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Global coronavirus death toll hits 33965; infected 721902

The global death toll from coronavirus reached 33,965 on Monday — a mortality rate of 18 percent. COVID-19 has so far infected 721,902 people around the world, according to worldometer. Of them, 536,643 are currently being treated with 26,789 in serious or critical condition. So far, 185,259 cases had outcomes and of them, 151,294 (82 percent) recovered. The coronavirus COVID-19 ... Read More »

Govt , media to work closely to tackle coronavirus: Minister

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the government and the mass media will work more closely to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. He made the remarks after a meeting with leaders of mass media at his Minto Road residence in the capital. Mentioning that some online portals spread rumours during any crisis to create confusions among people, the minister said ... Read More »

Coronavirus cases rise to 49 in Bangladesh

Another person was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 49, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said on Monday. “In the past 24 hours, IEDCR has tested 153 samples and 1338 people have been tested so far. Total 49 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus. ... Read More »

BCB announces one-time monetary support for women cricketers

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a one-time monetary allowance of BDT 20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand Taka) per person to assist women cricketers who had appeared in the 2018-19 Women’s NCL and were part of the BCB’s selection camps in 2019-20. All cricketing activities of the BCB including women’s tournaments and training camps have been postponed indefinitely due to outbreak of ... Read More »

CNG 3-wheeler workers urge govt, affluent people for support

Bangladesh Autorickshaw-Autotempo Transport Workers Federation (BAATWF) urged the government, transport owners and affluent people to provide food and other essentials to the transport workers who have become jobless due to, the current situation created over coronavirus. President of the BAATWF Md Fulmia Bhuiyan and general secretary Md Golam Faruk in a joint statement made the call saying that about 7 ... Read More »

Consider available options: British HC to UK nationals

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson has urged the British nationals to consider available options as they are encouraged to return to the UK. In a video message, he said the Government of Bangladesh and Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced the suspension of flights between the UK and Bangladesh. But they also announced that those flights plan to resume ... Read More »

Juventus,Ronaldo agree to forgo 90M euros in wages

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates along with coach Maurizio Sarri agreed to forgo 90 million euros ($100 million) in wages on Saturday to help the club during the coronavirus crisis. The club said the money amounted to four months worth of wages, a third of players’ salaries. The first agreement of its kind in Serie A since play was ... Read More »

Tortoise lays 21 eggs in Sundarban’s Karamjal

A rare species of tortoise known as ‘Batagur Baska’ laid 21 eggs at Tortoise Breeding Centre at Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre of the Sundarbans under Khulna district. Md Azad Kabir, in-charge of the breeding centre, said Batagur Baska laid 21 eggs on Friday morning on the edge of a pond. The eggs look like that of ducks, he said, adding ... Read More »

Return home, HC advises British citizens in Bangladesh

The British High Commission in Dhaka has advised the British citizens currently staying in Bangladesh to return to the UK. The High Commission in an urgent message to British citizens in Bangladesh said flights from Dhaka on two routes- Dhaka to London and Manchester – still remain open. Meanwhile, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to suspend flights on these two ... Read More »

Khaleda in ‘good mood’ at Firoza

Despite having ‘serious’ illness, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now quarantined, feels ‘mentally relaxed, said party Vice Chairman Dr AZM Zahid Hossain. He said the BNP chief’s daughter-in-law and her elder son Tarique Rahman’s wife Dr Zubaida Rahman are overseeing her treatment from London. Zahid, also former secretary general of pro-BNP physician’s body Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB), said 75-year-old Khaleda ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Biman suspends flights to London, Manchester

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has suspended all of its flights to London and Manchester, England for one week after March 29 to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. Two flights will leave for these two destinations on Sunday and will come back on Monday, said Mokabbir Hossain, Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. “After that, the flight operation will ... Read More »

Football Federation election postponed

Dhaka – The much-talked about election of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), scheduled for April 20, has been postponed for indefinite period due to outbreak of deadly Coronavirus in the country and elsewhere in the world. The Executive Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation on Friday (March 27) has decided to postpone the ‘BFF Election and Congress 2020’ due on April 20, 2020 ... Read More »

Virus scare: National Mausoleum gets facelift but no visitor

The National Mausoleum was given a facelift as the nation, led by President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was scheduled to pay tributes to the Liberation War martyrs on the occasion of Bangladesh’s 50th Independence and National Day on Thursday. However, it refrained from paying homage to the martyrs for the first time in the country’s history due ... Read More »

Taylor Swift’s publicist takes aim at Kim Kardashian in feud

The Kanye West and Taylor Swift public beef has reignited again with the ongoing feud now involving his wife and Swift’s publicist. Swift’s publicist, Tree Paine, fired back Monday night at Kim Kardashian West, who had defended herself after someone released a video, clipped into segments, of the full 25-minute conversation of Kanye West and Swift discussing his song “Famous.” ... Read More »

