Bangladesh opt to bat first in Dhaka Test vs Sri Lanka

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first in the second Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Bangladesh made two changes to the playing XI— including Mosaddek Hossain and Ebadot Hossain to replace Nayeem Hasan and Shoriful Islam, who were out due to injuries.

The first Test of the series ended up in a draw in Chattogram where Angelo Mathews was the best performer scoring 199 while Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim also hit a century each for Bangladesh.

Nayeem bagged six wickets for the Tigers— his best in the format. But unfortunately, he got a blow on his finger and was ruled out of this series.

This series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh played seven matches in this event and won only one match against New Zealand early this year.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said they are taking the Dhaka Test as another chance for them to win another match in Test Championship.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das (w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Ramesh Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Early wickets dent Bangladesh in Dhaka Test

Sri Lanka put their best foot forward to earn an early advantage in the Dhaka Test against Bangladesh taking five wickets inside seven overs on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

After seven overs of the innings, Bangladesh were batting at 24 for five. Kasun Rajitha bagged three and Asitha Fernando scalped two.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, the right-handed opener, who had a fifty in the first match in Chattogram was bowled out for a duck in the very first over by Kasun Rajitha, and in the next over, Tamim Iqbal went back for a duck as well falling victim to Asitha Fernando.

After them, Shakib Al Hasan also suffered a duck off the first ball he faced.

There was a gap between bat and pad of Mahmudul when an angled delivery came in from wide on the crease and shattered his stumps.

And it was a length delivery for Tamim around the middle and off, Tamim tried to prod it to the leg side but only managed a thick edge to the point area where Praveen Jayawickrama took an easy catch to dismiss him.

After the openers, captain Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto also went back scoring 9 and 8 respectively.

First Test of this series ended up in a draw in Chattogram where Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim hit a ton each while Angelo Mathews also hit an outstanding 199 for the visitors.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

ICC chief praises Bangladesh cricket, pledges more help for development

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday assured Bangladesh of providing all necessary support for further development of the game.

“ICC will give every support required to take Bangladesh cricket ahead,” visiting ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Briefing the media PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas said that the premier told the ICC chairman that Bangladesh cricket will progress further if the cricket’s world governing body extends more support.

She said that love of sports runs through her family. She recalled that her grandfather, father and brothers were players as well as sports organisers.

The ICC chairman highly praised the performance of both the male and female cricket teams of Bangladesh for their outstanding performances in the last seven years.

He said the performances of the Bangladesh Cricket teams inspired him for the visit to witness the development of its cricket.

Referring to Bangladesh’s first-ever win against Pakistan during the last ICC Women’s World Cup, he said the council will provide all required support for development of women’s cricket as well.

“We will assist Bangladesh in three fields: coaching, umpiring and wicket or pitch development,” he added.

President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon and PMO Senior Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present during the meeting.

Barclay arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day visit and then drove to Purbachal to see the construction of Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium there.

A former director of New Zealand Cricket Barclay was elected ICC chairman on November 24, 2020.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BAN vs SL Series 2022: Statistics Favour Spinners to be Game Changers in the Mirpur Test

There’s a saying that statistics don’t always paint the best image. Though it has become standard practice nowadays to analyze the statistics before a game and plan accordingly. The second Test of the BAN vs SL series 2022 started on Monday (May 23) at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium. The statistics on this surface heavily favour spinners. Therefore, slower bowlers will play an important role in this encounter. Let’s take a look at the Mirpur ground’s bowling statistics in Test format.

SBNCS, Mirpur: What Do the Stats Say?

While not all of the data will appear to be true in every match, knowing the history of the venue is essential for teams to develop a game plan. Bowlers play a critical role in winning Test matches. As the saying goes, bowlers win games for their teams. A team must take 20 wickets to win a match; thus, wicket-taking bowlers are essential.

