Twitter/BCCIIt has sort of become a template now. Virat Kohli walks out to bat, takes his time to assess the situation, scores a century while breaking a plethora of records and India registers a comfortable victory.The ordeal was the same in the second ODI at Port of Spain when the captain won the toss and chose to bat first. Shikhar Dhawan departed early and Kohli joined Rohit out in the middle.After scoring 19 runs, Kohli went past Pakistani legend Javed Miandad to become the highest scorer against West Indies. While Miandad took 64 innings to score 1930 runs against Windies, Kohli got past this record in just 34 innings.It is a stunning feat as this record stood untouched for almost 26 years.Went past Sourav GangulyDuring the innings, he also went past former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to become India’s 2nd highest-run getter in the ODIs. In his 50-over career, Ganguly scored 11,353 runs in 311 ODIs. Kohli, who is only playing his 238th match in the format, crossed the total during the 32nd over when he smashed Jason Holder for a boundary towards third man.He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who finished his career with 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs. Overall, he is 8th in the list of players with most runs in the ODI format.When he was eventually dismissed for 120, it became the highest ODI score by any captain in West Indies. He went past Brian Lara’s 116, which was scored against Sri Lanka at Bridgetown back in 2003.”Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls,” Kohli said at the end of the match. Virat KohliGetty ImagesVirat Kohli scored five consecutive half-centuries during the ICC World Cup but the triple-digit figure was eluding him. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar too said at the end of the match that Kohli was desperate to score a century.”From Virat’s expression, you can make out that how badly wanted a hundred. It’s not like he was out of form, it was just that he was getting dismissed in the 70s or 80s in the World Cup. The wicket was not easy, when he came back after getting dismissed, he said the wicket is not that easy,” Kumar told reporters after the second ODI.
Kasturi Shankar.Kasturi Shankar Twitter AccountKasturi Shankar has been evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. She received the offer to re-enter the game through secret room in Kamal Haasan-hosted show, but she turned down the request. Kasturi had entered the show as a wild-card entrant and there were high hopes from the audience, but she turned out to be a big disappointment. She failed to prove her points, convincingly. Firstly, she failed to earn the friendship and trust of many of the inmates. As a result, she was not considered seriously by the contestants.She is the ninth contestant to be out of Vijay TV’s show after Fathima Babu, Mohan Vaidya, Meera Mitun, Reshma Pasupuleti, Saravanan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha and Abhirami.However, Kasturi had the opportunity to re-enter the show through secret room, but to everyone’s surprise she turned down the offer made by Kamal Haasan. According to her, the actress was expecting such a chance to come her way, but she changed her mind after listening to the voices of her children in the house.Kasturi is missing her kids and wants to meet them.Apart from her, Sandy, Tharshan and Cheran were in the danger zone, but in the end Kasturi got lesser votes for her survival in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 this week and her journey in the show ended in two weeks.However, the poll conducted by The International Business Times had a different result all together. It predicted Sandy to be out of the show with Kasturi getting least number of votes for eviction. Here is how audience reacted to her evictionNaran: #kasturi u r good but please talk less. Its really boring to hear what you talking and no one sad about u didn’t accept the secret room task. #BiggBossTamil3 #Bigboss3 #bigbosstamil3 #BiggBoss #BiggBossTamilIndra Pandurajan: After listening Kasturi Children voice totally #VanithaVijayakumar upsad& relished !mistakes wht Done to #kasturi #BiggBossTamil #KamalHassan Mothewood very powerfulSuban: #Kasturi went inside to expose real #Losliya. Her mission #Losliya conclusion: “Your mind pure and gentle” Hope #Losliya haters will see that too. #biggbosstamil3Shamini.M.R (#SayaAnakMalaysia): #Kasturi pre-BB was this bold, outspoken woman with conviction. I thought she will be this much-needed pataakha in #BiggBossTamil3. But, she turned out to be a flop. #Kasturi post-BB does not paint a pretty picture. If any, she has herself to blamed for her tarnished image.Riley Aura: #Kasturi even for #Vanitha ku Kodi pudithaangal. She just wants to be in da good books of everyone. One of the reasons y she wasn’t as popular.Lacy: Thanks for the entertainment of past 2 weeks God bless you and your family. ♥️ Expectations were more when you were entering in BB3 missed them Anyway thank you once again ♥️ #BiggBossTamil3 #KasturiSearching4light: #Kasturi overacting most times and trying to live behind the twitter fame makes her boring the damages are self inflicted, most times. She could have been lot better #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamilS3Cloudnine: #Kasturi was being herself , everyone who was themselves always goes out quick So it’s all a part of the reality show #BiggBossTamil #bigbosstamil3=
Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, private bus operators will start selling advance tickets from today (Wednesday) for homebound people, reports UNB.Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners’ Association fixed the date after holding a meeting of the organisation on 25 May.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway will begin sale of advance train tickets from 1 June, a day after the advance bus tickets go on sale while the sales of advance tickets for cabins of launch and steamers will begin on Wednesday.Around 200 launches will ply 41 river routes carrying the Eid holidaymakers from 7 June, said joint director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Arif Uddin.President of Bangladesh Launch Owners’ Association Mahbubur Rahman claimed that sufficient life jackets have been kept at each launch to ensure safe journey of the passengers.Around 6-7 million people are expected to leave the capital city of Dhaka for their respective native villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones.Of the Eid holidaymakers, 55 per cent is expected to travel for their home destination by buses, 20 per cent by train and 25 per cent will go home travelling by water transports, including launch and steamers.
Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates her party’s new office building at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Saturday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the newly constructed head office building of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) at city’s Bangabandhu Avenue in Gulistan, marking the 69th founding anniversary of the party on Saturday.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, unveiled the plaque of the 10-storey building at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue amid a number of ceremonies, reports BSS.The ceremonies included hoisting of the national flag by the prime minister and party flag by its general secretary Obaidul Kader and playing the national anthem.The prime minister released pigeons and balloons and planted a sapling in front of the building. A munajat was offered on the occasion.Later, the prime minister flanked with central leaders of the party visited different rooms of the office building.The building, constructed on eight kathas of land with modern facilities, will have offices for the party president, general secretary, presidium members, joint general secretaries and associate organisations.The office is equipped with a digital library, VIP lounge, journalists’ lounge, prayers room, restroom, dormitory, canteen and lift.The name of ‘Bangladesh Awami League’ has been inscribed with large steel alphabets on the building’s front side. Party symbol ‘Boat’ is next to that.A mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is on the upper side of the building. Murals of Liberation War and surrender of Pakistani troops at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan have also been set at the building.“Joy Bangla Joy Bangabandhu” slogan and four principles of the party have been inscribed on the front wall of the building. The party has a plan to build a permanent monument in memory of the 21 August 2004 martyrs in front of the building.AL sources said after the inauguration of the building, all organisational activities of the party will be held there.But, election campaigning and activities of party’s research wing – Centre for Research and information (CRI) – will be conducted from the party president’s political office in Dhanmondi.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal. File PhotoPolice will press charges on Thursday against six people in connection with the attack on noted writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, officials said.Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional commissioner Paritosh Ghosh disclosed this at a press conference at the commission office on Wednesday afternoon.Paritosh said police will submit a charge-sheet before the court under sections 8, 11, 12 and 13 of the Anti-terrorism Act.The six people are : Faizul Hasan Foyez, Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah.The senior police official said that Faizul had planned to kill professor Zafar Iqbal 3-4 months back and had been looking for chance to kill him.Faizul swooped on Zafar Iqbal and stabbed him with a knife at Shahajalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) campus during a celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department on 3 March.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, signs the official letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, invoking Article 50 and signalling the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU, in the cabinet office inside 10 Downing Street. Photo: AFPBritain formally launches the process for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, a historic step that has divided the country and thrown into question the future of the European project.Just days after the EU’s 60th birthday, Britain is poised to become the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged from the ashes of World War II.Nine months since the shock British referendum vote to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, meaning Britain is set to leave the EU in 2019.“We must no longer be defined by the votes we cast in the referendum-but a determination to make a success of the result,” May will tell MPs later on Wednesday, according to extracts of her speech released by her Downing Street office.“The triggering of Article 50 is the moment for the country to come together,” May will say, a day after Scotland’s parliament voted in favour of holding a fresh referendum on independence from Britain, in a bid to hold on to EU ties.May has already signed the Brexit letter to be delivered to EU president Donald Tusk on Wednesday.The two leaders spoke by phone on Tuesday ahead of the momentous event.Brussels and London face monumentally difficult negotiations over outstanding bills, immigration and future trade ties.The process has already split Britain, where 52 percent voted for Brexit last June, but 48 percent wanted to stay in the EU-including a majority in Scotland, which has renewed its threat to secede.On Tuesday, Scotland’s semi-autonomous parliament backed a call by its nationalist government for a new referendum on independence before Brexit.Scotland is particularly concerned about leaving Europe’s single market-the price May says must be paid to end mass migration, a key voter concern.The prime minister rebuffed the referendum request and has vowed to fight for a new relationship with Brussels that will leave Britain stronger and more united than before.The EU, too, is determined to preserve its own unity and has said that any Brexit deal must not encourage other countries to follow Britain out the door.Brexit ‘best thing’Britons are as divided as they were in the referendum.Tens of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday demanding Britain keep its 44-year-old EU membership, urging politicians to “stop this madness”.But many are elated after waiting years for this moment, including 66-year-old pensioner Christine Garrett who was out shopping at a street market in Bethnal Green in east London.