News of: Wednesday, 5th of October, 2011
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Two private power companies are indiscriminately filling up a khas (govt-owned) water body and private land by the Buriganga river forcing the local people to sell their land to the companies-- all in the name of setting up two power plants and an amusement park.
The Power Development Board (PDB) has recommended awarding the contract for a 300 megawatt power project at Ghorashal to a Chinese consortium for the second time while admitting that the company's bid was flawed enough to consider it rejected.
A trial transhipment of Indian goods is going on between Ashuganj and Akhaura by road through payment of all applicable charges as agreed upon by Bangladesh and India on February 13 this year, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni stated yesterday.
Bangladesh spent 2.8 billion dollars last year on social safety net programmes (SSNPs) and is a global leader in dimensions of social protection.
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday asked the prosecution to submit formal charges against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury before it on November 14.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority is set to start producing hi-tech driving licences to prevent the use of fake licences by drivers, a problem that is attributed to accidents on roads.
Former Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman and local BNP leader Taimur Alam Khondaker--two frontrunners in the Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral race--stand accused in several cases filed on charges including murder, corruption and theft, according to their nomination papers.
The returning officer of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election yesterday declared valid the nomination papers of all eight mayoral aspirants.
An international conference has recommended bringing under a legal framework manpower brokers both in labour sending and receiving countries, and firmly regulate operations of licensed recruiting agencies to cut migration cost for overseas jobs.
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) would be the main weapon to manipulate the voting system and it cannot be safe for our country, BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.
Police recovered the bones and skull of schoolboy Motashim Bin Hridoy yesterday, four months after he was abducted.
Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked rebels struck at the heart of the capital Mogadishu yesterday, killing at least 65 people with a truck bomb in the group's most deadly single attack since launching an insurgency in 2007.
The government will build 20,000 flats in the capital's Uttara in the next five years for low and middle income people.
Three researchers behind the discovery that our Universe's expansion is accelerating have been awarded this year's Nobel prize for physics yesterday.
The government has appointed six additional judges to the High Court, raising the number of HC judges to 94.
Hindu devotees yesterday celebrated Maha Ashtami across the country, offering obeisance to Goddess Durga.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday submitted his wealth statement to the cabinet secretary.
The 11th session of the ninth parliament will begin on October 20.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta was headed to Cairo from Tel Aviv yesterday in an effort to defuse tensions between Egypt and Israel that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak's rule.
Bangladeshi workers working abroad are a very significant source of income for the country, bringing in over US $10 billion into the economy, largely from the remittances which the workers send in from their incomes abroad. However, this large input into the economy now faces huge risks due to the exorbitant migration costs charged by the manpower agencies.
The latest instance of utter neglect to invaluable heritage sites consists in the demolition of 368-year old three-domed Mughal era mosque with a Persian inscription near Mitford hospital in old Dhaka. Although a five-storied mosque will be built in the space, this is hardly any justification for demolishing a historical mosque. The loss to heritage far outweighs the apparent gain from the new structure which could be put up anywhere else.
The West Indies cricket team arrived in the capital last night to play a Twenty20 international, three ODIs and two Tests against the Tigers.
-Tigers must play NCL whenever free
-32 Icon players to be divided among 8 teams
-Foreign players allowed
Siddikur Rahman rose to stardom when he became the first Bangladeshi golfer to win an Asian Tour event (Brunei Open in August 2010). Since then, he has been there or thereabouts amongst the top Asians wherever he played, even though he hasn't managed to win another tour event. Hungry for more success, Siddikur now feels that the time is nigh that he wins another tournament which will also gain him the lead in the Asian Order of Merit, in which he is currently fourth. Amidst his busy tour schedule and the hassles of procuring visas, Siddikur took time off to speak to The Daily Star Sport's Atique Anam at the Kurmitola Golf Club. Here, he shares his current position, future plans and provides an insight into his life.
Bangladesh Football Federation announced a 13-member football squad for the South Asian Beach Games which will be held in Sri Lanka from October 8 to 13.
Mahmuda Sharifa Oditi slammed six goals to give Mohammedan SC a flying start in the Walton Women's Football League as the Black and Whites inflicted a massive 12-0 defeat on Farashganj SC in their first match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
ATF U-14 Series Tennis Tournament gets underway today at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna. Participants from nine countries including the United States of America are taking part in the tournament.
The marathon South American World Cup qualifying campaign begins this Friday and the battle to join hosts Brazil in the first finals on the continent since 1978 looks set to be wide open.
Former England captain Alan Shearer is confident that £35 million Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has the ability to forge a successful career for club and country.
