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BPL 2022 Phase 3 Preview: What You Need to Know

The Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sunrisers will play the most matches for the BPL 8’s third phase in Dhaka. The next phase starts on Thursday. Aside from that, each of the other teams in the competition will play at least one match during this crucial round. Fortune Barishal will start the phase as the top team in the standings, while Sylhet Sunrisers will start as the bottom side. BPL 2022 phase 3 preview for each team is discussed in this article.

BPL 8 Phase 3 (Dhaka): All You Need to Know

The Bangladesh Premier League 2022’s second phase came to an end on Tuesday, (February 1). The next phase will commence on February 3 in Dhaka after only one day of respite. The third phase of BPL 2022 is the shortest. A total of four matches will be played in this phase from February 3 to 4. All of the matches will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, with two games per day.

Comilla Victorians and Sylhet Sunrisers will play the most two matches in the second phase. On the other hand, Khulna Tigers, Fortune Barishal, Chattogram Challengers, and Minister Dhaka will each play one match. The third phase will begin with a match between the Sylhet Sunrisers and the Khulna Tigers and end with a match between the Comilla Victorians and Minister Dhaka.

BPL 2022 Third Phase: Team-Wise Preview

The BPL 2022 phase 3 preview highlighted each team’s present situation. Take a look at the previews for each team.

Fortune Barishal

The Barishal team is now in first place in the points standings with eight points from six games. They have four matches remaining in the league phase. Fortune Barishal will meet Sylhet Sunrisers in the third phase, with the goal of maintaining their position in the standings at the end of this phase. The Shakib-led team is steadily gaining momentum in the tournament, and they should easily qualify for the playoffs.

Comilla Victorians

Comilla Victorians lost to Minister Dhaka, their first loss of the competition on Tuesday (February 1). They will play Minister Dhaka again in their second match of phase 3, after facing Chattogram Challengers on Thursday. The Comilla Victorians are presently in second place in the points standings, and they will try to win all of their matches in this phase to reclaim first place.

Minister Dhaka

Minister Dhaka performed well in phase 2, winning both of their matches. Dhaka are presently in third place with six points. They will be trying to keep their winning streak going when they meet Comilla on February 4.

Chattogram Challengers

The removal of Mehidy Miraz as captain wreaked chaos in the Chattogram Challengers locker room. Chattogram had a chance to improve their position in the standings in phase 2. However, they plummeted to fourth place in the points table after losing three of their four matches in phase 2. They will be looking to make a comeback in their solitary phase 3 match against Comilla Victorians.

Khulna Tigers

Khulna Tigers are presently in fifth place in the BPL 8 point standings. They have collected four points in five games. With five more league matches to play, Khulna Tigers must win the majority of their remaining encounters in this round. Khulna will only face the Sylhet Sunrisers in phase 3.

Sylhet Sunrisers

Sylhet Sunrisers sit at the bottom of the standings with only two points. In the third phase, they will play two matches against Khulna Tigers and Fortune Barishal, respectively. Sylhet must win both games to remain in contention for the playoffs. Otherwise, they are in serious danger of missing out on a playoff berth.

Bottom Line

As seen in the preview, Comilla Victorians may recapture the first spot if they win both of their phase 3 matches, while Sylhet Sunrisers are the team under the most pressure right now. Sylhet must win at least one match in phase 3 in order to stay alive in the competition. Regardless of the outcome of this phase, Fortune Barishal are certain to remain in the top three. Among the other teams, Minister Dhaka, Chattogram Challengers, and Khulna Tigers must win their respective BPL 2022 phase 3 matches to improve their positions in the points tables.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Top Transfer Window Signings January 2022: Which Team Got Which Player?

January is the mid-season transfer window for European football leagues. This window is eagerly awaited by all teams in European leagues in order to bolster their squads. The window allows teams to replace injured players, which is why this transfer market timeline is so important. Major deals are usually made in the summer, while teams focus on resolving immediate issues during the winter phase. Some of Europe’s biggest teams were quite active during the just-closed January transfer. Let’s take a look at the significant January 2022 transfer window signings.

