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Bangladesh-South Korea jointly launches "Ideathon" contest on startup

In order to increase the knowledge and skills of startups in Bangladesh as well as to develop the country's startup ecosystem, Bangladesh-South Korea is going to organize a "Ideathon (ideaTHON)" contest. The competition is being organized by iDEA project under Bangladesh Computer Council under the Department of Information and Communication Technology. The event is co-organized by the Korea Productivity Center (KPC) and the Korea Innovation Promotion Association (Kaipa). In addition, the Department of Information and Communication Technology of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Computer Council and the Ministry of Justice of South Korea and the Global Startup Immigration Center are co-sponsoring the event. The top 5 innovative startups will be announced as the winners at the end of the final selection of this contest organized under the slogan “Let’s Start You Up”. The winners will receive 6 months of special training, incubation, funding, international patents, copyright and trademark assistance in South Korea. Besides, the best 25 teams will get special mentoring and certificates.Hon'ble State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Mr. Junaid Ahmed Palak, MP inaugurated the ideaTHON contest online as the chief guest on 19th September 2020 (Saturday) at 3 pm. He said that the main goal of such an event is to encourage and motivate the youth. As a result of this event, the friendly relations between Bangladesh and Korea will be taken to a different level. The iDEA project was established under the BCC of the Department of Information and Communication Technology with the right advice and inspiration of Hon'ble Adviser to the Prime Minister on Information and Communication Technology Sajeeb Wazed. The Hon'ble State Minister further said that we are working to build the digital Bangladesh of the dream of the people's leader Sheikh Hasina. In the heart of the world, we are working to build a developed economy based on technology-based knowledge. We started this journey after the December 2008 elections. The ICT ecosystem that we have been able to build step by step since 2009 has resulted in us building a skilled human resource and creating employment for 1 million young people. He further said that the number of internet users in the country has been around 10 crore 36 lakh and we have been able to take fiber optical cable to the union level. In order to bring our government's digital services to the doorsteps of the people, with the good advice of Mr. Sajeeb Wazed, a qualified ICT advisor to the people's leader Sheikh Hasina, we have been able to bring more than nine hundred services in the hands of the people through various mobile applications including our My Gov app. At the same time, we have been able to build an ICT industry that was an ICT export industry of only ৬ 26 million about 11 years ago. At present it has crossed nearly a billion dollars and our target is that by 2025 we will be able to cross five billion dollars. And the inspiration and philosophy that is the root of all these things is given to us by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Mr. NM Ziaul Alam PAA, Senior Secretary, ICT Department was present as the special guest on the occasion. He thanked the organizers for organizing such an event. He also hoped that by connecting Bangladesh with the world's startup ecosystem, it would be possible to bring in foreign investment and enable startups to bring in foreign investment.Mr. Parthapratim Dev, Executive Director (Additional Secretary) of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) was present as the special guest and he said that this time our startups in Bangladesh will get the opportunity to take training abroad. The Korean government has cooperated with us extensively, so he expressed special gratitude to the Korean government.Also present as a special guest was Mr. Tina F. Jabin, Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Limited. He said that the best startups in the country will go to South Korea, so special attention should be paid to the selection process, judges and selection criteria to ensure that qualified startups can go.Also present as the Guest of Honor was Mr. Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Dr. Rubana Haque. He appreciated the various steps taken by the government for the welfare of startups and wished the startups of the country well.The event was presided over by Syed Mojibul Haque, Director and Additional Secretary, iDEA Project. He said ideaTHON would encourage young innovators to create innovative IT-based solutions. In addition, providing international quality training and mentoring to entrepreneurs in overseas environments will make them more proficient which will in turn play an important role in their business.Registration for the IdeaTHON contest began on September 19, 2020. Online campaigns will be organized in all sections of the country. As part of this campaign, alumni of more than 30 public and private universities of the country and various trade associations including BASIS, BAKY, BCS, ECAB, ISPAB are being connected. Interested startups based on IT in Bangladesh will be the first to complete online registration to take part in this competition. However, no individual can participate alone. A team can have a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 4 members including the team leader. In addition, those who have completed Bachelor Degree or Masters or MPhil or PhD in the field of educational qualifications or have appeared in the graduation or equivalent examination of any educational institution in Bangladesh recognized by UGC can apply. It should be noted that in case of applicants, the age should be between 22 to 39 years on 19 September 2020. The last date for registration to participate in Ideathon is November 21, 2020 (Saturday). For details and application, please visit - http://ideathon.startupbangladesh.gov.bd/After registration, the best 100 teams will be selected at the end of the preliminary selection and they will be given initial mentoring. Then, the top 25 teams from the selected teams will be selected for the final qualifying round. Special mentoring will be provided to the top 25 teams selected before taking part in the finals. At the end of the judges' judging session, the top 5 teams, i.e. startups, will be honored as the winners. The winners will be able to participate in a total of 5 (2 x 10 = 10) training from each of the 5 teams in South Korea.Alumni of more than 30 public and private universities and esteemed representatives of various trade associations joined the inaugural function online. Besides, iDEA Project Deputy Project Director (Deputy Secretary) Kazi Hosne Ara, Project Senior Consultant RHM Alaol Kabir, Project Consultant Dewan Adnan, Sohag Chandra Das, teachers from various educational institutions, BCC and other officials of ICT department were present online. The inaugural event was broadcast live on Facebook Live on the official Facebook page of ICT Department's Idea Project "Startup Bangladesh" (https://www.facebook.com/LetsStartupBD/ ) Through.Last year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Justice Korea, ICT Division (Bangladesh), Korea Productivity Center and Korea Innovation Promotion Association at the Seoul International Innovation Fair 2019. According to the MoU, 5 startups in Bangladesh will get comprehensive incubation support from KPC under the Global Startup to Entrepreneur Network (G-SEN) program. A delegation of iDEA project with the theme Startup Bangladesh led by Kazi Hossain Ara, Deputy Project Director of iDEA Project participated in it.

