SA vs BAN 2022: Bangladesh Aspire to Level the Test Series with Fresh Strategy

After winning the limited-overs series, the Bangladesh team was hoping to carry the momentum into the longer-version format against a less-strong South African side. However, their effort in the first Test was dashed as the team tigers’ batters choked severely against the Proteas spinners in the second innings on the fifth day. Senior batters need to step up if the visitors want to upset the hosts in the second match. The second match preview of SA vs BAN 2022 is discussed in this article.

Second Match Preview of the 2022 South Africa-Bangladesh Test Series

Two of Bangladesh’s premier pacers—Takin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam—will miss the series finale match due to fitness issues. Therefore, one change is confirmed for the next match. Bangladesh’s playing XI may include one more spinner. On the other hand, South Africa’s playing XI may remain unchanged for the second Test as they want to keep the winning combination intact. The second match of the SA vs BAN 2022 series will be played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, with a scheduled start time of 2 p.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time).

Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s biggest challenge in the contest would be to bat well in the second innings. Bangladesh had a decent chance in the first Test when they came out to bat to chase 274 runs in the final session on day four. But Bangladesh’s batters were clueless against the South Africans’ jubilant spinners. In particular, the senior batters didn’t perform well with the bat, which put huge pressure on the middle orders. The Bangladesh team will be hoping for a strong showing in the batting department in the second match.

Bangladesh team management made a mistake by not picking an additional spinner in the playing XI in the first match. Therefore, the selection of left-arm spinner Taijul Islam in the second match is a genuine possibility.

Probable playing XI

Top Order: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Middle-Orders: Mominul Haque (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das (Wicket-Keeper), Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Lower-Order: Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Khaled Ahmed

South Africa

The South African side is missing some of their main Test players in this series. However, their absence had little impact on the contest, as they easily defeated Bangladesh in the opening match and seized a 1-0 lead in the series. The South African team management is hoping that their team will keep up the momentum in the second match and will whitewash the Bangladesh side to clinch the series 2-0.

Probable Playing XI

Top Order: Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Middle Orders: Temba Bavuma, Ryan Rickelton, Kyle Verreynne (Wicket-Keeper), Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Lower Order: Simon Harmer, Lizard Williams, Duanne Olivier

Weather Forecast and Pitch Report

There is a possibility of rain on day one of the match, but the rest of the days are likely to remain sunny and a bit cloudy. However, there will be severe wind in Port Elizabeth and the Bangladesh players, especially the bowlers, need to adapt to the conditions. Bowlers have to be creative on this surface to put pressure on the opposition’s batting line-up. Therefore, the toss would be a crucial factor in this contest.

Bottom Line

After clinching the first match, South Africa’s team will start the second match as favourites. The unfamiliar Port Elizabeth atmosphere may cause some trouble for Bangladesh players, while South African players know the conditions very well. The Proteas coaching setup can help Bangladesh take the right decisions during and before the match. Captain Mominul Haque has to be brave enough in his decision-making because he was criticized for some of his bad decisions during the opening match of the series. Bangladesh’s chances in the match will be determined largely by how they respond to South Africa’s first innings, as well as how much pressure the bowling unit can put on the Proteas batting line-up. Hopefully, the SA vs BAN 2022 Test series will end with a nicely-contested match.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

IPL 2022: Pat Cummins Makes Headlines with Fastest IPL Fifty

Prior to the match, many people would not have bet on Pat Cummins to play a whirlwind knock for Kolkata Knight Riders in order to clinch a magnificent victory over Mumbai Indians. Because Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine are fit for the role. However, Pat Cummins stunned the Pune crowds with a match-winning knock on Wednesday (April 6). He also equaled the record of KL Rahul’s fastest (14) IPL fifty while chasing the Mumbai Indians target. Let’s take a look at how Cummins’ innings helped Kolkata reach the top of the IPL 2022 points standings.

The Highlights of the KKR vs MI Match and Pat Cummins’ Splendid Knock

The 14th group stage match of the IPL 2022 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians took place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday.

Batted first, Mumbai Indians managed to score 161/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Mumbai had a very quiet start to their innings, losing 3 wickets for only 55 runs at the end of the 11 overs. They were able to reconstruct the innings thanks to Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma’s 83-run stand for the fourth wicket. In fact, the Mumbai team was ruthless in the second part of their innings as they made 106 runs in just 54 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav scored the highest with 52 off 36 balls, while the Caribbean power-hitter Kieron Pollard made 22 runs off just five deliveries, including three huge sixes. Pat Cummins took the most wickets with two, but he was also the most expensive bowler for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-handed medium pacer conceded 49 runs in his spell.

