News of: Monday, 22nd of August, 2011
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Huji leaders met Tarique Rahman a few days before the August 21 grenade attack in 2004 and got the go-ahead to stage the blasts.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the trial of the gruesome August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally must be held and the verdict of the trial must be executed.
The main opposition BNP last night claimed that the BNP-led alliance government conducted a fair probe into the August 21 grenade attack.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday sued five investors for their involvement in the recent sharemarket scam -- four and a half months after a government probe committee accused them of market manipulation in its probe report.
A 15-kilometre patch of Daulatdia-Khulna highway from Daulatdia Ferry Terminal to Goalanda Mor in Rajbari, extensively used by passengers to travel between the capital and 21 southwestern districts, is in terrible shape posing serious threat to road safety.
BNP criticised the government yesterday for “hastily” signing the strip maps of Bangladesh-India border before resolving the border disputes between the two.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leads an embattled government at this point of time.
Transport owners and workers at Gabtoli Bus Terminal yesterday suspended bus services for over three hours protesting the drive of a mobile court against fake drivers and fake licences.
Bus services on all routes outbound from Kushtia come to a standstill today after bus owners declared an indefinite strike from this morning demanding immediate repair of the dilapidated roads on the route.
Local Awami League (AL) leaders and activists yesterday took to task the district Deputy Commissioner (DC) BM Enamul Hoque and physically assaulted the local correspondent of Bangladesh Television Ali Ashraf.
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved setting up of two coal-fired power plants by the private sector for the first time.
Porimol Joydhor, the sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, is guilty of raping a class-X girl of the school's Bashundhara branch, police and government investigations have found.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately take steps against five readymade garment factories at Ashulia of Savar for polluting farmlands, water bodies and air of adjacent areas by releasing toxic waste.
A Chittagong tribunal yesterday acquitted self-confessed serial killer Rasu Khan of murdering a girl after raping her in Chandpur in 2009.
The High Court yesterday ordered that there is no bar to signing an agreement with India to set up the proposed coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman is a pervert in his taste and thought.
Blowing hot and cold, India's anti-graft activist Anna Hazare yesterday upped the ante declaring that the government has to either pass his version of the anti-graft law or make exit.
A college principal was arrested yesterday on charge of sexually abusing three women, including two sisters, and blackmailing them in Rajshahi.
The High Court yesterday directed Jamaat-e Islami backed Imam Gazzali Trust to forgo the possession of Bangla film icon Suchitra Sen's ancestral house in Pabna within two months.
The chief of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport Construction Cell in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined “Priority on Char” published on August 19 said he disowned a comment in the report on behalf of the cell.
Gunmen shot dead an Afghan government prosecutor and another civil servant yesterday, stepping up a campaign of assassinations in southern Taliban flashpoints, officials said.
The grenade attacks which took the lives of twenty four people at an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004 remains a festering sore on the conscience of the nation. That is because seven years after the grisly attacks the process of crime and punishment is yet to run its course. In any civilised society, it would be the task of government to quickly go into a handling of such a crime, nab the culprits, bring them to trial and thereby restore public confidence in the rule of law. It might sound like a cliché, but it must be noted with deep regret that the government in office at the time of the explosions unconscionably failed to rise to the challenge of handling the crisis. Worse, with subsequent allegations coming in of powerful individuals being involved in the crime and of a search for scapegoats getting underway, people's hopes for an unearthing of facts was rudely dashed.
Shirin Akhter, a 15-year old student of a madrasa at a village in Madaripur killed herself by hanging as she could not bear the humiliation meted out to her by the village arbitrators.
A few days too late and without a sway on the 3-2 series result, the biggest player on show was still able to bring in the largest crowd to the competition.
Stuart Law has called for changes in Bangladesh cricket, both on and off the field.
The Argentinean inspection team, led by assistant coach Julian Camino yesterday gave the green signal to the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) and thus cleared all lingering doubts about their friendly international against Nigeria to be held at the venue on September 6.
England finally saw off Rahul Dravid as they closed in on a 4-0 series rout of India at The Oval here on Sunday.
After he missed the fourth one-dayer, there was assurance that Brian Vitori will be fit for the fifth and final game against Bangladesh.
Pakistan's cricket board was Sunday forced to deny reports of rifts within the country's cricketing establishment, insisting that coach Waqar Younis had resigned for purely medical reasons.
India's bowling coach Eric Simmons has defended RP Singh's inclusion in the team for the ongoing fourth and final Test against England, saying he was preferred over Munaf Patel because of his ability to swing the ball.
