Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar launched a digital study system at eight T&T schools on Wednesday.
The minister launched the study system in a virtual programme organised by BTCL, Huawei and Bijoy digital.
Primarily, the system was launched at pre-school to fourth grade which will facilitate children to learn through digital animation in mobile, tabs, said a press release of the ministry.
T&T schools are operated by Bangladesh Telecommunications Limited (BTCL).
“The biggest challenge for expanding the digital education is the device and content but children are getting the contents free of cost amid the coronavirus outbreak.”, Tajul said adding that free Bijoy software is provided at all the T&T schools.
The primary stage of education is very much important and the future is the era of digital technology, he said.
The system would also encourage children to learn computer skills, he added.
Bijoy digital app will provide the software following the national educational curriculum while Huawei would provide tabs to the learners and teachers.
A total of 112 Bangladeshi nationals returned home from Chennai by a special flight on Wednesday who got stuck there amid the coronavirus outbreak.
This was the final stage of repatriation efforts taken by the government and Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
With this, over 4,500 Bangladeshis returned home on 38 special flights from a number of Indian cities, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Over 8,000 Bangladesh nationals returned home from India through various ways during the current lockdown.
The special flight operated on Chennai-Dhaka route on April 20 was the first repatriation flight by the government amid coronavirus pandemic.
For renewal of passports and emergency travel permit, Bangladesh nationals are requested to contact Bangladesh Mission via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bangladeshis can also apply online at Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) website for extending exit permit of visas that crossed 90-day limit.
Returnees are requested to follow the instruction explained at the website -https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp
A lighterage vessel carrying iron scraps sank in the Karnaphuli River near the Chattogram port on Wednesday.
No casualty was reported as all the 14 crew managed to swim ashore.
Omar Faruk, secretary of the Chattogram Port, said the vessel - Barnia Prince-2 - was carrying 2,246 tonnes of iron scraps for AKS steel mill from a mother vessel.
When the accident took place in the morning, the vessel was anchored at the outer anchorage of the port amid severe current in the river. At one stage, it hit a buoy after its anchor got severed.
Later, it sank there as a crack developed at its bottom.
Researchers of the UN on Wednesday said the trend of making money exploiting the prevailing coronavirus situation increased across the globe, putting human lives in danger.
While revealing findings of a recent research, Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said “health and lives are at risk with criminals exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to cash in on public anxiety and increased demand for PPE and medications", reports UN News.
The coronavirus further highlighted the shortcomings in regulatory and legal frameworks aimed at preventing the manufacturing and selling of these products, points out the UNODC research brief.
The research was entitled “COVID-19-related Trafficking of Medical Products as a Threat to Public Health”.
Preying on vulnerabilities
According to the research, criminal gangs are exploiting both the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus along with inconsistencies in national regulation regimens.
“Transnational organized crime groups take advantage of gaps in national regulation and oversight to peddle substandard and falsified medical product”, explained the UN crime-fighting chief.
The falsification of medical products bears significant risks for public health as products may not properly treat the disease and may facilitate the development of drug resistance.
Criminal groups have also quickly adjusted to the opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit the vulnerabilities and gaps in the health and criminal justice systems.
Evidence shows that fraud, scams and seizures, involving the manufacture and trafficking of substandard and falsified medical products, have followed the spread of the virus.
In one case, German health authorities contracted two sales companies in Switzerland and Germany to procure €15 million worth of face masks through a cloned website of an apparently legitimate company in Spain.
“We need to help countries increase cooperation to close gaps, build law enforcement and criminal justice capacity, and drive public awareness to keep people safe”, Waly upheld.
Harmonized global approach needed
The pandemic has also highlighted a boom in data-based scams – including phishing, and business email attacks – or the creation of fake corporate websites to fool purchasers.
UNODC’s research also predicts that the behaviour of organized criminal groups will gradually change over the course of the pandemic.
When a vaccine is developed, it will likely lead to a shift in focus away from PPE smuggling to trafficking in the vaccine.
Moreover, cyberattacks on critical infrastructure involved in addressing the pandemic are also likely to continue in the form of online scams aimed at health procurement authorities, according to the research.
Strengthening legal frameworks and penalties, and a more harmonized global approach to the criminalization of the manufacture and trafficking of falsified medical products is crucial, as only a common approach will enable effective responses to crimes impacting individuals and public health, the UNODC brief maintains.
At the same time however, preventing, detecting, and responding to medical product-related crime will require people who work in the medical product sector to acquire new or additional skills.
Norway will continue its support to Bangladesh in improving the quality of shipbuilding and the ship recycling industry, said outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken on Wednesday.
The Norwegian Ambassador paid a farewell meeting on virtual platform with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun today, said a press release.
They discussed various bilateral issues in the virtual meeting, including steps taken by the government to deal with coronavirus crisis, creation of skilled manpower in shipbuilding and ship recycling industries, strengthening support for environment-friendly green industrialisation and other issues of mutual interest including mutual cooperation in economic development and trade expansion between the two countries
The outgoing ambassador praised the initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to tackle the corona situation.
She hoped that by implementing various activities and development plans adopted by the government during and after the corona period, Bangladesh would be able to overcome the corona losses quickly and will achieve the desired goal of socio-economic development.
Sidsel Bleken said Norway would continue to support post corona Bangladesh’s socio-economic development journey.
Referring to Norway as one of the most important development partners of Bangladesh, the Industries Minister said that Norway has been supporting Bangladesh's socio-economic progress since independence.
He drew the attention of the Ambassador to bring forward the investment of Norwegian entrepreneurs in emerging industries including shipbuilding and ship recycling, readymade garments, marine resources in Bangladesh.
The minister thanked the outgoing Ambassador for his significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Bangladesh as a professional Ambassador.
Additional Secretary of the Industries Ministry Begum Parag, among others, joined the virtual meeting.