The Bangabandhu Gold Cup football is an international Football tournament that Bangladesh Football Fedararion (BFF) is organizing since 1996 to show tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, the father of Nation. But only two editions have thus far been played. In January, 2015, BFF has arranged this tournament for the 3rd time. In this year, six nations-Bangladesh, Thailand, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore participated in the tournament. Bangladesh and Sri Lankan national teams played in this tournament and other four nations sent their under -22 and under-21 team. The host Bangladesh ended up as runners-up.
Football is one the most popular sports of the country. During 1980s, football was the most popular sports in Bangladesh. But from 90s, the popularity of football along with its standard has been declining gradually due to mismanagement, financial crisis among football clubs, political interferences and also the increasing popularity of cricket.
Kazi Salauddin, Salam Murshedi, Rumi, Kaisar Hamid-these names remind us the golden time of country’s football and still these names remain bright in every Bangladeshi football fans’ heart. Thousands of people would gather in stadium to enjoy the historic race between Mohammedan and Abahani –the two most popular clubs in the country. Read the stories behind the tournament here: Stories behind Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
Though the popularity of football has declined but still the people love football as much as cricket. During football world cup, it is seen that the whole country is decorated with thousands of colorful flags by the supporters of various teams. All kinds of people from every class enjoy every match with great enthusiasm. Still now, whenever any international tournament is arranged in the country, every inch of the stadium become full with crowd. This shows how Bangladeshi love football.
But it really disheartens us whenever we think about our football as its standard has been degrading regularly. Regarding this fact, BFF has taken some steps and is trying to develop the standard of football. To revitalize country’s football, it needs a big investment and sponsorship. Many local brands have already come forward regarding this fact. Recently Channel-9 has become the title sponsor of Bangabandhu Gold Cup for the next five years. Apart from the prime sponsors, Beximco Group, Hamim Group, National Bank, AB Bank, Modhumoti Bank, Novoair and Biman Bangladesh Airlines are also the sponsors of this six nations tournament.
Bangladesh team played well in the tournament and reached the final. The players gave their best in the final math as well. Country’s football lovers hope that the football will regain its golden age through this tournament and will go ahead to be a great source of joy and pride.
Apart from the constant global economy vagueness, Bangladeshi consumers have got a widely positive economic view point. Compared to the 27 countries of Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, taken into account in the research, Bangladesh is observed to make the greatest progression. Consumer assurance of this country rose to a whopping 25.9 points in the first 6 months on 2014 to 66.4 points.
Another report published on 9th September says that 71% of the Bangladeshi citizens are satisfied with the economic vigor of the state.
A New-York based expertise company, MasterCard, first put Bangladesh in its investigation during the latter six months of 2012. At that period index points of Bangladesh were 61.7. In the first half of 2013, the points reached 22.2. The study was carried out in between July and August of the current year i.e 2014 on 12,574 people whose ages were 18 to 64. These people were told to give a six-month viewpoint on monetary factors such as economy, stock-market, daily income prospects, life-style quality and employment panorama. All of the directories were calculated taking zero to be the glummest and 100 as the most buoyant. 50 were considered to be neutral.
The study came up with the result where other than Australia, Asia Pacific is observed to be greatly satisfied with their economic outlook. Maximum consumer confidence score was verified in the region in more than a decade of 68.3 points of index. 12 out of 16 markets surveyed recorded in Asia Pacific and was found positive response and noticeable customer buoyancy, when compared to the past six months report. The only two markets out of these 16 having a point less than 50 are South Korea and Australia.
Consumer Confidence of Taiwan rose up to a great extent from 33 points in 2013 to 57.6 points in 2014 which is a rise of 24.6 points. More of the countries made noteworthy and double-digit developments in consumer confidence and they are Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Their rises in points are by 14.6, 13.2, 11.3 and 10.8 respectively.
However, countries in Asia Pacific, which hold the record of highest points in this regard, are Myanmar, Indonesia and India with points 94.1, 94.0 and 89.1 respectively. On the other hand, Australia has been noted down to have the greatest plunge in this field which went down from 49.2 in first half of 2013 to 37.2 points in first half of 2014.
Markets similar to Taiwan and Bangladesh are doing great improvement in consumer sentiment reinforced by major manipulates like discernment of developing economy and better employment prospects.
The largely sanguinity of the region is a ray of hope for the future. It exhibits the significance of non-stop innovation with consumers in markets like Myanmar, Indonesia and India to carry on this economic escalation.
This is the survey which has been carried out since the year 1993 and this is the 43rd survey of consumer confidence.
Real estate companies cut apartment prices by 11 percent on average in order to boost the depressed property market. A study shows that at present, the price of each square foot on average is Tk 9,091.
According to the managing Director of Sheltech , the apartment prices is 25 percent cheaper now as this sector has gone through a price correction process in the last three years. In Dhaka, each square foot of flat would sell at Tk 12,273 in 2012 and this price came down to Tk. 11,136 in 2013 and Tk. 10,182 in 2014 The study also shows that about 20,000 units of flats still remain unsold throughout the Dhaka city in which the flats in Uttara and Mirpur remain as most unsold. Banani experienced the highest price fall from previous year marking at 15.58 percent, Uttara and Shantinagar at 14.28 percent, and both Mohammadpur and Kalabagan at 12.5 percent. The flat at Mirpur and Shyamoli are being sold at Tk5500 per sft while Baridhara’s flats sell at the highest price at Tk18000 per sft. According to Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh, the sector sales fell 60 percent in 2013.
The land price in Dhaka city also fell on average 14.12 percent as each katha is being sold at Tk.1.94 crore on average down from Tk.2.26 crore in 2014. The price of each katha in Baridhara is 4.5 crore while Badda and Basabo’s price is the lowest at Tk.35 lakh only. Now realtors incline to take big project instead of small projects because small projects increase their cost but in big project, developers can manage material at bulk rate and utilize the resources more efficiently which reduce the cost. With the increasing of people in the city, about 120000 household units need to accommodate them. The supply of housing in the city is only about 2500 of which 15000 are built by the real estate companies and top 20 companies have 80 percent share.
About 36 lakh people are related directly and indirectly to this sector which contribute about 7 percent to GDP of the country.