Wednesday February 21, 2018 05:30 AM

  • Determined Shamsur would love to blast ton

    Determined Shamsur would love to blast ton

    Shamsur is eager to announce his return to form at a time when the majority of Bangladesh batsmen have been struggling for runsOpener Shamsur Rahman is eyeing a comeback with the bat when hosts Bangladesh take on the visiting Zimbabwe in the second of three Test matches in Khulna beginning this Monday. The right-handed opening batsman informed Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday that he is targeting a hundred in the second Test after being dismissed for nought and eight in the recently concluded first Test in Dhaka. 

  • Suspended hockey trio awaiting fate

    Suspended hockey trio awaiting fate

    The Bangladesh hockey team’s next assignment will be the second round of the Hockey World League in Singapore in two months’ timeNational hockey players Russel Mahmud Jimmy, Zahid Hossain and Imran Hasan Pintu might see their suspensions withdrawn by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation. Another suspended player, midfielder Quamruzzaman Rana, recently returned to national team duty after the decision to ban him was reconsidered.

  • A joyous day for underprivileged children

    A joyous day for underprivileged children

    Like Shakil, Mosharraf also enjoyed the day and termed it the most memorable day in his lifeClass four student Shakil, who resides at Foy’s Lake in Chittagong, has passed a special day in his life. Momentarily forgetting the hustles and bustles of everyday life in the port city, the underprivileged boy thoroughly enjoyed playing football with his friends yesterday at MA Aziz Stadium. His joy was doubled as he was taken care of by the coaches of his beloved football club, European champions Real Madrid.

    Like Shakil, Mosharraf also enjoyed the day and termed it the most memorable day in his life.

  • Younis, Misbah hundreds put Pakistan in control

    Younis, Misbah hundreds put Pakistan in control

    They were duly rewarded with the wicket of Chris Rogers (five) who edged an Imran Khan delivery and was caught behind in the penultimate over of the dayYounis Khan hit a stellar double hundred while skipper Misbah-ul Haq also joined the run-feast with his sixth Test century as Pakistan tightened their grip on the second and final Test against Australia on Friday.

    Younis, who hit twin centuries in Pakistan’s comprehensive victory in the first Test in Dubai, tormented Australia again with a marathon 213, his fifth double hundred, which helped him pass the 8000 Test run mark in the process.

  • Struggling Dortmund face heavyweight Bayern

    Rummenigge infuriated Dortmund when he publicly revealed the amount of Reus’ buyout clause at Dortmund a few months agoBorussia Dortmund, languishing in 15th place in the Bundesliga, received an unexpected pep talk from league rivals Bayern Munich, despite icy relations between the two clubs who face each other in the league on Saturday.

    Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose team have snapped up Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund in two years and have also set their sights on Marco Reus, has been locked in a war of words with Dortmund officials for months.

  • Neymar to be called up for 2016 Olympic team

    Gallo said he would call up Barcelona striker Neymar and two other over-age playersNeymar will be selected as one of Brazil’s three over-age players for the 2016 Olympics, the team’s manager Alexandre Gallo said on Thursday.

    Olympic soccer gold is the only major title Brazil have not won and with Rio de Janeiro hosting the Games the pressure is on – even with the tournament still almost two years away.

    Gallo said he would call up Barcelona striker Neymar and two other over-age players.

  • Controversial batsman Ryder gets WC lifeline

    Controversial batsman Ryder gets WC lifeline

    It’s an important step for Jesse but it is only a first step and we’re anxious not to get ahead of ourselvesAggressive top-order batsman Jesse Ryder has been thrown a World Cup lifeline by being named in a New Zealand ‘A’ team for one-day matches in the United Arab Emirates next month.

    The 30-year-old Ryder has been kept out of the national side after he broke team protocols by drinking the night before a Test against India in February, the latest in a long line of off-field disciplinary issues for the burly left hander.

  • Magic, Mia among owners of new MLS team

    Magic, Mia among owners of new MLS team

    The team’s official name, front office, coaching and administrative staff will be announced at later datesBasketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and U.S. soccer great Mia Hamm are among the 22-person ownership group of the new Los Angeles franchise unveiled on Thursday by Major League Soccer.

    The surprisingly large group is led by Vietnamese-American venture capitalist Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, co-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and former NBA executive turned television analyst Tom Penn.

  • Bindu’s Eito Prem set to release next year

    Bindu’s Eito Prem set to release next year

    Sohel Arman, the fim’s director, confirmed that the film would be released at the cinemas on the first day of FalgunFive years after its muhurat – official announcement of a film’s shooting – the film titled “Eito Prem” starring Bindu and Shakib Khan is all set to hit cinemas on February 13, 2015.

    Sohel Arman, the fim’s director, confirmed that the film would be released at the cinemas on the first day of Falgun.

    When asked why it took so long to finish the film, the director said: “We had to take time to get schedules from the cast.”

  • Abstract Serenity on display

    Abstract Serenity on display

    A painter with strong imagination, Hasan has worked mostly with acrylics, and on different shapes and coloursA solo painting exhibition by Syed Hasan Mahmud titled “Abstract Serenity” is taking place at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the capital’s Dhanmondi area. The exhibit, showcasing 69 artworks, will run until November 15.

