Dhaka, Mar 3 (UNB)- Robi and Airtel, both brands of leading digital service provider of the country Robi Axiata Limited, have been recognised as the most “Socially Devoted Brand” for the fourth quarter of 2018 by the globally renowned online analytics organisation, Socialbakers.
Socialbakers has certified both Robi and Airtel’s official Facebook pages for achieving cent percent response rate to customers’ queries.
This means that every query that was registered by the customers on their Facebook pages has been answered promptly by these brands. Both Robi Axiata Limited & Airtel Buzz Facebook pages have also achieved the lowest response time in the Bangladesh telecom industry.
Commenting on this recognition, Robi’s Vice-president (Media, Communication and Sustainability) Ekram Kabir said: “It’s very uplifting to have both Robi and Airtel recognised as Socially Devoted Brands by Socialbakers. We believe this only reflects our efforts in transforming ourselves as the next-generation digital telco.”
New York, Mar 2 (AP/UNB) - NASA's newest Mars lander has started digging into the red planet, but hit a few snags, scientists said Friday.
The German drilling instrument on the InSight lander struck what appeared to be a couple of stones. It only managed to burrow between half a foot (18 centimeters) and about 1 ½ feet (50 centimeters), far short of the first dig's goal, said the German Aerospace Center.
The hammering device in the "mole" was developed by the Astronika engineering company in Poland.
"This is not very good news for me because although the hammer is proving itself ... the Mars environment is not very favorable to us," said the company's chief engineer, Jerzy Grygorczuk.
Over time, the team is shooting for a depth of up to 16 feet (5 meters), which would set an otherworldly record. The lander is digging deep to measure the planet's internal temperature.
InSight landed on Mars last November. Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California sent commands to the lander Thursday to begin digging. It'll rest for a bit before burrowing again.
The spacecraft already has a seismometer on the surface, listening for potential quakes. The lander is stationary, but has a robot arm to maneuver these two main experiments.
Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) - Speakers at a Human Resource Summit here on Friday said the country will require 20 lakh skilled manpower in the IT sector by 2030 as every organisation is now dependent on technology.
They said the advancement of any organisation in the competitive world depends on skilled workers as growth of profits and long-term sustainability need a time-befitting human resource management.
The Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) organised the summit at Mohakhali in the city.
Delivering her speech at the inaugural session of the summit, Managing Director of Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority Hosne Ara Begum said every institution is dependent on technology as it is not possible to go ahead without a strong human force. “The government has taken various schemes to train the young generation as the country will need two million skilled manpower in the IT sector by 2030.”
Many people are working with good reputation abroad obtaining training under the government’s various training schemes in the country, she said. “Even foreign investors also want skilled manpower. So, it requires private initiatives alongside the government to create skilled workforce and the IPM can play an important role in this regard,” she said.
IPM President Anwarul Azim highlighted the activities of their organisation.
Earlier, its Secretary General Shakil Meraj gave the inaugural speech at the programme.
Among others, President of Federation of Bangladesh Human Resource Organizations (FBHRO) Mosharraf Hossain and founding IPM Director Osman Gani also spoke on the occasion.
Prominent HR experts from home and abroad spoke at various sessions of the summit. In the first session, the importance of technology for development of human resources was highlighted by technical specialist of the ICT Division, Mohammad Asad-ur-Rahman.
The concluding session of the summit was addressed, among others, by Science and Technology Secretary Anwar Hossain, Chief Executive Officer of National Life Insurance Jamal Mohammad Abu Naser, Chief Executive Officer of Life Insurance Corporation of Bangladesh Arup Das Gupta, President of Bangladesh Organization for Learning and Development Kazi M Ahmed with by IPM Secretary General Shakil Miraj in the chair.
Seattle, Mar 1 (AP/UNB) — The Chinese tech giant Huawei pleaded not guilty Thursday to U.S. trade-theft charges in a case that has heightened a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.
The pleas were entered in federal court in Seattle, where a 10-count indictment was unsealed in January against two Huawei units, Huawei Device Co. and Huawei Device USA.
Charges include conspiracy to steal trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice. The conspiracy charge carries a potential fine of $5 million or three times the value of the stolen trade secret, whichever is greater, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez set a March 2020 trial date.
The U.S. has accused China of using predatory tactics to turn Chinese companies into leaders in tech fields such as robotics and electric vehicles.
From 2012 to 2014, prosecutors allege, Huawei engaged in a scheme to steal the technology behind a robotic device that Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile used to test smartphones, according to the charges.
Prosecutors say one Huawei worker even removed the robot's arm from T-Mobile's lab, took detailed measurements and photos of it, and then sent the information about it to China; the company says the worker acted independently and was later fired.
A federal jury in Seattle awarded T-Mobile $4.8 million in damages in 2017.