“I think we could stand on our own two feet as a country. What do they do for us? Nothing,” she said.Pushing her pram nearby was Julia Rogers, 38, who disagreed saying: “It’s going to be a disaster”.In the City of London financial hub, employees were mostly worried about the implications of Brexit.“I think it’s quite a sorry state of affairs,” said Daniel Smith, 41, adding: “We’ve sort of backed ourselves into a corner that we can’t get out of”.Budget battlesThe EU is expected to issue a first response to Britain on Friday, followed by a summit of EU leaders on April 29 to adopt their own guidelines-meaning it could be weeks before formal talks start.Their priority is settling Britain’s outstanding obligations, estimated between 55 and 60 billion euros ($59 and $65 billion) — an early battle that could set the tone for the rest of the negotiations.Both sides have also said they are keen to resolve the status of more than three million European nationals living in Britain after Brexit, and one million British expats living in the EU.The two sides also want to ensure Brexit does not exacerbate tensions in Northern Ireland, the once troubled British province which will become the country’s only hard border with the rest of the EU.Britain also wants to reach a new free trade agreement within the two-year timeframe, although it has conceded that a transitional deal might be necessary to allow Britain to adapt to its new reality.Many business leaders are deeply uneasy about May’s decision to leave Europe’s single market, a free trade area of 500 million people, fearing its impact on jobs and economic growth.The Brexit vote sent the pound plunging, although economic growth has been largely stable since then.Walking awayWith the challenges ahead, there is a real chance that negotiations will break down and Britain will be forced out of the EU without any deal in place.This could be highly damaging for both sides, by erecting trade barriers where none now exist as well as creating huge legal uncertainty.May has said that “no deal is better than a bad deal”, and she has the support of pro-Brexit hardliners in her Conservative party, who have been campaigning for decades to leave the EU.While talk of walking away has softened as the negotiations loom, experts say it may be her only trump card in a process in which the ticking clock means the EU will hold most of the cards.“This marks the end of the period when our government was in control,” said Professor Anand Menon, director of the “UK in a Changing Europe” programme.
Sri Lankan military rescue workers and villagers search for survivors at the site of a mudslide in Bellana village in Kalutara on Friday. AFPFlooding and landslides killed at least 91 people and left another 110 missing in Sri Lanka as the monsoon set in Friday, dumping record rainfalls in many parts of the island, authorities said.About 20,000 people were also driven out of their homes in the south and western parts of the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.“There are some areas where we are unable to reach, but relief operations are under way,” deputy minister for disaster management Dunesh Gankanda told reporters in Colombo.The DMC said the toll rose to 91 dead and another 110 missing as reports came in from areas which had been inaccessible earlier in the day.The highest number of fatalities were from Ratnapura, the country’s gem hub, where the Kalu river burst its banks and inundated the main town which is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Colombo.Nearly 500 homes were either damaged or destroyed due to flooding as well as landslides, DMC director of operations, Rear Admiral A. A. P. Liyanage told AFP.Most of the deaths were due to mountain sides collapsing on homes, he said.The met department said the worst of the rains may be over, but there could be downstream flooding in the next few days and the authorities issued evacuation orders for thousands of people.The government arranged temporary shelters in schools and other public buildings for people in low-lying areas to move in, the DMC said.The military has deployed thousands of troops to reach marooned villagers and the airforce carried out several rescue operations to pluck people from rooftops of flooded homes.International appeal-Sri Lanka appealed to the international community, including the United Nations and neighbouring countries, for help as the numbers of dead and missing climbed.“The (foreign) ministry will continue to monitor the flood situation and seek assistance as required in consultation with the Ministry of Disaster Management,” the government said in a statement.The latest flooding was the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials said.In the early hours of the day a mountainside collapsed on a women’s hostel at a tea plantation at Neluwa in the island’s south, killing at least seven women, police said.DMC officials said the monsoon had been expected on Thursday night and ended a prolonged drought that had threatened agriculture as well as hydro power generation.The rains filled the reservoirs used for hydro power, which had hit rock bottom, raising concerns of power shortage in June.But officials said most reservoirs were now so full they were in danger of spilling over and causing dangers of flooding to people living downstream.
