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BCB gives Eid bonus to 1,600 cricketers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) continued its financial support to the less privileged and insolvent cricketers and sportsmen during the coronavirus pandemic. On the eve of the Eid festival, the BCB on Thursday (May 21) handed over financial aid to 1,600 cricketers, playing in the Dhaka metropolis cricket leagues, but not under BCB contract. The cricketers of Dhaka Premier Division ... Read More »

Wasim Akram to join Tamim’s live show

Newly-appointed Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal continues to offer a surprise to the fans through his social media live show featuring local and international cricket stars. In the latest episode of his show, which is set to be aired tonight at 10:30pm, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram will join Tamim. In the previous episode, Indian captain Virat Kohli was Tamim’s second ... Read More »

EU backs WHO after Trump pull-out threat

BRUSSELS – The European Union backed the World Health Organisation and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency. “This is the time for solidarity, not the time for finger pointing or for undermining multilateral cooperation,” European foreign affairs spokeswoman Virginie Battu-Henriksson told reporters. The EU has sponsored a ... Read More »

Ronaldo back training at Juventus after two months

TURIN, Italy  – Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with Juventus in Turin on Tuesday after an absence of over two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 35-year-old drove himself into the Juventus Training Centre in a Jeep with tinted windows. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will undergo medical and physical tests before joining up with his teammates in training, ... Read More »

Virus hits Bangladeshi freelancers, outsourcing sector hard

When coronavirus spread to developed countries and led to the shutdown of many companies, freelancers and outsourcing companies in Bangladesh started feeling the pinch as work orders fell drastically, leaving many without a job. “Around 80 percent freelancers are now out of work,” said Bangladesh Freelancers Development Society (BFDS) General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman. Bangladesh supplies 16 percent of the total ... Read More »

Consistent training, diet key to success, says Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli said consistency in training and diet is the key to success. He was the latest guest in the live Facebook session with Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal. After Rohit Sharma, Virat was the second Indian cricket star to join Tamim in this show. Virat is currently at the top of the table of the best ODI ... Read More »

Cooperate with govt over corona crisis: Quader tells parties

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday urged all parties to extend cooperation to government during the coronavirus situation for the sake of the country’s people. He also called upon political parties to refrain from indulging in mudslinging and play responsible roles. Quader made the call at a virtual media briefing from his official residence. “Unity will be our ... Read More »

Temperature checks, empty terraces as Union host Bayern

BERLIN – Union Berlin could normally expect their Alten Foersterei ground to be packed for the visit of defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, yet the terraces stood empty for Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat. The Bundesliga returned this weekend after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, but the league’s strict hygiene guidelines meant matches were played behind locked doors. Bayern ... Read More »

Mashrafe needs not part away with his bracelet

DHAKA – Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won’t have to part away from his precious bracelet despite the belonging, which has been a part of his memorable moments for the last 18 years, was sold for whopping at an incredible price of Taka 42 lakh in an online auction. The Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Company Association (BLFCA), the highest bidder for Mashrafe’s ... Read More »

Ferry Services from Aricha to Daulatdia, Kathalbari held up

In an effort to prevent transmission of Coronavirus and to tackle the movement of people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the authorities concerned have suspended ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Kathalbari routes from Monday. In Manikganj, to tackle transmission of coronavirus, the authorities concerned have decided to suspend ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route following a rise in the number of vehicles on ... Read More »

Dhaka returns to new normal amid high corona infection rate

Although the country has been recording an increasing number of coronavirus cases over the past few weeks, the capital has returned to its old expression of overcrowd and traffic congestion on Sunday. Bangladesh’s confirmed coronavirus cases soared to 22,268 on Sunday with the detection of 1,273 new cases while 14 more died in the last 24 hours until morning, raising ... Read More »

IBBL Noakhali Zone holds Business Development Conference through video conference

Noakhali Zone of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized Business Development Conference trough video conference on 17 May 2020, Sunday. Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the bank addressed the conference as chief guest. Mohammed Monirul Moula, Muhammad Qaisar Ali and Md. Omar Faruk Khan, Additional Managing Directors of the Bank addressed the conference as special guests. Abu ... Read More »

Top fugitive in Rwanda’s genocide arrested outside Paris

KIGALI  — One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, a wealthy businessman accused of supplying machetes to killers and broadcasting propaganda urging mass slaughter, has been arrested outside Paris, authorities said Saturday. Felicien Kabuga, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, had been accused of equipping militias in the genocide that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis ... Read More »

Lance Klusener appointed Bangla Tigers team director

Former South African cricketer and current coach Lance Klusener has been appointed as the team director of Bangla Tigers, a Bangladesh-based team of Abu Dhabi T-10 League. The fourth season of the league is slated to be played in upcoming November at Sheikh Abu Jayed Stadium in upcoming November. Klusener was an integral part of the South Africa national team ... Read More »

Bangladesh Premier Football League abandoned

DHAKA  – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has finally abandoned this season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in view of the coronavirus epidemic, putting an end to all speculations in this regard. The BFF took the decision unanimously at a virtual emergency executive committee’s meeting held at its conference room today with federation’s President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin in the chair, a BFF ... Read More »

Tamim behind Soumya Sarkar’s career resurgence

DHAKA -Soumya Sarkar showed his gratitude towards his senior teammate Tamim Iqbal for the resurgence in his career as he almost faded away after having a tremendous start to the International cricket. During the 2015 World Cup, Soumya Sarkar showed his batting prowess and helped Bangladesh make quick runs at the top of the order, which is one of the ... Read More »

Kohli is Tamim’s next Facebook Live gues

After opener Rohit Sharma, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be Tamim Iqbal’s next guest on Monday night’s Facebook ‘adda’. The live session will start from 10:30pm. Kohli will go live for the first time on social media on the Tamim’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Last week, Tamim’s guests were Rohit Sharma and former South African captain Faf du ... Read More »

Robi recognized as world’s best socially devoted bran

Robi Axiata Limited has been recognized as the best socially devoted brand in the world for the first quarter (Q1’20) of 2020 by unified social media marketing platform and online analytics organization ‘Socialbakers’. The ranking is based on a company’s score against three criteria; the number of fans and followers on its social media platform, response time and response rate, ... Read More »

IBBL Dhaka Central Zone holds online Business Development Conference

Dhaka Central Zone of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized online Business Development Conference on 14 May 2020. Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the bank addressed the conference as chief guest. Mohammed Monirul Moula, Muhammad Qaisar Ali and Md. Omar Faruk Khan, Additional Managing Directors of the Bank addressed the program as special guests. Abu Reza Md. ... Read More »

Mobile internet users in Bangladesh cross 100 million: BTRC

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday said the number of mobile internet subscribers crossed 10 crore in the country as of March. A total of 103.253 mn people have been using internet among 165.337mn mobile phone subscribers, said a press release from BTRC. Among the internet users, 95.168 million are mobile internet users, 0.002 million are WiMAX users while ... Read More »

Mashrafe puts his bracelet on auction

Former Bangladesh captain Masrhafe Bin Mortaza has put his bracelet, which he has worn for 18 years, on auction to raise fund to help people hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The auction will be organised by the Auction 4 Action, and it will run till Sunday 10:30pm. In his early days of his international career, Mashrafe used to wear ... Read More »

Afridi picks up Mushfiqur’s historic bat for Tk 17 lakh

The historic bat with which Mushfiqur Rahim scored the country’s first double-century in Test cricket and recently put up for auction to raise funds for Coronavirus relief fetched a cool Tk 1.7 million (17 lakh) in an online auction Thursday night. The buyer turned out to be the former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who agreed to buy it as a ... Read More »

Five bank officials among 11 virus positive in Munshiganj

Eleven people, including five bank officials, were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the district in the last 24 hours till Saturday, raising the total number of confirmed  cases to 365. Five officials of Sonali Bank, Gazaria upazila branch were  among the new coronavirus patients, said Civil Surgeon Dr Abul Kalam Azad. Besides, 15 people have made recovery from coronavirus, raising the ... Read More »

Walton ventilator, robot, disinfectant clinical trial

The clinical trial of ventilator, Medicart robot and remote control UV-C light disinfectant system, manufactured by Walton, started on Thursday. The company handed over the medical equipment to the ICT division for clinical trial in a videoconference, said a press release. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak and senior officials from ICT Division and Walton attended the online programme. ... Read More »

Eid congregation at Sholakia suspended for coronavirus

For the first time in nearly 200 years, there will be no Eid congregation at Kishoreganj’s Sholakia as the country fights to contain the spread of coronavirus. Situated on the northern bank of Norsunda River, Sholakia hosted the largest Eid congregation in the country and thousands of devotees from other districts joined them. This year, it was supposed to host ... Read More »

Referee Nesar gives cash among poor football working staffs

DHAKA- Ibrahim Nesar, deputy chairman of football referee’s standing committee of Bangladesh Football Federation, come forward to help the poor under privileged football working staff, who have been living hardship due to lock down for Covid-19 Nesar donated cash among the football working staff like gate man, media peon, security guard, grounds workers to buy food for their respective houses. ... Read More »

Messi accepts ‘risk’ of possible La Liga return

MADRID – Lionel Messi says he is comfortable with footballers returning to play again as La Liga prepares to restart the season in Spain next month. La Liga president Javier Tebas has circled June 12 as the ideal date for matches to resume. Barcelona sit top of the table, two points ahead of Real Madrid. Players in Spain have started ... Read More »

WTO chief to step down early as global economic crisis rages

GENEVA  (BSS/AFP) – The World Trade Organization chief announced Thursday he will step down on August 31, a year before his term ends, despite the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the global economy. Roberto Azevedo said it had been a “personal decision” reached with his family, and stressed that he was not leaving to pursue “political opportunities”. “This is a decision that ... Read More »

Historic Farakka Long-March Day Saturday

The Historic “Farakka Long-March Day” will be observed on Saturday in the country commemorating populist leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s huge long march towards Farakka Dam 44 years back. Different socio-political organisations chalked out various programmes to mark the day. On May 16 in 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India’s ... Read More »

210-bed Corona facility underway for Rohingyas

UNICEF said it is preparing a 210-bed Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Isolation and Treatment Centre after the first coronavirus cases were confirmed among the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar. The first 90 beds will be ready by May 22 and the rest by 30 May. “While construction of the 210-bed facility is underway, UNICEF is converting a Diarrhoea Treatment Centre ... Read More »