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Hasina adopted Bangabandhu’s policy of leaving no one behind, says Radwan Mujib

Speaking at the virtual launch of policy magazine WhiteBoard on Sunday, the grandson of the founding father said Bangladesh has really gone back to some of its founding principles and ideologies under the leadership of Hasina in the last 10 years.

The Centre for Research and Information or CRI , the ruling Awami League’s research wing, has published the magazine’s first issue representing the visions and economic policies developed by Bangabandhu for the new-born Bangladesh, ravaged by the 1971 Liberation War.

Radwan, a CRI trustee and editor-in-chief of the magazine, shined light on the relevance of Bangabandhu’s policies in the modern Bangladesh. as detailed in the magazine’s ‘Mujib issue’.

The CRI was set to publish WhiteBoard during Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary in Ma...

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COVID-19 vaccine trial in US still on hold, says AstraZeneca Plc

September 20

AstraZeneca Plc said on Saturday that its COVID-19 vaccine trial in the United States is still on hold.

AstraZeneca on Saturday published a document describing details of how the COVID-19 vaccine trial was being carried out, which was first reported by the New York Times. (Reuters)

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Eavesdropper: A view to a kill

While only a few of Facebook’s employees will wear the product initially, the company has plans to extend its reach over time.

Earlier if I were to imagine a place, I would shut my eyes and think about the scenery, the noises and the smell, and how I felt standing there at that moment. Then a few years ago, Google changed all that. I was no longer required to close my eyes, all I had to do was open Google maps, and I could find myself standing at the corner of the street or in front of that shop. The experience is not as immersive as closing my eyes. But give it a few years, and with the right kind of virtual reality headsets, I have no doubt Google will get us there.

But Google has its limitations...

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More anxiety for parents as Dhaka schools ‘hustle’ them for tuition fees

They fear schools might not promote their children if they fail to clear the fees in full, adding to their stress.

School authorities, however, have denied the accusations labelled against them. They say they are merely telling the parents to clear the fees in order for them to pay the teachers and keep the institutions in operation.

Measures will be taken to elevate students to higher classes once the government decision on the matter arrives, they say.

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Many schools have been conducting online classes amid the pandemic. Parents, however, have been critical of these classes saying they have been ‘ineffective.’

The government announced the closure of all schools and educational institutions in the country on Mar 17 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus...

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Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric, dies at 83

Newark, September 20

Robert W. Gore, whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear and helped spawn uses in numerous other fields, has died. He was 83.

Gore, who was president of W. L. Gore & Associates for almost 25 years and company chairman for 30 years, died on Thursday at a family home in Maryland following a prolonged illness, company spokesperson Amy Calhoun confirmed Saturday.

Gore discovered a new form of a polymer in 1969 at a company lab in Newark, Delaware.

His father, who began the company, asked Bob Gore to research a new way to manufacturer plumber’s tape at a low cost using PTFE, commonly known as DuPont’s Teflon, The News Journal of Wilmington reported.

The son figured out that by stretching PTFE wi...

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Smart Innovations: Going beyond merely making in India

The on-device AI function also intelligently suggests moving private content to the Secure Folder, thus enhancing smartphone privacy.

In January this year, Samsung launched its new line of refrigerators—Curd Maestro—that customers can use to make curd at home. Given the fascination Indian homes have for everything curd, it is no surprise these refrigerators saw very strong demand pan-India. “Curd is an essential in Indian households. We launched the Curd Maestro refrigerator after extensive consumer research in India that has helped us address consumer pain points when it comes to making curd at home,” says Amitoj Singh, senior director and head, product innovation team at Samsung India.

“We found the common pain point was setting the curd and getting the same consistency and tast...

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SEC orders sacking of 17 directors of nine companies

The regulator sent the order to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, the Dhaka and Chattogram stock exchanges, and the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority on Sunday, said SEC spokesman Mohammad Rezaul Karim.

The law dictates a director of a listed company must have minimum two percent shares of the firm.

The SEC on Jul 2 gave 61 directors of 22 companies 45 working days to fall in line with the law.

As many as 25 of them fulfilled the condition while 19 others resigned from the boards of directors.

The deadline ended on Sep 2, but the regulator gave officials until Sep 15 to report on the issue.

SEC Chairman Shibli Rubayat-Ul-Islam on Friday told the 17 directors who did not comply with the rules will be removed soon.

Most of the companies where the ...

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Envelope with deadly poison ricin addressed to White House intercepted

Washington/Ottawa, September 20

An envelope addressed to the White House and intercepted by US authorities contained a substance identified as ricin, a deadly poison that appeared to have been sent from Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Saturday.

An RCMP spokesman confirmed “it has received a request for assistance from the FBI in connection with a suspicious letter sent to the White House.”

The RCMP added “the FBI conducted an analysis on the substance found in the envelope. This report indicated the presence of ricin, a toxic substance.” RCMP said it working with the FBI but declined to discuss further details.

The envelope was intercepted at a government mail centre before it arrived at the White House.

Asked about the reports, the FBI said the agency and “US Se...

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IMD predicts extremely heavy rainfall in these states on September 21-22

IMD prediction for September 20-22

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted widespread to extremely heavy rainfall during the next two-three days over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Yanam, Rayalaseema and Telangana. The department said that the low pressure area over northeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood with the associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 7.6 km above mean sea level was tilting southwestwards. It said that it was very likely to move west-northwestwards during the next 2-3 days and become more marked over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood during the next 24 hours.

Under the influence of this low pressure area, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely ...

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UK health minister: Second national lockdown possible

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