The ground stats are generally evaluated by the team while developing a game strategy. Which bowlers are best under these conditions? How does the pitch perform on the ground each day? What are the most successful bowlers on the ground? This sort of information assists a team in establishing a starting lineup for the match. Let’s get right into the Mirpur ground stats.

Sher-e-Bangla Stadium’s Bowling Stats in Test Format

In the case of Sher-e-Bangla stadium, the spinners always get a special advantage from the surface. Slower bowlers enjoy bowling at this venue because of the sluggish nature of the pitches, whether it is T20 cricket, One-Day cricket, or a longer-version format. In Test cricket, spinners are a terrorizing factor for the batters. Spinners have found more grip and assistance from the surface in the last two days, making batters even more nervous.

One can easily understand this by looking into the man of the match awards list in the Test format. Spinners have won more than 50% of the player of the match awards in the longer-version of cricket at the SBNCS. 12 man of the match awards won by spinners, batters won 6, while pace bowlers won 4 of them. Now the question may arise, why do the spinners dominate the best player awards at the Mirpur ground? To know the answer to it, one has to look at the overall bowling stats and how each type of bowler has fared on this ground.

The Spinners Overall Performance at the SBNCS

When spinners have taken 403 wickets out of 651, it clearly indicates that they dominate heavily at this venue. Prior to the second Test of the BAN vs SL series in 2022, spinners had taken almost 63% of wickets. This figure is enough to incite both teams to include more spinners in their playing XI. Besides, the number of spinners that have been used is more than the pacers.

A total of 127 spinners have been used and bowled close to 4,000 overs in 22 matches. Besides, the economy rate is 3.14 for the spinner, which is much better than pacers. The most successful spinner at this ground is Shakib Al Hasan, who has taken 63 wickets in 30 innings with an average of 32.03.

The Pacers Overall Performance at the SBNCS

One of the reasons fast bowlers haven’t been as impressive as the spinners at the Mirpur ground is that Bangladesh is a predominantly spin-reliant country. They have plenty more options in spin bowling than in pace bowling. However, things have improved over the last 2-3 years. Bangladesh has recently produced some quality pacers who have performed well on the international stage. The expectation is that the pacers will also be as dominant as the spinners at this venue in future.

Overall, 94 pacers have been used at this venue and they have maintained an economy rate of less than 3.50, which is good. The Pacers have also bowled significantly fewer overs than the spinners. They have bowled just over 2,500 overs. The most successful pacer at this ground is India’s Zaheer Khan, who picked up 17 wickets in just two matches with an average of 13.94.

Aftermath

According to the overall bowling statistics in the Test format, the spinners obviously rule at the SBNCS, Mirpur. They will be much more effective in the last two days, when batsmen will find it difficult to survive the pitch. Having said that, the pacers will also play a role in providing the necessary breakthroughs. However, the battle between spinners and batters in the second Test of the BAN vs SL series 2022 will be fascinating to witness.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

IPL 2022: The Qualified Teams in the Playoffs and Fixtures

The IPL 2022 playoffs were finalized after the round-robin league round ended on Sunday (May 22). A new arrival to the Indian Premier League, Gujarat Titans ended the league phase in first position with 20 points. Understandably, they will be favourites to advance to the knockout stage. In addition, the Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow SuperGiants, and Royal Challengers Bangalore have all qualified for the playoffs. Let’s take a look at the schedule and the favourites to make it to the championship game.

Lineups for the IPL 2022 Playoffs

The Gujarat Titans were the No. 1 team in the points table. The Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow SuperGiants, and Royal Challengers finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, in the league phase. There will be three matches in the playoffs: Qualifier 1, Eliminator, and Qualifier 2. The final match of the IPL 15 will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 29).

Qualifier 1 (Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals)

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata | Date: May 24 | Time (Bangladesh Standard Time): 8 pm

Gujarat Titans are having a fantastic season in IPL 15. They secured 10 wins out of 14 in the league phase, including a 37-run victory over Rajasthan Royals. Gujarat have found the right balance and they are the most confident side at the moment. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals are also having a great season. For the first time since winning the inaugural IPL in 2008, they have seemed like a competitive team to win another edition of the tournament. It will be a tough game, but Gujarat can consider themselves the favourite.

