Padma News https://padmanews.com News in Times Mon, 22 May 2017 19:15:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 121875141 Real Madrid wins its 1st Spanish title since 2012 https://padmanews.com/sports/33027/real-madrid-wins-1st-spanish-title-since-2012/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:15:59 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33027 Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship. Zinedine Zidane’s team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. “To win the title in the last round feels […]

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Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship.

Zinedine Zidane’s team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

“To win the title in the last round feels that much better,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “We deserved it.”

The last-round victory gave Madrid a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona, which rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou.

Madrid entered the final weekend needing a draw to guarantee its first title since 2012 and avoid its worst title drought since the 1980s.

Ronaldo put Madrid in control early in Malaga, entering the area and rounding the goalkeeper before finding the open net, after a pass by Francisco “Isco” Alarcon two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. It was Ronaldo’s 14th goal in his last nine matches in all competitions.

While Barcelona struggled in its game against Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory in the 55th minute off the rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos, securing Madrid its second league title in the last nine years.

Madrid hadn’t gone five straight seasons without a league title since 1981-85. It will pursue its third Champions League title in four seasons in a final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid’s first double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly six decades.

It was the first league title for Zidane, the former France great who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 ½ years ago.

“It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga,” said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after the final whistle. “I’ve won everything with this club, but this title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional career.”

Players wore shirts with the No. 33 — in a reference to the 33rd title — as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans in a major public plaza.

Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.

At the Camp Nou, Barcelona saw its chances of another league title take a hit after Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored in the seventh and 61st minutes.

Barcelona started its comeback with an own-goal by Eibar defender David Junca in the 63rd, and Luis Suarez equalized in the 73rd after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty kick a few minutes earlier.

Messi, the league’s scoring leader with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the scoring in injury time.

Eibar played a man down from the 74th as defender Ander Capa was sent off.

It was Barcelona’s last game at the Camp Nou with its coach Luis Enrique, who is leaving the club after the season ends.

“I can’t complain about our team,” Luis Enrique said. “We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions.”

Barcelona will play the Copa del Rey final against Alaves next Saturday.

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CALDERON’S GOODBYE

Atletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in an emotional final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished to give way to a modern housing complex.

Fernando Torres scored two goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added another in the second as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years.

Atletico next season will move into the Wanda Metropolitano, a modern 68,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

“It’s hard to express our feelings after a day like today,” Torres said. “We have a lot of memories here, a lot of things went through your mind. It’s been 50 years of a lot of happiness in this venue. It was an honor to be part of it.”

The nearly 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion.

The stadium will still host the Copa del Rey final next Saturday, and a day later an exhibition match involving former players will officially close the venue.

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EUROPA LEAGUE SPOTS

Athletic Bilbao ended in seventh place after the loss at Atletico, without one of the two spots for the Europa League next season.

Villarreal secured fifth place with a 3-1 win at Valencia, and Real Sociedad ended sixth after scoring late in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.

Villarreal finished with 67 points, three more than Real Sociedad and four more than Athletic, which can still qualify for Europe’s second-tier tournament if Barcelona beats Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.

Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition’s group stage.

Sports Desk (UNB)

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PM reaches Jeddah from Madinah https://padmanews.com/national/33026/pm-reaches-jeddah-madinah/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:13:57 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33026 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Monday evening from Madinah after offering ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Deputy Governor, mayor and police chief received the Prime Minister at King Abdulaziz International Airport as a special flight carrying the Prime Minister landed at the airport around 7:25 pm. From the […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Monday evening from Madinah after offering ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

Deputy Governor, mayor and police chief received the Prime Minister at King Abdulaziz International Airport as a special flight carrying the Prime Minister landed at the airport around 7:25 pm.

From the airport, the Prime Minister in motorcade was taken to Makkah. She was scheduled to perform holy Umrah later on Monday.

Sheikh Hasina arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on May 21 at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to join the Arab-Islamic-American (AIA) Summit which was held on Sunday in the Saudi capital.

After her four-day visit, the Prime Minister will return home on Tuesday.

