla confirmed that Steyn will not take field, saying his premier fast bowler had not recovered from the groin strain he suffered in Mohali.

When South Africa played a Test in Nagpur in 2010, Steyn picked up a 10-wicket haul, including a career-best 7-57 in the first innings, to fashion his team’s emphatic win by an innings and six runs. Indian captain Virat Kohli, however, insisted Steyn’s absence will not make a difference to his team’s prospects. Amla’s own poor form with the bat will worry the tourists after he made 43 and 0 in the first Test and seven in the rain-ruined second game in Bangalore. South Africa have been let down so far by their inability to cope with India’s spin twins, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have equally shared 24 of the 30 wickets to fall in three innings so far. Kohli said he was relieved at not having to face his own spinners who have wreaked havoc with the South African batting. l

Talking points from EPL GW13 Klopp’s intensity a vital spur for Liverpool

A good sign of Liverpool’s potential longterm trajectory under Jürgen Klopp was the way he continued to go nuts even when his side were coasting during their 4-1 trouncing of Manchester City. The manager had a seemingly running argument with Roberto Firmino despite the Brazilian being excellent during the win. As with the rest of his teammates who felt the lash of the Klopp tongue, this was generally when the forward did not press quickly enough. As James Milner, the Liverpool captain, said: “He’ll tell you if you’re not doing the right things and that helps. He’s in the game and you know he’s there with you. He wants you to do well. He knows you’re going to make mistakes and you’ll get a rocket but he’ll come up to you after and say: ‘Well done.’ Every manager is different. He’s different from the old manager but the longer we’re together, the better we’ll get.” Yes, and the rosier Liverpool’s prospects will become of challenging again seriously. Klopp, it would seem, is indeed the real deal.

Typical, typical Arsenal

It was put to Arsène Wenger after Saturday’s defeat at The Hawthorns that this stumble was typical of his team. “Yes, I don’t deny that,” conceded the Frenchman before elaborating without really explaining. “That is where we have to mature. I feel we took it a bit too easy at 1-0 despite the experience we have in the squad. Arsenal’s defence was not helped by the early loss of Francis Coquelin, whose absence could undermine the club’s campaign if his injury turns out to be serious.

Walker shows his best and worst qualities

While Tottenham’s Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane seem to be at the vanguard of England’s new generation, their club teammate Kyle Walker’s place remains uncertain. On Sunday against West Ham, Walker showed his best and his worst, all within the space of three minutes. He had come forward well throughout, proving a useful and regularly used option on the right flank and delivering a couple of decent crosses.

What is Aston Villa’s best XI?

Picking Everton’s team is comparatively easy. Choosing Villa’s is not. Perhaps only the captain, Micah Richards, and the goalkeeper Brad Guzan are automatic selections. The club were stripped of the spine of their side in the summer, when Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar left, and seemed to opt for a policy of quantity rather than quality.

De Gea world’s best goalkeeper?

Watford’s manager, Quique Flores, called De Gea “probably the best goalkeeper in the world” – a title long held by Bayern’s Manuel Neuer. Flores is biased – he gave De Gea his debut at Atlético six years ago and the two remain close, with the keeper giving Flores an antique gold pocket watch when he left Atlético. l

EPL POINTS TABLE Team

P

Leicester City

W

D

L Pts

13

8

4

1

Manchester United 13

8

3

2

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Manchester City

13

8

2

3

26

Arsenal

13

8

2

3

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Tottenham

13

6

6

1

24

West Ham United

13

6

3

4

21

Everton

13

5

5

3

20

Ten Action

Southampton

13

5

5

3

20

Liverpool

13

5

5

3

20

Crystal Palace

13

6

1

6

19

Stoke City

13

5

4

4

19

West Brom

13

5

2

6

17

Watford

13

4

4

5

16

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Swansea City

13

3

5

5

14

10:00 PM RAM Slam T20 Challenge Bizhub Highveld Lions v Vkb Knights

Chelsea

13

4

2

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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Water filled trench around castle (4) 4 Trivial falsehood (4) 8 Solemn promise (3) 9 Prepare for publication (4) 10 Slender support (4) 11 Oneness (5) 12 Remainder (4) 14 Become firm (3) 15 Cleaning implement (3) 17 Man’s best friend (3) 19 Corded fabric (3) 21 Get bigger (4) 23 Efface (5) 26 Unsightly growth (4) 27 Make listlessly dispirited (4) 28 Japanese currency unit (3) 29 Meat dish (4) 30 Depend on (4)

