Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has become Bangladesh’s most popular feed on social media site Twitter.
BCB has garnered more than two million followers on Twitter platform taking it far ahead of other popular Twitter accounts in the country.
Bangladesh’s cricket controller on Tuesday in Tweet feed says, “@BCBtigers has reached 2M followers on twitter! The highest audience in Bangladesh! Congratulations to all fans and followers!”
According to BCB page statistics, so far 2.01 million viewers are following it while it has twitted 22.5 thousand posts since joining the social media platform in June 2011.
The countries other top twitting accounts are Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) with 1.39 million followers, Prothom Alo (@ProthomAlo) with 1.23 million followers and Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) with 98.5 followers.
Twitter is an online news and social networking service on which users post and interacts with short messages known as tweets.
Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams created Twitter in San Francisco, USA, in March 2006 and it was launched in July the same year. “Followers” refer to the number of people that react to an account.
Dhaka, July 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh wrapped up a successful campaign of 2-1 win in an ODI series against host West Indies, which ended at Warner Park, Basseterre in St Kitts on July 28. It was a fine turnaround after the disastrous 0-2 Test series loss against the host side earlier this month.
Bangladesh got an 18-run win in the 3rd game putting up 301/6, a high-scoring one on Windies soil, and the Windies were then in hot pursuit before stopping at 283/6.
Bangladesh had taken the lead in the series with a comfortable 48-run win in the first game while the Windies bounced back, winning the second game by three runs in a last-over thriller, making the 3rd game as series decider.
In the first game Bangladesh scored 279 for 4 in 50 overs and restricted Windies at 231 for 9 in 50 overs. The visitors finished at 268 for 6 in 50 overs, in reply to Windies 271 for all in 49.3 overs in the second game, both at Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The highest run-getter [6305 runs in ODI, 4049 in Test and 1433 in T20I] for Bangladesh in all format of international cricket, opener Tamim Iqbal was outstanding throughout the series with 287 [130*, 54 and 103] from three games.
Player of the series Tamim has taken his century tally in ODIs to 11, which is the most in numbers among Bangladesh players.
“I think the patience that I showed in the first, second and third match makes me happy as it proved that my hard work paid off,” said Tamim after the series, referring to balls he faced 160, 85 and 124 balls in the three innings. He was adjudged man of the match twice -- in the first and third games – of the series.
The talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also had a good series with scores of 190 [97, 56 and 37], and two wickets in the second game. He played 121, 72 and 44 balls in three innings.
Tamim and Shakib shared a world record of highest partnership aggregation in a three-match ODI series in a successive wicket with 385 in the second wicket, which included Bangladesh’s 2nd highest ODI partnership of 207 came from off 43 overs in the first game before 97 off 24.3 overs and 81 off 16 overs in the second and third games.
Among other experienced Bangladesh players dependable Mahmudullah Riyad [49-ball 67* in the 3rd game] and a consistent performer Mushfiqur Rahim [rapid 11-ball 30 in the first game and a 67-ball 68 in the second] played much sounded innings with bat in the series.
Thanks to Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s luck winning the toss in all three games of the series -- elected bat, bowl and bat -- and an innings of 25-ball 36 that included four boundaries -- of them three successive in 42nd over off Windies skipper Jason Holder -- and one six in the 3rd game.
Mashrafe was the series topper in terms of wickets, with seven including 4/37 in the first match, while his fellow pace-man Mustafizur Rahman was other Bangladesh’s best bowler with six including 2/35 in the first game in the Caribbean.
Despite won the series, Bangladesh have lost one rating point in the ICC ODI Team Ranking, but the 7th place of the Tigers, achieved in 2015, is remained intact after the loss of the rating point.
However, Bangladesh started three-match ODI series having 93 rating points and now on 92 for their one defeat against their 9th placed West Indies with the rating points of 70. Bangladesh had a good chance to improve their rating points to 95 had they won the ODI series 3-0.
But Tamim, Shakib and Mahmudullah moved up their spots in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings for batsmen, updated on July 28.
