Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will officially declare the 14-team 42-day mega event open through a colourful ceremony in the evening after a welcome song 'O prithibi, ebar eshey bangla ke nao chiney’ (O World, now is the time to know Bangladesh).
The capital wears a new look all through - freshly renovated city streets, footpaths and over bridges, portraits of cricketers, colourful banners, posters, paintings, and lighting to welcome the World Cup guests - especially from Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to Bangabandhu National Stadium. န Photos : Reuters
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PTI, New Delhi, 16 February : After the clearest signal from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) formation to probe 2G spectrum scam, the government on Wednesday made a fresh bid to end deadlock in Parliament as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Bharatiya Janata Party leaders who insisted that the formation JPC should be announced on 22 February to enable the House to function normally.
“We requested that announcement for formation of JPC should be made on 22nd (February) itself so that Parliament may resume functioning from that very day,” Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said after the meeting with Mukherjee. Swaraj told reporters that BJP will not obstruct the President’s Address on 21 February.
UNB, Bagerhat, 16 February : A joint team of Forest Department and Coast Guard on Wednesday recovered three tiger skins, four skulls and 32 kilograms of bones from Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat district.
Sources said that during the drive in the morning, the tiger skins, skulls and bones were recovered from a house at Banglabazar village in Sharankhola upazila adjoining the Sundarbans.
The team arrested Jamal Fakir (38) for his alleged involvement with the smuggling of tiger skins and bones. Later, he was handed over to police for questioning. Police said that during interrogation, Jamal admitted his involvement in smuggling of tiger skins for long. He also admitted to killing the three Royal Bengal Tigers by using poisonous traps with the assistance of a smugglers group.
The skins of the three tigers measured 10 feet and two inches, nine feet and nine inches, and nine feet and three inches long. Divisional Forest Officer of Sundarbans East Zone Mihir Kumar, who led the joint Forest Department and Coast Guard team during the drive, told UNB that the forest officials had earlier came to know that a group of smugglers are involved in poaching wild animals including tigers in Sundarbans. န Photo : UNB