Soumya leads Mohammedan to 2nd victory in DPL

Soumya Sarkar hit a 56-run knock as Mohammedan

Sporting Club grabbed their second victory in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL),

outplaying Agrani Bank Cricket Club by 39 runs at BKSP-4 ground today.

Mohammedan piled up 220-9 after opting to bat first with no one barring

Soumya could make an impact. Most of the batters got the start but simply

couldn't make it bigger. Shuvagata Hom with 29 runs made the next best while

Jake Lintott scored 25.

Nazmul Apu and Mushfik Hasan played a key role in bowling out Agrani for just

181 in 48.2 overs, claiming three wickets each. Lintott and Shuvagata bagged

two wickets apiece to complement them. Shamsul Islam Anik made team-high 46

for Agrani.

It was Mohammedan's second consecutive victory, having lost four games shared

points in one game due to inclement weather in the first five matches.

At Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, City Club defended 226 to beat Shinepukur

Cricket Club by 23 runs to secure their third victory in seven matches.

Maaz Ahmed Sadaqat scored 65 and Shahriar Komol made 54 as City Club put up

226 before being all out in 49.2 overs after being sent to bat first.

Shinepukur was all out for 203 in 41.4 overs despite a valiant 86 runs from

opener Jisan Ahmed. Amite Hasan also scored 53 that went in vain. Robiul

Haque scalped three wickets for City Club.

In the day's other match, Brothers Union beat Dhaka Leopards by five wickets

at BKSP-4 ground. Put into bat first, Leopard were bowled out for 198 in 48.4

overs with Suhrawardi Shuvo making highest 45. Arafat Sunny bagged three

wickets.

Tanzid Hasan Tamim then hit 67 ball-71 with eight fours and three sixes to

help Brother Union reach the victory target in 41.5 overs. Myshukur Rahman

was the other notable scorer with 51.

This was Brothers' second victory in DPL while Leopards remained winless

still after playing seven matches.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Weather may remain mainly dry over country

Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places with mainly dry weather and temporary partly cloudy sky, a met release said today.

"Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at one or two places over Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country", said the weather forecast valid for next 24 hours from 9 am today,

Mild heat wave is sweeping over the districts of Faridpur, Rajshahi, Pabna, Jashore, Chuadanga and Kushtia and it may spread, it said.

Day temperature may rise slightly and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

Trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area as seasonal low lies over South Bay.

Country's maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded 37.0 degrees Celsius at Chuadanga while minimum temperature today was 18.8 degree Celsius at Rajarhat.

Maximum rainfall for the last 24 hours till 6am today was recorded 78 millimeters (mm) at Sylhet.

The sun sets at 6:16 PM today and rises 5:46 AM tomorrow in the capital

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

11th JS to go into 22nd session tomorrow

The 11th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will go into 22nd

session tomorrow (April 6).

The session will also be a special session of the JS to mark Bangladesh

Jatiya Sangsad's 50th anniversary.

Earlier, President Abdul Hamid convened the session exercising the power

bestowed upon him by Article 72 (1) of the constitution, said parliament

secretariat sources here today.

The session, the second session of this year, will begin at 11 am.

President Abdul Hamid is scheduled to deliver a speech at the special

session, parliament secretariat sources told BSS.

According to the constitution, the president must convene a session within 60

days of the last sitting of the previous session.

The last session of parliament was prorogued on February 9.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

One killed as train hit him at city’s railway level crosing

One unidentified person was killed on the spot as a moving train struck him when he was crossing Banani-Kakoli railway level crossing last night.

He was 39.

“An unidentified persons was killed instantly on the spot when a Dhaka-bound Kishorganj Express hit him at city’s Banani-Kakoli railway intersection at around 7.45pm on Tuesday”, confirmed by Sub-Inspector M Ali Akbar also in-charge of a police outpost located at Airport railway station.

After receiving information, airport railway station police recovered the body and then it was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for autopsy

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Stocks flat as large-cap issues tumble

Stock markets today finished the session of the week flat as the major indices of the both Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges showed no significant rise amid lower activities of large-cap securities.

The benchmark index of the Dhaka bourse closed the day with 1.35 points up at 6,211.03. The Shariah DSES also followed the same trend with 0.30 point up at 1,346.30. But the blue-chip DS30 closed the day with 1.04 point down at 2,202.04.

The losers took a strong lead over the gainers as out of 310 issues traded, 67 closed lower, 52 advanced and 191 issues remained unchanged on the DSE floor.

