Sunday February 25, 2018 12:12 PM

  • Tigers look to secure series as visitors eye survival

    Tigers look to secure series as visitors eye survival

    The Tigers will do just about anything and everything to clinch their first ODI series win in 2014Bangladesh will target a series win against a humdrum Zimbabwe side when they lock horns against each other in the third ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. The home side will be confident heading into the match as they are in the driving seat after winning the first two ODIs, held in Chittagong.

  • ‘There are more room for improvement’

    ‘There are more room for improvement’

    They have prepared ourselves according to the tour schedule Bangladesh one-day skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza is in no mood to relax as the spearhead is focused on securing the five-match series with a win in today’s day-night affair in Mirpur. Mashrafe insisted on improvements in certain areas while as a team he wants to maintain the jolly run they are currently enjoying after 10 months of struggle.

  • More overs for main batsmen, says Mashrafe

    The first outing to bat at No 3 for national all-rounder Shakib al Hasan went horribly wrong as the left-hander, who has been in sublime touch, trudged back to the dressing room with a golden duck against Zimbabwe in the second ODI in Chittagong on Sunday.

    Shakib, who smashed a hundred in the opening game, was mainly promoted up the order to score some quick runs after they went off to a flier as 158 runs came off the opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque in 33 overs.

  • BHF withdraws ban of national trio

    Pintu’s fine of Tk100,000 Bangladesh Hockey Federation officially withdrew the suspension of three national hockey players – forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain – during a Governing Body meeting at the Falcon Hall of Bangladesh Air Force yesterday.

    Jimmy, Pintoo and Zahid completed one year of the two-year domestic and three-year international ban handed last year due to disciplinary reasons and intentionally under performing in the 2013 Asia Cup. Pintu’s fine of Tk100,000 was also reduced to Tk25,000.

  • Abahani bow out of King’s Cup

    Four-time professional football league champions Abahani Limited crashed out of the King’s Cup after falling to a 2-0 defeat against Indian top-flight club FC Pune in their final group match in Thimphu, Bhutan yesterday.

    To progress further the Sky Blues had to win by a margin of five goals besides hoping that other results go their way. Their opponent in the last group match headed into yesterday’s clash on the back of three consecutive wins. And following the end of the game, Pune encountered very little difficulties defeating Abahani.

  • We are 25 guys against a whole nation

    We are 25 guys against a whole nation

    The visitors are on the backfoot as the home side are leading 2-0 after back-to-back wins in ChittagongZimbabwe will be looking to reverse the downward spiral when they take on Bangladesh in the third of the five-ODI series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.

    The visitors are on the backfoot as the home side are leading 2-0 after back-to-back wins in Chittagong. Consequently, Zimbabwe are on the cusp of losing their first ODI series against Bangladesh in nearly four years.

    Hence, the importance of the third ODI was not lost on Zimbabwe all-rounder Vusi Sibanda. 

  • Argentina drawn to face holders Uruguay in Copa

    Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face holders Uruguay while Brazil will face Colombia in the group phases at the 2015 Copa America in Chile following Monday’s draw.

    World Cup runners-up Argentina, top seeds in Group B in which they will also meet Paraguay and Jamaica, were beaten on penalties in the quarter-finals at the 2011 event by Uruguay.

    Brazil, who will be looking to recover from their disappointing World Cup as hosts this year, are in Group C where they will also play Peru and Venezuela.

  • Prime Bank jump to second spot

    Abahani stroll to win over Partex, Kalabagan KC thrash Old DOHSTitle contenders Prime Bank jumped to second position at the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League points table after defeating Dhaka giants Mohammedan by four wickets in Fatullah yesterday.

    In the other matches of the fifth round yesterday, Kalabagan Krira Chakra trounced bottom-side Old DOHS by 90 runs at BKSP 4 while at BKSP 3, Abahani cantered to a six-wicket victory over Partex.  

    Mohammedan v Prime Bank, Fatullah

  • Pioneer League clubs appeal for aid

    Pioneer League clubs appeal for aid

    The Pioneer Football League clubs, in a view exchange meeting yesterday, requested for financial support and playing accessories for the upcoming season. The teams also asked the relevant authorities to defer the league till the end of next month.

    Besides the meeting, an introduction session between the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and club representatives of the Dhaka South and North City Corporation Pioneer (Under-16) Football League 2014 also took place at BFF House yesterday.

