Rain likely over country

Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over five divisions including Dhaka and at a few places over other three divisions. "Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi, Rangpur and Chattogram divisions with hails at isolated places," said a met office forecast for the next 72 hours begins from 9am today. Trough of low lies over West Bengal to North Bay. Country's maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded 34.8 degree Celsius at Jashore district and today's minimum temperature 21.5 degree Celsius was recorded jointly at Faridpur and Rangpur districts. Country's maximum rainfall for the last twenty-four hours till 6am today was recorded 24 millimeters(mm) at Tetulia. Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. The sun sets at 06.32 pm today and rise s at 05.18 am tomorrow in the capital. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Tigers overcome a batting collapse to beat Zimbabwe in 4th T20

Bangladesh overcame a sensational batting collapse that saw them losing all 10 wickets for 42 runs to edge Zimbabwe past by five runs in the fourth T20 game today at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The hosts looked to head toward a big total when openers Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Soumya Sarkar combined for a 101-run for the opening stand but the batting collapse meant they were wrapped up for a meager 143 in 19.5 overs. However a strong bowling attack, led by Shakib Al Hasan, saved them from the blushes by bowling Zimbabwe out for 138 in 19.4 overs to clinch the victory and take 4-0 lead in the five-match series. Shakib, on his return to T20 format after 10 months, claimed 4-35 and were ably supported by fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman who snared 3-19 and Taskin Ahmed who had figures of 2-20. Fast bowler Luke Jongwe was the wrecker-in-chief with 3-20 while Richard Nagarava and Brian Bennet grabbed two wickets apiece to wreck havoc on Bangladesh. Put into bat first, Tanzid and Soumya sent the almost packed stadium into delirium by tearing apart Zimbabwe bowlers in brutal fashion. Their aggressive batting moved the scoreboard fluently to help Bangladesh compile 59 runs in the first powerplay. Tanzid who hit his second fifty in the series made team-high 52 off 37 with seven fours and one six and Soumya, returned to the squad after recovering from an injury, hammered three fours and two sixes for his 34 ball-41. Tanzid was the aggressor as he launched a spectacular attack right from the words go and raised his fifty for 34 balls when he drove Faraz Akram to cover-point for a single. But his dismissal sparked the collapse as he skied a length delivery of Jongwe to the point region where Jonathon Campbell completed the catch, running back from extra cover. Jongwe gave the side a double delight in the same over, trapping Soumya Sarkar for leg-before. Bangladesh's batting then fell like a pack of cards and only Towhid Hridoy could manage to reach double digit figure. Offspinner Brian Bennet pegged back B angladesh further when he used his arm ball trick well to remove Shakib (1) and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (2) in the same over, leaving the hosts 123-5. Bangladesh never could recover from the collapse and were bowled out below 150. Like the past three matches, Zimbabwe batting line up failed to come with the terms again as they crumbled under the sustained pressure. Taskin struck in the first over to hand Bennet four-ball duck before getting the better of Zimbabwe skipper Sikandar Raza for 17 in his second over. Shakib then took the wicket of opener Tadiwanashe Marumani after he made 14. Jonathon Campbell resisted and got the support from Ryan Burl. The duo played some aggressive shots to briefly revive the hopes of Zimbabwe. However Mustazifur's introduction dented Zimbabwe further. He used his stock weapon cutter effectively to strike twice-removing Burl (19) and Jongwe (1) in three balls to leave the visitors at shellshocked. Shakib got the better of Campell who hit one four and two sixes for a team-best 31 to take the side close to the victory. The star allrounder then completed his four-for, wrapping up Zimbabwe's innings with two wickets in the last over as the visitors needed 14 runs for a victory. The final match is on Sunday. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Europe is development partner of Bangladesh: Dipu Moni

Social Welfare Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said that Europe is a proven friend and development partner of Bangladesh. "Europe is a proven friend and development partner of Bangladesh. Last year, Bangladesh-EU bilateral relations crossed 50 years," she said. The minister said these while addressing a function marking the 'Europe Day' at a city hotel as the chief guest on Thursday, a press release said today. The relationship has gradually evolved from a development partner to a strong trade and economic partnership, she said, adding that the European Union is now considered as a destination of nearly half of Bangladesh's global merchandise exports. Besides, the European Union's Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme is playing a very important role in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, she said. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Arafat for investing more efforts, time and merit in culture

