Heatstroke continues to take toll: 3 more die: Diarrhoea turns endemic City water system contaminated

April 29, 2009

Diarrhoea outbreak in the city has become phenomenal as the inhabitants have no other way except for drinking muddy and stinking water.
Scorching heat continues all over the country, our correspondents from Bhola, Rangpur and Gopalganj have reported that one person in each place has died of heatstroke.
The deceased are Yasen Patwari (65) of Charfashion Upazila of Bhola, Korban Ali (42), police constable of Gangachara Thana of Rangpur and Shawkat Mia (35) of Kotalipara Upazila of Read more

Military and military-backed govts put brakes on desired development: PM

April 29, 2009

Asks government officials to act as friend, not master of masses
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday observed that Bangladesh could not attain its desired development yet as military and military-backed forces ruled the country frequently in the past with disregard for people’s welfare.
Not only in Bangladesh but in many other countries of the world it has been proved that without democracy a nation cannot achieve its cherished development, said Hasina, who came to power through the December 29 general Read more

Power struggle throws local admin in disarray

April 29, 2009

MPs find UNOs on their side in row with upazila chairmen
Conflicts between the elected representatives and local administration at the grassroots have intensified with upazila nirbahi officers siding with members of parliament in respective areas throwing local administration into disarray.
The grassroots administrations are suffering from a kind of inertia as the newly elected upazila chairmen across the country have already protested against the amended upazila council law giving lawmakers sweeping powers to interfere in development activities. Upazila nirbahi officers, on the other hand, ‘do not like the Read more

Trial of War Criminals maintaining International Standards

April 29, 2009

BDR massacre trial in accordance with law
Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed on Tuesday said the government is proceeding cautiously to hold the trial of war criminals impeccably by international standards.
Addressing the press, he said, “We are not hesitating to hold the trial of war criminals which is a national demand. We want to ensure a fair trial system in free, fair and lawful manner by maintaining international standards so that none could raise any question about the trial process.”
Asked about appointment of investigating agency, he said those who have expertise, Read more

Khoka-Abbas rivalry prompts Khaleda to intervene

April 29, 2009

Rivalry between Sadek Hossain Khoka and Mirza Abbas, two aspirants for the top position of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in the capital, reflects intense grouping at different tiers of the party across the country.
The party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, however, has taken a move to have the two influential leaders of the Dhaka city to settle their dispute.
Outside Dhaka, aspirants for leadership of the proposed convening committees, mostly the presidents and general secretaries of the incumbent Read more

Textbook crisis forces many schools to defer exams

April 29, 2009

Many secondary schools have been forced to defer the beginning of first term examinations as the government failed to make the textbooks available in the markets at the beginning of the academic year on January 1.
The academic calendar prepared by the Ministry of Education scheduled the start of the first term examinations in all of the 18,500 secondary schools on April 15, and the according to the academic calendar the results should be published by May 14.
New Age has found that authorities of many secondary schools started the exams on April 28 and some are expected to start Read more

WHO’s worldwide warning: Too late to contain swine flu

April 29, 2009

The swine flu virus first detected in Mexico can no longer be contained and countries should focus on mitigating its effects, a top UN official said.
World Health Organization deputy chief Keiji Fukuda was speaking as the WHO raised its alert level to four, or two steps short of a full pandemic.
UN food inspectors are going to Mexico to examine reports that industrial pig farms were the source of the outbreak. The number of probable deaths from the virus there has risen to 152.
New Zealand confirmed at least three cases on Tuesday, and Israel one.
The US, Canada, Spain and Britain confirmed cases earlier but no deaths have been reported Read more

Bangladesh to host two quarterfinals

April 29, 2009

2011 Cricket WC
Bangladesh to host two quarterfinals
Bangladesh will host eight matches including two quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup after the tournament’s organising committee relocated Pakistan’s matches in Mumbai yesterday.
Apart from the matches, Bangladesh have been confirmed to host the opening ceremony on February 18, 2011 after it was revealed that Sri Lanka wanted to host the ceremony and give Bangladesh a semifinal.
“Sri Lanka wanted to hold the opening ceremony, giving us the semifinal but we kept the opening ceremony and were given the two quarterfinals,” revealed BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus.
India will host the final Read more