Tamim advanced four steps to get 13th spot while Shakib three places to 26th and gained four positions to get to number 38th.
Among bowlers, Mashrafe and Mustafiz advanced in the Player Rankings. Mashrafe gained eight spots to be joint 19th with Matt Henry of New Zealand and Mustafiz the number 17 spot, a gain of two spots.
Meanwhile, Shakib lost three spots in the bowlers’ table, but remained the top-ranked ODI all-rounder.
Completing third ODI series win against West Indies, Bangladesh got an ODI series victory after around a two-year break. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s men last got a series win in this format against Afghanistan at home in September 2016.
Bangladesh first got a series win 3-0 on a West Indies tour in July 2009 and a 3-2 win at home in November 2012.
Among their 31 ODI encounters, Bangladesh registered nine victories against 20 losses while two matches had seen no results.
Bothe side will play a three-match T20I series will be held on July 31, August 4 and 5.
Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) - Having been kept alive by a special initiative of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy, the fledgling discipline of acrobatics in the country may finally be set to take flight.
The budding acrobats of Bangladesh were left high and dry in the early 2000s as funding dried up for the nurture and development of this unique discipline that combines elements of artistry and athleticism.
In time all forms of financial (private and public) and technical (training programs, facilities) support were withdrawn, rendering wasted the years of work and training dedicated towards developing themselves as acrobats.
It also left their futures uncertain.
That is when the BSA stepped in to lend the acrobats, who have always been regarded more as performing artists than athletes here, a lifeline. Today they can be said to have been vindicated in the test of time.
Bangladesh’s first Acrobatic Training Center was established in Rajbari under the management of BSA in 1994. At the same time, a core group of acrobats was formed to train at the ATC under the tutelage of a Korean.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, presently Director General of BSA said “After the completion of the Fine and Performing Art Training Project in 2000, the group was forced to discontinue their training, not to mention any exhibition shows they arranged, due to the lack of funds.”
But after years of neglect, in 2011 BSA revived the acrobatic team of Rajbari Acrobatic Training Center, forming an adult group of acrobats, performing under the banner of 'Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Acrobatic troupe'.
“In the first phase of 2012, a number of exhibitions and two acrobatics workshops were organized,” the Shilpakala Academy boss said.
The first workshop was held at the revived Acrobatic Training Center, Rajbari with the participation of 50 children. A second such workshop with the participation of 72 children was held at the National Gallery Centre of BSA in Dhaka.
In further activity, the Department of Theatre and Film at BSA organised 93 exhibitions for the troupe covering all 64 districts of the country, in 2013-14 (the BSA annual calendar corresponds to the government’s July 1-June 30 fiscal). Five workshops were also organized, in Dhaka and some other districts.
“The Shilpakala Academy took these positive steps to keep them on track when the artists were forced to leave this profession and take jobs in different shops or factories for lack of allocation in the budget,” BSA DG said.
Lucky also said “The academy allocated some money from its own funds to keep the acrobats active in their discipline. They were given some remuneration for training and workshops. And this effort has helped us protect acrobatics from extinction.”
BSA officials said that in 2015-2016 the Acrobatic Exhibition continued being held across the country while seven new artists were added to the BSA Acrobatic Group on merit. This was crucial as it meant the torch could now be passed on to another generation. Add the feedback the squad has received throughout the country during its exhibitions portends a bright future.
A respectable number of exhibitions, 79, were completed in the district and upazila levels throughout Bangladesh in 2015-16. But it was really last year, down in the books as 2016-17, that the potential of acrobatics as a popular discipline really blossomed.
Officials of the academy said that the BSA Acrobatics troupe organized nearly three hundred exhibitions throughout the length and breadth of Bangladesh in 2016-17, which were very well appreciated and said to be inspiring for future acrobats.
“Recently 20 children went to China for higher acrobatic training. Ten artists returning from China with higher training are now performing while the remaining 10 are taking training. So there is no more fear of acrobatics facing extinction, or acrobats becoming useless in Bangladesh anymore,” the DG relayed.
