Thursday March 22, 2018 11:56 PM

  • Welcome to the jungle

    Welcome to the jungle

    Rookie pacer leads Tigers to crushing win against IndiaIf the Bangladesh openers had set the tone earlier in the day, then debutant Mustafizur Rahman did just what his skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza asked him to do as India suffered a 79-run defeat in the first of three ODIs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    The match was as good as over even before the last 10 overs of India’s chase. India’s tail-enders – surrounded by the close-in fielders, riled up by the home fans and pressurised by the bowlers – struggled to hold on.

  • Niko graft case to continue

    The High Court yesterday cleared the way for trying BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Niko graft case, by lifting an earlier stay order as well as rejecting a petition by her challenging the legality of the case.

    The bench of of Justice MD Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed also directed Khaleda to surrender before a lower court within two months of releasing the full text of the High Court order. The High Court also asked the lower court concerned to consider granting bail to the BNP chief if she surrenders.

  • Dope muggers on the move as another Eid approaches

    Just like the previous years, notorious “ogyan parties” have started becoming active in the capital city with Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival in the country, up ahead.

    These gangs of muggers got the name because they make people unconscious with sedatives at public places or crowded transports and take away all their belongings. Ogyan in Bangla means unconscious and party is used to denote gangs.

  • New bus lines for Dhaka, Thimphu, Kathmandu

    Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan have agreed to launch three new bus services among them under the BBIN motor vehicles agreement, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said.

    The agreement was signed on June 15 in Thimphu, Bhutan, by the transport ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

    After the signing, Quader met Bhutan’s Information and Communications Minister Lyonpo DN Dhungyel and they reached a decision to launch two bus services between Dhaka and Thimphu, the first of its kind between the two countries.

  • PM urges leaders, activists to strengthen party

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged leaders and activists to work hard to strengthen the party at every tier and project the government’s tremendous success before the countrymen.

    “Strengthening the party at every tier is necessary. We have already formed teams to this end. So I would like to tell you to give proper attention so that the party is built organisationally,” she said while exchanging views with leaders and workers of Sylhet district and city units of the Awami League at MAG Osmani International Airport during a stopover.

  • Gas master plan in works

    The government is preparing a new 25-year gas sector master plan with focus on demand-supply projections and economic and financial impacts of liquefied natural gas imports.

    The existing master plan, prepared by UK-based Wood Mackenzie in 2006, is being revised and its time horizon extended from 2025 to 2041. The original plan was prepared under a Pertobangla project funded by the World Bank.

  • Zafrullah faces arrest warrant

    The International Crimes Tribunal 2 yesterday issued a warrant of arrest against Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury for not paying a Tk5,000 fine in conviction of contempt of court.

    Tribunal acting deputy registrar Aftabuzzaman said: “In the court order of June 10, Zafrullah was asked to submit the fine by Wednesday. The tribunal has issued the warrant as the date expired.”

  • ACC approves charge sheet against BNP’s Annie

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday approved a charge sheet against former BNP lawmaker Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie for his alleged involvement in amassing illegal wealth worth Tk1.23 crore.

    Annie, also the BNP students’ affairs secretary, hid information worth Tk13.13 lakh in his wealth statement submitted to the ACC, its Public Relation Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said. Earlier in the day, the anti-graft body cleared the charges.

  • Jaago project awarded second most innovative at GDN summit

    Jaago’s development project was awarded the second most innovative by the Government of Japan at the 16th Global Development Network conference held in Morocco from June 11-13.

    This year GDN received 268 project proposals from 57 countries. After four rounds of competition, Jaago Foundation’s project “Solarising Online Schools” was awarded the second position for the Japanese Award for “Most Innovative Development Project.”

  • Rony fired five shots, his aides tell court

    Two more friends of Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan, yesterday told a Dhaka court that Rony had fired five bullets at New Eskaton early on April 14 that killed two persons.

    Tiger Kamal and Md Jahangir Hossain, who were in the Prado jeep during the incident, told the court that Rony had been under the influence of alcohol when they were going to Dhanmondi from Moghbazar.

  • Muhith: Pay scale to take effect from July

    Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday said the government would finalise pay hikes by July but the increase in the pay of the public servants would be counted from the first day of the next fiscal year.

    “We need a month to work out the implementation of the new pay scale because it involves calculations of a large allowance,” he told reporters after a meeting with Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association leaders.