Lazio striker Djibril Cisse and Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu were both called up on Tuesday by France coach Laurent Blanc for two crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Chris Gayle on Monday played the sort of innings only he can to give Royal Challengers Bangalore the sort of win they desperately needed to keep their Champions League Twenty20 campaign alive.
Flamboyant England batsman Kevin Pietersen will rediscover the form that saw him the fastest man to 1,000 and 2,000 runs in one-day internationals England captain Alastair Cook said on Monday.
Aleem Dar, voted the best umpire of the year by the International Cricket Council, has backed the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in all the international series but advised the umpires to rely more on their own judgement while making decisions.
The Spanish duo of defending champion Rafael Nadal and former winner David Ferrer crushed local hopes Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open.
US Open champion Samantha Stosur was knocked out of the China Open Tuesday in another upset at the tournament following shock defeats for the women's Wimbledon and French Open champions.
FIDE Master Mohammad Javed took solo lead in the qualifiers of the 37th National Chess Championship at the close of sixth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat will allow his players to go on a drinking binge next week if they qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has successfully appealed against the red card issued to him in last weekend's Merseyside derby with Liverpool, the FA confirmed on Tuesday.
Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito has been ruled out of Italy's two remaining Euro 2012 qualifiers with a groin strain, the Italian football federation announced on Tuesday.
Barcelona's Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay will be sidelined for about six months after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, the Spanish club said Tuesday.
Two Pakistan Test players went on trial in London on Tuesday charged with spot-fixing during a match against England last year, in allegations which rocked the world of cricket.
Jamaican sprint kings Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake have both been shortlisted for the 2011 World Athlete of the Year award, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Monday.
Bangladesh Jail registered a straight 3-0 set victory over Bangladesh Shobuz in the National Bank First Division Volleyball League at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
The government's employment generation programme for the poorest (EGPP) has showed clear signs of progress in implementation with a low level of corruption, according to an international study released yesterday.
Grameenphone yesterday refuted the claim of the regulator that the mobile operator will have to pay Tk 3,034 crore in unpaid revenue and tax.
Bangladesh Bank will take steps to waive the interest rate of margin loans of the affected stockmarket investors, said AK Azad, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said Bangladesh will oppose Pakistan's plea regarding generalised system of preferences (GSP) to the EU at the next World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting to keep the export growth of Bangladesh to Eurozone unhurt.
Prime Bank has bagged the top award given by Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) for publishing reports and accounts.
India, Bangladesh and the Philippines lead the world in the number of products made by child workers, a US government stock-taking of the global scale of underaged labour revealed Monday.
Western Marine Shipyard has recently laid a keel to build a workboat and cutter suction dredger for the Mongla port, the shipbuilder said in a statement yesterday.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has approved $50 million in trade finance to BRAC Bank, Eastern Bank, and Southeast Bank under the global trade finance programme (GTFP), which promotes trade among emerging markets.
The stockmarket regulator has asked the initiators of a 'market stabilisation fund' to submit a proposal to the commission to float the fund.
The Central Depository of Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL) has reduced fees on share transactions by 30 percent.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday said the United States may face yet more slow jobs growth, as he warned short-term budget cuts and financial turmoil could further threaten the economy.
The country's exports are still heavily dependent on garment items as little diversification has taken place over the years.
The export of vegetables is on the rise because of high demand from non-resident Bangladeshis as well as foreigners, say exporters. The export of the value added item is running high in countries like the UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada and US, as there are more people from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan residing in those countries.
Eradicating child labour from Bangladesh by 2015 seems elusive as neither the government nor NGOs have a definitive knowledge of child labour conditions in the country, a roundtable held at The Daily Star Centre observed yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would implement the recommendations of the National Wages and Productivity Commission as per due process after necessary review.
Lack of empowered people has led to frequent violation of human rights, said Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman, chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Seven people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi and Keraniganj on Monday and yesterday.
The UK should pursue the international community at Durban climate summit in December for enhanced support to Bangladesh for the vulnerable nation's climate change adaptation, a visiting British MP said yesterday.
Papua New Guinea is eager to strengthen bilateral relationship and promote investment, trade with Bangladesh.
Election observers from home and abroad, who intend to observe the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, have been asked to submit application to the Election Commission by October 20.
The government has formed a six-member committee to check whether transparency was maintained in formulating projects and their tender process under the road division of the communications ministry.
