thursday dhaka : may 10, 2018; baishakh 27, 1425 bs; shaban 23, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com regd.no.da~2065, vol.16; no.130; 12 pages~tk.8.00 sport australia cancel hosting bangladesh later this year >page 9 hill cutting goes on rampantly at sreemangal moulvibazar district in the name of building resort or house. the photo was taken from mohajirabad area yesterday. photo: star mail 56.9pc women not in education, employment, training : cpd : centre dhaka for policy dialogue (cpd), a civil society think-tank, at a programme here on wednesday said 56.9 percent of the country's women population with working age are not there in education, employment and train- ing (neet), reports unb. cpd revealed the information during a dialogue on 'promoting female for realising demographic dividends' at a city hotel. in bangladesh on 'realising dividend while presenting the keynote the paper demographic in bangladesh promoting female labour force participation', mustafizur a distinguished fellow of cpd, said 56.9 percent women of the age between 15 to 65+, belong to the neet category. rahman, he came up with the figure refer- ring to the facts of bangladesh bureau of statistics (bbs). "it's a matter of concern but also an opportunity if bangladesh can uti- lize the potentiality," mustafizur rahman said. according to the cpd findings, women's contribution to the coun- try's gdp is 20 percent as 77 to 87 percent of their labour participa- tion in economy and gdp remains unaccounted. though the trend in female labour force participation (flfp) in bangladesh is increasing and experiencing some ups and downs in the graph, the participation in 2016-17 with the percentage of 36.3 is significantly lower than that of male which is 80.5 per cent, according to the cpd findings. "between 2013 and 2016-17, female employment in industrial sector has come down by about 850 thousand," said the study mentioning it as a disquieting trend. "move towards formalisation remains a major challenge in the context of flfp in bangladesh," said mustafizur rahman pointing out that 85.1 percent of the total employed people in 2016-17 were in informal employment with the female the share of 91.8 percent, which was higher than male with 82.1 percent. about another disquieting trend, the fellow said the average real wage decline for male was 1.9 per- cent and that of female was by 3.8 percent from 2015-16 to 2016-17, while the national real average wages fell by 2.5 percent. "occupational segregation is on the rise in rural areas as new jobs created in rural areas are being taken more by men," he added. art & culture veere di wedding song tareefan was composed on flight >page 8 sc decision on khaleda's bail tuesday dhaka : the appellate division will deliver its judgment on tuesday on two leave-to-appeal petitions filed challenging bnp chairperson khaleda zia's bail granted by the high court in the zia orphanage trust graft case, reports unb. a four-member bench, led by chief justice syed mahmud hossain, fixed the date after closing a two-day hearing on the two petitions wednesday. on tuesday, the sc adjourned until wednesday the hearing on the petitions filed by anti-corruption commission and the state against khaleda's bail. as the hearing started on the second day on wednesday around 9:15am, khaleda's counsel aj mohammad ali resumed presenting his tuesday's unfin- ished argument. later, khaleda's other counsels khandaker mahbub hossain, zainul abedin and moudud ahmed and also placed their arguments in favour of upholding the high court bail given to khaleda. mohammd ali urged the supreme court not to set any contradictory instance by interfering the high court's bail order. "we strongly believe that the appellate division will uphold the high court bail to khaleda zia." in a counter to it, acc lawyer advocate khurshid alam appealed to the court for annulling khaleda's bail and giving direction to the high court for starting hearing her appeal against the lower court verdict that sentenced her to five years' imprisonment. attorney general mahbubey alam also told the court that the trial process will linger if khaleda is given bail in the case. "the hearing on the appeal against the lower court order in should begin can- celling the bail since the paper book of the case has already been prepared." on march 19, the appellate division stayed khaleda zia's bail until may 8 in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail. at the beginning of the hearing on tuesday morning, acc lawyer advocate khurshid alam khan placed his argu- ment followed by the attorney general for not granting bail to khaleda in the case. nine zebras rescued in jashore jashore : detectives in a drive res- cued nine zebras from satmail bazar area in sharsha upazila early wednesday, reports unb. tipped off, a team of detective branch of police conducted a drive in the area around 12 am and rescued the zebras which were kept there to smuggle off to the neighbouring said maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of db. however, police could not arrest any- country, one in this connection, he added. the zebras were brought from africa in box cartoons and kept at the cattle- shed of one nur hossain tutu, said the oc. one zebra died after being rescued around 9:30 am. the market value of the zebras is tk one crore, the oc added. international german cabinet approves new rules on migrant reunions >page 7 rohingya crisis fortify rights for encouraging icc to investigate dhaka : the government of bangladesh should encourage the international criminal court (icc) to exercise its jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the international crime of deportation of rohingya muslims, said fortify rights on wednesday, reports unb. "we strongly support this and other proactive steps to hold the myanmar military accountable for international crimes against rohingya," said matthew smith, chief executive officer of fortify rights. "the bangladesh government should do everything in its power to cooperate and seek justice for the human rights violations against rohingya." on may 7, the pre-trial chamber invited bangladesh authorities to sub- mit observations on whether the court should exercise jurisdiction on "circum- stances surrounding the presence of members of the rohingya people from myanmar on territory of bangladesh" and on the possibility of the court to exercise territorial jurisdic- tion for the crime of deportation. the bangladesh has untiljune 11to respond. on april 9, icc chief prosecutor fatou bensouda filed a request on the question of whether the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the rohingya people from myanmar to bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. the president of the pre-trial division on april 11 assigned the prosecutor's request to the chamber. bangladesh is a member state to the icc but myanmar is not. under article 19(3) of the rome statue: "the prosecutor may seek a rul- ing from the court regarding a question of jurisdiction or admissibility. in proceedings with respect to juris- diction or admissibility, those who have referred the situation under article 13, as well as victims, may also submit observations to the court." the office of the prosecutor cited reports by fortify rights, human rights watch, and other public information that the crime of deportation had been committed against the rohingya. prosecutor bensouda also cited un special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in myanmar yanghee lee, who said the situation of the rohingya bears "the hallmarks of genocide." "the icc prosecutor bensouda is cor- rect in her assessment that this is not simply an abstract question of jurisdic- tion but a concrete step that could ulti- mately save lives," said matthew smith. "this is a historic moment for bangladesh to demonstrate to the world that it believes the rohingya deserve justice." a humanitarian the ousting of rohingya from myanmar has particularly affected bangladesh. since october 2016, the myanmar authorities forced more than 775,000 rohingya into bangladesh, causing crisis. myanmar army-led attacks on rohingya civilians were in response to violent assaults on security forces by the arakan rohingya salvation army in october 2016 and again in august 2017. in addition to the crime of deportation, fortify rights and the united states holocaust memorial museum published a report finding "mounting evidence" of the crime of genocide against rohingya in myanmar. btv to telecast live bangladesh's first satellite launch dhaka : state-owned bangladesh television (btv) has taken initiative to broadcast launching of bangabandhu-1, country's first com- mercial satellite, early friday, reports unb. the "bangladesh television will be tele- casting the launching of the country's first and lone satellite bangabandhu- 1 using live streaming technology through an iptv from florida," s.m. haroon-or-rashid, director general of btv told unb on wednesday. in association and technical assis- tance from the ministry of posts, and telecommunications information and technology zohr 03:56 am 12:00 pm 04:32 pm 06:35 pm 07:57 pm 5:18 6:32 bangladesh telecommunication regulatory commission (btrc), the programme will be covered, the dg told this correspondent. this historic even can also be watched live on dif- ferent youtube channels as well as facebook. [https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=y3nifzo5vli&feature=share] the satellite will be launched on bangladesh time early may 11, in- between 2:12 to 4:22 am. meanwhile, kennedy space centre has invited visitors to witness the launching of bangabandhu-1 at its visitor complex at cape canaveral. spacex will target thursday, may 10 from 4:12 to 6:22pm (local time florida, us) for the launch of bangabandhu-1, kennedy space centre has said in a statement. however, no additional charges will be required to observe the launching, kennedy space centre said adding: "only an entry ticket will be enough to observe the historic event." a falcon 9 rocket will deliver bangabandhu-1 to a geostationary transfer orbit. this is the first time spacex is launching the block 5 ver- sion of the falcon 9 rocket. launch viewing opportunities for bangabandhu-1 are available at apollo/saturn v center, approxi- mately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad, and main visitor complex, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad, both included with daily admission. the bangabandhu satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measures the capacity. nasrul hamid to turn power division a paperless office in 3-yr dhaka : state minister for power and energy nasrul hamid has said the power division will be developed as a paperless office within next three years. "we've been working with a plan to achieve this goal. this will happen when the increased application of tech- nology will come to a balance to main- tain the demand-supply situation," he said while addressing the concluding session of "innovation showcasing 2018" at bidduyt bhaban in the city on wednesday. the power division organised the function to demonstrate some innova- tive ideas to ease the power sector ser- vices for the citizens to reach their doorsteps. the power division already piloted some 25 of the innovations out of 40 to enhance the service and improve its management efficiency. with power secretary dr. ahmad kaikaus in the chair, the function was also addressed by chief coordinator of the sdg affairs of the prime minister's office abul kalam azad, cabinet division secretary (coordination and reforms) ziaul haque and power division's chief innovative officer maksuda khatun. mp rana shown arrested in double murder case tangail :a court here on wednesday showed awami league mp from tangail-3 constituency amanur rahman khan rana arrested in a case filed over the killing of two jubo league leaders, reports unb. senior judicial magistrate of the dis- trict’s sadar cognisance court abdullah al masum passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the detective branch of police on may 3. meanwhile, investigation officer of the case ashoke kumar singh, also offi- cer-in-charge of district db police, filed another petition with the court seeking a five-day remand for mp. however, the court did not pass any the bail petition on order on wednesday. meanwhile, the court is set to hear another petition on thursday to show rana arrested in another case filed over the murder attempt on a bangladesh chhatra league leader. ashoke said baghil union jubo league leaders shamim and mamun went missing on july 16, 2012 in the district town. the following day, shamim’s mother filed a general diary with tangail sadar police station. later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of them— shahadat hossain, 16 and hiron mia, 27 -- revealed that both of the jubo league leaders had been murdered at the order of mp rana. samiul sohan (45), dr of burned and plastic surgery unit of dhaka medical college, was injured by the miscreants’ weapons on wednesday. : tbt
news news father endures 9-day torture over property cumilla : an elderly father here endured nine- day physical and mental torture by his sons and their wives in a bid to save his land properties and bank money from them, reports unb. trapped inside his own house at bajehura village in burichang upazila, the father nazir ahammed, 76, suffered the torture. on the final round of torture on tuesday, next-door neighbors rescued the septuagerian after hearing his screams from his house and admitted him to burichang health complex in wounded state. the victim father claimed, his three sons-abu zafor kanu, jashim uddin and zamshed alam---along with their wives have been carrying out the torture on him for long span of time in order to grab his fdr money amounting to tk 20 lakhs and his land properties. zamshed and jashim forcibly made their father will his 72 decimal of his land, depriving the one zafor. the torture started after nazir wanted back his land to equally distribute the land to his three sons. later, zamshed and jashim fled to abroad to escape local court (shalish) but their wives continued the torture for the rest of the properties. hopeless to regain the land, the father filed a case accusing the duo that augmented the degree of the torture. during the last nine-day episode of torture, zafor and his wife along with his brothers' wives conducted physical torture and threatened to kill him unless he willed the properties to them. officer-in-charge of burichang police station manol kumar de said, police visited the spot. nazir's son zafor and daughter-in-laws went into hiding after the incident, the oc added. 2 'criminals' killed in 'gunfights' dhaka : two suspected criminals were killed in separate 'gunfights' with the members of detective branch (db) and rapid action battalion (rab) in demra and narayanganj early wednesday. a suspected criminal was killed in a reported gunfight with db police at trimohoni on demra staff quarter road early wednesday, reports unb. the identity of the deceased aged around 35 years could not be known immediately. tipped off, a team of db police conducted a drive in the area around 3 am, said bacchu mia, sub-inspector of dhaka medical college hospital (dmch) police camp. sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on the law enforcers prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight. the unknown 'miscreant' caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injury. later, he was taken to dmch where the doctors declared him dead around 4:30 am, police said. in another incident in narayanganj, an alleged mugger was killed in a reported gunfight with the members of rapid action battalion (rab) in 300-feet area of rupganj upazila early wednesday. based on secret information, a team of rab-1 conducted a drive in the area, said major manjur, commanding officer of rab-1. gd-682/18 (4 x 3) we`y¨r/rb-1320(2)/9/5/18 gd-687/18 (6 x 3) thursday, may 10, 2018 2 'justice needs and satisfaction in bangladesh' report 31 million face legal issues every year, land disputes most severe every year in bangladesh, 31 million people confront with legal challenges. a majority of these challenges occur when dealing with neighbours, and the most complicated ones arise when dealing with land related issues. this was among the findings presented at the launching event of the report titled 'justice needs and satisfaction in bangladesh 2018' at the capital's brac centre on wednesday, a press release said. this research was conducted and published in collaboration between netherlands based nonprofit the hague institute for innovation of law (hiil), the government of netherlands, and brac. the framing questions for the research included what kind of legal dilemmas people face in bangladesh, how they deal with those issues, who or which institutions they seek for help to resolve their concerns, and the level of responses they receive. the study was conducted through in-depth qualitative interviews of around 6000 respondents who have randomly selected in 64 districts of the country. the study was conducted in august and september of 2017. the chairman of the national human rights commission, kazi reazul hoque, was present at the event as its chief guest. also present as special guests were the head of measuring justice for hiil, dr martin gramatikov, and the quantitative justice data analyst of the same organisation, martin kind. programme head of brac's human rights and legal aid services (hrls) sajeda farisa kabir moderated the ceremony. the key highlights that came out from the study