The major gaining issues were INTECH, RAHIMTEXT, SONALIANSH, GEMINISEA and AAMRANET. The major losing companies were SAMATALETH, UNIONCAP, BEWELDING, GQBALLPEN and PRIMELIFE.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) closed the day of the week with slightly upward trend with its major CASPI 2.34 points up at 18,308.29.

At CSE, 114 issues were traded. Of those, 31 closed higher and 33 closed lower when 19.61 lakh shares worth Taka 7.01 crore changed hands.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Bangladesh must progress, says PM receiving Padma Bridge loan repayment installments

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh would march ahead facing any hurdle with people's support as she received two repayment installments of the Padma Bridge loan.

"I believe we can step forward confronting any hurdle if the people stand beside us. Construction of the Padma Bridge with own finance is the best example of it," she said.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader handed over a cheque of around Tk 316.91 crore to the premier as the first and second installments of repaying loan taken for building Padma Bridge at a function at her official Ganabhaban residence here.

The prime minister said her government has built the Padma Bridge with own finances taking it as a challenge as the World Bank suspended loan to construct it followed by some other organisations.

The Padma Bridge loan was taken from Bangladesh Bank at a low interest rate as per an agreement signed between the Finance Division and the Bangladesh Bridge Authority.

On June 25, 2022, the prime minister opened the country's largest bridge - 6.15-km Padma Bridge- over the mighty Padma River.

Sheikh Hasina thanked the people for supporting her government wholeheartedly in constructing the Padma Bridge with own finance.

The prime minister hoped that the entire nation would join hands with the government to continue the country's advancement like they did in constructing the Padma Bridge.

"If the people stay beside us we can take the country towards prosperity overcoming any obstacle such as disaster," she said.

The prime minister said her main strength is the power of people.

"I thanked the countrymen to make impossible possible (by transforming Bangladesh into a developing country) with giving unwavering support to us," she said.

The prime minister heavily criticised those who think Bangladesh cannot prosper without help of others.

"But, we have proved the capability of Bangladesh by constructing the Padma Bridge with own finance and achieved global dignity and honour," she said.

She also said that the Padma Bridge is not just a bridge but a symbol of pride and capability of the Bangalee nation.

To construct the Padma Bridge, she said Bangladesh had to overcome many national and international hurdles.

"We can now repay the loan taken for the Padma Bridge construction from its toll," she said.

The Padma Bridge is expected to last more than 100 years, but its construction cost will be recovered in the next 35 years.

Bangabazar Fire:

Sheikh Hasina also promised to provide best support to the traders who incurred huge losses in the devastating Bangabazar fire in the capital city.

"It can't be tolerated the pain and cry of traders during Ramadan. I have already said we will help as we can. We will assess the losses of the traders," she said.

She also sounded a note of warning that the people involved in damaging fire fighting vehicles would definitely be brought to the book.

"I have asked to identify those who damaged firefighting vehicles after entering the fire brigade headquarters with sticks. Measures will be taken against them," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said a group of people with sticks attacked the fire office in the afternoon despite the fire fighters reached the place of occurrence immediately after starting of inferno.

Along with the fire fighters, she said army, navy, air force, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Ansar and police personnel as well as volunteers also joined the activity of dousing the Bangabazar fire.

She further said they would take tougher action against those who will be found attacking fire fighting vehicles or firemen or any service providing organisations in future.

"No such attack will be tolerated in future," she assured.

The prime minister said Bangladesh has gained a great achievement with conducting test run of a train on the Padma Bridge yesterday.

But with this good news, she said the nation had also got a bad news that was the fire in Bangamarket.

"It is very regretful to see burning down shops (in huge numbers) in Bangamarket fire," she said.

The premier said the Bangamarket had earlier witnessed fire incidents in 1995 and 2018.

After the fire incident in 2018, she said her government had taken a measure to build the Bangamarket in a planned way.

But, they could not do so as the High Court stayed the process of constructing the market following a writ petition against it, she said.

"The Bangamarket might not witness such fire, had the market been built," she said.

PM's Principal Secretary M Tofazzel Hossain Miah conducted the programme while former Cabinet Secretary and Bridge Division Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam spoke on the occasion.

Governor of Bangladesh Bank Abdur Rouf Talukder, Finance Senior Secretary Fatima Yasmin, and Bridge Division Secretary Md. Monjur Hossain were also present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

MCCI to stand by Bangabazar fire victims

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is deeply shocked by the fire incident which occurred in Bangabazar on Tuesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families," said a MCCI press release.