Bangladesh gets 3 more WC matches

April 29, 2009

Bangladesh has been awarded eight matches of the World Cup 2011 including two quarter-finals at a meeting of the Central Organising Committee in Mumbai on Tuesday.
It was the first meeting of the COC since the ICC Board resolved earlier this month that, given the current uncertainty over the security situation in Pakistan, the country should not host the World Cup matches.
The 14 matches, originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan, have been redistributed with eight going to India, four to Sri Lanka and three to Bangladesh. Out of the total 49 matches to be played in the tournament, 29 will Read more

PCL gets foreign flair

April 29, 2009

PCL Chittagong 2009
PCL gets foreign flair
Jeehan, Chamara sign on
Preparation for the country’s first-ever Twenty20 tournament, “Habib Group-Port city Cricket League (PCL), to start on Saturday next at Chittagong’s MA Aziz Stadium, is now at its finishing stage.
The eight participating teams and organisers are equally caught up in an enthusiastic mood to set up everything. Besides the stadium arena wore a festive look too.
The draw held yesterday afternoon to decide the teams’ grouping surprised many as Group A appears stronger with the three popular clubs Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting (MSC), Chittagong Abahani and Chittagong Brothers Union Read more

Super-sub breaks local hearts

April 29, 2009

AFC Challenge Cup
Super-sub breaks local hearts
Myanmar midfielder Pai Soe came off the bench to score a late brace to break Bangladesh hearts in their crucial AFC Challenge Cup qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The super-sub produced two goals in the span of eight minutes as Myanmar cancelled out Enamul Haque’s early strike to secure a 2-1 victory over 10-man Bangladesh to brighten their chance of making the final-round berth as Group A champions.
Bangladesh were reduced Read more

Cambodia beat Macau 2-1 to taste first win

April 29, 2009

Cambodia beat Macau by 2-1 goals to taste the first win in group A match of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
Strikers Teag Vathanak and Keo Songorn scored one goal each for the winners, who led the first half 1-0. Medio Chan Man Hei netted the goal for the losers.
Teag Vathanak put Cambodia ahead in the very 11th minute with a placing shot from inside the D-box after taking a close pass from Kim Borey (1-0).
After the lemon break, Keo Songorn doubled the margin for the winners in the 65th minute with a shot from inside the danger Read more

India takes World Cup charge after Pakistan exit

April 29, 2009

India will organise a major part of cricket’s World Cup in 2011 after Pakistan was stripped of co-hosting rights, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
The showpiece event awarded to South Asia was thrown into turmoil earlier this month after the ICC removed Pakistan as a host nation due to security concerns, following the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March.
The ICC moved swifty to put the tournament back on track, giving India a majority of matches with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh retained as co-hosts.
“We are confident of organising a very successful World Cup,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters after a meeting Read more

Clarke leads Australia to beat Pakistan

April 29, 2009

Michael Clarke’s all-round performance helped his team give Pakistan a dose of their own medicine as Australia won the third day-night international by 27 runs at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Monday.
The 28-year-old hit a fighting 66 to anchor an otherwise struggling Australian innings which helped them reach 198-7 in their allotted 50 overs before claiming 3-15 to bowl Pakistan out for 171 in 47.1 overs.
Clarke’s brilliant bowling-which saw Pakistan lose their ten wickets in the space of 76 runs-steered his team to a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Pakistan won the first match by four wickets, while Australia clinched the second by six wickets-both played in Dubai last Read more

Pathan powers Rajasthan

April 29, 2009

Yusuf Pathan hammered an unconquered 30-ball 62 as Graeme Smith anchored the Rajasthan Royals chase with an unbeaten 44 to romp to a five-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Pretoria on Tuesday.
The brutal innings from Pathan, sedate but no less important knock by Smith and another typically inspired tactical tweak from Shane Warne combined to script perhaps Read more

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