Tamim elates to avoid ODI series whitewash

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal was particularly happy to avoid an ODI series whitewash, winning the third and final game by 50 runs even though his side couldn't put up their best game at Zahur Ahmed Chowhdury Stadium today.

England won the first match by three wickets and second one by 132 runs to threaten to give Bangladesh a bitter taste of whitewash on home soil for the first time since 2012.

"We were really looking forward to this game. We wanted to finish on a high. Still disappointed because we lost the series," Tamim said after the match.

"The first game was a killer. Praise must go to England and the way they played. Adil Rashid was brilliant throughout the series. Today was still not the best, we should have scored 270-280. But the bowling effort was fantastic."

Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental in the victory as he followed up his 71 ball-75 with 4-35 with cherry, becoming the first Bangladeshi bowler to reach the milestone of 300 wickets haul.

Mushfiqur Rahim contributed with 70 while Najmul Hossain Shanto made 53, his second fifty in the series. Shakib's 71 was also his second half-century in the series.

"We've been very good in the last five to seven years at home. We showed a lot of character. We could have rolled over and lost three-nil but we fought to the end and luckily we got the win," Shakib said.

"We thought we were 20-30 runs short but having said that, our bowlers talked about stepping up and doing a job for the team. We expect our top-order players to score hundreds, not fifties."

Despite losing the match, England skipper Jos Buttler was happy that their desire to put them in hardest condition fetched a series victory indeed.

"We wanted desperately to win the game today but of course we're still delighted to win the series. We got off to a fantastic start but Bangladesh fought back really well," Buttler said.

"We got out of this tour exactly what we wanted. We wanted to play on wickets like that. It's great for us to challenge ourselves in these conditions, the conditions that we find the hardest."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Govt mulls to create 25,000 smart women entrepreneurs: Speaker

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today said the government has been implementing a project at a cost of Taka 250 crore for creating 25,000 smart women entrepreneurs in the country.

“Initiatives have been taken to implement a project styled ‘Her Power’ at a cost of Taka 250crore in line with the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and also planned by PM’s ICT Affairs Advisor Sajib Wazed Joy”, she said while addressing a discussion at a city hotel here.

Under the project, the Speaker said necessary training and a capital of Taka 20,000 each will be provided at a time to those women entrepreneurs. “Those smart women entrepreneurs would be a ‘supportive’ force in building smart Bangladesh”, Dr Shirin Sharmin told the function arranged by American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham).

Highlighting the contribution of the women population in the society, Dr Shirin said, “there is no scope to count the contribution of the women as the women accounts half of the country’s total population, adding “so, we have to ensure gender equality in all spheres of the society.”

The government is working relentlessly for building smart Bangladesh –like smart citizen, smart economy, smart government and smart society-by 2041, she said.

Even the women must have to be included in the blue economy also, the Speaker added.

Chaired by AmCham President Syed Ershad Ahmed, the function also was addressed, among others, by Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka Helen LaFave and SEMS Global President and Group Managing director Meherun N Islam.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Eco-friendly jute products will help build Smart Bangladesh: Dastagir

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi today said the use of eco-friendly jute products will make important contributions to the national economy and it will help build a Smart Bangladesh.

"We have been able to accelerate the growth rate in jute sector under the supervision and directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he told at a function marking the National Jute Day at Osmani Memorial auditorium here.

Under the initiative of Textiles and Jute Ministry, the function was arranged to observe the Jute Day and give award for contributions in jute sector, said a press release.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun addressed the function as the chief guest with Golam Dastagir Gazi in the chair.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian joined it as the special guest while Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Abdur Rauf delivered the welcome address.

Golam Dastagir said, "We have to utilize the global demand of jute and jute products in the current age of sustainable development as the product is very much eco-friendly".

He said the government is putting emphasis on both production of jute and jute products.

A total of 11 individuals and institutions were awarded for their contribution to increase the production and export of jute and jute products.

Nine organizations working on jute were also given honor on the occasion.

This year the National Jute Day was celebrated with the theme of "Contribution of Jute Industry - Building the SMART Bangladesh" with an aim of creating interest among farmers in jute cultivation, increasing the use of jute and jute products in domestic and international markets.

Marking the day, the Textiles and Jute Ministry chalked out various programmes, including exhibitions, seminars, meetings and other promotional activities.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

3 college students killed in Sirajganj road accident

Three college students were killed when an unidentified vehicle hit their motorcycle on the Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway in Mannanagar area under Tarash upazila of the district today.

The deceased were identified as Sujan Hossain, 19, son of Helal Uddin, a resident of Nandanpur village in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi, Alamgir Hossain, 20, son of Barek Sarkar, resident of Dhulkhagrakhali village in Belkuchi upazila of the district and Siam Ahmed, 18, a resident of the area.