  • Hughes injury a reminder of ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ dangers

    Hughes injury a reminder of ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ dangers

    The sickening head injury that left Australia batsman Phillip Hughes in critical condition To cricket outsiders, the “Gentleman’s Game” often conjures the image of a slow-paced summer pastime, where players barely break sweat during matches that drag on for days.

    The sickening head injury that left Australia batsman Phillip Hughes in critical condition on Tuesday, however, was a brutal reminder of the sport’s ferocity.

  • Ferguson burns in fury

    Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than last summer’s protests, with at least a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyedChaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown – a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

    Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than last summer’s protests, with at least a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

  • Force of the law meets the law of force

    US police are under pressure not only for the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, for which a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict the police officer, but also for the military-style response to the sometimes violent protests that followed.

    The sight in August of police in camouflage gear, backed up by armoured vehicles and brandishing assault rifles, was a reminder that some US police departments have recently acquired US military-surplus hardware from wars abroad.

  • Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region

    Putin said Moscow will also double its subsidies to Abkhazia to about 9.3 billion rubles (over $200 million) next yearRussia tightened its control Monday over Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties
    with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea.

  • Stop Mediterranean becoming vast cemetery

    Stop Mediterranean becoming vast cemetery

    Pope Francis told Europe’s leaders on Tuesday to do more to help thousands of migrants risking their lives trying to get into the continent, saying they had to stop the Mediterranean becoming “a vast cemetery.”

    Addressing the European Parliament for the first time, Francis also said Europe should create jobs and not allow the bureaucracy of its institutions to suffocate the ideals which once made it vibrant.

  • Essebsi wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

    Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi beat incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of landmark presidential elections, but the two men will have to meet again in a December run-off, early results showed on Tuesday.

    Essebsi, from the Nidaa Tounes party, got 39.46 percent in Sunday’s poll, short of the needed overall majority but ahead of Marzouki, who got 33.4 percent, according to the figures.

  • Modi gives Buddha a miss as South Asian leaders flock to Nepal

    Modi gives Buddha a miss as South Asian leaders flock to Nepal

    Suspicion of India is common among South Asia’s smaller nationsVisiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and a Hindu goddess, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

    Suspicion of India is common among South Asia’s smaller nations, and the sensitivies shown in Nepal would be a small reminder for Modi as he seeks to show leadership in a region scarred by ethnic and religious divides.

  • Latif drama ends at jail gate

    Latif drama ends at jail gate

    Islamist parties call off shutdown and agitation following court orderDropped from the cabinet and the ruling Awami League, lawmaker Abdul Latif Siddique had his way finally. Until then, the confusion over his whereabouts or fate only thickened over the last two days.

    His disappearance immediately after he had arrived at the Dhaka airport, his lawyer’s U-turn about his knowledge of Latif’s whereabouts and a tense parliament session where senior MPs demanded his arrest did not help matters at all.

  • Scope for review petition open

    ‘This has been done with a view to securing finality of litigation’The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for both the government and the convicted war criminals to seek review of the apex court verdict, removing confusion over the issue through the release of its full judgement on the review petitions of executed war criminal Abdul Quader Molla.

    According to the judgement, both the parties will now be allowed to file a review petition within 15 days since the delivery of the full verdict in the appeals cases. The verdict will not be executed until the hearing on review petitions end.

  • Natural gas sector to get master plan

    ‘We will invest $20bn to install power plants over the next five years’A master plan for natural gas resources is in the making as the government lays out a new development strategy for the sector, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said yesterday.

    He did not disclose when the master plan would be published.

    “We want to bring the management of the gas sector under a new master plan. Gas is being misused because of supplies to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations. This misuse of the resource is leading towards a gas deficit,” he said at a seminar at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

  • 331 jaywalkers fined Tk24,095 for violating traffic rules

    331 jaywalkers fined Tk24,095 for violating traffic rules

    ‘A special mobile court will start its operation to stop the pedestrians crossing busy roads without using footbridges and underpasses. The violators will get six-month jail and they will also have to pay a fine’The Dhaka Metropolitan Police  yesterday charged 331 people with Tk24,095 in fines for violating traffic rules at three busy intersections of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in the capital, on the first day of a week-long drive against jaywalkers, confirmed DMP Joint Commissioner (traffic) Moslem Uddin to the Dhaka Tribune around 7:30pm, adding that no one was sentenced to jail.

    As a part of ensuring pedestrian safety, two mobile courts comprising two executive magistrates and a large number of DMP officials launched the pre-announced drive yesterday, running from 8am to 7pm.

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