Rizvi returns home from BNP office after 787 days

After staying for 787 days in the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi returned home on Thursday, a day after party chairperson Khaleda Zia was freed from jail for six months. Rizvi left the BNP office around 2:15pm with bag and baggage for his Adabar house in the city. Amid the police drive against ... Read More »

Coronavirus: 2,500 Army members aiding local administration

More than 2,500 members of Bangladesh Army have performed various activities in 61 districts on Thursday to support the local administrations ensure social distancing and keep coronavirus suspects in home quarantine to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. Sources at the Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) said Bangladesh Army started working at field level under “In aid to Civil Power” since ... Read More »

Corona scare: Dhaka nearly falls silent

As the government-declared 10-day general holiday started on Thursday and a large number of people left the capital amid the growing fear of coronavirus, Dhaka city wore a complete deserted look with only police and army personnel patrolling around. The government on Monday declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4, aiming to prevent the transmission of deadly coronavirus. ... Read More »

With Olympics on hold, Phelps worries about mental health

Michael Phelps has been open about his mental health struggles, even as he became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. Now, with the Tokyo Games on hold because of the coronavirus, the retired swimming great worries that some athletes may have trouble coping with this unprecedented postponement. “It’s a total bamboozle,” Phelps told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “There’s ... Read More »

Shakib hails doctors, nurses on the frontline of coronavirus fight

Dhaka — Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is in self-isolation in the USA, hailed doctors, nurses and medical staff who have been working day and night to save the lives of those infected with the deadly coronavirus around the globe. Shakib is out of action since October last after he was banned by the International Cricket Council for two ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Tigers to donate 50pc of one month’s salary

Dhaka — Top 27 cricketers of Bangladesh have expended their hand to help fight against deadly coronavirus. Under the initiative by Tamim Iqbal, cricketers opted to donate 50 percent of their salary for one month to the government. All of 17 players who are in the central contact will donate 50 percent of their salary, and other 10 players, who ... Read More »

Islami Bank inaugurates sub-branch at Nabinbag, Dhaka

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated its Nabinbag sub-branch under its Khilgaon Branch at Nabinbag, Dhaka on 22 March 2020, Sunday. Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director of the Bank inaugurated the sub-branch as chief guest.  Presided over by Mohammod Ullah, Head of Dhaka East Zone, Dr. Md. Ashraf Ali, Head of Khilgaon Branch addressed welcome speech and Md. Abdur Rahim, ... Read More »

Mashrafe urges youths to stay home for safety

Dhaka  – Immediate past captain of Bangladesh ODI team Mashrafe bin Mortaza, MP, on Monday urged country’s young generation to stay home to be safe amid the outbreak of deadly coronavirus. He made the call in a Facebook post made on Monday. “Ekhon Joubon Jar, Bashai Thakar Tar Sreshtho Somoy Tar (Now is the best time for the young men ... Read More »

All signs point to Tokyo Olympics being postponed

IOC members, national Olympic committees and athletes were all racing toward the same conclusion Monday: The Tokyo Olympics are not going to take place this summer. Craig Reedie, a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable ... Read More »

Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ that Olympics should be postponed

TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and to secure an environment ... Read More »

All domestic football leagues postponed

Dhaka – All the football leagues, including ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football, under the Professional Football League Committee (PFLC) of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) have been postponed for an indefinite period due to the outbreak of deadly coronavirus in the country. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of PFLC held on Tuesday (March 24) at the BFF ... Read More »

Islami Bank inaugurates sub-branch at Postagola of Dhaka

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated Postagola sub-branch under its Shyampur Branch 22 March 2020, Sunday at Postagola, Dhaka. Md. Omar Faruk Khan, Additional Managing Director of the Bank inaugurated the sub-branch as chief guest. Presided over by Abu Sayed Md. Idris, Head of Dhaka South Zone, the program was addressed by Md. Mahboob Alam, Head of Agent Banking Division of ... Read More »

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen — but in 2021, not 2020

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement. Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they will not go if the games are staged this year. ... Read More »

Aussie Olympic chiefs advise athletes to prepare for 2021

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Olympic Committee is advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, on Monday said “It’s clear the games can’t be held in July” because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty ... Read More »

As virus spreads, next casualty could be Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged that a postponement of the crown jewel of the sporting world could be unavoidable. Canada and Australia then added ... Read More »

Former Olympic swimming champion van der Burgh has virus

Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh said he has contracted the coronavirus and added his voice to concerns for athletes’ well-being if the Tokyo Games go ahead as scheduled. Van der Burgh, who retired from competitive swimming in 2018, posted a series of messages on social media on Sunday describing how he had been ill with the virus ... Read More »