Indonesian authorities have imposed a travel ban on tycoon and politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, who is building resorts to be managed by Trump hotels, over an investigation into allegations he threatened a prosecutor via a text message.Tanoesoedibjo has been given a 20-day overseas travel ban starting on June 22 based on a request by Indonesian police’s criminal investigation unit Agung Sampurno, a spokesman at the immigration directorate said on Wednesday.The Indonesian billionaire “is under investigation related to a violation of the information and electronic transactions law,” Sampurno said.Tanoesoedibjo, whose MNC Group controls businesses ranging from media to property, has been named a suspect for allegedly sending a threatening message to a prosecutor investigating a case involving Mobile 8, a telecommunications company previously owned by MNC Group.Tanoesoedibjo’s lawyer could not be reached on Wednesday but in an earlier statement dismissed the allegations. “The content of Hary Tanoesoedibjo’s SMS is general and idealistic and does not threaten anyone,” his lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea said.Part of Tanoesoedibjo’s text message read: “If I am the leader of this country, then that’s where Indonesia will be changed and cleared of things that are not as they should be,” according to the statement from the lawyer.Tanoesoedijo has also denied the allegations in media reports. Breaching the law can carry a maximum jail term of four years and a maximum fine of 750 million rupiah ($56,000)The tycoon, who in the 2014 election ran as a candidate for vice president, founded his own a political party in 2015 and said in January he would decide before the end of next year whether to run in the 2019 presidential election.He described US president Donald Trump’s victory as inspiring for candidates with little political experience and attended Trump’s innauguration in Washington in January.His company is currently building two luxury resorts in the island of Bali and in West Java, which would be managed by Trump Hotel Collection.In an interview with Reuters ahead of Trump’s inauguration, Tanoesoedibjo dismissed concerns by ethics officials that Trump’s overseas business deals might be vulnerable to conflicts of interest.Tanoesoedibjo also said in February that while his relationship with the US president has been focused on business he could help ties between the nations “if needed”.Several leaders in Muslim-majority Indonesia have expressed concerns over Trump’s tough immigration stance.
Logo of BNPUnhappy with the outcome of the dialogue between its Jatiya Oikay Front and the 14-party ruling alliance, BNP policymakers have made up their mind to launch a ‘non-stop’ street agitation.Together with Oikya Front and partners of the 20-[arty alliance, the main opposition party is set to go for street protest once the schedule for the general elections is announced.Talking to UNB, senior party leaders said they are now almost certain that most of their demands are unlikely to be realised by engaging in further talks with Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina unless they can exert pressure on the government through a strong and collective showdown on the street.They, however, said a small team of the Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Kamal Hossain, may sit in talks with the prime minister again as their last-ditch effort to find a peaceful solution to the political problem, and realise their major demands for a fair and participatory election.BNP and Oikya Front leaders said they need to participate in the talks further so that the civil society members and diplomats cannot blame them for the failure of the dialogue.They said Kamal Hossain is preparing a new framework on an election-time government dissolving parliament, which he will present before the prime minister in the talks or will send it to her.A BNP standing committee member, whishing anonymity, said they will announce some programmes from their Suhrawardy Udyan rally if the election schedule is announced by the time.He said they will first try to mount pressure on the government by huge showdown with some peaceful programmes like human chain and sit-in, and change their course of action gradually depending on emerging situation and the government’s response.The BNP leader said they will announce the action programmes under the banner of Oikyafront, and the 20-party will simultaneously observe those extending their support.The party has recently held a meeting with its 20-party alliance partners and gave them necessary direction as to how they will act if the election schedule is announced without any understanding with the Oikya Front.A Jamaat-e-Islami leader, seeking anonymity, said they have completed their necessary preparations to wage a strong, but a brief movement.He said they will be there on the streets supporting BNP’s and the 20-praty alliance’s programmes to be declared after the announcement of the election schedule.Two BNP standing committee members said their party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman phoned some Oikya Front and 20-party leaders, and pro-BNP intellectuals, and most of them suggested him to launch a non-stop peaceful movement.Tarique is also contacting the leaders of BNP’s two Dhaka city units giving them necessary directions to launch a strong movement in the capital and make it a success.Contacted, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said though many things were discussed during the talks, there is no satisfactory outcome. “That’s why we’ve got frustrated over the talks.”Asked whether they will sit with the prime minister again, he