CSA Academy emerged victors in the second 4-day match by 49 runs as a valiant 84 from GP-BCB NCA batsman Mominul Haque went in vain on the final day of the final 4-day match at Laudium, Pretoria yesterday.
Maria Sharapova will take on Jelena Jankovic in the women's final of the Cincinnati hardcourt tournament on Sunday, both looking for a momentum-boosting victory heading into the US Open.
Pakistan on Sunday confirmed that former cricket captain Shoaib Malik would join the squad for their imminent tour to Zimbabwe, two days after he was cleared of allegations of illegal earnings.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will try to add another title to his stellar 2011 resume on Sunday when he takes on No. 4 Andy Murray for the ATP's Cincinnati Masters crown.
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said that his wife and Indian tennis player, Sania Mirza, helped him get through the difficult phase of his life when he was awaiting clearance by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Integrity Committee for selection in the national team.
A new executive body of the National Paralympic Committee of Bangladesh was formed in its AGM in the city recently. Aminul Islam, deputy-secretary of Women and Children's Welfare Ministry, was elected as the president while Engineer Maksudur Rahman was elected as the general secretary of the 19-member committee. The budget for the fiscal year and the annual development programme was approved in the AGM.
Florent Malouda's late goal gave Andre Villas-Boas his first taste of Premier League victory as Chelsea manager as West Bromwich Albion were beaten 2-1 on Saturday.
Dutch star Arjen Robben produced another eye-catching performance on Saturday as Bayern Munich hammered Hamburg 5-0 while champions Borussia Dortmund earned a 2-0 victory over Nuremberg.
A hattrick from Oscar lifted Brazil to a 3-2 extra-time triumph over Portugal on Saturday in the final of the under-20 World Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that Manchester United can stay the dominant force in English football despite seeing several seasoned campaigners retire recently.
Cologne's director of sport Volker Finke on Sunday denied reports Germany striker Lukas Podolski is set to quit the Bundesliga's bottom club to join Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has described his England career as a "waste of time" and claimed his country have no chance of winning a major trophy for the next decade.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday promised to hike cash subsidy for apparel exporters on the use of local fabrics in an effort to help primary textile millers with price benefits.
Fresh investment in the primary textile sector is declining because of an uncertainty in the gas and power connections and a lack of capital adequacy, said businessmen.
Housewife Sajia Afreen receives an SMS everyday from a grocers shop, without fail. From day-to-day prices of certain commodities to the price of a kilogram of beef on Shab-e-Barat; she is quite frustrated with the annoying routine and now wants to stop the service.
The government will make it mandatory for life insurance policyholders to use bank accounts for operating their policies in a bid to ensure guaranteed money back at maturity, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.
Stocks slipped yesterday, as institutional investors remained inactive fearing that the market may continue its losing streak.
President Barack Obama said on Sunday he expects to be judged in the 2012 election over his governance of the American economy, which he said was still not growing fast enough.
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved import of 9.4 lakh tonnes of petroleum products at a cost of Tk 6,607 crore from three countries on state-to-state arrangements.
EU governments have "as good as" wrapped up a key deal to ban imports of Syria's crude oil, diplomats said Sunday, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad readied a major TV address.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined Sunday that she opposes eurobonds, which would pool the 17 eurozone nations' debt, but left the door open to a change in policy at a later date.
The best thing to be said of the recent stomach-churning turmoil on Wall Street is that it's taking place in August, a time of year when many people are lounging at the beach or camping in the woods and not paying attention to stocks.
A year ago, the economy was slowing, stock markets were spending the third quarter sinking and investors were looking to the Federal Reserve to do something.
Boutiques have made it big in Chittagong. Customers are drawn to boutiques for a wide variety of designs on offer and the ability to bring in new collections for all age groups.
Local boutiques have taken over the scene that was once dominated by Indian designs. They have had a breakthrough in the local fashion arena.
US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday rejected views that American power is waning and said Washington would never default, wrapping up a China visit that has played down tensions between the world's two biggest economies.
The sudden demise of Hewlett-Packard Co's WebOS TouchPad after just seven weeks on shelves was a reminder of how tech giants have failed so far to take a bite out of Apple Inc's iPad.
An increase in the number of people playing free games is providing the gaming industry with an additional source of revenue as gamers shell out millions for virtual goods and add-ons.
The Bank of Japan will consider easing monetary policy further, possibly at an emergency meeting before next month's rate review, if further rises in the yen push down Tokyo stock prices enough to hit business sentiment, sources said.
A Chinese authority says the local unit of ConocoPhillips has found nine oil spill sources amid intensifying pressure on the company to clean up oil spills in the Bohai Bay.
Fears of a new recession have wiped trillions of dollars in value from global stock markets in recent weeks and sent investors scurrying to assets they view as less risky.
China is still facing high inflation pressure, the vice-chairman of China Development and Reform Commission, China's powerful economic planning agency, told a forum in Beijing.
The High Court yesterday declared the Chittagong City Corporation's (CCC) move to convert Laldighi into a swimming pool illegal.
A parliamentary committee yesterday asked the shipping ministry to take all out measure to stop carrying of excess passengers in water vessels during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday stressed the need for an in-depth study into what incidents of violence against women are costing the nation.
Main flow of the river Jamuna directly hitting the Sirajganj town protection embankment has to be diverted through capital dredging to save the structure from caving in, said the probe committee yesterday.
The Election Caretaking Council (ECC) system, an alternative proposal to caretaker government, could be a viable option for holding credible polls, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman said.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said achievements made by Bangladesh in social sector particularly in women empowerment and poverty alleviation, which she claimed greatly contributed to halting extremist trends in society.
Two people, including a minor boy, were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Chapainawabganj yesterday.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately admit detained pro-BNP lawyer MU Ahmed to any public hospital, including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for better treatment if necessary.
Environment department yesterday snapped utility connections of a dying factory and a spinning factory set up illegally in the protected Gazipur Bhawal National Forest for not paying the monetary penalty imposed on it the previous day.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed 15 activists of banned outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir on a four-day remand each in two cases filed against them for assaulting police and anti-state activities.
The investigation into the August 21 grenade attacks of 2004 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Scotland Yard and the Interpol was merely an eyewash, experts said yesterday.
A new train service, Rangpur Express, scheduled to ply Dhaka-Rangpur was inaugurated at Rangpur Railway Station in the evening yesterday by Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain.
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday awarded a youth one year's imprisonment and fined him Tk 2 lakh for cheating jobseekers by offering fake job vacancies through newspaper ads.
Terming the deaths of noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk as murders, speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said this loss of lives shattered the hopes and dreams of the nation.
The admission process at Jagannath University (JNU) for the four-year integrated honours courses for 2011-12 session in 28 departments under four faculties will start today.
Speakers demanded the resignation of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan from a human chain programme.
The country's Hindu community will celebrate Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, today with due festivity and religious fervour.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday attended a milad and doa mahfil held at Bangabhaban Jam-e-Masjid after Zohr prayer in memory of the people lost in the August 21 grenade attack in 2004.
Likhon Hossain, a 16-year-old boy, is suffering from blood cancer.
Teachers and students of Rajshahi University (RU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday demanding to expedite the trial of those responsible for the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally seven years ago.
Vacation of Jahangirnagar University (JU) begins today on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, and Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna.
Vacation of Rajshahi University begins tomorrow on the occasion of Holy Ramadan, Shab-e-Kadar and Eid-ul-Fitr.
The first year honours admission test of Rajshahi University (RU) under 2011-12 academic sessions will begin on October 23 and continue till October 26 this year.
A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling in his office room of the CDA residential area of Agrabad in the port city yesterday.
Today is the 23 rd death anniversary of Dr Sayed Anwar Ali, freedom fighter, says a press release.
Today is the 11th death anniversary of Abdur Rob Mridha, an educationist and social worker, says a press release.
Thousands of people were marooned and crops on vast tracts of land flooded as river overflowed in Natore and dykes collapsed in Netrakona and Gaibandha districts yesterday and the day before.
A portion of flood control embankment at Labukhali ferry terminal has collapsed, raising fear among the people living along the embankment and the traders at the terminal of being displaced.
Son killed senior lawyer advocate Shamsul Islam Chowdhury and dumped the body in the Surma River to grab his property, three arrestees, who helped the killing, told Rab during interrogation.
Ten Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit were sent to jail yesterday in connection with a case filed against them on charge of killing of a student on August 15, 2010 on the campus.
Workers and employees of state-owned Khulna Hardboard Mills yesterday confined managing director Kazi Ruhul Amin and other officials to their respective office rooms for hours at Khalishpur while agitating to press home their three-point demand.
Death of three patients due to alleged wrong treatment at Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex and a private hospital in the upazila on Saturday sparked agitation against the doctors of the healthcare centres.
A court here yesterday granted a one-day remand for the former UP member Mohsin Akon held on charge of instigating Shirin Akhtar, a 15-year old girl, to commit suicide after a village arbitration on August 19.
Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) authorities on Saturday served showcause notices on 12 accused Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists asking them to reply within seven working days on the August 8 incident.
Workers of a textile mill yesterday vandalised factory demanding wages and festival bonuses at Brahmandi under Sadar upazila. The workers of Joba Textile Mills also besieged the manager of the factory, Md Aminul Islam, for hours. On information, police rushed to the spot and rescued the manager. Manager Aminul Islam said a few hundred workers vandalised the factory very badly and also besieged him for Eid bonus. Shewly, a worker of the factory said they demanded equal bonus for the old and the newly recruited workers. The workers became agitated as the factory owners did not accept demand, she said.
Criminals hacked a BNP ward committee president to death on Saturday night. Victim Haider Ali,42, in son of Jabbar Shah of Gilapul village under the Sadar upazila. Officer in-charge (OC) Iqbal Bahar of Jhenidah Sadar police station said, after Tarabi prayers on Saturday, Haider and his wife were sleeping on the veranda. At around 11:00 pm an unidentified gang hacked him to death. Former BNP lawmaker and Jhenidah district BNP president Moshiur Rahman said, Haider Ali was Gilepul no 3 ward committee BNP president. He demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.
In the United States 'National Farmers Market Week' was observed from August 7 to August 13. The National Farmers' Market Week is officially designated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a view to encourage consumers to visit their local farmers' market, to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support economic viability of the farmers.I think, Bangladesh being an agricultural country with economy largely based no farming, we can also organize such Farmers' Market Week by setting temporary markets near the upazila/district railway and bus stations and other suitable places to help and encourage our farmers to sell their agricultural produces directly to the consumers in prices reasonable to both growers and buyers. Such market weeks may be observed during the main harvesting period of different crops. This will help not only in establishing direct communication between the farmers and the consumers but will also enable the farmers to sell their produces directly to the consumers at a fair price.Would the Ministry of Agriculture please give a thought over the matter?
A few months ago news entitled “Tougher rules for auto workshops” was published in The Daily Star with photographs of New Eskaton and Gopibagh area. Whenever I read about tougher rules or tougher action in the newspapers, I laugh as we do not see any such rules/action in practice. What do tougher rules or action mean?
That seems to be the priority of the Communications Minister, possibly because road repair is drudgery: spending money, in bits and pieces, with no cream to be licked! In contrast, mega 'road projects' are big 'money spinners' and cream is there for the licking! Possibly that logic has predominated the priorities! Who cares for bad roads, better a road than no road. If buses can't ply, there are always bullock carts, to go! So why bother about it?
In Bangladesh we rarely call someone a hero as the number is very few but when it comes to Tareque Masud, he was, is and will be the ace of all heroes! His lofty ambitions resulting in films like 'Matir Moyna' made him receive nine international awards and as far as I know he was the first Bangladeshi in Oscar competition. He brought glory to our country but still we could not save him. I participated in one of his classes while I was in a film making workshop in Dhaka and there he described what struggle he had to do with 'Matir Moyna'. Thanks to conspiracy, he screened it in many countries but could not show it to the people outside Dhaka. I realized that Tareque Masud did not take filmmaking as a profession but as his life and so he wanted everyone to call him 'feriwala' of films. We don't want to see any more deaths like this…we don't want to lose any more heroes.
Every loss does not restore. This loss is one of them. Alas, we have killed two great sons of our country- Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier! Yes, it was a pre-planned murder, as we have given them poorly designed highways, unlicensed and traffic rule-ignorant drivers,irresponsible and corrupt authorities who prefer to remain indifferent to all these problems. They were performing the holy duty of serving our country with their own brilliance, but in return we have awarded them death.
The government has become lightheaded from getting so much power that it is taking everything lightly. People's suffering, which has become unbearable resulting from many sources, has little effect on the government. Instead of redressing those, the government is busy with other things; its feet rooted in the past and circling around the same spot, not caring about the present.
ILO is a reputed organisation and its dedication is known all over the world. It has taken huge initiatives for the developing countries and has raised its voice against child labour, bonded labour and so on.
As we moved into a new apartment after coming back to Houston from Dhaka, it became necessary to update our IDs. Accordingly, we went to the DPS office on August 18, 2011 to get the job.
We came to know about a barbaric act from a television channel that a woman was called by a shalish committee and tortured mercilessly by the brutal village law makers. Her husband died just a few days before this took place.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Abul blames all but himself”
Thousands of Egyptians have rallied outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo for a second day over the deaths of five Egyptian policemen.
Bloody battles have been raging in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as reporters travelling with rebels forces say they have reached the city from the west.
Team Anna has said that the government should appoint a negotiator to hold talks with Anna Hazare on the Jan Lokpal Bill and withdraw its draft from Parliament to create "an atmosphere of trust" as the anti-graft fast entered the sixth day.
Afghan election officials said yesterday that nine parliamentarians should be removed from their posts because of election fraud allegations an attempt to put an end to a nearly yearlong state of limbo in the legislature.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said yesterday his regime was in no danger of collapse and warned against any foreign military intervention in his country as the regime tries to crush a 5-month-old popular uprising.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday she was "deeply disappointed" over the eight-year prison sentence given to two Americans who have said they had strayed unwittingly into Iran.
At least 17 people were killed over the weekend in Karachi as part of the worst criminal and ethnic violence to hit Pakistan's commercial hub for 16 years, officials said yesterday.
Norway is paying tribute on Sunday to 77 people killed in last month's bombing and shooting massacre by a right-wing extremist.
A pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaeda tribesmen in southern Yemen killed 11 people yesterday, tribal and security officials said.
A new pappen this month. That wouoll shows that Japanese PM Naoto Kan's public approval rating has fallen to the lowest level since he took office last year.
Twelve people were killed and three others injured Saturday when a passenger jet crashed in the Canadian Arctic, federal police said.
A Turkish air strike on a north Iraq village killed seven civilians yesterday, an official from the area told AFP, during a bombing campaign against Kurdish separatists in the region.
Three months after his shocking arrest on sex assault charges, fallen French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn could learn his fate as soon as today, as speculation builds over the case's dismissal.
US oil giant ConocoPhillips, already facing legal action and mounting public anger over a huge oil spill off China's northeast coast, has found nine new leaks in the same area, authorities said.
Arts & Entertainment
Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh in association with Bangladesh Short Film Forum and Bangladesh Documentary Council arranged a daylong memorial programme on August 20 for the recently deceased filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer-journalist Mishuk Munier. The programme was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library in Dhaka. Screening of Masud's films and a meeting were highlights of the programme.
“Although the Liberation War has been captured on reel many times, “Pita” is the first film which solely focuses on a father's perspective during the war,” said director of the upcoming feature film, Masud Akhand. Produced by Impress Telefim Ltd, shooting for the movie began on June 5 at Gazipur's Sarker Para. In the first phase, shooting was held for 15 days deep inside the woods in the area; the second phase took 10 days. Akhand said the locals, who were initially hesitant about the shooting in their locale, later provided sincere support to the crew.
Mahfuz Ahmed, a National Film Award winner and one of the most popular TV actors in the country, has also earned acclaim for his directorial skills. His wife Ishrat Jahan Quader studied at the University of Sydney, completed her masters from University of Melbourne and is currently working as senior lecturer at the Independent University of Bangladesh. The couple recently spoke to The Daily Star (TDS):
Leading Indian anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has caught the imagination of the country and the fashion world is no exception.
On the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul Fitr, Deadline Music (DLM) launched singer Mehnaz's second solo album “Onno Aami” on August 7, says a press release.
By now, most of the hype around “Sucker Punch” has subsided. The juries lean more towards the negative. But one thing is for sure, regardless of the put-downs, “Sucker Punch” may well be on its way to carve out a cult following for itself like its predecessors that critics never gave a second thought to, reminiscent of a Scarface-like rise. So, what makes “Sucker Punch” stand out yet panned down?
Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain is at the moment the butt of severe criticism from his own cabinet colleagues. It all started after the death of two renowned personalities in the media world -- Tarek Masud, a film maker and Mishuk Munier, a broadcast journalist -- along with three other persons in a tragic road accident at Manikganj on August 13.
England's worst rioting in decades has ended, leaving London, Birmingham, Liverpool and other cities scarred and people shell-shocked at the violent confrontation between the police and angry youth. The rioting provoked angry condemnations.
The reality is crystal clear to all -- people are suffering immensely because of dilapidated and unsafe roads and highways; they are annoyed with the situation. Media reports say ruling alliance's MPs are facing public rage and humiliation for battered roads in their electoral areas. And on Thursday in Parliament, some MPs launched a blistering attack on the communications minister for his ministry's failure to repair roads.
The values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work, education and the opportunity to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect became an integral part and character traits that the 44th President of the United States nurtured since his infancy.
Huh? They changed the wording on the ATM machine at my bank. After I stuck the card in the slot, it said: "Do you wish to have advice?"
Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.