Major Deals in the 2022 January Transfer Window

Almost 700 deals were done during the January 2022 football transfer window in Europe. This window saw over 800 million dollars in transactions, which is definitely a large number. The following are some of the most notable signings of top European leagues in the January 2022 football transfer window.

England (Premier League)

Dele Alli’s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Everton was one of the biggest moves of the January window. Besides, Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez, Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho, Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Rodrigo Bentancur were also notable transfers in the winter window.

Spain (La Liga)

Adama Traore’s January transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Barcelona was one of the most significant in the Spanish La Liga. In addition, Anthony Martial of Sevilla, Ferran Torres of Barcelona, and Giovani Lo Celso of Villarreal were also important transfers during the winter window.

Italy (Serie A)

Dusan Vlahovic’s transfer from Fiorentina to Juventus was the most expensive in the January transfer window. Juventus also signed Federico Gatti and Denis Zakaria In January.

Germany (Bundesliga) and France (Ligue 1)

Neither the German nor the French leagues saw a lot of transfer activity in January. The most noteworthy was Hatem Ben Arfa, who joined French team Lille for free.

Bottom Line

Juventus completed the biggest signing among the top European clubs in the winter transfer window of 2022, bringing in Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. Fiorentina replaced Vlahovic with a young striker from FC Basel. FC Barcelona completed three major transfers in January, all of whom came from England. The Premier League’s Aston Villa, Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, and Manchester City all made major signings this window. However, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 teams did not engage in a lot of activity in the January 2022 transfer window.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Moeen Ali in Dhaka to play BPL after 9 years

English all-rounder Moeen Ali arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday to play in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Comilla Victorians.

It will be Moeen’s second appearance in the premier league. He previously played in 2013 for the now-defunct Duronto Rajshahi.

The all-rounder has so far played a total of five BPL matches and batted in four innings to amass 46 runs. His BPL best score is 24 against Sylhet Royals, which is also now defunct, in Mirpur.

Moeen has played a total of 49 T20Is and 208 T20s so far. He has also played 34 matches in the Indian Premier League for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Chennai Super Kings.

Meanwhile, the Victorians have played four matches this season, winning three. They are currently at number two in the points table. In the next match, Comilla will take on the Chattogram Challengers in Mirpur on February 3.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BPL Football begins Thursday

Twelve-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football, the country’s most prestigious football competition, begins Thursday at two venues near capital Dhaka.

The eleven- round first phase matches will be held from February 3 to March 19/20 in two venues adjoining the capital– Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi Bir Shreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj.

Bangladesh Football Federation earlier decided to arrange the BPL matches in three venues including Bashundhara Sports Complex, but the venue was finally excluded as Bashundhara authority wants to make it home venue with Sheikh Russel KC.

In the opening match, defending champions Bashundhara Kings will play newcomers Swadhinata Krira Sangha at 3 pm at the Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.

In the other opening day’s fixture, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will play Uttar Baridhara Club also at 3 pm at the Bir Shreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj.

On the following day ( Friday), Dhaka Abahani Ltd will face Muktijoddha Sangsad KC at 3pm in Tongi while Saif Sporting Club will encounter Bangladesh Police FC at 3 pm in Munshiganj.

Earlier, the logo unveiling ceremony and captain’s meet of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football was held on Sunday (Jan 30) at a local hotel.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Budget: Indian villages along China border to get infra boost

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced a scheme to strengthen infrastructure in villages along the border with China, reports

The move comes against the backdrop of the lingering border standoff in eastern Ladakh and concerns in the security establishment over China setting up villages in several sectors close to the Line of Actual Control.

“Border villages with sparse population, limited connectivity and infrastructure often get left out from the development gains. Such villages on the northern border will be covered under the new Vibrant Villages Programme,” Sitharaman said during her budget speech.

“The activities will include construction of village infrastructure, housing, tourist centres, road connectivity, provisioning of decentralised renewable energy, direct to home access for Doordarshan and educational channels, and support for livelihood generation,” she said.

The finance minister said additional funding for these activities will be provided.

