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Celebrating marking satellite launch postponed for flood

Dhaka, Jun 19 : Considering the worsening flood situation and inclement weather government on Tuesday postponed a scheduled programme to celebrate the launching of Bangladesh’s maiden satellite Bangabandhu-1. The programme was scheduled to be held at Bangabandhu International Convention Center on June 24. Bangladesh launched its first geostationary communications satellite, the Bangabandhu-1, into orbit by US space transport company SpaceX ...

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Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com

Seoul, June 18 : Google said Monday that it will invest $550 million in Alibaba’s main rival JD.com as the U.S. tech giant seeks to expand in fast-growing Asian e-commerce markets. Under the partnership, JD.com products will appear on Google’s shopping service, giving JD.com access to consumers outside Asia, while Google can apply the Chinese e-commerce company’s supply chain and ...

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Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month

Star gazers could have a good view of the Red Planet next month as Mars is set to come to the closest point to Earth since 2003 when it reaches opposition with the Sun in late July. This year, Mars opposition will occur on July 27, according to NASA, reports Ians.   During opposition, Mars is especially photogenic because it ...

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Faridpur man builds bicycle that can run on water

Photo: Saiful Islam riding his bicycle which is enhanced by solar panels and four small tubes attached to each of its wheel on water in the river in Paikpara village of Madhukhali upazila recently. Faridpur, June 12 : The lifelong dream of a young man, Saiful Islam, comes true as he has recently completed building a bicycle after one year ...

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Facebook shared user data with select companies

San Francisco, Jun 9 : Facebook shared personal information culled from its users’ profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the company confirmed Friday. The records included information about the friends of Facebook users, including phone numbers and breakdowns analyzing the degrees of separation ...

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New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life

Photo: This composite image made from a series of Jan. 23, 2018 photos shows a self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. Cape Canaveral, June 09 :  New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present. Scientists reported Thursday that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks ...

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Muhith wants to have Facebook, Google, Youtube under tax net

Dhaka, Jun 7 : Finance Minister AMA Muhith proposed introduction of new provisions in the tax laws over the taxation of virtual and digital sectors, such as Facebook, Google, Youtube, on their incomes earned in Bangladesh. “Such measures shall expand our tax base,” he said. Muhith mentioned that the volume and the nature of cross-border transactions have significantly changed with ...

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled.   Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration.  Analysts say several factors have hit the smartphone market including the lack of new features that wow consumers, people holding ...

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Bangladesh ranks 73 in global cyber security index

Dhaka, May 29 : Bangladesh has ranked 73 out of 100 nations in the global cyber security index measured by UK-based National Cyber Security Index (NCSI). The NCSI put the countries in the ranking after measuring their preparedness to prevent fundamental cyber threats and readiness to manage cyber incidents, crimes and large-scale cyber crises. The NCSI website (http://ncsi.ega.ee/ncsi-index/) has recently ...

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Plan underway to launch Bangabandhu-2: Mustafa Jabbar

Dhaka, May 28 : The government has planned to launch Bangabandhu-2 satellite into the space, even before Bangabandhu-1 starts its commercial activities, said Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar. “The government has applied for the allotment of two orbital slots for Bangabandhu-1, 100 degrees east and 74 degrees east from International Communication Union (ITU). Although India has ...

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