Huawei, the No. 2 smartphone maker and an essential player in global communications networks, has also been charged in New York with lying to banks about deals that violated economic sanctions against Iran. The daughter of the company's founder has been arrested in Canada and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. No arraignment has been set in the New York case, but Huawei denies the charges.
Trade talks between the United States and China are far from completion, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers Wednesday, but President Donald Trump raised hopes earlier in the week when he said he would postpone a scheduled March 2 increase in tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports.
Cape Canaveral, Mar 1(AP/UNB) — SpaceX closes in on human spaceflight with this weekend's debut of a new capsule designed for astronauts.
The six-day test flight will be real in every regard, beginning with a Florida liftoff Saturday and a docking the next day with the International Space Station. But the Dragon capsule won't carry humans, rather a test dummy — named Ripley after the tough heroine in the "Alien" films — in the same white SpaceX spacesuit that astronauts will wear.
NASA doesn't expect this crucial shakedown cruise to go perfectly. But the lessons learned should improve safety when two NASA astronauts strap into a Dragon as early as July.
"Giant leaps are made by a series of consistent smaller steps. This one will be a big step!" retired astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's former one-year space station resident, tweeted Thursday.
Boeing is also in the race to end NASA's eight-year drought of launching U.S. astronauts on U.S. rockets from U.S. soil. The space agency is turning to private taxi rides to reduce its pricey reliance on Russian rockets to get astronauts to and from the space station. NASA is providing $8 billion for SpaceX and Boeing to build and operate these new systems.
"On a personal level, this is an extremely important mission," SpaceX executive Hans Koenigsmann told reporters Thursday. "And I'm pretty sure it's not just me, I think everybody within SpaceX feels this and wants to get this right."
A look at the newest space ride:
Crew vs. cargo
SpaceX has made 16 space station deliveries over the past seven years. The private company overhauled the cargo Dragon capsule to make it safe — and comfortable — for passengers. It's slightly bigger — 27 feet (8 meters) tall — and also launches atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. But now there are four seats, three windows, computer touch screens and life-support systems. Instead of solar wings, solar cells are on the spacecraft itself. And eight engines are built into the capsule walls for use in an emergency; these abort engines could shoot the capsule off a malfunctioning rocket anytime during the launch.
You can't go into space looking dowdy. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk wants Dragon riders looking sharp and 21st century, just like their new, white, sleek spaceship. The streamlined spacesuits are also white with black trim, with matching helmets and gloves. No bulky orange flight suits left over from NASA's space shuttle program. Boeing is going with royal blue spacesuits for its Starliner capsule crews.
Along for the ride
The life-size test dummy Ripley — wearing SpaceX's slick new spacesuit — is strapped into one of the capsule's seats. The mannequin, whose name was unveiled Thursday, is rigged with sensors to see how it holds up. Ripley is similar to Starman, which blasted off last year in the driver's seat of Musk's red Tesla convertible, on a test launch of the company's bigger Falcon Heavy rocket. The capsule can accommodate up to seven astronauts. For this test, it's carrying 450 pounds (200 kilograms) of supplies and gear.
Old pad, new look
Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, used a half-century ago for Apollo moon shots and later space shuttle flights, has been remodeled and gussied up by tenant SpaceX. Most notable is the long, enclosed, gleaming white walkway at the top. The old bridge for rocket-boarding astronauts was open to the elements. Astronauts like the new, air-conditioned design. "They're very happy that it's covered, and we're trying to keep the mosquitoes out. Those Florida mosquitoes, they can get in anywhere," said NASA's commercial crew program manager, Kathy Lueders.
This mission is a night owl's dream, with most of the big events happening in the wee hours. Saturday's liftoff is scheduled for 2:49 a.m. to sync up with a space station arrival the next day. Unlike cargo Dragon, plucked from orbit by the station's robot arm and guided to its berth, crew Dragon will dock on its own early Sunday morning. The three space station astronauts will enter the Dragon, unload the fresh supplies on board and then fill it with science samples and old equipment. The capsule will undock March 8 and, shortly after sunrise, parachute into the Atlantic, a couple hundred miles off the Florida coast.
Just because SpaceX is first off the pad doesn't mean it will launch astronauts before Boeing. SpaceX is shooting for a July crew launch, but that could slip depending on the results of the upcoming demo and a launch abort test this spring. Several items — parachutes and thrusters, among others — still need work and possibly redesign before certified for human use. Boeing is targeting an April test flight of its Starliner capsule without crew, and a launch with three astronauts no earlier than August. Whichever company delivers astronauts first wins a small U.S. flag left at the station by the last shuttle crew in 2011. NASA's Doug Hurley and Boeing's Christopher Ferguson — who both flew that final shuttle mission — will test drive the new commercial capsules. Hurley will ride the Dragon and Ferguson the Starliner.