“Existing schemes will be converged. We will define their outcomes and monitor them on a constant basis,” she said.

The government has taken a series of measures in the last couple of years to boost border infrastructure.

Last October, then Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande told journalists that new villages have come up on the Chinese side of the border in certain areas and India has taken note of it in its operational strategy.

Lt Gen Pande took charge as Vice Chief of Army on Tuesday.

In a report in November, the US Department of Defence said China built a large 100-home civilian village inside disputed territory between its Tibet Autonomous Region and India’s Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of LAC.

Following the report, sources in India’s security establishment said the village is in a territory controlled by the Chinese military for nearly six decades.

In the wake of the eastern Ladakh standoff, India bolstered its overall military preparedness along the LAC in the Arunachal Pradesh sector as well.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Nagad offers instant cashback on tuition fees

Mobile Financial Service ‘Nagad’ has come up with an exciting cashback offer to reduce hassles to pay students tuition fees at their respective institutions.

The campaign started on Tuesday and it will last till April 30, said a release from Nagad on Wednesday.

During the campaign, a student can avail this 5 percent or up to Tk 50 in the first transaction of fees of schools, colleges, and universities in a month through Nagad wallet.

That means, from February to April, students will be able to receive up to Tk 150 cashback in three months in a row.

To pay tuition fees, students can choose the Nagad app, USSD (*167#) or the merchant QR code of their institutions. Besides, students also can pay fees through browsing institutions’ websites by choosing Nagad. However, to avail this offer, students’ Nagad account has to be open and active.

Some notable institutions are mentioned in the list who are collecting their academic fees from students through Nagad; Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, BKSP Public School, Academia, Daffodil International School, Tejgaon Govt’ High School, Armed Police Battalion School and College, Ramu Cantonment English School, Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, Chattagram College, Government Mujib College, Ideal College, Dhaka Commerce College, Brahmanbaria Government College, Tejgaon College, Ishwardi Mohila College, Saidpur Govt’ College, Dhaka University of Engineering Technology (DUET), Dhaka International University, Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology, Eastern University, Daffodil International University, Stamford University, City University, Leading University, Bangladesh Open University. Students of one hundred such educational institutions will receive this 5 percent or up to BDT 50 instant cashback.

Commenting on the fees collection of educational institutions, Nagad’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Sheikh Aminur Rahman said, “We always try to provide easy and affordable services for people through Nagad.

For people of all classes and ages, Nagad is constantly coming up with new services.This time, collecting the fees of the educational institutions and giving instant cashback to the students is an example of that, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BBF distributes winter clothes in Jhalokathi

The official partner of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), the Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF), has recently distributed winter clothes among the cold-stricken people of Nachalmahal of Nalchity in Jhalokathi district.

The founding chairman of BBF Prof. Rotarinl Masud A Khan presided over the programme held on Friday afternoon. Nalchity Upazila Chairman Md. Siddiqur Rahman was present as the chief guest.

Siddiqur Rahman said that BBF has been working in the service of humanity for more than a decade. The BBF is working to enlighten Bangladesh’s image around the world, he added.

“BFF is also working tirelessly for the betterment of the neglected people of this town”.

He thanked the BBF chairman for his philanthropic activities.

Sirajul Islam, chairman of Nachanmahal Union highly appreciated the activities of BBF and thanked its Chairman.

Advocate AH Rashed Jamaddar, APP of Barisal Bar, regional deputy director of Barisal Betar Rafiqul Islam, AH Barek Master, Masum Billah, Freedom Fighter Md. Sekandar Ali, AH Hakim Master, Saikul Islam Nannu, among others were present the distribution programme.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Xiaomi 12X Review: Is It the New Flagship Killer?

Xiaomi 12X was launched on 31st December 2021 in China. It was launched as part of their flagship event alongside the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro. From the look and build quality, the 12X feels exactly like its big brothers. But the 12X comes at a far cheaper price compared to the other two. So, what were the cut corners here? And is the device worth it? Let’s find out in the detailed review of Xiaomi 12X.