On Tuesday, a fire broke out at the Bangabazar market in the early morning. It took six hours to bring the fire under control. As per the Bangladesh Shop Owners' Association President, the fire damaged over 5,000 shops, resulting in a loss of over Tk. 15 billion.

As a responsible business organization, MCCI understands the extensive damage that a disaster like this can do to the affected community. MCCI stands in solidarity with the affected businesses and "is ready to do whatever we can to assist their recovery."

"We understand the substantial part small businesses play in our community and recognize the need to help them get back on their feet. We will team up with local government officials and organizations to synchronize support initiatives and supply resources to those in a state of need," said the MCCI statement.

The Chamber is urging all its members to band together during this difficult period to back the fellow citizens and their businesses.

MCCI strongly encourages those with the capacity to provide aid, whether it be through donations, volunteering, or other means, to do so, added the statement.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

One killed in C’nawabganj road accident

A man was killed in a road accident as a truck hit his motorbike in Gomastapur upazila of the district today.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Matin, 55, son of late Waresh Ali, a resident of Lakkhipur village of the upazila.

Police said the accident occurred in front of Latifur Rahman Petrol Pump at Rohanpur of the upazila when a truck hit his motorcycle around 8am, leaving him injured critically.

He was taken to Gomastapur Upazila Health Complex where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

HC allows bail to ex-DIG Prisons Bazlur in graft case

The High Court (HC) today allowed bail to former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Md Bazlur Rashid in a graft case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

A High Court division bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order, after holding hearing on a bail plea filed by the convict.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 on October 23, 2022, sentenced Md Bazlur Rashid to five-year imprisonment and fined him Taka 500,000 in the case filed for amassing assets worth over Taka 3.14 crore.

The former DIG was shown arrested on October 20, 2019, from Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) headquarters in capital's Segunbagicha in connection with the case.

Rashid and his wife Razzakun Nahar appeared before the anti-graft body on that day to face grilling about their illegal wealth. In the interrogation, the DIG couldn't give logical answer about his illegal wealth.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Indictment hearing in two cases against Khaleda on April 30

A court here today set April 30 for holding

hearing on charge framing in two cases, one for observing fake birthday on

National Mourning Day and another for stigmatizing the War of Liberation,

lodged against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

Today was fixed for holding the indictment hearings in the two cases but

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Noor reset the date as

Khaleda's lawyers pleaded for time on her poor health ground.

Journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam lodged the fake birthday case against Khaleda

on August 30, 2016.

According to the complainant, Khaleda, from 1996, was celebrating her fake

birthday on August 15, the day when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman was martyred along with most of his family members.

The complainant also submitted copies of different newspaper reports on

Khaleda's birthday, copies of her passport, marriage certificate and mark

sheets, which indicates August 15 is not her birthday in anyway.

Jananetri Parishad President AB Siddiqui filed the other case on November 3,

2016, against Khaleda Zia and her late husband Ziaur Rahman for stigmatizing

the War of Liberation by rehabilitating anti-liberation war elements.

The BNP chief is on bail in both the cases as Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions

Judge KM Imrul Qayesh granted her bail on July 31, 2018.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

IM Fahad beats Indian FM Mahitosh Dey in 3rd round

International Master Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Bangladesh won against FM Mahitosh Dey of India in the 3rd round games of Fagernes International Chess now being held in Oslo, Norway.

The 3rd round games were held Tuesday last evening with IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman played with white pieces in queen's gambit diclined game and won against Mahitosh Dey at 39 moves.

IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman earned 2 point out of 2 games.

A total of 92 players from 22 countries, including 13 Grand Masters, 21 International Masters, 3 Women Grandmasters and 1 Women International Master are participating in the event.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

CNG driver killed in Lakshmipur road accident

The driver of a CNG-run auto rickshaw was killed as a truck hit his CNG in Sadar Upazila here today.

The deceased was identified as Md Yasin, 50, hailed from Char Chamita village in the Upazila.

Police said the accident occurred at around 2 pm in Kasid Bari area on Dhaka-Lakshmipur Regional Highway. Md Yasin was rushed to Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital, where the duty doctor declared him dead.

Aminur Rahman, Sub inspector of Chandraganj Highway Thana, said police visited the spot.

The body was handed over to his family members, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)