State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat today called for investing more efforts, time, labour and merit in culture in the days to come to build a liberal Bangladesh to fulfill the dreams of Liberation War. He made the call in a function on the second day of a three-day Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Utsab at the National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital's Segunbagicha here this evening. Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeed Shilpi Sangstha in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organized the event. The state minister said Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable progress in economy and infrastructural development in the last 15 years under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and it has to go ahead further in the coming days. But more investment is needed in the field of culture in future, he said, adding not only investment of money but also efforts, time, labour and merit are needed further as it will es tablish the values of liberal Bangladesh to fulfill the dreams of Liberation War. "We are moving forward economically, our per capita income is increasing, our poverty rate is decreasing and the people of the country are moving towards a better life in terms of health care and education. But at the same time investment in culture is needed to develop values and to move forward. Rabindra Sangeet and our art, literature and culture should be spread all over Bangladesh," he said. The government, he said, wants to extend all-out cooperation in this regard as there is no alternative to cultural movement and cultural practice for building a Bangladesh with the spirit of Liberation War. The state minister said the practice of art, literature and culture including Rabindra Sangeet, country's politics, birth of Bangladesh and its development walked together in the past, doing so now and do so in the future as well. When the Bangalee nation thought about its independent entity, at first it became furious not for ec onomic disparity and not for any political issue rather for its language and culture. At first when attack came on Bangla language and a ban was imposed on Rabindra Sangeet, the Bangalee nation became furious against Pakistani oppressors and gradually the nation thought that an independent land is needed for them where they can sing Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti and practice their own culture freely, he said. From that reality, the nation moved forward and fought the great Liberation War and established an independent Bangladesh, he said. So, Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindra Sangeet and the existence of Bangladesh are deeply intertwined, said Arafat said. That's why, he said, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a song of Rabindranath as the national anthem of Bangladesh. The state minister said the festival on Rabindra Sangeet is not only a part of the country's art and culture rather it's a movement. He called for taking ahead this cultural movement of Bangalee nationalism for spr eading liberal thoughts against all types of extremism and militancy. In the ceremony, noted Rabindra Sangeet singer Iffat Ara Dewan was conferred with Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha Award, 1431. Earlier, the programme began with the recitation of the national anthem. Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha president Sajed Akbar and general secretary Dr Makbul Hossain also spoke. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Squadron leader Asim laid to rest with state honour

Late Squadron Leader Asim Jawad was buried with state honour at Seota graveyard after a namaz-e- janaza at Manikganj Shahid Miraj-Tapon stadium today. People from all strata, including representatives from district administration, political leaders and freedom fighters, took part in the janaza after Jummah prayers. Squadron leader Asim died in an accident as a training plane crashed yesterday in Chattogram. He left behind his wife, a daughter and a son, his father and mother and a lot of relatives to mourn his death. Asim Jawad, 31, was the only son of Dr Aman Ullah of village Gopalpur under Saturia upazila of the district. Asim was born on March 20, 1992. He passed SSC in 2007 from Savar Cantonment Public School and HSC in 2009 from Savar Cantonment School and College. He joined the Bangladesh Air Force in 2010. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

AL peace and development rally tomorrow

A peace and development rally of Awami League (AL) will be held in front of Aarong in city's Mohammadpur area at 3:30pm tomorrow. AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today informed this at a joint meeting at party central office in city's Bangabandhu Avenue. He said AL doesn't hold counter program. The party will arrange a peace and development rally, he added. He urged all to join the rally. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Fugitive accused in BRT engineer murder case held

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a fugitive accused in the murder case of BRT project engineer Phulbabu. The arrested was identified as Md Masud Rana, 34, a resident of Kotwali Police Station area in Rangpur district. Assistant Police Super of RAB and assistant Director Md. Mahfujur Rahman told BSS this morning that acting on a tip-off a RAB team conducted a drive in Gabtoli area in the city and arrested him in the early hours of today. Phulbabu, a BRT engineer, died at Uttara Adhunik Hospital on April 13 after he was injured during a quarrel with Masud Rana and his accomplices. Later, Josna Khatun, wife of the deceased, filed a case with Uttara West police station against several persons, including Masud, on April 14. "Legal actions have been taken against him," said Mahfujur Rahman. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

2 die in Sirajganj road accidents

Two people were killed and five others injured in two separate road accidents on Pabna-Nagarbari Highway in Shahjadpur upazila of the district today. The deceased were identified as Nargis Khatun, 35, hailed from Tatiarkanda area and Arshad Pramanik, 60, a resident in Shelachapri area in the upazila. Officer-in-Charge of Hatikumrul Thana MA Wadud said Nargis died as a truck hit an auto van in Jugnidaho area. Besides, Arshad Pramaik died in a multi vehicle collision among a truck, an auto rickshaw and a motorcycle in Baghabari area on the highway. Five others were injured in the accident. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Digital operation to make hajj management easier: Palak