include: 31 million people face legal dilemmas every year. the major types of legal issues they face include, among others, issues with neighbours (40%), land disputes (29%), criminal offences (21%), family disputes (12%), money related issues (12%), social welfare (11%), consumer problems (9%), and accidents and personal injury (8%). in terms of the severity of the issues, land related legal disputes come out on top of the rest. the severity of the problems as reported by percentage: land disputes (25%), neighbours (22%), crime (12%), family disputes (7%), money (7%), social welfare (5%), housing (4%), and accidents and personal injury (4%). to ensure more effective dispute resolutions and ensure better justice mechanism a number of recommendations were drawn in the report, which include among others: prioritisation of legal problems to solve them, improve information delivery, design and provide affordable and accessible justice journeys for all, explore the full potential of hybrid justice mechanisms, justice innovation and digital innovation. dbœq‡bi myzš¿ †kl nvwmbvi g~jgš¿ school banking fair was held at joypurhat zila parishad auditorium yesterday to create deposit men- tality of school going students. photo : masrakul alam dab leader hacked in city : a dhaka leader of doctors association of bangladesh (dab) was hacked by some unidentified miscreants at doel chattar in the city on wednesday, reports unb. samiul alam sohan, 45, general secretary of dab and medical officer of burn and plastic surgery unit at dhaka medical college and hospital(dmch), came under attack on his way to the hospital. samiul said when he was going to dmch riding a motorbike two miscreants appeared there and hacked him from behind, leaving him injured. local people rushed him to the hospital. dmch burn unit director dr abul kalam said, "the wound was at least 10 inch deep, a surgery was done on him, now he is out of danger." world powers regret us pullout from iran nuclear deal world powers involved in the iran nuclear agreement expressed regret at president donald trump's decision to pull the u.s. out of the landmark pact amid concern the move will undermine efforts to stop the spread of atomic weapons. signatories to the 2015 deal to curb the islamic republic's nuclear ambitions urged trump not to fundamentally undermine the u.n. security council-endorsed agreement so that the other parties - britain, france, germany, russia, china and iran - can continue to respect it. "together, we emphasize our continuing commitment to the (deal). this agreement remains important for our shared security," french president emmanuel macron, german chancellor angela merkel and british prime minister theresa may said in a joint statement tuesday after discussing the move. the three called on washington to "ensure that the structures of the (agreement) can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal." but israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu praised the u.s. president's decision as "a historic move." netanyahu has long been an opponent of an agreement that he said would never remove the danger of tehran developing nuclear weapons. trump cited israel's recent revelations about intelligence showing that iran has lied about its program as one reason to pull out. saudi arabia also welcomed trump's move in a statement published on the state-run news agency, saying that iran had exploited the agreement's economic benefits to continue destabilizing activities in the region by developing ballistic missiles and supporting militias- issues not addressed in the accord. in new york, russia's deputy ambassador to the united nations, dmitry polyansky, said "we are disappointed" at the u.s. announcement. asked whether the move might heighten tensions in the middle east, he responded with one word to reporters at u.n. headquarters: "sure." u.n. secretary-general antonio guterres called the nuclear deal "a major achievement" that "has contributed to regional and international peace and security". dhaka university's 51st convocation on oct 6 the 51st dhaka : convocation of dhaka university will be held on october 6 (saturday), reports unb. a preparatory meeting was held at nabab nawab ali chowdhury senate bhaban on wednesday with du vice chancellor prof md akhtaruzzaman in the chair. an executive committee, a managing committee and 26 sub-committees have been formed the hold convocation properly. urged all concerned to perform their respective duty properly to ensure smooth holding of the convocation. the vc to prize name of liberian nobel peace laureate leymah gbowee has been proposed as the convocation speaker. a decision has also been taken to confer him 'doctor of laws' degree at the convocation. bullet-hit body of 'robber' found in jashore jashore police : recovered the bullet-hit body of an alleged robber from hanua area on pulerhat- rajganj in manirampur upazila early wednesday, reports unb. road the deceased was identified as muktar hossain, 50. he was wanted in ten cases. gangs bullets being informed that two were robber exchanging at hanua, a team of police there and recovered the body, said mokarram hossain, officer-in-charge of manirampur police station. tuesday, muktar was released from jail on bail, the oc added. earlier on police arrested muktar from churamonkathi area on october 1, 2017 and since then he remained in the jail. police also recovered two shells of bullets from the spot. gd-686/18 (10 x 4)
metrometro minister calls for mainstreaming char people 3 thursday, may 10, 2018 very fertile to grow good crops. he said that if char people's products like cattle, vegetables and other crops get proper price in the market, their poverty will decrease in the long run thereby, contributing to achieve sustainable development. he also said along with bangladesh academy for rural development (bard), rda of bogura also has a significant contribution for the betterment of rural areas. presenting keynote rda director general ma matin said that char area has the potential of emerging as food basket of the country if the regions are connected with market and farm machineries, and fair prices are ensured for their produces. provided with the country director of sweisscontact bangladesh, anirban bhowmik, said there are more than 2 million people living in 900 chars (river islands) formed by three major rivers jamuna, padma and teesta in north and north-western bangladesh, who mostly live on agro-based production. he also said their organization is conducting a project from 2012 with cdrc and some other private organization titled 'making markets work for the jamuna, padma and teesta chars (m4c)' which aimed to reduce poverty and vulnerability of char households in ten districts of northern bangladesh by facilitating market systems. after five the project brought about positive change in the char economy, he said. rene holenstein, the ambassador of switzerland to bangladesh, tevita g boseiwaqa, director general of cirdap, dhaka, sm ghulam farooque, secretary of lgrdc, among others, addressed the programme. dbœq‡bi myzš¿ †kl nvwmbvi g~jgš¿ bangladesh coast guard director general rear admiral ammm aurangzeb chowdhury visited saudi arabia on may 7 on an invitation extended by saudi arabian border guard director general photo: bangladesh coast gaurd awad bin eid al-balawi. coast guard dg visits saudi arabia tbt desk bangladesh coast guard director general rear admiral ammm aurangzeb chowdhury visited saudi arabia on may 7 on an invitation extended by saudi arabian border guard director general, reports a press release. on may 8 aurangzeb chowdhury attended a graduation ceremony of border guard course of mohammed bin naif academy for maritime science and security studies. later he inspected exercises involving tackling maritime piracy, tacking transnational crime, organized suppressing maritime terrorism and offshore installation. saud arabia's interior minister prince abdul aziz bin saud bin naif was present as the chief guest at the graduation ceremony. among others director-general of saudi arabian border guard, gen. awad bin eid al- balawi, bangladesh coast guard director general rear admiral ammm aurangzeb chowdhury, high officials of border and coast guards from various countries such as uae, sudan, oman, yemen, egypt and bahrain and various ambassadors and military personalities of saudi arabia were also present at the occasion. bangladesh coast guard director general rear admiral ammm aurangzeb chowdhury also attended a two party meeting with various officials of saudi arabian border guard. the two nations vowed to build stronger ties on border guard trainings and various other issues. bangladesh coast guard director general rear admiral aurangzeb chowdhury also invited his saudi counterpart to visit bangladesh. ammm dhaka : char people (those living in the shoals) needed to be linked with mainland economy and market otherwise, the progress of the country's get hampered, saidlocal government, rural and cooperatives (lgrd)minister khandaker mosharraf hossainon wednesday. economy will development seminar on the minister was inaugurating a national 'future planning of char development research center (cdrc) of rural development academy (rda)' at cirdap international conference center in the city, reports unb. cdrc organised the seminar aiming at having better planning for the development of char areas of the country. the minister observed that poverty rate is still high in the char regions as the areas are separated from the mainland but the chars are gd-681/18 (6 x 4) gd-684/18 (8 x 4) gd-680/18 (10 x 4)
editorial editorial acting editor & publisher : jobaer alam telephone: +8802-9104683-84, fax: 9127103 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org thursday, may 10, 2018 population to hit 280 million mark by 2051 bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with a total area of 55,598 square miles (143,999 kilometres). presently the density of population is hovering around 900 per square mile. today, in this small landmass live over 160 million people. but in 1971, only 75 million people lived in the same landmass. the simple equation is, population has doubled in the last 36 years, but the land area has not. it is, rather, predicted that some areas of bangladesh will go below the sea in the future. according to a 2005 article on the website of the ministry of health and family welfare: "with a population of 135.2 million and estimated per capita gdp at $421 in fy 2003-04 (bangladesh economic review 2004), bangladesh remains one of the poorest countries in the world and still faces serious deficiencies in the quality of its health, population and nutrition services." according to bangladesh: a country study, edited by james heitzman and robert wordon : "in the 1980s, bangladesh faced no greater problem than population growth. census data compiled in 1901 indicated a total of 29 million in east bengal, the region that became east pakistan and eventually bangladesh. by 1951, four years after partition from india, east pakistan had 44 million people, a number that grew rapidly up to the first post-independence census, taken in 1974, which reported the national population at 71 million. the 1981 census reported a population of 87 million and a 2.3 percent annual growth rate. thus, in just 80 years, the population had tripled. in july 1988 the population, by then the eighth largest in the world, stood at 109,963,551, and the average annual growth rate was 2.6 percent. according to official estimates, bangladesh was expected to reach a population of more than 140 million by the year 2000. the article goes on to state that the population density increased from 216 persons per square kilometer in 1901, to 312 person in 1951. given another 50 years, in 2000, it was projected to exceed 1,000 persons per square kilometer. at present, the total fertility rate (tfr) hovers around 3.08 with no possibility of going down any further, especially with the family planning activities remaining stagnant for years. in some areas tfr is still over 4 and even 5. the present population growth rate is: 2.022% now, let us try to comprehend the scenario in the next 36 or 40 years. will population growth rate by some miracle come down to zero. no, because experts like population council has already said that population of bangladesh will almost double by 2050. it would reach over 280 million by then! on the other hand, the ministry of health and family welfare predicts 250 million around 2080. so, the questions that come to mind are: where will these millions of people find land to set up habitat for themselves? if the present size of the cities and towns double in 2050, will there be enough farmland to grow rice and vegetables to feed 28 crore people? where will they find fresh water to drink and cook food? will there be enough water-bodies left to breed fish to feed 280 million people? will there be any forest left by then? what would be the nature of environment and ecology under these circumstances? the existing real life scenario tell us that we are looking at a rather unattractive future. maybe out of fear we are not really looking at the future. maybe we are just keeping our heads buried in the sand hoping that the specter of a burgeoning population would go away soon. but will it? these are the kinds of questions our journalistic minds will ask, and it is the responsibility of the politicians, policy-makers and experts to come up with factual answers based on the ground reality. but it is widely felt that questions concerning the growing population make most of them uncomfortable, and they often fumble for answers. they try to explain it as "asset" or "human resource." but can millions of malnourished, uneducated, and unskilled people really be much of a resource? where shall we have that many educational and skill development training institutions to turn them into a resource by 2050? will this country progress at lightning speed in the next 42 years and be able to employ the millions of unemployed? facts and figures tell us that population growth is going haywire without pragmatic policies, shifts in policies (e.g. from domiciliary to clinic-based service), lack of implementation of whatever policies are there, lack of initiative from the officials concerned, lack of motivation and drive from the field staff, and multi- faceted obstacles coming from some quarters in society that are against family planning. as a result, about 2.5 million newborns are being added to the population every year. do our food, education, health, housing, water, electricity and employment policies integrate these realities in the yearly review? do our politicians and government policy-makers feel the urgency to think about the situation in 2050 and beyond? thus, all-out efforts are needed to shift family planning use patterns towards more effective, longer lasting, and lower-cost clinical and permanent methods covering low performing and disadvantaged areas with added emphasis. but the major impact on fertility will be achieved by raising the age of marriage, which will push up age at first birth, and again trigger a tempo effect, to bring fertility down. bangladesh has great scope to reduce early marriage, where at present 50 percent of teenage girls (15-19) are married, compared to only 33 percent in india, 25 percent in pakistan, and far fewer in other comparable countries. thursday, may 10, 2018 4 devolving labour parvez rahim in december 2017, the supreme court ordered the regularisation of the outsourced employees of pakistan state oil. this year in february, the sindh high court decided that profit shares of trans- provincial companies would be distributed proportionately among workers employed in more than one province. in march, the sc concluded that the federal industrial relations act (fira), 2012, was applicable to such companies. two of these judgements pertain to repercussions caused on account of the 18th amendment, which devolved labour laws to the provinces in 2010. labour landmark since then, it remained unclear whether trans-provincial companies would be governed by federal or provincial laws. trans- provincial companies have factories or offices in more than one province. the sc's judgement declaring fira a valid piece of legislation is comprehensive and discusses various case laws of local and indian superior courts before arriving at a conclusion. regarding union activities, the sc held: "the federal legislature does but the provincial legislature does not have legislative competence to legislate to regulate the trade unions functioning at the trans-provincial level." working within the same company terms of jobs but having different employment similar for generates feelings of discontent among employees, which will not happen after this judgement. trans- provincial firms with establishments in more than one province may also have collective bargaining agent unions in those units. by virtue of having a common law to govern industrial relations, employers of such can maintain internal equity by allowing similar increases in salary and benefits across companies laid down subject has been devolved. pakistan has ratified 36 ilo conventions upon which the majority of our existing labour laws are based. relying on the principle this judgement, it may be inferred that the federal legislature is competent to legislate a few other critical acts for the benefit of trans-provincial firms. these include the industrial and commercial employment (standing orders) and shops act, in while considering the competence of the federal legislature to frame and