Bangladesh script historic win over Australia

Shakib-Al-Hasan, the number one allrounder of the world today helped Bangladesh script history. His sensational bowling performance in both innings helped to ensure that Bangladesh didn’t lose momentum on their way to recording a first ever Test win over the mighty Australians. He backed up his first innings figures of 5 for 68 with another five wicket haul (5 for 85), picking up wickets when the team needed them the most, thus becoming the chief architect of a victory that will be remembered for decades to come.
The Aussies, themselves trying to pull off a sensational fourth innings comeback, fought with a lot of vigour. Vice-captain David Warner led the charge, putting his nightmare past in Asian conditions behind him, scoring a valiant 112, the 19th century of his career. He and captain Steve Smith were motoring along in the first hour of play on Day 4, but Shakib struck, removing Warner and Smith in quick succession.  The Aussies began to fold like a pack of cards, with the Tigers picking up four wickets in the space of 10 overs. The teams went into the lunch break with only 3 more wickets to get and still 66 runs in the bank.
Glenn Maxwell, who is still looking to cement his place in the test squad, fell in the first ball after lunch to Shakib, but a valiant effort from Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins created a few nerves in the Bangladeshi camp. The Bangladeshi skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, decided to change the bowling attack after a barren period of 10 overs and brought on Taijul Islam who immediately trapped Lyon plumb infront. However, Cummins refused to back down, and partnered with the injured Hazlewood for the last wicket, even managing to smash a couple of huge sixes in a bid to shatter the hopes of the Tigers. In the end, Australia’s second wind failed to secure victory, as Taijul trapped Hazlewood LBW to complete the historic win with Australia falling 20 runs short.
The victory came infront of a packed and passionate Shere Bangla National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina who has been an avid follower of the sport in the country. This is just Bangladesh’s 10th Test win in 101 Tests but might just be the most pivotal of them all as it marks their breakthrough into cricket’s big league.
Brief Scores: Australia 217 (Matt Renshaw 45, Ashton Agar 41*; Shakib Al Hasan 5-68, Mehidy Hasan 3-62) & 244 (David Warner 112, Steve Smith 37; Shakib Al Hasan 5-85) lost to Bangladesh 260 (Shakib Al Hasan 84, Tamim Iqbal 71; Nathan Lyon 3-79, Pat Cummins 3-63, Ashton Agar 3-46) & 221 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 41; Nathan Lyon 6-82) by 20 runs.
Sources: 1] Times Of India

Bangladesh shuts over 30 ‘objectionable’ news sites

Sparking rumors and accusations of censorship, the Bangladesh government heavily cracked down on over 30 news sites, including some pro-opposition portals and media.

According to reports in the Deccan Chronicle, national head of telecoms regulator, Bangladeshi Telecommunications and Regulatory Commissions (BTRC), shut down the sites late on Thursday night acting upon government orders. In a statement given to the AFP, BTRC chairman Shajahan Mahmood, claimed that they had shut down 32 news websites and portals following leads of intelligence agencies.

He further added that the list of websites included rather prominent portals like, popular for its quick news coverage and Amardeshonline, an online portal linked to a pro-opposition Bengali newspaper, that was shut down in 2013. Sheershanews head Ekramul Hoque, condemned the move and said, “We think it is a direct assault on the country’s freedom of press. The government is shutting down news organisations they don’t like, they want total control of the media.”

This comes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina publicly condemned the coverage during the recent terror attacks and asked private broadcasters to be more responsible.


Police raid in Bangladesh kills nine militants

On Tuesday morning, the Bangladesh police rushed into a militant hideout near Dhaka. The gun battle killed nine suspected Islamic extremists. One wounded militant was captured and another successfully escaped. The operation Storm 26 was able to destroy the militants.

The militants were the members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). During the battle with the police they shouted “Allahu akbar” or “God is greatest”.

This is a banned group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

The militants were hiding in a building in Kalyanpur, on the outskirts of the capital. They furiously fired on the officers when they tried to enter, the police said to the PTI.

After the attack the police officers told the reporters that the militants were wearing black outfits, turbans and had backpacks, so similar to the outfits that the attackers in the cafe had. He also added that they were plotting a major attack in the city like that of the cafe.

The building owners are questioned by the police. They have got hold of 13 grenades and a huge quantity of explosive gel, among other weapons, ranging from pistols to commando knives.

Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina said to the PTI that a speedy action saved Bangladesh from another terror attack.

Earlier this month, the cafe attack in Bangladesh killed 22 foreigners and five attackers.

Sushma Swaraj hold talks with Bangladesh counterpart, meets Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka: Earlier on Thursday, the External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, on the visit to Dhaka, made a move on key issues like visa simplification and electricity supply from a Tripura-based power plant in a meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

She also focused on Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), proposed Teesta river water sharing deal and the issue of illegal immigration. The LBA is yet to be approved by the parliament.

Picture Courtesy - The Economic Times
Picture Courtesy – The Economic Times

She was assisted by the Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and senior ministry officials during her talks with Hassan Mahmood Ali at the foreign office at Dhaka.

She also discussed the gas based power project at Palatana in Tripura and the supply of electricity to Bangladesh from the plant. The meeting also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in important areas including economics and trade.

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