Afridi leaves Imran behind

March 24, 2011

It is still too early to think that Shahid Afridi can emulate Imran Khan by leading Pakistan to their second World Cup trophy, but he did at least one thing better than his legendary countryman on Wednesday.
With his 4-30 against the West Indies in the first quarter-final, Afridi overtook Imran to become Pakistan’s most successful bowler in a single World Cup as his tally in the ongoing tournament Read more

Roebuck sees good future for Tigers

March 24, 2011

Bangladesh have a good future in international cricket despite their modest performances in the ongoing World Cup, leading cricket writer Peter Roebuck told reporters on Wednesday.
‘The future of cricket lies with spinners and this is what their strength is,’ said Roebuck.
‘The Umpiring Decision Review System has made life easier for spinners as they are now getting Read more

Shako presents group art exhibition at DAC

March 23, 2011

Different aspects of women issues have been displayed through artworks at a nine-day art exhibition which is now going on at Dhaka Art Center in Dhanmondi in the city.
Organised by Shako, an association of women artists of Bangladesh, the group exhibition titled ‘Celebration’ marks the 100th years of International Woman’s Day. Various aspects of women Read more

SC needs honest judges to avoid caretaker govt row

March 23, 2011

Says Dr Kamal
Renowned jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday told the Supreme Court that honest, competent, and neutral judges have to be appointed to this court in a very transparent manner in order to avoid any dispute over the system of caretaker government.
The last retired chief justice is appointed as chief adviser to the caretaker government, as per Read more

Govt seeks ADB aid

March 23, 2011

Dhaka-Ctg Expressway
Govt seeks ADB aid
The government yesterday sought financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to conduct a feasibility study for the Dhaka-Chittagong elevated expressway.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain conveyed the message to a three-member ADB team at his secretariat office in the Read more

Enrich NHCR to ensure human rights: Mizanur

March 23, 2011

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged the government to provide necessary human resources, fund, and other facilities to the commission to ensure its capability in protecting human dignity of people.
“Extend your hands…give us little help and little fund. We will fight our best for ensuring the Read more

Polythene bag use keeps rising

March 23, 2011

Lax law enforcement blamed
Nine years after polythene shopping bags were banned throughout the country, their use is increasing for lack of proper enforcement of the ban, environmentalists have claimed.
Save the Environment Movement president Abu Naser Khan blamed lax implementation of law and irregularities in enforcement operations for the increases use of polythene Read more

US for govt talks with Yunus

March 23, 2011

Blake says compromise possible; Wolfensohn backs amicable solution
The United States yesterday called for a dialogue between Prof Muhammad Yunus and Bangladesh government to reach a solution to the dispute over the status of the Nobel laureate in the Grameen Bank he founded.
“‘I do believe that a compromise is possible and I am encouraging dialogue between the Read more

WC set for knock-out stage

March 23, 2011

Pakistan take on Windies today
The much-anticipated knock-out phase of the World Cup is set for a cracking start as unpredictable Pakistan take on a youthful West Indian side in the first quarter-final in Dhaka today.
More than a semi-final place will be at stake for Pakistan, who missed out on a second-round place in the last World Cup and has since been plagued by many controversies including a Read more

Deceived in the desert

March 23, 2011

Bangladeshi fortune-seekers helpless in north Africa
“I came to Libya eleven months ago in a group of 15. At the airport, two men of the agency that organised my work permit and visa in Dhaka took all our passports as soon as we came out of the immigration. We then boarded a bus. In the evening, we reached a big rickety house. Not a single person was on the road. We were given mattresses and asked to sleep there and to wait to start our Read more

ICC WORLD CUP 100 on-duty police, firemen get food poisoning

March 23, 2011

Nearly 100 uniformed law-enforcers, including members of the Rapid Action Battalion and Armed Police Battalion, plainclothesmen, and fire fighters on ICC Cricket World Cup duty in Dhaka got food poisoning on Tuesday, officials said.
Most of them were admitted to Central Police Hospital at Rajarbagh and the rest to Read more

Two schoolboys killed in Rajshahi road accidents

March 23, 2011

Local people and Rajshahi University students blocked the Rajshahi–Natore Highway after two schoolboys were killed and five injured in two road accidents in Rajshahi on Tuesday.
The deceased were Shanto Islam, 7, and Rafi Ahmed, 9, both from Paba. They were students of the Nice Academy.
The police quoting witnesses said a truck headed for Rajshahi had Read more

Banglalink Music Fest 2011 in Rajshahi

March 22, 2011

Popular Bangladeshi bands — Warfaze, Aurthohin, LRB and Miles — played to a huge crowd at the Rajshahi District Stadium on March 18.
The event, ‘Banglalink Music Fest 2011’, was an initiative to popularise and promote local culture and heritage.
Ayub Bachchu of LRB, Shafin Ahmed and Hamin Ahmed of Miles, along with Warfaze, Aurthohin and a local band of Read more

Ponting could be dumped as captain: report

March 22, 2011

Bangkok Post
Ricky Ponting could be in the final week of his nine-year reign as captain after a troubled build-up to the World Cup, a report said, citing a Cricket Australia official.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday said there was stiff opposition at boardroom level to the 36-year-old retaining the job for next month’s tour of Bangladesh, although his position as a player was Read more

Only good-looking cops for World Cup final

March 22, 2011

smh.com.au
Only good-looking police officers will be allowed to work on security for the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai, the city’s police commissioner has reportedly said.
Arup Patnaik told senior officers during a briefing that he wanted only “tall, well-built and slim policemen” to be working on April 2 when the last match of the competition is played at Read more

Sailors received in tears

March 22, 2011

Ctg airport witnesses a highly emotion-charged reunion on arrival of 26 crews freed by Somali pirates
Torrents of tears and smiles, joy and relief engulfed Shah Amanat International Airport as the 26 crew of hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni landed yesterday afternoon.
A flight of Oman airways boeing 737-800 brought the crew home after their agonising 100-day captivity at the Gulf of Aden on Somali coast Read more

A date with destiny

March 22, 2011

The crew knew they were entering a dangerous territory infested with pirates; and they were on the watch. They were near Minicoy Island, 300 nautical miles off the Sri Lankan coast.
For the last two days and nights, they put out a watch. They regularly scanned the horizon. But it was a calm and quiet sea, hardly giving away the dangers that lark in this difficult terrain Read more

$4.62m ransom came in 2 bags

March 22, 2011

When the two suitcases wrapped specially for waterproofing were opened on the bridge of MV Jahan Moni, the pirates gave out a cry of joy. Bundles of greenbacks, all in hundred dollar denomination, were stacked inside.
The crew members looked on in awe. Never in their life have they seen so much of money.
The pirates started counting. They sat in groups and checked each bundle. They quickly Read more

Kamal argues before SC for non-party caretaker system

March 22, 2011

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Kamal Hossain on Monday argued before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for saving the system of non-party caretaker government as it was introduced through the 13th amendment to the Constitution in 1996 following a mass movement.
He argued that the non-party caretaker system had to be introduced as neither the civil society Read more

A den of pirates

March 22, 2011

The Gulf Of Aden
A den of pirates
0 Somali pirates’ range now covers more than one million square miles 0 Piracy cost the global economy about $5-7 billion dollars last year o Pressure mounted on Somali govt to step up its anti-piracy campaign o Many Somali lawmakers support the pirates and term them as ‘heroes’ o Some pvt companies launched security escort service for merchant ships Read more

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