National Desk (UNB)

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Print error-free textbooks: Nahid https://padmanews.com/education/33025/print-error-free-textbooks-nahid/ Mon, 22 May 2017 19:12:40 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33025 Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday asked all concerned to print error-free textbooks. “It’s a huge task to formulate, print and distribute textbooks. All the officials involved in this task must be more careful in this regard,” he said. The minister said this while addressing a views-exchange meeting with the National Curriculum and Textbooks […]

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Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday asked all concerned to print error-free textbooks.

“It’s a huge task to formulate, print and distribute textbooks. All the officials involved in this task must be more careful in this regard,” he said.

The minister said this while addressing a views-exchange meeting with the National Curriculum and Textbooks Board (NCTB) at its auditorium in the capital.

Nahid said there were some errors in textbooks last year, but all the officials concerned must be careful while printing textbooks so that errors could be avoided this time.

Mentioning that a single error in any textbook may destroy a big achievement of the government, he said the officials concerned will not be able to avoid responsibility if errors are found in textbooks this year.

The Education Minister suggested introducing a monitoring cell in his ministry to properly reach the textbooks to upazila level.

Chaired by NCTB chairman Narayan Chandra Saha, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Secondary and Higher Education Division secretary Md Sohrab Hossain, Technical and Madrasa Division acting secretary Md Alamgir and NCTB member Dr Ratan Siddiqui.

Earlier, Nahid inaugurated an IT cell at NCTB’s office.

Educational Desk (UNB)

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Land Minister’s son denied bail in another case https://padmanews.com/north-region/33023/land-ministers-son-denied-bail-another-case/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:45:42 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33023 A court here on Monday rejected the bail petition of Sirhan Sharif Tamal, son of Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, in another case filed over vandalism. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rezaul Karim rejected the bail plea filed by his lawyer advocate Abdul Ahad Babu. The court also sent him to jail when he was produced […]

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A court here on Monday rejected the bail petition of Sirhan Sharif Tamal, son of Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, in another case filed over vandalism.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rezaul Karim rejected the bail plea filed by his lawyer advocate Abdul Ahad Babu.

The court also sent him to jail when he was produced before it.

Shahin Mia, sub-inspector of Ishwardi Police Station also the investigation officer of the case, said Ajmal Haque Biswas, a resident of College Road area of Ishwardi municipality filed the case against Tamal on charges of vandalising business establishments and houses on May 19 last.

Earlier on Sunday, the court also rejected the bail plea of Tomal and 11 others and sent them to the jail in a case filed by freedom fighter Atiar Rahman Biswas.

On May 18 last, Tamal, also the president of upazila Awami Jubo League and general secretary Rajib Sarkar vandalized the business establishments of Land Minister’s son-in-law also the mayor of Ishwardi municipality Abul Kalam Azad Mintu and the houses of upazila unit Chhatra League president Zubaiyer Biswas.

Later, police arrested them from different parts of the district town in connection with the cases.

Police said Land Minister Shamsur Rahman, also an MP from Pabna-4 constituency, and his son-in-law Ishwardi municipality Mayor Abul Kalam Azad had long been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area.

North Regional Desk (UNB)

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Scorching heat continues https://padmanews.com/national/33020/scorching-heat-continues/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:44:17 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33020 People continued to endure sweltering weather as the country remained in the grip of a heat wave. Met office said the sweltering summer heat may last for 2-3 more days. Mohammad Shahinul Islam, assistant meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorology Department, said a heat wave is sweeping the country and it may continue for two or three […]

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People continued to endure sweltering weather as the country remained in the grip of a heat wave.

Met office said the sweltering summer heat may last for 2-3 more days.

Mohammad Shahinul Islam, assistant meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorology Department, said a heat wave is sweeping the country and it may continue for two or three days more.

He said the country’s highest temperature 37.8 degree Celsius was recorded on Monday in Jessore while it was 36.8 degrees in the capital.

Many people still preferred staying indoors to avoid the hot weather while the day labourers and rickshaw-pullers were facing great difficulties in doing their works amid the scorching heat.

Meanwhile, the sales of summer fruits and drinks have gone up in the city amid the heat wave.

