- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman had a day to remember yesterday as he became the first Bangladesh bowler to bag five wickets in the World Twenty20.
The left-arm paceman dismissed five Kiwi batsmen at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to allow the Tigers restrict the opposition to 145/8 from their stipulated 20 overs.
Mustafizur notched his maiden five-wicket haul in his 13th appearance in the shortest format of the game, taking his tally to a commendable 22 wickets.
The 46th Independence and National Day was observed in the capital as well as around the country and all the Bangladesh missions abroad yesterday in a befitting manner amid different programmes.
The nation paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War, particularly to the freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices to free their motherland from the clutches of the then Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
On March 26, 1971, Bangabandhu declared Bangladesh's independence following the crackdown on unarmed Bangalis by the Pakistan occupation forces.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Bangladesh on the occasion of 45th Independence and National Day, hoping the ties between Bangladesh and India to scale new heights.
In a message to his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid, the Indian president said: “On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me immense pleasure to extend warm felicitations and best wishes to you and to the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of your National Day.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to build the country through united efforts so that the nation does not lag behind any more.
“The government has taken all sorts of steps to make the country hunger and poverty-free… we’ll build the country, we’ll no longer lag behind – let’s build the country through united efforts,” she said while addressing a rally of children and juveniles at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital, arranged by Dhaka district administration to mark the 46th Independence and National Day.
The BNP high-command has asked its leaders and activists as well as the people of the country to take vow to raise their voices to restore democracy.
“We fought the Liberation War to get a democratic state. But unfortunately, we still have to raise our voices 45 years after the independence for restoring democracy. Our people are sacrificing their lives for democracy even today,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, yesterday.
Investigators have said they are yet to confirm whether singer Quazi Krishnakali Islam's housemaid committed suicide or was murdered.
The facts of the case can only be ascertained after the autopsy report is issued today.
Police also said the arrestee, Khalequr Rahman, Krishnakali’s husband, would not be facing further interrogation.
BNP brought out a colourful rally in the city, marking the 46th Independence and National Day yesterday.
Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies carrying banners, placards and portraits of party top leaders joined the procession which started from the party’s Nayapaltan central office around 3:20pm, reports UNB.
The procession paraded different roads through Bijoynagar, Kakrail and Shantinagar and concluded at Malibagh crossing.
The 46th Independence and National Day was celebrated across the country in a befitting manner, with due respect and taking fresh vow to build a happy, prosperous and peaceful nation.
Our correspondent said in the celebration of the day, district administration, various cultural organizations, political parties and educational institutions chalked out the elaborate programmes.
Local freedom fighters in Bagerhat’s Kachua upazila yesterday boycotted the Independence Day programmes as the upazila chairman hoisted the national flag in the beginning of the main programmereports our Bagerhat correspondent.
They were angry as they said the chairman, SM Mahfuzur Rahman who is an Awami League leader, had faced female harassment and electricity theft charges and it was not acceptable for them to see that such a man had hoisted the national flag on the Independence Day.
The Detective Branch of police has been given the charge of investigation in Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu murder case as the local police could not unearth the mystery in six days.
“The case has been transferred to the DB police to speed up the investigation. We have got some clues and are now analysing those to solve the mystery behind the murder. We hope to arrest the real culprits as soon as possible,” Md Shah Abid Hossain, superintendent of police of Comilla, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Bangladesh’s journey in the ongoing 2016 World Twenty20 ended in disappointing fashion as they were skittled out for their lowest score in T20 internationals.
The Tigers failed to meet their ambition of finishing the tournament with a consolation win after being bundled out for just 70 runs in pursuit of New Zealand’s fighting total of 145/8 at Eden Gardens. The 75-run loss meant pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman’s heroic five-for went in vain.
China’s offer to become a part of an international consortium to build a deep sea port at Paira is a further indication of the strong case for Bangladesh to develop a new port.
In a speech to diplomatic correspondents, the Chinese ambassador expressed willingness to co-operate with any country as contractors to help the Bangladesh government build a new port.
It follows similar expressions made by the Netherlands government and companies from the UAE and Denmark in developing Paira and Chittagong ports.
Satire will not die so long as politicians keep giving comics materialIf a stand-up comic tells a brilliant joke in a forest and no one is around to hear it, is it still funny?
A joke without an audience is a bit like the koan of imagining the sound of one hand clapping. If there’s no one there to laugh, groan, or moan, they don’t like it, all you hear is silence and the sound of no hands clapping.
Throughout his many struggles and hardships, Bangabandhu never wavered from his goalBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a name that evokes humanism and patriotism. He and independent Bangladesh are co-related in the same way that Nelson Mandela and South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi and India, President Abraham Lincoln and the US are.
I’d be selling the man short if I did not say that the contemporary generation needs to know what he stood for.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s inclusion in the top ten of Fortune’s magazine’s list of greatest leaders is a cause for celebrationLet us celebrate our success. It is a momentum of inspiration. It appears in a time when the nation is celebrating its independence.
At this moment, a new global recognition of the achievements of the daughter of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the people’s leader as well as the honourable prime minister of the country, is pleasing and encouraging for the nation.
The Ministry of Tourism is one of the lowest budgetary sectors contributing 2% to the total GDP of the country. Certainly, we want to raise it to 4% despite all odds, said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon.
The seasoned politician also focused on a major overhaul of Bangladesh Biman, and preferred reinstating previous Biman management in which the ministry will have 100% control.
The Workers Party president and former DUCSU vice-president, Menon, shares his thoughts exclusively with the Dhaka Tribune.
The National Board of Revenue will start issuing electronic business identification number (BIN) from April 1 as part of implementation of new value-added tax law.
NBR said the e-BIN would facilitate online submission of VAT returns under the VAT and Supplementary Duty Act which will come into effect from July 1.
The law will introduce electronic system for VAT payment. All the businesses will have to register with a nine-digit BIN instead of the current 11-digit numbers.
Stock market suffered heavy sell-off mainly on heavyweights in the past week, pulling all the indices down.
Investors released their holdings in fear of further losses as the market remained downtrend for long.
During the past week, the benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSEX, lost over 75 points or 1.7% to 4,370. With this loss, it declined around 115 points in two weeks.
The blue-chip comprising index DS30 slipped 37 points or over 2% to 1,655.
The DSE Shariah Index, DSES, dropped over 20 points or 2% to 1,059.
Japanese manufacturers’ confidence probably deteriorated to the lowest in nearly three years and it is expected to worsen in the coming quarter due to exporters concern over a strong yen and worries over the global economy, a Reuters poll showed.
Big firms are likely slash their capital spending plan for the new fiscal year beginning in April, according to the survey.
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha yesterday expressed disappointment following the Tigers’ 75-run defeat against New Zealand which brought an end to their journey in the ongoing 2016 World Twenty20.
Hathurusingha though believes there were some improvements made in the flagship event and said the Tigers have come quite a way in the shortest format of the game, especially in the last year or so.