DOWN 1 Drawn into error (6) 2 Declare (4) 3 Large volumes (5) 4 Marsh (3) 5 Dialect (5) 6 Piece (3) 7 Pig’s enclosure (3) 11 Speak (5) 13 Durable cloth (5) 16 Attractive (6) 18 Fruit (5) 20 Strength (5) 22 Decline in power (4) 23 Printer’s measures (3) 24 Decay (3) 25 Ply the needle (3)

Downtime CODE-CRACKER How to solve: Each number in our CODECRACKER grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. For example, today 9 represents N so fill N every time the figure 9 appears. You have two letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters go in the missing squares. Some letters of the alphabet may not be used. As you get the letters, fill in the other squares with the same number in the main grid, and the control grid. Check off the list of alphabetical letters as you identify them. A B C DE FG H I J K L MN O P Q RST UVWXYZ

CALVIN AND HOBBES

SUDOKU How to solve: Fill in the blank spaces with the numbers 1 – 9. Every row, column and 3 x 3 box must contain all nine digits with no number repeating.

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More than words n Showtime Desk Red Shift Coffee Lounge is proud to present Dhaka with the rare opportunity to watch a world-class mime performance by Laurent Decol - a leading French performer who has a stellar international reputation. Laurent Decol was privileged to be a student of the legendary performer Marcel Marceau. He graduated from and subsequently became a Professor at the Marcel Marceau Paris International School of Mimodrama. Decol’s mono-performance, Words of Silence, is a reflection on twelve of the existential human issues such as love, life and creativity. Since no speech is involved, communication is universal. In the words of the New York Times, “He is a worthy successor to Charles Chaplin, Marcel Marceau or Buster Keaton….an incredibly talented artist who makes us smile and moves us to laughter and tears. Students of body movement, dance and drama will not want to miss this one-of-akind performance at Red Shift on Wednesday, November 25, at 7pm. Decol has crafted a performance that aims to delight children and adults alike – ensuring an enjoyable evening for those who will be lucky enough to be a part of it. Dhaka Tribune is the proud media partner for the event. Tickets for the show are available at Red Shift for Tk600 or online at www.imdhaka.com for Tk660. Seats are limited so be sure to book early. l

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WHAT TO WATCH The Matrix WB 4:15 pm Keanu Reeves stars in this sci-fi blockbuster as Thomas A. Anderson, an average computer programmer. He has an alter-ego by night as Neo, a malevolent hacker. The real story begins when Neo begins to question his reality; as he digs deeper, the truth is far more than he could imagine. The world is now captured by an army of machines that imprison human minds within an artificial reality called the Matrix. Neo has to fight the machines and determine what’s real and what’s not. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss Cast Away Zee Studio 11:50 pm Chuck (Tom Hanks) is a workaholic and has very less time for his family and girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt). Even on Christmas Eve he has but a few minutes to exchange gifts and take off on a delivery plane going overseas. The Fed-Ex manager becomes the sole survivor when the plane crashes into The Pacific. Chuck washes up on a remote island that is uninhabited. He spends almost 5 years there fending for himself before managing to raft his way to a rescue ship. But the busy manager has nothing to do now and no girlfriend to go to as Kelly is married and with kids. Watch the film to see how Chuck lives now. Cast: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Nick Searcy


