Tokyo, Oct 3 (AP/UNB) — A German-French observation device safely landed on an asteroid on Wednesday after a Japanese spacecraft released it as part of a research effort that could find clues about the origin of the solar system, Japanese space officials said.
The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.
The spacecraft went as close as about 50 meters (160 feet) to the asteroid's surface to release the box-shaped lander. Hayabusa2 has been stationed near the asteroid since June after traveling 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth.
About an hour after the separation, the space agency, known as JAXA, said it had received signals from MASCOT, an indication of its safe landing.
JAXA's Hayabusa project manager, Yuichi Tsuda, confirmed the landing at a news conference. JAXA collaborated with the German Aerospace Center and France's Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales in the MASCOT project.
The lander's deployment follows the successful landing last month of two MINERVA-II1 observation rovers that have transmitted a series of images showing the asteroid's rocky surface.
Hayabusa2 dropped MASCOT on the opposite hemisphere from the rovers so they don't interfere with each other's activity, JAXA said.
It took more than three years for the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to reach the asteroid's vicinity. Hayabusa2 will later attempt to briefly land on the asteroid itself to collect samples to send back to researchers on Earth.
The two successful landings of the probes provide a boost of confidence ahead of the upcoming landing of Hayabusa2, though that will be a greater challenge, Tsuda said.
The lithium battery-run MASCOT can operate 16 hours — while the asteroid revolves twice — to collect and transmit data, including temperature and mineral varieties. After its observation activity at the initial landing spot, it will bounce to a second location to collect another set of samples there.
According to JAXA, MASCOT is carrying a wide-angle camera on its side to capture images of its surroundings. A spectroscopic microscope on the bottom is designed to examine minerals on the asteroid's surface. MASCOT will also measure the magnetic force and temperature on the asteroid.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB)- The world’s leading technology and smartphone manufacturing company Huawei was celebrating 'October Festival' offering with special discounts, cashback and bundle of internet for Huawei's smartphone customers.
A handful of models of Huawei phones were under the purview of October Festival offer.
Among them, Huawei Y5 Prime 2018 smartphone with Tk 1,000 discount, will be available at Tk 10,590 while Huawei Y6 Prime 2018, with Tk 1,500discount, will sell at Tk 12,490.
The purchase of a Huawei Y9 2018 smartphone will entitle the customer to a cashback up to Tk 10,000 while a minimum cashback of Tk 1,000 is guaranteed.
Moreover, each purchase of all Huawei smartphones available will be provided with free internet bundle offers from telecom operators.
Anyone purchasing the selected models of Huawei phones from any Huawei brand shop or authorized mobile outlet across the country by October 31, 2018 will enjoy the offers.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB)- Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) recently inaugurated its Agent Banking outlet in Kharkhari Bazar of Boalia in Rajshahi.
Hasne Alam, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank inaugurated the outlet as chief guest.
Presided over by Md Kawsar-ul-Alam, Executive Vice President of the Bank and Head of Rajshahi Zone, the program was addressed by Md Mahboob Alam, Executive Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division as special guest.
Mohammad Nurul Karim, Vice President of the Bank and Head of Rajshahi Branch addressed welcome speech where local businesspersons, professionals and dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB)- Robi and Travel booking Bangladesh Limited offered 50% discounts on their roaming package while traveling abroad.
This is the first time such discount has been offered on international roaming usage bills in the country.
This is the first time in Bangladesh that a telecommunication company has partnered with a travel agency to make traveling easy for travelers. Under this offer, travelers who are availing services from Travel Booking BD, will be eligible for getting a complimentary Robi connection with international roaming facility.
These international roaming facilities offer different roaming bundle for voice calls, SMS and unlimited internet in 54 countries that include the top destinations such as: India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Nepal, Thailand, UK, China, Hong Kong etc.
With this offer, travelers will be able to use their Robi SIM cards in a foreign land avoiding the hassle of purchasing a local SIM card, thereby, allowing the traveler to stay connected and roam worry-free wherever they go.
Commenting on this first ever offer in the country, Robi’s Vice President, Customer Life-cycle Management and International Business, Biplav Majumdar said “Our intention is to create convenience for our customers by ensuring connectivity even outside of the country- where our international roaming service adds value by giving them freedom to use the same number abroad.”
Founder and CEO of Travel Booking BD, Kashef Rahman said, “One of the major difficulties that travelers face abroad is the hassle of purchasing SIM card to stay connected. Offering this service to our customers will enhance their experience and they will be able to get a seamless connectivity, no matter if it’s a pleasure trip or a business travel.”
Other details will available on Robi website (www.robi.com.bd) or Travel Booking BD website (www.travelbookingbd.com).
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - A recently released research report shows that by late 2017 only 13 percent of Bangladeshis aged 15-65 used the Internet and social media. This is despite 45 percent of the same age group owning an Internet-friendly device.
The findings are part of AfterAccess, an international-award-winning effort to collect reliable data on access to and use of mobile phones and the Internet in the Global South.
The Bangladesh-specific results of the AfterAccess surveys were released by a regional ICT-policy think-tank, LIRNEasia, in a city hotel on Tuesday.
Brig. Gen. Mustafa Kamal, DG (Engineering & Operation) BTRC, Michael Foley, CEO, Grameenphone, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, CEO, Robi, Taimur Rahman, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs of Banglalink, Abu Saeed Khan, Senior Policy Fellow, LIRNEasia were present, among others.
“Mobile phones and the Internet are becoming ubiquitous, and information on access to and use of mobile phone and the Internet are of prime importance to governments and other decision-makers,” said lead researcher for the Asia component, Helani Galpaya, CEO of LIRNEasia.
“The available information is insufficient, in that it is either supply-side provided, or not representative of national populations. The only meaningful way to understand the real level of access and use is by talking to users (and non-users) directly. This is what we have done with the AfterAccess surveys.”
In Bangladesh, 2,000 households and individuals were surveyed from 100 wards and villages in 40 districts. The sampling methodology was designed to ensure representation of the target group (population aged 15-65) at a national level with 95% confidence interval and a +/-3.3% margin of error.
The methodology used in Bangladesh is comparable across all 18 survey countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“This report highlights key issues in our telecommunications sector and provides deep insights on disparity in use of mobile phones, Internet, social media and platforms,” said Abu Saeed Khan, Senior Policy Fellow of LIRNEasia. “It also underscores the potential for growth of a Digital Bangladesh, and we must use this data to inform future policy, regulatory and industry decisions.”
Sixty-seven percent of Bangladeshis aged 15-65 who do not use the Internet said the main reason for not using the Internet is that they do not know what it is. This finding highlights the importance of creating awareness on the Internet and its uses among the population.
This research was conducted with financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Ford Foundation and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).