The infrastructure of the high-tech park is being built to attract investment

It is possible to deal with the aggression of the 4th Industrial Revolution by utilizing human resources. Bangladesh is ahead of many other countries in terms of capacity. Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mostafa Jabbar made such a comment.He said this while attending an online discussion organized by DCCI on Thursday morning.Mostafa Jabbar said that even though the whole country was stagnant during the Corona period, people did their urgent work at home. Significant progress has been made in telemedicine services.The minister said the government will not give up a single hair to reach the technology facility in all the houses. The infrastructure of the high-tech park is being built to attract investment. At that time, the traders demanded to provide cheap internet to the grassroots people. They also want policy support to enhance the capabilities of digital education.

Teletalk will provide internet bandwidth at nominal cost to the students

Government mobile operator Teletalk Bangladesh Limited will provide internet bandwidth at nominal cost to the students of public and private universities of the country to continue their online education activities. Students from all universities in the country using the BDREN platform run by the Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) will get this facility. At present, 42 public and 8 private universities are using BDREN platform. Students will be able to participate in classes online through the Zoom application. For this, students have to be under the network of Teletalk. The facility will be available for a monthly recharge of Tk 100, the UGC said in a press release on Wednesday (September 2). The recharged money will be credited to his original account. This money can be spent on voice calls and data. Unused money will be added to the next recharge. However, this facility cannot be availed if you recharge below Tk 100 and do not have minimum data in the SIM. The notification further said that BDREN sent a letter to all mobile operators including Teletalk Bangladesh Limited on July 21 to enable students to use free online education resources. In response to Bdren's call, Teletalk issued a letter of consent on August 27. In the letter, Teletalk said that Bdren's majesty is feeling lucky to be involved in the national crisis. Teletalk thinks that through this initiative a huge portion of the students will come under their network during online classes. In this context, the chairman of the UGC, Professor. Kazi Shahidullah said the initiative to keep students online at the university level during the Corona epidemic is very timely. He thanked the Ministry of Education, the Department of Posts and Telecommunications and Teletalk Bangladesh Limited for responding to the initiative to provide internet bandwidth at nominal cost. The UGC Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Telecommunications for taking effective steps to provide free internet bandwidth to the students to keep the country's higher education activities afloat. The Education Minister recently expressed optimism that measures would be taken within the first week of September to enable students to access digital devices and internet at low cost.

Covid recovery scholarship 2020

PeopleNTech Bangladesh campus has declared covid recovery scholarship 2020 for 2000 students.On a live program, 24th July, 2020 at NRBConnect TV from USA founder and CEO of PeopleNTech Engr. Abubokor Hanip declared the scholarship for the 2000 students in 09 courses which is equivalent to 2 crore taka. Engr. Hanip added, the objectives of this scholarship is to develop 2000 skilled employees of Bangladesh who can earn at least 50000 taka in month or they can join in a company after the corona pandemic situation is over.These courses are completely free. Students don’t need to payment for the training. All courses and classes will be conducting in online. Registration link for the course: https://forms.gle/aMYHkBgErUR3B2JS7Before at 2018 PeopleNTech USA provided 1-million-dollar scholarship where almost 400 students trained and placed job in different renown tech giant company in USA. Besides that, this company provided Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. AK Abdul Momen scholarship at 2019 in USA. These students abled to get their dream job by this scholarship after successfully completion of training.  PeopleNTech is multinational and US based company. Head office located at Tyson corner, Virginia, USA. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. AK Abdul Momen awarded Engr. Abubokor Hanip as a “Magic Man” for his tremendous success and contribution in Placement after IT training. Mr. Hanip already placed more then 6,000 students in USA and more then 4,000 in Bangladesh. 100% Scholarship courses are:CompTIA A+    Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft ExcelWeb Design     Database MySQL   Adobe Photoshop   Video EditingProgramming in C#Local SEOLast date of registration for Covid recovery scholarship 20th August, 2020 and class will be starting after 1st September 2020. For details please www.peoplentech.com.bd

BDU launched online library

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, the country's first digital university, has launched an online library for students after launching online classes during the Corona period.The online library was inaugurated on Thursday (June 18) by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dr. Munaj Ahmed Noor. University Registrar (Additional Responsibilities) Md. Ashraf Uddin, Senior Systems Analyst Muhammad Shahinul Kabir, and other members of the BDU family were present.At this time BDU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Munaj Ahmed Noor said, “Since the beginning of Coronavirus (Covid-19), our students have been completing tasks such as online classes, group work, presentations and submission of assignments. Their presence here is more than 90 percent. We are taking these classes in a flipped method in Collaborative Learning Pedagogy. Students are taking classes online using the university's own supervised learning management system and virtual machine (VM). We have added an online library for students to enrich their online learning.

6047 accused got bail in the virtual hearing in 5 days

Through virtual presence, 6,046 more accused have been granted bail in various cases in the last five working days from all lower courts across the country. A total of 73,116 bail applications have been heard in a total of 25 working days since the start of the virtual court proceedings across the country on May 11. Of these, 39,202 accused have been granted bail by the virtual court.Mohammad Saifur Rahman, spokesperson of the Supreme Court and special officer of the High Court Division, told reporters on Saturday.According to him, 536 children have been granted bail through virtual courts in 25 working days. In the meantime, 481 children have been informed to their parents.Saifur Rahman further said that 6,047 accused have been granted bail in 12,697 bail applications disposed of in a virtual hearing in the lower court last week. Of these, 1,353 accused have been granted bail in Dhaka division. In the second-highest Mymensingh division, 1,190 accused have been granted bail.Besides, 938 accused in Chittagong division, 354 in Rangpur division, 195 in Barisal division, 714 in Rajshahi division, 805 in Khulna division and 381 in Sylhet division were granted bail last week. Incidentally, on May 10, the Supreme Court administration directed to hold a bail hearing only in the virtual court of the lower court. There is also a chamber court in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and multiple virtual benches in the High Court Division. From then on, the bail hearing started in the virtual court in the lower court

Grameenphone launched Volti service

After Robi, Grameenphone has launched Volatile (Voice over LTE) service across the country. Grameenphone subscribers will get this LTE network facility only if they have a Volt-enabled handset, Forge SIM and coverage.Regarding the launch of the new service, Grameenphone's Chief Marketing Officer Mohammad Sajjad Hasib said, "Grameenphone customers will be able to enjoy this facility at regular call rates."He said that Grameenphone's website has a list of Volt-enabled handsets and if the new handset is updated on the network, the website information will be updated accordingly. If the customer has a Volti handset (listed on Grameenphone's website) with Forge SIM, Forge coverage and necessary settings, they will be able to enjoy Volta service automatically.In the case of calls through Vonti technology service, two customers get 50% faster call connection time and HD quality voice call experience.

The World Bank has approved 78.5 million dollar for digital projects in Bangladesh

The World Bank has released 78.5 billion for the Digital Entrepreneurship Project to empower digital people in the Covid-19 epidemic. Of this, 500 million has been approved for private investment and digital entrepreneurship projects. And another project called Enhancing Digital Government and Economy has approved  28.5 million.This information was given in a press release sent from the Dhaka office of the World Bank on Saturday (June 20).According to the announcement, signed by World Bank Country Director Mercy Tembon, the Enhancing Digital Government and Economy project will establish an integrated, cloud-computing digital platform for government agencies and improve cyber-security. This will save 2 billion in public sector IT investment.The project will create employment for one lakh women, train one lakh youth in digital and disruptive technologies. The project will help digitize small and medium enterprises and strategic industries.The Digital Entrepreneurship project will set up the first Digital Entrepreneurship Center in Dhaka at the Software Technology Park and transform it into a green building. It will attract domestic and foreign private investment, including in the IT and ITES sectors. This project will create 1 lakh employment opportunities. Besides, 1 lakh unemployed will get various types of training. In the economic zone, 20 percent of jobs will be allocated for women.

New connection to telecom service

BTCL has strengthened automation for the purpose of providing customer friendly services. As part of this, the state-owned company has introduced the facility to apply online for a new telephone connection.Mohammad Morshed, General Manager, BTCL, said that from now on, new telephone connections can be applied for by downloading and installing the Telesheba app from the Google Play Store on Android phones or through BTCL's website www.telesheba.gov.bd. At present, a free telephone connection is being offered across the country on the occasion of Mujib Year. In this case, to get a new connection, only the security deposit has to be paid through the bank.He also said that the system of paying security deposit online without going to the bank at home will be introduced soon. Incidentally, in October last year, the ‘Telesheba’ app was launched to expedite the settlement of telephone and internet service complaints

The ICT department has created software for healthcare accountability

In addition to increasing investment in the digital transformation of the health sector in the country, the ICT department has developed a Health Govt Resource Planning (GRP) software to bring the government healthcare sector under transparency and accountability. This software will be able to increase the speed of health care. The Ministry of Health has already been urged to use this inventory management software in hospitals.State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak said this while addressing a webinar on the digital transformation of the country's health sector as the chief guest on Saturday (June 20) night.Dr. Arif Raihan Mahi, among others, took part in the virtual meeting conducted by Tasbirul Islam. Mohammad Saifur Rahman and Dr. A. Zakaria.Speaking as the chief guest, the state minister for ICT said that the more technology is used, the more transparency will come. Costs will be reduced and accountability will be ensured.Stating that the country's health sector is setting up a digital health lab, the state minister urged expatriate doctors to look forward to the development of the lab."We will set up a 'National Health Data Bank' to ensure the quality of health information," he said. In order to ensure the confidentiality and security of health information, the emphasis has been laid on the localization of the information by bringing it under the Information Security Act and classifying it as classified, confidential, and public. The state minister further said that the experimental work of Maa Telehealth has started. Initiatives have been taken to register patients' digital health registers and patient information at Sylhet Medical College. Already 30 of the 2,500 health startups are doing great.

AI will teach Innovation and Entrepreneur Development Academy Establishment Project

On Thursday, June 18, a training on "Artificial Intelligence" or Kritris Intelligence is going to be organized online under the Bangladesh Computer Council of the Department of Information and Communication Technology "Innovation and Entrepreneur Development Academy Establishment Project." The training will start at 10 am after the inauguration ceremony through video conferencing under the project "Education for Nation".The resource person for the training will be Associate Professor of Osaka University, Japan and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), University of Dhaka. Md. Atiqur Rahman Ahad, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at BUET. M Sohail Rahman and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at United International University. Mohammad Nurul Huda.According to the organizers, the whole event will be broadcast live on the official Facebook page of "Startup Bangladesh" (https://www.facebook.com/LetsStartupBD/) from 10 am on Thursday, June 18. More than 60 trainees from Sylhet Division will take part in the training through the online platform Zoom. The day-long training will cover "Artificial Intelligence" and Machine Learning, AI-based research on Covid-19 and Computer Vision and IoT Sensor-based Activity Recognition (Health Care and other applications). Project Director (Additional Secretary) Syed Mojibul Haque said the training would provide participants with an opportunity to learn about "artificial intelligence" through experts.

Bangladesh is the second in the world to use renewable solar power

To meet the demand for electricity, 8% of the total population of the country now uses renewable solar power in their homes. As a result, Bangladesh ranks second in the world in the use of solar power jointly with Mongolia. And Nepal is the first in the list of 11 percent of the total population using solar power or solar home system in their homes.This information has been published in the Global Status Report-GSR report on global renewable energy published by REN21 on Tuesday.According to the report, 1,500 irrigation pumps in Bangladesh are providing irrigation through solar power.However, Bangladesh is not in the list of countries that use or produce renewable energy in the world.Japan is on the list of Asian countries using per capita renewable energy out of a total of 47 countries. However, China and India are on the list of top wind and solar power generation. Iceland is the first country in the world to use renewable energy per capita.