All the victims were students of Natore City College.

The accident occurred in the area around 6.30am when an unidentified vehicle hit the motorcycle, leaving its three riders dead on the spot, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station SAM Badrul Kabir told BSS.

They were going to Natore from Sirajganj.

Police recovered the bodies from the spot and handed over to their family members, the OC added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Residents say Myanmar army killed 17 people in 2 villages

Soldiers in Myanmar rampaged through several villages, raping, beheading and killing at least 17 people, residents said, in the latest of what critics of the ruling military say are a series of war crimes since the army seized power two years ago.

The bodies of 17 people were recovered last week in the villages of Nyaung Yin and Tar Taing — also called Tatai — in Sagaing region in central Myanmar, according to members of the anti-government resistance and a resident who lost his wife. They said the victims had been detained by the military and in some cases appeared to have been tortured before being killed.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military’s February 2021 seizure of power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi prompted nationwide peaceful protests that security forces suppressed with deadly force. The violence triggered widespread armed resistance, which has since turned into what some U.N. experts have characterized as a civil war.

The army has been conducting major offensives in the countryside, including burning villages and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. It has faced some of its toughest resistance in Sagaing, in Myanmar’s historic heartland.

The soldiers involved in last week’s attacks were in a group of more than 90 who were brought to the area by five helicopters on Feb. 23, said local leaders of the pro-democracy People’s Defense Forces and independent Myanmar media.

They said the bodies of 14 people, including three women, were found Thursday on a small island in a river in Nyaung Yin. Three more male victims were found in Tar Taing, including two members of the local resistance. One of the two was dismembered, with his head cut off, they said.

The neighboring villages are about 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of the major city of Mandalay.

Tar Taing resident Moe Kyaw, 42, survived the attack but said his 39-year-old wife, Pan Thwal, and 18-year-old nephew were among those killed. Contacted by phone, he said Friday they were among 70 villagers detained in the middle of the night last Wednesday by soldiers who shot into the air as they herded their captives from their homes to the local Buddhist monastery.

Moe Kyaw said the soldiers stole beer and other items from his aunt’s small shop, and as they beat her, he fled for his life, escaping two soldiers who shot at him.

He said his wife and other villagers were tortured at the monastery and then taken away from the village, apparently as hostages against any attack. He said his wife and two other women were beaten, raped and shot dead on Thursday by the soldiers, who also took his spouse’s earrings, His two sons, 9 and 11 years old, were released when the soldiers departed, he said.

Moe Kyaw did not explain how he knew the details about his wife’s treatment.

Myanmar’s underground National Unity Government — the main organization opposed to military rule that describes itself as the country’s legitimate government — said in an online news conference on Monday that the soldiers were from the 99th Light Infantry Division based in Mandalay Region.

A leader of a Sagaing resistance group called the Demon King Defense Force said his group attacked the better-armed government troops on Wednesday in a failed effort to rescue the detained villagers.

When they went Thursday morning to the small island where the soldiers had taken about 20 villagers they found 14 bodies in three spots, said the resistance leader, who asked not to be identified because of fear of reprisals by the military.

Acknowledging that he had not seen the killings, he said he also believed the women had been raped.

In an earlier incident apparently involving the same army unit, two boys aged 12 and 13 assisting the People’s Defense Force were captured by government troops on Feb. 26 and beheaded after being forced to show the locations of their camps, according to independent Myanmar media. Photos said to be of their bodies, found at Kan Daw village, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) northwest of Tar Taing, were circulated on social media.

A separate group, the Sadaung Lighting People’s Defense Force, has said that two of its older teenage members were also killed and beheaded in fighting at Kan Daw on the same day.

The military government has not responded to the allegations. In the past, it has denied documented abuses and said that casualties occurred in the course of fighting against armed anti-government guerrillas. Online media supportive of the military government have made the same claim about the recent incidents in Sagaing or suggested that they were the result of factional fighting within the resistance.

Myanmar’s military has long been accused of serious human rights violations, most notably in the western state of Rakhine. International courts are considering whether it committed genocide there in a brutal 2017 counterinsurgency campaign that caused more than 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh for safety.

Last week, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk accused the ruling generals of carrying out “a scorched earth policy in an attempt to stamp out opposition.”

His agency said credible sources have verified the deaths of at least 2,940 civilians and 17,572 arrests by the military and its allies since the 2021 takeover.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Case filed over death of N’ganj councillor’s wife

A case has been filed in connection with the death of a woman who was the first wife of a councillor of Narayanganj City Corporation on Monday.

Jharna Haidar, mother of the deceased Sadia Islam, filed the case with Sadar Model Police Station on Monday, said Chai Lau Marma, additional superintendent of Narayanganj Police.