In this match, five sixes were hit against his bowling. So, in a way, Cummins was one of the main reasons the Kolkata Knight Riders failed to restrict the Mumbai Indians to under 150 runs. Maybe in the back of his mind, it moved him when he came to bat. Cummins wanted to compensate for his failure in bowling by putting up a fine batting display.

In the run chase, Kolkata started to lose wickets at regular intervals, which halted them from making big partnerships in the middle. But opener Venkatesh Iyer played the anchor role for the side by staying at the crease till the end with an unbeaten 50*-run.

Suryakumar Yadav scored the highest with 52 off 36 balls, while the Caribbean power-hitter Kieron Pollard made 22 runs off just five deliveries, including three huge sixes. Pat Cummins took the most wickets with two, but he was also the most expensive bowler for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-handed medium pacer conceded 49 runs in his spell.

In this match, five sixes were hit against his bowling. So, in a way, Cummins was one of the main reasons the Kolkata Knight Riders failed to restrict the Mumbai Indians to under 150 runs. Maybe in the back of his mind, it moved him when he came to bat. Cummins wanted to compensate for his failure in bowling by putting up a fine batting display.

In the run chase, Kolkata started to lose wickets at regular intervals, which halted them from making big partnerships in the middle. But opener Venkatesh Iyer played the anchor role for the side by staying at the crease till the end with an unbeaten 50*-run.

However, most importantly, Iyer’s unbroken 61* runs off just 17 balls stand with Pat Cummins did the job for Kolkata. Cummins himself contributed 56 runs in a 61-run partnership with Venkatesh Iyer. Even so, when Pat came to the crease in the 14th over after the departure of Russell, the Mumbai side was in a good position to clinch the contest. However, the charismatic Aussie paceman had another idea as he took on Mumbai’s prime bowlers, especially Daniel Sams, to seal the match for his side.

Kolkata were 127/5 at the end of 15 overs, and the match had swung back in their favor at that point. However, Pat Cummins didn’t want to take too long and hammered 35 runs in the 16th over by Daniel Sams. He smacked his fellow countrymen all over the park and entertained the local crowds. Besides winning the match for Kolkata, the right-hand batter also completed his fifty in just 14 deliveries with six huge sixes. With this victory, the Kolkata Knight Riders reached the top spot in the IPL 2022 points standings.

The List of the Fastest IPL Fifties

Over the years, many brilliant knocks have been witnessed in the Indian Premier League. Among the records in T20 format, probably the most popular ones are the fastest half-century and fastest century. Breaking Yusuf Pathan and Sunil Narine’s 15-ball half-century records, KL Rahul set a new record in 2018 against Delhi Daredevils. He smacked a 14-ball half-century for his side, Kings XI Punjab. Four years later, Pat Cummins equaled the record by smashing a 14-ball fifty against the Mumbai Indians for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bottom Line

Pat Cummins’ fastest half-century was undoubtedly a match-winning effort against the Mumbai Indians. It was not a fluke but a well-calculated innings. Cummins was watchful in the middle and smacked almost all the balls out of the ground with pure timing. This knock will be remembered by all the IPL fans in years to come. Kolkata Knight Riders also moved up to the top spot of the points table with this commanding victory, which will give them an early advantage in their quest for a top-four finish. On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians have yet to win a match in the IPL 2022 and are currently in the second bottom position.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

50-yrs of Bangladesh Scouts: PM releases commemorative stamp

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday released a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh Scouts and Bangladesh Scouts Day-2022.

The prime minister unveiled a Tk 10 commemorative postage stamp, a Tk 10 opening day cover and a Tk 5 data card at a ceremony at her official residence Ganobhaban here.

A special canceller was used on the occasion.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Chief National Commissioner of Bangladesh Scouts Dr Md Mazammel Haque Khan, Prime Minister’s Office Senior Secretary Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Md Khalilur Rahman and Director General of Directorate of Posts Md.Siraz Uddin, among others, were present.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Villarreal keeps on surprising, beats Bayern in CL quarters

Villarreal pulled off another surprising Champions League result, this time against sixth-time champion Bayern Munich to boost its hopes of returning to the semifinals for the first time in 16 years.

After making it past the group stage and eliminating Juventus in the round of 16, the modest Spanish club took a big step toward reaching the last four by holding on to a 1-0 victory against favorite Bayern in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Arnaut Danjuma’s goal early in the first half was enough for Villarreal at the La Cerámica Stadium, with Bayern unable to get past the solid defense of Unai Emery’s squad and losing only for the second time in 30 Champions League matches.

Bayern was unbeaten in its last 22 away games in the Champions League, with 17 wins and five draws in a record run that had started after a loss in 2017 to a Paris Saint-Germain team coached by Emery.

The Germans struggled throughout the match on Wednesday and were glad to leave only one goal down.

“We’ll take the 1-0 result,” veteran Thomas Müller said. “We know that things could have been a lot worse. We have to pay a lot of respects to our opponents. Now we need to pick ourselves back up for the return leg and hit back.”

The second leg is next week in Munich, where Villarreal will need a draw to get to the semifinals for the first time since its first last-four appearance in the Champions League in 2006. Villarreal stunned Juventus 3-0 in Italy after a 1-1 draw at home in the last 16.

In the other quarterfinal Wednesday, defending champion Chelsea lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg in London.

“We deserved to lose. We weren’t good today,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said. “In the first half, we lacked power in defense and had too few chances. The second half was a completely wild game. We gave up control because we were desperate to score, but we could have conceded two more.”

Villarreal looked in control from the start and Bayern struggled to create significant scoring chances. The hosts threatened the most and had some good chances to add to its lead.

“There was talk about them being favorites and wanting to seal their place in the semifinals tonight, but we came out very hungry, very humble,” Villarreal midfielder Giovani Lo Celso said. “There’s no doubt they are one of the best teams in the world, but we managed the game well and could have scored even more goals.”

Danjuma opened the scoring in the eighth minute by redirecting a close-range shot by Dani Parejo as the Bayern defense was caught off guard. It was Danjuma’s sixth goal in nine Champions League appearances this season, and seventh in 11 career games in the competition.

Villarreal thought it had doubled the lead in the 41st but Francis Coquelin’s goal from a tough angle was disallowed for offside.

Striker Gerard Moreno twice had opportunities to add to Villarreal’s lead after that. First with a low shot from outside the area that hit the post in the 53rd, and 10 minutes later after intercepting a bad pass by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer near midfield and missing his long-range shot into the open net. The ball ended up curling too much as Neuer desperately tried to run back into position.

Bayern increased the pressure near the end but again it was Villarreal that nearly added to the lead when substitute Alfonso Pedraza missed from close range on a counterattack in the 87th.

Villarreal did a good job containing Robert Lewandowski throughout the match and he had few opportunities inside the area. He entered the match as the Champions League’s leading scorer with 12 goals from eight matches and had scored seven goals in his last five games in all competitions. The Poland striker is ranked third on the all-time list of Champions League scorers, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Bayern’s Canadian player Alphonso Davies made his first appearance since Dec. 17 after a long injury layoff because of cardiac issues.

Villarreal, based in a city of about 50,000 people, is playing in the quarterfinals for the first time in 13 years. It qualified for the Champions League by winning last season’s Europa League.

Bayern was eliminated by PSG at this stage last season. The German club made it to the last eight 10 times in the last 11 seasons. The team is playing in the quarterfinals for a record 20th time.

The winner will play either Benfica or Liverpool in the semifinals. Liverpool won the first leg in Lisbon 3-1.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Gas crisis likely to end as Bibiyana resumes full production

After four days of disruption the Chrvron-operated Bibiyana gas field resumed full production from Thursday morning, which is likely to end the gas crisis in parts of Bangladesh.

Chevron Bangladesh in a statement confirmed this, saying that the Bibiyana Gas Plant has resumed full operations, with all process trains operational, five of the six affected wells back online and gas production at normal levels.

The trains and wells were progressively restored this week after a suspension of operations following the discovery of technical anomalies in one well on April 3.

The cause of the anomalies in the well, which remains offline, is being investigated, said the company.

Regrettably, this impacted gas supplies to consumers for some days this week.

Chevron Bangladesh would like to acknowledge the assistance and partnership of Petrobangla in responding to this event, said Shaikh Jahidur Rahman, communications manager of Chevron Bangladesh.

The country’s gas production drastically fell by about 450 MMCFD (million cubic feet per day) on Sunday, the very first day of Ramadan, following a technical fault developed in the Bibiyana gas field.

The Bibiyana gas field production capacity is 1200 MMCFD.

The supply situation started improving from Monday afternoon as production resumed at one of the two affected process trains at the gas field.

Officials said the gas field process system noticed that sand was coming out from two production wells which forced the authorities concerned to halt the production of the wells.

The incident had a big impact on the overall gas production as many areas experienced disruptions following the fall in the pressure of gas supply as an outcome of the fault.

Consumers in many areas in the capital including Mohammadpur, Shekhertek, Rayerbazar, Dhanmondi, Shankar, Kanthalbagan, Mudhubazar, Kalabagan, Rampura, Wari, Maghbazar, Arambagh, Fakirapul, Banasree, Gopibagh, Mirpur, and Iskatan complained that they are not getting gas for cooking their meals.

The major impact was on the power generation as the state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had to shut down a good number of power plants immediately which led to load shedding at different districts across the country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BPL Football: Kings play 3-3 draw with Sk Jamal; Dhaka Abahani beat Uttar Baridhara 5-2

Last two times champions Bashundhara Kings played to a 3-3 draw with former champions Sheikh Jamal DC in the 12-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football ‘2021-22 at their home ground Bashundhara Sports Complex –here on Thursday.

The Kings also dropped with points with six times champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd in 2-2 affairs in the last match at the Sylhet District Stadium on Sunday.

Despite the day’s draw, big budgeted and holders Bashundhara Kings comfortably maintained their solo lead in the league table securing 26 points from 11 matches while Dhaka Abahani and Sheikh Jamal followed with 22 and 21 points respectively, playing 11 matches each.

After a barren first half, Otabek, Sillah and Solomon scored one each for Sheikh Jamal DC while Eleta Kingsley struck twice and Stojan netted the lone goal for the Kings.

In the day’s other league match, Dhaka Abahani Ltd outplayed Uttar Baridhara Club by 5-2 goals at the Sylhet District Stadium.

In the day’s match, Russian World Cup playing Costa Rica booter Daniel Colindres scored twice, while Nabib Newaz Jibon, Abu Sayed and Raphael scored one each for the popular sky blue Dhanmondi outfit Abahani.

Papon and Arif scored one each for Uttar Baridhara Club.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Benzema defying time to reach his best at age 34

At an age when most top athletes are hoping to maintain their form, Karim Benzema is reaching the pinnacle of his career.

The 34-year-old France striker is enjoying the best season of the 13 he has spent at Real Madrid and making a strong argument for being considered the top player in the world.

Benzema has put in remarkable back-to-back performances in soccer’s elite club competition, scoring consecutive hat tricks in Champions League matches against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Benzema’s three goals at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday gave Madrid a commanding 3-1 advantage in their Champions League quarterfinal with Chelsea. Last month he singlehandedly brought Madrid back against PSG with a stunning second-half treble to advance his team on a 3-2 aggregate score.

Madrid hosts Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday before Chelsea visits the Santiago Bernabéu needing a big win to keep alive its European title defense.

But with Benzema playing like he is, Madrid has a great chance to add to its 34 Spanish league titles and 13 European Cups, both competitions records.

Fueled by Benzema’s league-high 24 goals, 10 more than his nearest chasers, Madrid leads Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla by 12 points with eight games remaining in Spain.

Beside his two exquisite headers to put Madrid up 2-0 at Chelsea, Benzema has also shown that hustle pays off. Against both PSG and Chelsea he produced goals by pressuring goalkeepers into gifting him the ball. Add to that his superb sense of timing, knowing just when he should drop into midfield to help unlock the opposing defense and cue an attack, and you have what Carlo Ancelotti calls “a complete player.”

“He’s just like a fine wine,” the Madrid coach said about Benzema. “He gets better every day and feels as if he’s gaining in importance within the team every day and is becoming more of a leader. That’s making all the difference in him.”

When Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid’s all-time leading scorer, left in 2018, Benzema stepped to fill the void. Even so, he appeared to only be a temporary fix until president Florentino Pérez brought in a true superstar, such as PSG forward Kylian Mbappé, to restore Madrid to greatness.

Benzema, however, has blossomed into that stellar player well over a decade since joining Madrid from his hometown club of Lyon.

He has scored 10 of Madrid’s last 11 goals and has 37 goals in 36 games in all competitions this season. That already surpasses his previous best of 32 goals for Madrid in the 2011-12 season.

And if Mbappé does come, Benzema has shown throughout his career that he can play alongside stars that may even outshine him. He was content to play second fiddle, and sometimes even third fiddle, to Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

That ability to put the team first even earned him the scorn of some Madrid fans— and voices in Spain’s sports media— who demanded more hunger and ambition of a player of his talents. Former coach Zinedine Zidane more than once had to defend Benzema when pressed to give then youngster Álvaro Morata a chance to fight for his starting job.

Zidane knew what has since become clear to everyone: that Benzema had the potential to become the best striker in the game.

FOR SECOND PLACE

Barcelona visits Levante on Sunday tied on points with Atlético and Sevilla but with a game in hand on both as they fight it out for a likely second-place finish.

Sevilla will look to end a four-match winless skid against Granada on Friday while Atlético travels to Mallorca on Saturday before hosting Manchester City next week needing to overturn a 1-0 loss in their Champions League quarterfinal.

Villarreal hosts Athletic Bilbao also on Saturday after beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in the opening leg of their final-eight clash in Europe.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

US keen to enhance security cooperation with Bangladesh

Bangladesh and the United States had a “fruitful discussion” on Indo-Pacific Strategy and Bangladesh expressed support to inclusive socio-economic development in the Indo-Pacific region.

At the 8th Security Dialogue held between the two countries at US Department of State on Wednesday, the two sides had “constructive discussions” on defence agreements like GSOMIA and ACSA as the US is keen to enhance security cooperation with Bangladesh.

General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) and Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) are “essential” to enabling a closer defence relationship, expanding opportunities for defence trade, information sharing, and military-to-military cooperation between two countries.

Bangladesh side raised deep concern regarding the sanctions on RAB and individuals, and urged the US side to reconsider the decision, according to a message received from Washington.

Bangladesh side highlighted Rab’s pivotal role in the fight against terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes; and also elaborated on how the sanctions on Rab is unjustified as the personnel do not enjoy any impunity. The two sides agreed to continue discussion.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Denise Jenkins led respective delegations.

Bangladesh was also represented by the Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman, Secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Md Kamrul Hasan, Secretary of Law and Justice Division, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Md. Golam Sarwar; and representatives from Prime Minister’s Office, Public Security Division, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ministry of Defence, Bangladesh Police, Border Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Coast Guard.

US Side was represented by, among others, Assistant Secretary Jessica Lewis and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelley Keiderling.

Foreign Secretary Masud and Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman also held a separate meeting with the Under Secretary.

Masud said Bangladesh deeply values its partnership with the US.

The US delegation appreciated strong ties with Bangladesh, which is well reflected in the regular dialogues between two sides, as they opined.

The day-long meeting covered areas like UN Peacekeeping, Bangladesh US Security Cooperation including cooperation in military training, maritime security, proposed defence agreements, defence purchase and capacity development etc, regional issues like Rohingya, Indo-Pacific, and counterterrorism and civilian security cooperation.

The US side praised Bangladesh’s successes and leadership in UN Peacekeeping Operations.

They also expressed willingness to assist Bangladesh in the modernization and institutional development of its armed forces.

On Rohingya issue, the US highly praised Bangladesh’s role, and gave ‘a big thank you’; and committed to continue all possible support.

Bangladesh appreciated the determination by the US of the genocide against Rohingyas, and urged the US side to take follow up measures.

The US delegation observed that after 50 years of the independence, Bangladesh has merged as a responsible country and taking part in resolving global crises and problems.

Two sides agreed to continue robust cooperation in counterterrorism and transnational crimes.

The US also assured about its continued support in building law enforcement and prosecutorial capacity as well as in countering violent extremism.

Two sides also discussed on cooperation in aviation safety, with the view to early resumption of Dhaka New York direct flight.

Bangladesh appreciated the robust support received from the US in terms of COVID-19 vaccines.

Two sides agreed to maintain regular contact and to continue the discussion on various issues. The next Security Dialogue would be held next year in Dhaka.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

This topper wanted to be an engineer!

She has always dreamt of becoming an engineer — the interest in the field probably grew in her childhood when she used to break toys to find out what was happening inside.

But Khulna’s Sumaiya Moslem Meem, this year’s medical admission test topper, has now decided to shelve her childhood career ambition and instead pursue the dream of making her parents proud by becoming a doctor.

“Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Allah, I have secured the first position in the medical admission test. My father and mother have contributed a lot to this success,” Meem told UNB. “My parents are my inspiration in life, and I will fulfill their wish by becoming a doctor.”

Recounting the sacrifices of her parents, the elated topper said, “Two years ago, they were the ones who took the decision to relocate to Khulna town from our native village in Dumuria upazila so that I could prepare for the MBBS admission test.”

“My mother had to travel a long distance, from Khulna town to Keshabpur upazila of Jashore, daily for her job. She endured the hardship only for her daughter. By cracking the exams, I have made my parents proud,” she said.

Meem also lauded the efforts of all her teachers — from those who taught her the values of life to those who helped her prepare for the medical admission test.

“My tution teacher Dr Siam deserves a mention. Shamsur Rahman, who taught us in Class V, also inspired me to do something in life. I have made all of them proud today,” she said.

Meem secured GPA-5 both in SSC and HSC exams from Dumuria Girls High School and Khulna Government Majid Memorial City College, respectively.

Her humble advice to medical aspirants: “Avoid memorising books. The best thing would be to read between the lines.”

Meem’s father Moslem Uddin Sardar, a college teacher, said, “I always knew she would do better. Her mother has contributed a lot to her success.”

Her pharmacist mother added: “Meem wanted to be an engineer. But she changed her decision later to fulfill my dream. We are proud of her.”

About the future plans, Meem said, “I want to be known as a good human being first and then a good doctor.”

Meem bagged the first place in the MBBS admission test for academic session 2021-22, with a score of 92.5 marks in written test. She scored a total of 292.50 marks.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM calls for enhancing digital security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to pay more attention to digital security in every sector of the country.

“In fact, as technology creates opportunities for us, it can also cause problems in many cases. From this aspect, we’ve to think afresh about our security matters,” she said.

The prime minister was addressing the 3rd meeting of “Digital Bangladesh Taskforce” at her official residence Ganobhaban here.

She asked the authorities concerned to think about the (digital) security issue in all cases, starting from the money deposited in the bank.

Hasina said the excellence of technology will continue to increase day by day. But every day new thoughts will come (to surface). “What I think applicable now will go further (need further revision). We’ll have to keep it in mind,” she added.

She stressed the need for putting more importance to research as the excellence of technology will continue to grow.

“We’ve to conduct our research all the time. We should keep pace with the world. And Bangladesh will set an example for all to follow. That’s what I want,” she said.

Noting that the people of Bangladesh have talent, she said “Why shall we remain dependent on others?….We can go a long way if we can create scope to flourish it.”

Talking about the brain drain, the PM said many people say that the country’s talents are going outside, but she doesn’t worry much about it as many of them finally return home after earning money.

“Now Bangladesh is also an attractive place… We don’t need to talk about old words – Brain drain– anymore -…. We have no shortage of people,” she said, adding that Bangladesh has a large number of young people.

The PM said the position of Bangladesh is better than others in many ways. “We’re in a much better position.”

She said Digital Bangladesh has made many things easier here. Today, broadband internet reached over 4,000 unions and our own Satellite has been launched. None could think of it in the past, she added.

Hasina stressed the need for developing the young generation as skilled manpower in order to take Bangladesh forward.

“In order to take Bangladesh forward, we’ve to develop our young folks in a more suitable way by giving them proper education and training or building their mindset in the proper way,” she said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Fire at Kamrangirchar polythene factory under control

A fire broke that out in a polythene manufacturing factory at Koylar Ghat in the city’s Kamrangirchar on Thursday was brought under control.

The fire started around 4:30 pm.

Four firefighting units immediately rushed to the spot and managed to control the flames after one and half an hour, said Md Shahjahan Shikdar, Deputy assistant director (media cell) of Fire Service and Civil Defence.

The origin of the fire is yet to be known, he said.

No casualties were reported.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Xiaomi brings 11i HyperCharge 5G, Redmi Note 11S

Global smartphone company Xiaomi Thursday announced the launch of two new smartphones – 11i HyperCharge 5G and Redmi Note 11S – in the Bangladesh market.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G comes with a 120W fast charging technology that can charge its 4,500mAh battery in just 15 minutes.

Equipped with a large 6.67″ 120Hz AMOLED DotDisplay, Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G has Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 108MP Pro-grade camera, and a 16MP front camera.

Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor, 11i Hyper comes with Dolby Atmos, 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling.

Redmi Note 11S comes with a 6.43″ AMOLED display, Octa-Core MediaTek Helio G96 processor and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Pro Charging.

It has a quad-camera setup with a 108MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle, 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera. The built-in 16MP front camera allows for clear and crisp selfies.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G is available in three elegant colours – Stealth Black, Camo Green and Pacific Pearl.

Redmi Note 11S is available in three colours – Space Black, Polar White and Horizon Blue.

The retail price of Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G is Tk39,999 for the 6GB+128GB variant, Tk42,999 for 8GB+128GB.

The retail price of Redmi Note 11S is Tk27,999 for 6GB+128GB variant and Tk29,999 for 8GB+128GB variant.

Source: United News of Bangladesh