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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.

Bangladeshis are getting international debit card facility

For the first time in the country, Bangladesh Bank has allowed banks to introduce international debit cards. This permission will allow the bank to issue an international debit card against an account. Like credit cards, customers will not be able to spend more than 12,000 per annum abroad in the annual travel quota.The central bank's foreign exchange policy department has sent a circular on June 16 to the chief executives of all banks.The letter, signed by the general manager of the department, gave three instructions to issue international credit cards.It said that from now on, banks will be able to issue international credit cards against the customer's local currency bank account opened under the travel quota. Before spending abroad, you have to get dollar endorsement from the bank in the customer's passport. In order to adjust the money spent abroad, the customer must have enough money as the account with which the international debit card will be attached.It has been reported that with this international debit card, you can go abroad and do all the approved things like credit card, shopping, travel, hotel bill payment. That is why you have to endorse the dollar worth of annual travel quota before going abroad. However, a person cannot spend more than 12 thousand dollars a year. Only if you have money in your account can the customer spend the entire 12,000 of the travel quotas. Earlier, the limit was 5,000 for SAARC countries and Myanmar. In addition, the limit for other countries was 7 thousand dollars. Debit card costs cannot be more than this.

Half of the voters got smart cards

At present there are 10 crore 98 lakh 19 thousand 112 voters in the country. Of these, 5 crore 7 lakh 90 thousand people have been provided with Chip Enriched National Identity Card (NID) or smart card.Mohammad Shafiq, a communication consultant in the NID section of the Election Commission, said NID was also working online in the lockdown. So far 6 crore 1 lakh smart cards have been delivered to the Upazila level. A total of 5 crore 7 lakh 90 thousand cards have been distributed. It has been reported that at present a total of 1 crore 2 lakh blank cards are being inserted. The Election Commission has taken these 73 million cards from French companies. The EC has to go to the Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) to produce and distribute the remaining 3 crore 95 lakh 19 thousand 111 cards.

Prime Bank launches unsecured loan facility in ICT sector

Prime Bank will provide unsecured loans up to Tk 50 lakh in the ICT sector. In the current financial market of Bangladesh, loans will be given to this sector considering the ICT MSME sector. Two months grace period will be given on the loan payable.The service was inaugurated on Tuesday, the silver jubilee of the establishment in the belief of providing exceptional service. State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak inaugurated the service, referring to it as a "friend in difficult times".Raheel Ahmed, Managing Director, Prime Bank, Syed Almas Kabir, President, BASIS, Syed M Omar Tayyab, Head, MSME Banking, Prime Bank, and Nazmul Karim Chowdhury, Head, Brand & Communications, Shoaib Ahmed Masud Prom, Vice President (Administration) were present on the occasion.State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak said, "We are making maximum use of technology." I am using technology in testing, tracing."We have huge potential in the software sector in the next six months," he said. For this, we have to work with innovative ideas.Calling on Prime Bank to follow other banks, the state minister said the BASIS and ICT divisions are jointly working on five issues - ideas, models, finance, technology and collaboration. This initiative of Prime Bank has shown the friendship of hard times for the ice sector.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Prime Bank Limited and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) to provide all banking services including financing to ICT entrepreneurs. The agreement provides ICT companies with working capital (CC, OD, and demand loans), term loans for fixed asset purchase and capital expenditure, financing of international trade solutions (LC, LATR, IDBP), bank guarantees, work orders, etc. Get Internet Banking - Altitude - service for deposit facility and e-transaction. The loan will require two years of business experience and a letter of recommendation from BASIS. Prime Bank has appointed a Relationship Manager so that BASIS members can avail of all banking services including loan applications at home or at home.

The Virtual High Court bench has directed to launch 'ICU Hotline'

A virtual high court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim has directed to set up a separate hotline called 'ICU Hotline' so that the victims can easily communicate in the ICU management and monitoring cell.The virtual court, which operates online on My Court on Monday, has set up ICU requisitions and 'central bed bureaus' of private hospitals, introduced separate medical facilities for COVID and general patients in 50-bed public-private hospitals and announced a two-week lockdown in the capital Dhaka. After hearing three writ petitions, the court passed the order with some instructions and opinions.At the same time, the court also suggested that the ICU hotline numbers be disseminated in different media, especially on television, on a daily basis.Lawyer Manzil Morshed, lawyer Yadia Zaman, lawyer Jamiul Haque Faisal, and Mehedi Hasan appeared for the writ petitions.Additional Attorney General Murad Reza, Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder and Assistant Attorney General Abanti Nurul was present at the hearing on behalf of the state.During the coronation period, the court gave 10-point instructions on fixing the price of oxygen cylinders, monitoring private hospitals and treating patients in hospitals.The 10-point directive states that those concerned, including the health secretary, have to submit to the court on June 30 whether the directives issued by the health ministry is being followed properly. The High Court also said that reluctance to treat critically ill patients in public and private hospitals and the death of a patient in it should be considered as 'negligent death' i.e. a criminal offense. Instructions have also been given to bring those responsible for this under the law.