Earlier on Sunday, Sadia, 30, first wife of councillor Shahajalal Badal, apparently committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a building at Chashara Balur Math in Narayanganj.

Meanwhile, Detective Branch of police on Sunday detained Badal, who is the nephew of the notorious Nur Hossain, himself a former councillor but now a death row convict.

Badal was released after interrogation.

“Police are investigating the incident and legal steps will be taken if any complaint is filed,” said ASP Chai Lau.

The autopsy of Sadia was conducted at Narayanganj General hospital on Monday. Dr Sheikh Farhad, resident medical officer of the hospital and Mafiz Uddin, conducted her autopsy.

The reason behind her death will be known after getting a postmortem report.

On February 8, 2022, Sadia in a press briefing at her residence alleged that Councillor Badal had 'abandoned' her and married another woman without taking her permission, as prescribed in Islamic law.

According to the allegation of Sadia, she married Badal in 2007 and the couple were blessed with a child through IVF (In vitro fertilization).

Councillor Badal denies the allegations against him.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan injured while shooting film

Amitabh Bachchan said he was injured while shooting a film in southern India and is recovering at home.

The 80-year-old Bollywood superstar posted on his blog Sunday (March 05, 2023) night that he sustained a rib injury while working in Hyderabad on the science-fiction film “Project K.” It’s being made in Hindi and Telugu languages and is slated for release in 2024.

Bachchan wrote that he had broken rib cartilage and a muscle tear. He said the injury was “painful” and he consulted a doctor before he flew home to Mumbai, where he has been advised to rest.

“I shall be unable to meet the well wishers at Jalsa Gate this evening.. so do not come,” the actor said to fans who often gather outside his home in Mumbai. “All else is well,” he wrote.

He said his work on the film was suspended until he’s healed.

Bachchan has acted in more than 200 Indian films. His breakthrough came in the 1973 film “Zanjeer,” or “The Chain,” and he rose to superstardom playing bold characters, inspiring fans to copy his hairstyle, clothes and deep voice.

The hugely popular actor is also a former politician and a television host.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Qatar Foundation Chair Nasser meets PM

Co-founder and Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation Sheikha Moza bint Nasser met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday here.

Different issues including education and healthcare were discussed in the meeting held in the foundation headquarters in Doha.

In the meeting, Sheikha Moza praised Hasina for her outstanding leadership to ensure the wellbeing of 170 million people of Bangladesh, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen while briefing reporters.

“You (Sheikh Hasina) have achieved incredible success,” Moza was quoted as saying by Momen.

In this context, the PM said she works for the people. “It was my father's dream. I am trying to fulfill his dream. I have not done anything extraordinary,” she was quoted as saying by the foreign minister.

Nasser wanted to know what Bangladesh is doing for women and children.

Then the PM focused on her government’s different steps taken for education and health sectors, particularly establishment of community clinics, providing scholarships, stipends and free textbooks for the students to spread education.

She said various trainings are being given for human resource development.

In the meeting, the activities run in Bangladesh with the fund of the Qatar Foundation also came up for the discussion.

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a state-led non-profit organisation in Qatar, founded in 1995 by then-emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife Moza bint Nasser.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

SC clears admission of 56 students at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today upheld the High Court order on Viqarunnisa Noon School and College authorities to admit 56 students to class 1.

The three-member bench led by Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order after rejecting four separate petitions filed by the authorities concerned of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.

Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morshed stood for Viqarunnisa while senor Advocate Prabir Niyogi, Barrister Syed Ahed Raza and Barrister ABM Altaf Hossain represented the students.

Barrister Altaf Hossain said the number of total petitioners is 56 and their siblings are already studying in Viqarunnisa.

On January 16, the Ministry of Education issued a circular stating that only an additional 5 percent of the total seats in any institution, including the entry class, can be filled with applicants whose siblings are already studying in that institution for the 2023 academic year.

The guardians of 56 students filed separate petitions after failing to enrol their children at the designated school.

Later, the High Court stayed the section 14 of the guidelines for 41 students.

The High Court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why section 14 of the guidelines should not be declared illegal.

On January 31, the HC directed Viqarunnisa Noon School and College authorities to admit 41 students, siblings of the students who are already studying there, to class 1.

The HC bench of Justice KM Kamrul Quader and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after hearing the writ petition filed by the parents of the 41 students.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM in Doha: LDCs need 5 key support from dev partners

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (March 06, 2023) sought five key support from development partners to ensure a smart, innovative and knowledge-based society that will help to promote peace and inclusivity.

The prime minister made the call at a side event, titled “Investment in Research and Development in LDCs for Smart and Innovative Societies”, at the 5th UN LDC Conference held at Qatar National Convention Center.

