Bangladesh beat England by 108 runs in the historic Dhaka test clinching maiden victory against the English. In a day of fluctuating fortunes the match took dramatic turns with every ball delivered. Bangladesh resuming with an overnight score of 152 for 3 this morning at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium were all out for 296 after lunch on the 4th day giving England a winning target of 273. England started solidly for the first time in the series and made 100 runs in the opening partnership. But afterwards they fell apart loosing wickets like ninepins. The dual spin attacks of Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan reduced England to 164 all out. The newly found spin sensation Mehedi captured 6 wickets taking his total haul to 12 wickets in the final test. World number-one all rounder Shakib Al Hasan bagged 4 wickets. Mehedi Hasan Miraz was adjudged man of the match as well as the series. The win helped Bangladesh level the two test series 1-1. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia have felicitated the Tigers for their flamboyant victory.
Awami League General Secretary and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the election commission would be reconstituted through search committee as per the constitution. While exchanging views with Reporters Forum at the Secretariat he said there is no need for dialogue with BNP about participation in the general election. Obaidul Quader further said, he hopes, BNP would take part in the election and if it does not, the election would be held in the stipulated time as before.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said, the present district council election system is contrary to the constitution as there is no scope for electing representatives through direct votes of the people. He was speaking at a news conference after secretary-level meeting of the 20-party alliance at the party central office at Nayapaltan. Giving a hint of not taking part in the district council election, Mirza Fakhrul said the final decision in this regard would be taken at the summit level meeting of the 20-party alliance chaired by Khaleda Zia. Pointing to the contradictory comments of the RAB and police, he claimed the country’s law and order has crumbled down.
Elections to 22 unions in now defunct enclaves of three districts including Kurigram would be held tomorrow. Last minute preparations are underway at the unions merged with the defunct enclaves of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Panchagar. Equipments including ballot papers, boxes and indelible ink are being sent to the polling centers from the district election offices for the purpose. A festive mood is prevailing at the unions in celebration of the elections to be held for the first time. Meanwhile, RAB and BGB besides police and ansars would be deployed at the polling centers to maintain law and order.
BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury has said rampant looting is underway in the country in the name of democracy for development. Speaking at a commemorative meeting on late BNP leader, ASM Hannan Shah organised by Zia Parishad in the National Press Club, he said it would never be good for Awami League to remain in power for long by force, usurping the basic rights of the people.
Dacoit gang leader Master Delu has been killed in a gunfight with RAB at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj. RAB said, being informed that Delu was staying at a house at Godnail the RAB conducted operation there. Sensing the presence of RAB the accomplices of Delu opened fire which was retaliated by the elite force. After exchange of fire for some time RAB members entering the house saw the bullet-injured Delu lying there. Later, he was taken to hospital were the doctors declared him dead. Arms, ammunition and cocktail were recovered from the spot. RAB claimed that 15 cases including extortion and dacoity had been pending against Delu.
Some unscrupulous fishermen are catching hilsha in the Meghna and Tetulia rivers of Bhola defying the existing ban. The fishermen, however claimed, that they have been bound to do this as they received no assistance from the government. According to the estimate of fisheries department there are one lac 20 thousand registered fishermen in Bhola. Among them 88 thousand 111 have been enlisted for receiving VGF rice but many of them have not yet received the rice. Meanwhile, police and Coastguard are continuing their operation to prevent illegal netting of hilsha. About 200 fishermen were detained in last two weeks and many of them were convicted by the mobile court.
A meeting of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission was held amid blockade called by five Bengali organisations. At the meeting held at the local circuit house the commission members demanded of the government for appointing manpower, giving logistic support and formulating rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the dawn-to-dusk road blockade called by five Bengali organisations demanding cancellation of amendment to the Land Commission Act and holding of the land dispute resolution commission meeting is underway. All local and long distance buses remained off the road in Rangamati and Khagrachhari. The overall security system has been beefed up centering the blockade.
Indian army said four Pakistan posts were destroyed in a massive fire assault in Keran Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The army had earlier stated that it would retaliate effectively in equal measure to any ceasefire violations by Pakistan. The development comes nearly a day after Pakistani troops targeted Indian security positions in Kathua, RS Pura and Keran sectors along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a BSF jawan while another BSF jawan was killed accidentally while retaliating to the cross-border shelling and firing.