Roads and Highways department (RHD) officials threatened an eviction team against removal of illegal earth filling in the river Shitalakhya at Kanchpur yesterday, said officials of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
Pro Awami League (AL) teachers, officers, staff and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged demonstrations on the campus for the fourth day yesterday demanding release of its teacher Firoz-ul Hasan, arrested by Rab, on Friday.
The issue of corporal punishment should be viewed in a holistic approach and addressed by going deep into its root causes with taking logjams of entire education system into consideration, said speakers at a meeting.
Police suspected that Advocate Nazir Hayat Khan, 60, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, was killed by a young woman but they were not sure about the motive.
Korean Embassy in Dhaka celebrated the Korean National Foundation Day through organising a reception programme in the city followed by a cultural extravaganza by Korean artists on Sunday evening.
Sector commanders and progressive citizens have expressed satisfaction over the indictment of detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee for war crimes.
The United States Embassy will remain closed on October 6 in observance of Durga Puja, a Bangladeshi holiday, and on October 9 in observance of Columbus Day, an American holiday.
A boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the branch of a tree at his home village in Raozan upazila of the port city yesterday.
The registration of degree (pass course) and certificate course examination-2011 for private candidates under National University (NU) will begin on October 10 and continue till October 22, says a press release.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday realised Tk 10 lakh as fine from a developer for cutting down a hill illegally at Jhilongjha Mouja area adjacent to Cox's Bazar-Chittagong high-way under Cox's Bazar district.
Seven-year-old Mehedi Hasan Asif lost both of his legs after a train ran over him in April this year.
The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) has extended admit card collection time for admission in the university for the academic year 2011-12 till October 7, says a press release.
The authority of Jahangirnagar University has published on the university website the admission test schedules for the first year honours programme under the 2011-12 academic session.
Muggers shot a man and snatched Tk 2000 at Uttara in the city yesterday.
Agriculturist Rahad Ajim, a scientific officer of Bangla-desh Agricultural Research Institute, yesterday died of cancer at a private hospital in the city, said a press release.
A doa mahfil on the occasion of the 23rd death anniversary of former secretary MA Rashid and the 4th death anniversary of his wife Sultana Rashid will be held today after Maghrib prayers at their son's Gulshan residence in the city.
Today is the 7th death anniversary of Wahedul Islam Khan (Akib), son of Bangla-desh Japan Federation Association Chairman Amirul Islam Khan Bulbul, said a press release.
Ejaz Ahmed Siddique, founder president of Bangladesh Mohajir Welfare and Development Committee, died of a cardiac arrest Monday night. He was 75.
Criminals destroyed newly planted aman seedlings of about two and a half acres of land at Chouddaburia village of Kamlapur union in Patuakhali Sadar upazila by spraying poison on Sunday night. Six cows also became sick after eating grass from the field.
Parents of Purnima Samaddar have alleged that the relatives of the convicted killers of their daughter are giving threat to them.
The district jail has 19 prisoners of death penalty in five condemned cells.
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband in Kushtia while another was seriously injured by husband in Meherpur for dowry.
Four lecturers and three demonstrators, all receiving salary and other benefits under the government's monthly payment order (MPO), are serving for three science students of Mirzapur Degree College in Chatmohar upazila under the district.
An Imam of a mosque and a madrassa boy were murdered in Habiganj and Dinajpur districts on Sunday.
Rapid Action Battalion Rab recovered at least four firearms and 16 bombs in Meherpur and Madaripur districts yesterday and the day before.
Twelve students of Mohashraddhee Nuria Fazil Madrassa were injured Monday after the principal gave them a good beating.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists clashed with on-duty Ansars at Pabna Medical College and Hospital on Monday night, leaving at least five people from both sides injured.
In your editorial of September 27, 2011 you wondered why protests always took violent form in our country. We, the students of JnU, have been demonstrating for a long time in a civilized manner. But nobody paid any attention. And now we are running out of time as our university turns six (6) on October 20. So, what would the desperate students have done? As a matter of fact, we were protesting in a civilized way till the police and the BCL started to beat up the students. Of course, vandalising cars is really a shameful act and every student of JnU feels sorry for this. But was it all our fault? You asked in your editorial what had been the fault of the stranded commuters and of those whose vehicles had been senselessly vandalised? Then, we ask you - what was our fault? What will we do if this university goes private? If the government doesn't have enough funds, then why did thePM promise to establish at least one public university in every district? The government can spend around Tk. 2000 crore just to change the name of an airport, but can't spend one-tenth of the amount for JnU?
