Focus on the game of cricket, not the jersey

Picture a scene from the last World Cup. All Bangladeshi players gathering in the field, celebrating their win against England, and eventually qualifying for the Quarter Finals. This scene is arguably the most favourite cricketing moments for any Bangladeshi Cricket Fan. 

Fast forward 4 years. Another world cup is almost here. And a surprisingly unlikely contender is the topic of debate this time. The jersey.

No red in the jersey and it apparently matters

The fans are used to seeing our tigers in the world stage with the famous red and green jersey. But this year, when the official jersey was published by BCB, all hell broke loose. Two separate jerseys were there, but instead of a red and green merge, two separate jerseys of Green and Red Colour was brought to the media.

Mistakes were definitely made. But we might be focusing on the wrong ones. It was not the colours that we should be worried about. Names of the players were typed wrong including that of the captain’s.

Reaction of people

The reactions of the fans were nowhere near positive. Especially the green jersey had infuriated the general fans because they felt it was almost a copy of the Pakistan team jersey. Social media outbursts were observed.

“What is this nonsense? What is the point of copying Pakistan’s jersey? It would seem like a Pakistan vs Pakistan match while facing them.”

A furious fan commented

Does it really matter?

Aesthetics aside, this is actually not the first time Bangladesh had a single coloured Jersey. The iconic 1999 jersey with tiger strap did not have any hint of red either. Plus, there was a brief period when Bangladesh had a blue jersey. And also a time when it would be quite hard to differentiate between the Bangladeshi jersey and that of the Zimbabwe team.

The point is, the entire debate over this jersey is pointless. The design of the jersey that was designed and approved sparks debate, but it might not be the biggest of concerns. Yes, it didn’t have hints of red in it but no book says that there should be.

Reaction of BCB

Amidst the uproar (!) of people, BCB declared, they are applying for change. As per the latest news, a stripe of bland red in the middle of a tacky Green had been approved. Let’s hope this settles the debate once and for all for everyone.

Cricket world cup comes only in 4 years. And this is arguably the best Bangladeshi team yet.

Our focus should have been on the game, not the jersey.

And this is the last world cup of our very own Mashrafe Bin Murtaza. We hope that the Tigers bid him a proper farewell through their performance in the world cup.

The views expressed in this article are of the writer’s own, and not of HiFi Public as a publication.

The curious case of BRAC University and its Pohela Boishakh

If you don’t stay under a rock, you should have come across all the memes making fun of BRAC University for celebrating Pahela Boishakh a week earlier. There were loads of trolls and some were actually funny. Most were also kind of hackneyed.

But why though?

First of all, we were told that it was not anything enforced. The students actually played a significant role in the decision as well. Mid-April is the time BRAC University holds its semester final exams. The exam season means no class, and thus the university remains closed.

“Well, we kind of wanted it to celebrate early. We always have our exams in Mid April, and thus it becomes difficult for everyone to attend. Moreover, as the university remains closed, things don’t become much festive.”

Sartaj Islam Shovon, a student of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, commented

“This was not much of a problem. The heat and everything were there. The program was good. The main thing is, we liked it. We mostly couldn’t enjoy in previous years due to exam pressure. This also becomes somewhat of a refreshment before the exams.”


Said Sabreen Alim, an energetic junior doing her BBA

Well, okay. If you put it like that..

All work and no play

Some students are a bit disappointed at the authority for always holding their exams at that time. But most students agree that their university has a specific academic calendar, and rigorous following of that prevents them from all kinds of session jams.

This very “legitimate” reason that was there for the early celebration of Pahela Baishakh is quite unknown to many. Hence, the flood of memes in our newsfeeds has tickled us to laugh, and also causing embarrassment to the people of BRACU at the same time.

Hey! look on the bright side

But, the people of BRAC University should not be disheartened in any way. They have a lot of positives to take from this.

1. Uninterrupted GoT binge

The most anticipated Episode of Game of Thrones will be released on 14th April. They can watch it staying at home, as they are already done with celebrating. BRACU people! Grab your popcorns, stay at your home, and watch your most awaited episode.

2. For the sake of memes!

This had provided some quality memes in our newsfeeds. Think of all the people you made laugh, BRACU people! In these tough times, having a good laugh is rare.

3. Cheap Hilsha! Yes!

Hilsha fish is quite costly in the Pahela Baishakh week. You have saved quite a significant chunk of money for yourselves eating Hilsha a week early. Think of all the productive things you can do with the saved money!

4. Festival hopping

Finally, this gives a chance to the BRACU students to explore the Pahela Baishakh program of other Universities! A golden opportunity to explore and getting out of your shell!

The hype around fitness watches and why they are not always accurate

Fitness watches have become quite a new attraction. Available in attractive and aesthetic designs, these watches represent the awareness of physical well-being in millennials. The newer models with features such as ECG, Heart Rate Counter, Steps Counter, Pulse counter are quite popular amongst people. But are they truly something novel?

Then and now

Fitness watches were not so sophisticated at the beginning of their journey.

The surprising thing is, it is not something very new either. The Polar Sports Tester PE 2000 was the first watch for serious athletes and a forefather to pretty much any biometric sports watch since. It received an upgrade in the Sports Tester PE3000 in 1984. This was the first watch to implement biometric information live onto the display. In 1987 the PE300 introduced Target Zones for heart-rate based training. But fitness wearables have come a long way, to producing accurate ECGs to warning signals when the watch notices any kind of abnormal reading.  It has evolved into more of a fashion accessory with all the new and trendy designs.

A medical revolution?

On a Friday night in March, while sitting in his cozy home in Atlanta, GA, a beep on 61-year-old David Gilley’s Apple Watch notified him: His heart rate was unusually high despite being at rest.

It’s a new optional feature of the Apple Watch’s updated Heart Rate app—an alert goes off if your heart rate rises to an atypical level provided that you’ve been idle for over 10 minutes. Gilley, who had been struggling with heart issues for a decade and had recently been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate condition called atrial fibrillation—quickly opted in.

His heart was almost failing by the time he reached the nearby hospital.

But luckily, Gilley’s story had a happy ending: He walked out of the hospital a few days  later, due in large part to his watch.

Examples like that are more than enough to make anyone rush order a fitness watch of their own.

Not an unadulterated blessing

The advantages of these watches and their advanced alert systems might seem to outweigh the dangers by far, but it isn’t so in reality. Various hospitals report that their emergency room is getting overcrowded 10 times more than usual, thanks to fitness watch false alarms. People getting even the slightest of warning signals rush to the emergency rooms panicking.

A trigger for anxiety

These watches have become somewhat of a panic inducer for people suffering from anxiety.  The emergency rooms of hospitals often have to waste valuable time and resources for panicked people with no actual health problems. This often undercuts actual cases of emergency and have the potential to cause lasting damage and maybe even death. The occasional warning signal might save a life. But the truth is vitals can be elevated for a variety of reasons, a lot of which aren’t serious. The smoke signals sometimes take the attention away from an actual inferno.

On the bright side

Although fitness watches have their share of shortcomings, these should not totally overshadow the amazing things about these watches. MI bands are sufficiently cheap and quite popular amongst the people in Bangladesh. The teenagers who cannot afford branded watches can easily get these fashionable ones with unique and useful features (unless you’re using Apple products). It is indeed very convenient to get these medical notifications, and they have in one way or another, made way for awareness regarding medical conditions in people. Let’s leave it to the development of technology to provide more accurate results and hope for the best.

A Bangladeshi space app is reaching for the stars

NASA. A word that resonates in the ears of every science geek.  NASA on Saturday announced the names of six teams who came out on top in six separate categories. The champion teams are set to visit the NASA headquarters. Undoubtedly this is a huge and very prestigious opportunity for each winner.

Also read: NASA’s opportunity rover mission comes to an end.

Meet team “Olik” and Lunar VR

Bangladesh made its mark quite significantly in this contest.  SUST team ‘Olik’ won the award in the ‘Best Use of Data’ category. This achievement has spread a roar of joy and pride amongst the country people nationwide.

The project of ‘Olik’ is quite intriguing indeed.

Olik’s project was a Lunar VR(Virtual Reality)  that allows users to virtually explore the landing site of Apollo 11.

It also can orbit the moon with the LRO satellite. And quite interestingly, it can also observe the eclipse from the lunar surface.

The VR part is the most interesting part of their project. Using this mobile virtual reality application Lunar VR, anyone can experience and feel like landing on the moon though Apollo-11 and walk around the satellite. This science fiction sounding thing is something that is made feasible by these young guns. Their project is thus quite a show of innovation and creativity.

How it works:

Team Olik used a 3D model for creating a virtual environment. To make matters interesting, NASA gave the team some challenges to solve, as described by the team leader.

Team Olik’ won the best use of data category and have beaten a staggering number of 1,395 teams around the world.

About the wizards of SUST:

The members of the team representing are Professor Vishapriya Chakraborty (Mentor), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SM Rafi Adnan, Department of Physics, Kazi Mainul Islam, Abu Sadiq Mahdi and Sabbir Hossain from Department of Geography and Environment.

This very big news came as a declaration on Saturday through an email. To Team Oliks great joy, they were asked to get ready for visiting the aeronautics and space science research center of NASA within a short time.

Earlier in the selection round ‘Team Olik’ made it to the top four along with teams from California, Kuala Lumpur and Yamaguchi, Japan on December 8.

Another team from Dhaka, Team ‘Planet Kit’ from BRAC University, was in the top in Best Use of Hardware Category, along with Argentina, Australia and Taipei but they failed to have the last smile in the final race.

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) under the initiative of BASIS students’ forum has been organizing NASA Space Apps Challenge every year. The consistency of BASIS has paid off greatly with this award.

For this year the BASIS has chosen eight teams from Bangladesh to submit their projects for NASA after a massive competition across the country where they have sorted out top 40 projects from 2000 projects.