Dhoni wary of Sri Lankan spinners in World T20 final

Mahendra-Singh-DhoniMirpur (Bangladesh), April 5 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pointed to Sri Lankan spinners as the ones to watch out for when the two teams clash in the final of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Sunday.

Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake have done exceptionally well in the tournament and add to that Ajantha Mendis's exploits against India.

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper Sammy

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper SammyMirpur (Bangladesh), April 3 - Captain Darren Sammy says defending champions West Indies have been motivated by the lure of history as they prepare to battle with Sri Lanka in the first semi-finals of the ICC World T20 here Thursday.

Sammy has revealed that his men left the Caribbean passionately charged to defend their title, a feat no team has yet accomplished, reports CMC, reports CMC.

Thursday's first semi-final pits the teams that played the World T20 final two years ago.

Gayle savouring sweet win over Australia

Gayle savouring sweet win over AustraliaDhaka, March 30 - There was absolutely no doubt that Chris Gayle thoroughly enjoyed the West Indies’ thrilling victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 2 clash.

When captain Darren Sammy belted the fourth ball of the final over from James Faulkner back overhead for a six to seal the win Friday, Gayle sprinted from the dugout, took a tumble, regained his feet and charged onto the field to celebrate.

He bared his fists and screamed before breaking into his signature Gangnam style dance, much to the delight of delirious teammates and spectators.

Conditions key to Windies' success: Rampaul

Conditions key to Windies' success: RampaulDhaka, March 21 - West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul believes smart usage of the conditions here will be key to their success in defending the ICC World Twenty20 title.

“The key is knowing the conditions, the kind of wickets you’re going to bowl on and the right variations you’re going to execute on the wicket. That will be the main thing," the experienced seamer said.

"The conditions here are basically the same. The dew factor at night maybe a little different to what we are accustomed to but variation of the ball and execution will be key.”

Bangladesh: Where does Khaleda Zia go from here?

Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, Jan 3 : With two days left for the 10th parliamentary elections, Begum Khaleda Zia must be seriously questioning her decision to sit them out and wondering where does she go from here.

While Khaleda had made her intentions of not contesting elections under a government headed by Sheikh Hasina known much earlier, the die was really cast after the election commission announced the poll schedule in late November.

Not only did the BNP not file nominations, but it has launched a series of hartals and blockades since October 26 to force the legitimate government of Sheikh Hasina to step down in favour of a neutral caretaker government.

Bangladesh parties silent on talks with UN envoy

Oscar-Fernandez-TarancoDhaka, Dec 10 : The two major parties in Bangladesh - the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party - are tight-lipped about their talks with UN emissary Oscar Fernandez-Taranco over the Jan 5 parliamentary polls.

The UN assistant secretary general, who arrived here Friday evening to broker a deal between them on the poll issue, twice met ruling Awami League leaders and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chair Khaleda Zia twice. Besides, he separately met two senior BNP leaders, bdnews24. com reported.

Bangladesh Under-19 squad to play West Indies

Bangladesh Under-19 squad to play West IndiesDhaka, Nov 29 - The Bangladesh Cricket Board has announced a 14-member Under-19 squad for the upcoming One-Day series against West Indies here next month.

The West Indies will reach Dhaka Monday and play seven Youth ODIs against the young Tigers during the 19-day tour, reports CMC.

The first two One-dayers will be played at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Dec 6 and Dec 8.

The third match will be played at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar.

Sheikh Hasina, Khaleda Zia hold talks to end political impasse

Sheikh-Hasina-Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, Oct 26 : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia held a telephonic conversation Saturday to discuss the possibility of a dialogue between ruling and opposition parties to end the stalemate over a caretaker government to oversee elections, Xinhua reported.

It was the first direct conversation between the two leaders since 2009.

Bangladesh sees robust rise in Q1 exports

bangladesh-exportDhaka, Oct 9 : Bangladesh's export earning in the first quarter of the current 2013-14 fiscal year (July 2013-June 2014) grew 21.24 percent year-on-year to $7.63 billion, official data showed Wednesday.

Of the total earnings, Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data showed that the South Asian country's income from readymade garment items, including knitwear and woven, stood at $6.203 billion during the July-September period of the current fiscal year, Xinhua reported.

Bangladesh forex reserves reach $16.15 bn in September

Bangladesh-forexDhaka, Oct 3 : Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves reached $16.15 billion at the end of September this year, Xinhua reported Thursday citing the country's central bank.

A Bangladesh Bank official, who preferred to be unnamed, said that "the country's foreign exchange reserves stood at $16,154 billion at the end of the last month after reaching $16,250 billion at the end of August".

Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves hit a record high of over $16 billion in August, reflecting the country's strength from the economical and financial point of view.

Australian retailers accused for using low cost labour in Bangladesh

Australian retailers accused for using low cost labour in BangladeshA number of retailers in Australia have been accused of underpaying their suppliers in Bangladesh forcing them to exploit low cost labour in the country by not offering a safe working environment.

Retailers including Coles, Target, Cotton On and Forever New are among the retailers that have been accused of using low-cost labour in Bangladesh. A factory had collapsed in April in the south Asian country that has claimed more than 1100 lives, exposing the unsafe conditions for working in the factories in the country.

Bangladesh unveils budget of over $28 bn

A-M-A-MuhithDhaka, June 6 : The Bangladeshi government Thursday unveiled a record 2.22 trillion taka (about $28.50 billion) proposed national budget targeting an economic growth of 7.2 percent for the next 2013-14 fiscal year starting in July.

The country's Finance Minister A. M. A. Muhith placed the fifth annual budget of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party government since 2009 before the parliament when opposition legislators boycotted the presentation, reported Xinhua.

Hamid becomes Bangladesh's new president

abdul-hamidDhaka, April 22 : Abdul Hamid was Monday elected unopposed the president of Bangladesh which has been reeling under a violent political stand-off between the ruling and the main opposition parties.

"Abdul Hamid, speaker of the National Assembly, is elected president of Bangladesh as per section 7 of the Presidential Election Law 1991," said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmed in a formal announcement Monday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling coalition Sunday named Abdul Hamid as its candidate for the post of the country's 20th president, reported Xinhua.

Bangladesh reports first bird flu death

bird-fluDhaka, April 8 : A two-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 virus, the first bird flu death in the South Asian country, a senior health official said Monday.

Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told Xinhua that "the seventh case of Influenza A (H5N1) has been confirmed from one of our surveillance sites in Comilla".

Comilla is 96 km east of capital Dhaka.

He said the male child was from Chauddogram sub-district of Comilla.

Why can't Hasina, Zia talk, asks Bangladesh court

Sheikh-Hasina-Khaleda-ZiaDhaka, March 27 : A Bangladesh court Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her predecessor Khaleda Zia can't be asked to sit for talks to end the ongoing political impasse.

A high court division bench of Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a writ petition by Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, reports Xinhua.

Akond filed the public interest litigation March 14 seeking directives on Hasina and Khaleda, who have refrained from talking to each other since long. They have been asked to reply in four weeks.

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman is dead

Zillur-RahmanDhaka, March 20 : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman Wednesday died at a hospital in Singapore, said a media report. He was 83.

Rahman died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital of Singapore where he was undergoing treatment for respiratory problems and some other complications since March 11, reported thedailystar. net.

Before being flown to Singapore, Zillur was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka March 10 with respiratory problems.

He had fever since March 9.

Mukherjee, Hasina jointly flag off locomotives and tank wagons in Dhaka

Mukherjee, Hasina jointly flag off locomotives and tank wagons in DhakaDhaka, Mar. 5 : President Pranab Mukherjee and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly flagged off the locomotives and twenty tank wagons at the Cantonment Railway Station in Dhaka this morning.

The Railway Minister of Bangladesh, Mojibul Haque, expressed his delight with this project, and said that it would be of great help to his nation.

'Minor explosion' outside Pranab's Dhaka hotel

pranab-mukherjee1Dhaka, March 4 : A crude cocktail bomb Monday exploded near the hotel where Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is staying. No one was injured.

Describing it as a "minor explosion", Indian officials here said this was a common occurrence during hartals or strikes.

They said a small cocktail bomb was flung by two motorcycle borne men outside the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon where Mukherjee is staying. Mukherjee was in the hotel at the time. He had returned for lunch after the convocation ceremony at Dhaka University.

Bloody clashes erupt in Bangladesh over ''blasphemous'' bloggers

bangladesh-clashesDhaka, Feb 23 : At least four people were dead and scores injured as thousands of activists of about a dozen of religion-based parties and groups clashed with police, lobbed handmade bombs and pelted stones at them in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country after Friday''s weekly Juma prayers over the issue of blasphemous bloggers.

India remains committed to early resolution of Teesta issue: Salman Khurshid

India remains committed to early resolution of Teesta issue: Salman KhurshidDhaka, Feb 17 : Asserting that India and Bangladesh share a unique position in the world with its historical and cultural linkages as well as common perspectives with regard to open societies, democracy, value systems and ethics, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said India remains committed to an early resolution of the issue of sharing of Teesta waters.


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