Key Specifications of Xiaomi 12X

Design and Build Quality

The Xiaomi 12 line is part of their premium flagship offering. Just like the 12 and 12 Pro, the 12X comes with a gorgeous design that might feel outdated by 2022 standards. But that is not a bad thing. While phone companies like Samsung and Pixels are compromising on the ergonomics for innovative design, Xiaomi focused on comfort and usability.

The 12X comes in a compact form factor thanks to its near-bezel-less curved screen design. The front of the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, the best yet from Corning. The back comes in two configurations. Users can choose between matte glass back or slightly more premium vegan leather.

The vegan leather gives the phone a unique look and it feels much more secure and comfortable to hold. The front and the back are held together by the stainless-steel frame. The volume rocker and the power button are situated on the right side of the phone. Sim tray, Type-C port, and a speaker are situated at the bottom of the phone. The top of the phone features another speaker for the stereo sound experience with Harman Kardon branding on it.

At 179 gm, the phone is considerably light and the compact form factor easily makes it a single hand phone.


The display used in the Xiaomi 12X is the same as the flagship 12. Considering the comparatively lower price, this is easily the best display in its price bracket. The display is a 6.28 inch 120 Hz OLED panel with HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. This alone should be enough to explain how good it is. In addition to that, there is 1B color calibration. The display can also get very bright at 1100 peak nits. The FHD+ resolution is good enough for 419 ppi.

In the test, the display held up really well. There is a common issue of color shift and mistouch with a curved display. But none of that is present here. There is no weird color shift from angular views. The display out of the box has a warm hue to it which is a classic Xiaomi trend. But the color can be easily calibrated from the display settings.

One drawback here is that there is no LTPO technology in the display. As a result, the display has a fixed refresh rate of either 60 Hz or 120 Hz. While it might sound great to have a constant 120 Hz, it does take its toll on the battery.

Overall, the display is sharp and crisp and one of the selling points of this device.


Speaking of selling points, the camera is another strong suit of this device. It has a triple camera setup akin to the Xiaomi 12. The users are getting a 50 MP f/1.9 wide-angle main shooter. There is also a 13 MP f/2.4 ultrawide sensor along with a 5 MP telephoto macro sensor. The ultrawide sensor has a super-wide 123-degree field of view. And the best thing here is the image processing. Even though the lens can shoot ultrawide, it doesn’t induce a fish eye effect.

The Sony main sensor is the same as seen in the OnePlus 9RT and Nord along with the 12. The sensor can take sharp images under direct sunlight. The images look clear with grains and a better dynamic range compared to the Xiaomi 11X. However, the colors look amped up in photos.

This is a common Xiaomi feature where the color looks unusually bright and crisp. The loss of natural color is even more pronounced in artificial lighting. The night sight does a decent job of capturing details but it tends to overexpose subjects at times.

However, the best feature of the phone is in its video. It can shoot up to 8K at 24 fps along with 4K at either 30 or 60 fps. The 32 MP wide-angle selfie also does a decent job but it’s nothing groundbreaking. For the price, the phone has a great camera setup with a few minor drawbacks.

Processor and Performance

Perhaps the greatest cut cost of this device is in the processor. Now that does not mean the processor is any less powerful. The processor here is the Snapdragon 870 5G. This was last year’s flagship and something that was used on the Xiaomi 11X. The processor is coupled with Adreno 650 GPU.

The Snapdragon 870 is a very capable processor. It can handle day-to-day tasks without a hiccup. The gaming experience is also amazing on this device. Graphic intensive leading titles like Fortnite, COD, and Asphalt 9 run without a frame drop and there are no heating issues as well.

It is more of a psychological thing that the phone comes with a previous generation processor. In day-to-day usage, the difference is hard to come by.

The OS here is the MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Previous Xiaomi users will have no problem adapting to the OS as it is much sleeker with some useful additions.

Battery and Charge Time

The phone boasts a 4500 mAh battery. It comes with a 67W fast charging which takes the phone from 0 to 100% in 39 minutes. However, there is no wireless charging on this device.

Price of Xiaomi 12X in Bangladesh

The Xiaomi 12X has not been officially launched in Bangladesh yet. The price range of this phone ranges from CNY. 2,668 (BDT 36051) to CNY. 3,201 (43,253) in China. 1 Chinese Yuan equivalents to BDT 13.51. The price in Bangladesh may vary due to tax issues and company policy. However, the exact price will be revealed after the official launch of the phone in the country.

Bottom Line

Xiaomi 12X combines the best of last year with some useful new additions. For its price, it brings a premium design and build quality with a great camera module. The battery is also amazing combined with the fast charging. The only drawback here is the processor but that is on paper only. Overall, the 12X hits the sweet spot between budget and performance.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Faction of petrol pump owners threatens strike from Feb 17

A faction of the Bangladesh Petrol Pump Owners Association (BPPOA) has threatened to go on a strike across the country if their 6-point demand, including raising commissions on the sales of petroleum by 7 percent, are not met soon.

“We won’t receive any consignment of petroleum fuels from government depots from February 17 if our demands are not accepted,” said Syed Sazzadul Karim Kabul, president of a faction of the BPPOA, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Wednesday.

Secretary General of the BPPOA faction Mizanur Rahman Ratan and other leaders were present on the occasion.

They said the Energy Division and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation have unilaterally raised the commissions on sales by Tk 0.20 per litre against their longstanding demand for raising Tk 1.60 per litre.

According to them, this is unacceptable as their other expenditures have excessively gone up and the government has also raised the price of diesel by Tk 15 per litre.

Their other demands are cancellation of the existing provisions for taking licences from different government bodies except Department of Explosive and Trade License Issuing Bodies, issuing gazette notification on declaration of sales’ commission, cancellation of the existing provision for taking lease of lands used for entrance of petrol pumps from the Roads and Highways Department and building adequate restrooms for tank-lorry workers at fuel depots.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Nazmul Haque, president of another faction of the BPPOA, in a statement denounced the demands and the press conference arranged by the Kabul-led faction.

He called the leaders of other factions as expelled members of the organisation.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Indian Navy’s home-made submarine heads out for first sea trial

India’s brand-new home-made submarine headed out for its first sea trial on Tuesday, a year ahead of its induction into the country’s naval fleet as INS Vagir.

The U-boat — the fifth of the six Scorpene-class submarines — was built by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) with help from France’s Naval Group.

“Despite the pandemic, MDL delivered two submarines of the Project 75 last year. The sea trials of the fifth submarine are a significant milestone,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.

Four submarines of this French-designed class are already in Indian naval service.

The Scorpene-class submarines have superior stealth features and are also equipped with both long-range guided torpedoes as well as anti-ship missiles.

These submarines can launch anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare due to their low-radiated noise levels and ability to launch crippling attacks with precision-guided weapons.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Job seekers of state banks, FI urge panel result publication

Demanding the result publication of third panel (fourth) phase, officers (General) 2017 of five banks, state owned and financial institutions, the job seekers organized a human chain in front of Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday.

They urged immediate publication of the result of the combined examination which was taken by the Bankers’ Selection Committee, a wing of the central bank.

The five integrated banks and financial institutions include state-owned Sonali Bank, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) and Bangladesh Development Bank (BDBL).

Several hundreds of job seekers took part in the human chain. They said the final results have been published in three phases (merit list and two panels) against 2,564 posts of general officers of five integrated banks and financial institutions by the Bankers’ Selection Committee Secretariat.

They claimed, “As provided by the concerned institutions, as far as we know, even after giving the merit list and two panels, more than 350 posts are still vacant.”

Five banks and financial institutions have already sent their demand letters to the Bankers’ Selection Committee Secretariat to fill the vacancies.

In this situation, the job seekers are demanding appointments from the third panel (4th phase).

They said the recruitment process had been delayed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

A large portion of the candidates who took part in the oral examination have passed the age limit for applying for the job. They do not have the opportunity to apply for any new recruitment test.

Considering the age of the job candidates and Covid-19 situation they appealed to the concerned people including the Governor of Bangladesh Bank to publish the results of the third panel.

Source: United News of Bangladesh