    “I try to solve pay scale problems whenever a case comes to me,” said Muhith.

  • Probe report filed against 12 war crimes suspects

    War crimes investigators yesterday submitted their probe report on 12 alleged war criminals from Jessore, who had been under the radar since November 2013.

    Investigation Officer Abdur Razzak Khan submitted the 42-page report, with findings on ex-BNP and Jamaat lawmaker Shakhawat Hossain and 11 others, to the chief prosecutor’s office in the morning.

    As part of their probe, investigators reportedly found that the accused men were involved in killing two persons, raping one, and torturing two others in Keshabpur of Jessore during the Liberation War in 1971.

  • Jackfruit growers in losses for extortion

    Jackfruit growers in Khagrachhari are unhappy as they have been counting losses due to rampant extortion by some influential quarters.

    The growers said they were selling jackfruits at expected prices, but are not getting expected profits in turn due to the extortion.

    According to the District Agricultural Extension office, there are jackfruit gardens on 8,383 acres of land in the district, and production of the seasonal fruit has always been satisfactory.

  • Workers’ broom procession protesting privatisation drive

    Workers’ broom procession protesting privatisation drive

    Workers of state owned Alim Jute Mills in Khulna brought out a broom procession yesterday protesting against the government’s plans to privatise the industry.

    Sources said under the banner of Privatisation Resistance Committee, the workers brought out the procession from in front of the mill in the morning.

    Later, they blocked the Khulna-Jessore Highway causing serious sufferings to the commuters.

  • City suffers unusual tailback

    City suffers unusual tailback

    The entire traffic system in Dhaka yesterday collapsed as thousands of vehicles were stuck in gridlock for hours with the month of Ramadan a day away.

    The thought of what would befall them during the month of Ramadan filled city people with apprehension.

    Only a five-kilometre bus ride from Shahbagh to Sukrabad took this correspondent more than an hour.

    A commuter from the old Dhaka said he went to Karwan Bazar from Gulistan after he was caught in a jam.

  • 40 risky structures evicted from Ctg hills

    The Chittagong district administration yesterday evicted 40 illegal and risky establishments from the hills in the city’s Tiger Pass area which are owned by AK Khan Group.

    The aim of the drive was to avoid possible casualties caused by landslides during the ongoing rainy season, said district administration officials.

    A total of 93 illegal and risky establishments were evicted from the hills in Matijharna and Tiger Pass areas in the last three days.

  • Myanmar envoy summoned over border firing

    The Foreign Ministry has summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Myo Mint Than to protest a border shooting incident and abduction of a Border Guard Bangladesh soldier by Myanmar’s border force.

    Border Guard Bangladesh member Biplob received bullet wounds and BGB Naik Razzaq, along with his sub-machine gun, was abducted by Myanmar’s Border Guard Police in the Naf River near the Jadimura area of Teknaf border in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday morning. 

  • Fortune favours the brave, says captain Mashrafe

    Fortune favours the brave, says captain Mashrafe

    Mustafizur Rahman’s dream debut was just the icing on the emphatic 79-run victory Bangladesh achieved over India yesterday. The rookie seamer bagged five wickets for 50 runs as Bangladesh’s four-man pace attack took the world champions down in the first match of the series.

    19-year old Mustafiz arrived at the post-match conference yesterday flanked by his skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who later revealed that it was not a hunch but he was “confident” of the left-arm pacer doing well in this sort of wicket.

  • Mustafizur’s first roar

    Mustafizur’s first roar

    Left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman, who became the 118th cricketer to represent Bangladesh in one-day internationals, almost struck gold off his very first delivery in 50-over cricket.

    Making his ODI debut against India yesterday in the first game of the three-match series, Mustafizur, who came in as a surprise element, almost did the trick as he pinned opener Rohit Sharma in front. It was not only the left-armer who appealed vociferously to the umpire. The packed Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium crowd also erupted in unison only
    to be turned down by the umpire.

  • The dictating southpaws

    The dictating southpaws

    When rain made its first entry at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Bangladesh were already 119 for one in 15.4 overs courtesy of the dictating partnership between openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. The commanding duo racked up their second hundred-run opening stand in just their fourth innings to give the Tigers a roaring start in the first of three one-day internationals against India before rain halted proceedings for around an hour yesterday evening.

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