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Third batch of exclave residents leave Panchagarh Correspondent, n Our Panchagarh A third batch of former exclave residents in Panchagarh district left the country to move to India yesterday. Thirty families comprising 152 people, all residents of the now absorbed Dahla Khagrabari exclave in the district’s Debiganj upazila, left their old lives in Bangladesh behind to start a new one in India. The residents gathered at the premises of Debiganj Degree College on Monday evening, where their belongings were checked by Customs and Border Guard Bangladesh officials. Around 9:30am yesterday, Mohammad Golam Azam, additional district magistrate in Panchagarh, handed the relevant documents of the exclave residents over to Rmakanta Gupta, first secretary at the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh. Then, under the supervision of Gupta and Debiganj Upazila Executive Officer Md Shafiqul Islam, the residents got on four buses and started off for India. As they were about to get on the buses, the former exclave residents broke down

in tears as their families and friends remaining behind tried to console them. Maya Rani, one of the residents, was sobbing earnestly when she got on the bus that would take her away from her birthplace, away from her family and friends, forever. She gave birth to daughter Ekadoshi Rani only three days ago and was lamenting that her daughter would not get to know her birthplace at all. “My husband Madan Chandra Roy wants to go to India. It is because of him that I have to leave my parents, my family, my life here behind,” said a crying Maya. Her anguish was echoed by a number of people. One of them, school student Jharna Hembram, was crying on the shoulder of a friend. “Having to leave my friends here is the hardest,” she said. The group crossed over to India via the Chilahati-Haldibari route at Domar upazila in Nilphamari in the afternoon. Sources in Panchagarh administration said 150 people originally enlisted to move to India, but the number climbed to 152 as two of the women gave birth days before leaving. l

MASHRAFE BATS COMILLA TO VICTORY PAGE 25

MORE THAN WORDS PAGE 31

Google, Apple can unlock unencrypted mobile devices if asked n Tribune Desk

Google and Apple will unlock smartphones and tablets when ordered to do so by a court, if the devices are not encrypted, a report Manhattan district attorney’s office revealed. Quoting the report, The Guardian says it details methods for extracting information from smartphones and other Android or iOS devices for law enforcement purposes when the owner does not give permission, explains that Apple can reset a locked phone with physical access to the device and Google can do similar remotely. Apple has enabled encryption by default in September 2014 with iOS 8 should a user set a passcode, which

meant that the company could no longer unlock a device and access the data on it without knowing the user’s passcode. According to data from Apple, 67% of Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are running iOS 9. The situation is different for Google’s Android. It only implemented encryption by default with the latest version Android 6.0 Marshmallow released in October 2015. “Apple’s and Google’s decisions to enable full-disk encryption by default on smartphones means that law enforcement officials can no longer access evidence of crimes stored on smartphones, even though the officials have a search warrant issued by a neutral judge,” said the Manhattan

district attorney’s office. Android’s full-disk encryption was implemented with Android 5.0 Lollipop but not enabled by default. Apart from Google’s Nexus 6, full-disk encryption was only optional until Marshmallow came along. Before then, users would have had to choose to enable encryption. According to data from Google, Marshmallow is used by 0.3% of Google Android devices worldwide. The situation also extends to cloud backup services which these companies offer. Should the phone and backed-up data be encrypted, Google and Apple will be unable to access the data without the user’s password, according to the report. l

BPL 2015 CORNER BRIEF SCORES MATCH-1

MATCH-2

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Chittagong 176/4 in 20 overs Anamul 39, Ziaur 39, Dilshan 36; Zaidi 2/29, Mashrafe 1/30

Barisal 108 all out in 19.3 overs Nadif 24, Rony 20, Sabbir 15; Nazmul 3/18, Bopara 1/14

Comilla 177/3 in 18.5 overs Samuels 69*, Mashrafe 56*, Shuvagata 30; Amir 2/27, Shafiul 1/43

Sylhet 107/9 in 20 overs Munaweera 36, Nazmul 16, Milon 15; Al-Amin 5/36, Taijul 3/23

Comilla won by 7 wickets

Barisal won by 1 run

Comilla

Chittagong Sylhet

Barisal

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