Cricket gala begins

The 10th Cricket World Cup, a 49-match six-week sporting marathon was formally launched by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina amidst thunderous cheers here this evening in the renovated Bangabandhu National Stadium in a blaze of colour and pageantry.
“ It gives me great pleasure to declare the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup open,” said Sheikh Hasina and pressed the switch-on button. The prime minister hoped that hosting of the World Cup cricket would help cement international fraternity.
With the formal inaugural of the tournament, Dhaka’s evening sky was lit up with spectacular fireworks as remote-controlled colourful electronic kites went up in flying formation. For the first time the packed crowd in the stadium had a glimpse of “aerial” cricket and a spectacular laser show.
The colourful cultural presentations were made by renowned singers, musicians and dancers of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka – the three co-hosts of the tournament-  showcasing the rich cultural heritage.
The prime minister also thanked the organisers, BCB officials and patrons for their immense contribution to holding the World Cup successfully.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President AHM Mostafa Kamal MP gave the welcome address while ICC President and Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Local Organising Committee Chairman and Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith and State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar also spoke at the function.
There was nothing lacking in the amazing opening show that depicted Bangladesh’s long history chronologically and ended with famed rockstar Bryan Adams’s mind-blowing concert and theme song of the World Cup “De Ghumma Ke” to leave the full house excited.
Noted singers from India and Bangladesh rendered the song to present their cultural heritage that not only made the event global but also articulated that sports could bring the whole world under the same umbrella.
At 7 pm Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said at the inauguration, “In this month of February, I recall with gratitude the martyrs of the great Language Movement. I also recall the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had steered the Language Movement.
We feel greatly privileged to co-host the cricket extravaganza in our beautiful country.”
The grand opening ceremony started at 5pm with the popular singers of Bangladesh performing. Thereafter the welcome song of the ceremony “O Prithibi, Ebar ashey Banglake now chiney..  (world, now is the time to come to know Bangladesh) was performed by singers Mila, Kona, Elita, Balam, Hridoy Khan, Arnob and Ibrar Tipu.
The 14 captains of the World Cup teams entered the ground on 14 beautifully decorated rickshaws which was followed by members of the 14 teams joining the march past. Earlier the event’s mascot Stumpy entered the stadium with the captains’ rickshaws followed.
Afterwards, the most attractive part of the ceremony started with enormous passion. As the music and dances crept building up to a crescendo, the fireworks went up. Following this the cultural programme started depicting the heritage of the Sub-continent as the simulated thunderstorm and the fireworks often left the spectators spellbound.
Legendary Bangladeshi singers Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin and Mumtaz then performed a medley of some of their popular songs. India’s Sanu Nigam also sang.
Subsequently the best of the rural culture of Bangladesh, the rich folk tradition and the greatest achievements in Bangladesh’s history, the Language movement, Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech, the independence, gradually became vivid through simultaneous projection of light, sound and fireworks.
Legendary Bryan Adams then came to the stage and the audience stood upto welcome the Canadian Star.
The stunning opening ceremony then ended with the meet’s theme song ‘De Ghuma Ke’ performed by famed Indian singers Shankar, Ehsan and Loy.

 

Via: The Independent                                                                                          Image: Shafiqul Alam/daily sun

Related News

PM opens country’s first metro rail

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formally inaugurated the country’s first metro rail this morning. She opened a section of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 by unveiling a plaque at the playground of Uttara sector- The PM’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana waved to the audience after the plaque was unveiled.

Bangladesh enters metro rail era

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh’s commuting system entered a new era on Wednesday as prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first ever metro rail service in the capital. She inaugurated the operation of the first phase of the project, Uttara to Agargaon, from Uttara sector-15 playground. Marking the occasion, the prime minister also unveiled a ... Read more

The WB will revive Dhaka’s rivers

$20b project plan News Desk : dhakamirror.com The World Bank will lead a $20 billion project to restore Dhaka’s five rivers. “We see the World Bank’s imprint in countries where it has large-scale operations. Bangladesh lacks World Bank signage. It’s hard to spot the World Bank here,” Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal recalled his conversation ... Read more

Bangladesh lifts ban on visiting tourists

World Tourism Day today News Desk : dhakamirror.com The government is set to withdraw embargo on the visit of foreign tourists to Bangladesh as the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 on Monday recommended doing so if the tourists can show their ‘full vaccine certificates’ on arrival. Civil aviation and tourism state minister Md Mahbub ... Read more

UNICEF Bangladesh Ambassador Mim visits children affected by the floods

News Desk : dhakamirror.com UNICEF National Ambassador for Bangladesh Bidya Sinha Mim is visiting Sylhet this week to meet children whose lives have been upended by floods that ravaged northeastern Bangladesh in May and June this year, according to a press release Thursday. The widespread flooding affected the lives of 7.2 million people, including 3.5 ... Read more

Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 social workers to improve child protection services

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 additional social workers to improve the effectiveness of the provision of child protection services at the local level. This hiring will increase the workforce from the current 3,000 social workers to 9,000, representing a 200% increase in the number of social workers. The statement was made ... Read more

SSC, HSC equivalent exams for 2023 will be held on all subjects

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Secondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations will be held on all subjects and with full marks from 2023, said a circular issued on Sunday. Inter-Education Board Coordination Committee released a circular in this regard that was signed by its chief, professor Tapan Kumar Sarkar on Sunday. The ... Read more

SSC, equivalent exams begin today

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations for 2022 are going to start from today. Some 2,021,868 students are expected to take part in the examinations this year. Of them, 1,599,711 would participate in SSC, 2,68,495 in Dakhil, and 153,662 in vocational examinations. Some 3,790 centres were made available for ... Read more

International Literacy Day: Government now aims 100% literacy by 2030

News Desk : dhakamirror.com About 24.40 percent of adults aged 15 and over remain illiterate, although the ruling Awami League pledged in its 2008 election manifesto to end illiteracy by 2014. The goal of achieving universal literacy by 2014 was also set out in the National Education Policy 2010 created in 2009 by the AL-led ... Read more

Uber made BDT 45 billion in economic contributions to Bangladesh Last year: report

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Public First, a UK-based policy research firm, conducted the research and produced the Ubers 2021 Bangladesh Economic Impact Report, which was released today at a ceremony in the capital. The study shows how Uber is helping to transform the on-demand economy for users, driver partners and the general public by producing ... Read more

Tea workers return to work after 15 days

Many of them say Tk-50 hike inconsistent with current prices of essentials Mintu Deshwara After a 15-day work abstention, tea workers resumed work for a daily wage of Tk 170 yesterday morning. Majority of them expressed their dissatisfaction over the Tk 50 pay hike and said they resumed work as they had no alternative. “My ... Read more

Impact of climate change: 14.8 million people at danger of starvation by 2030

News Desk : dhakamirror.com According to the Global Food Policy Report-2022, 14.8 million people would be at danger of becoming hungry by 2030 as a result of climate change. The analysis, created by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says, 11.3 million people would go hungry in 2030 if climate change had no effect. ... Read more

National Mourning Day today

The nation is set to observe National Mourning Day today. The government and numerous political, socio-economic and cultural organisations have chalked out programmes to mark the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members. On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu was brutally assassinated by a group of ... Read more

Tea garden workers begin strike for wage hike

Zaman Monir Bangladesh Cha Shramik Union, an organisation of tea garden workers, went on a countrywide strike from Saturday for an indefinite period demanding a hike in their daily wages. Leaders and activists of the organisation’s Sylhet and Chattogram divisional units expressed their solidarity on Friday night with the organisation’s Moulvibazar unit that the daily ... Read more

Over 14,000 children die of drowning in Bangladesh annually: WHO, UNICEF

News Desk : dhakamirror.com In Bangladesh, more than 14,000 children drown each year, according to a joint media release from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Over 14,000 children in Bangladesh die from drowning each year, making it the second largest cause of mortality for children under the age of five in the country. The ... Read more

HC bans rooftop train journey

Action against rail officials if passengers travel on train roof News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Railway authorities were criticized by the High Court on Thursday (July 21, 2022) for poor administration of the railway services, including ticket scalping, and it was noted that no passenger is allowed to ride on the train roof. “If ... Read more

Nation celebrating Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, is being celebrated across Bangladesh on Sunday with due solemnity, a sense of sacrifice and religious fervour amid the Covid outbreak for the second consecutive year.The celebrations began with Eid congregations all over the country followed by the sacrifice of cattle head in the name ... Read more

No motorcycle registration without driver’s license

News Desk : dhakamirror.com On Tuesday, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority said that starting on September 15, no registration number will be assigned to any motorcycle if the driver lacked a valid driving license.The order, issued by the authority, was given to inform people about it, said the BRTA director (engineering) Sitangshu Shekhar Biwas.Currently, the ... Read more

PM Hasina inaugurates Padma Bridge

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Multipurpose Bridge on Saturday. The prime minister unveiled the inauguration plaque of the much-anticipated 6.15 kilometre Padma Bridge for vehicular movement at 11:58am at Mawa end. Speaking at the auspicious moment of inaugurating the bridge, an emotion-choked prime minister remembered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the family members ... Read more

Physical work of Bangladesh’s First underground metro rail to begin in Sept

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Physical work on Bangladesh’s first underground metro rail, formerly known as Mass Rapid Transit Line-1, or MRT-1, will start within September this year. MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd, revealed the information at a press conference at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka, on Wednesday. He said ... Read more