Centering a recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) subscription of Walton, large number of small and general investors invested in the capital market.
Investors crowded in the brokerage house amid the coronavirus pandemic to apply for Walton IPO subscription during Walton Hi-Tech Industries’ IPO subscription from August 9 to August 16, said a press release.
Stake holders considered market reputation, business growth, record of EPS (Earnings Per Share) and Net Asset Value (NAV) in last fiscal year before investing into Walton’s IPO subscription.
Ataur Rahman, an investor of Joytun Securities, said “I was used to invest in both the IPO and the secondary market. Witnessing the market’s deterioration in recent time, I lost my confidence for further investment in the capital market.”
“But now, I am inspired to make the investment with Walton as it is well reputed and good company.”, he said.
On June 23, the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) approved the IPO proposal of the Walton Hi-Tech to raise a fund worth Tk 1 billion by issuing nearly 2.93 million ordinary shares.
According to the Dhaka Stock Exchange sources, total of 233 eligible investors applied for Walton IPO subscription.
The IPO proceeds will be spend on expansion of its businesses, repay bank loans and meeting the IPO related expenses.
Also read: Walton shares Tk 77cr profits with employees
An ultrasound examination in the delivery room significantly reduces infections during childbirth, according to a research conducted by the Kaplan Medical Center in central Israel.
Awareness has risen sharply for preventing infections in hospitals and in general since the Covid-19 outbreak.
The new study established that the use of an ultrasound device to check the progress of childbirth significantly reduces the number of vaginal tests and thus significantly reduces the rate of infections at birth, reports Xinhua.
The study included 180 first-time mothers, some of whom underwent vaginal examinations and the rest ultrasound ones.
It turned out that the use of ultrasound during childbirth significantly reduced the amount of vaginal examinations.
In the ultrasound group, the rate of infection at birth was significantly lower than the group of vaginal examinations (2.6 percent vs 11.9 percent).
The doctors noted that the use of ultrasound did not affect the duration and method of delivery.
Roni Levi, manager of the delivery room at Kaplan hospital, noted that routinely, assessment of progress in childbirth is done through vaginal examinations.
"These tests can be painful and threatening for the patients. Moreover, multiple vaginal tests can increase the risk of infection during childbirth," he explained.
"In contrast, an ultrasound examination is non-invasive, does not cause pain and prevents infection," Levi said.
Starting the journey in 2013, One Plus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., gained the attention of Smartphone industry with their ‘flagship killer’ phones. After a while, the flagship-killer-maker OnePlus is back in the game with their latest innovation OnePlus Nord. This Smartphone has been launched on August 04, 2020, in India. It is also available in Bangladesh unofficially. Read this article to know whether it does offer the value for money.
Though built with a plastic frame, OnePlus Nord gives a premium solid feel. The front and backside are made of glass, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The shiny plastic rails offer a cool metallic sheen. And the thin bezels make this Smartphone look elegant. However, in the top-left corner, the dual punch-hole design cuts some portion of its display.
You can find the volume rocker on its left edge, and the power button with a ringer switch on its right side. Noise-canceling microphone lies on the top. The dual-SIM card tray, USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a speaker are sitting on the bottom edge. In the top left of the backside, you get the quad-camera module. Unfortunately, it has no 3.5mm audio jack.
With a trendy slender shape (6.31 x 2.87 x 0.31 in), Nord bears a lightweight body (180g), which is a plus point. However, Nord doesn’t come with any official IP rating, so beware of taking this gadget near water. Some users have complained about the lack of a dust protector mechanism in the rear-side camera platform. The OnePlus Nord comes in two amazing colors: Gray Onyx and Blue Marble.
If you are looking for a Smartphone that can provide high-contrast ratio, inky black screen with vivid colors, don’t miss OnePlus Nord! Its 6.44-inch screen is blessed with a Fluid AMOLED panel. Turning to refresh rate, this Smartphone is blessed with a 90Hz display, which would offer speedier and smoother user experience. The in-display fingerprint scanner responds quickly.
OnePlus Nord features standard resolutions (1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio with ~408 ppi density), which we have also found in competitor phones. Its HDR10+ display enriches the viewing experience. What is more? Nord shook the mid-range Smartphone industry with its 1000 nit brightness. Not to mention, this Smartphone offers superb visibility in both low-light as well as direct sunlight.