promulgate fira, the court relied heavily upon entry 32 of the federal legislative list, under which the federal government is competent to enact federal laws notwithstanding the provincial governments' mandates. various locations. many legal issues involve trans-provincial firms. while considering the competence of the federal legislature to frame and promulgate fira, the court relied heavily upon entry 32 of the federal legislative list, under which the federal government is competent to enact federal laws notwithstanding the governments' mandates. this entry enables the federal parliament to enact laws to implement international treaties for pakistan's territories, even if the said provincial establishments act, the factories act, etc. sindh has made drastic amendments to these acts, while the other provinces have made no such changes. besides creating many other differences in sindh, the standing orders act has been made applicable to all employees of an establishment except the occupier and manager, having the authority to hire and fire. in the same act, the dismissal of a worker on account of misconduct or absence without leave for more than 10 days has been made conditional. leave under in sindh, workers' overtime hours under the shops act have been reduced from 624 to 150 hours per annum. sick the factories act has been changed from 16 days at half pay to 16 days at full pay, which will promote absenteeism. factories in sindh operated by trans- provincial firms are compelled by labour inspectors to be closed during frequent provincial government holidays, which are not allowed to workers in the same firm in other provinces. if the federal legislature also enacts such legislation, trans- provincial companies will be able to maintain a similar structure of salary the whole and benefits within company without disrupting its smooth functioning anywhere. like banks institutions operating in more than one province, their factories in sindh may also observe only those holidays that are declared at the federal level. other and the sindh high court judgement also lays down the principle of distribution of profit share to workers under the sindh companies profits (workers' participation) act, 2015. this act had repealed a similar law enacted by the federal government in 1968. the sindh high court decided that profits would be distributed proportionately among workers of a trans-provincial company. source : dawn corbyn is gradually losing steam i had a sudden flash of insight in the small hours of friday morning. laura parker, the national coordinator of momentum, was being interviewed on the bbc about labour's failure to take control in wandsworth, one of the london crown jewels that it had hubristically vowed to win. thrown it was pointed out to parker that labour had absolutely everything into its fight for this borough, sending in platoons of tireless volunteers and senior party figures to knock on doors sometimes four or five times in a day. why had all that effort come to nothing? she was utterly undaunted apparent humiliation. on the contrary, she was quite ecstatic about what she called their "fantastic, energetic campaign" which had been such a marvellous experience for all the people who had participated in it. this by janet daley labour's popularity hitting a wall. so far as most of the electorate is concerned, politics exists to solve practical problems. moral principle and social vision certainly come into it, but their greatest importance lies in the way that they underlie, and give coherence to, concrete policy decisions. the proportion of the population which is prepared to dedicate most - or all - of its waking time and mental energy to the population who (correctly) come to see them as propagating a coercive cult. the british tend to be suspicious of all forms of fundamentalism, particularly when it has a nasty intolerant edge. unsurprisingly, they have come down in favour of reasonableness and against extremism. so what about the conservatives? they held their ground and even saw a small swing in their favour outside of that's when it hit me. for a jeremy corbyn-led labour, activism itself is the whole point of politics - at least in the first transformational phase of one's journey into a new form of consciousness. it reminds me of the left back in the 1960s and 1970s, when this sort of thing was being said all the time. into a new that's when it hit me. for a jeremy corbyn-led labour, activism itself is the whole point of politics - at least in the first transformational phase of one's journey form of consciousness. it reminds me of the left back in the 1960s and 1970s, when this sort of thing was being said all the time. what had to be accomplished in the first instance was your own personal self-realisation. this is, you will appreciate, an entirely different understanding of the function of democratic politics from the one held by most people - especially in britain. it is, perhaps, the ultimate explanation for achieving ideological purity and the propagation of the true faith will always be small, and most of them will eventually grow out of it. its than so labour's difficulty is much more fundamental immediate problem with anti-semitism or its alarming ambivalence over russia. militant activism, you might say, is a way of life for the few not the many. those few can make a lot of noise and attract a disproportionate amount of media interest (as the new left did in the 1960s), but they have the effect, in the end, of alienating the great mass of london. but as the bbc kept pointing out, they benefited considerably from the collapse of the ukip vote. are they now the official party of leave - and thus utterly dependent for any future electoral success on being able to achieve a credible brexit? actually, i doubt it. for one thing, the arguments around brexit have become so arcane and heavily semantic that most ordinary people are simply tuning out, having given up somewhere between "the customs union" as opposed to "a customs union". the one impression that has really stuck in their whose minds is of a peculiarly unpleasant team of european union (eu) remorseless negotiators vindictiveness contrasts visibly with prime minister theresa may's british civility. i have been very struck by the number of real people who have told me in recent weeks how much sympathy they have for may's position, which seems to them to be attracting gratuitous attacks from all directions - including from within her own party. again, they are inclined to reward reasonableness reject intransigence, especially when it seems to be personally spiteful. my own guess is that the leave constituency in the country may be adamant about brexit, but they are not theological purists: they will probably be inclined to accept any plausible version which the government eventually achieves, if only because the detail has become so depressingly exhausting, providing that the party does not blow itself up in the process. and to on the matter of disheartening detail, it is worth pointing out that public exasperation with the obstacles that keep appearing, apparently from nowhere, is not unfounded. of course, the wailing and gnashing now arising from those bodies whose responsibility it will be to resolve arrangements for trade and borders is not completely groundless. source : gulf news deciphering trump’s termination of the iran nuclear deal t he world was watching closely as president donald trump announced that the united states would be withdrawing from the joint comprehensive plan of action, which is commonly known as the iran nuclear deal. the us government, during the obama administration, and the iranian regime were the two most important players among the p5+1, or e3+3, which helped seal the nuclear agreement. the other signatories of the nuclear pact are russia, china, france, the united kingdom, and germany. there appears to be a considerable of amount of misinformation about the us decision, what actions can be taken legally, and what the corresponding implications and consequences are. it is crucial to point out there are three distinct processes to pay attention to: the first one is linked to certification of the nuclear deal; the second category is related to the subject of issuing a material breach report; and the third is associated with the president's power to waive the re-imposition of us sanctions against tehran. under the iran nuclear agreement review act - a bill that was passed by the us congress in may 2015 - the us president must issue or decline a certification for the iran nuclear deal every 90 days in order to notify congress of tehran's compliance with the jcpoa. moreover, instead of certifying or decertifying the nuclear deal, the president has another option, which is to issue a material breach report. to do so, the president would have to provide a breach report to congress. if the president does not dr. majid rafizadeh certify the deal or if he submits a breach report to congress, this will trigger a 60-day window within which congress will have time to introduce and pass legislation to re-impose us nuclear- related sanctions against iran. congress has the choice of whether to re-impose some or all of the sanctions that were lifted due to the nuclear accord. the legislation must be introduced by the majority or minority leader in the senate and house of representatives, and such legislation would be processed on expedited terms. if congress does not pass any sanctions against iran every three months. the president's latest decision to pull out of the nuclear deal is directly linked to this category. in other words, tuesday's decision was significant due to the notion that trump is not waiving the us sanctions against iran. this wind-down period is likely designed to give time to foreign companies and corporations to leave iran's market and halt their dealings with the country. if they don't, they will face the consequences of the us sanctions. what sanctions will be re- imposed after the us has pulled out of congress has the choice of whether to re-impose some or all of the sanctions that were lifted due to the nuclear accord. the legislation must be introduced by the majority or minority leader in the senate and house of representatives, and such legislation would be processed on expedited terms. legislation in the 60-day window, the nuclear deal will remain intact in spite of the fact the president has decertified it or submitted a material breach report to congress. this scenario is exactly what happened in mid-january, when trump declined to certify the nuclear deal. however, congress was reluctant to introduce and pass legislation during the 60-day window. as a result, iran continued enjoying all the fruits of the us sanctions relief. the third category is tied to the power of the us president to sign a waiver for re-imposing us primary and secondary organizations). the nuclear deal? to put it simply, primary sanctions are designed to punish us persons or institutions that deal with the sanctioned party (the iran regime or specific iranian individuals and secondary sanctions widen the scope of the punishment by iran's industries, including oil and banking, as well as foreign entities that deal with the sanctioned entity. european countries continued to do business with iran after the us decertified the nuclear deal in january because trump signed a waiver to continue suspending us targeting sanctions against tehran. however, foreign companies now face a significant risk in continuing doing business with the iranian regime. what is the next step now that trump has abandoned the nuclear deal? secretary of state mike pompeo and treasury secretary steven mnuchin will work together to re-impose the sanctions on iran. sanctions the us treasury will not re-impose economic immediately. instead, there exists a 90-day and 180- day window period. on aug. 6, some of the sanctions will be re-imposed, and on nov. 6 the rest of the sanctions, which were lifted in 2015 due to the nuclear agreement, will be reactivated. this wind-down period is likely designed to give time to foreign companies and corporations to leave iran's market and halt their dealings with the country. if they don't, they will face the consequences of the us sanctions. lifted by it is worth noting that another differentiation to make here is between the us sanctions on the one hand, and the un security council sanctions on the other. the primary and secondary sanctions were unilateral us actions that were the obama administration to appease tehran and get the nuclear deal over the finishing line. the un's four rounds of sanctions against iran, which were also lifted thanks to the nuclear agreement and would be re-imposed if iran does not comply with the jcpoa, were reached by consensus among the five permanent members of the security council. source : arab news
health health ways to prevent weak bones while factors such as age and gender affect your chances of getting osteo- porosis, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the risk. weight-bearing exercise (walking, running) helps to keep bones strong. ideally, you need a mix of "feet on the ground" activity and muscle resistance such as weights, press-ups and swimming. no one knows precisely how much exercise is needed; the nhs says adults aged 19 to 64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. three 10-minute periods of fast walking every day is a good target. there is little evi- dence that exercise prevents fractures once you have weak bones (called osteope- nia if it is mild and osteo- porosis if more severe), but people who keep active into old age are less likely to fall - and if you don't fall, you are less likely to break a bone. smoking has an impact on bone-building cells, espe- cially in people younger than 30, who are still accumulat- ing bone. smokers are at increased risk of osteoporo- sis and fractures and stop- ping smoking is likely to improve bone strength. it is a complicated association: smokers may also be thinner than the healthy weight range; if you fall but have no padding, you are more likely to fracture a bone. after the menopause, women make some oestrogen - which keeps bones strong - in their fat layer. once your ovaries stop producing oestrogen, you can't make much of it if you don't have any fat. no one is saying that it helps to be overweight; you need to be able to keep mov- ing, of course, and the heav- ier you are, the more force will land on your bones if you fall. but small-framed, low-weight people have less total bone mass. as a result, losing even small amounts of weight may result in bones that break easily. to make new bone as old bone is replaced. there is no good evidence that calcium supplements are needed if you are at low risk of osteo- porosis. there has been some concern that taking extra calcium may lead to harmful deposits around the heart, increasing the risk of heart attack. the consensus is that dietary sources are the main risk of having thin bones is fragility fractures particularly if someone is old. photo: istock women are four times more likely than men to get osteoporosis, since their lev- els of oestrogen fall after the menopause. hormone replacement therapy can help maintain strong bones and prevent fragility frac- tures (fractures that occur on minimal force). once you have osteoporosis, though, it is not very effective. a healthy, balanced diet should provide the recom- mended 700 millgrams a day of calcium that you need preferable to supplements, except if you can't get enough calcium from your diet because you have a con- dition such as crohn's dis- ease that prevents adequate absorption of dietary calci- um. you need about 10 micrograms a day of vitamin d for healthy bones; 90% comes from the action of sunlight on our skin and 10% from diet (such as oily fish). people who never expose their skin to sunlight or have a restricted diet may need vitamin d supple- ments. the nhs recom- mends that breast-fed babies up to one year old and all children aged one to four should have a daily sup- plement, while children over five and adults should con- sider one in the winter months. the main risk of having thin bones is fragility frac- tures. elderly people who fall and break a hip may nev- er regain their independ- ence. vertebral fractures may be silent initially, but tend to recur and can become multiple and extremely painful and dis- abling. one of the most use- ful things you can do for a frail relative or friend is check their home for poten- tial hazards such as loose carpet. occupational thera- py assessment, to fit hand rails to steps and baths, can be accessed via local author- ity websites or a gp referral. you are at increased risk of osteoporosis if you are elder- ly, female, underweight or immobile; if you have had previous fractures; and if you smoke, drink a lot of alcohol (more than 30 units a week) or take steroids for a condition such as rheuma- toid arthritis. you can do your own risk assessment (there is a useful risk calcula- tor on the university of sheffield's website). in some cases, a bone density scan is useful. this can be arranged by your gp, but the scan needs to be taken in context of your overall risk. if you are at high risk, you will probably be advised to have treatment to build up your bones, even if the scan is normal. thursday, may 10, 2018 5 do you feel confident and relaxed when you run, or is it a painful ordeal? photo: getty images are you running right? 