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BASIS presented its National ICT Awards 68 to projects

The information technology industry in Bangladesh has been honoured with awards by the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) for its innovative products and service initiatives. This past Monday night, in a hotel in the country's capital, BASIS presented its "BASIS National ICT Awards" to 68 projects over 36 categories. This is the fifth time this event has taken place. In the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards competition, there will be participation from a number of projects that have previously won awards.Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed released a video message portraying the awards event. He stated in the message that the information and communication technology sector's export income now stands at 1.4 billion dollars. By 2025, we intend to raise this income to $5 billion.Lifetime Association Chairman and Chief Judge Abdullah H. Kafi supervised the evaluation process for the BASIS National ICT Awards. He stated that winning an award in the APICTA Awards competition is difficult. Therefore, award-winning projects as champions must prepare extremely well.Russell T. Ahmed, the president of BASIS, said at the event that BASIS will work to enhance the efficiency of the best projects that have won Apicta Awards. Numerous Bangladeshi projects have won the Apicta Awards competition over a number of years.NM Ziaul Alam, the Senior Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology, and Md. Jasim Uddin, the President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, were the honored guests of the occasion.In this arrangement of BASIS, 21 projects have been champions. These are Rabbithole (Media & Entertainment), Fluent CRM (Digital Marketing & Advertising), Savings Products (Banking, Insurance & Finance), Incibe (Marketplaces), Easy Merchant APP (Retail & Distribution), Travel (Tourism & Hospitality), Foreign Friends (Community Service), Classmates (Education),IMCI (Health & Wellbeing), Doctor Cultivator & Protecto-Smart UV Disinfection Device (Sustainability & Environment), Equilibrium (Agriculture), InstaSure (FinTech), Synergy (ICT Services), Case-Track (Professional Services), Simplex VPN (Security Solutions) , Exchange (Digital Government), Covid-19 Telehealth Centers (Private Sector & Government), Blood Bags (Students), Mobile Devices for Persons with Disabilities (Cross Sector) and Energy Management Systems (Startups).

ICT Division and the World Bank will collaborate to develop ICT infrastructure

According to World Bank vice president Junaid Kamal Ahmad, the ICT Division and the World Bank would collaborate to establish ICT infrastructure in Bangladesh to advance the country's economic growth.According to a release, he said that today at a meeting with state minister for information and communications technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak in the latter's office in the ICT Division.They also talked about Bangladesh's startup scene, finance, and nanotechnology.According to the announcement, the World Bank will also offer general help in luring investment for the country's transformation and to establish a smart and inventive Bangladesh by 2041.

Bangladesh Sheikh Russell Medal 2022

Online applications for the Sheikh Russell Medal are being accepted until July 9. Since June 10, applications for the award have been approved in ten circumstances.To fill up an application, interested candidates may go to Russell, the youngest child of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation, had his birthday honored as "Sheikh Russell Day" on October 16 to honor him and honor children.On this occasion, the "Sheikh Russell Medal 2022" will be awarded to organizations that support the growth of children and adolescents in two categories and to Bangladeshi youngsters under the age of 18 in eight categories.In the areas of Digital Excellence and Digital School, institutional awards will be given out.Following the "Sheikh Russell Medal Policy 2022 (Draft)" is required of applicants.Following review by the central committee, application verification and selection committee, and evaluation committee, the names of the winners will be disclosed on October 18.A laptop, a diploma, and a medal made of 22 carat gold will be given to the victors.

Top 10 eLearning education center and institutes in Bangladesh

With the progress of technology and its accessibility to the general public, online learning has become a learning reality for everybody. Whether a student or a professional, certain unique and special education may be required that is not always physically accessible to obtain. There are several online educational websites and e-learning systems that focus on authenticity and incorporating creativity into learning.Online learning has grown in popularity in recent years because it is both inexpensive and simple. Let's have a look at the top ten online education platforms in Bangladesh. You just input the web URL of the education platform you wish to use and then continue studying about the topics that interest you. Bangladesh, like other industrialized nations, has progressively grown in the online education industry.The following are the most popular educational websites in Bangladesh.10 Minute School The most well-liked online learning platform in Bangladesh is 10 Minute School. Even though it began as a modest project, this platform today has about 1,50,00 students who regularly attend sessions. This platform presently has various prominent figures and the well-known telecom business ROBI as sponsors. Candidates for the JSC, SSC, and HSC exams can take lessons on this site. Additionally, professional employees can get something from seeing some of their content.Shikkhok.ComThe idea of aspires to give rural and underprivileged students in Bangladesh and India free online education and top-notch Bengali language classes. Students and researchers interested in science and engineering should use this platform.Shikho Anyone may take several mock tests on shikho, which aids in their preparation for many courses. The website offers topics ranging from the JSC level to the BCS test. The model tests for your selected topic are available at several levels. On the website, there are also technical audio-visual training offered. Because of this, you may test out courses like CPA training, WordPress, SEO, affiliate marketing, graphic design, Android programming, etc. whenever you want. The most helpful aspect of this website is the blog area, which has a wealth of educational articles. With the assistance of this website, anybody may keep themselves abreast of the most recent developments in education.EducarnivalOn the Educarnival website, you may discover advice on how to be ready for competitive exams. You can try to answer prior questions on this website for state competitive tests like the SSC, Teacher Registration, Bank Jobs, Public University Admission Tests, Medical College Admission Tests, and other government recruitment exams, etc. Model tests are also being conducted there for each module. Additionally, you'll discover a part where outstanding academic essays are readily available. These summaries of many subjects will undoubtedly improve your studyShikkhok BatayonThe Bangladeshi government set out to digitally transform the country's educational system, and as a result, a website like this was copied. The website has been enhanced by PPT presentation slides created by instructors from various regions of the nation.Teachers from both schools and madrasas provide their own original stuff on this website. For academic courses at the secondary school level, they define several terminology and subjects.Thanks to this website, students from all around the nation may profit from studying from home. This website's study materials are broken down into three categories: general, technical, and madrasa.Amar PathshalaThey provide video tutorials so that students may acquire new material more easily.People looking for work have a completely separate part where they may get information on employment circulars.For children in grades one through twelve, there are already more than 12000 movies on this website. There are other courses for professional and skill development that anybody may attend. These good classes are entirely free.SrijonshilOnline education is becoming a widely available and profitable subject for everyone because of how powerful and widely accessible technology is nowadays. Online education can save a learner's life when certain unique and special lessons become more difficult to attend physically. It connects tutors, educational resources, and students like a bridge. On the websites given above, you may quickly learn a lot of stuff. Therefore, start learning your chosen education as soon as you can and don't wait. Because learning knows no bounds, and neither do age restrictions! Instead than skipping school anymore, simply take it.iZoom institute of IT iZoom has their own platform and  YouTube channels where they teach programming, Robotics to kids with STEM and Gamification. They have reached many kids, many views on our YouTube channel. They have introductory to advanced level of teaching courses like -Computer Programming Fundamental, Mobile Application & Website Development, Robotics & Embedded System Python Programming & Data Science, IoT & Data Science, AI & Robotics Vision. Not only that iZoom caters for job placement, freelancing and professional IT training are given here.eShikoneshikon Education Center is regarded as the Indian equivalent of Udemy. On this website, professionals create video courses and submit them. After students enroll in these courses, they may earn certifications. This website offers top-notch online courses taught by Bangladesh's top instructors and helps students develop their skills.iTesserect Technologies Ltd. Breaking the traditional culture and boxed learning methods, Bangladesh and south asian region has adopted the culture of STEAM learning, gamification, programming, technical knowledge, very well. Many leading tech, and health tech companies have ventured into this sector of learning how to code for young minds. Our company - iTesserect Technologies Ltd.  is one such EdTech company that caters for better learning in children with technology - Kids Programming, Educational Robotics tools, web designing, game development animation etc. 

eshikhon is giving free computer training for the students of Bangladesh

At present computer knowledge is compulsory in every government and private job. And for this, the IT training institute eshikhon ( has stood by the job seekers. eshikhon is giving free computer basics to those who are not getting jobs due to lack of computer or basic knowledge.The institution is giving this opportunity to 1000 students. The minimum educational qualification required to participate in the Basic course is HSC pass. This course will teach the basics of computer, internet, website, software, e-mail, Facebook page, Microsoft Word, Excel etc. used in government and non-government organizations.Ibrahim Akbar, CEO of eshikhon, said that despite the lack of basic knowledge in computers, millions of young people are left out of job applications every year. On the other hand, only computer basics are good and many people get jobs easily and they are ahead of others in terms of jobs. So eshikhonhas taken such an initiative again to eliminate the problem of unemployment and create a skilled manpower.Those interested can take this opportunity by visiting eshikhon, Panthapath office or by registering online. Fill out the form for online registration. Form link:

Mamun is a software engineer from Bangladesh

Abdullah Al Mamun has joined Meta, the parent company of the social networking site Facebook, as a software engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET).He sought admission to Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in order to pursue his aspiration of becoming an engineer (BUET). Even though he was denied the chance to get admitted there, Mamun didn't quit. He enrolled in the Polytechnic Institute to pursue his engineering passion. He was then allowed to join the duet.He earned a scholarship to study computer engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia after completing his undergraduate studies at Duet. From Florida International University, he later earned a PhD in computer science. He has been looking for technical jobs with internet behemoths like Facebook and Google in the meanwhile. He has participated in hiring processes at several tech behemoths, including Raku, FedEx, LinkedIn, Tesla, and Uber. However, his position did not fit with these businesses.Tech firm Meta sent him an offer to work as an e-four software developer at their Menlo Park, California, headquarters following a seven-step hiring procedure. He encouraged everyone to dream big by writing on Facebook. Everyone was advised by him to keep striving and to avoid comparing themselves to others.

Russel elected president and Himika as senior vice president of BASIS

Russell T. Ahmed has been elected President of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), one of the leading trade organizations in the IT sector and Samira Zuberi Himika of Giga Tech has been elected Senior Vice President.On Tuesday, The distribution took place among the newly elected executive council of the organization at the BASIS office of the BDBL building at Karwan Bazar. Abu Daud Khan of Enrout International has become the Vice President (Administration) and Fahim Ahmed of Pathao has become the Vice President (Finance).Besides, there are other 6 directors from different companies Habibullah N Karim of Techno Haven, Mushfiqur Rahman of Advanced ERP, Rashad Kabir of Dream 71 Bangladesh, Tanvir Hossain Khan of Dimmerz Lab. Earlier on Sunday, a total of 29 candidates contested for 11 posts for a two-year term in the 2022-23 session of the organization. The panel one team got the majority in the election. The panel won 4 posts in the general category and 4 posts in the associate and affiliate categories. On the other hand, Synergy Squad panel won 4 posts in the general category. There was no competition as there was a single candidate in the international member category.

The International Conference on 4th Industrial Revolution and Beyond (IC4IR 2021) is being organized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh

The International Conference on 4th Industrial Revolution and Beyond (IC4IR 2021) is being organized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh to be held through both physical and virtual online formats from 10 & 11 December 2021. On the 100th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th anniversary of independence of the country, the UGC is planning to create a premier international forum for bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse domains to share cutting-edge research results obtained through the application of artificial intelligence, the internet of things, data analytics, and cloud computing to solve problems in the industrial domain.The conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse domains. IC4IR 2021 also promotes the sharing and dissemination of innovative and practical development of methodologies and technologies with industrial applications through the exchange and dissemination of best practices. The scope of the conference includes Artificial Intelligence; Robotics and Automation; IoT and Smart Agriculture; Data Analytics and Cloud Computing; Communication and Networks Signal and Natural Language Processing. Researchers of home and abroad are requested to submit your research paper which can resolve our local problems, improve life and the environment utilizing state-of-the-art 4IR techniques, and help to achieve the sustainable development goal.The Major Tracks of IC4IR 2021 include - Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Automation, IoT & Smart Agriculture, Data Analytics & Cloud Computing, Signal & Natural Language Processing and Communication & Networking. The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman recognized the importance of quality higher education towards building a knowledge-based economy in Bangladesh. The functions of UGC are the allocation of funds to universities, facilitating the development of the higher educational system in Bangladesh with the main purpose of upgrading the qualities of teaching-learning at the tertiary level, encouraging cutting-edge innovative research and development, and improving governance issues at the universities. Also, UGC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standard and advise the Government accordingly.

Everything you wanted to know: Big Data and Cryptocurrency

Let your mind wander back in time to recall the cartoons of a generation ago. A popular depiction of cutting-edge science consisted of a scrawny genius, his persona dominated by a dome of a head, one large ear planted on each side of the face and crowned by unruly wisps of white hair, with knotted eyebrows frozen in the concentration of impending discovery. Hunched over an array of vats, dishes, and test tubes, the maniacal gleam was matched in intensity only by the forest of glass perpetually boiling and spewing their multicoloured venom into the atmosphere of a laboratory that lesser mortals entered at their peril.Pause for a moment in the restless present, and replicate the scene in context. Now, instead of the “mad professor,” one is confronted by the image of a young whippersnapper, perhaps just out of college but probably not, un-groomed, tousle-headed, clad in t-shirt and shorts, feet on the table, laptop balanced precariously on one knee, the remnants of a forgotten meal of burger, fries, and soda pop contributing to the mayhem of the tabletop, a juvenile conductor who, with the occasional tap of the keyboard, controls the clack and hum of the unending rows of servers behind him, squat canyons of impersonal machinery churning and processing and crunching an endless stream of what we nonchalantly refer to as “data.”Welcome to the “busyness” of today. The collection, aggregation, sifting, and processing of information about the ways and means of one’s fellow human beings is now unprecedented in volume and boggles the mind with the scope of its application. The information of the world is now in the possession or control of a handful of organizations, and the logical corollary to this mega-aggregation is data mining. Therefore, if one has the wherewithal, install a server to sift and analyze and electronically ponder on certain identified accounts, record the caprice and trends of human behaviour in all its permutations and combinations and more, and archive the outcome in anticipation of the next sellable idea.Human impatience decreed that the monopoly needed to be taken to the next level, because the longer this data remained tranquil and undisturbed by even the slightest wind to ripple its surface, the less valuable it became. It would only be a matter of time before human endeavour and innovation churned the ocean with the motive of revenue and profit. But let us examine the process before arriving at the ultimate objective.In the beginning, a digital ledger is created. This is the short-form reference to something known as distributed ledger technology, a digital system for recording the transaction of assets in which transaction and computation and archiving is happening on different computers and the transactions and their details are recorded in several places at the same time. Unlike traditional databases, these ledgers are not maintained in one central location. The digital ledger works on the concept of blockchain technology as applied to data both enormous and complex.The data is computed in various servers all over the world, moving from one blockchain to another, and remains in those specific servers in machine-readable (encrypted) form. Mimicking the behaviour of Mercury, the capricious and restless character of Greek mythology, the online file jumps from one computer to the next laptop to the other server until it is reined in and given commercial form by the tap of a secured key.We are describing an undertaking on a colossal and transnational level. The “system,” for want of a better expression, has to be “on” and “up” at all times. There cannot be even a millisecond of “downtime” because of the ceaseless auto-computing taking place at some unknown point of the electronic chain.And it is at this point when a creature generically referred to as cryptocurrency appears surreptitiously on the horizon. So stealthily, in fact, that few people are even aware of its decade-old existence. But it is only in recent months that this notion has begun to flex its digital muscles and advertise its existence. And it is the miracle of marketing that has people across the globe taking their first tentative steps to open their minds and explore the latest manifestation of commercial innovation. But how does it work? Let us also explore.The given fact is that every server is constantly mining data, the foundation on which the commercial proposition is constructed. Companies that have floated and endorsed online currencies, or “coins,” attach a certain value of the coin to the data controlled and processed by the company they have tied up with. As an outcome of this enterprise-level contract, one “opens” an account with the owner of the coin. Depending upon the amount of data being mined, a certain value of a coin is attached to this activity. The value of the coin is infractions and is recorded in the cryptocurrency wallet of choice. For a certain amount of time and volume provided for data mining, the coin company shall allocate a value. Of course, the value will be inversely proportional to the reputation and currency of the coin. The availability of the coin, therefore, shall always be dependent upon the amount of data that is available for mining to the public.The digital wallet is anonymous and encrypted and known only to the parties involved in the particular transaction. The level of anonymity is such that one party is not even aware of the identity of the other.Have we permitted the force of this new enterprise to pull us into the maelstrom of a world that we barely recognize? No, most probably not. Because as owners of the latest handheld technology, each of us is, willingly or unwillingly, a participant in the global undertaking and exercise of metadata, a veritable tsunami that we could not anticipate but are now submerged by.Digital currency is probably the way of the future. But for its success, there needs to be mass participation. The dynamics and nature of an enormous subcontinent overflowing with potential human capital requires that political goodwill is built and accumulated on a corresponding scale. Accordingly, experience demonstrates that it is the instrumentality of the mass-based welfare scheme that has proved to be the most potent and efficacious method of recording the performance of an administration. What better way to kick-start a nascent parallel economy than by putting in place a digital wallet for every woman of the household and encouraging her to place a designated amount into the digital crypto economy?We have for several years now been passive participants and contributors to a new model of doing business in which the personal returns are few if any at all. It is up to us to take the initiative and create our destiny, invisible as it may be, and play a more meaningful role in an economy that has transformed life and commerce at unimaginable levels.Dear reader, let us continue to unravel the secrets of this invisible behemoth. It cannot be as cryptic as it is made out to be.

Nearly one-third of US states are affected by the Omicron variant

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread to about one-third of US states, but the Delta version remains the majority of Covid-19 infections as cases rise nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday.Though the emergence of the new variant has caused alarm worldwide, Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, told CNN "thus far it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it." He added that it was too early to draw definitive conclusions and that more study is needed.Fauci, US President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said he also hoped the United States would lift its ban on travellers from southern African countries in a "reasonable period of time." The South African government has complained it is being punished - instead of applauded - for discovering the new variant and quickly informing international health officials.Fauci, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," praised South Africa for its transparency and said the US travel ban was imposed at a time "when we were really in the dark" and needed time to study the variant.At least 16 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally.Many of the cases were among fully vaccinated individuals with mild symptoms, although the booster shot status of some patients was not reported.Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of new Covid cases in the United States CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky told ABC News in an interview."We are every day hearing about more and more probable cases so that number is likely to rise," she said.The United States over the last seven days has averaged 119,000 new cases a day and lost nearly 1,300 lives to Covid each day, according to a Reuters tally.Louisiana currently has one Omicron case from an individual who travelled within the United States, its health department said on Sunday.On Saturday, it said a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd cruise ship set to dock in New Orleans with more than 3,000 passengers found 10 cases of Covid-19 on board.Officials said passengers on the Norwegian Breakaway, which stopped in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, would be tested and given the CDC's post-exposure and quarantine guidelines.The emergence of the new variant has sharply curtailed the number of energy executives and government ministers planning to attend the four-day World Petroleum Congress in Houston this week, which had already been rescheduled for 2020.But travel restrictions and worries over the new variant saw energy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Turkey and Romania - bowed out, WPC officials said on Sunday.Governors of two states with reported Omicron cases -- Connecticut and Colorado -- said they hoped their higher-than-average vaccination rates would blunt the impact."We want to see how well the vaccinations hold up," Colorado's Jared Polis told ABC.As US Omicron cases emerge, Covid-19 vaccine makers aim to quickly tweak their shots to target the variant and US regulators have vowed speedy reviews, but that could still take months."Certainly, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will move swiftly and CDC will move swiftly," Walensky said.Moderna Inc has targeted US approval of an updated vaccine as soon as March, but company officials on Sunday said it will still take time to increase output.Moderna Co-founder and Chairman Noubar Afeyan told CNN it would take another seven to 10 days to gather key data. Then, it "will take a good 60 to 100 days" to deploy an Omicron-specific shot, although other options like a higher dose of the current booster are being explored, he said.US government officials are also working with Pfizer Inc and Johnson & Johnson on updated shots, while Pfizer and Merck & Co Inc are pursuing Covid-19 pill treatments.

Facebook removes Chinese network over Covid claims by fake 'Swiss biologist'

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) said on Wednesday it had removed accounts used by an influence operation originating in China that promoted claims of a fake "Swiss biologist" saying the United States was interfering in the search for Covid-19's origins.Meta said in a report the social media campaign was "largely unsuccessful" and targeted English-speaking audiences in the United States and Britain and Chinese-speaking audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet. Claims by "Swiss biologist" Wilson Edwards were widely quoted by Chinese state media in July. In August, several Chinese newspapers removed comments and deleted articles quoting him after the Swiss embassy in Beijing said it had found no evidence of him as a Swiss citizen.Meta said Facebook removed the Wilson Edwards account in August and has since removed 524 Facebook accounts, 20 Pages, four Groups and 86 Instagram accounts as part of its investigation. Such removals also take down content that these entities have posted. "We...were able to link the activity to individuals in mainland China, including employees of a particular company in China, the Sichuan Silence Information Technology Company Limited, as well as some individuals associated with Chinese state infrastructure companies around the world," Meta's head of global threat disruption David Agranovich told Reuters.Sichuan Silence Information Technology Co did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Chinese foreign ministry and internet regulator Cyberspace Administration of China also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Meta said it had not found any connection between Sichuan Silence Information Technology and the Chinese government.

In 10yrs, 10 lakh jobs created in ICT sector: Palak

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, the State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), announced that the sector has created more than 10 lakh employment.The industry will add another three lakh jobs in the market within the next couple of years, Palak said while inaugurating the 15th edition of the BASIS SoftExpo 2019 this morning. Palak said their government is heavily investing in the digitization process to make the citizen service easier and generate job employment in the coming days. ICT is the government’s top priority sector and the government is providing training and ensuring facilities to flourish the digitization process, he said.The three-day-long mega event is demonstrating the country’s digital business to promote the digitization process at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital. This year's three-day show—that bears the slogan of “Technology for prosperity”—will house four new zones. One will be titled Industry 4.0 and the rest will be experience zone, VAT zone and women zone.In the event, there are also zones on digital education, fin-tech, software, mobile innovation, digital commerce, ITES and business process outsourcing. The showcase is also the congregation of ICT companies, personalities, key policymakers, industry leaders and other ICT stakeholders, according to the organisers.Over 100 national and international speakers are also sharing their thoughts in different sessions of the expo. There will also be business leaders meetings, corporate hours, ICT career camps and gaming fest, business to business matchmaking sessions, including a special session for exploring the business in Japan. In the inauguration event ICT division secretary NM Zeaul Alam and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) president Syed Almas Kabir was also present.