    The theme of the exhibition focuses on nature’s elements, such as bushes and deep forest, which are seemingly bland. It is also the artist’s silent attempt to promote nature’s preservation. In the artworks, the lines seem to be dripping, which happens to the artist’s signature style.

  • George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson paired in a comedy

    George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson paired in a comedy

    Set in the later years of Hollywood’s golden age, the film will also star Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Jonah HillOscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood’s studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.

    “Hail, Caesar!,” scheduled for release on February 5, 2016, will follow a day in the life of a studio fixer who must tackle numerous challenges, the Comcast Corp-owned studio said in a statement.

  • Salman and Deepika team up

    Salman and Deepika team up

    Deepika and Salman are eager to work together. Salman has even made no secret of his fondness for DeepikaBollywood actor Salman Khan is likely to romance none other than Deepika Padukone in Yash Raj Films’ upcoming project to be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

    Yash Raj Films has been waiting to collaborate with Salman ever since they delivered “ Ek Tha Tiger.” The movie which turned out to be a blockbuster was just the beginning, and now Yash Raj Films seems to have struck a deal with Salman. Ali Abbas Zafar’s next is expected to have Salman Khan, and Deepika Padukone is likely to join the cast, claim sources. 

  • Priyanka Chopra portrays the struggle of an item girl

    Priyanka Chopra portrays the struggle of an item girl

    Priyanka Chopra turns producer for the first time with “Madamji” and will be co-producing it with Ram MirchandaniBollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been tossing between shoots and public appearances. According to recent reports the actress will work on Madhur Bhandarka’s “Madamji” from November 30.

    “Madamji” will show the journey and struggles of an item girl who climbs the ladder of success and becomes a politician. The film is said to travel across different cities of India and will be mainly shot in Bhopal, Delhi, Johanpur, Lucknow and Mumbai.

  • Major blaze at BSEC building again

    Major blaze at BSEC building again

    Amar Desh office gutted; witnesses blame short circuit, firefighters blame poor fire safety in building A fire has gutted the office of newspaper Amar Desh’s online section on the 10th floor of Karwan Bazar’s BSEC building, the same site where two previous fires had claimed several lives and caused millions of taka worth of damages.

    The latest blaze broke out around 11:45am and remained burning until around 2pm before 21 fire-fighting units were finally able to bring the flames under control. About 100 fire fighters along with volunteers worked frantically to douse the flames to ensure minimum damages.

  • Bangladesh world’s 2nd most pro-free market country

    Bangladesh is the number two garment exporter in the world, after ChinaBangladesh is among the countries most supportive of a free-market and is the most free-market, trade-oriented country in South Asia, according to a research conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre.

    Of the 44 countries surveyed, Bangladesh was the world’s second most supportive of a free market economy with 80% support; only Vietnam with 95% support ranked higher. The next three countries were South Korea, China and Ghana.

  • Biman to add routes without proper study

    Flights will be offered to Tokyo, Japan; Kunming and Guanxu, China; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Male, MaldivesBiman Bangladesh Airlines plans to add five international destinations to its service route without conducting a proper market study, despite the cancellation of its Frankfurt service on November 27, which was also added without a proper market study.

    Biman will suspend the Dhaka-Frankfurt service because each flight incurs losses of Tk70 lakh due to very low passenger numbers. On the first flight to Frankfurt this year, only seven travellers were on board the Boeing 777 aircraft that has a capacity of 419 passengers.

  • Fakhrul: Govt giving in to public clamour

    He spoke after after holding a joint meeting with leaders of the party and its associate bodiesThe BNP yesterday said the government had started bowing to people’s demand for holding an election soon.

    “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday told a press briefing that a democratic government can hold elections any time. The prime minister has presumably accepted the demand for an immediate election,” BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said while addressing a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters.

    He spoke after after holding a joint meeting with leaders of the party and its associate bodies.

  • RAB: JMB gearing up for major destruction

    In addition to being the JMB’s chief coordinator, Nur also heads the Chapainawabganj district unit of the banned militant groupJama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is planning a major attack in the country in order to reassert itself, as it takes advantage of the political uncertainty in the country to regroup, a top law enforcement official has said. 

    “For this reason they were trying to contact each other, to plan a major act of destruction and prove their presence in the country,” Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the legal and media wing of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), said yesterday.

  • Next five-year plan prioritises employment generation

    Government aims at accelerating economic growth, increasing per capita incomeThe government is preparing the seventh five-year plan with the highest priority on employment generation to accelerate the economic growth rate and achieve the 10% mark.

    Officials said the government also aimed at increasing the per capita income in both urban and rural areas by 2021.

    The Planning Commission is preparing the five-year economic development guidelines from the next financial year (2015-16) and the work for the seventh five-year plan will end in January next year.

  • Azmi’s Facebook remarks stir up tie between BNP and Jamaat

    ‘We will not take Azmi’s remarks over the BNP-Jamaat tie into consideration as it was his personal opinion’BNP leaders have been confronted with a difficult situation following war criminal Ghulam Azam’s son’s open challenge that the BNP cannot assume office without the help of Jamaat.

    Since the Jamaat guru’s son Abdullahil Amaan Azmi posted the remark in his Facebook on Wednesday, BNP leaders have remained tight-lipped on the issue as they believed that commenting on this regard might strain ties between the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami.

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