- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Hosts Bangladesh are well on track towards the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 following their 23-run win over holders Sri Lanka in what turned out to be an exciting encounter yesterday.
The Tigers are now left with one game, against Pakistan, scheduled for this Wednesday. A win in the tie will take Bangladesh to the grand finale which will be their second ever final appearance in the history of the regional competition.
Bangladesh opening batsman likely to play against PakistanBangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and his wife Aysha Siddiqa Iqbal have been blessed with a baby boy, Mohammad Arham Iqbal Khan. The dashing southpaw through his Facebook fan page informed the world of the arrival of his first child yesterday morning.
The Tigers gunned down holders Sri Lanka by 23 runs in a crucial Asia Cup Twenty20 clash at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. In the process, Bangladesh registered their maiden shortest format win over the reigning World T20 champions in five attempts.
Following a brilliant 80-run knock by player of the match Sabbir Rahman which guided his side to a challenging 147/7, the Tigers bowlers displayed a disciplined approach, led by Al Amin Hossain (3/34), to restrict the Lankans to 124/8.
The logo-unveiling ceremony of the forthcoming maiden season of the franchise-based football tournament, Bangladesh Super League, was held amid a colourful ceremony at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the ceremony as the chief guest.
The programme started with the speech of the chief guest before a video presentation of the tournament was displayed in the giant screen stationed inside the big bowl.
Pakistan will look to put their humiliating start behind them and return to winning ways when they take on minnows United Arab Emirates in the sixth game of the Asia Cup Twenty20 at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. The match begins at 7:30pm and Star Sports 1, GTV and Maasranga TV will telecast it live.
In an attempt to stop criminals and militants from setting up hideouts in Dhaka city, all landlords of the capital have been directed to submit information about their tenants and themselves to the DMP within March 15.
Failure to comply would result in legal action against the landlords.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police have been visiting houses and handing out tenant information forms to both landlords and their lodgers and would continue to do so until midnight tonight.
Lawmakers from the Awami League and its coalition partners yesterday demanded that an investigation commission be formed to try the people behind the 1/11 political changeover of 2007.
While taking part in the parliamentary discussion on the president’s speech, they underscored the need for constituting a commission to unmask the masterminds who tortured politicians during the emergency regime of two years from January 2007.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Road, Transport and Bridges Ministry has urged the ministry to strengthen its monitoring so that CNG drivers cannot charge extra fare.
Ekabbar Hossain, chairman of the committee, said this in the parliament yesterday.
“After fixing the new fare of CNG auto-rickshaw, the drivers followed the meter a few days but now they are not doing so causing passengers’ sufferings. That’s why, the committee recommended that the ministry should take stern action in this regard,” said Ekabbar.
Law enforcers have found a new den of Ansarullah Bangla Team in the capital’s Dakkhinkhan area and recovered hand bombs and a sizeable cache of bomb-making materials from there.
Mashruqure Rahman Khaled, deputy commissioner of DB Police (South), confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune.
“As part of our ongoing crackdown on militants, a joint team of detectives and members of Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit raided a house in Dakkhinkhan and recovered two hand bombs and a large cache of bomb-making materials,” he said.
The government has decided to bring all its agencies, including the cabinet division, under e-procurement system by December to check corruption and political nepotism in tendering.
The decision was made in a recent Planning Ministry meeting, presided over by minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. The meeting also decided to form a working group to introduce e-procurement system and include the cabinet committees on economic affairs and public purchase.
Terming the present government a pro-business and pro-investment one, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it wants to leave no stone unturned for the sake of the county’s rapid economic progress.
Anika Mim, an HSC student of Barisal Government Women College, on last Thursday found her Facebook account inaccessible. She was told that her password did not match.
After about an hour, Mim’s friends informed her that the account had been used by someone else. When she contacted with the person from a friend’s profile, the hacker demanded that Tk5,000 be sent to a bKash number to get back the account.
After a bargain, the hacker agreed on Tk2,000 and Mim sent the money to the bKash number. Then the hacker sent her the password in an email.
The Education Ministry yesterday served notices to a total of 1,209 schools to show cause why legal action would not be taken against them for collecting unusually extra fees from the SSC examinees.
Besides, explanation was also sought from the respondents as to why the managing committees there would not be dissolved in line with the legal action for the offense.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid disclosed it at a press conference held in the secretariat yesterday, saying he sent the notices on February 25 asking the schools to coem up with reply within 30 days.
The government plans to release genetically modified (GM) potato, reportedly capable of resisting late blight disease, during the upcoming season.
“We are planning to apply for the approval for releasing one variety of GM potato at the end of this year,” said Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI).
BARI has developed GM potatoes by inserting pest and weather-resistant gene in two local potato varieties – Cardinal and Diamond.
The Election Commission will only consider specific allegations of violating electoral code of conduct in the upcoming UP polls, said EC Secretary Md Sirajul Islam yesterday.
Talking to reporters at his office, he said the many allegations that the BNP are making are nothing specific.
Earlier, a team of BNP leaders led by the party Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi filed a written complaint to the EC secretary around 12:30pm.
In the complaint, Rizvi claimed that EC became an institute that is obedient to the government.
The ruling Awami League has announced the names of its 672 chairman candidates to vie for the second phase of union parishad polls slated to be held on March 31.
Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif made the declaration at a press conference at its Dhanmondi office yesterday.
The names were finalised at a meeting held earlier in the day. Members of the party’s Presidium and the election nomination board attended the meeting chaired by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
An uncertain situation has created over holding elections at eight union parishads under Patgram and Hatibandha upazilas where 57 former exclaves are located as names of residents of the union parishads are yet to be enlisted in the voter list.
According to election schedule, elections of Patgram and Hatibandha upazilas will be held on March 31 in the second phase. It is mentionable that voting of union parishads across the country will be held on March 22, March 31, April 23, May 7, May 28 and June 4.
A case was been filed against a stepbrother of the two minor boys, whose bodies were found at Dhulipara village in Sadar Dakshin upazila on Saturday afternoon, for his alleged involvement in the killing.
Rekha Begum, mother of Joy, 7, and Moni, 5, filed the case with Sadar Dakshin police station against her stepson Shafiul Alam Chhotan, 22, a private university student, on Saturday night.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked elite police force Rapid Action Battalion to submit by April 7 the probe report in a case filed over the sensational murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan passed the order after the investigation officer of the case failed to submit the report yesterday as per the previous order.
With this, the court has fixed 40 dates asking RAB to submit the probe report.