Verdict: Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans predicted playing XI

Top-Order: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Middle-Order: Matthew Wade, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Yash Dayal, Lower-Order: R Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals predicted playing XI

Top-Order: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Middle-Order: Riyan Parag, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Lower-Order: Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.

Eliminator (Lucknow SuperGiants vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Venue: Eden Gardens | Date: May 25 | Time (Bangladesh Standard Time): 8 pm

Lucknow is one of the new teams in the IPL. Like the Gujarat Titans, they have done an excellent job so far and have secured a place in the playoffs by finishing third in the league phase. They will be up against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who tipped Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the points table. Predicting the winner of this match is difficult as both teams are pretty confident of overcoming each other.

Verdict: Lucknow SuperGiants

Lucknow SuperGiants Predicted Playing XI

Top-Order: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Middle-Order: Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, K Gowtham, Lower-Order: Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s probable playing XI

Top-Order: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Middle-Order: Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lower-Order: Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul, Josh Hazlewood.

Qualifier 2 (GT/RR vs LSG/RCB)

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad | Date: May 27 | Time (Bangladesh Standard Time): 8 pm

The winner of the eliminator and the loser of qualifier 1 will battle for the last berth in qualification 2. No one stands out as a clear favourite at this stage. Whomever plays to their best capacity can defeat their opponent on that particular day. Given the teams’ accomplishments this season, the loser of qualifier 1 may be the favourite to win qualifier 2.

Verdict

The Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals are the favourites to reach the IPL 15 final this season. They will try to continue their good run of form into the playoffs round for the quest for the championship match. Oppositely, the Lucknow SuperGiants and Royal Challengers are also very competitive teams. They will hope to find a way to reach the championship game. However, they will have to win two matches in the playoffs round to do so. Three of the four knockout round teams have never won an IPL trophy. Therefore, a new team can win the IPL 2022 this year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Mushfiqur smashes another ton vs Sri Lanka

Mushfiqur Rahim, one of the mainstays of the Bangladesh batting line, smashed another ton in the ongoing two-match series against Sri Lanka on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Mushfiqur completed his third ton against Sri Lanka off 218 balls, punching Ramesh Mendis to the backward point for a single. After reaching the ton, the batter jumped, threw a punch to the air, performed a sajda and hugged his partner Liton Das, who also hit a ton in the same partnership, before showing the bat to the spectators.

It was the ninth ton of Mushfiqur in Test cricket, and it was his second ton in a row. In the previous Test in Chattogram, the batter hit another ton that guided Bangladesh to ensure the first-innings lead against Sri Lanka.

Before Mushfiqur, Liton hit his third Tes ton. His previous century came early this year against New Zealand. As of 70th over, Liton scored 122 unbeaten— his best in the format so far.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. But they failed to have an impressive start as they lost five wickets just for 24 runs— with three ducks to Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

In the sixth wicket stand, Liton joined Mushfiqur and added 226 runs in the partnership as of the 78th over of the innings.

Liton completed the magical three-figure total during the 63rd over of the innings pulling Asitha Fernando to the backward square area. A fielder picked up the ball and threw it to the stumps and missed. There was no backup to pick up the ball, and thus, the ball reached the boundary for a four.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Asia Cup Hockey: Bangladesh suffer 1-6 goal defeat against South Korea in opener

Bangladesh made a frustrating start in the eight-nation 11th Asia Cup Hockey ‘2022 after suffering 1-6 goal defeat against former champions South Korea in their first match at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta on Monday.

In the match, captain Khurshedur Rahman put Bangladesh team ahead in the 6th minute from a penalty corner astonishing the four times champions South Korea (1-0).

After conceding an early goal, Korean players reorganized themselves to create strong pressure over Bangladesh and scored six goals in a row.