Yet that bright future everyone hopes for may depend on to what extent it chooses to embrace its athletic side in Bangladesh, particularly the competitive fervour. The world over, acrobats find their ultimate fulfilment in competing for their event at the Olympic Games, where acrobatics is a popular and regular fixture The budding acrobats of Bangladesh will do well to embrace that dream.
Dhaka, Jul 27 (UNB) – Barely 20 months ago when Uber cars hit the city streets, many had the expectation that the ridesharing service would bring about a cultural change here where auto-rickshaw drivers are always awful, but now Uber looks to have surrendered to Dhaka’s bad traffic culture to the dismay of commuters.
Urban experts think the Uber authorities should properly train and motivate the drivers registered with the company alongside ensuring its strong monitoring to bring about a cultural and behavioural change among them and thus maintain the international standards of its service.
They also said the government should have strong monitoring and rules and regulations in place so that Uber and other on-demand ride-sharing companies are forced to ensure safe and smooth services for commuters with better facilities.
Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, launched its service in Dhaka on November, 22, 2016 promising to bring about a change in the commuting experience in one of the world’s largest metropolises.
Talking to UNB, a number of Uber riders voiced their dissatisfaction bringing various allegations against Uber drivers.
Their allegations include many Uber drivers want to know the destination first, sometimes refuse to go to the desired destination of commuters, request commuters to cancel the trip after wasting a plenty of time, demand extra money, misbehave with passengers, and sometimes they do not use the phone number which is registered with Uber.
“Most drivers use the apps of different ride-sharing companies simultaneously, and they chose the trip which is favourable to them,” Mostafa Kamal, a private company executive, told UNB.
Another Uber user Jahanagir Alam said some Uber vehicles are not enough fit for ride-sharing which go out of order halfway through while drivers sometimes refused to run the AC. “Sometimes drivers neither call the passengers nor receive the phone call from the ride-sharers.”
Even, transport expert Prof Shamsul Haque of Buet, who often uses Uber, said most drivers lack navigation knowledge which is a serious problem to rightly pick and drop the commuters. “Uber authorities should look into the matter and train their drivers properly to solve the problem.”
He, however, thinks Uber drivers cannot misbehave with passengers as there are options to rank them and lodge complaints against them with the company. “The commuters must be conscious and know the options of punishing the errant drivers to force them to maintain discipline.”
Talking to UNB, another urban expert and former UGC Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam said Uber started its service with a positive impression, but it seems the company is losing its reputation due to some unchangeable attitudes of some drivers enlisted with it.
“The Uber drivers sometimes behave like other traditional drivers and create some sort of problems with ride-sharers which the company should strongly monitor and resolve. The drivers should be properly trained and motivated for bringing about a change in their behaviour before they’re registered with Uber.”
Besides, he said, the traffic department and other government agencies should also properly enforce law and monitor the drivers of the ride-sharing companies so that commuters can avail of quality service from them.
Prof Sarwar Jahan of Buet's Urban and Regional Planning department said Uber in Bangladesh is completely dependent on professional drivers who are not well-behaved and educated which is contrary to the concept of the international ride-sharing company.
“The concept of Uber is sharing ride with someone else going to the same direction to share the cost of the trip and thus save money. But, in our country it’s a means of business. Car owners here usually don’t share ride when they drive. They appoint drivers to do the job. So, it’s difficult to change the behaviour and nature of drivers and ensure international standard service by Uber,” he said.
He said the Uber authorities should strictly enforce their rules and take strong action if any driver violates those to maintain their reputation. “The Uber authorities should also have motivational training so that drivers do not flout its rules.
Contacted through email, the Uber spokesman without mentioning name said they are committed to offering riders a hassle-free transportation option and the company has already witnessed double digit increase in the number of riders and driver partners benefitting from Uber.
“However, in case of isolated incidents like this, of driver induced cancellations and mentioned above, we would like to urge riders to use the app in support options (GIF here) to report this behaviour. This will help us look into the matter and take appropriate action,” the official said.
Bagerhat, Jul 28 (UNB) – With the decrease in the activities of forest robbers and poachers in the Sundarbans, experts and Forest Department officials expect an increase in the number of tigers in the world’s largest mangrove forest.
