Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has rejected an offer made by private mobile operator Grameenphone (GP) to deposit Tk 100 crore dues.
GP’s Head of Regulatory Affairs Hossain Sadat disclosed the information at a press conference at Sonargaon Hotel on April 2. He said they will carry on their dialogue with the telecom regulator.
On November 24, the Appellate Division asked GP to pay Tk 2,000 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues claimed by BTRC within three months.
The deadline will expire on February 23.
BTRC claimed the dues in 27 sectors from the mobile operator but failed to recover the money. Later, BTRC sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its licence on April 2 last year.
But GP moved the court seeking a temporary injunction on the notice which was turned down on August 28 that year. The mobile operator later filed an appeal with the High Court.
On October 17, the High Court imposed a two-month injunction on realisation of dues from GP. BTRC later moved the Appellate Division against the order.
China's tech giant Huawei has planned to enhance its contribution to capacity building for Ethiopians in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector this year, targeting increased number of beneficiaries.
The Huawei Ethiopia CEO, Zhou Tianbing, told Xinhua on Monday that Huawei will continue its activities helping the East African country improve education development with most advanced technologies, with committed efforts to bridge the digital divide for Ethiopians.
Huawei has launched and been implementing different initiatives to improve the ICT capacity of young people in Ethiopia, in particular, and Africa in general.
"With a view of building ICT capacity and further improve ICT development, Huawei has launched three major initiatives dubbed Seeds for the Future, ICT competition, and ICT Talent Ecosystem, and these projects have benefited tens of thousands of students at the levels of elementary, secondary and higher education."Zhou said.
Recalling that Huawei commenced its Seeds for Future project in Ethiopia in 2016, whereby 10 most talented students are sent to China every year for short-term training, the CEO said Huawei, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE), would continue to select 10 students from top universities across the country.
Huawei, since 2018, has been undertaking its project of ICT Competition, in which 2,357 students from 22 universities of Ethiopia participated in the year 2019, with increased number of participants, which was a little more than 500 in 2018. And one teacher and three students have been qualified for the final competition to be held in China.
In 2020, Huawei has targeted to engage more than 3,000 students from 28 universities to show their talents in the ICT competition.
On the ICT Talent Ecosystem of Ethiopia, Huawei signed an agreement with MoSHE in January 2017 for joint construction of ICT Academies in 37 public higher education institutions.
The two sides also signed agreement in January 2019 to jointly construct ICT Academies in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the first time in Ethiopia to extend Huawei Academy to TVET.
Huawei has launched courses in more than 20 universities and TVETs, and has trained more than 1,500 ICT students.
With the initiative of ICT Academy, Huawei has a plan to open courses this year in nine more universities and three more TVETs in Ethiopia.
Reiterating that Huawei Ethiopia attaches great importance to helping the country improve education development with more advanced ICT, Zhou said his company would further strengthen its support in the year 2020.
In 2015, Huawei worked with 65 schools in Ethiopia for the implementation of SchoolNet by deploying 5,200 cloud desktops in the schools. In 2017, Huawei SchoolNet Education Cloud has deployed 25,000 cloud desktops for a total of 310 schools in 9 regions and 2 cities of the country.
By now, Huawei's Education Cloud Solution has covered 365 secondary schools, 10 universities, with more than 30,000 cloud desktops, which have benefited more than 27,000 teachers and students, according to the CEO.
Huawei has also worked together with more than 10 top universities in Ethiopia, where it has constructed the most advanced datacenters, fixed & wireless school networks and Education Cloud for them.
So far, more than 300,000 college students have become beneficiaries of digital research and development, digital education and distant education empowered by Huawei, he said.
Israeli researchers have developed an energy-independent portable system for extracting and collecting water from the air, including in desert areas, the northern Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) reported on Monday.
The new technology is particularly relevant to small, isolated communities that are located far away from water sources, as water transportation costs to such areas are high.
Unlike existing air harvesting systems, the new, cheap, efficient system allows to produce water on site, without the need for external energy.
While today's systems are based on cooling of all incoming air, the new system only cools the water vapor (which is only about 3 percent of air mass), thus significantly reducing the energy needed to produce water.
The researchers' motive for developing the new system was the World Health Organization (WHO) estimation that by 2025, half of the world's population will be living in water-stressed areas.
The Israeli new technology is based on a two-stage cyclic process: separation of moisture from the air by absorption using a highly concentrated saline solution, and separation of the moisture from the desiccant under and condensing the vapor under sub-atmospheric pressure conditions.
The researchers said that apart from its basic existence and health importance, such independent water production can prevent bloody conflicts over water sources in dry areas, and can also allow young women in some societies to study instead of having to carry water for their families.
"Our development, first prototype of its kind in the world, makes water an affordable resource anywhere in the world, regardless of existing water sources. We hope to make the system a commercial product soon," the researchers concluded.
Are you looking for a legitimate way to work from home in Bangladesh? The advent of internet communication technology has created lucrative opportunities for online outsourcing jobs in BD for students, and people of any age/profession. If you have any special skill like writing, graphic design, programming, etc., you can sell this talent through online freelancing market places and earn money sitting at home.
In this article we are going to introduce you with some renowned online freelancing platforms for international people where you can open free account and earn handsome amount per month living in Bangladesh. Stay with us!
Today many outsourcing platforms are available online. However, not all platforms can offer you reliable and transparent service. In this section, we will highlight upon some prominent online outsourcing marketplaces where you can work from Bangladesh.
Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/) is the largest online outsourcing platform for international freelancers. Upwork is widely popular among freelance job seekers worldwide for its reliable payment transaction system, professionalism, neutral monitoring system, diverse job categories, etc.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at Upwork?
Upwork is a vast ocean of diverse jobs for all sectors. The popular job categories include: Content Writing, Technical Writing, Copywriting, Android Development, Game Designing, Web Designing, Web Development, Graphic Designing, Web Programming, SEO Expertise, Software Programming, Virtual Assistance, Social Media Manager, Bookkeeping, etc. Each category has further subcategories for specialized jobs.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at Upwork?
You don’t need to have lots of skills to work at Upwork. Be a ‘pro’ in any sector like PHP Framework Programming, or Writing Articles/ Book or SEO or Designing Logo or Serving as a Virtual Assistant to rule in a specific job category in Upwork. If you have passion for any specific type of skill, you can look for a job in that specific category.
How Much Can You Earn from Upwork?
According to the policy of Upwork, earning starts from a minimum $3 per hour. However, the expert freelancers from Bangladesh demand $20 to $60 or more per hour depending on the experience and skill.
How to Withdraw Fund from Upwork?
You can transfer your earned credit from Upwork to any local bank of Bangladesh with a nominal charge of 99 cents per withdrawal. Money transfer facility is also available through Payoneer Master Card for the Bangladeshi freelancers.
Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/) is another trusted online outsourcing website for Bangladeshi freelancers. Unlike Upwork, Fiverr has less complex process for account approval, which is certainly a great advantage for the new freelancers.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at Fiverr?
You can create gigs and offer services for a specific price. The gigs are published under some categories. Most popular categories are Writing, graphic designing, Digital Marketing, Programming, Making Video Animation, Programming, etc.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at Fiverr?
Fiverr is a great platform for Bangladeshi freelancers to work from home and earn money. If you have any skills like creative or technical writing, creating software, making videos or animation, designing logo, doing online marketing like social media campaign, etc., you can get hired on Fiverr.
How Much Can You Earn from Fiverr?
In Fiverr you can offer a gig starting $5 or $10 at minimum. In these low budget gigs, you can offer some basic level services which can be done within 15 to 30 minutes. The experienced Freelancers usually offer gigs ranging from $20 to $300 or more for medium to expert level jobs, like website development.
How to Withdraw Fund from Fiverr?
You can withdraw money from Fiverr through several options, like Payoneer Master Card, or Fiverr Revenue Card or Bank. If you choose local Bank Transfer, the minimal withdrawal amount is $20. Each time withdrawal cost is $3.
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People Per Hour (https://www.peopleperhour.com/) is another leading online marketplace where people can work and earn money living anywhere on earth. The specialty of this PPH platform is, here you can work both hourly basis and for fixed price projects.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at PeoplePerHour?
Most popular jobs are Admin, creative Art, Business Support, Design, Marketing, Mobile, Search Marketing, Social Media, Software Development, Writing, Translation, Video, Audio, Web Development, etc.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at PeoplePerHour?
You can work at PPH, if you have any expertise at writing, illustrator, PSD to HTML Coding, email marketing, B2B Lead Generation, professional web design, mobile apps development, logo design, etc.
How Much Can You Earn from PPH?
For hourly rate you can ask for $5 at minimum for basic level works at any category. Usually, the skilled freelancers from Bangladesh claim $20 per hour depending on their level of expertise.
For fixed price projects the price depends on the list of services you are going to provide under your proposal. For instance, you can ask for $500 for SEO service of any website with an additional list of add-on services. If a buyer purchases your project and wants those extra services, then the budget of your project will increase eventually.
PPH takes 20% commission, when you earn $700 for less for any project. Commission is 7.5% for earning range of $700 to $7000. The rate of commission is reduced at 3.5% for earning over $7000 under any project.
How to Withdraw Fund from PPH?
You can withdraw fund from PPH to your local bank account or Payoneer master card. If you want to transfer fund to any scheduled bank account in Bangladesh, PPH will charge $30; whereas fund transfer cost to Payoneer credit card is only $3.
If you have the talent of designing html templates, website themes, PSD templates, etc., then Themeforest (https://themeforest.net/) can be an ideal place to sell your talent. Themeforest is a part of Envato market, where people can buy digital assets like web template, stock photos, stock videos, Graphic Templates, Music Tracs, etc.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at Themeforest?
Unlike other outsourcing platforms, Envato (Themeforest) market allows you to sell your ready products. Themeforst is a trusted international platform for selling online products like html templates, landing pages, web themes, web templates, etc. If your product gets approved by Themeforst you can sell it for unlimited times.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at Themeforest?
If you are a Pro in html coding, theme development, software development, app design, or Graphic design and have creative mind to build and sell your own product, you can submit your product at Themeforest. Here you can work as your own boss.
How Much Can You Earn from Themeforest?
The price varies depending on the type of product you are selling. For instance, you can ask $10 for a web template and sell this template to numerous buyers for unlimited times. When you sell a product as a non-executive author, Envato will charge 55% as commission. For executive authors, the fee ranges from 12.5% to 37.5% depending on how many items you can sell.
How to Withdraw Fund from Envato (Themeforst)?
You can withdraw fund from Themeforest to your Payoneer Master Card or local bank account. However, minimal withdrawal amount is $500 for bank and $50 for Payoneer.
In the other freelancing platforms nearly hundred applications are placed against one job circular. But in Themeforest, You can work like independently. You made your product. Get approved. Take commission after sales.
Themeforest maintains a very high standard for approving any product for selling. It requires painstaking efforts to enter Themeforest as an Author.
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There are a few online outsourcing websites in BD where freelancers from Bangladesh can easily find jobs and get paid.
Belancer (https://belancer.com/) is the first online outsourcing marketplace of Bangladesh. Here the clients publish circulars for specific jobs. And the freelancers bid on those jobs depending on their respective skills.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at Belancer?
In this online marketplace the skilled Bangladeshi freelancers can find jobs in several categories including, web, mobile and software development, design, multimedia, writing, translation, data analysis, architecture, etc.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at Belancer?
You can work at Belancer, if you have any precise skill like web research, data analysis, logo design, programming, writing articles for websites/blogs, video making or editing, online marketing, lead generation, etc.
How Much You Can Earn at Belancer?
Though earning may start from 100 BDT for micro level projects, you can earn minimum 30,000 BDT for big projects in Belancer.
How to Withdraw Fund from Belancer?
You can withdraw fund from Belancer through Bkash or Bank Transfer. You can transfer minimum 2000 BDT to your local bank account and the system will charge 5% as service fee. You can also take cash payment from Belancer office in Bangladesh.
Outsource My Job (http://outsourcemyjob.com/) is a freelancing platform which has been developed especially targeting the freelance specialists from Bangladesh. Here Bangladeshi as well as international freelancers can work on diverse projects.
What Kind of Jobs are Available at OBJ?
In this freelancing platform you can find jobs in diverse sectors, like web development, content writing, mobile app development, social media marketing, SEO, admin assistance, graphic design, etc.
What Kind Skills Do You Require to Work at OBJ?
You can work here, if you have any precise skill like writing, graphic design, web page design, apps development, lead generation, customer care assistance, video editing, animation, etc.
How Much Can You Earn from OBJ?
In this platform buyers submit projects with budget. As a freelancer, you have to bid for projects under your chosen category. The buyer will take online interviews and hire the most deserving candidate.
How to Withdraw Fund from OBJ?
You can withdraw money through local bank. However, this platform charges about 40% of the withdrawal amount, which is extremely high compared with international marketplaces.
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You can easily open an account on these freelancing platforms by signing in through email. You need to complete your profile. You can use national ID, Passport or Driving License, as a proof of your identity. Some platforms like Upwork offer some skill tests. Taking those tests you can prove yourself as a deserving candidate for your required job.
Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the U.N. weather agency said Sunday.
A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards.
"A formal decision on whether or not this is a record is likely to be several months away," said Jonathan Fowler, the WMO spokesman.
Scientists at an Argentine research base measured a temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius (nearly 65 degrees Fahrenheit) Feb. 6 on a peninsula that juts out from Antarctica toward the southern tip of South America. Last week, researchers from Brazil claimed to have measured temperatures above 20 degrees C on an island off the peninsula.
Fowler said both measurements would need to be transmitted to Prof. Randall Cerveny, a researcher at Arizona State University who examines reported temperature records for WMO.
Cerveny then shares the data with a wider group of scientists who "will carefully evaluate the available evidence (including comparisons to surrounding stations) and debate the merits and problems of the observation," said Fowler.
The evaluation normally takes six to nine months, after which Cerveny would "formally either accept or reject the potential extreme," giving official WMO approval to the new record, he said.
Climate change is causing the Arctic and the Antarctic to warm faster than other parts of the planet.