- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
New Zealand held their nerve to edge out Australia by eight runs in a tense World Twenty20 Group Two match yesterday and move closer to a place in the semi-finals.
On a high after beating hosts India in their opening game, New Zealand posted a modest 142-8 before defending the total with disciplined bowling and tight fielding against their trans-Tasman rivals.
Australia came into the tournament with an embarrassment of top-order riches and decided to open with Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson.
The Tigers were not upto the mark against Pakistan in their 2016 World Twenty20 Super 10 opener, losing the game by a convincing margin of 55 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata last Wednesday.
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud though believes they will correct their mistakes from the previous match and bounce back against Australia this Monday in Bangalore.
Ahead of the clash against the Aussies, Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his troop reached the southern city last Thursday and will resume training from today.
Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 title defence suffered a huge blow after fast bowler Lasith Malinga was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury, the team said yesterday.
Malinga was forced to hand over the captaincy to Angelo Mathews last week due to a slow recovery from the injury and missed the Super 10 opener against Afghanistan on Thursday.
“Malinga’s knee injury flared up before the match against Afghanistan yesterday,” a team spokesperson said.
Joe Root hit 83 as England beat South Africa by two wickets in the World Twenty20 Super 10 match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai yesterday.
Chasing South Africa’s 229-4, England reached their target with two balls to spare to register their first win in two matches in the Group One.
Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla struck half-centuries at the top while JP Duminy provided the late assault as South Africa posted a massive 229-4.
A massive fire, suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, burned down a major portion of a residential building in the capital’s Banani Road 23 yesterday.
Only two persons were injured; Naved Imtiaz and Md Saifullah – both residents of the building – are now receiving treatment at United Hospital for burn wounds and head trauma respectively. Five more people also received primary treatment for smoke inhalation and panic-induced emotional trauma.
Two Bangladeshi officials of Brac stationed in Afghanistan were abducted by unidentified miscreants from Kunduz on Thursday afternoon.
The abducted were Chief Engineer Haji Shawkat Hossain and Chief Accountant Sirajul Islam, both hailing from Pabna.
Brac’s Senior Media Manager Mahbubul Alam Kabir said Shawkat and Siraj, along with another official, were going to Baghlan from Kunduz when their vehicle was intercepted by armed men around 4pm local time. Later, the abductors released one of the officials who is an Afghanistan national.
Maia Deguito, the RCBC branch manager in the centre of Bangladesh Bank digital heist, had offered one of her employees five million Philippine peso, apparently in exchange for his silence on the withdrawal from the branch of the $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank.
Romualdo Agarrado, a former officer of Philippines' Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch on Jupiter Street in Makati City, testified this before a senate committee on Thursday, reports Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her firm resolve to develop the country following the ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Our aim is to develop the country following the ideals of the father of the nation that he left behind for us,” she said while addressing a discussion marking the 97th birthday of Bangabandhu as well as National Children’s Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Presidium member and Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury chaired the meeting.
The absence of Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman has been a concern so far in the 2016 World Twenty20. The left-arm paceman was out of action in the three qualifiers of the global showpiece event and was also missing in the Super 10 opener against Pakistan.
But yesterday, the Bangladesh camp breathed a sigh of relief after Mustafizur attended his first net session ever since picking up a side-strain injury in the Asia Cup T20 earlier this month.
A six-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her teacher at Hujurpara of the capital’s Kamrangirchar on Thursday.
The girl was admitted to the One-Stop Crisis Centre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 1pm yesterday. Her medical examination will be held today.
Locals held the accused, Shafiqur Rahman Jewel, 30, around 10pm on Thursday and handed him over to the police.
Mother of the girl work at a garment factory in Chittagong. The victim lives with her grandfather and grandmother in Kamrangirchar.
Banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team set up eight hideouts in Dhaka to carry out killings of secular people, investigators claimed.
A group of 20 militants, which investigators dubbed “the killing squad,” maintained these hideouts. Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Trans National Crime Unit claimed to have garnered the “sensational information” from two suspected Ansarullah militants who were arrested during a recent drive.
After twice failing to oust the government from office through street agitation, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party is convening its sixth national council today with a view to reorganising itself.
But the grass roots of the party doubt there will be a qualitative change to the party as a result of it.
In a bid to make as many people happy as possible, the beleaguered party is mulling a major expansion to its national executive committee, which senior-level party sources said could exceed 500 members.
Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said the government has targeted to train 75,000 professionals in the next three years to solve the problem.
“The biggest challenge that Bangladesh is facing in IT sector development is shortage of skilled manpower … the number is limited,” he said in an interview with CeBIT Podcast in Germany on Thursday.
The Planning Ministry has found massive irregularities in the construction of the Tk567.15 crore Bhairab Bridge in Kishoreganj over the Meghna River.
The contractor firm, Indian joint venture Ircon-Afcons, has allegedly been using poor quality construction material for the 982.2 metre long rail bridge.
A team of experts from the ministry’s Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) visited the construction site in January. Later they issued a report on the irregularities found there.
Bangladesh Consulate General in Istanbul celebrated the 96th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day in a befitting manner on the consulate premises on March 17, said a press release.
Officials of the consulate, expatriate Bangladeshis living in Istanbul and students pursuing higher studies in Istanbul participated in the celebration.
A US-based cyber security firm that is looking into the $101 million heist from Bangladesh Bank in February has said the group suspected in the crime has been active since at least late 2015.
Cyber intelligence firm FireEye, hired to look into the crime, submitted an interim report to the central bank authorities on March 16 that outlines what the firm has found so far about the possible source of the attack.
Two buses were damaged in separate incidents of fire at Kawrakandi ferry terminal in Shibchar upazila between Thursday night and yesterday morning.
The reasons behind either fire could not be known immediately.
Locals said a bus of BMF Paribahan caught fire around 10am yesterday, while the helper of the vehicle was sleeping inside it. Sensing the heat of the fire, the helper woke up and caught the attention of locals.
On information, fire fighters rushed to the spot and doused the flame after two hours of frantic efforts.
Young voters in Khulna’s Dacope upazila say they prefer candidates who are honest and will work for ensuring technological access in the area.
Shafiqul Islam, a new voter in Ward 5 of Pankhali union, said his first criterion to choose a candidate is honesty.
„Besides, I will vote for the contestant who will prioritise progress and development through the application of technology. I believe it is technology that can contribute to the overall development of the upazila,” he said.
Investigators yesterday said that they had almost completed collecting information about the digital heist of $101 million from the Bangladesh Bank account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
They would make the next move after analysing the information and the report to be provided by an IT expert team led by Rakesh Astana soon. Bangladesh Bank had appointed the team for investigation.
Police recovered the body of a minor girl from a house at Tigerpass Railway Colony under Khulshi police station in the city yesterday.
The victim was Mahima Akhter Ripa, 6. Afroza Begum, mother of the girl worked at an apparel factory in the city.
The police quoting the family members of the deceased said Rita went to bed with her mother on Thursday night. The family members found her dead in the morning.
On information, the police recovered the body and sent it to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.