Nation this week

Thursday, October 26th, 2017


What made it seem very similar to the end of the Test series was the utter lack of gumption and fight from Bangladesh, who just seemed to want the series to be over with. That being the case, they got their wish as South Africa won the third ODI by a whopping 200 runs after scoring 369 for six, giving the hosts the long foretold and expected 3-0 whitewash.


The Bengal Classical Music Festival for this year has been cancelled, due to the unavailability of its venue, the Army Stadium. Bengal Foundation made the announcement in a press conference at the Westin Dhaka in the capital on October 22. They issued a press release that said the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) on August 31 had denied allotment of the Army Stadium from November 20-28 (with the event set for November 23-27) to Bengal Foundation, citing the arrival of the Pope to Bangladesh at the time as the reason.


Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy inaugurated the global online payment system at a function titled “PayPal+Xoom service and freelancer conference” in the city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. PayPal account holders from abroad can now send up to $10,000 to Bangladesh at a time using PayPal wallet. A transaction of up to $1,000 will cost only $ 4.99, but transactions worth over $1,000 will be free of charge. People can primarily receive the service from nine commercial banks, including Sonali, Rupali, Agrani, Uttara, Pubali and Social Islami banks.


BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was given a warm welcome by her party men on her return home from London on October 19 after three months. Thousands of leaders, activists and supporters of the BNP and its associate bodies thronged the airport with processions since 2:00pm to greet the party chief. Holding banners and festoons, they stood on the pavement of the Airport Road. As the crowd got bigger by 4:00pm, many people were on the street, chanting slogans. This led to a severe traffic disruption on the busy Airport Road for hours, causing sufferings to commuters.


Two Chhatra League leaders and an admission seeker at Dhaka University were arrested on October 20 over leaking the question paper of the university’s honours admission test. A mobile court also jailed 12 examinees under “Gha” unit for a month each for using an electronic device during the one-hour exam that began at 10:00am. A number of students alleged that some admission seekers received e-mails containing questions of the English part of the exam around eight hours before the exam began. Copies of the answers to these questions were sent to the mobile phones of some admission seekers around 9:30am, said complainants.

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