South Korea, which took 3-1 lead in the first half (2nd quarter), scored two more goals in the 3rd quarter (5-1) and confirmed their comfortable victory adding one more goal in the 4th and last quarter (6-1).

In the opening match, Malaysia outplayed Oman by 7-0 goal Monday morning in another Pool B match at the same venue.

Earlier, Bangladesh team was placed in four-team Pool B with Malaysia, South Korea and Oman while Pool A team comprises India Japan, Pakistan and hosts Indonesia.

In the remaining Pool B matches, Bangladesh will play Oman on Tuesday (May 24) at 10:45 am and meet Malaysia on Thursday (May 26) at 1: pm, all are Bangladesh time.

In Monday’s two Pool A matches, Japan due to meet hosts Indonesia while India scheduled play their arch- rivals Pakistan.

Ahead of the Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey’ 2022, Bangladesh played two preparatory matches in Jakarta last week.

Bangladesh suffered 1-5 goals defeat against holders India in their 2nd preparatory match after beating hosts Indonesia by 2-1 goals in the first match.

Top five teams of the last Asia Cup–holders India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea–,hosts Indonesia and last AHF Cup champions Bangladesh and runners- up Oman have earned rights to play in the eight-nation Asia Cup Hockey.

South Korea clinched the Asia Cup title for a record four times while India followed them by winning the title for three times.

Bangladesh qualified for the eight-nation Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey main event by clinching the nine-nation Men’s AHF Cup Hockey title for the 4th consecutive times with all-win record also held in Jakarta last March.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Best Martial Arts for Women: Know the purposes, risks, requirements

In today’s world many females feel insecure in public places, workplaces or even at home. If a woman wants to be healthier, more mobile, and wishes to look better and feel better, she can learn a martial art. Martial art is a great way of self-care and self-defense which is fundamental for every woman. Here come different forms of martial arts compatible for women. Read this article and select the most suitable one for you.

Top 10 Forms of Martial Arts for Women

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is also known as a military self-defense and fighting system which is developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces.

Origin: Israel

Inventor: Imi Lichtenfeld

Specialty: Mainly focus on real-world situations and their extreme efficiency.

Purpose: The purpose is to prepare every individual for a violent, life-threatening physical altercation.

Requirement: More effective for the real world, especially for women.

Risk: small risk of injury in any physical activity but injuries from training are very rare.

Judo

Judo is one of the most popular and widely-available martial arts on the planet.

Origin: Japan

Inventor: Kano Jigoro

Specialty: Mainly focused on grappling and throws, using momentum to destabilize opponents and damage them by throwing them onto the ground.

Purpose: The objective of competitive judo is to throw an opponent, immobilize them with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.

Requirement: Allows women to defend themselves in a range where striking loses all effectiveness.

Risk: Injury-usually of the knee, shoulder, and fingers, and being thrown was the most common injury mechanism.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo, one of the most recent ones, is a Korean martial arts style.

Origin: Korea

Inventor: No single creator, initially supervised by Choi Hong Hi

Specialty: It is a great option for women’s self-defense as it is something that nobody would expect.

Purpose: The aim of creating a martial art that can deliver stronger and faster strikes than the ones available in any other art out there.

Requirement: Its “surprise element”, together with the pure strength makes it an incredible self-defense tool.

Risk: Muscle strains or joint strains.

Karate

Karate, the most popular martial art on the planet, is a surprisingly good foundation for self-defense.

Origin: Ryukyu Kingdom (Present day Okinawa prefecture, Japan)

Inventor: Indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands, Chinese martial arts

Specialty: Although it lacks in many places its use of strong attacks by both the arms and the legs does put it in a higher spot than TKD focusing on one pair of limbs too much.

Purpose: The aim of almost all types of Karate is to prepare you for a variety of self-defense situations.