I am writing this letter, after reading Md. A. Alim's letter of 26th September in your columns on hydraulic horn. Hydraulic horns are banned by law in our country. But I doubt if there is any implementation of the law. I had a bitter experience while I was returning to Dhaka from Chuadanga with my wife and two-year-old son after celebrating Eid with my family members.
Being an inhabitant of Mirpur area, I start for my office from Pallabi at quarter past seven in the morning and it takes almost an hour to reach Shewrapara. The unbearable gridlock, caused by various reasons, is turning out to be a threat to my job. At Pallabi, Mirpur 10, Kazipara and Shewrapara the commuters queue up in large numbers to get on the bus every morning. Though I am not an expert, yet I have found out some problems where we can work on. The unskilled traffic police is one of the causes behind this jam. They find it difficult to control the movement of the vehicles at every point. And some of the drivers block the roads unnecessarily. Most of the bus services in Mirpur area offer sitting service. They do not take any more passengers when the bus is full in the morning. As a result, the queues of the commuters seem endless. I think we do not need any sitting service bus at all. All the buses should take passengers standing, with a revised bus fair. Stern government action is called for in this respect. Do we really need sitting service buses?
Some teachers resort to corporal punishment in schools. They do it to maintain discipline in the classroom. But physical punishment has a negative impact on the mind of the pupils. It leaves a lasting impression on the students' and influences their future conduct. So, it can have a short-term result but it has long term negative effects. That is why, corporal punishment is banned in many countries.
The latest discovery of natural gas reserve in Rashidpur in the country's north-eastern region by BAPEX (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd.), a subsidiary of Petrobangla, is good news. However, we need investments for extraction and utilization of this gas. 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can solve our energy crisis to a great extent.
I am a r recent graduate in BBA from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology. Our final semester exams ended in February this year. Then I joined a commercial bank as an intern for three months starting from March to June. After completing internship, nearly three months have passed. Our MBA class has started from last September.
Two campaigns in China - the Three-anti Campaign (1951) and Five-anti Campaign (1952) - were reform movements originally issued by Mao Zedong in an effort to rid Chinese cities of corruption. The process was effective. Some 20,000 cadres and 6,000 trained workers began spying on the business affairs of fellow citizens. The media encouraged compliance with the government policies. Up to 15,000 trained propagandists were working in Shanghai by late 1951. By February 1952, parades of anti-capitalist activists went door to door to visit business leaders. It created immense psychological pressure. And corruption went down. Of course, it had some negative impacts, but every story has two sides to it.
That day while I was returning home from my university, I noticed that some young boys were smilingly watching some obscene Bangla cinema posters. Our censor board probably consists of some immoral persons who do not find any unpleasant scenes in the films which are produced in FDC.
I consider Sheikh Hasina's presentation of world peace roadmap at the UN of little significance, given her failure in bringing peace in her own country . In fact, I do not read in detail any statement made by the ministers, because I know what would they say about a particular incident. While commenting on hartal, they will definitely say that life was completely normal and people rejected the 'unjust hartal' called by the opposition.
If you are travelling from Dhaka to another district, you must know how long it is going to take to reach the destination. But you can never reach there in time. Why? We mostly think that the jam on the roads is to blame. But besides that, we should also take a good look at the roads. Most of them are broken or damaged, with holes filled with puddles or mud. Here in Uttara, some organisations dug a road to set up some pipes a few months ago. They set up the pipes, filled the holes with mud, and left the rest of the road broken. My school is only 510 minutes away from my home. As I go by car, it must take no more than five minutes on an average. Now, it takes 1015 minutes because of the road condition. It's time the authorities took some action.
A public university should be run by the government. The students of Jagannath University have been demonstrating against the University Act 27(4) since its establishment in 2005. But the government has failed to give any solution to the problem. The students' opinion is that if a university is run by the students' fees, then it cannot be called a public university. So, their demands are simple - to nullify the University Act and to have government funding for the university.
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Sayedee indicted”
They say they are inspired by revolutions in the Middle East, but protests over economic grievances in Spain and elsewhere in Europe are a closer comparison as anti-corporate demonstrations spread across the United States.
Afghanistan and India, two nations united in their suspicion of Pakistan, are set to forge closer ties yesterday as Hamid Karzai visits New Delhi during a highly unstable time in South Asia.
Mortar fire killed two Yemenis and wounded six in Sanaa yesterday in what appeared to be more fighting in the capital between soldiers loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and troops siding with anti-government protesters.
Maoist rebels in India's have begun a month-long ceasefire, the rebels said in a statement.
Bullet-ridden cars carrying terrified, ill and hungry civilians crawled out of Muammar Gaddafi's home town yesterday as anti-Gaddafi fighters said they were planning a final attack.
UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres called Monday on states not to succumb to rising xenophobic pressure and turn refugees away, saying that multiculturalism is not only good, but inevitable.
Thailand's worst monsoon floods in decades have killed 224 people and affected three quarters of the country, including part of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, officials said yesterday.
The United States said Monday it expects to meet with its Quartet partners by the weekend in a bid to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shia Muslims in Pakistan's insurgency-torn southwest yesterday, killing 13 people in the second major sectarian attack to hit the area in two weeks, police said.
Russian lawmakers prepared to give early backing yesterday to a bill allowing judges to order the chemical castration of convicted child molesters.
Apple Inc unveiled a new iPhone on Tuesday that is faster and more powerful but stops short of a more radical upgrade.
US President Barack Obama said Monday he was "absolutely" the underdog as he embarks on a tough reelection fight in 2012 but promised he was steeling for a fight over "values and vision" with Republicans.
The United Nations warned on Monday that the international community had failed to respond to the latest flooding crisis in Pakistan, leaving three million people in urgent need of food handouts.
US student Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian court on Monday after breaking down in court and pleading for mercy in a dramatic end to her four-year legal battle.
Here are brief profiles of some of the people believed to be contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize to be announced on Friday in Oslo.
At least 13 workers were killed after an explosion in a coal mine in southwestern China yesterday, state media said, in the latest mining accident to hit the country.
Arts & Entertainment
Puja days are here again. A time to look back on what the festival meant in days gone by and how it's celebrated now.
Italy will be introduced to the works and philosophy of the mystic bard Lalon Fakir when a three-day festival featuring films on him, made by acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel, and a seminar are held in Rome, from October 14.
A traditional 'nouka baich' (boat race) on the Karotoya River was held last Saturday afternoon in Debigonj upazila headquarters in Panchagarh district.
Rethey Tudu, an octogenarian Santal of Dinajpur, has developed a new technique to put his six-holed bamboo stick to good use. The invention is now an inseparable part of his life -- as a flute, a walking stick and more.
Rabindra Parishad, Mymensingh organised a programme of Tagore's songs dedicated to the autumn. Titled “Sarodutsab” the function was held at the premises of Mymensingh Sahitya Sangsad on Friday evening as part of the parishad's year long programme to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.
The play “Sitar Bonobash” was staged recently at the Maulana Bhashani Auditorium in Sirajganj and attracted a good number of viewers. The play, based on an episode from the epic “Ramayan”, has been produced by the local troupe Mrittika Natyashala. Renowned dramatist, Mannan Hira, president of Bangaldesh Pathonatak Parishad, attended the first show as chief guest.
About 100 children from different schools of the district assembled at the local Shilpakala Academy in the town on Monday to take part in an art and recitation completion to mark International Children's Day and Child Right's Week.
Bangladeshi painter Babul Mahmood now lives and works in Toronto. Besides being a painter, he is also an able photographer. Several years ago, Mahmood left the country for higher education in Graphic Design, in Toronto. His images convey his eagerness to capture the welcoming and fascinating facets of Toronto. He has wandered through the city, taking pictures of its vibrant cultural diversity. Mahmood has focused on architecture, arts, cultural-social festivals, and everyday life in the city.
When an election turns out to be a foretaste of disaster, you know something is terribly wrong with society. It is a bizarre condition where elections, which ought to be harbingers of positive change, predict things dreadful and end up causing political crises at best and unmitigated mayhem at worst. That is the inference you draw when you reflect on the projected mayoral elections in Narayanganj at the end of this month.
The Congress is suffering from the hammer blows of ambition on the anvil of power. The BJP has a splitting headache in expectation of power. The first is serious. The second is silly.
Many call it a miracle, Germany's peaceful revolution in 1989 and reunification of East and West Germany less than a year later, which was celebrated on October 3rd by German Ambassador Holger Michael in Dhaka as the "Day of German Unity."
Today is World Teachers' Day. The theme this year is: "Teachers for Gender Equality," which is linked with the Unecsco's "Priority Gender Equality Action Plan," Global Campaign for Education's priority to "Gender Equality in Education" and the survey by Education International on the status of women in teachers' unions, education and society.
Road maintenance is a continuous process in order to keep a road in good condition. Generally, Routine Maintenance (RM) and Periodic Maintenance (PM) are prescribed for this purpose. RM consists of pothole patching, crack sealing, edge repair and drainage maintenance, whereas, PM covers resealing, Double Bituminous Surface Dressing (DBST), carpeting and overlay.
French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.