National Desk (UNB)

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Teesta flowing above danger level in Nilphamari https://padmanews.com/regional/33019/teesta-flowing-danger-level-nilphamari/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:40:00 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33019 Some 14 villages in Dimla upazila were inundated on Monday as the Teesta River was flowing above the red mark. Bangladesh Water Development Board Executive Engineer at Dalia Shahidar Rahman said the river was flowing 20cm above the danger level since 1pm on Monday due to onrush of water from India and incessant rain in […]

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Some 14 villages in Dimla upazila were inundated on Monday as the Teesta River was flowing above the red mark.

Bangladesh Water Development Board Executive Engineer at Dalia Shahidar Rahman said the river was flowing 20cm above the danger level since 1pm on Monday due to onrush of water from India and incessant rain in the district for the last three days.

The gushing water submerged some 14 villages in Tapakharibari and Charkharibari unions, he said.

Regional Desk (UNB)

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PM offers ziarat at Prophet’s Rawza Mubarak https://padmanews.com/national/33016/pm-offers-ziarat-prophets-rawza-mubarak/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:35:05 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33016 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at the Masjid-e-Nababi here on Monday afternoon under Saudi Royal protocol. She earlier offered Zohr prayers at the same mosque and joined a munajat seeking divine blessings for the people of the country, and the continued peace, progress and prosperity […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at the Masjid-e-Nababi here on Monday afternoon under Saudi Royal protocol.

She earlier offered Zohr prayers at the same mosque and joined a munajat seeking divine blessings for the people of the country, and the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to offer Asr prayers at the Masjid-e-Nababi.

Later, the Prime Minister will go to Makkah by air to perform holy umrah.

Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina arrived in Madinah from Riyadh after attending the first-ever Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit.

A special VVIP flight of Royal Saudi Airlines carrying the Prime Minister landed at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz Airport at 11:25 am.

Deputy Prince of the Kingdom Saud Bin Khalid Al Faisal received the Prime Minister at the airport.

Sheikh Hasina reached Riyadh on May 20 at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to join the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit which was held on Sunday in the Saudi capital.

After the four-day visit, the Prime Minister will return home in the early hours of May 24.

National Desk (UNB)

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PM urges global leaders to find solution to refugee crisis https://padmanews.com/national/33017/pm-urges-global-leaders-find-solution-refugee-crisis/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:34:23 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33017 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged world leaders to take a strong stance for finding a solution to global refugee crisis that contributes to the rise in terrorism and violent extremism endangering global peace and development. “Global refugee crisis contributes to the rise in terrorism and violent extremism. Refugees could be a potential breeding ground […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged world leaders to take a strong stance for finding a solution to global refugee crisis that contributes to the rise in terrorism and violent extremism endangering global peace and development.

“Global refugee crisis contributes to the rise in terrorism and violent extremism. Refugees could be a potential breeding ground of terrorists and extremists,” she said in a written statement on Sunday at the inaugural ceremony of Arab-Islamic-American Summit at King Abdul Aziz International Conference Centre in Riyadh.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,

US President Donald Trump, Presidents and Prime Ministers of fellow Arab and Islamic countries spoke at the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina called upon all to join the launching of a reconstruction and development plan for the war-ravaged countries like Syria and Iraq on the model of post-Second World War Marshall Plan.

She said the longtime sufferings and deprivation of the people of Palestine always cause a sense of injustice in the minds of the young generation. “We must act together for the establishment of a Palestinian State.”

Regarding the war-ravaged countries like Iraq and Syria, the Prime Minister said that these countries have become the main centres of recruitment and operation for terrorist organizations.

She also proposed four specific steps like stopping the source of supply of arms and flow of financing to terrorists and their outfits alongside removing the division within the Muslim Ummah for peaceful and sustainable settlement of conflicts.

Hasina’s another proposed step is pursuing the principle of peaceful settlement of international disputes through dialogues that can address the divides leading to a win-win situation for all.

Extending her thanks to King Salman for his initiative to establish the Islamic Counter Terrorism Centre in Riyadh, she said, “We’re happy to be a founding member of this Centre.”

The Prime Minister reiterated that Bangladesh maintains a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to all forms of violent extremism. “We’ve always stood firm not to allow any terrorist individual or entity to use our territory or resources.”

She went on saying, “To us, a terrorist is a terrorist. They don’t have any religion, belief or race. They may come from any religious background. Islam is a religion of peace. It never supports violence or killing. We denounce the use of religion to justify any form of violent extremism.”

Hasina said her government has effectively dealt with homegrown violent extremists in Bangladesh as a number of local outfits have been banned. “These elements used to get support from some vested quarters.”

She said her government has adopted a multipronged strategy to address this menace. “Our law enforcement agencies have been made effective with proper training to combat extremism. We’re also working to build awareness among people against terrorism.”

The Prime Minister said she is personally holding meetings and exchanging views through videoconferences with all sections of society, especially the public representatives, teachers, students and Imams of mosques, across the country to build a social movement against terrorism and militancy.

Hasina called upon all to declare from the meeting that Islam should not be used to refer to terrorists.

Hasina turned a bit emotional recalling her refugee life saying, “I feel the pain of refugee, as I myself had been a refugee. I along with my family was internally displaced in Dhaka in 1971 during our Liberation War.”

After the assassination of her father, Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with 18 members of her family, Hasina said she and her younger sister had to take refuge abroad for six years till 1981.

“Who else can better realise than me the pain of a refugee? The image of 3-year-old Aylan lying lifeless on the seashore and the image of bloodstained Omran in Aleppo shake our consciences. I can hardly take in these images as a mother,” she said.

National Desk (UNB)

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Stern action for food adulteration during Ramadan: Khokon https://padmanews.com/national/33014/stern-action-food-adulteration-ramadan-khokon/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:26:46 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33014 Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Monday said stern action will be taken against those involved in selling adulterated food and violating the sanctity of Ramadan in clubs and bars in the city during the holy month. The DSCC Mayor came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a view […]

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Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon on Monday said stern action will be taken against those involved in selling adulterated food and violating the sanctity of Ramadan in clubs and bars in the city during the holy month.

The DSCC Mayor came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a view exchange meeting with the businessmen on the occasion of Ramadan, held at Nagar Bhaban in the city.

He said a special drive will be conducted in the city corporation area during Ramadan to check food adulteration in restaurants and punitive measures, including fine and imprisonment, will be taken.

He also urged the club and bar owners to maintain purity of Ramadan.

“Those who will be involved in violating the sanctity of Ramadan will have to undergo a punishment and if any influential or well-known person of the society is found in any unpleasant situation during the drive, the City Corporation will not take the responsibility of that person,” said Khokon.

Chief Health Officer of Dhaka South City Corporation, members of the Food Safety Authorities, fruit traders associations, restaurant owners,owners of different bar and clubs were present at the meeting.

National Desk (UNB)

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Hope to visit Bangladesh, Trump tells Hasina https://padmanews.com/national/33013/hope-visit-bangladesh-trump-tells-hasina/ Mon, 22 May 2017 18:25:34 +0000 https://padmanews.com/?p=33013 US President Donald Trump has expressed his hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday. “Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US President as saying while briefing reporters after the summit. […]

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US President Donald Trump has expressed his hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday.

“Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US President as saying while briefing reporters after the summit.

Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Deputy Press Secretary Md Nazrul Islam were present at the press briefing.

The foreign secretary said the two leaders exchanged pleasantries at the holding room of King Abdul Aziz International Conference Centre in Riyadh before the start of the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit, when the Prime Minister invited the US President to visit Bangladesh.

“Accepting the invitation, Trump expressed the hope that he would visit to Bangladesh,” Haque said.

Donald Trump was in Riyadh on his first foreign tour after taking office.

While delivering his speech at the summit, Trump said the fight against extremism is “a battle between good and evil,” calling on Muslim nations to take a lead in stamping out terror.

“The path to peace begins right here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina and Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon had a meeting at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center on the sidelines of the summit.

The Tajik president invited Sheikh Hasina to visit Tajikistan at her convenient.

“We hope that the Tajik President may visit Bangladesh or the Bangladesh Prime Minister may visit Tajikistan by this year,” the foreign secretary said.

He said Tajikistan considers Bangladesh as a potential country of boosting its trade.

Hasina also had a meeting with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on the sidelines of the summit, with the two leaders discussing various issues relating to bilateral interests.

National Desk (UNB)

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