said they will decide it after discussions with party and Oikya Front leaders and assessing the government’s attitude.He said the Oikya Front’s movement will continue and they will come up with more programmes in the days to come.Asked if the election schedule is announced before their further talks with the prime minister, Fakhrul said they will intensify their movement and force the government to concede to their demands.BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said the results of the talks are almost zero. “Now we’ve no alternative to intensifying our movement to realise our demands.”He said they will give some important messages from Oikya Front’s Tuesday’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. “We’ll gradually strengthen our movement to realise our demands “”From our past experience, we can say no problem of the country was resolved through talks.Even, the government didn’t meet the students’ demand for quota reform through talks. They did it only when the students took to the streets. So, we’ve to achieve the success through making sacrifices on the streets,” the BNP leader added.Gayeshwar, who did not join the talks citing his illness, said there is no misunderstanding among the Oikya Front leaders and all are sincerely working from their respective position to ensure a credible election in the country.He said the 20-party alliance partners also may take part in the Oikya Front’s action programmes as they support its seven-point demand.Jukta Front leader and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the dialogue has not been successful as the prime minister indirectly turned down their demands. “She pushed us towards the movement.”He also said the prime minister has made the talks insignificant as she invited her alliance partners also for discussions.Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed said their movement will continue till their demands are met. “We’ve no other option now other than settling the political problem on the streets.”
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain (2nd R) will lead an 11-member Oikya Front team in talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoLeaders of the coalition of opposition Jatiya Oikya Front will sit with prime minister Sheikh Hasina again on Wednesday morning in its last-ditch effort to reach an understanding to hold the next general elections in a credible manner with the participation of all parties.Dr Kamal Hossain will lead the Oikya Front delegation during the talks with the prime minister at her official residence, Ganabhaban in the capital, at 11:00am, reports UNB.A Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said Dr Kamal may lead an 11-member Oikya Front team.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Abur Rab, Nagorik Oikya convenver Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mansur are likely to be there in the team.Talking to UNB, Oikya Front leaders said their delegation will present several points as to how parliament can be dissolved as per the constitution.They will also place proposals in line with the constitution on how the president can form a new government after the dissolution of parliament.The Oikya Front leaders said they will also offer some proposals to have Khaleda Zia released from jail to participate in the polls through legal steps.They, however, said they will not accept if the government offers to free Khaleda on parole.The Oikya Front will also demand for not announcing the election schedule until both the ruling and opposition alliances reach a consensus over the mode of the election-time government.Meanwhile, senior leaders of the Oikya Front at a meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan today [Tuesday] said they want the government to resolve the political problem and ensure a fair and neutral election through talks.They, however, warned that they will realise their seven-point demand through a strong street movement if the government fails to come to an understanding through talks.0In the latest political development, prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked four technocrat ministers of her current cabinet to step down as she may offer Oikya Front several ministries in the election time government.Once the dialogue is over, the prime minister will deliver a winding-up speech over the outcomes of the ongoing political dialogue at a press conference at Ganabhaban at 12:00pm on Thursday.On 1 November, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganabhaban with Dr Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikya Front team.After the meeting, Oikya Front leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before the prime minister but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.On Sunday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina seeking the second phase of small-group talks with her over the next general elections.In the letter, Dr Kamal Hossain said, “There was a discussion on Jatiya Oikya Front’s seven-point demand during the talks at Ganabhaban on 1 November. We sincerely thank you for taking the initiative for the talks. Though we talked over a long time, our discussion remained incomplete.”The letter further reads: “On that day, you said the discussion would continue. Based on that, we, on behalf of Jatiya Oikya Front, are interested to sit for talks again on emergency basis to complete the incomplete discussion. In this case, a limited-scale discussion involving experts from both sides is necessary for analysing the constitutional and legal aspects of the (seven) points.”In respond to the letter, the prime minister invited the Oikya Front to hold the second round of talks.