Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – Mentioning that Bangladesh earned US$1 billion from software export in 2018, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Thursday expressed the hope that the export earnings will reach US$5 billion by 2021.
“The earnings from the software export were only US$26 million in 2008. It stood at US$1 billion in 2018,” he said while inaugurating the five-day Digital ICT Fair-2019 at Computer City Center- Multiplan in capital city’s Panthapath area with the slogan "Go Digitally, Make Your Life Hassle-free" as the chief guest.
The minister said every union will be brought under the coverage of fibre optic network and all classrooms will be digitised by 2021.
He said Tk 1,024 crore is transacted through mobile banking in the country every day.
Mustafa Jabbar said Facebook authorities in a recent meeting in Barcelona pledged to follow the legal framework and culture of Bangladesh in publishing contents.
He said the Computer City Center is the biggest computer market in South Asia.
Computer City Center President and Fair Convener Toufiq Ahsan presided over the inaugurating ceremony.
Around 746 shop owners and computer brands are taking part in the fair with special offers to attract people from all ages.
The fair also feature an art competition for children, cultural programmes, gaming zone and raffle draw.
Acer, Dell, HP and Kaspersky are the Platinum sponsors and Asus, Lenovo and Adata are gold sponsors of the fair while silver sponsors are TP-Link and Dahua.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB)- Robi has recently contributed to the government’s labour welfare fund (Shramik Kalyan Tahabil) from the profit made by the company in 2018.
The contribution was made from Robi’s Workers’ Profit Participation Fund (WPPF).
On behalf of Robi, the company’s chief human resources officer, Md Faisal Imtiaz Khan and Vice President, Policy and Stakeholder, Dewan Nazmul handed over the cheque of BDT 13,398,310 to Monnujan Sufian, State Minister for Labour and Employment Ministry.
Labour and Employment Ministry’s Secretary, KM Ali Azam and AMM Anisul Awwal, PhD, Director General, Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Lanzhou, Oct. 9 (Xinhua/UNB) -- China's first self-developed carbon-ion therapy system has been approved by the national drug regulator and obtained market access.
This is the first time that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has approved a domestically produced carbon-ion therapy system, according to the official website of the national drug regulator.
Installed in Wuwei Cancer Hospital in Gansu Province, the system was co-developed by the Institute of Modern Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a subsidiary company.
The product is composed of an accelerator system and a treatment system, which includes two treatment rooms that can provide carbon-ion beams for the treatment of malignant tumors.
The approval of the system marks a new step in the development of high-end medical equipment in China. It will also contribute to the development of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the country, according to the NMPA.
A report published by the National Cancer Center in 2017 showed that China has nearly 25 percent of the world's new cancer cases, with 10,000 cancer patients added per day. Every year, there are 2 million cancer-induced deaths. Lung, breast and stomach cancers are the most common types.
Canberra, Oct. 9 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Australia's national science agency has teamed up with a fast food restaurant to develop a plant-based alternative to beef hamburgers.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Hungry Jack's, a franchisee of U.S. chain Burger King, have joined forces make and market a legume-based burger patty under a joint venture named v2food.
The burger aims to mimic the taste and texture of beef with the added benefits of fiber and nutrients as well as being environmentally friendly.
According to research by the George Institute for Global Health the sales of meat-free burger products in Australia grew by 289 percent between 2010 and 2019.
The CSIRO projects that Australia's plant-based protein industry will be worth more than 6 billion Australian dollars (4 U.S. billion dollars) by 2030.
However, Hungry Jack's owner Jack Cowin said that the industry should not be considered an enemy of the beef industry.
"We sell 30,000 tonnes of meat and we hope to be able to continue to sell the same amount of beef as we always have," he said recently, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
"We will attract a different audience that aren't currently buying products because of sustainability reasons."
Nick Hazell, the chief executive of v2food, said that the venture was born out of necessity because of the global increase in meat consumption.
"The population is growing towards 10 billion and meat consumption is also growing per capita. When you do the maths, it's actually impossible for us to feed the planet," he said.
However, the assumption that "fake meat" is healthier than the real thing, is warned against by Curtin University nutrition and public health researcher Christina Pollard.
"The problem is that often these products are not healthier than the meat-based original, because they are still heavily processed and high in fat and salt," Pollard said.
Seoul, Oct 9 (AP/UNB) — Samsung provided the latest sign of the tough times afflicting computer chipmakers as it braced investors for a sharp drop in profit.
The sobering forecast Tuesday wasn't entirely unexpected, given an industrywide glut that has forced chipmakers to slash prices to clear out inventory.
Although Samsung also makes smartphones and an array of other devices, it also is among the world's largest chip suppliers.
Chipmakers are suffering the consequences from misreading industry demand for their products. The industry invested heavily in 2016 and 2017 to ramp up production in anticipation of being flooded with orders for chips used in smartphones, internet-connected cars and other products.
Instead, smartphone sales have been dwindling as a lack of innovation and rising prices have caused consumers to hold on to their existing devices for longer periods. Automakers also haven't been ordering as many chips as anticipated, and expected breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality haven't materialized as quickly as envisioned, IHS Markit analyst Les Jelinek said.
Supply and demand "just went in completely opposite directions, and the bottom kind of fell out," Jelinek said. "When you look at 2019, there wasn't a bright spot for the industry."
Worldwide chip revenue is projected to decrease 13% this year to $423 billion, down from $485 billion last year, according to IHS Markit.
President Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China also has caused market upheaval, but the fallout mostly has affected U.S. chipmakers that usually sell a lot of processors to Chinese companies, particularly Huawei — a major target of the administration's sanctions.
The adverse market conditions are the main reason Samsung expects its operating profit for the July-September quarter to fall 56% from the same time last year to $7.7 trillion won ($6.4 billion). The South Korean company says its third-quarter revenue likely rose 5% from last year to 62 trillion won ($52 billion).
Analysts say Samsung's sales during the third quarter should have been boosted by the launch of its Galaxy Note 10 smartphone and an improvement in display shipments driven by the release of new devices by Apple.
Samsung did not provide a detailed account of its performance by division. It will provide that breakdown when it releases its full third-quarter report later this month.
Conditions are expected to improve next year as the shift to the next generation of ultrafast wireless connections, known as 5G, rekindles demand for chips in networking equipment, compatible smartphones and other devices.
IHS Markit expects industrywide chip revenue to bounce back slightly next year, to $448 billion.