Requirement: Different types of karate provide different street-effectiveness. But almost all types of Karate will prepare you for a variety of self-defense situations, where a strong, fast strike could save your life.

Risk: Fractures (from falling), Hyperextension of the joints, Nosebleeds, Sprains.

Jiu-Jitsu

This martial art helps you to overcome the opponent with technique in a bunch of grappling situations.

Origin: Brazil

Inventor: Kano Jigoro, Tomita Tsunejiro, Mitsuyo Maeda

Specialty: Of course, it places higher, but there is a specific issue with the art when it comes to women.

Purpose: It provides essential survival skills, and is the first art women should train.

Requirement: It teaches incredible skills to handle the fight on your feet or is in a hold.

Risk: As it always takes the fight to the ground, it puts women at risk.

Wing Chun

A woman named Ng Mui invented Wing Chun which was possibly first used in combat by another woman, Yim Wing-Chun.

Origin: China

Inventor: Unknown

Specialty: It’s a close-range combat system that is effective for women.

Purpose: To protect your center in the case of attack or defense.

Requirement: Use your movement system to restructure when the opposing force is too much.

Risk: The risk of injury is minimal.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai would be a good option for women’s self-defense although the idea is met with a lot of disbelief and denial.

Origin: Thailand

Inventor: Muay Boran, Krabi krabong

Specialty: Although rough for women, it is so effective.

Purpose: Teaches women something different to defend them in many difficult situations.

Requirement: Muay Thai helps women to kick, clinch fight strikes, elbows and more is an excellent art for teaching women to use all their limbs effectively and to be able to deliver violent, brutal attacks.

Risk: Comes with a wide risk of injuries- cuts above the eye from elbows, bruised and cracked ribs from knees, broken noses from punches, and more.

Tai Chi

Origin: Greater China

Inventor: Chen Wangting or Zhang Sanfeng

Specialty: A solo practice that is easy to learn.

Purpose: Help you to solo practice.

Requirement: It is gentle on the body, but beneficial also for the mind and body as both yoga and meditation are.

Risk: Safe exercise with few side effects. Beginners may experience some aches or pains after practicing.

Aikido

It is a Japanese martial art technique.

Origin: Japan

Inventor: Morihei Ueshiba

Specialty: Follow the “do-no-harm” philosophy.

Purpose: The primary goal is to overcome oneself instead of cultivating violence or aggressiveness.

Requirement: Helps you to learn punches and other excellent self-defense moves.

Risk: A lot of joint locks, tendonitis, sprains, etc.

MMA

It is just a mixture of many different arts and a highly effective hybrid.

Origin: Japan, Brazil

Inventor: Unknown

Specialty: You can prepare yourself for nearly every possible combat situation which makes it incredibly effective.

Purpose: The most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat.

Requirement: A woman can perfect their grappling, striking, and ground game.

Risk: A wide variety of injuries ranging from mild sprains to brain injuries such as concussions.

Which martial art is for her?

Martial art is significant to build body muscles as well as improve flexibility. It also helps an individual balance time. Since it requires focus and discipline, it builds mental health, and confidence as well.

If you are determined to start martial arts, make a plan. Consult with an expert. After that, pick step by step objectives like building self-defense, confidence, strength training, losing weight, etc. In this article we have discussed 10 best martial arts forms for women. When your mind and body is ready, select which one is perfect for you.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Flood situation improves in Sunamganj

People are waiting to return to their homes as the flood situation gradually improved in Sunamganj with the water level receding.

The local Water Development Board said Surma was flowing at 7.55cm at Sholghar point on Monday morning where the danger level is at 7.25cm.

Residents of several upazilas in the district have been hit hard by the flood that inundated cropland, roads, and houses and disrupted normal life.

The local Met office has recorded 11 mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Shafiqul Islam, relief and rehabilitation officer of the district, said so far 165 metric tons of rice and Tk 12 lakh have been distributed among the flood-affected people in different upazilas.