They think the tigers of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest abode of the big majestic cat, are now well-protected and their movement is safe as the activities of forest robbers and poachers have decreased to a large extent following smart patrolling in the forest.
As the Sundarbans tigers survive combating various natural disasters, there is no chance of their disappearance from the mangrove forest even if all the tigers get extinct from the rest of the world, said a wildlife expert.
According to sources, the number of tigers in the world's forests has dwindled to only 4,000 from 1 lakh over the last 100 years. Three sub-species of tiger out of total eight have already become extinct from the world.
Striped big cats used to be found in 13 countries even one year ago but the number of the countries has now stood at 12 with the majestic cat going out of existence.
The tiger is categorised as the critically endangered species due to deforestation, piracy and poaching worldwide.
As part of the government’s efforts to engage people around the Sundarbans, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in protecting the tigers, the 'Tiger Day' is being observed nationally outside Dhaka for the last two years.
This year, the ‘Tiger Day’ will be observed on Sunday (July 29). This day will be observed in Khulna nationally after Bagerhat district. The theme of this year’s day is: ‘Save the tiger, save the forest, protect the Sundarbans’.
According to Forest Department officials, tigers are being surveyed in the Sundarbans through 'camera trapping' for the second time.
In 2017-2018, the images of tigers were captured installing cameras in different places under four ranges of the Sundarbans. Now, the work to analyse the captured images is underway.
According to the survey conducted in the Sundarbans through the ‘camera trapping' in 2013-2015, the number of tigers in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans is 106.
In the Sunbarbans, every tiger, known as flagship species of the forest, identifies a 14-16 sqkm area as its home range for living and tigers roam almost throughout the forest.
Forest officials said the activities of bandits and poachers have seen a decline in recent times following the introduction of smart patrolling which has ensured the safe movement of the tigers.
However, the tigers have to face different climate-related phenomena like salinity, storm-tidal surge and river waves, they said. For this, tigers sometimes invade locality.
On January 23 last, a tiger, which entered Gulishakhali village in Morelganj upazila, was beaten to death by locals.
Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury, forest conservator of Khulna region, said the forest robbers have started returning to normal life following regular drives of the Forest Department and law enforcement agencies. “As a result, the tiger is much safer in the Sundarbans now. No tiger was killed by any poacher in the Sundarbans in the last two years,” he said.
For the second time, the images of tigers have been captured through the ‘camera trapping’ method, he said. “Now, the analysis work is underway. On completion of the analysis, the number of tigers could be known,” he said.
Prof Md Anwarul Islam, WildTeam chief executive and a teacher of Zoology department at Dhaka University, said if all the tigers are lost from the rest of the world, there is a least chance that they become extinct from the Sundarbans as they have to survive there combating various natural disasters. “The Sundarbans won’t survive if the tigers don’t survive,” he said.
He, however, underscored the need for ensuring food for tigers in the mangrove forest for their survival.
The wildlife expert called for protecting deer in the Sundarbans and reducing the movement of people in it, suggesting building a forest-centric information centre for tourists.
Dr Anwar said an adult tiger generally gives birth to 3-4 cubs a year. “If these tiger cubs can be protected, the number of tigers in the Sundarbans will be increased,” he said, underlining the need for involving all to protect the majestic big cat.
Mahmudul Hasan, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Division, said no tiger was killed by miscreants in the mangrove forest after 2015. “There’s no activity of any poaching gang in the Sundarbans as the Forest Department increased vigilance at the entries through which the poachers used to enter the forest.”
He said they installed cameras in every 5 sqkm during the first survey and they took images of tigers this time installing cameras in every 2 sqkm.
Asaduzzaman Milon, former president of Sundarbans Management Committee and chairman of Rayanda union parishad in Sharankhola upazila, said several gangs of tiger poachers were active in several villages surrounding the Sunbarbans. “However, there’s no activity of the gangs right now,” he said.
He said people are now much aware about the conservation of forest resources which led an end to the killing of tigers.