Bangladesh emerged as a democratic country on the world map in 1971 after it won the nine months long liberation war against Pakistan. At present, about 160 million people live here in the total area of about 1,47,570 km.
Here is a list of five good thinks that you should know about Bangladesh:
1. Bangladesh is truly a riverine country, surrounded by an assortment of rivers including the Padma, the Meghna, the Jamuna, the Buriganga. Moreover it owns -Cox’s Bazar-, the longest sea beach in the world. This is the best thing that one could possibly ask for in terms of relaxation and tourism. The beach is always crowded with tourists. Another magnificent thing in terms of nature is the Sundarbans. This largest mangrove forest of the south west at the moment is the residence of above 400 Royal Bengal tigers.
2. Bangladesh has an extraordinary variation when it comes to seasons. This land in fact is a playground of a range of seasons. All of its six seasons embellish surroundings in a whole new manner which is a complete souvenir. Each of the seasons comes with abundant fruits, vegetables and breathtaking stunning weather.
3. Bangladesh is a land full of vivid celebrations. Is has rich historical and cultural presence. Bangladeshi people celebrate cultural and traditional festivals throughout the year. Bangladeshis are very apprehensive about preserving their customs. The Bengali New Year, known as Pahela Boishakh that comes on 14th April, is one of the most colorful and widely celebrated events of the year. Besides, there are other events such as Pahela Falgun (beginning of spring),Pithapuli Uthshob ,Nabanna uthshob (celebration in favor of the new crops) etc. The Biggest religious events are Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr”,”Eid-ul-Azha,Durga puja and Christmas. Although majority of the people are Muslims, there is a number of Hindu, Christian and Buddhist people living in Bangladesh. All of the religious events are more or less given equal priority and are celebrated by all that makes the occasions even more delightful.
4. Bangladeshi people are very much friendly and helpful. Foreigners who come to visit Bangladesh often admire hospitality and share the story of how much hardworking & caring they are. This is one of the reasons why tourists love to visit this land over and over again. A significant thing is – Bangladeshis live in joint families. It is in their culture not to live separately, they like it to be together. It is very rare & unusual for someone to live alone or separate from one’s family. This binding leads them to respect the elders and to be friendly with others.
5. The country is rich in agriculture. It is the rivers that fertile the soil and makes it eligible to grow various crops easily. Thus it has made a good industry on rice, tea jute etc. Garments and leather products are the major export earning sectors. Its garment products fulfill the necessity of many of the European countries including USA. Once Muslin and Jamdani clothes were used as luxurious garments in Europe & other countries which were weaved by Bengali weavers. Since then this industry has been expanding and supplying quality clothes worldwide.
The goodness of Bangladesh does not end here. For the visitors, plentiful of sites are there that should not be missed. Such as Nilgiri, Rangamati, Srimongol(tea garden), Bandarban and many more. Rickshaw, which is a tri-cycle, is another popular yet enjoyable ride readily available in all cities.
For most Bangladeshis, television still is one of the major sources of entertainment. At present, approximately 70 percent of the urban households have access to cable TV. The scenario will change when DTH (Direct to Home) will be introduced. A lot of households are excepted to shift to DTH from cable connection when it is inaugurated simply because it will give a much better viewing experience.
The old CRT TV sets are currently being replaced by newer LCD and LED TV sets which offer much better picture and sound qualities. Thankfully, television sets from all major electronics producers of the world including Samsung, Sony, and LG are available in Bangladesh. The prices of LCD or LED TV sets are also coming down to affordable level even for the common people. Because of the high demand of flat panels over CRT panels, the prices of flat panels are becoming cheaper than CRT panels. According to experts’ predictions, 2015 may be the last year of production for CRT panels.
Once introduced, the DTH will be the best option for TV views because conventional analog broadcast delivers poor reception which results in poor picture quality. Existing analog broadcast and cable connections in Bangladesh are unable to satisfy the customers’ desire of viewing top quality pictures. People now demand clearer and better picture quality. In order to satisfy the customers’ needs, Bangladesh needs to adapt to Direct to Home network.
Generally this is how a DTH service works: the service provider rents Ku-band transponders from the satellite. The data, video and audio signals are converted into digital format using an encoder. The multiplexer then mixes the signals and broadcasts them directly to the user using a DHT network. With the SD and HD TV channels, the subscribers enjoy a much clearer, better picture quality and audio excellence.
The broadcasting industry of Bangladesh has already responded to this challenge of offering high quality pictures and sounds. Several HD TV channels have by now started their operation while a few are in the pipeline.
DTH will be a better option for the viewers since it would have a greater coverage area. Viewers will in addition enjoy access to more channels; characteristically DTH will offer more channels than the standard cable systems.
Since the latest transmission technology is used in the DTH service, viewers will get to enjoy better reception and clearer picture with high colour definition and lighting. DTH also offers Dolby sound, which the traditional cable service cannot offer. In addition to these, the subscribers will have the liberty to customize audio settings. The information bar on a DTH device moreover allows the subscribers to see details about the current and future programs.
So, yes, Direct to Home network has a lot of advantage over the traditional cable connection. With the best picture and sound quality, DTH will definitely be a better option.
Among all the developing nations, Bangladesh is making its presence known more prominently due to one factor, which is women empowerment. Bangladesh is way ahead of all of its neighboring countries in issues like maternal health, female education and life expectancy.
Currently Bangladesh is the second largest readymade garment exporter in the world and this industry is female dominated. If history of women in this South-Asian nation is look into, it is noticeable that women have made their mark here more prominently than most developing nations. For instance, the multiple awards winning microcredit institute Grameen Bank is run by women. Since 1991, head of the parliaments were all women. Chief of the current parliament is a woman, chief of the primary opposition party is a woman and the speaker of the parliament is also a woman.
But even though all of the data and statistics may suggest at least equal contribution in the growth of the country; it is a matter of sorrow that women are discriminated in many ways. Still situation is like this that men are the owners of this country. For example, the distribution of property in Bangladesh is extremely unequal. A recent survey by United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization stated that women own only 3.5% of Bangladesh's cultivable lands.
The most common way for a woman to acquire land in this country is through inheritance. According to Muslim Shariah Law, a woman is supposed to receive half the property of what her brother receives from her parents. She will also acquire 1/8th of her husband's properties if she has children and 25% if she has no children. But women in this region of the world have a common habit of giving up their share of the property for their brothers or their children. This psychological phenomenon is known as "Good Sister Syndrome" in Bangladesh. According to Hindu and Buddhist Laws women will not inherit anything from her parents or husband.
The government has tried to make a fixed law regarding this but every time they tried they have faced serious protests from the Islamic parties. Religion plays a very important role in the politics and main two parties – Awami League and BNP, think that doing anything that may even slightly differ from the religious ruling might affect the voters. So both major parties of Bangladesh, even though both the chief's are women, have failed to have equal rights for women.