Dhaka, May 6 (UNB) - Robi, digital services provider, on Monday announced that it will not be a part of the recently proposed merger of Axiata Group and Telenor Group.
It will remain a direct subsidiary of Axiata post completion of the proposed transaction, Robi said in a press release reacting to the discussion between the groups to combine their telecom and infrastructure assets in Asia.
The proposed merger will not impact Bangladesh market as Robi will be separately and independently managed by Axiata.
Earlier, Telenor Group and Axiata Group Berhad announced that they have been discussing to combine their telecom and infrastructure assets in Asia (MergeCo), in which Telenor would take a majority stake.
The parties were aiming to create a leading, well diversified Pan-Asian telco with operations in nine countries with a total population of close to one billion people.
Telenor's Asian footprint includes Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar. Axiata has been operating companies in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and the tower business edotco.
San Francisco, May 4 (AP/UNB) — The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook plans a cryptocurrency-based payment system that it could launch for billions of users worldwide.
The system would use a digital coin similar to bitcoin, but different in that Facebook would aim to keep the coin's value stable. Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies have been susceptible to wild fluctuations in value.
It could reportedly undermine credit cards by sidestepping the processing fees that generate much of their revenue.
The Journal report cited unidentified people familiar with the matter. It said Facebook is recruiting dozens of financial firms and online merchants to launch the network. Facebook's plans may include ways to financially reward users who interact with ads or other features.
Facebook says only that it is exploring many different applications for cryptocurrency technology.
Shenzhen (China), May 3 (UNB) - Graduation ceremony of Huawei’s biggest CSR program 'Seeds for the Future 2019' was held in Shenzhen, China at the headquarters of the company where 10 Bangladeshi ICT talents selected from five renowned received extensive training on technologies.
Yan Lei, Huawei Public Relationship Director, and 10 other students from Ethiopia were present .
This year, the students received wide range of training and technological orientation in China. In Beijing, the students received Comprehensive Chinese language course and learned Chinese Calligraphy and Taiji.
In Shenzhen, they got an overview of telecommunication network, key technologies in ICT, different generations of mobile communication (from 1G to 5G), Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Internet of Things, 4G and 5G Base station configuration, etc.
This year’s Seeds for the Future program started in Bangladesh on February 17 in Dhaka.
Later on, 10 ICT talents were chosen from five renowned universities of Bangladesh through selection round throughout the month of March.
The universities were Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) and Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET).
Before moving to China, Huawei Bangladesh organized the gala event with the 10 students who gave presentations on E-transport, E-education, Safe City & Smart City, E-banking and E-governance, on 3rd April.
Posts,Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar was present as the Chief Guest both at the press conference and gala event.
On 19th April, the students left Dhaka for China and the next day, they visited and learnt about the historical places of China as part of study tour.
On the next day, Huawei welcomed the students in Beijing with opening ceremony at Huawei executive briefing center.
Then in the next two weeks, the students got idea about Chinese culture and language in local university and finally gained practical knowledge in latest technologies at the headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen, China.
At the graduation ceremony, Yan Lei, Huawei’s Public Relationship Director said, “Congratulations to the top talents of Bangladesh. With increasing number of ICT talents, this country never stops making us impressed. “
“They are truly advancing at a fast speed and we hope that their dream of Digital Bangladesh will be fulfilled in no time. It is an honor to be a part of such a fast moving nation being a close partner of digitalization, “ he said.
Seeds for the Future is the most heavily invested CSR program of Huawei which began in 2008. It has reached 108 countries and regions benefitting more than 30,000 students from 350 universities of the world.
Among them, 3,600 students have experienced practical work experience during the study tour to Huawei's headquarters.
The main objective of this program is to help develop industry oriented skills among the students to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
About the progamme, Tasfia Zahin ,Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology student) and Student Representative of Seeds for the Future Bangladesh 2019, said, “ We learned about key technologies in ICT, the four generations of mobile communication and most importantly the 5th generation network or 5g. “
San Francisco, May 3 (AP/UNB) — After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on "dangerous individuals."
The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones' site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply to both Facebook's main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts.
Decried as censorship by several of those who got the ax, the move signals a renewed effort by the social media giant to remove people and groups promoting objectionable material such as hate, racism and anti-Semitism.
Removing some of the best-known figures of the U.S. political extreme takes away an important virtual megaphone that Facebook has provided the likes of Jones, Yiannopoulos and others over the years. But it does not address what might be done with lesser known figures and those who stay on the margins of what Facebook's policies allow.
Critics praised the move but said there is more to be done on both Facebook and Instagram.
"We know that there are still white supremacists and other extremist figures who are actively using both platforms to spread their hatred and bigotry," said Keegan Hankes, senior research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the U.S.
Dipayan Ghosh, a former Facebook executive and an internet policy expert at Harvard, said the ban isn't as big a step as Facebook appears to be painting it — it's just enforcing its existing policy.
"There will always be more purveyors of hate speech that try to come on these platforms," he said. "Will advocates have to push year after year just to get (a handful of) individuals off? At this rate it seems likely. And this doesn't address the problem of what happens at the margins."
Facebook has previously suspended Jones from its flagship service temporarily; this suspension is permanent and includes Instagram. Twitter has also banned Loomer, Jones and Yiannopoulos, though Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam long known for provocative comments widely considered anti-Semitic, still had an account Thursday. So did Watson, who rose to popularity as editor-at-large at Infowars and has nearly a million followers on the site.
Facebook said the newly banned accounts violated its policy against dangerous individuals and organizations. The company says it has always banned people or groups that proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence, regardless of political ideology.
It added that when it bans someone under this policy, the company said it also prohibits anyone else from praising or supporting them.
For years, social media companies have been under pressure from civil rights groups and other activists to clamp down on hate speech on their services. Following the deadly white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, Google, Facebook and PayPal began banishing extremist groups and individuals who identified as or supported white supremacists.
A year later, widespread bans of Jones and Infowars reflected a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech. But Facebook instituted only a 30-day suspension (though Twitter banned him permanently).
It is not clear what events led to Thursday's announcement. In a statement, Facebook merely said, "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."
Last month, it extended its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism. It had previously allowed such material even though it has long banned white supremacists.
Asked to comment on the bans, Yiannopoulos emailed only "You're next."
Jones reacted angrily Thursday during a live stream of his show on his Infowars website.
"They didn't just ban me. They just defamed us. Why did Zuckerberg even do this?" Jones said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Jones called himself a victim of "racketeering" by "cartels."
"There's a new world now, man, where they're banning everybody and then they tell Congress nobody is getting banned," he said.
Watson, meanwhile, tweeted that he was not given a reason and that he "broke none of their rules."
"Hopefully, other prominent conservatives will speak out about me being banned, knowing that they are next if we don't pressure the Trump administration to take action," he wrote.
Farrakhan, Nehlen and Loomer did not immediately return messages for comment.
Harvard's Ghosh said kicking off individuals with big followings, such as Jones, goes against Facebook's commercial interest.
"As soon as they kick Alex Jones or Laura Loomer off their platform, it immediately ticks of a huge number of people," he said.
Los Angeles, May 2 (Xinhua/UNB) - NASA's InSight lander has captured a series of images of sunrise and sunset on Mars recently, according to a release of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on Wednesday.
A camera on the spacecraft's robotic arm snapped the photos on April 24 and 25, the 145th Martian day of the mission.
The shots were taken starting around 5:30 a.m. and then again starting around 6:30 p.m. in local Mars time.
As the Sun is much farther from Mars than it is from Earth, it appears only about two-thirds the size when viewed from Earth, said NASA.
A camera under the lander's deck also caught clouds drifting across the Martian sky at sunset.
Both "raw" and color-corrected versions of these images are available. It is easier to see some details in the raw images, but the color-corrected versions show the images more accurately as the human eye would see them, according to NASA.
"It has been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets," said Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator and imaging lead. "With many of our primary imaging tasks complete, we decided to capture the sunrise and sunset as seen from another world."
According to NASA, the first mission to send back such images was the Viking 1 lander, which captured a sunset on Aug. 21, 1976. Two years later, Viking 2 captured a sunrise on June 14, 1978. Since then, both sunrises and sunsets have been recorded by the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, among other missions.
InSight landed safely on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.