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Palak calls for inclusion of e-commerce in the academic curriculum

State Minister for Information and Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak has called for the inclusion of e-commerce in the curriculum of primary, secondary and higher secondary students for acquiring knowledge of e-commerce. Palak made the call at the 10th master class of the Women and E-Commerce Forum (WEF), a popular Facebook group of women entrepreneurs, on Saturday (April 24th). The main theme of this year's master class was Business Sustainability: From Plateau to Peak.Education Minister Dipu Moni was the chief guest in this program. Requested the Minister of Education to include e-commerce in the textbooks, Palak said, "If we can include the basic knowledge of e-commerce in textbooks or textbooks for 4 and a half crore students, then we can include it in the Women and e-commerce guide or curriculum for every student." That part of the commerce digital lifestyle, however, will be possible to deliver in the morning. During the last 12 months, it has been possible to provide various emergency services through e-commerce, which has resulted in people getting the benefits of e-commerce at home. E-commerce has surpassed the growth of the last 12 years in 12 months, said Palak.


Foreign Minister inaugurates Magicman's 'Innovative Global University' in US

The Innovative Global University (IGU) of the United States has embarked on a new venture to initiate students to acquire skills suitable for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The university, run by Abubakar Hanip, a renowned 'Magicman' engineer, is set to become the beacon of the future in Vienna, Virginia, with the aim of building human resources for every student with science and technology-based skills.Visiting Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the activities of the university at noon local time on Saturday. And through this, another chapter was added to the journey of Bengalis in the multinational American society. In this, a hard-working and talented Bangladeshi immigrant became a part of history.The minister termed the event as the first Bangladeshi-owned educational institution to be established on the golden centenary of Bangabandhu's birth and the golden jubilee of independence as a unique initiative for Bengali-speaking expatriates. At the event, a scholarship of around Tk 2 crore was announced every year for the students who want to study from Bangladesh. Engineer Abubakar Hanip also said that two scholarships will be given in the name of Dr. Abdul Momen at the bachelor's and master's level.Ambassador of Bangladesh M. Shahidul Islam, Rokeya Haider, Head of Voice of America Bangla Department, IGU Professor Dr. Mikhail Cobb, Chief Financial Officer Farhana Hanip and two students of the University Amit Gupta and Natalia Jagon spoke.The university has Masters in Cyber ​​Security and Masters and Bachelor's degrees in Science and Information Technology and Business Administration. In addition, there are several certificate courses in computer and IT.The company also plans to launch a number of courses in health care, nursing, data science, and artificial intelligence soon.


Bangladesh's First B2B Marketplace for Small Retailers Chowkbazar.com Launches

Despite the huge growth in internet penetration in Bangladesh over the past decades, approximately 4 to 5 million small retailers (dokandar) holds more than 98% of all Bangladesh retail  and trade market, which directly connect 180+ million population of Bangladesh.In the decades-old traditional systems, every week, these retailers buy 35% of their shop essentials: talking to 50-60  different single branded salespeople for placing orders. For the rest of the 65 % of their shop essentials: they need to close their shop and invest time in traveling to the wholesale market, negotiate, buy, and then manage logistics to bring products to their shops. Otherwise, they need to buy from the brokers, who provide them this service, with an undisclosed premium of   20-50%.chowkbazar.com, an online wholesale marketplace for small retailers, launches in Dhaka with an ambition to solve these problems for small retailers. Small retailers can buy all of their business goods from chowkbazar.com without leaving their shops. Likewise traditional wholesale market, a small shop owner can search for his desired products, price, quantity with different brands and sellers, even he can find the prices of a single product offered by many different sellers, which ultimately give him a scope to buy the best product with least possible wholesale price in Bangladesh. Normally the majority of the small shop owners aren’t tech-savvy. To make them comfortable with the online buying phenomenon as well as placing orders on regular basis, chowkbazar.com has route-wise dedicated sales executives who visit the small retailers weekly to check their stocks and help them place orders. Once you place an order, it is then forwarded to the sellers, Chowkbazar’s delivery person then picks up the package from sellers and delivers it to the small shop owners. From placing an order to delivery, the whole process takes 6-48 hours.   The most important benefit the small retailers getting from chowkbazar.com is that: they can directly purchase the products from the manufacturers, importers, which eliminate the middleman i.e dealer, distributor, brokers, etc. and can save 5-50% of their procurement cost. To avail, chowkbazar.com charges a delivery fee of 0-10 taka (depending on products) per kilogram as a delivery cost, which is the current main revenue stream of chowkbazar.com. Currently, chowkbazar.com is available only in Dhaka and covers mobile phone, mobile accessories, electrical, lighting, hand tools and a number of verticals. The company, however, gradually plans to get into medicine and grocery as well as expand its services across the country.


20 lakh people will be employed in ICT By 2021

Junaid Ahmed Palak was speaking at a press conference on Saturday (January 18th) at the BCC auditorium at the ICT Tower in Agargaon, titled "12 Years of Digital Bangladesh Moving Forward Under the Leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina".Internet facilities will be ensured for all in 2021. At the same time, by 2021, 2 million young people will be employed in the ICT sector, said Junaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology.Junaid Ahmed Palak said, "Since 2008, more than 1.5 million young people have been employed in the ICT sector in the last 12 years. By December 2021, we expect this number to reach 20 lakhs. The government has emphasized on creating skilled people to meet the challenges and exploit the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Training has already started on state-of-the-art technology blockchain, robotics, AI, AR, VR, cloud computing, 3D technology. Sheikh Hasina Institute of Frontier Technology is being developed. ’He said, ‘In the last 12 years, a strong ICT backbone has been created in the country, which has led to the expansion of information and communication technology to rural areas. The country's 3,600 unions now have broadband internet connectivity. Internet service will be ensured for all by 2021. In the last 10 months, 1 lakh youths have been employed in e-commerce in Corona. With the creation of the ICT backbone, it has been possible to maintain office-court, medical services, education and business activities while maintaining social distance during the Corona epidemic. Post Covid-19 has been planned and submitted to the Ministry. ’


Signal app 1.6 crore downloads in 7 days

WhatsApp is about to change its privacy policy. To use the updated version of the app from February 8, everyone has to click on the 'agree and accept' option. Otherwise this app will become unusable. And using this updated version the user information may be shared with other platforms of the organization. Ever since knowing this, people have been leaving WhatsApp and turning to Signal App. The Signal app has been downloaded 1.7 crore times in the last one week. “We are planning to hire more Indians for the betterment of our customers,” said the head of the Signaling App’s Controlling Foundation."We've seen unprecedented growth over the last few days," said Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp and founder of Signal Apps, before being sold to Facebook. However, he has not yet made any information public. “Last week we recorded a lot of growth,” he said. Due to the record increase in the number of users, we are preparing for large-scale recruitment.Brian said Signal is working to improve its video and group chat features. According to Sensor Tower, 16 million users have downloaded the Signals app in the last seven days. Which is 72 times more than the previous week. At this time, 1.07 crore users have downloaded WhatsApp, which is 16 percent less than the previous week.Seeing their growing popularity, Signal is going to bring more than one new feature in their app. The matter has been reported on the official Twitter handle on behalf of the company. That being said, they are going to bring multiple new features including chat wallpapers, animated stickers. Signal profile is also being brought along. iOS users are also being offered the facility to view media auto download settings and profile pictures across the screen. These features are already available for Android users.WhatsApp recently announced that user information can be shared with any of its affiliates, even Facebook. In addition, the app will be able to track the user's location data at all times. Since then, people have started leaving this app and leaning towards Telegram and Signal. Tesla CEO Elon Mask also advised people to leave WhatsApp and use the signal. Meanwhile, with so many people suddenly starting to use this app, the company is seeing the face of profit on one side as well as the pressure on the other side. Because the app needs to bring a lot of updates as per the needs of the users. Signals have the same features as WhatsApp. However, there is no chat back-up option. In this case, no one else can be easily added to the group without proper consent. Besides, there was a limit to add people to video calls. This limit has recently been increased by five to eight people.


Facebook Messenger Problems Worldwide

Popular social media Facebook Messenger has caused a temporary error worldwide. Users are not able to exchange information through smartphones and desktops.This error has been noticed in use in Bangladesh since some time on Thursday (December 10) at around 2 pm.It was not possible to exchange information on Messenger until this report was written. Exactly what caused the problem is not yet known.At first, the internet seemed to be a problem, but after a long time, users started posting about it through other means of communication. That's when the problem came to the fore.

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PayPal XOOM Connectivity Launch Speech of Mr Sajeeb Wazed

Honorable ICT Affairs Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Mr Sajeeb Wazed addressing at the "PayPal+Xoom Connectivity Launch in Bangladesh & Freelancers' Conference Inauguration Ceremony...

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Honorable State Minister for ICT Division, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak addressing at the "PayPal+Xoom Connectivity Launch in Bangladesh & Freelancers' Conference Inauguration Ceremony"

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