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Renowned educationist Niloufer Manzur dies of coronavirus

Renowned educationist Niloufer Manzur, the founder and principal of Sunbeams School, died of coronavirus on Tuesday. She was 74. The educationist, wife of former caretaker government adviser and chairman of Apex Footwear Ltd Syed Manzur Elahi, was diagnosed with coronavirus and undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH). She leaves behind her husband, son, daughter, grandchildren and a host ... Read More »

Japan includes Bangladesh in widened entry ban

Japan has tightened border control and widened ban on entry of people from countries, including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A notice on the website of Japan’s foreign ministry posted on Monday said the embargo will come into effect from Wednesday. The newly-included countries are – Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyz, ... Read More »

Dhaka reports 1,166 new corona cases, 21 deaths on Tuesday

The health authorities reported detection of 1,166 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours after testing 5,407 samples. The number of tests are about half of those conducted on the previous day. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 36,751. “Twenty-one patients died during this period, taking the death tally to 522,” Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, the ... Read More »

Three Sons arrested for abandoning mother

Police arrested three men from Janiar Bagan area of Sadar upazila on Monday for abandoning their 80-year-old mother on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. They are — Abdur Razzak, Moazzem Hossain and Mozamel Haque, sons of late Nur Mohammad Mollah and Chharitunnesa. Locals said they found Chharitunnesa abandoned beside the Joyurhat-Akkelpur road and called 999. Police rushed to the spot and ... Read More »

Liverpool’s ‘miracle’ of Istanbul

PARIS – Steven Gerrard said Liverpool did not “believe in miracles” and Jamie Carragher thought his “dreams had turned to dust”, but 15 years ago Rafael Benitez’s side pulled off one of football’s greatest heists to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final. The English side were underdogs before kick-off in Istanbul despite edging out Chelsea in the semi-finals ... Read More »

Sri Lanka cricket star held on drug charge

COLOMBO – Sri Lankan police have detained international cricketer Shehan Madushanka on a charge of possessing heroin, officials said Monday. Madushanka, 25, who took a hat-trick of wickets on his international debut in 2018, was remanded in custody for two weeks by a magistrate. He was carrying just over two grams of heroin when detained in the town of Pannala ... Read More »

Nor’wester destroys 200 houses in Lalmonirhat

The joy of Eid-ul-Fitr faded for over 2,000 people after a nor’wester destroyed over 200 houses at Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat on Monday morning when people were preparing to attend special prayers on the day. Locals said the nor’wester hit the area at around 7am. In Sonarhat, Shialkhowa, Satirpar and Banderkura areas of Cholbola union, over 200 houses, shops, trees ... Read More »

Google Doodle celebrates Nazrul’s 121st birthday

Search engine giant Google is celebrating the 121st birthday of Bangladesh’s National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam with a doodle. Google Doodle made an alteration on its Bangladeshi homepage on Monday, showing the ‘Bidrohi Kobi’ (rebel poet) holding a green book at his middle age while the young poet standing steady inside the flame of the movement of independence. Born on ... Read More »

Female cop dies at Puthia Police Station

A female member of police died while performing duty at Putia Police Station on Monday. The deceased was identified as Samiara Khatun, 27. Officer-in-charge of Putia Police Station Rezaul Islam said Samiara was staying in the Police Station while she felt pain on the chest. Later, after taking her to the hospital she died, he said. Her samples were collected ... Read More »

National Poet Nazrul’s 121st birth anniversary Monday

The 121st birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed in the country on Monday. But unlike previous years, there will be no public function this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The day also coincides with Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of the Muslims. Born on May 25, 1899 at Churulia village in Burdwan district of West ... Read More »

Bayern see off Frankfurt fightback to stay four points clear

BERLIN – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich resisted a second-half fightback by Eintracht Frankfurt to claim a 5-2 win behind closed doors ahead of Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash at Dortmund. Bayern cruised into a 3-0 lead with goals by Leon Goretzka, the league’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller at the Allianz Arena before Frankfurt rattled the hosts. “We clearly need to ... Read More »

Tamim’s popular live show ends after enthralling fans

DHAKA- ‘Tamim Iqbal’s Live Show’ that garnered huge popularity came to an end on Saturday night after the Bangladesh ODI skipper joined three senior players-Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad in its last episode. Tamim also invited Shakib Al Hasan to join the last episode of the show that was aired live on Tamim’s facebook page and Youtube ... Read More »

China ‘open’ to international effort to identify virus source: FM

BEIJING – China is “open” to international cooperation to identify the source of the novel coronavirus but any investigation must be “free of political interference”, China’s foreign minister said Sunday. Wang Yi blasted what he called efforts by US politicians to “fabricate rumours” about the pathogen’s origins and “stigmatise China”. The United States and Australia have called in recent weeks ... Read More »

Mashrafe reveals how he was left out of World Cup 2011

Bangladesh former captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza revealed one of the painful memories of his career. The right-pacer was left out of the World Cup 2011 due to an injury, but Mashrafe had claimed he was fit enough to play. On Saturday night, Mashrafe joined Tamim Iqbal’s Facebook Live session with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad. During the session, Tamim asked ... Read More »