1sam murphy physiotherapists and podiatrists can talk until they are blue in the face about the mechanics of the running gait, but the fact is that only a tiny percentage of people achieve textbook perfection. what's more, opinions on what consti- tutes correct technique vary enormous- ly. some experts believe a heel strike is most natural; others recommend land- ing on the forefoot. there is, however, some common ground as far as good and bad technique are concerned. if you feel comfortable and relaxed when you run, leave things as they are. if you are constantly injured, or find running a painful ordeal, consider changing your style. listed below are the some deadly sins of running technique: overstriding puts the muscles in an inefficient lengthened position, and causes the foot to land in front of the knee, which creates a braking effect. you will feel as if you are landing very heavily, with your foot striking the ground way out in front of your knee. too much up-and-down movement is a waste of energy. the likeliest cause is lifting the knees too high in front and pushing off the toes. a very short stride can also be to blame. you may feel as if you are running on the spot rather than moving forwards and could be opening yourself up to calf tightness or injury problems. arms going across the torso, hampering forward motion, is another example of wasted movement. pronation - when the arch of the foot flattens to help dissipate the impact of landing - is normal. it's when the foot overpronates that there's a problem, because the foot attempts to push off while the arch is still collapsed. this puts extra stress on the muscles sup- porting the arch, which in turn pull on their attachments to the inside of the shin bone. the knee then rolls in (a good visual indicator of overpronation) and becomes tight. the gluteals (but- tocks) are put in an inefficient position by the inward rotation of the knees, causing tightness in the hip flexors (front of hip) and back and a pelvic tilt. in this posture, the pelvis is tilted for- wards and the hips pushed back (often accompanied by a forward lean from the waist). this reduces the power of the hamstrings and glutesal and is often a result of weak muscles in the core, poor pelvic alignment and tight hip flexors, though it can set in as a result of fatigue during a run. this pos- ture is responsible for a lot of back and hip problems. far less common than overpronation is oversupination, when, instead of rolling in too far, the foot doesn't roll in enough and remains on the outside edge. this reduces the foot's ability to absorb the shock of impact and increas- es the risk of stress fractures, especially along the outside edge of the foot and the shin. this is more common among people with bow legs and high arches. oversupinators often have signs of excessive wear on the lateral side of their shoes. runners who oversupinate need well-cushioned shoes. relying too much on the quads (front of thighs) and hip flexors rather than using the hamstrings (back of thigh) and glutes reduces the power and length of your stride. stand side on to a wall to hold for balance and swing one leg freely, forwards and backwards, keeping it straight and relaxed. there should be a good back swing as well as forward. you may have poor hip drive if the pelvis feels "jammed", or if the leg splays outwards on the back swing or the back appears to arch a lot (your body is trying to get extra range by cheating). work on stretching the quads and hip flexors, which will improve pelvic stability and mobility. a pelvis that shifts too far from side to side produces something known as the trendelenberg gait. the hip of the swing leg drops and the hip of the stance leg "pops out" to the side, because the muscles either side (adduc- tors and abductors) aren't able to hold the pelvis level. this makes the foot land badly and can cause problems in the lower back and along the outside of the leg. try standing leg lifts. stand side on on a step with one leg hanging over the edge. now hitch up the hanging leg so that it is higher than the step, imagining that you are drawing the hip right up into its socket. lower and repeat 10 times. your head weighs 3-4½kg. if you crane your neck forwards, or pull your head back, you'll put undue stress and strain on the neck and upper back. you want it to be perfectly aligned above the vertebrae in the neck so that the weight is evenly distributed. look ahead at the ground between 10 and 30m in front of you. keep your jaw and neck relaxed. let your shoulders hang loose. allow a slight rotation of the shoulder girdle around the spine - this is quite natural and counterbalances the rotation of the hips. imagine your arms are pistons, firing you forwards, with elbows bent some- where close to 90 degrees and moving in a forwards-backwards direction, or just slightly across the torso. moving your arms faster makes your legs move faster, so use more arm power when you're running hard, less when you're jogging. but don't try too hard - the effort needs to come only when you're bringing the arm back; it'll come for- wards on its own. keep them relaxed. you can maintain a very loose fist, but don't hold them rigid. keep the chest open, up and for- wards, as if you had a string tied to your sternum, drawing you forwards. but don't bend forwards from the waist. while opinions vary on whether you should be upright or adopting a slight forward lean when running, you cer- tainly don't want to be a) leaning back- wards or b) bending forwards from the waist or hips. keep your lower tummy gently pulled in. how serious are you to manage acne could plato have been on to something? 11photo: dreampictures creative people are more likely to get schizophrenia alice klein from van gogh and beethoven to darwin and plath, the number of creative geniuses that have suffered from mental health issues has long sparked the debate - is there a tie between creativity and mental health? well, according to a new study published in the british jour- nal of psychiatry there is, as creatives are more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depres- sion than the rest of the population. previous research has often been limited due to issues like small samples sizes, however, this new study looked at the health records of the whole of sweden - providing a sample of almost 4.5 million people. the researchers then took into account whether these people studied an artistic subject - like music or drama - at university. strangely enough, those with artsy degrees were 90 percent more likely to be hospitalized for schizophrenia than their less creative counterparts. the hospitaliza- tions were most likely to happen at some point during their 30s. what's more, artists were 62 percent more likely to be admitted to hospital due to bipolar disorder and 39 per- cent more likely to go to hospital for depression. the researchers determined that it wasn't simply the act of going to university that affected mental health, as those with law degrees did not have higher rates of these ill- nesses than the general population. variables like iq were also taken into account. this is not the first study to find a link between men- tal health and creativity. for example, in 2010 brain scans revealed similarities between the thought path- ways of schizophrenics and very creative people. mean- while, a 2015 study found that creative people have a raised risk of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. however, a 2012 study found that just writers are at a higher risk. so why does this connection exist? well, it's still not really clear. it could be that creative people are more likely to think deeply and be emotionally unstable, mak- ing them more vulnerable to conditions like depression. meanwhile, bouts of productivity and high energy are linked to both creativity and bipolar disorder. lead author james mccabe told new scientist that the genet- ics behind creativity might also influence mental health. "creativity often involves linking ideas or concepts in ways that other people wouldn't think of," he told new scientist. "but that's similar to how delusions work - for example, seeing a connection between the color of someone's clothes and being part of an mi5 conspiracy." however, while creative people are naturally more likely to study art subjects, many creative people do not, so the new study is limited in that it used degree subject as the sole measure of creativity. however, taking previous research into account too, there does appear to be some sort of link. still, it's important to remember that the rates of conditions like schizophrenia are still very low even among creative people, so if you are an artist yourself, there's no need to worry. david cox squeezing or picking can lead to per- manent pigmentation marks or scar- ring. acne is the result of dead skin cells, bacteria and natural oils block- ing up hair follicles in your skin, but you can't drain them on your own. some adults experience cystic acne, inflamed lesions that form deep beneath the skin tissue due to infec- tion. this requires medication. if you are prone to acne, using too much makeup and cosmetic prod- ucts will block your pores and make matters worse. try to use products that are described as water-based, oil-free, and non-comedogenic - meaning it doesn't cause blackheads by blocking pores. if you have facial acne, avoid overwashing your face. washing more than twice a day can dry out your skin, stimulating it to produce more oil to compensate. the main cause of acne is believed to be hormone fluctuations, which makes adult women more prone to breakouts than men. switching con- traceptives, however, can sometimes help, as there are several birth con- trol pills that are approved for treat- ing acne. the relationship between food and acne is complex, with foods long- suspected of causing acne - choco- late, fried food and nuts - not found to have an effect in large studies. research has shown that excess insulin from foods with a high glycemic index, such as pasta and bread, may increase the levels of oil- triggering hormones in women, con- tributing to acne. low-glycemic foods such as whole grains are digested slower and cause less of an insulin spike. prescription creams containing topical retinoids are among the most effective acne treatments, although you may not see immediate results for several weeks. the skin converts retinol to retinoic acid which helps unplug the blocked follicles. they also stimulate collagen, and can be used in combination with other spot treatments. those containing ingre- dients such as salicylic acid, which gently exfoliates to unclog the pores, and benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne bacteria, are especially effec- tive. but be careful, as overuse of retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can bacteria and reduce inflammation. research has suggested taking antibiotics along with benzoyl perox- ide to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance. if your acne is thought to be direct- ly related to changes in hormones rather than infection, you may be prescribed a medication such as spironolactone. this helps to block hormones from triggering the oil glands. but while spironolactone is one of the most reliable hormonal treatments for acne, it could be advisable to consider alternatives if acne is almost exclusively associated with teenagers. photo: getty irritate your skin. for severe acne, your doctor may also prescribe you a short course of oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, to kill excess skin you are thinking of starting a family, as it remains unclear whether spironolactone is safe to use during pregnancy.
national national thursday, may 10, 2018 6 fish farming becomes boon for many rajshahi people was 52,171 metric tonnes in 2009 while it increases to over 80,870 metric tonnes in 2017. highlighting various progarmmes taken by the department of fisheries, he said about 95,477 kilograms of fish fingerlings were released in internal water- bodies to increase fish production. incentives noting that some 18,751 fishermen were given registration, the official said, of them, about 12,232 fishermen have already got identity cards so that they can get necessary supports and the government. he said a total of 35 water bodies with area of 3,062.03 hectares were established in the district to boost the production of carp fishes while 15 fish sanctuaries were established with a view to preserving indigenous endangered fish species. from around 50,176 people, who are involved in fish farming, were imparted training for enhancing fish production, he also said. "we've established 312 projection hatcheries with the area of 76.60 hectares for wide- ranging dissemination of modern fish farming technology through projection," he added. rajshahi: fish farming made many people financially solvent here along with boosting their social dignity and contributing to meet the demand of animal protein across the country, reports bss. akbar hossain, a fish farmer of bojorpur village in mohanpur upazila, alone produced 28.5 metric tons of fish worth around taka 42.75 lakh making neat profit of taka 12.75 lakh in 2017. through ensuring quality, he collects eggs from government hatchery and rivers and breeds fishes from the eggs by himself. in the initial stage, he got training from upazila fisheries office on fish farming. dr amimul ehsan, senior upazila fisheries officer of mohanpur, said there are more than 1,500 fish farmers in the upazila and most of them become succeeded in the fish farming. investment has gradually been being increased in this sector. district fisheries officer subhash chandra shaha told bss today that fish production has increased significantly here after taking multidimensional and extension programmes. fish production development hasan intisar obtains gpa-5 in ssc exam tbt reports: in hasan intisar obtained gpa-5 ssc examination in this year 2018. he was a student of motijheel ideal school and college under dhaka education board. he also achieved golden gpa-5 in psc and jsc examination from the same school. columnist hasan is the younger son of abdul alim who is a journalist, researcher and by profession. he hails from ruposhi mirbari area of rupganj upazila under narayanganj district. hasan wishes to be a pilot in future. he seeks blessings from all. kcc polls campaign gains momentum election khulna: with only five days left, campaign for the upcoming of khulna city corporation (kcc) scheduled to be held on may 15 has gained momentum, reports bss. the leading mobile phone operator grameenphone on wednesday official- ly launched 4g services in tongi. marking the occasion an ananda rally was held at shataish area of tongi. ashfakuzzaman chowdhury, gp's head of dhaka north region, aminur rahman sarkar, marketing head of dhaka circle, dhaka technology head zakir hasan, gazipur area manager a fm safat aman and senior territory manager raju sinha were present at the rally. photo: nasir uddin bulbul all the contenders including mayoral aspirants are conducting campaign from early morning to midnight. many of the candidates have set up the election offices at important and following intersections election the candidates are passing busy days as they are showing utmost sincerity to reach all the voters physically. points rules. talukder md yunus, a lawmaker from barisal 2, executive engineer md mizanur rahman, uno md shariful islam, municipal mayor adv. subhash chandra shil, upazila al president golam saleh monju mollah and press club president mizanur islam inspected construction work of protection dam in banaripara upazila of barishal district on wednesday. photo: mizanur islam two-day international scientific conference of cvasu begins on may 12 m a mahedi, cvasu correspondent: the 15th international scientific conference will be held on the 12th and 13th of may at the university campus, organized by chittagong veterinary and animal sciences university. education minister nurul islam nahid, mp will inaugurate the conference as the chief guest. on this occasion, a press conference was held at the conference room of the university's administrative building at 12pm on wednesday. university vice- chancellor prof. gautam buddha das disclosed the information. in a written speech, the vice-chancellor said, we are going to organize the 15th international scientific conference on the 12th and 13th may, saturdays and sundays, just like every year. the theme of this year's conference is: "the sustainable food system of a middle income country like bangladesh role of fisheries and animal resources - role of livestock and fisheries on a sustainable food system the conference will present one main article and 49 research articles in 7 technical sessions. 