OnePlus Nord is available in two variants: 128GB/8GB RAM and 256GB/12GB RAM. Turning to the CPU, Nord is equipped with an octa-core Kryo 585 processor (one core at 2.84 GHz, 3 cores at 2.42 GHz, and 4 cores at 1.8 GHz clock speed) carrying Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. Its graphic unit has Adreno 650 GPU. Though not a flagship-level configuration, Nord delivers reliable performance for regular application.
Carrying a sub-flagship chipset, Nord can’t support like a heavy-gaming Smartphone. But thanks to OnePlus for providing NORD with a dedicated ‘gaming mode’ that facilitates its gaming performance. With this Smartphone, you can smoothly play popular games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9, COD (Call of Duty), Free Fire, etc at HD graphics without much lagging. Its 90Hz touch-screen display will alleviate your gaming experience. Furthermore, Nord gets you rid of the heating issue, which is another blessing for the gamers.
Nord’s battery (4115mAh) power makes OnePlus cross their benchmark of 4,000mAh battery. But still, it falls behind many low-priced competitors’ battery performance like Galaxy M31 (6000mAh battery). Do not worry! OnePlus can still provide adequate SOT by virtue of its power-efficient processor (Snapdragon 765G).
The provided 30W fast charging takes only 57 minutes to charge fully. The company boasts that 70% of charging takes only 30-minutes. On moderate use, you can use this Smartphone for more than a day. Like the flagship counterparts, Nord inherits the exclusive Warp Charge 30T technology which makes this Smartphone a real flagship killer.
During the long hours of gaming, the battery may drain fast. To get longer battery support, you can downgrade the refresh rate from 90HZ to 60Hz. In this phone, you can enjoy dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi connectivity, 5.1 Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, etc.
In daylight, Nord’s main 48MP (f/1.8, 1/2.0", 0.8µm and 26mm wide) camera takes commendable photos with excellent sharpness, dynamic range, and highlighting details. Though color-contrast is a bit more vibrant than real-life, it was close to natural. In nightscape mode, the color saturation is enhanced but the quality is not so impressive.
The images captured by its 8MP (f/2.3, 119-degree) ultra-wide camera are less sharp than its primary sensor’s photos. The noise reduction performance may seem unreasonable in some captures. But compared with the other 8MP ultra-wide sensors available in the contemporary phones OnePlus Nord does a better job in preserving dynamic range and detailing.
The Nord’s 2MP (f/2.4) Macro shooter can capture standard micro photos with accurate edge detection. Some people have claimed that Nord’s 5MP (f/2.4) Depth camera is not so functional. But its ‘portrait mode’ can take good selfies even if its depth sensor is turned off.
OnePlus Nord steals the show with its front camera section. Surpassing the flagship counterpart OnePlus 8, Nord comes with two selfie cameras: 32MP (f/2.5, 1/2.8", 0.8µm) wide sensor and 8MP (f/2.5, 105˚, 1/4.0", 1.12µm) ultra-wide sensor.
The front sensor can take fascinating selfies. Its low-light captures are also acceptable. However, the selfies come with a skin-smoothing effect despite turning off the editing features. The ultra-wide sensor (front) is a windfall for those who love to take groupies.
With rear main camera (48MP) you can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, or 1080p at 30/60/240fps. Nord is compatible with the gyro-EIS application. Though NORD can’t shoot 4K videos at 60fps, its 30fps recording looks fine due to smart exposure-detection, clear focus, and smooth stabilization. Nord’s rear ultra-wide sensor (8MP) is capable of shooting wide-angle videos. What is more? The “cine” mode feature presents a cinema-style aspect ratio, which is a gift for the Vloggers and YouTubers.
Its front cameras can capture videos at 4K resolution at 30/60fps, or 1080p at 30/60fps. Front-facing footage may feel a little shaky with less dynamic range, but the color-contrast and sharpness are not bad.
OnePlus Nord can challenge many flagships with its elite operating system OxygenOS 10.5 version. You may know that OxygenOS is one of the most popular Android OS in 2020. This OS got huge popularity for its resourceful but cleaner UI (user-interface). Pairing with a 90Hz screen refresh rate, Nord’s OxygenOS delivers a butter-smooth navigation experience.
Running on top of Android 10, OxygenOS is enriched with a bunch of apps. For example, it is programmed with about seven un-installable non-Google “bloat” applications. In this phone, you get the exciting “Quick gestures” feature that allows customizable off-screen shortcuts. For instance, drawing “O”, you open an app, or a “V” to access the camera on the spur of a moment.
OnePlus Nord’s basic variant (8GB/128GB) is unofficially available at BDT 39000 in Bangladesh. The price may vary depending upon circumstances.
Considering the price range, Nord’s plastic frame body seems unreasonable. Lack of notification light is a small but noticeable issue. Through Nord has some fascinating features like superb display, fast charging, and a decent camera, it makes the winning deal by the OxygenOS. Nord is also good for moderate gaming. The price seems a bit exorbitant considering its configuration.
Lower humidity has a link with higher rates of COVID-19 transmission, claims a joint Australian-Chinese study released Tuesday.
Drier air across several different regions of Sydney has been consistently linked to higher numbers of COVID-19 infections, the study found, reports Xinhua.
But similar links are not true for other weather factors including rain, temperature and wind.
The study was published in medical journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.
It is the second such study by the group on the relationship between weather conditions and COVID-19 in Australia, following a larger study conducted in China earlier this year.
The study estimated that 1 percent drop in humidity could push up COVID-19 cases by 7-8 percent, and for a 10 percent drop, the infections could as much as double.
To conduct the research, epidemiologist Professor Michael Ward from the University of Sydney teamed up with Shuang Xiao and Zhijie Zhang from the partner institution Fudan University School of Public Health in Shanghai.
"The consistency between studies is increasing confidence that humidity is a key factor in the spread of COVID-19,” Ward said. “Dry air appears to favour the spread of COVID-19, meaning time and place become important.”
Further research required
Ward said the result raises the prospect of seasonal disease outbreaks and greatly supports the use of face masks in order to prevent the spread.
He said the result is not entirely unexpected considering that when humidity is lower, the air is drier and it makes aerosols smaller.
"When you sneeze and cough, those smaller infectious aerosols can stay suspended in the air for longer. That increases the exposure for other people," he elaborated. "When the air is humid and the aerosols are larger and heavier, they fall and hit surfaces quicker."
The team said further research is required to draw more conclusive ties between humidity and coronavirus transmission and expand on how that can be taken into account to shape the public health response.
The number of globally confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 2.2 million on Wednesday with more than 781,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University tally.
Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. In March, the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic.
Bangladesh confirmed its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. Currently, the country has more than 282,000 officially confirmed cases and over 3,700 deaths.
The local electronics giant Walton has witnessed a sharp rise in both the demands and the sales of its air conditioner following the sweltering heatwave across the country.
In this summer, Walton released latest technologies air conditioners with advanced features at reasonable prices in the local market. In addition, the local brand has been offering some lucrative benefits to customers, 100 percent cash discounts, cash vouchers up to 50 percent of the paid amount, free installation, AC exchange facility etc.
Walton AC’s Chief Operating Offer Mahfuzur Rahman said AC sales were increased sharply in this year centering heavy heatwave all over the country. Specially, Walton Smart Invert AC sales increased remarkably.
“Walton Smart Inverter AC became customers’ hot cake this summer,” he added.
The unique features of Walton Smart Inverter AC are: up to 60 percent energy saving, notification of daily or monthly electricity consumption rates, controllable through voice command or smart phone’s internet from outside the home, use of dual defender technology to kill the germs of any bacteria or virus and also ionizer technology to flow dust-free clean air across the room.
Under Walton Digital Campaign Season 7, customers can get a brand new AC as free through purchasing a Walton AC or sure cashback up to 50 percent.
Moreover, customers can buy Walton’s any model of AC at 25 percent discount through exchanging any brand old or used air conditioner under the company’s ‘AC Exchange’ offer.
For the customers of Walton E-plaza, Walton declared ‘AC Mid Season Crazy Deal Offer.’ Under this offer, Walton AC’s online customers are enjoying maximum 50 percent cash discounts on Walton Inverter and Ionizer ACs. From E-plaza, customers can purchase Walton’s 1.5 ton Ionizer AC at Tk 32,435 and 1 ton AC at Tk 27,675.