Honey Face Mask Recipe to Get Glowing Skin in Quarantine

Are you missing your salon? Due to the ongoing CoronaVirus quarantine situation it is quite risky to visit a salon for having a facial. But the holy Eid festival is approaching. Who wants to celebrate the Eid day with a dull skin? Having a fresh look both in real life and selfies can make your Eid more special. You might ... Read More »

Coach and 10 players at Peruvian club have coronavirus

LIMA – The coach and 10 players from a Peruvian football team tested positive for the new coronavirus just before they were due to board a humanitarian flight, the ministry of health said on Friday. The 11 members of the third division Credicoop San Roman have been placed in quarantine in a hotel in the southeastern city of Juliaca, near ... Read More »

Setien keen on Neymar Barca return

MADRID – Barcelona coach Quique Setien says he would love to coach Neymar and would be “delighted” if the Brazilian returns to the club from Paris Saint-Germain. Barca tried to re-sign Neymar last year but were unable to agree a deal with French champions PSG, whom he joined for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($264 million at the ... Read More »

Osaka tops Serena as world’s highest-paid female athlete

NEW YORK – Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world’s highest-paid female athlete, making $37.4 million (34.3 million euros) in the past 12 months for an earnings record, Forbes magazine reported Friday. The 22-year-old Asian star, a two-time Grand Slam champion, edged US rival Serena Williams by $1.4 million in prize money and endorsement income over the past ... Read More »

Music Against Hunger: Charity concert for an era of pandemic

The first instalment of a two-night residency in virtual space through Facebook, titled ‘Music Against Hunger’, is set to invade living rooms, dormitories, bedrooms and wherever else Bangladeshis may crawl into wherever they may be resident in today’s world – with the same noble aim as another famous gig in the nation’s history. To paraphrase the chorus to the song ... Read More »

PM to address nation Sunday evening on Eid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on Sunday evening on the occasion of Eid-ul- Fitr. “The Prime Minister will address the nation at 7:30 pm on the occasion of Holy Eid-ul Fitr,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will simultaneously broadcast the Prime Minister’s address. Private television channels and radio stations will also ... Read More »

Eid-ul-Fitr in Bangladesh on Monday

Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Monday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday as Shawwal moon was not sighted at any place in the country’s 64 districts, said Md Nurul Islam, secretary to the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The decision ... Read More »

IBBL Shari’ah Supervisory Committee Chairman Sheikh Moulana Mohammad Qutubuddin (Rah.) no more

Sheikh Moulana Mohammad Qutubuddin (Rah.), Chairman of Shari`ah Supervisory Committee of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited and Chairman of Baitush Sharaf Anjuman-E-Ittehad Bangladesh passed away at a hospital in the capital on Wednesday, 20 May 2020. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. Professor Md. Nazmul Hassan, Ph.D, Chairman and Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of IBBL along with ... Read More »

Season of netting carp fries from Halda River begins Friday

The fishermen carry on their ancestral tradition by collecting roe of fishes in Halda River, the country’s only natural breading ground of carp species. According to Integrated Development Foundation (IDF), the Halda River is unique and distinct due to genetical purity of fertilised spawn of Rui type fishes. Simultaneously, this river also plays a significant role in providing livelihood of ... Read More »

Shakib to remain absent as Tamim’s Live Show ends Saturday

DHAKA -Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal’s popular programme ‘Tamim’ Live Show’ is set to end on Saturday after it gave the fans some delightful moments over the past three weeks amid countrywide unofficial shutdown. The last episode will feature three other cricketers Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, which means four of the Bangladesh’s ‘Feb 5’ will be ... Read More »

Olympics official sees ‘problems’ in holding Games in 2021

SYDNEY – A senior Olympics official has warned that holding the postponed Tokyo Games next year faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the coronavirus. John Coates, the International Olympic Committee’s pointman for Tokyo 2020, indicated that officials would start deciding in October if and how the pandemic-hit Games could go ahead in ... Read More »

Coronavirus makes meat dearer in Dhaka

Supply chain disruption and temporary closure of businesses amid a government-announced ‘holiday’ to curb coronavirus transmission have pushed up meat prices by as much as Tk 250/kg in Dhaka. Last week, a kg beef cost Tk 600-630, mutton Tk 900-1,000 and boiler Tk 180-450 – much higher than prices set by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). The city corporation set ... Read More »

Khashoggi’s sons forgive Saudi killers

The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to the five government agents who’d been sentenced to execution. “We, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father as we seek reward from God Almighty,” wrote one of his sons, Salah ... Read More »

How to Celebrate the Eid Safely during COVID-9 Pandemic

After the month-long fasting of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, has arrived. However, unlike other years, the holy festival is coming amidst of pandemic this year. Yes! We are talking about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The number of affected people in Bangladesh has crossed 30000; while more than 400 people died from deadly COVID-19 disease. Let not ... Read More »

The nightmare that still haunts New Zealand cricket

WELLINGTON – It has been described as New Zealand cricket’s darkest day, the 1955 Test against England when the Black Caps were skittled for just 26, a record low that still stands today. Even 65 years later, the embarrassing score still rankles with New Zealand fans, who are always on alert during a major Test collapse and death-ride the batting ... Read More »