25 posters related to the conference will be displayed. about 250 scientists, researchers, academics, environmentalists, professionals, ngos, development partners and donor from different universities, institutes, government and non-government organizations, india, malaysia, indonesia, thailand and south korea, will participate in the international conference. including research agencies he also said that honorable education minister mr. nurul islam nahid, mp, government of the people's republic of bangladesh will be present as chief guest on the opening ceremony of the conference at the university auditorium on saturday, may 12, at 10:00 am. the v.c. professor of west bengal university animal and sciences, india's higher education institute, will be the special guest. dr. purnendu bishas, the founder and vice-chancellor professor dr. niteish chandra debnath and professor yong hong of the department of biotecnology pukyong national university south korea and on the 13th of may, the closing ceremony of the conference will be held in the same auditorium at 5:00 pm on sunday. honorable chairman of university grants commission, professor abdul mannan will remain as the chief guest. dean of the department of fisheries faculty was present at the press conference. among others, m. nurul abacher khan, dean of food science and technology faculty dr. md. raihan faruq, director of one health institute professor dr. sharmin chowdhury, registrar mirza faruk imam, proctor professor gautam kumar debnath, professor dr. ashraf ali bishas, professor dr. md. rashedul alam deputy director mr khallilur and assistant professor md. asaduzza were also present. they are also using loudspeakers, distributing leaflets and manifesto to reach their messages to voters. five candidates are vying for mayoral post. they are awami league backed candidate and former mayor talukder abdul khaleque (boat), backed candidate nazrul islammanju ( paddy-stack), jatiya backed candidate shafiqur rahman mushfiq (plough), islami andolon backed candidate mowlana muzammel haque(handfan) and cpb backed candidate mizanur rahman babu(scythe). party bnp chittagong veterinary and animal sciences university vice-chancellor prof. gautam buddha das addressed a press conference in university's administrative building on wednesday. photo: m a mahedi besides, however, main fight is believed to be taken place between khaleque and manju. 148 aspirants are contesting for 31 general councilor posts and 38 women for 10 reserved seats of councilors. there are 4, 93,092 voters including 2, 44, 109 women to cast their votes in 289 centres. talking to bss, md khulna younus regional election commissioner, today said four vigilance teams. ali, seminar on climate change held in mymensingh jamalpur: a three-day long regional research extension review and programme planning workshop began at the seminar room of regional agriculture research station(rars) in the district town toyesterday, reports bss. rars, jamalpur, organisesd the workshop for the officers of mymensingh region. the opening session of the workshop was presided over by chief scientific officer, rars, dr md abdul malek. director of oil-seed research, bangladesh agriculture research institute, gazipur, dr md sakhawat hossain and additional director, department of agricultural extensions (dae), mymensingh region, md asadullah were present as chief and special guests respectively. in the opening day, principal scientific officer dr manjurul kadir, principal scientific officer dr ma mannan, principal scientific officer dr md mosharraf hossain and senior scientific officer, dr asaduzzaman presented their key note papers on various topics. the participants at the workshop stressed the need for evolving of new varieties of crops adapting to the challenges of climate change. a total of 65 officers of dae, rars and seed wings of mymensingh region took part in the workshop. gd-683/18 (10 x 3) we`y¨r/rb-1325(2)/9/5/18 gd-688/18 (4 x 3)
international international 7 thursday, may 10, 2018 blast kills 2 para- military soldiers in india's northeast police say a homemade bomb has exploded in india's remote northeast, killing two paramilitary sol- diers and wounding two civilians. police officer k. meghachandra says the explosion occurred wednesday at a paramili- tary post near the residence of the top elected official in manipur state, but it was unclear whether he was the target. the northeast region is home to dozens of separatist groups that accuse the gov- ernment of exploiting the area's natural resources while doing little for the indigenous people. they often target government forces. meghachandra said a grenade attack tuesday night outside the office of the assam rifles, a paramil- itary force, in the state capital, imphal, injured one soldier. amnesty says london gangs database is discriminatory britain's information watchdog said wednesday it is investigating a police data- base of potential london gang members that amnesty international alleges is racially dis- criminatory and breaches human rights law. amnesty said the metropolitan police gangs matrix is "stigmatizing young black men for the type of music they listen to or their social media behavior." the database holds information on almost 4,000 people. the vast majority are teens or young men, and 78 percent are black. police figures show 27 percent of those prosecuted for youth violence are black. set up after england's 2011 riots, the data- base compiles information including police records, information from local authorities and social-media entries to identify suspect- ed gang members. it then uses a secret algo- rithm to calculate "risk of harm" scores based on the likelihood an individual will be involved in violence. forty percent of people on the database have a harm score of zero, meaning there is no information linking them to violence in the last two years. gang rivalries have been cited as a factor behind a rise in stabbings in london, and some community workers have suggested social media has helped disputes escalate quickly to violence. "there is clearly a huge problem with knife crime violence at the moment in london, but the gangs matrix is not the answer," said amnesty u.k. director kate allen. "it's part of an unhelpful and racialized focus on the concept of gangs." amnesty also said in a report that there were no clear processes for reviewing or updating the database, or for challenging the inclusion of a name. the information commissioner's office said it was "considering how the database is used and if any aspects of it constitute a breach of the data protection act." scotland yard defended the database, say- ing it aimed to "reduce gang-related violence and prevent young lives being lost" by steer- ing young people away from gangs. "some young people identified as part of a gang may not yet have been drawn into gang violence," the force said in a statement. "these individuals will be offered support to divert them away from activity that may result in either violent offending or them becoming a victim." suicide bombers strike in afghan capital, 6 wounded three suicide bombers struck two police stations in afghanistan's capital on wednesday, wounding at least six people, officials said. interior ministry spokesman najib danish says the first suicide bomber struck a station in the western part of the city. he says there was sporadic gunfire after the blast, as a "cleanup operation" was underway. he says another two suicide bombers struck at the entrance of a police station in the city center. asam, the head of the kabul ambu- lance service, who only has one name, confirmed that six people have been transferred to hospitals. the toll was expected to rise. the taliban and is frequently target afghanistan's western-backed gov- ernment and security forces. twin sui- cide bombings claimed by is last week killed at least 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack. it was the deadliest assault on reporters since the fall of the taliban in 2001. elsewhere in afghanistan, the tal- iban advanced on a district com- pound, officials said wednesday, with one reporting the capture of the north- ern district by the insurgents and another saying heavy fighting was still underway. the battle for the compound in the bilchirgh district, in the northern faryab province, came a day after the insurgents captured the district com- pound in the remote tala wa barfak district, in the northern baghlan province. the taliban have captured several districts in different parts of the country from afghan security forces since 2014, when the u.s. and nato formally concluded their com- bat mission and shifted to a support- ing role. mohammad hashim, a mem- ber of parliament from faryab province, said the taliban captured the district headquarters in bilchirgh early wednesday after more than 40 security forces retreated under heavy fire. he said the taliban also captured several villages nearby. provincial police spokesman abdul karim yuresh said the fighting is still under- way and that government forces still hold the compound. the taliban issued a statement say- ing they control the district and claim- ing to have killed 10 security forces. elsewhere in afghanistan, the tal- iban attacked a school being used as a voter registration center, killing eight soldiers in the latest in a series of attacks targeting preparations for elections later this year. abdul aziz beg, head of the govern- ing council in the western badghis province, said two other soldiers were wounded and one is missing. "there are many areas in the province under a high security threat, and this site was one of those areas," he said, adding that the center was some 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the provincial capital of qala-e now. in the eastern nangarhar province, a rocket fired by insurgents struck a mar- ket, killing two people and wounding 19, according to attahullah khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. he said another four other civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a gun- battle in the same district, in which two insurgents were killed and seven wounded. it was unclear who was behind the attacks, but the taliban and an islamic state affiliate are both active in the province. myanmar whistleblower police officer says jailing a warning a myanmar police officer who testified that his col- leagues helped frame two reporters being tried on charges of possessing state secrets has said his subse- quent jailing was intended to intimidate any other officers thinking of telling the truth. police capt. moe yan naing again wednesday, with his hands and feet shackled and wear- ing blue prison clothing. after he gave his surprise testimony last month, he was sentenced to a year in jail for violating the police disciplinary act. testified his testimony boosted hope that reuters reporters wa lone and kyaw soe oo will be acquitted of the charges, under which they could be imprisoned for 14 years. africa's "flying doctors" awarded with spain's top prize a spanish foundation has announced amref africa, which sends "flying doctors" to far-flung areas of the con- tinent, as the recipient of one of this year's princess of asturias awards, the coun- try's most prestigious prizes. amref's flying ambulances carrying and physicians have brought medical assistance to mil- lions in eastern africa's remote areas since the aid group was founded in kenya in 1957. surgeons malaysia voting finished, results late evening voting is over in malaysia's closely fought general election but not without opposition complaints that some people were denied a vote. election commission chairman mohamad hashim abdullah says voters aren't allowed to cast ballots after 5 p.m. even if they're in a queue at polling places. he says this is part of malaysia's election law and those unhappy with it can challenge the decision in court. it's unclear how many voters have been affected. opposition leader mahathir mohamad says he received reports many voters were still queuing at 5 p.m. and criti- cized the commission for not providing enough polling stations. he says "the process is not efficient enough," adding, "it's not the voters' fault." results are expected late wednesday evening. malaysia's merdeka opinion center says the final voter turnout in wednes- day's general election is likely to be low- er than the record 85 percent in 2013 but still high compared with earlier elec- tions. the center's program director ibrahim suffian says turnout may be about 80 percent or in the high 70s after the elec- tion commission said it was 69 percent as of 3 p.m. ibrahim says the decision to hold the election midweek is probably the main factor in turnout falling from 2013 as some people wouldn't have been able to make it hometowns to vote, particularly among the half million malaysians who work in neighboring singapore. some analysts say a lower turnout favors the ruling party. polling booths close at 5 p.m. a malaysian citizen casts her ballot during the voting day of general elec- tions in kuala lumpur, malaysia, wednesday. photo: internet germany's cabinet has approved new rules that will allow migrants granted limited protection to apply for family members to join them, more than two years after such reunions were suspended. photo: internet german cabinet approves new rules on migrant reunions germany's cabinet has approved new rules that will allow migrants granted limited protection to apply for family members to join them, more than two years after such reunions were suspended. under the rules set to take effect in august, a maximum 1,000 close relatives per month will be allowed in to join migrants granted "subsidiary protection," which falls short of full asylum. family reunions were a hard-fought issue in negotiations earlier this year to form a new ger- man government. the government said wednesday that migrants won't be legally entitled to be joined by close rel- atives - spouses, children under 18, or the parents of migrants under 18 - and authorities will make case-by- case decisions on humanitarian grounds. people who married after fleeing their homeland won't be able to seek spouses' admission. eu envoy says iran deal will not 'fall apart' without the us the iran nuclear deal will not "fall apart" despite the united states withdrawing from the landmark accord, the european union's repre- sentative to china said wednesday. the eu believes "that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community," ambassador hans dietmar schweisgut said during a press briefing in beijing. "this is not an agreement that will fall apart if you just walk away." negotiated by the obama administration, the 2015 iran accord included eu members germany, france and britain, and had lifted most u.s. and international economic sanctions against iran. in exchange, iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rig- orous inspections. president donald trump abruptly withdrew the u.s. from the deal tuesday and restored harsh sanctions against iran. iran's parliament speaker ali larijani said in a speech wednesday that his country will evaluate the eu's ability to protect the nuclear accord. europe speaking at an event to mark day, schweisgut also urged bei- jing to create a "level playing field" for european busi- nesses operating in the country. hundreds protest attack on journalist in montenegro hundreds are protesting in montenegro after unknown assailants shot and wounded a prominent crime reporter, the latest attack on journalists in the small balkan country that is seeking eu membership. carrying banners reading "stop violence," or "for a life without fear," the protesters gath- ered wednesday outside the montenegrin government building in the capital, podgorica. the rally was organized by the media and rights groups. they are demanding the authori- ties find the assailants who opened fire late tuesday on olivera lakic from the vijesti daily. lakic, 49, remains hospitalized after the bullet penetrated her right leg. she was previous- ly beaten up six years ago, and a bomb exploded outside another crime reporter's home last month. council of europe secretary general thorbjorn jagland says he is "shocked and saddened" by the shooting. hundreds protested in montenegro on wednesday after unknown assailants shot and wounded a prominent crime and corruption reporter, the latest attack on journalists in the small balkan country that is seeking eu membership. photo: internet netanyahu to meet putin amid new round of syria strikes israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu traveled to moscow on wednesday, where he and president vladimir putin will discuss military coordination amid new strikes in syria blamed on israel. syrian state-run media said israel struck a military outpost near the capital, damascus, on tuesday. the britain- based syrian observatory for human rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket likely belonged to iran's elite revolutionary guard in kisweh, killing nine people. launchers that tensions between israel and iran are high over iran's efforts to expand its mil- itary presence in syria, where it is a key ally of president bashar assad. repeated airstrikes attributed to israel have killed iranian fighters and prompted threats of reprisal from tehran. president donald trump's announcement tuesday that the u.s. would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the middle east. "the meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so," netanyahu said ahead of his departure. "in light of what is currently happening in syria, it is necessary to ensure the con- tinued coordination" between the two militaries. netanyahu made no mention of the overnight strikes. the israeli and russian militaries have been in contact throughout much of russia's intervention in syria, where moscow has waged an air campaign in support of assad's forces since 2015. russia also considers iran a strategic ally. israel views iran as its archenemy, cit- ing iran's calls for israel's destruction, support for militant groups across the region and growing military activity in neighboring syria. israel has warned that it will not allow iran to establish a permanent military presence in syria. israel's military went on high alert tuesday and bomb shelters were ordered open in the israeli-controlled golan heights following reports of "irregular activity of iranian forces in syria." after an uneventful night, the military on wednesday called on resi- dents to return to "full civilian routine," meaning studies and excursions.
