Manchester United praised the recent performance of Matteo Darmian after the Italian played out of position during their FA Cup win at the weekend.Darmian, was deployed in the central defence during United’s 2-0 win against Reading on Saturday and he received accolades from club fans and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“He [Darmian] is the biggest plus today,” Solskjaer told MUTV after the game.“Matteo looked like he had played there before for a long time. As an Italian, he’s very cultural and very calm on the ball.“He was one of the few that at times tried to settle us down and pass the ball. I don’t think he put a foot wrong.”The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a return to Serie A but never criticised the Red Devils publicly for his lack of game time.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I can play there. Of course I play at right-back and left-back, for me it doesn’t matter,” he added.“I try to do my best every time and I try to help the team to reach the victory. Sometimes I’ve played in a back three so it’s not a problem for me.“Of course I’m more of a defender than an attacking player, but I have to help the team.”The best way to start the new year at Old Trafford!! 💪 #nextround #MUFC @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/XaomQdvxhc— Matteo Darmian (@DarmianOfficial) January 5, 2019
Visiting Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim inaugurates Turkey-Bangladesh Friendship Ward at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: PIDBangladesh and Turkey signed two bilateral documents on Tuesday to enhance cooperation in the areas of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and maintain the standards of products, reports UNB.The documents are Memorandum of Understanding between Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation, Bangladesh and Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization, and another MoU between Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and Turkish Standards Institution (TSI).The instruments cover areas such as Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), industrial production, standardisation, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and skill development.The signing ceremony was held after the official talks between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim at the Prime Minister’s Office.Prime minister Hasina said they had a very fruitful discussion with the Turkish prime minister on bilateral and international issues of common interests. “We’ve reiterated our commitment to work closely and support each other on bilateral and international issues of mutual concern, including the issue of forcibly displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar,” she said.They talked about consolidating cooperation in key areas, such as, trade and investment, defence, education, tourism and connectivity.These instruments cover areas such as SME, industrial production, standardisation, capacity building, knowledge sharing, and skill development.The two countries agreed to continue to work together for socioeconomic development and mutual interests of the two nations. “We hope to have Turkey by our side in the course of our journey towards development,” Hasina said.She thanked the Turkish prime minister for his visit, especially his plan to visit Rohingya camps on Wednesday.
Priya Bashphor dreams to be a police officer and Payel Bashphor wants to a teacher one day.Priya Bashphor dreams to be a police officer and Payel Bashphor wants to a teacher after completing their studies. The indomitable girls have already proven their talents in recently completed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations.But, the way ahead of them is not at all easy since they were born in an ‘untouchable community’. They are brought up through scarcity and poverty and they even do not know whether their parents will be able to fund their academic costs at the Higher Secondary Level.Priya Bashphor and Payel Bashphor, who are cousins, live at a Harijan community in Netrakona’s Chakpara area.Priya hopes that one day she will become a police officer to wipe out economic distresses of her destitute community.“I want to be a big officer of police after completing my education and want to eradicate the sorrows of this community,” said Priya.Her cousin Payel wants to be a teacher to educate her ‘underprivileged community’.“I want to a good teacher like Toma Madam to educate my community people.”Locals, teachers and two families of the youngsters said Priya and Payel studied at the Binapani Government Primary School in Netrakona town and secured CGPA 3.79 and CGPA 4.50 respectively.They then got admitted into Adarsha Girls School in Satpai area of the town. Priya and Payel also successfully completed the Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination with 3.79 and CGPA 4 respectively. They took their SSC examination this year and both got CGPA 3.61.Priya’s father Shubash Bashphor is cleaner, who struggles to meet the costs of education of his three daughters and son. Priya’s mother is a housewife. Priya is the eldest in the family. Her younger sister Chandi Bashphor studies in class X while ther other, Sonali Bashphor, in class V. Her younger brother Shubir Bashphor is in the first grade.Payel’s parents are also ‘poor sweepers’. Payel has a younger brother, Ashik Bashphor, who studies in class VII at Netrakona High School.When the SSC results were published, the people of the community burst into celebration. They are the first school graduates in the community of more than 300 people of 35 families.Their parents said they have nothing but only a home to live in.They even do not have money to admit their girls to a college, their parents added.They may be poor in pocket, but these young ones have done their people proud. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam