WI off to solid start against Bangladesh

Bangladesh displayed yet another poor batting performance in the first innings of the St Lucia Test against the West Indies on Friday.

The hosts bowled first after winning the toss and wrapped up the visitors for 234. In reply, they scored 67 without any loss at the end of day one of the second match of the two-Test series.

All the Bangladesh’s top five batters got off to decent starts and played at least 30 balls, but only one of them could pass the 50-run mark.

Bangladesh made two changes to the playing XI — including Anamul Haque Bijoy and Shoriful Islam who replaced Mominul Haque and Mustafizur Rahman, respectively.

For the first wicket, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy made 41 runs. Joy was the first man to fall, scoring 10 off 31 balls. The other opener, Tamim, hit 46 off 67 balls with nine fours. He had a great chance to bat for a long time on a surface that looked good to bat on day one.

Najmul Hossain Shanto got another chance to prove his mettle in the longer format of cricket despite repeated poor displays. This time, he played 73 balls to score 26 runs. Despite this good start, he failed once again to post a big total.

Anamul batted at four and scored 23 off 33 balls with five fours. He managed a good start but failed to continue on a good run on his Test return after eight years. He played his last Test before this match in 2014 at the same venue.

Liton Das was the only batter to hit a fifty in Bangladesh’s first innings. He made 53 off 70 balls. But, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz failed to do well with the bat — all the “Hasans” returned with a one-digit score each.

Tailenders, Ebadot Hossain and Shoriful Islam, surprised all by scoring 21 and 26, respectively. They helped the Tigers pass the 200-run mark.

Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph bagged three wickets each for the hosts, while Anderson Phillip and Kyle Mayers scalped two wickets each.

In reply to Bangladesh’s low total of 234, the West Indies made 67 for none in 16 overs to end day one. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored 30 while John Campbell made 32, and both of them remained unbeaten.

“We have to be patient in the morning session tomorrow (on June 25),” Tamim told reporters at the end of day one. “You cannot do whatever you want on this sort of wicket. So we have to be patient with the ball.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Best Free Online Multiplayer Games For 2GB RAM PCs, Laptops

When it comes to the compatibility of your system, random access memory (RAM) is undoubtedly the essential component. Low-end laptops or personal computers holding 2 GB of RAM may not be able to run the high graphic games. But still you can try the lightweight games. The games listed below are compatible if your PC or laptop has at least two GB RAM.

Top 10 Free Online Multiplayer Games for Low-end PCS with 2GB RAM

Don’t Starve

This survival game was developed by Klei Entertainment in 2013, and the game looks like something that might have been pulled straight from a Tim Burton movie! Your main objective is to live through and triumph in this unforgiving and treacherous environment. You have the option of playing as one of a large cast of characters. Each of them has unique characteristics.

The visual presentation of Don’t Starve is a mysterious and enticing 2D style that is placed inside a 3D environment.

Bastion

Supergiant Games produced the game Bastion in 2011. This action RPG immerses players in a gorgeously rich universe with hand-painted artwork and a gripping tale.

During what the narrator calls “The Great Calamity,” you play as “the Kid.” Your earth is disintegrating, and your civilization is disintegrating. Your only chance is to repair the “Bastion,” a safe haven for everyone when things go tragically wrong. It has a 10 out of 10 steam rating.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a 3D sandbox survival game created by Mojang. You are thrown into a randomly created universe made of nothing but bricks of varied sorts and textures. Your aim is to live long enough to uncover a gateway that transfers you to a distant dimension to slay the “Enderdragon.” Though this is the closest that Minecraft gets to defining a fixed “goal,” there truly isn’t one.

Fran Bow

Killmonday Games was produced and published by Fran Bow in 2015. This point-and-click adventure game will have you traversing the globe, solving riddles, and discovering incredible places! However, there is fair caution. This game is flawed. It is certain that you will want psychological assistance after playing! Fran Bow is a pretty lovely game that many people might enjoy, jokes aside. It has a 10 out of 10 steam rating.

GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, developed by Rockstar North in 2004, you take on the role of Carl Johnson. CJ comes home after his mother is murdered. After a lifetime of evading his history as a gang member, he is thrust back into the gang lifestyle upon his homecoming. You will go from a nothing criminal to one of the most powerful individuals in San Andreas by battling your way to the top.

Assassin’s Creed

The Assassin’s Creed game series is one of the most popular game series in the world; however, many individuals have seemingly never played it. If you have not yet played the game, you might begin with Assassin’s Creed 1, which was released in 2007. This game is featured in the category of lightweight PC games for the 2019 standard game.

Need for Speed Most Wanted

The racing game Need for Speed Most Wanted is considered by a large number of individuals to be the most impressive entry in the Need for Speed series. The visuals of the game are still rather impressive when measured against the standards of today.

It won’t hurt if you guys give this simple PC game another go, especially in light of the fact that a new Need for Speed game is on the way and will be available very soon. The game was developed by the Criterion Games in 2012, and it has one of the highest ratings in the NFS series.

Max Payne 1 and 2

Rockstar Games is well-known for a number of different video game titles, including Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, and others. Even if this game’s visuals aren’t as good as those of other games that were released in 2019, the compelling narrative of this venerable PC game is the primary reason why you should give it a go.

Mafia – The City of Lost Heavens

This lightweight PC game has been available since 2010, yet it still provides amazing image details up to this day. This game has a history of the Mafia world that takes place in the 1900s, and as a result, it contains a wealth of astonishing elements, such as vintage automobiles and historic structures.

This open-world game’s narrative, gameplay, and missions, in addition to its overall premise, all contribute to the fact that it is still extremely deserving to be played.

Team Fortress

Team Fortress 2 is another cooperative first-person shooter developed by Valve and released in 2007. The game is completely free to play.

The most notable aspect of the free updates that are consistently made available for Team Fortress 2 is the addition of new headwear. These upgrades also include new game modes, maps, and tools. There are nine distinct classes, each of which offers a diverse selection of both strategic capabilities and personalities, as well as a diverse selection of player powers.

There are nine distinct classes, and each one offers a unique combination of tactical capabilities and personality traits. On a consistent basis, the game will get new caps, as well as new game kinds, places, and, most importantly, equipment.

Conclusion

So far, we have reviewed the top 10 open source online multiplayer games for 2GB RAM PCs and Laptops. The required amount of random-access memory (RAM) is often one of the most significant barriers that prevent a personal computer from running certain games. Though this list couldn’t possibly include highly intriguing games, still you can enjoy these virtual games on a low-end PC or laptop.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Global Covid cases top 548 million

The overall number of Covid cases has now crossed 548 million amid a rise in new infections in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 548,226,324 while the death toll from the virus reached 6,349,418 Saturday morning.

The US has recorded 88,708,703 cases so far and 1,040,641 people have died from the virus in the country, the data shows.

Over 17,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in 24 hours in India, taking the total tally to 43,362,294, according to data released by the health ministry on Friday.

Besides, as many as 13 Covid-19-related deaths were reported in the country since Thursday morning, bringing the total death toll to 524,954.

The daily positivity rate in the country stood at 4.32% while the weekly positivity rate was 3.07%, according to the federal health ministry.

Covid in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded another death from Covid-19 and 1,685 new cases in 24 hours till Friday morning.

On Thursday, the country recorded one death and 1,319 cases from Covid-19.

The country recorded over 1,000 Covid cases (1,409 cases) with 11 deaths last on February 25.

The daily case positivity rate declined to 12.18% from Thursday’s 14.32% as 13,833 samples were tested during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country’s total caseload rose to 1,962,213 while the total fatalities reached 29,135 with the new numbers, it said.

The mortality rate also declined to 1.48%. The recovery rates declined to 97.16% from Thursday’s 97.23% as185 patients recovered during this period.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Dengue: 35 new patients hospitalised

Among them, 33 patients were admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

As many as 127 dengue patients, including 118 in the capital, are now receiving treatment at hospitals across the country.

On Tuesday, the DGHS reported the first death of the season from the mosquito-borne viral disease.

This year, it has recorded 920 dengue cases and 792 recoveries so far.

Dengue – a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries – was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000 and claimed 93 lives. In three years, the fatality number almost fell to zero.

However, 105 dengue patients, including 95 in Dhaka division, died in 2021.

Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.

About 4 billion people, almost half of the world’s population, live in areas with a risk of dengue, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each year, up to 400 million people get infected with dengue while approximately 100 million get sick from infection, and 40,000 die from severe dengue, it says.

“There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue, and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates of severe dengue to below 1 percent,” according to the World Health Organization.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid: Bangladesh logs 3 more deaths with 1,280 cases

Bangladesh reported three more Covid-linked deaths with 1,280 new infections in 24 hours till Saturday morning.

The new figures took the country’s total death toll from Covid-19 to 29,138 while caseload to 19,63, 493, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On Friday the country recorded 1,685 cases and zero death from Covid-19.

Of the deceased, two were women and another was man. Two of them were from Dhaka division and another was from Barishal.

The daily-case positivity rate jumped to 15. 07 per cent from Friday’s 12.18 per cent as 8,492 samples were tested during the period, said the DGHS.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.48 per cent. The recovery rate declined to 97.10 per cent from Friday’s 97.16 per cent as 102 patients recovered during this period.

In May, the country reported only four Covid-linked deaths and 816 new cases, while 7,356 patients recovered from the disease, according to the DGHS.

Among the four deaths during the period, one was vaccinated with a single dose of Covid vaccine while three were vaccinated with two doses.

The country reported its first zero Covid death in a single day on November 20 last year, along with 178 cases, since the pandemic broke out here in March 2020.

On January 28, Bangladesh logged its previous highest positivity rate of 33.37 per cent.

The country registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Road accidents kill 4, injure 7 in five districts

At least four people including two students were killed and seven others were injured in separate road accidents in Thakurgaon, Narail, Magura, Chattogram and Khulna districts on Saturday.

In Thakurgaon, a 13-year old schoolgirl was killed and two others were hurt in a motorcycle accident at Goalkari on Baliadangi-Lahiri road in Baliadangi upazila.

The deceased was identified as Munni Akter, a sixth grader of Baliadangi Government Girl’s High School and dauther of Sadekul Islam, said Khayrul Anam, Officer-in-Charge of Baliadangi police station.

The accident occurred in the morning when the Baliadangi-bound motorcycle hit Munni from behind when she was passing the area, leaving her dead and the two riders injured. The injured were admitted to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital.

In, Narail , a sand-laden trolley truck ran over a 17-year old student on his way to madrasah on Khararia-Nawapara road in Kalia upazila, said Sheikh Tasmim Alam, OC of Kalia police station.

The deceased was identified as Asif Mina, a student of class eight of Khararia Rahima Habib Dakhil Madrasah and son of Hiru Mina.

OC Tasmim Alam said the vehicle has been seized and legal action will be taken in this regard.

Meanwhile, in Magura an unidentified youth was killed being hit by a trolley truck in front of Jashpur schoolin Mohammadpur upazila, said Ikram Hossain, OC of Mohammadpur police station.

A case was filed in this regard and the body was sent for an autopsy, he said.

In Chattogram, a motorcyclist died being hit by a truck on Mariner’s Road in Fishery Ghat area in the city at noon.

The deceased was identified as Tripti Dhar,34, son Chandra Sutradhar from Cumilla.

Truck driver named Alamgir was arrested and the vehicle has been seized, said Zahidul Kabir, OC of Kotwali police station.

Besides, five people were injured at East Jhiler Danga in Dumuria upazila of Khulna as two trucks collided head on at 11:30 am, said Md Shihab Molla, Sub-Inspector of Dumuria police station.

All the injured were truck drivers and their assistants, he said. They were taken to Khulna Medical College and Hospital by locals.

Of them driver Babu’s condition is critical, said the SI.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Mirza Fakhrul contracts Covid-19

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time.

“The BNP secretary general has been diagnosed with the coronavirus,” BNP media cell member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.

He said Fakhrul underwent the Covid test in the morning as he was suffering from fever and the report came positive.

Sayrul said the BNP leader was infected with the virus for the second time though he had received the booster dose of the Covid vaccine.

He said Fahrul has been receiving treatment in isolation at his Uttra home under the supervision of medicine specialist Dr Raihan Rabbani.

On behalf of BNP and the family members, Sayrul urged people to pray for the speedy recovery of Fakhrul.

Earlier on January 11 last, Fakhrul and his wife Rahat Ara Begum were infected with coronavirus.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Two suffer burn injuries in blast at S Alam Power Plant

Two workers suffered burn injuries in an explosion at an under-construction coal-fired thermal power plant at Gandamara in Banshkhali upazila on Saturday.

The victims are Shahadat Hossain, 22, and Imam Uddin, 31.

The explosion occurred from an unknown source at S Alam Power Plant on Saturday afternoon, leaving two workers injured, said Md Jahangir, additional superintendent of Chattogram district police.

Later, the victims were taken to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital.

However, it is still not clear what caused the explosion, added the officer.

Arman Chowdhury, a resident doctor of Banshkhali Upazila Health Complex, said among them Imam’s leg was broken and one of Shahadat’s hands is almost severed and his condition is critical.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Commoners more interested in living standards than governance: Planning Minister Mannan

The commoners are less interested in governance; all they want is a good standard of living, which the Awami League has ensured, Planning Minister MA Mannan said Friday.

“The road to governance is very long. We have to understand what the commoners want in the first place,” he added.

Mannan was addressing the seminar “National Budget and Economic Pathway” organised by The Centre for Governance Studies at a city hotel.

At the event, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, former minister and standing committee member of the BNP, said: “Politicisation is taking over the economy, which is a symbol of an authoritarian government.”

“Inequality is rising as the government is patronising its own people for its political interests,” he added.

There are contradictions in the budget process, Dr Muhammad Abdul Mazid, former chairman of the National Board of Revenue, said. “The scope for discussion is also limited.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Petrobangla to scrap compensation clause in future gas pacts?

After failing to enhance local gas production, state-owned Petrobangla has now initiated a move to modify the current structure of the gas supply agreement (GSA) with future power plants in Bangladesh.

UNB has learnt that a draft of the revised GSA was recently sent to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) seeking its opinion on the proposed move. And on their part, a top BPDB official said, the file has been forwarded to the Power Division with notings.

“We’ll soon hold a meeting with all power companies — public and private — to discuss in detail the merits and demerits of the revised GSA, before taking a final call on the proposal,” said a senior official of the Power Division, who didn’t wish to be named.

He, however, said that the Power Cell, a technical wing of the Power Division, had been asked to analyse the proposal and prepare a detailed report, which would help the Power Division to take a “right decision” on the file.

Petrobangla is the sole authority of gas supply to any power plant in the country. As a result, the BPDB and a private company have to sign a GSA with Petrobangla before moving for setting up a gas-fired power plant in the country.

“After a series of discussions and negotiations, Petrobangla sign a GSA with a power plant ensuring a timely supply of gas,” said an official. “The recent volatility in gas and crude prices in the global market has put the organisation in a dilemma.”

Under the current structure of the GSA, Petrobangla has an obligation to ensure gas supply to a power plant. If it fails to supply the same to the power plant, the latter can claim compensation from Petrobangla.

But now Petrobangla wants more flexibility in the future GSAs, basically to get out of this financial obligation, he said.

However, energy experts in Bangladesh believe that such a move would give a negative signal to future investors in the power sector.

“If any investor does not get a firm commitment about gas supply to power plants, they will not be interested to invest in the country,” eminent energy expert Dr M Tamim said.

According to the experts, in the last one-and-a-half decade, no new gas fields have been discovered in the country “due to lack of exploration initiatives”.

Instead Petrobangla has increased production mainly from the existing foreign company-operated gas fields, but that’s insignificant when compared with the rising demand.

Moreover, Petrobangla has to import about 25 percent of its gas from abroad at higher prices and sell it at lower prices to its local consumers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Walton Primo R9 Review: Competitive in entry-level budget segment

When it comes to affordable smartphones, Walton has been a market leader in Bangladesh. The company that started its journey with consumer electronics solutions first ventured into feature phones and subsequently to smartphones. Walton’s R line of devices has always been their entry-level lineup. These devices boast an impressive mix of performance and affordable pricing in the budget segment. Primo R9, the latest device in this lineup, has recently been launched on 21st June 2022. Here’s a detailed review of Walton Primo R9 with key specifications.

Key features of Walton Primo R9

Design and Build Quality

The Primo R9 is a sub 12,000 BDT device that is aggressively priced even for a budget smartphone. As a result, there are some cost cuts here and there. While these issues might be an eyesore to some, the price of the device should also be considered while reasoning.

Being the successor of the R8, the R9 doesn’t really reinvent anything which we typically see in the budget segment.

The most noticeable change is in the back where the previous frosted and vertical texture has been replaced with a refracting X. It kind of gives the device a gaming vibe which was somewhat the intention altogether.

The back and the frame are all made from plastic as usual. Ports and buttons are also placed in the exact same location as the previous generation. Users will be getting all the typical features like micro SDXC support, headphone jack, and dual sim in the device.

It was expected that Walton might revamp the front as the large chins and bezels don’t really go with the 2022 standard, even for an ultra-budget device. That said, the device offers an acceptable build quality in this price range with more focus being put on the performance front.

Display

The display is the same 6.52-inch water-drop notch style LCD panel. Walton calls it their dewdrop display. The resolution of the panel is HD+ with a capacitive touch panel. Walton went with the INCELL display technology which adds a bit more vibrancy to the panel.

There isn’t much to say about a 720P LCD panel. The display gets the job done. The viewing angles aren’t the greatest nor is the outdoor brightness. Noticeable blue tints are visible once it’s viewed from the side. But that’s just nitpicking as no one would generally use it from that extreme angle.

Overall, the display might be workable at best, but it’s definitely worth the price it comes at.

Camera

The camera module is probably the biggest marketing tool for the Walton Primo R9. Why? Because Walton is offering up to 52 MP of picture quality at a fraction of the flagship prices. Now Walton doesn’t actually ship the device with a 52 MP sensor.

The main camera is a 13 MP f/1.8 shooter. The other two are gimmicky 2MP depth and a VGA shooter. So how does the 52 MP resolution come about? Walton has used pixel-binding technology to transform the 13 MP shots into 52 MP resolution with long exposure and RAW mode shooting.

This is just an elaborate marketing strategy as the pictures aren’t that different in both RAW and normal mode. It’s a simple point-and-shoot camera that does a decent job in well-lit environments but fails in low light. images look grainy with noises here and there and uneven exposure. The only saving grace is the flash but given how things are now, not many people use flash to begin with.

The videography here is maxed at 1080P. The front also boasts an 8 MP selfie camera. It’s just another generic selfie camera without anything special going for itself.

Processor and Performance

The Walton Primo R9 genuinely shines in its performance. It’s nothing compared to the upper mid-range or flagships, but the device definitely made a space for itself in the entry-level category.

Walton has used Helio G25 Gaming SoC based on Hyper Engine Technology. It has an octa-core chip design built on 12 Nm FinFit architecture. The GPU is powered by PowerVR Vogue GE8320.

Remember the gaming-like design on the back. Well, Walton is claiming the Prime R9 to be the entry-level gaming phone of 2022. The G25 Gaming SoC is basically overclocked to 1.8 GHz to provide a smooth gaming experience on a budget.

The phone still drops a frame here and there while playing PUBG at the highest graphics level. But the fact that a device of this price point can even normally run PUBG in full settings is something which is definitely commendable. The run is similar to other titles as well from 3D to 2Ds.

Day-to-day tasks like browsing and social media run with ease on the device. There’s no noticeable lag and the device also does a great job at heat management except while gaming.

The smoothness comes with Android 11 with no guarantee of Android 12. But the minimum bloatware makes for a smooth and pleasant experience.

Battery and Charge Time

The Walton Primo R9 comes with a 5000 mAh battery. Users can expect to get around 7 to 8 hours of continued usage on a full charge due to its low-res display. However, gaming will definitely cause a battery drain as the chipset is overclocked. There’s also no fast-charging support so expect long charging hours.

Price of Walton Primo R9 in Bangladesh

The Walton Primo R9 is available in the 3GB/32GB variant only. The current official price of the device is 11,999 BDT. But Walton is running a promotional launch campaign where users can get the device for as low as 10,490 BDT.

Verdict

Walton played it safe with the Primo R9. Their “don’t fix what’s not broken” approach works here as the device made a small incremental update on the previous generation without compromising on the price. The device definitely shines on the processor end with high power delivery. But the camera gimmicks and the age-old display are a tad concern even for the budget buyer. But overall, Walton Primo R9’s still a great purchase considering the price and Waltons reliability.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Govt allocates rice, cash, food for flood-hit 3 districts

The government has allocated rice, money and dry food as humanitarian assistance for affected people in flood and other natural disaster in Brahmanbaria, Cumilla, and Kishoreganj districts.

The allocation was made by the Disaster Management and Relief Ministryon Friday, according to a press release.

From the allotment, Brahmanbaria will get 2,000 packets of dry and other food products, Cumilla 200 MTs rice, Tk 17 lakh, 1,700 dry and other food packets, Kishoreganj 100 MTs rice, Tk 10 lakh and 2,000 packets of dry and other food products.

Earlier, 4,020 MTs rice, Tk 5.36 crore and 95,000 food packets were allocated for the 11 flood-hit districts across the country.

The allocated relief (cash) money will be distributed only as humanitarian assistance to the victims of various natural calamities including floods during emergencies, said the release.

Source: United News of Bangladesh