State Minister for Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak today said the government is operating digital Hajj management programme aiming to make all the hajj related programmes for the pilgrims easier and disciplined. All the Hajj related activities will be easier and better as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself will supervise the digital hajj management programme, he added. The state minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a hajj pilgrims rally at Singra central mosque here this morning. Palak said: 'We are keeping vigil so that none of the hajj pilgrims could be cheated by their Muallem. 'If anyone does any fraudulent activities then legal action will be taken against him'. Recalling the role of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in preaching and spreading Islam, the state minister said Bangabandhu did lot of works for the welfare of Islam. Bangabandhu had established Islamic Foundation, founded Kakrail mosque for the Tabligh Jamaat and allocated land for Ijtema at Tongi in Gazipur during his regime. Similarly, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also working relentlessly for the welfare of Islam in line with the activities of Bangabandhu, he told the rally organized by Arafati Hazi Kalyan Samity. The Prime Minister so far has constructed 560 beautiful model mosques across the country, he added. Chaired by president of Arafati Hazi Kalyan Samity Prof. M Makbul Hossen, the programme was also attended, among others, by Upazila Awami League President Advocate Wahidur Rahman Sheikh, Singra Municipality Mayor M Jannatul Ferdous and Samity's founding president Advocate Harun-Ar Rashid. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

If AL doesn’t stay in field, BNP will carry out terrorist activities: Quader

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said if their party leaders and workers don't stay in field, BNP will carry out terrorist activities in the name of holding rally. 'BNP's rally means arson attack, disorder and bloodshed. So, if BNP is allowed to carry out their activities in the entire capital, it will put people's life and properties in danger. That is why we have to stay in field,' he said. Quader was addressing a joint meeting of the AL at the party's Bangabandhu Avenue central office in the capital. AL leaders held the joint meeting with presidents and general secretaries of Dhaka city north and south units, Dhaka district unit and all associate bodies. The AL general secretary said AL doesn't give any counter programme rather the party leaders and workers have to stay in field for the people's safety. He said if BNP gets any chance, it will make damage to state and people's life and prosperities. Quader said BNP fears voters and so, i t is not taking part in elections. There is no logical ground of their demands over the polls, he said. After failing to wage movement and thwarting the polls, BNP is making evil attempts to create disorder and carry out terrorist activities in the country, he added. 'Everyone will have to remain alert about it,' he said. Those who do politics over the party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's treatment can do anything against the state, he said. Noting that there is conspiracy over upazila elections, the AL general secretary urged the party leaders and workers to remain alert and not to engage in any conflict. Quader questioned whether any election was held in a peaceful manner without any causality during the BNP's regime. He said the first phase of the 6th upazila parishad elections were held in a peaceful manner and there was no report of any conflict. So, credit of this peaceful election should be given to the Election Commission and the government, he said. The AL general secretary said the voter tu rnout in the elections cannot be said very well but it can be said moderate. Rejecting BNP's call for boycotting polls, many leaders of the party took part in the upazila parishad elections, he added. Nobody listens to anyone's command in BNP, he mentioned. He said BNP, which has been stuck in the quicksand of errors, won't be able to realize anything. Though BNP leaders make bigger talks, they have become frustrated internally, he said. As long as they don't return to positive trend of politics, they will remain isolated from people, he said. About BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy's comment that AL stays in power by appeasing the neighboring country, not the people of this country, Quader said: 'India is our neighboring country and tested friend. They didn't interfere in our elections. Awami League stays in power with the strength of people, not by appeasing India, not at the mercy of India.' He said after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, AL had not been in power for long. 'Did India bring us in power at that period?' he said. AL Presidium Members Dr Abdur Razzaque, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Qamrul Islam and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Joint General Secretaries Dr Hasan Mahmud, Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam and Afjal Hossain, Liberation War Affairs Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das and Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua were present, among others.BSS/BKD/MKD/GA/1939 hrs Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Life-term convict held in city

Members of Rapid action Battalion (RAB-10) arrested a fugitive life-term convict from Kamrangirchar in the capital. The arrestee was identified as Md. Ripon Ali, 38, son of Kasam Ali of Kumarkhali Police Station area in Kushtia District, RAB-10 assistant police super and assistant director (media) M.J. Sohel told BSS today. He said, acting on a tip off, members of RAB conducted a drive at Kamrangirchar area and arrested him on Thursday. Legal action has been taken against him, he said. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

ASI of police killed in Dinajpur road accident

An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police was killed and another ASI injured being hit by a truck on the Dinajpur-Dosh Mile road in front of Nashipur School and College under Sadar upazila of the district last night (Saturday). The deceased was identified as ASI Momtaj Ali, 43, resident of Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon District. He was working at Pulhat Police Outpost under Kotwali Police Station of Dinajpur. The accident occurred when they were going to Dosh Mile area riding a motorcycle to investigate a case. On the way, a truck hit them from behind around 8:30pm last night, leaving one dead on the spot and another injured, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Dinajpur Sadar Circle Jinnah Al Mamun said. The injured was taken to the Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College and Hospital, he added. The body was handed over to the family members today, Jinnah Al Mamun said. Efforts are on to seize the killer truck and arrest the driver, he added. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha