Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday night asked all the mobile phone operators to suspend the 3G and 4G data services across the country ahead of Sundays’ election.
The move came following instructions from the Election Commission to slow down the mobile internet speed.
BTRC sent a letter to the mobile phone companies asking them to implement the directive immediately, said sources at a number of operators.
As per the letter, the directive will remain in force until further notice.
Contacted, Managing Director of state-owned Teletalk Md Shahab Uddin confirmed UNB around 11pm that they received such a letter from the telecom regulator a little while ago.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB)- The largest online school of the country, Robi- 10 Minute School (www.robi10minuteschool.com), has celebrated the milestone achievement of having 13 lakh people on its Robi-10 Minute School LIVE group on Facebook with a unique campaign, aptly titled-“13 Lakh Campaign”.
The ‘13 Lakh Campaign’ was designed to help the students appreciate the need for sharing in the society. As part of the campaign, the students were requested to share their own notes of mathematical and analytical problems from chapter-end exercises of different subjects and topics.
A total of 50 students with the best notes were declared as winners of the campaign. Their notes will be featured in the ‘Notes Section’ of the Robi-10 Minute School website.
The winners of the campaign were recently awarded in a ceremony arranged by Robi-10 Minute School at the Software Technology Park located at Kawran Bazar.
By the end of the campaign, a total of 700 notes were submitted. With more than 1,000 comments and over 600 shares, the campaign had clearly struck a common chord with the student community.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB)- The leading digital service provider, Robi, and the country’s popular alternative digital media, Roar Bangla, jointly organised an informal gathering of young writers- “Robi-Roar Bangla LekhokAdda” recently at the Robi corporate office.
The event was intended to inspire the young writers who contributed to Roar Bangla on a regular basis.
Gazi TV and online media, Sarabangla’s Editor-in-Chief, Syed Ishtiaq Reza, Grey Bangladesh’s Creative Director, Russel Mahmud, Robi’s Vice President, Media, Communication and Sustainability, Ekram Kabir, Roar Bangla’s CEO, Munimul Islam and Roar Bangla’s Editor-in-Chief, Abdullah Al Mahmud were present at the get-together as special guests.
Sharing his thoughts on the digitization of content, Gazi TV and online media, Sarabangla’s Editor-in-Chief, Syed Ishtiaq Reza said “Digital content is changing the way we write these days. People prefer to read write-ups that are conversational in nature. However, it is very important to use credible sources when developing research based knowledge contents.”
Grey Bangladesh’s Creative Director, Russel Mahmud in his speech recognised the growing need of quality writers as they are becoming increasingly rare these days.
He assured the young writers that they can make a decent living out of creative writing in this day and age.
The topic of the discussion was “digitization of content”. An in-depth discussion was held on how the content will evolve with the rapid growth of digital lifestyle in our society in future. It was recognised at the adda that Robi’s country-wide strong network is a key enabler for taking the knowledge-based contents of Roar Bangla to all over the country.
In this context, Roar Bangla’s CEO, Munimul Islam expressed the organisation’s desire to continue encouraging the young writers to ignite the power within them with a view to help in the digital transformation of the society.
Robi’s Vice President of Media, Communication and Sustainability, Ekram Kabir opined that the telecom operators are going to be the key catalysts in the upcoming digital revolution. He also highlighted the impact already felt in the way communicate and interact with each other because of the ongoing digitalization of the country.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB)- The leading digital service provider of the country, Robi, has come up with a unique digital initiative, “Mission Kombol” to help the cold affected people of the country.
Mission Kombol, is a digital platform that allows the compassionate people of our society to donate blankets to the neediest.
Anyone can visit a specially created microsite: www.missionkombol.com to make their donation. The site is accessible through Robi’s facebook page. Minimum donation set on the site is only 400 taka, which covers for a blanket and the cost for distribution to the ones who are most deserving. Well-known NGO, TMSS, is working as a partner organisation in the project.
The donated amount will go directly to TMSS’s account and they will complete the blanket distribution process.
An individual can donate up to 100 blankets (kombol) at a time. Once the donor sets the number of blanket he/ she wants to donate, the site will lead him to the payment gateway which will offer very convenient mechanism (Debit/ credit card and popular MFS services) to settle the payment.
After the successful blanket distribution, the donor will get a notification with a unique image of winter victim for each of the donated blankets.
Moscow, Dec 22 (AP/UNB) — World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors are leaving Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities prevented them from accessing key doping data that the country's authorities had agreed to hand over.
WADA reinstated the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over lab data, which could help confirm a number of violations uncovered during an investigation that revealed a state-sponsored doping program designed to win medals at the Sochi Olympics and other major events.
But Friday, WADA said its delegation "was unable to complete its mission" because Russia unexpectedly demanded its equipment be "certified under Russian law." WADA says the demand wasn't raised at earlier talks. The deadline to turn over the data is Dec. 31.
WADA says team leader Toni Pascual will now prepare a report on the failed mission. The WADA compliance review committee that recommended RUSADA's reinstatement will meet Jan. 14-15, where it could recommend the ban on RUSADA be re-imposed. WADA kept open the option of returning to the lab before year's end if Russia resolves the issue.
Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told local media the WADA team would return, but there was no word on the date and no mention of the issue raised by WADA.
WADA leaders portrayed Russia's willingness to turn over the data as a key reason for agreeing to reinstate RUSADA despite its failure to comply with key requirements on the "roadmap" WADA had set out.
"We've tried to come to terms with the Russians on how this was to be done, and this is the first time since discussing it that they've actually said 'yes,'" WADA director general Olivier Niggli in September, in an impassioned defense of the decision. "We hope they'll fulfill that promise."
It was a widely criticized decision, and the reaction to Friday's news was predictable.
"Surprise, surprise — anyone shocked by this?" said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "Let's hope WADA leadership has finally learned the lesson and immediately declares them non-compliant. Anything else is simply another shiv in the back of clean athletes."