art art && culture culture anand ahuja lucky to have sonam, says brother harshvardhan actor harshvardhan kapoor has wished happiness and love to his sibling sonam kapoor, who on tuesday tied the knot to delhi-based businessman anand ahuja. harshvardhan feels his brother-in-law is a "lucky" man to have sonam as his wife. harshvardhan shared a photograph of himself with the newly-married couple on instagram and wrote: "mush alert - senior sonam kapoor... there is no one quite like you and no one with a bigger heart. you're a lucky man anand ahuja, but remember i was here first! wishing you both a lifetime of happiness and love." sonam, who has earned the 'fashionista' tag in bollywood with her experimental taste, chose a bright red lehenga with heavy jewellery for her wedding day. the groom too looked dapper in a a beige sherwani. he paired his sherwani with a beige and cream 'saafa' along with pearl and ruby strings. from the film and fashion industry, amitabh bachchan, abhishek bachchan, karan johar, jacqueline fernandez, rani mukerji, swara bhasker, kareena kapoor khan, saif ali khan, karisma kapoor, ranveer singh, designer masaba gupta and stylist pernia qureshi were present at the wedding ceremony. veere di wedding song tareefan was composed on flight 8 thursday, may 10, 2018 rishi kapoor demystified acting for me in hum dono, says pooja bhatt filmmaker-actor pooja bhatt says her hum dono co- star rishi kapoor made acting easy for her. pooja bhatt tweeted on tuesday, "hum dono'! rishi kapoor -- a man and co-star who demystified acting for me when i worked with him back in 1995! invaluable lessons i carried forward for life! what a joy to have a free- wheeling conversation with him on the flight back from chandigarh years later!" rishi replied to pooja and said, "i second that, pooja! so, nice to have travelled together. you made some very valid observations. looking forward to 'sadak 2' and your web series!" hum dono released in 1995 also starred nana patekar. it was inspired by the film "planes, trains and automobiles", starring steve martin and john candy. actor manoj bajpayee has wrapped up shooting for his upcoming film satyameva jayate. director milap zaveri on monday shared on twitter a photograph of himself along with manoj, who is seen sporting a police officer's uniform. "it's a wrap on satyameva jayate for manoj bajpayee sir! what a pleasure it has been to direct you sir! you rocked each of the 1500+ dialogues i gave you," zaveri captioned the image. satyameva jayate promises intense action and power- packed dialogues. is produced by bhushan kumar of t-series and nikkhil advani of emmay entertainment. it the film, which also stars john abraham, will release on august 15. (this story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. only the headline has been changed.) 5 bangladeshi films to be screened at saarc film festival a total of five bangladeshi films will be screened at the 8th saarc film festival beginning on may 22 in colombo, sri lanka. of these, three films are full-length features and two are short films, according to the film festival's website. the full-length films are 'haldaa' directed by tauquir ahmed, 'khacha' by akram khan and 'akhi o tar bondhura' by morshedul islam while the two short films are 'kalo megher bhelay' and 'daag'. a total of 55 films in three different categories will be shown at the festival. it's very difficult to slot me, says rajeev khandelwal likes rajeev khandelwal to describe himself as "an explorer, a husband and an actor", but thanks to his on-screen roles, he has been labelled as a lover boy, a charmer and more. he says owing to the different genres and mediums that he has tried, it won't be easy to "slot" him now. it doesn't take long for actors to earn labels. asked if there is any specific label that he would like to shake off, rajeev said, "when i started off (in showbiz), i was labelled as lover boy, then i did films that were very intense and then i did a show which was very different. now i know that when people think of me, there are sections in society who like kahiin to hoga or left right left or aamir. so now, i think it is very difficult to slot me. i have done a lot of mediums. i am doing projects which are interesting." but he is yearning to do plays. "theatre is something which has not happened for me. i think really highly of theatre. that would be one more thing that i would like to try other than various characters," said the actor, best known for playing sujal garewal in the show kahiin to hoga from 2003-2005. a statement. he has been djing across the uk and singapore for a large part of his teenage years. he is also known for music placements in shows like america's next top model and his work in the hindi film industry. with over 20 hits in bollywood as a music producer, he has worked alongside music directors such as pritam and shankar-ehsaan-loy and delivered hits for movies like dilwale, ae dil hai mushkil and bajrangi bhaijaan. it's a wrap for manoj bajpayee, john abraham's satyameva jayate tareefan, the song that has been sung by rapper badshah, and has actresses kareena kapoor khan, sonam kapoor, swara bhasker and shikha talsania lip-synching to his voice in its video, was composed on a flight on an ipad, says its composer qaran. "it was a great feeling to be able to introduce my sound and brand of music with tareefan. the song was composed on a flight from mumbai to delhi on my ipad," qaran, a music composer, music producer, lyricist and rapper, said in h o r o s c o p e aries (march 21 - april 20): natives of aries are often confident energetic people, who should consider setting up arrangements for larger family gatherings like reunions. natives of this sign are often driving forces in the professional and political areas. and libra (sept. 24 - oct. 23): at some stage over the next few days you will see or hear something that makes you view the world in a new light. a change of perspective will lead to new ways of thinking, ways that answer all the questions you have been asking. taurus (april 21 - may 21): the obstacles you face at the moment may be daunting but you have what it takes to overcome them. don't try to avoid what fate sends your way over the next few days - it is designed to strengthen you, not destroy you. scorpio (oct. 24 - nov. 22): find out why a partner or loved one so erratically, then do what you can to assist them. most likely their problems are nowhere near as big as they think they are and can quite easily be corrected - as can your own! behaving is gemini (may 22 - june 21): there may be times when you would like nothing better than to cut yourself off from the world at large but that simply isn't possible. make the best job of what you are expected to do and try to steal a few hours for yourself later on. sagittarius (nov. 23 - dec. 21): yours is a sign of boundless self- confidence and that's good because you will need it over the next few days. if you are not happy in your current environment don't be afraid to pack a bag and take off for a few days. cancer (june 22 - july 23): some things are important and some things are not and if you don't yet know the difference then it's time you found out. this should be a productive time for you but you need to learn how to say "no" when people ask you for favours. lack purpose at capricorn (dec. 22 - jan. 20): you seem to the moment but that will change if you look for ways to express yourself. whatever challenges come your way, and there will be plenty, see them as opportunities to be embraced rather than as threats to be avoided. leo (july 24 - aug. 23): if you are not yet getting the rewards and the respect you deserve don't worry, in a matter of days your name will be on everybody's lips. the sun in aries makes you both creative and adventurous, so do something out of the ordinary. keep setbacks aquarius (jan. 21 - feb. 19): stay calm and in perspective. if you can learn to take yourself a bit less seriously over the coming week then your problems, such as they are, will fade into insignificance. rest assured your successes will always outnumber your failures. virgo (aug. 24 - sept. 23): you may be tempted to go on a journey today but the planets warn it could lead you in some unforeseen directions, so make sure you take a map and don't promise to be at a certain place at a specific time - because you won't make it. pisces (feb. 20 - mar. 20): it does not matter if other people approve of what you are doing, it matters only that it means something to you. the very last thing you should be doing now is asking friends and family for their opinions - it's your views that count.
sports sports 9 thursday, may 10, 2018 tigresses misery continue on in sa tour bangladesh win five gold in issf archery championship bangladesh secured six gold, one silver and two bronze gold medals but this time they had to remain satisfied with five gold, five silver and bronze. d deputy minister on youth and sports arif khan joy mp was the chief guest on the closing day of the championship and distributed the prizes. bangladesh archery federation (baf) president lieutenant general m moinul islam, baf general secretary kazi rajib uddin ahmed chapal, baf officials and issf officials were also present on the occasion. participating countries in three day tourney were azerbaijan, chad, iraq, kyrgyzstan, saudi arabia, libya, nepal, morocco, tajikistan, tunisia, turkey, uae, uganda, mauritania, djibouti, pakistan, estonia and host bangladesh. deputy minister on youth and sports arif khan joy mp was the chief guest on the closing day of the championship and distributed the prizes. female archer rokhsana akhter won gold in the compound women' event iraq's beating her rival fatimah almashhadani 136-133. bangladesh archery federation (baf) president lieutenant general m moinul islam, baf general secretary kazi rajib uddin ahmed chapal, baf officials and issf officials were also present on the occasion. sports desk: sports desk: as expected bangladesh archers lived up the top billing as they ended the issf international archery championships by winning five gold medals in nine events at the maulana bhasani hockey stadium on wednesday, reports bss. solidarity bangladesh archers won gold at four out of the five compound events but managed just one gold medal at the recurve events where they were competing for four out of five golds. the hosts only gold in recurve event came as recurve men's team beat nepal 5-1. in an all-bangladesh final, kumar das defeated compatriot abul kashem mamun 140-134 to win gold in the compound men's event. female archer rokhsana akhter won gold in the compound women' event beating her iraq's rival fatimah almashhadani 136-133. and morocco bangladesh also won gold in the men and women's team event beating iraq 225-205 216-152 respectively. the only compound event where they missed out on gold was the mixed event where they were beaten 146- 143 by iraq. however top ranked bangladesh archer ruman sana disappointed the partisan crowd as was beaten by ksa's abdalelah binali in the recurve men's final by 7-1 sets. earlier, in the the first issf cricket national bangladesh women's team misery continued on as they lose the five-match odi series 0-3 after suffering a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against host south africa women's cricket team in the third odi held on wednesday at diamond oval, kimberley, reports bss. put into bat first by south africa, bangladesh were bundled out for meager 71 runs in 36.5 overs with only two batsmen able to reach the double figure mark. saved wicket keeper nigar sultana the bangladesh eves from total embarrassment as she top scored with unbeaten 33 runs while panna ghosh made 12, after bangladesh were staggering by losing their first four wickets for only six runs the scoreboard. in claimed medium pacer ayabonga khaka was the pick of south african bowler as three she bangladesh's wickets conceding 16 runs. she was well by marizanne kapp who captured two wickets giving away 14 runs. supported chasing a paltry winning target of 72 runs set by bangladesh, south africa hardly had to sweat as they strolled home for the loss of one wicket with 214 balls to spare. led lizelle lee and trisha chetty the hosts towards the victory to remain unbeaten on 44 and 15 runs respectively. south nahida akter took the lone african's wickets for 16 runs to allow the host some blemish. from remaining fixture: 11-may-18- 4th odi sa vs bangladesh, diamond oval, kimberley 14-may-18- 5th odi sa vs bangladesh, mangaung oval,bloemfontein. bangladesh compound women's team posing after winning the gold medal at 2nd issf archery championship at the maulana bhashani national stadium on wednesday. photo: unb four women sue usoc, usa taekwondo over sex trafficking sports desk: four women athletes accuse the us olympic committee and usa taekwondo of sex trafficking in a federal lawsuit, alleging they were forced to train and travel with known sexual predators, reports bss. heidi gilbert, mandy meloon, amber means and gaby joslin went to court friday in colorado over what they called "two decades of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of team usa's olympic taekwondo athletes by the entities, officials, coaches and mentors who were entrusted to protect them". the lawsuit cites former us olympic taekwondo coach jean lopez and his brother steven, a two-time olympic champion in the sport. the us center for safesport issued jean a lifetime ban from all world taekwondo events. steven has an interim his investigation continues. restriction while meloon, a two-time world champion, claimed in a 2007 complaint she was raped by jean at the 1997 world cup in egypt when she was 15. she was left off jean's 2007 squad, pressing her case to usoc arbitration. "from at least 2007 onward, the usoc and usa tkd have knowingly protected, empowered and clothed jean lopez with the authority, legitimacy and trustworthiness of being the official coach of team usa's taekwondo team and his brother steven with being the superstar of usa taekwondo," the suit said. "in doing so, they have exposed hundreds of young female athletes to two adult sexual predators, the coach of usa taekowndo and his own brother." the suit claims "in their shared lust for 'medals and money,' the usoc and usa tkd have sheltered steven lopez from prosecution because he delivers commercial riches." gilbert said jean had sexually assaulted her after events in ecuador in 2002 and germany in 2003. the suit says women who wanted onto the us taekwondo team "had no choice but to submit to the lopez brothers' sexual demands. if they refused to do so, they were benched, suspended or kicked off team usa by the lopez brothers, the usoc and usa tkd." in a statement to usa today and the new york times, usoc spokesman patrick sandusky said the organization "is deeply focused on supporting, protecting and empowering the athletes we serve". he told the times that several actions being undertaken, including the launch of the us center for safesport, will "ensure that our athletes are better protected from these heinous acts". usa taekwondo said in a statement to the newspapers that it has not had time to review the details of the lawsuit and so "as this is an in-process legal matter it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time". atletico ‘fed up’ over barca’s pursuit of griezmann sports desk: atletico madrid chief miguel angel gil marin attacked barcelona on tuesday over their pursuit of highly-prized striker antoine griezmann, saying he was "fed up" with the catalan club's attitude, reports bss. marin issued his strongly worded rebuke hours after a spanish radio station reported that barcelona were poised to pay the french international's 100 million-euro release clause. the atletico ceo said the club's stance was very clear. "not once have we negotiated for griezmann nor do we have any intention to do so," he said in a statement issued on the team's official website. "a few months ago, i personally expressed to barcelona's president that our player isn't for sale nor are we going to sell him," he continued. "at the same time, i let him know that his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition..." the uncertainty over griezmann's future could not have come at a worse time for atletico as they prepare for next week's europa league final against marseille. marin added: "we're fed up with barcelona's attitude. "that a president, player and a board member speak the way they've done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a european final, is an absolute lack of respect towards atletico." he said atletico would be demanding compensation from barcelnoa should "the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season". he finished off by declaring "enough is enough. i hope this statement serves its purpose and that us atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should." marin's plea followed a report by cadena cope radio station that "barcelona have told atletico madrid they are going to pay antonie griezmann's get out clause. and atletico know the player will be leaving at the end of the season". the picture shows mitchell starc (l) of australia and tamim iqbal of bangladesh. photo: ap australia cancel hosting bangladesh later this year sports desk: australia have called off hosting bangladesh later this year for financial reasons, arguing that it no longer makes sense to play top-end matches out of season because they get "swamped" by the major football codes, reports cricinfo. the icc's future tours program (ftp) had australia down to play two tests and three odis at home against bangladesh in august and september 2018, the latter's first bilateral tour down under since 2003. however, the trip was scrapped because australian free-to-air broadcasters are understood to be uninterested in televising the series in the middle of the football season. australia communicated to the bcb that the tour was not "commercially viable". cricket such a decision, which mirrors the bcci's refusal to play a day-night test in contravention of ca's wishes, sums up the ad hoc manner in which bilateral tours have been organised and cancelled at various points in recent history, invariably at the expense of the less financially strong countries. espncricinfo has learned that one of the alternative options discussed was australia touring bangladesh after the 2019 world cup. the bcb chief executive nizamuddin chowdhury stated: "we have proposed some options and are now waiting for their response." james sutherland, the ca chief executive, explained the cancellation was related to the timing of the series, plus the fact that apart from india, england and south africa, the rest of the world's cricket nations including bangladesh only play australia sporadically, particularly during the southern summer. "the way in which everything works in cricket is that it's really at the home team's discretion to work things out as to how much they want to host and what they want to host," told espncricinfo earlier this year. "there's obviously an element of reciprocity between what we do, we do that with england, india south africa. sutherland had "we commit to content in other parts of the world under the previous or current cycle, every six years you are at least committed to playing away, but we don't have to play at home or we can vary the programme at home according to our needs and i think we just got squeezed a little bit. "to be honest it hasn't been a great success, playing in the past as we have in northern australia. even more so now with the rise of the profile of the football codes, particularly nrl and afl, it just means we get swamped and it doesn't make sense. besides the huge cost to play up there and getting broadcasters and what have you to pick it up, just makes it difficult." however, sutherland said that such arrangements will no longer apply when the test championship whirs into life in the second half of 2019. from that point, australia and all other nations will be compelled to host the teams they are drawn against. "if we get drawn to play [bangladesh], and we're drawn to play it at home, once you're in a championship situation, the context puts you in a position of wanting to win every game and needing the points and not compromising. so you need to play at home and to try to win because for something that at the end of the day might really matter to finishing one or two and qualifying for the final." final details of the ftp to feature the world test championship, set to begin with the 2019 ashes in which england hosts australia, are expected to emerge soon. those points count australia keen on iniesta as a marquee star sports desk: australian football chiefs plan to contact the agent of barcelona captain andres iniesta to sound him out about a move to the a- league, said wednesday, as the domestic competition looks to recruit a marquee star, reports bss. reports spain's sport website named the a-league as the world cup-winner's "preferred destination" this week, although japan's vissel kobe is also seen as one of his possible next moves. indicated china's chongqing lifan tuesday denied reports that the 33-year-old legend will be joining them "as a player", but left the door open to future cooperation in some capacity. football federation australia's website the governing body planned to contact iniesta's agent after he announced he will leave barcelona at the end of the season following two decades of phenomenal success. a- league boss greg o'rourke said four australian clubs have signalled their intent to make use of a recently announced aus$3 million (us$2.2 million) 'marquee fund', which could be used to lure a player of iniesta's calibre. "we will determine with (the clubs) how this is going to work-do we go out and use $3 million to go and hook one big fish, or three small ones?" he told reporters. "there's some history that would say that (alessandro) del piero, when he was here with (emile) heskey and shinji ono was actually quite amplifying." the a-league most a centralised "guest marquee" fund in 2016, but it attracted only one player, tim cahill, whose stint at melbourne city did not pull in the crowds and boost tv ratings as hoped. recently had psg fix a fee of 260 million euros for neymar sports desk: march 22, 2018 was the date when at mangaratiba, neymar jr's luxury eight- million-euro mansion an hour from the centre of río de janeiro, the psg striker posted a selfie with vinicius junior . both players posted the picture on their respective social media accounts without realising the headache the picture would cause real madrid, as the meeting of the two was something the spanish club wanted to remain a secret, reports ap. vinicius was taken to neymar's house by a real madrid club delegate so both players could get to know each other, but with the massive media repercussion of the social media posts from both players, neymar's media team then filtered that the pictures were taken after "a casual meeting between two good friends". "no one can know that i'm back in rio," was the claim uttered by the madrid representative to countless people in march fully aware that, as the locals say "río es un pueblo" (rio is a small town) and people talk. as understands that there was more than one meeting between the madrid delegate and neymar during the month of march as the psg striker returned to his homeland to recover from his ongoing injury. the background to these meetings in brazil is florentino perez and his determination to secure the signature of neymar. the player has long been on the radar of the bernabéu outfit ever since the time when, as a child he trained with real madrid for two weeks and was close to being sold for a paltry 60,000-euro fee. five years later, then a santos player, madrid saw how their interest in the striker was vanquished by barcelona despite them reaching an advanced stage of the negotiation process after the catalan club paid a 40-million-euro fee to the player's father. neymar moved to camp nou. florentino is confident that the time has come to bring the brazilian star to the santiago bernabéu and it has been suggested that the parisian side would be prepared to release neymar for a fee of 260 million euros. neymar returned to the french capital last friday and will spend the final stage of his recuperation process there as he now prepares for the impending 2018 world cup. both the player and his club psg have stated on a number of occasions that a move will not happen this summer and that neymar will play in the french league next season. there is still much of the negotiation process to undergo but those close to the player have confided that if it were up to the player and real madrid, the ligue 1 game against marseille would have been neymar's last in a paris saint-germain shirt. neymar jr of psg celebrates the victory following the french cup final (coupe de france) between les herbiers vf and paris saint-germain (psg) at stade de france on may 8. photo: ap
economy & business economy & business apon wellbeing ltd wins metlife foundation financial innovation competition powered by verb, secures $50,000 grant met life foundation and verb announced apon wellbeing ltd. as winner of the metlife foundation the competition was open to entrepreneurs, nonprofits and other social impact organizations focused on addressing the financial health needs of low- to moderate-income people. standing out among more than 50 entries, apon wellbeing ltd. won the grand prize and received a grant of $50,000, a press release said. apon wellbeing strives for better health and wellbeing of ready-made garment (rmg) workers by increasing workers real income, providing access to health insurance and creating awareness and access to financial services. the innovative model centers around apon's factory based discounted shops where workers can access quality health, hygiene and nutrition products at a lower price as well as health and life insurance schemes at no additional cost. the platform also offers awareness on these issues. community and metlife foundation is proud to support this first-of-its-kind innovation competition that supports organizations at the forefront of financial inclusion in bangladesh. more than 60 metlife volunteers acted as mentors and judges, providing and partnership that will help the ventures develop and grow. support advice, "this was a great learning experience for me. we had awesome mentors from metlife bangladesh office who walked us through different stages of this competition. even the grand finale judges, who are industry leaders in their own sectors ranging from finance, innovation, development and it, have given us a lot of feedback to help us rethink of our project design and how to make them sustainable and effective."- said the winner, mr. saif, rashi, founder of apon wellbeing in his reaction. shopup, in second place, won $25,000. green delta insurance company ltd., in third place, took home $12,000 and shakti foundation and sajida foundation were each awarded $5,000 as runners-up. through as the chief guest, k m abdus salam, director general at ngo affairs bureau of bangladesh said "financial inclusion is important as we are advancing towards a digital bangladesh. we all know about the metlife company as a leading life insurer, but little did we know about its csr activities done its foundation. i am pleased to see that metlife been contributing immensely by funding and collaborating with development partners in different countries to ensure financial well-being of its people. i also congratulate initiatives like inclusion plus that i believe will have positive impact in the economic empowerment of this country through these innovative venture ideas." foundation has "it is very encouraging to see how corporate foundations and multinational businesses can partner with social entrepreneurs to fuel innovation and impact. metlife foundation and metlife bangladesh have come together to demonstrate how competitions can be a powerful engine to help address some of the world's biggest economic problems," said verb co-founder and ceo, suzi sosa. "we congratulate the winners who have developed a powerful new way to include more people in planning for their financial futures." the inclusion plus bangladesh competition is part of a broader program that was developed in partnership between metlife foundation and verb and is running across ten countries over a three-year period. competitions have already concluded in ireland, china, india, mexico, egypt and lebanon. these competitions help advance financial inclusion for the estimated two billion people globally who do not currently have access to formal financial services. imf raises 2018 gdp growth forecast for asia, hong kong (imf) raised the international monetary fund its forecast for asia's economic growth to 5.6 percent, and that for hong kong to 3.6 percent, according to a report it released here wednesday. the imf released its latest regional outlook for the asia pacific, forecasting economic growth in asia at 5.6 percent in 2018 and 2019, slightly higher than last october's estimate for 0.1 percentage point. its forecast for hong kong's economic growth was raised to 3.6 percent for this year, and 3.2 percent in 2019, up 1 and 0.3 percentage point respectively from its forecast made in october, 2017. the report stated that the economic outlook for asia and the pacific remains strong, and the region continues to be the most dynamic of the global economy. asia however, is vulnerable to tightening of global financial conditions. long-term growth prospects for asia-pacific are impacted by population aging, slowing productivity growth, and the rise of the digital economy. given the many uncertainties, macroeconomic policies should be conservative and aimed at building buffers and increasing resilience. policymakers should also push ahead with structural reforms to address medium- and long-term challenges, according to the report. the bangladeshtoday 10 thursday, may 10, 2018 brothers furniture ltd open a new showroom at aftab plaza in dinajpur city recently. honorable whip of bangladesh national parliament iqbalur rahim (mp) inaugurated the new showroom. chairman of brothers furniture limited habibur rahman sharkar, dealer golam mowla al hossain, staff of brothers furniture and media person was present the opening program. photo: courtesy ipdc opened 'ucchash school' at sonpocha char, bogura in the has light ipdc finance limited, the first private financial institution of bangladesh 1981, established recently recently opened 'ucchash school' at sonpocha char of bogra district in association with amal foundation. to of spread education among underprivileged children of sonpocha, ipdc and amal foundation have jointly taken this initiative. the school is totally free of cost and initially starting with 50 children of sonpocha. 'ucchash school' will also provide free nutritious food and study materials for the students, a press release said. necessary sonpocha is a highly populated char with 10,000 people. their main occupation is agriculture. due to the geographical state of a char about 2 months of each year they live in boats or under the as give totally sky. the place has no electricity as well as no sanitary toilet. there is no certified physician or a school. therefore, life is very hard for the localities. the 'ucchash school' by ipdc is the first ever educational institute on that char area and intends to free educational support as closely possible. 'ucchash school' will provide education on child marriage, dowry, health & awareness besides the regular education. the school will run free health & awareness camps and also provide nutritious food to students. mominul islam, managing director and ceo, finance limited; rizwan dawood shams, deputy managing director, ipdc finance limited; shah wareef hossain, chief operating officer, ipdc finance ipdc head mahzabin limited; ferdous, of corporate communication, ipdc finance limited along with other high officials were present at the launching ceremony. ipdc mominul islam, managing director and ceo, finance limited said, "to spread education in the remote areas of bangladesh, we have taken this initiative with amal foundation. the misery of char area's rural people have no bounds and they often struggle to meet the basic needs. therefore, we have taken this initiative partnering with amal foundation to educate the underprivileged children of sonpocha char area and established the first ever school of sonpocha. we hope we will be able to take more initiatives to develop these remote areas in future and build an educative nation." while performing duties in different portfolios of the bank he traveled to malaysia, singapore, indonesia and united arab emirate he achieved gold medal recognition of his as success in bkb for the fiscal year 2002-2003 and 2003- 2004. he was born in a noble family of rajoir upozila of madaripur district in 1959. in personal life, he is blessed with a son and a daughter, says a press release. ipdc finance limited has recently opened 'ucchash school' at sonpocha char of bogra district in association with amal foundation. to spread the light of educa- tion among the underprivileged children of sonpocha, ipdc and amal foundation have jointly taken this initiative. the school is totally free of cost for the children of sonpocha and will provide free nutritious food and necessary study materials for the students. mominul islam, managing director and ceo, ipdc finance ltd; rizwan dawood shams, deputy managing director, ipdc finance limited; shah wareef hossain, chief operating officer, ipdc finance ltd; mahzabin ferdous, head of corporate communication, ipdc finance limited along with other high officials were present at the launching ceremony. photo: courtesy toyota posts record profit but warns on outlook japanese car giant toyota reported a record full-year net profit wednesday thanks to a weaker yen and us tax cuts, but warned about the outlook for the next 12 months. the company's president akio toyoda said the industry was facing "profound change" and pledged to transform the auto giant into "a mobility company." japan's leading carmaker said net profit jumped 36.2 percent to 2.49 trillion yen ($23 billion) in april-march, but for the current year it expects that to fall 15 percent to 2.12 trillion yen. the boost was driven by a weaker yen and cost-cutting measures, but also us tax cuts, which have pushed up profits for other automakers in recent months. "toyota quickly recovered thanks to the us tax cuts and a weak yen for the last fiscal year," satoru takada, an analyst at tiw, a tokyo-based research and consulting firm, told afp ahead of the wednesday earnings report. toyota said sales rose 6.5 percent to a record 29.3 trillion yen despite a 0.1 percent decline in vehicle sales by unit, and operating profit was up 20.3 percent. it said it expected the market in developing countries to stay steady, with the market in emerging economies expanding gradually. but it also warned of "profound transformation" in the industry as a whole because of "increasing, serious environmental issues and other social challenges, technological innovation such as automated driving". toyoda said the company was facing a "once-in-a-century" challenge, "as our rivals change, as well as the rules of the competition." (and) he said the company now faced rivals that include it companies with massive capital and the ability to adapt swiftly and that toyota would invest in new technology and look for alliances to create novel products and services. he gave no further specifics. "i have decided to transform toyota from a car manufacturer to a mobility company," he said. that would entail becoming a firm that "provides various services involving movement of people around the world," he added, without providing more detail. the company expects a strong yen for the current fiscal year, with sales forecast to slip 1.3 percent to 29 trillion yen. a higher yen makes japanese carmakers less competitive in foreign markets and deflates profits when repatriated. "it is hard for the company to draw up a positive scenario for the current fiscal year as positive factors can't be seen," said analyst takada. shares in toyota surged 3.75 percent to close at 7,424 yen after its earnings announcement. thakur das kundu joined karmasangsthan bank as general manager kundu having promoted from general manager thakur das joined karmasangsthan bank as deputy managing director. before that he was serving bangladesh krishi bank as general he from graduated bangladesh agricultural university mymensingh in 1982. he completed mba in 2013 and did his banking diploma. started professional life in 1983 by joining bangladesh krishi bank as so. manager. in dvm he romania's gdp to expand by 5.1 pct in 2018 : world bank growth romania's gross domestic product (gdp) is projected to continue to expand by around 5.1 percent in 2018, with the current account deficit widening due to continued in consumption, world bank said in a release on tuesday. the economy is to continue to grow above potential in 2018, driven by the fiscal stimulus and aided by in improvements the european economy. continued in consumption is expected to widen the current account deficit to 4.3 percent in 2018, showed "macro poverty outlook for europe and central asia" released by the int’l financial institution. growth the growth is to continue in 2019, with 4.5 percent and in 2020 by 4.1 percent, but the current account deficit is expected to widen to 4.7 percent in 2019 and 4.9 percent in 2020. moreover, the fiscal deficit is projected to reach 3.3 percent of gdp in 2018, and then to decrease to 3 percent of the gdp in 2019 and 2020, according to the bank. "growth will remain solid in 2018, but medium-term risks to the outlook have increased...to improve the quality of growth, renewed attention should be given to public investment," remarked the bank in its outlook. hong kong stocks close sharply higher hong kong shares ended higher on wednesday after fluctuating through the day, with energy firms rallying on the back of a surge in oil prices. the but the hang seng index rose 0.44 percent or 133.33 points to close at 30,536.14. benchmark shanghai composite index dipped 0.07 percent, or 2.35 points, to 3,159.15 and the shenzhen composite index, which tracks stocks on china's second exchange, eased 0.09 percent, or 1.66 points, to 1,834.56. 