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New Marine Protected Area for Bangladesh

When the Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project (BCDP) was established in July 2006 by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) its objectives included researching and monitoring populations of cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – with a view to identifying and addressing threats to their welfare. This required working with both government agencies and local communities to develop conservation management plans, provide training and support for scientists and resource managers, and garner support for conservation efforts via community education programs, workshops, and the media. The recent announcement that Bangladesh has created its first marine protected area is seen as evidence that conservation efforts are starting to bear fruit.

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13th NCL Aims to Raise Level of Competitiveness

With the 13th National Cricket League season due to begin on 17 October, following a tournament committee meeting on Tuesday, 4 October 2011, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced some changes, and clarified some issues. It was decided that the 2011-2012 National Cricket League will follow the same format as before. Matches will be played at neutral venues, with the top four playing in the Super League, and the best two playing a five-day final in April 2012.

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Mushfiqur Rahim Appointed Cricket Team Captain

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesperson, Rabeed Imam, has announced that wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim has been appointed as the new team captain for the upcoming series against Pakistan and the West Indies to be played on home ground. It was also confirmed that all-rounder Mohammad Mahmudullah will fill the role of vice-captain during the West Indies games in October, and when the team plays against Pakistan in December. Rahim thanked the BCB for entrusting him with the responsibility of captain, noting that he was fully aware of the expectations of the entire nation, and is committed towards ensuring that the team will strive to fulfill the dream of millions of cricket fans.

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Sufia Kamal 100th Anniversary Celebrated

On 20 June 1911, the famous Sufia Kamal was born, and yesterday (20 June 2011) Bangladesh celebrated the 100th anniversary of one the most influential writers and poets of the country. Not only was she influential in the literary realm but she was also a dedicated feminist, fighting for the rights of women in Bangladesh. Kamal was the very first woman to be buried with full state honors after she passed away in 1999. The contributions she made to the country are still celebrated, and she was honored and remembered yesterday as a figure in Bangladesh who will never be forgotten.

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2011 Rabindranath Tagore Celebrations

Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861, and passed away on 7 August 1941. He became a respected Bengali novelist, playwright, poet, artist and musician. As a poet, his work was seen as new and exciting. He traveled the world, and in doing so, he became popular in the literary world cross East Asia, Europe and North America. In the year 1913 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature, becoming the first Asian to be given this honor. Now, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangladesh and India are joining forces to pay tribute to this legend.

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A Spectacular Opening for the ICC World Cup

After an absence of fifteen years, the sub-continent, and more precisely Bangladesh, opened the 2011 ICC World Cup in spectacular fashion! The Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka was especially renovated for the occasion. The thousands of spectators were thrilled by the live entertainment, fireworks and parade that marked the beginning of the cricket world cup. It was an evening to remember, and performances by Bryan Adams raised the crowd to their feet. Even the captains of the fourteen participating cricket teams were included in the festivities.

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Upcoming 2011 ICC World Cup

The much anticipated 2011 ICC World Cup will kick off in Bangladesh on 19 February 2011. Ratnakar Shetty, director of the tournament, has confirmed that all thirteen venues selected for the World Cup will be ready to welcome players and spectators by the opening match. There has been some concern over the venues in Sri Lanka and India, which are co-host to the event, but Shetty is confident that everything is running according to schedule. Bangladesh is extremely excited about the tournament and has already selected their fifteen man squad to represent them in the 2011 ICC World Cup.

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Protected Tourism Zone

Bangladesh is a beautiful country, with a fascinating history and rich cultural heritage, all factors which contribute to the increasing numbers of tourists visiting each year. In recognition of the important role tourism plays in the economy of the country, the Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ghulam Mohammad Quader, introduced the Bangladesh Protected Tourism Area and Special Tourism Zone Bill for consideration by Bangladeshi authorities in mid-June 2010, with the bill being approved on June 27.

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