- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Member states were also encouraged to harmonise their regulatory frameworks relating to cross-border electricity tradeThe national energy regulators of the Saarc countries have agreed to form a Regional Energy Regulatory Authority to adopt a plan of action which will include the removal of regulatory barriers to the cross-border trade of electricity among Saarc states.
“The decision was taken in a two-day-long meeting among the Saarc energy regulators that ended today [Monday],” Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman AR Khan told a press conference at a city hotel yesterday.
Do-or-die battle between bottom lurkers Kalabagan KC and Partex The standard of umpiring in the Dhaka Premier League has been a hot topic off late and the league was struck by a horrible scene yesterday when Partex Sporting Club chose to get relegated instead of playing against “poor umpiring.”
What promised to be an intense do-or-die battle between bottom lurkers Kalabagan KC and Partex – both in their last match of the season locked on three wins each – lasted just 21.3 balls before the latter refused to play following Rajin Saleh’s leg-before dismissal.
Bangladesh’s 2003 Saff Championship-winning coach George Kottan returned to Dhaka yesterday to take charge of traditional crowd-pullers Abahani Limited. The 68-year old Hungarian-Austrian coach looked fit and did not show any old age complications when he was greeted by the Abahani officials and players in the afternoon.
Later onwards, Kottan shared his views and observations with the media. Here are the excerpts:
What prompted you to return
Talismanic Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam recently returned to the country after winning the maiden Indian Super League (ISL) title with Atletico de Kolkata. Although he did not play a game, Mamunul had a great time sharing the dressing room with the likes of former Spanish footballers Luis Garcia and Josemi.
The left-footed midfielder yesterday shared his experience with the media, including his understanding with the Atletico coaches and two explanations he believed were the reasons behind his snub.
BCB chief physician termed the injury as ‘nothing severe’A knee injury during the recently-concluded bilateral series against Zimbabwe at home gradually intensified into a Grade 1 meniscus injury for Tamim Iqbal as the experienced southpaw’s chances of opening the innings for Bangladesh in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand has been thrown into major doubt.
Grandmaster Enamul Hossain Rajib emerged as the champion of the Walton Home Appliance Victory Day International Rapid Rating Chess having earned eight points from nine games at the hall room of Bangladesh Chess Federation yesterday.
His teammate at Bangladesh Navy, GM Abdullah al Rakib, also finished with eight points, however, after the tie-breaking game he was adjudged the runner-up.
Adamjee Cantonment College lifted the title of the Quick City College Rugby defeating St. Joseph Higher Secondary School by 31-10 points at the Paltan ground yesterday.
In the third-place decider, Cambrian College finished third as Gazipur Cantonment College did not turn up. Asibur Rahman Prince was adjudged the best player of the tournament.
Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki with 55.68% of the vote against 44.32%, the results showedVeteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia’s first free presidential election, official results showed yesterday, the final step in a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
But rioting broke out in one southern city, with police firing teargas to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tyres and blocked streets to demonstrate against the victory of an official from Ben Ali’s old guard.
The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks could have been averted if intelligence agencies of the United States, United Kingdom, and India had not failed to join the dots gathered after their high-tech surveillance, an investigative report said.
The film revolves around a scheme to rob $120m in diamonds from a vault After the success of “Kistimat,” breakthrough director Ashiqur Rahman is working on “Mission America,” a brand-new action thriller set and wholly shot in the United States.
Toma Mirza, who came onto the scene in 2010 with “Bolo Na Tumi Amar,” pairs up with newcomer Shayer Aziz in the bank-heist thriller.
The film revolves around a scheme to rob $120m in diamonds from a vault named America by the lead character played by Shayer Aziz.
Indian singer Shaan duets with Bangladeshi youngster Porshi for playback song in “Mental.” The film is directed by Shamim Ahmed Rony.
Titled “Tor Chhayate Thaktey Chai,” the song was written by Indian lyricist Prasen and composed by Prosenjit Dabbu Ghoshal. The recording was completed at the SB Studio in Mumbai on December 17.
Theatre troupe Punyabhumi will be staging “Mohua” today at 7pm at the Studio Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Written by Dwij Kanai and directed by Julfikar Hussain Sohag, the play is based on Moimonshingho Gitika, a collection of folk ballads from Mymensingh.
But the troupe has redesigned “Mohua” for their fifth production.
Julfikar Hussain Sohag, Durjoy Anowar, Sohag Ashrafi, Hridoy Babu, Projapati Sarkar and Fatema Begum will play the major roles.
Prior to locking Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” Karan Johar had discussed two more ideas with the actress who was recently honoured with the most successful Miss World model at the Miss World event held in London recently.
Aishwarya said, “When I heard the script of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ it made me smile. For me as an actor, it is exciting to be a part of this story and with Karan, it will be the way it should be told. Thus am happy to be on board.”
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has discussed writing a song for Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Unbroken,” joking that the actress kidnapped him in order to ensure his involvement in the project.
“Unbroken” was directed and produced by Jolie, telling the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Coldplay contributed the track “Miracles” for the film, making them one of the contenders for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars.
A branch of the hacker group Anonymous has threatened Iggy Azalea following her recent criticism of rapper Azealia Banks. Accusing Azalea of “misappropriating black culture” and “making light of Eric Garner’s death”, an Anonymous spokesperson claimed that if the rapper does not issue an apology, they will release photo stills from her alleged “sex tape”.
Recipients having to pay 10-20% as bribes to get land acquisition compensationLike the old saying “you cannot have an omelette unless you break the egg,” thousands of poor families in Madaripur gave up their lands for the sake of a bridge over Padma River, hoping that their lives will change forever.
But, these families – many of whom have lost a lot to the infamous gluttony of the river’s erosion – who gave up their meagre belongings to the government for a greater good, are having to pay too high a price now.
Pakistan has described the Peshawar rampage as its own ‘mini 9/11’Pakistan has finalised a list of around 500 militants for execution in the coming weeks, officials say, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.
“The Interior Ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming weeks,” a senior government official told AFP yesterday on condition of anonymity.
A second official confirmed the information.
Action should be taken against each and every criminal without seeing their face,’ she saidPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the top officials of the districts to go hard against all criminals irrespective of their political or social identity, saying law and order should be kept normal by any means to go ahead with development.
“We want a peaceful situation to expedite the pace of development. Action should be taken against each and every criminal without seeing their face,” she said, adding: “We do not want recurrence of the criminal activities as we have seen before January 5, 2014 election.”
The prosecution also demanded compensation for two rape victims and a war babyThe International Crimes Tribunal will deliver its judgement in the case against war crimes accused Syed Mohammad Qaisar, a former Jatiya Party state minister, for his alleged involvement in the killing of over 150 people mostly Hindus, rape and other crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.
Justice Obaidul Hassan, chairman of tribunal 2, passed the order yesterday.