6th zakat fair begins in dhaka on friday the 6th zakat fair 2018 begins in dhaka on friday with the theme of 'making a difference with zakat'. a h m mustafa kamal, fca, mp, honorable minister, ministry of planning, gob will inaugurate the fair on may 11, 2018 friday as the chief guest at bangladesh shooting sport federation (shooting club), gulshan, dhaka, a press release said. the two-day fair scheduled to be held on 11- 12 may 2018 is being organized by center for zakaria ahmed and mohammad rezaul karim were also present in the briefing session. the zakat fair will be open for all every day from 09.00 am to 6.30 pm. a m m nasir uddin in his introductory statement said that the zakat fair is being organized for creating awareness among the zakat payers and to help for calculating zakat properly. he urged all concerned including the wealthy people of bangladesh to visit and know the real calculation of zakat management (czm). the event has attracted several sponsors like islamic banks consultative forum, exim bank, kohinoor chemical and several other institutions of the country. there will be several stalls in the fair which will include zakat consultation desk, islamic banks, zakat based ngos and commercial stalls including books stalls, islamic institutes and others. this has been disclosed by the member secretary of the zakat fair organizing committee a m m nasir uddin at a press briefing program at the dhaka reporters' unity today. czm management consultant of center for zakat management mohammad abdul qayyum, general manager khondokar zakat as well as business zakat. four seminars will be presented in the sideline of the fair. there will be special q&a session for women only where they will be able to clarify their queries on zakat. a panel discussion will be held on the topic of "zakat calculation and its principles". a round table conference will be held on the topic of "reducing inequality through domestic resource mobilization: zakat and other resources". several important figures of the society will attend the fair as special guests & speakers including justice abdur rouf, lt. gen (retd) m. nooruddin khan, former state minister abul hasan chowdhury, mustafa zaman abbasi, prof. dr. shomser ali, a k m nurul fazal bulbul and many other distinguished individuals. indian pharma companies see optimistic attitude on ties with chinese market organized by drug export promotion council of india, the 6th medifest india was opened in india. many new delhi, pharmaceutical india participating in the expo welcomed china's tariff cuts for some medicine imports. capital of companies in from may 1, china has scrapped import tariffs on 28 kinds of drugs including anti- cancer medicines. industrial insiders with enterprises on drugs and pharmaceutical exports in india believed that it would benefit their business in chinese market. dineshi dewar, ceo of india's necktal life sciences co., ltd. said that china is the second-largest medical consuming market after the united states. the reduction of drug import tariffs will allow many indian pharmaceutical obtain beneficial. 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uniting people everyday thursday, dhaka, may 10, 2018, baishakh 27, 1425 bs, shaban 23, 1439 hijri lightning kills 24 in 13 dists dhaka : at least 24people were killed and21others injured inlightning strikes in 13 districts across the country on wednesday, reports unb. the districts are habiganj, sunamganj, rajshahi, sylhet, sirajganj, nilphamari, manikganj, kishoreganj,narayanganj, gaibandha, mymenshingh, cumilla and chandpur. according to reports reaching the unb news desk, six farmers were killed by lightning strikes while they were cutting paddy amid rain at different haors in baniachang, nabiganj, lakhai and madhabpur upazilas in habiganj district, said sources at local disaster manage- ment centre. the deceased were identified as swapan das, 20, son of basanta das of dirai upazila in sunamganj, jalal uddin, 60, of chouhali upazila in sirajganj, narayan paul, 40, son of harilal of nabiganj upazila in habiganj, abu talib, 20, son of habibur rahman of nabiganj, sufi miah, 55, of lakhai upazila in habiganj, jahor lal sarkar, 23, son of rajkumar sarkar of madhabpur upazila in habiganj. in sunamganj, two farmers were killed by lightning at shalla and dharmapasha upazilas in the morning. when alamgir hossain, 28, was work- ing in a paddy field, a thunderbolt hit him, leaving him dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of shalla police station delwar hossain. meanwhile, in dharmapasha upazila, a thunderbolt struck farmer uzzal when he was harvesting paddy, said police. in rajshahi, two farmers—ansar ali, 30, and sohag ali, 16, of bataspur village in tanor upazila—were killed by light- ning strikes. tanor upazila nirbahi officer shawkat ali said ansar ali died on the spot and two others -anada saha, 32, and liton chandra saha, 30- sustained wound as a thunderbolt hit them in a paddy field in bataspur village. besides, a streak of lightning hit sohag, leaving him dead on the spot while he was working in a field in duboil village of panchodor union. families of each deceased will be pro- vided with tk 20,000 and 30 kg rice as compensation, the uno said. in sirajganj, a thunderbolt hit samtulla, 50, of panagari village of kazipur upazila while he was working in a field amid rain around 11 am, killing him on the spot. in another incident, school student shakil miah, 15, was injured in a light- ning strike while he was going to school in jamuna shoal area. shakil was admitted to kazipur upazila health complex, said kazipur upazila parishad chairman mozammel haque. in nilphamari, two others - asma bewa, 55, wife of late islam uddin of salna village in jaldhaka upazila, and nur amin, 40, son of safar uddin of desibai village of same upazila, were killed by lightning strikes, said officer-in- charge of jaldhaka police station mostafizur rahman. in manikganj, two people, including a school student, were killed and 10 others injured as they were struck by lighting. talukdarnagar high school headmas- ter md aminur rahman said around 1:45 pm when the students were having their tiffin during the break,a thunderbolt hit them, injuring 11 students. later, saiful died on the way to hospital and the rest were admitted to the upazila health complex. meanwhile, banchamora union parishad chairman abdul latif said farmer yakub ali, son of late hafez sheikh of hasadia village of daulatpur upazila, died on the spot as a thunderbolt hit him while working in a paddy field. in kishoreganj, a woman and a young man were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike at satirchar of nikli upazila and ashutia of pakundia upazila. the deceased were identified as shah jalal, 25, son of main uddin of satirchar and dipali rani barman, wife of sudhir chandra barman of ashutia. in sylhet, a streak of lightning hit nurul haque, 30, son of chandhu miah of companiganj upazila, while he was going to his uncle’s house in goainghat upazila around 2 pm, leaving him dead on the spot, said police. in narayanganj, a schoolboy, kulfi aktar, 8, was killed in a lightning strike while playing near her house at tilab vil- lage in sonargaon upazila. detained in south korea, 3 bd seafarers return home dhaka : three bangladeshi seafarers, detained in south korea, returned home on wednesday afternoon by a thai airways flight, reports unb. imo number a vessel namely 'talent ace', having a counterfeit (imo no. 8793873), carrying coal from north korea was detained on march 19 including its crew by concerned authorities of republic of korea, while unloading goods at gunsan port. seven crew from myanmar, six from china and three from bangladesh were working in the seized vessel. in the vessel, bangladeshi crew ismail sheikh, and arifuzzaman were working as junior officer, second officer and 4th engineer respectively, chakraborty tirtho said the foreign ministry here. the korean authorities duly informed the embassy of bangladesh in seoul regarding the detention of the vessel and bangladeshi seafarers. upon the ministry's instructions, bangladesh embassy took up the issue instantly with the competent authorities of korean government for the release and repa- triation of the detained three seafarers to bangladesh. on completion of all the formalities and necessary legal procedures, the korean authorities handed over the bangladeshi sea- farers to the embassy on tuesday. following the ministry's necessary instruc- tions, the mission made arrangements to send the seafarers to bangladesh. quota protesters give 24-hour ultimatum to publish gazette dhaka : bangladesh general students rights protection alliance on wednesday gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to pub- lish a gazette notification on abolishing quota system in government jobs as per the prime minister's announcement, reports unb. they also threatened to go for a tougher movement from sunday if their demand is not fulfilled by the given time. hasan al mamun, convener of the platform, came up with the ultimatum at a human chain programme held at the foot of raju memorial sculpture of dhaka university (du) from 11 pm to 12.30 pm. more than 1000 students from different departments and residential halls of dhaka university participated in the human chain organised by bangladesh general students rights protection alliance. hasan al mamun said, "we hope the gov- ernment will take steps for publishing a gazette by thursday as per as prime minister sheikh hasina's announcement at the jatiya sangsad." "if the government doesn't fulfill our demand within the timeframe, we'll go for a tougher movement from sunday along across the country." he added. student leaders of quota reform movement rashed khan, nurulhaq nur, hasan al mamun and faruk hossain, among others, addressed the human chain programme. bnp accuses govt of conspiring against kcc polls : bnp dhaka on wednesday alleged that peo- ple are worried about the fate of tuesday's khulna city corporation polls as the gov- ernment has various 'evil designs' to stop the voting, reports unb. speaking at a press briefing at bnp's nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secre- tary general ruhul kabir rizvi also alleged that the govern- ment is playing a game with the elections as the chief is election commissioner working like an 'obedient clerk' of it. "we don't know what the khulna city corporation polls' fate will be. we're also not sure which evil plan the government is going to resort to stopping the elec- tions," he said. the bnp leader also said the government has stopped gazipur polls, indulging in a dangerous game. "people are now worried that which game or magic the govern- ment will now stage in khulna city polls." he came down hard on the election commission for what he said playing a silent role regarding the high court's stay order on the gazipur city polls. mentioning that the high court passed the stay order on the gazipur polls uncon- stitutionally without any serious reason after the announcement of the polls schedule, rizvi said, "as a constitutional institution , bangladesh sadharon chhatro odhiker shongrokkhon parishad formed a human chain yesterday demanding gazette issue over quota removal. photo: tbt dhaka south city corporation mayor mohammad sayed khokon cleaning the baitul mukarram mosque on wednesday. photo: tbt stay on gcc polls hearing deferred for a day dhaka : the supreme court (sc) on wednesday deferred to thursday the hearing on the appeal peti- tions filed challenging the high court order that stayed gazipur city corporation (gcc) elec- tion for three months, reports unb. the four-member bench of the appellate division led by chief justice syed mahmud hossain took the decision following the request of the election commission as it will file another appeal petition challenging stay order on gazipur city election. the ec made a request to the appellate division on wednesday morning to defer the hearing on the two petitions filed by two league mayoral candidates- hasan uddin sarkar of awami and zahangir alam of bnp- over the stay order on gcc election till thursday, said advocate obaidur rahman mostafa, a coun- sel of the ec. he said, "we are going to file a petition with the appellate division chal- lenging the stay order on gazipur city corporation polls today (wednesday)." earlier on tuesday, the election commission decided to appeal with the appellate division chal- lenging the high court order at a meeting chaired by election commissioner km nurul huda at nirbhachan bhaban in the city. chief awami league mayoral candidate zahangir alam filed a petition with the appellate division bench of the supreme court challenging the high court order staying the gazipur city corporation (gcc) election for three months on tuesday. the chamber judge of the appellate division justice hasan foyez siddique sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two peti- tions. earlier on monday, bnp mayoral candidate hasan uddin sarkar filed a peti- tion with the appellate division of the supreme court challenging the high court order. the magnificent mudbrick mosques of west africa interesting news desk all around the muslim world, mosques have a typical architecture characterized by a minaret, a dome, arches and mosaics or stucco decora- tions. these design elements were brought by the arabs when they migrated and took control of foreign lands through conquest. but in areas where the spread of islam was more gradual, brought by merchants and traders, mosque architecture conforms more to vernacular design determined by local skills and availability of mate- rials. nowhere else this manifests more than in west africa. the mosques here vary from simple roofless enclosures serving the func- tion of places where the community could gather and pray, to magnificent buildings. in the sahel and sudanian grassland of west africa, a unique style of mosque has developed. spanning a vast area across the northern african continent from senegal to sudan, as well as ghana and ivory coast, these mosques are characterized by a com- mon building material—mud bricks, reinforced by large wooden logs and support beams that jut out from the wall face giving them a fortress like appearance. these wooden stakes, called toron, are used as scaffolding when the sur- face is reworked every year. they also serve a decorative purpose. the mosques usually have a tower, a flat roof and a courtyard. the floor inside is covered with sand over which prayer mats are laid. natural light streaming in through holes pierced in the ceiling provide the only illumination. except for massive pillars supporting the roof and their arches, the interior is undecorated so as not to distract the worshipper. 11 get life term for murder in kishoreganj kishoreganj : a court here on wednesday sentenced 11 people to life term imprison- ment for killing a man in katiadi upazila in 2000, reports unb. rahman the lifers are allad shah, muklesur rahman shah, ataur shah, samsuddin shah, ranjan shah, ohid shah, chandan shah, safir uddin shah, montu miah, aslam, jamal shah, of sutinkola village of the upazi- la. residents all besides, the court also fined them tk 50,000 each. it also sentenced six others - sabuj, kanchan, rafiq bhuiya, jalal uddin shah, liton and fazlu shah- to three years rig- orous imprisonment. the court also fined them tk 20,000 each, in default, to suf- fer three months more ri. according to the prosecu- tion, the convicts killed meraj munshi, a resident of the vil- lage, over land related dispute on april 24, 2000. later, a murder case was filed. after examining all the records and witnesses, addi- tional district and sessions judge mohammad abu taher handed down the verdict acquitting eight other accused. 2 cases filed over killing of naniarchar upz chairman, 4 others rangamati : two separate cases have been filed in con- nection with the killing of naniarchar upazila chairman advocate shaktiman chakma and four other people in sepa- rate attacks on may 3,4, reports unb. rupam chakma, an assis- tant of shaktiman chakma, who also received injuries in the attack on may 3, filed a murder case mentioning names of 46 people with naniarchar police station seven days after the incident on wednesday, said md alamgir kabir, superinten- dent of rangmati police. besides, ochin chakam, a relative of slain tapan jyoti chakma, chief of gonotrantik updf, filed another case men- tioning names of 72 people with the police station in con- nection with the attack on may 4 which left four indigenous people, including tapan, dead. meanwhile, police in special drive arrested provat kumar chakma, of baghaichari upazila parbatya chattogram janasonghati samity and sajek up chair- man nelson chakma, said amin hossain, officer-in- charge of baghaichari police station. president acting editor & publisher : jobaer alam, advisory editor: advocate molla mohammad abu kawser, managing, editor: tapash ray sarker, news editor : saiful islam, printed at sonali printing press, 2/1/a, arambagh 167, inner circular road, eden complex, motijheel, dhaka. editorial and news office: k.k bhaban (level-04) 69/k, green road, panthapath, dhaka-1205. tel : +8802-9611884-85, cell : 01832166882; email: editor : email@example.com, advertisement: firstname.lastname@example.org, news: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.thebangladeshtoday.com