The key supports are:

1. Provide appropriate incentives to the international private sector for impactful technology transfer to LDCs, including for climate action.

2. Invest in digital infrastructures to reduce broadband divide and tech discrimination in LDCs.

3. Foster collaboration among research professionals and institutes to address issues and challenges facing LDCs.

4. Continuation of LDC waivers under TRIPS Agreement, also beyond graduation, especially for pharmaceuticals and agro-chemicals.

5. Support in developing an intellectual property regime conducive to both innovation and development in LDCs.

She also apprised the participants of her goal to go much further, to the next vision — ‘Smart Bangladesh’ by 2041.

“It will be based on four core elements: Smart Citizen, Smart Government, Smart Society and Smart Economy,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that in 2009, when her government made a pledge to the people to build a ‘Digital Bangladesh’ by 2021, at the time, it sounded like a tall order.

“But, the Covid-19 pandemic proved that we could fulfill that pledge.”

She said that the pandemic reminded all that LDCs cannot wait to invest in scientific research and technological innovation.

“Such investments are a must for advancing their economies through productive capacity building,” she said.

She mentioned that LDCs average GDP expenditure for research and development still remains below 0.6 percent. Only a handful of them feature in the Global Innovation Index.

“But, LDCs cannot afford to lag behind with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our young people should be made part of the future of work. We need meaningful global partnership for that,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh qualified for LDC graduation in 2021 under all three criteria.

“We are now preparing for graduation in 2026. During this transition, investment in science, technology and innovation is a priority for our government. We are working with the UN Technology Bank for LDCs on a national needs assessment,” she said.

She said that the government attaches importance to promoting a scientific mindset in the education system.

“We have established a host of science and technology universities and specialized institutes around the country,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that the government has introduced the Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship and National Science and Technology Fellowship.

The PM said that the new focus on blended education is aimed at developing IT skills for all.

In this regard, she said that Sheikh Russel Digital Labs and Schools of Future are being set up across educational institutions. Bangladesh now has the world’s second largest community of registered IT freelancers. A new Institute of Frontier Technology is in the making for supporting high-end research and development.

She mentioned that following the launch of Bangabandhu-I communication satellite, the government is now planning for an earth observation satellite.

“Bangladesh had to invest in improving early warning and weather forecast systems to drastically reduce natural disaster risks,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina said that the government has worked on home-grown climate adaptation measures, including through technological applications.

“We also need access to mitigation technologies to further curb greenhouse gas emissions. Our government is building two nuclear power plants as part of a clean energy transition. We aim to increase our share of renewable energy, preferably with floating solar panels, offshore wind turbines and green hydrogen.”

She said that the government has given emphasis on supporting agricultural research which made it possible for Bangladesh to combat hunger and become largely food secure.

“We are investing further in making our agriculture and livestock environment-friendly. We stand ready to share our good practices with other LDCs through various means, including contract farming.”

Talking about the government's present focus on enhancing scope for medical research, she said, climate change’s impacts on public health are being manifested through new disease burdens.

“We must have international collaboration for research in neglected tropical diseases. We urgently need investments in developing new treatments for antimicrobial resistance,” the PM said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Holy Shab-e-Barat tomorrow

The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, will be observed throughout the country tomorrow night with due religious fervour and devotion.

Muslims consider Shab-e-Barat as one of the three most sacred nights and believe that on this night Almighty Allah decides the fate of all human beings fixing their 'rizq' (livelihood) for the next year.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today greeted all Muslims of the country and elsewhere across the world on the occasion of the holy Shab-e-Barat.

The Muslim devotees would spend the night at mosques and homes offering prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and seeking blessings to Allah for long life, peace, progress and happiness for themselves, their families, relatives and friends as well nation and the Muslim Ummah.

On the night, the devotees across the country would visit graves and pray for their beloved ones seeking their eternal peace. Many people will also visit Mazars and shrines all over the country.

Many families will prepare traditional foods like handmade rice-bread, beef and halua (a kind of dessert made usually from semolina, carrot, chickpea or papaya) both in rural and urban areas across the country.

A good number of Muslims will observe fast on the following day.

They will distribute food and sweets among the neighbours and the poor.

Besides, food and money will be distributed among the destitute people on the occasion.

On this occasion, Islamic Foundation (IF) has chalked out programmes at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque here.

The IF will hold waz (religious sermons) and doa-mahfils at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque tomorrow.

Besides, religious sermons highlighting the significance of Shab-e-Barat will be delivered at various mosques after Maghrib prayers alongside holding while special munajat after Esha prayers tomorrow in the country.

The day after tomorrow (Wednesday) will be a public holiday on the occasion of the holy Shab-e-Barat.

Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes on the occasion while newspapers will publish special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)