Locals said that the fish from 1,250 ponds have been washed away this year. The fish farmers have suffered a loss of Tk 3.5 crore.

Besides, 11,000 hectares of Boro crops and about 400 km of roads have been damaged while hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Sunamanjera Deputy Commissioner Jahangir Hossain said the water has started receding and the victims are getting relief.

“The extent of damages will be ascertained later and relief assistance will be provided after preparing a list of victims,” he said.

Though the water level in Jagannathpur, Derai and Sullah upazilas is rising, the local administration is ready to face it, the officer added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dhaka’s air quality turns unhealthy again

After a marked improvement in the past week, Dhaka’s air quality slipped back to the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ zone on Monday.

With an air quality index (AQI) at 137, recorded at 9am, the metropolis ranked 6th in the list of world cities with the worst air quality.

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk, Peru’s Lima and China’s Wuhan occupied the first three spots in the list, with AQI scores of 180, 153 and 153, respectively.

An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered ‘unhealthy’, particularly for sensitive groups.

Similarly, an AQI between 201 and 300 is said to be ‘poor’, while a reading of 301 to 400 is considered ‘hazardous’, posing serious health risks to residents.

AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, is used by government agencies to inform people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.

In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants — Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone.

Dhaka has long been grappling with air pollution issues. Its air quality usually turns unhealthy during winter and improves during monsoon.

A report by the Department of Environment (DoE) and the World Bank in March 2019 pointed out that the three main sources of air pollution in Dhaka “are brick kilns, fumes from vehicles and dust from construction sites”.

With the advent of winter, the city’s air quality starts deteriorating sharply due to the massive discharge of pollutant particles from construction works, rundown roads, brick kilns and other sources.

Air pollution consistently ranks among the top risk factors for death and disability worldwide. Breathing polluted air has long been recognised as increasing a person’s chances of developing heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, lung infections and cancer, according to several studies.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid cases near 528 million

The overall number of Covid cases is fast approaching 528 million amid a rise in new infections in parts of the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 527,683,991 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,300,331 on Monday morning.

The US has recorded 85,004,438 cases so far and 1,028,924 people have died from the virus in the country, the data shows.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 43,136,371 on Sunday, as 2,226 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, 65 deaths were reported from the pandemic across the country since Saturday morning, taking the total death toll to 524,413.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organisation, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave.

In a weekly report Thursday on the global situation, WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases appears to have stabilised after weeks of decline since late March, while the overall number of weekly deaths dropped, reports AP.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh registered 29 new Covid cases in 24 hours till Sunday morning taking the country’s total caseload to 1,953,233, health authorities said.

With no new Covid death reported during the period, the total fatalities from the pandemic so far remained at 29,128.

On Saturday, the country saw one death from Covid-19 after a month as the last death was logged on April 20 with 16 new cases.

The daily test positivity rate slightly increased to 0.78 per cent from Saturday’s 0.41 per cent as 3,824 samples were tested, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.49 per cent. The recovery rate rose to 97.32 per cent as 217 patients recovered during this period.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

2 killed in bus-truck collision in Netrakona

Two people were killed and 25 others injured in a collision between a bus and a truck on Mymensingh regional road in Netrakona district early Monday, said police.

The deceased were identified as bus driver Sobuj Mia and supervisor Suhel Mia.

The accident occurred when a Chattogram-bound bus collided head-on with a paddy-laden truck in Challisha area around 5am, leaving the bus driver dead on spot, said Zahurul Islam, sub-inspector (SI) of Netrakona Model police station.

The bus supervisor succumbed to his injuries on the way to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH).

The injured are undergoing treatment at Netrokona Adhunik Sadar Hospital and MMCH, said Mamun Mia, deputy assistant director of Netrakona Fire Service.

The bodies were sent to Adhunik Sadar Hospital morgue, said SI Zahurul.

Traffic on Netrokona-Mymensingh road remained suspended for two hours after the accident, he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh