ART & CULTURE FrIDAy, MArCH 30, 2018 8 'Basanta Utsab' celebrated at DU DHAKA : A daylong Basanta Utsab (Spring Festival) was held at Teachers-Students Center (TCS) premises in Dhaka University (DU) campus on Thursday, reports UNB. DU Pro Vice-chancellor (Education) Prof Nasreen Ahmad inaugurated the programme titled "Dhaka University Basanta Utsab 1424" organised by Dhaka University Cultural society (DUCS) for the second time. The First Basanta Conservatives angry over Netflix hiring Obama security aide Utsab was held in 2016. State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was presented as the chief guest and theatre activists Ananta Hira and Nuna Afroze were awarded for their significant contributions to the cultural sector. The festival was divided in two sessions as opening session and second session. A colourful rally was held in the opening session while various cultural performances, including puthi path, musical drama on the creation of Rabindranath Tagore, tribal dance, puppet dance and jatra were presented by the university students in the second session. Besides, prominent music bands Joler Gaan and Gaan Kabi also performed at the event. Along with cultural performances, a village fair with the flavour of our local culture like nagardola, bioscope, monkey show, cock fight, balloon shooting, Bengali food, handicrafts, potteries were also presented at the festival. The daylong festival which began at 10am and continued till 9pm was open for all. LOS ANGELES : Netflix said on Thursday it had tapped former US national security advisor and United Nations ambassador Susan Rice to join its board of directors-sparking an angry backlash from conservatives, reports BSS. Rice, a visiting fellow at Harvard and an opinion writer for The New York Times,directed the National Security Council, providing the daily briefing to then- president Barack Obama during his second term. This put her in charge of foreign and national security policy, intelligence and military efforts in the years following the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. Rice came under fire from Republican lawmakers who accused her of underplaying the attack as a spontaneous act of violence in response to an anti- Muslim film, while Obama admitted it was a premeditated attack. She was also berated for inappropriately "unmasking" the names of associates of President Donald Trump that appeared in intelligence reports last year. National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch took to Twitter to describe Netflix as "the perfect place for a former staffer who blamed a terror attack on a poorly-made short film." "Netflix doubles down in support of Obama corruption-compromised Susan Rice, who lied repeatedly on both Benghazi and the unmasking issue joins its Board of Directors," said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative foundation Judicial Watch. Republican Twitter users threatened to cancel their Netflix subscriptions, pointing out that that Obama himself is reportedly in talks with the streaming service for a production deal. Giasuddin Selim's 'Swapnajaal' to be released April 6 DHAKA : Bangladesh National Film Award winner Giasuddin Selim's muchanticipated film 'Swapnajaal' is finally ready for release, reports UNB. The director at a press conference at Dhaka Club on Wednesday announced that the film is going to be released at 30 cinema halls across the country. Movie fans will be able to enjoy the 'Swapnajaal' after nine years of the director's super hit movie 'Monpura' which got a huge response from the audience. Monpura was Giasuddin Selim's debut full-length feature film. Popular bakery brand 'All Time' is sponsoring the film 'Swapnajaal', produced by Bengal Creations. Addressing the press conference, Giasuddin Selim said, "It is a love story between two young souls. In the dramatic situation, the two lovers get pulled apart and look to reunite. I hope, the film will become one of the most remarkable films like 'Monpura'." He further added, "The journey of making the film was very adventurous and got all support from producers. We expected the local company will come Don't want my personal life to be part of gossip columns forward to sponsoring the film like 'Swapnajaal'." Dhallywood star Pori Moni and newcomer Yash Rohan played the central roles in the film. She has always put her guard up when it comes to her personal life. Actress Ileana D'Cruz, who is dating photographer Andrew Kneebone and even referred to him as "hubby" in a social media post, says she does not want her private space to be a part of "rubbish gossip columns", reports Hindustan Times "It is very sacred to me," Ileana told IANS about her personal life. "I do not want it to be served on a platter in a gossip column. I don't want it to be part of this gossip section in the newspaper. It's a very important, sacred part of my life-and it means a lot to me." The Raid actor, who, in an Instagram post, addressed Kneebone as "best hubby ever", said that there are many layers to her personal life and "people will end up reading so many skewed versions of it if I talk about it". "It is what it is, and you get to see a little snippet of it on social media." Ileana has, however, been vocal about her struggle with body dysmorphic disorder for 15 years. "I am not ashamed of it. When you are ashamed of a certain thing, then it is hard to talk about. For me, what would bother me the most is the fact that I would not want people to see me in that state. When you are dealing with depression, it hits you when you are least expecting it. For me, to be in that state... it was something hard... I think that is what people are shy about, because they don't want to be seen in that light and I can completely relate to it," Ileana said. Contestant from South Africa wins Miss Universe crown SOUTH AFRICA : Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown Sunday, reports UNB. The 22-year-old, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. Ninetytwo women from around the world participated in the decadesold competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first representatives in its history of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal. Along with the title, Nel-Peters earned a yearlong salary, a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her reign and more prizes. She is the second woman from her home country to earn the crown. Fans of the pageant submitted the questions that the final five contestants were asked during the competition. When asked to name the most important issue women face in the workplace, Nel-Peters said the lack of equal pay. "In some places, women get paid 75 percent of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours, and I do not believe that is right," she said. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world." Nel-Peters is from the South What to expect from Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour India International pop sensation Justin Bieber is gearing up to hit the stage for his forthcoming Purpose World Tour, scheduled to be held in Mumbai for the first time on May 10. The artist, who has made some extraordinary requests before his arrival, laid down a concrete plan for his 5 day trip to the country, reports Times of India. From visiting the Taj Mahal in African coastal community of Sedgefield in the Western Cape province. She helped develop a program to train women in selfdefense in various situations after she was robbed at gunpoint a month after she was crowned as Miss South Africa. Agra to partying with Bollywood biggies, there's nothing that has escaped Bieber's itinerary. We hear a convoy of 10 luxury sedans and 2 Volvo buses will be at the disposal of the singer and his entourage of 120 people, throughout their stay. A Rolls-Royce has also been reserved for the Grammy winner to zoom around the city in style. Not just that, security has also been beefed up for the 23-year-old's performance in the city of dreams. While the Beliebers prep for their concert of a lifetime, we give you a low-down of what to expect at from Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour India. Getting the show on the road will be the talented Norwegian music producer and internet sensation Alan Walker. Named as 'Billboard Dance artists to watch' in 2017, Alan achieved a major milestone this year by joining the elite billions club on YouTube with his breakout hit 'Faded'. A few of his other popular tracks include 'Alone' and 'Sing Me to Sleep.' DJ Zaeden and Sartek will also be a part of the opening act. H O rOSCOPe ArIeS (March 21 - April 20): You must play by the rules this weekend, even if you genuinely believe you can get away with cutting corners. What happens early next week won't be pleasant if people in positions of power discover you have made choices they disapprove of. TAUrUS (April 21 - May 21): If there is something you have wanted to do for ages but never had the nerve to go ahead with then make it happen this weekend. Fear is an emotion that has held you back far too many times, so get over it and follow your desires. GeMINI (May 22 - June 21): Your good points will be on display this weekend, but with the sun moving through the area of your chart that governs your wealth you must make sure that one of your good points - your generosity - does not cause problems. Don't give too much away. CANCer (June 22 - July 23): You need to work more closely with other people and you need to realize that while your opinions may differ on a range of issues it need not spoil your relationship. It is one of the wonders of life that opposites often work well together. LeO (July 24 - Aug. 23): Try not to get carried away with ideas of your own brilliance over the next 48 hours, because later on you may realize that you have missed something that is of great importance. Your ego can be your biggest friend - and your biggest enemy. VIrGO (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23): The sun in Capricorn at this time of year does wonders for your confidence and you certainly believe that all things are possible. However, other influences warn you should limit your activities this weekend to areas where you know what you are doing. LIBrA (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23): You may not be overly emotional by nature but you have your moments and you will certainly feel deeply about something over the next 48 hours. The good news is this is the perfect time to let others know how much you care for them. Do it! SCOrPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22): Life seems to be moving at a faster pace every day, and yes it is enjoyable, but there is a danger that in your eagerness to get ahead you might overlook some small but incredibly important detail. Slow down - before something slows you down! SAGITTArIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21): If you are too free and easy with your money this weekend you could regret it later in the month, so think before you buy. Yes, of course, there are more important things in life than cash but it's still a crime to squander your resources. CAPrICOrN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20): You need a challenge that will bring out the best in you and what happens over the next few days will test you in ways you had not expected. You cannot help but succeed, so long as you have learned from recent mistakes. So, have you? AQUArIUS (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19): It may seem to friends and relatives that you are aiming too high but you know that the higher you aim the more likely it is that you will realize your dreams. Believe in yourself and make impossible things happen. If anyone can do it, you can. PISCeS (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20): What happens over the course of the weekend will open your eyes to new possibilities. The sun in Capricorn at this time of year is especially helpful for group activities, so get involved in team projects. You'll be on the winning team, of course!
SPORTS FRIDAy, MARCH 30, 2018 9 Danielle Collins reached the last 16 as a wildcard at Indian Wells earlier this month. Photo: Internet Tearful Steve Smith apologizes for ball tampering scanda For former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith, it was reality television at its most heart-wrenchingly real. Having lost the captaincy after a balltampering scandal in South Africa, Smith returned to Australia on Thursday night and broke down several times in nationally-televised news conference at Sydney airport. Smith started crying as he reflected on the effect his involvement in a balltampering plot in the Cape Town test last weekend had on his parents, and he apologized for the pain he's brought onto them and to the Australian public. In his first public comments following his 12-month ban from the Australian cricket team, Smith took responsibility for the scandal that has rocked the sport in Australia. "I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain that I've brought to Australia and the fans and the public," he said. "It's devastating and I'm truly sorry." It has been a tumultuous 24 hours for Smith, who left South Africa in disgrace after being sent home by Cricket Australia. At Johannesburg airport, he was led through the international terminal by up to six police and security guards, hearing boos and taunts of "cheater" from a crowd that had gathered at the airport. Smith and Cameron Bancroft fronted news conferences on opposite sides of Australia, while the third player involved in the controversial balltampering scandal in South Africa - David Warner - used social media to issue an apology while still in the air. Smith, wearing a sports jacket and drawing deep breaths as he spoke, addressed the fans and the children of Australia who wanted to know why he'd cheated. "Firstly. I'm deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love," he said. "Any time you're thinking of making a questionable decision. Think about who you're affecting." "You're affecting your parents. To see the way my old man has been ...," Smith, stopping briefly to cry, continued. "... and my mum. It hurts." Smith said as the captain of the Australian team, he had to "take full responsibility." "I made a serious error of judgment and I know and understand the consequences," he said. "It was a failure of my leadership. I will do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the Moeen Ali has played England's last 43 Test matches dating back to April 2015. damage it has caused. If any good can come from this, then I hope I can be a force for change. "I will regret this for the rest of my life, I am absolutely gutted, I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness." Nearly 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west, an emotional Bancroft apologized at Perth, Western Australia and said he will forever regret his role in the episode that resulted in 12- month bans for team leaders Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban for him. Warner was scheduled to arrive back in Sydney late Thursday night, but was not planning to speak to the media. "Not a second has gone by when I wish I could turn back time. It is something I will regret for the rest of my life," Bancroft said. "All I can do in the short term is to ask for forgiveness." Bancroft has only played eight tests since replacing Matt Renshaw in the Australian lineup. Now Renshaw has been recalled to replace him. "The thing that breaks my heart is that I have given up my spot in the team for free," he said, holding back tears. "People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance is devastating." Agrani Bank keeps hope alive to stay premier league Skipper Shariar Nafees scored a magnificent 100 as Agarani Bank kept their hope alive to stay in the premier league as they registered an emphatic six-wicket victory over Kalabagan Krira Chakra in the first relegation league of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Thursday. Agrani Bank, which moved up with 10 points with the day's victory, will now play their next relegation league match against Brothers Union Club who have eight points. Kalbagan already relegated to the first division league with four points. Nafees led from the front with an impressive 109-run off 142-ball, an innings that studded with 13 boundaries and two over boundaries as Agrani Bank chase down the target making 250 for the loss of four wickets with 25 balls to spare. The Agrani Bank skipper Nafees also shared 172-run second-wicket partnership with Salman Hossain who provided an ample support during the chase with 83-run off 93-ball hitting 11 boundaries. Mohammad Ashraful and Nahid Hasan were the most successful bowlers as they capture two Agrani Bank's wickets conceding 38 and 52 runs respectively. Earlier, opted to bat first after winning the toss, Kalabagan rode on Mohammad Ashraful's brilliant ton, scored a decent total of 246 for 5 from their allotted 50 overs at BKSP ground in Savar. The former national skipper Ashraful composed an unbeaten 103-run off 137-ball laced with eight boundaries and two over boundaries and during the process he shared 163-run fourth wickets stand with Taibur Rahman who chipped away 82, after Kalabagan slipped 3 for 36. Later, cameo Riyazul Huda blasted 13-ball off 27-run to take Kalabagan near the 250 runs land mark. Soumya Sarkar was the most successful bowler as he claimed two Kalabagan's wickets giving away 46 runs. Photo: Internet Warner apologizes via social media for ball-tampering role David Warner has issued an apology via social media after being banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for his role in a balltampering plot during the third test against South Africa. Warner, who has lost two sponsors already, said he is on his way back to Australia from South Africa and added: "You will hear from me in a few days." Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, who were banned for 12 months and nine months each, will arrive in Australia before Warner and face what were anticipated to be packed news conferences. In a statement released via Twitter and Instagram, Warner admitted "Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it. "I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans." The 31-year-old opening batsman said he needs to take a "deep breath" and spend time with his family and advisers. Smith and Warner were each banned for 12 months on Wednesday after an investigation into the attempted ball tampering last weekend. Cricket Australia said Warner instructed Bancroft how to carry out the tampering with a piece of sandpaper. Smith and Warner were banned from playing for Australia, or any high-level cricket in Australia, for a year. They've also been barred by Indian authorities from the lucrative IPL. Smith lost the captaincy and won't be eligible to regain it for two years, Cricket Australia said. Warner will never again be considered for a leadership role in an Australian team. Sporting goods company ASICS scrapped sponsorship deals Warner and Bancroft. Electronics company LG on Wednesday said it would not renew its soon-to-expire deal with Warner. Cereal company Sanitarium on Thursday said it was ending its relationship with Smith. Reports in the Australia media estimate the suspensions could cost Smith and Warner 5 million Australian dollars (US$3.8 million) each in lost earnings and endorsements. Savvidis entered the pitch after Fernando Varela's goal was ruled out for offside. Photo: Internet The old David Warner is back, maybe cricket takes some blame It was the new-look David Warner who arrived in South Africa. It was the Warner of old who was dispatched on Wednesday, ostracized again, and in danger of no redemption this time. Nearly a month ago, the Australia batsman who is now confirmed as the ringleader in cricket's ball-tampering scandal and banned by his country for a year, skipped to a news conference on the first day of what's ultimately turned out to be a noxious series for him, and for the Australian team. And for cricket. Then, Warner appeared to be in good health physically and mentally. Short, fit and quick, he was also a bundle of energy. Winning cricket games and scoring runs were still so very important to him, but seemingly not to the exclusion of everything else. Asked to explain how he got out to South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander, Warner praised his opponent's skill and said: "That's the game. It is what it is. The sun comes up tomorrow and we keep getting on." Warner signed off the conference with a "too easy," the Aussie saying that means, roughly, "not a problem at all" when journalists thanked him for his time. Three days later, during the same match, Warner was being restrained by teammates in an ugly confrontation with South Africa player Quinton de Kock on a staircase near the locker rooms. Memories of a 2013 incident when he punched an England player in James ties Jordan's doubledigit scoring streak as Cavs down Hornets Cleveland superstar LeBron James matched NBA icon Michael Jordan's record streak of 866 straight double-digit scoring games Wednesday in leading the Cavaliers to a 118- 105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. James finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who bounced back from a dismal defeat in Miami on Tuesday in which they scored just 79 points. He hit double digits in the second quarter with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from JR Smith. "Any time I'm in the same conversation with Mike and other great guys it lets me know I'm doing the right thing," said James, whose streak began on January 6, 2007. Jordan put together his streak from 1986- 2001. It was a milestone night for Charlotte's Kemba Walker as well. With 21 points he surpassed Dell Curry (9,839 points) as the Hornets' all-time leading scorer. James said such moments should be savored-even in a losing effort. But he said records aren't what drive him. "My motivation is love of the game," he said. James said the Cavs had to bounce back after they were stymied by the Heat. "Miami did a great job of pushing us out of our comfort zone and we wanted to come in here tonight and try to get that back, and we did that," said James. Cleveland, who were without Kevin Love after the forward suffered a concussion in Miami, are just half a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for third place in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers' 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks was their eighth straight, their longest winning streak since they won nine in a row from February 12 through March 3, 2003. Dario Saric led Philadelphia with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but the 76ers saw All-Star Joel Embiid depart in the first half with what the team called a facial a bar, and was banished from the Australia team, came seeping back. Despite how it appears, the regression from the new Warner - nicknamed "the reverend" by his teammates for his recent behavior - to the old Warner was not immediate. The full relapse did not come until the end of the third test in Cape Town some three weeks later. Between the time of his easy-go-lucky attitude on the series' first day, and the reckless ball-tampering plan that might have ended his international career, Warner was perhaps worn down by the most abrasive, ill-tempered cricket series of recent times. Seven players have been hauled to disciplinary hearings in the first three matches and while the majority of them have been Australians, South Africa hasn't been completely innocent. De Kock made a particularly unsavory comment about Warner's wife, leading to the staircase shenanigans. South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has taken his on-field aggression to the limit, at least once right up in the face of Warner and to the shoulder of Steve Smith. The management teams have sniped at each other, and supporters have taken their cue from what they've seen on the field. South African fans in the second test in Port Elizabeth taunted Warner about an encounter the player's wife had with a rugby star before the pair met. A middle-aged man in loose-fitting jeans contusion after an accidental collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. The Sixers initial tests didn't indicate a concussion, but Embiid was hospitalized after the game, posting a brief video of himself there on Instagram captioned "Not Good". In Minneapolis, Minnesota's Karl- Anthony Towns erupted for a career-high 56 points to propel the Timberwolves to a 126-114 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Timberwolves, who are chasing their first playoff berth since 2004 and who moved up to seventh in the Western Conference with the win and Utah's 97-94 loss to the Boston Celtics that dropped the Jazz into the eighth and final playoff spot. "It's great to have nights like this, but it's better to be in the playoffs," said the 22-yearold Towns, who eclipsed the club scoring record of 52 points held by Mo Williams. But nothing is assured as the regular season hurtles to a finish. The Los Angeles Clippers, ninth in the West, kept the pressure on Minnesota and Utah with a 111-99 victory over the Suns in Phoenix. The Jazz endured a heart-breaker on their home floor in Salt Lake City. The Celtics arrived without injured All- Star Al Horford and Marcus Morris as well as Kyrie Irving-who is out for the rest of the regular-season after knee surgery-but came away with an unlikely win thanks to Jaylen Brown's buzzer-beating threepointer. "We're fighters," said Boston's Shane Larkin, who came off the bench to score 10 points. "That's what we do." It was a big night for CJ McCollum in Memphis, where he scored 42 points to lead the lowly Grizzlies to a 108-103 victory over a Portland Trail Blazers team missing star Damian Lillard-who stayed home for the birth of his first child. approached Warner and verbally abused him when the Australian batsman walked to the player pavilion during the Cape Town test. That might have been the last straw. Retreating to a corner of the team's dressing room a day later, Warner encouraged young teammate Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball on the field illegally with a piece of sandpaper hidden in his pocket in the hope it would give the Australia team some kind of advantage. Smith was banned for 12 months for allowing the tampering to go ahead. Cricket hasn't recently been living up to its idealistic reputation - deserved or otherwise - for being a mild-mannered game interspersed with breaks to drink tea. Recently, there have been some particularly spiteful series. Now, the ball tampering plot that threatens to end Warner's time with Australia, and also led to long-term bans for Smith, the best batsman in the world, and Bancroft, a relative newcomer to the test arena, is the moment to prompt cricket and teams to reflect. Because it's also telling that Rabada, a 22-year-old with supreme fast-bowling talent and at the other end of his career to Warner, has already been sanctioned four times for aggressive celebrations toward batsmen. "It probably gives every team in the world a reality check," South Africa batsman Hashim Amla said.