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SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 yet

SpaceX on Friday blasted off its most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, which is certified to carry humans to space later this year. “Three, two one, zero, ignition, liftoff,” a SpaceX commentator said as the rocket launched at 4:14 pm (2014 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket’s main goal for its…

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Poverty and politics trip up urban refugees in India

When Hujjat Islam heard a fire had razed a Rohingya camp in New Delhi, his first reaction was relief: it could have been him and his family, their belongings burned to ashes, if he had not found a home for them elsewhere in the city. The fire last month gutted the flimsy shacks of plywood…

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Bangladesh ‘really disappointed’ at Australia tour cancellation

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it was “really disappointed” that a test tour of Australia had been scrubbed for financial reasons. Bangladesh had been scheduled to play two tests and three one day internationals Down Under later this year but there was no mention of it when Australia’s schedule for the 2018-19 home season was…

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SpaceX to launch next-gen reuseable Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX on Thursday prepared to launch its new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, which the California-based company promises to be more powerful and easier to re-use. “Now targeting liftoff at 5:47 pm (2147 GMT),” SpaceX said on Twitter of the rocket, which went vertical earlier in the day at a NASA launchpad at Cape Canaveral,…

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Afghanistan to host Bangladesh T20 series in India

Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for three Twenty20 internationals in India next month, the country’s cricket board chief said. The Afghanistan cricket team, which has had its training base in India since 2015, will play their matches on June 3, 5 and 7 in the northern Indian city of Dehradun. “ACB is delighted to host Bangladesh…

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ICC test rankings: India stay at no.1, Bangladesh go above the Windies

India continued to sit atop the tree in the ICC Test Team Rankings following the latest update on Tuesday 1 May, with South Africa at No.2 and Australia at No.3. Not only that, with the results from 2014-15 being removed from the equation and those from 2015-16 and 2016-17 being weighted at 50 per cent,…

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Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Dhaka: Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday. The UN says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast — where nearly one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides — are extremely vulnerable…

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Shakib puts ugly T20 behind to focus on India final

Colombo: Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said Saturday his side has put the ill-tempered encounter with Sri Lanka behind them and are fully focussed on the tri-series final against India on Sunday. Shakib was fined 25 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council for bad behaviour during the knockout game against hosts…

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Bangladesh court sentences 39 to death for murdering official

Dhaka: A Bangladesh court Tuesday sentenced dozens of men to death for the brazen daylight murder of a ruling party official in 2014, officials said. Ekramul Haque, the then Awami League leader in eastern Feni district, was dragged from his vehicle by a mob and hacked with machetes before being shot at point blank range….

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Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU: A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued. The state of the other people on the flight from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, operated by…

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Attempt by bookies to approach PSL players foiled

DUBAI: Two bookies belonging to an international fixing syndicate attempted to approach players during the Pakistan Super League third edition in Dubai via social media websites, but their nefarious designs were foiled by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit. According to PCB, one of the suspected bookies, namely Umar, hailed from Bangladesh while another belonged to India….

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Mathews ruled out of tri-nation series in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Sri Lanka limited-overs captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of next month’s tri-nation Twenty20 tournament after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the country’s cricket board said Tuesday. The hosts will be led by Dinesh Chandimal in the series starting March 6 at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. India and Bangladesh are the…

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Bangladesh name Windies bowling great Walsh for interim coach

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday named West Indies fast bowling great Courtney Walsh as interim coach for next month’s tri-nation Twenty20 series in Sri Lanka. Walsh has been Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach since early 2016 but had never been called on to take charge of the entire squad. Bangladesh have been without a head coach since…

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For those in Bangladesh, India here’s where you can follow PSL live updates

DUBAI: The upcoming PSL 2018 tournament will feature viewers from around the globe. For those of you who want to follow live updates of each and every match from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and other parts of the world. In the opening fixture, Multan Sultans beat Peshawar Zalmi   Date Fixture Time (pm PST) Venue…

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India on top in Test rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the latest Test rankings, Samaa reported on Tuesday. According to details, India tops the Test rankings for teams while South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England are at second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Sri Lanka is at sixth place while Pakistan holds the seventh spot in the…

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Thousands protest jailing of Bangladesh opposition leader

DHAKA: Thousands of Bangladeshi opposition supporters staged rallies across the country on Monday demanding the release of their jailed leader Khaleda Zia and free and fair elections. Zia was imprisoned for five years last week for embezzlement, sparking riots from supporters who rejected the verdict as politically motivated. The leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party…

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Bangladesh opposition names Zia’s son acting head

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s main opposition party named the exiled eldest son of Khaleda Zia as its acting head on Friday, a day after a court jailed its leader for corruption. Zia, 72, spent the night in jail after she was sentenced to five years over the embezzlement of $252,000 meant for an orphanage, a charge she…

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Bangladesh court jails opposition leader Khaleda Zia for five years

DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh sentenced opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in jail on Thursday after convicting the two-time former premier of embezzling money meant for an orphanage. Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty of stealing $252,000 from a trust created for an orphanage, a charge she…

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ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week’s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening…

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After 24 surgeries, Bangladesh’s ‘Tree man’ has bark-like growths again

A year ago Abul Bajandar, a Bangladeshi rickshaw-puller dubbed “tree-man” for the bark-like growths that once covered his body, appeared to have made a full recovery from the rare condition that has afflicted him for a decade. But twelve months after doctors declared him all but cured following 24 surgeries, Bajandar’s hands are once again…

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6th SAARC Business moot in Khathmandu on March 16

KATHMANDU: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry is set to organize its sixth Business Leaders Conclave, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 16-18, 2018. The event would be organized in collaboration with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and with…

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