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India successfully launches South Asia communication satellite

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MNA Editorial Desk: India has successfully launched a new communication satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre on Friday. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative. Built by the Indian Space Research Organization, its latest communication satellite GSAT-9 called SAS rode piggyback on the 50-m-tall rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) with the indigenous cryogenic powering the Upper Stage. The GSLV-F09 blasted off at 4:57pm in clear ...

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Facebook to hire 3,000 employees to remove violent videos

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be hiring 3,000 additional employees over the next year to remove violent videos. “Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action ...

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Humans reached N America 130,000 years ago: Study


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Early humans probably reached North America 130,000 years ago — 115,000 years earlier than previously thought, said a study. The findings, published in the journal Nature, are based on analysis of bones and teeth of a mastodon discovered in an an Ice Age site in San Diego, California. “The evidence we found at this site indicates that some hominin species was living in North America 115,000 years earlier than previously thought,” said Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum. The fossil remains were discovered by museum paleontologists during routine paleontological ...

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Samsung to offer early software update for Galaxy S8

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Samsung will this week offer an unusually early software update for its newly-released Galaxy S8 phone, it said Monday after some consumers complained of red-tinted screens. The Galaxy S8 started over-the-counter sales in the US and its home market but South Korean users who pre-ordered the phones complained their screens displayed an unusually reddish hue. Online images of their phones went viral on social media but Samsung denied a hardware flaw and maintained that users could manually adjust the colour range according to their preferences. As more users voiced doubts, Samsung said Monday that a ...

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Protesters gather worldwide to support science

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: People massed in the US capital and around the world on Saturday to support science and evidence-based research – a protest partly fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump’s threats of budget cuts to agencies funding scientists’ work. At the main March for Science, protesters gathered at Washington’s National Mall to hear speakers laud science as the force moving humanity forward, and rail against policymakers they say are ignoring fact and research in areas including climate change. Besides the Washington march, organizers said more than 600 satellite marches were taking place globally in a protest ...

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Some Facebook users get accounts unblocked

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Some Facebook users, whose accounts were blocked by the social media authorities during their drive against fake accounts, are getting their accounts back as the social media giant started blocking accounts from Friday. It said “accounts made up inauthentic likes and comments that appear to come from accounts located in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other countries.” Following that, many Facebook users in the country found their accounts blocked. And yet no government agencies in Bangladesh could provide exact numbers of the unblocked accounts in the country. According to the government information, ...

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Indian Railways warn for taking Selfies during travelling


MNA Science & Technology Desk: A day after the selfie craze inside a running train led to the deaths of several youths, the Eastern Railways authorities appealed to passengers to be careful and issued guidelines. A railway spokesman said they have already launched campaigns in print, television and social media to make passengers aware of the risks of using phones while travelling. In a horrific turn of events, a youth fell from a running train between Bali and Liluah railway stations while trying to click a selfie on Thursday night. Four of his friends were hit by another train while ...

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Dhaka second largest Facebook users among world cities

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Dhaka has got the second largest number of people on the Facebook among global cities with 16 million active Facebook users. According to a report titled ‘Digital in 2017 Global Overview’ conducted by ‘We Are Social and Hootsuite’, the percentage of the total monthly active users is 0.9 per cent of the total monthly active users of the social networking site across the globe. Bangkok topped the list with 30 million active Facebook users while Mexico City third. More than half of the world’s population now uses the internet, says the report. As per their ...

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Bangladesh to launch Google Merchant Account: Palak

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak said Google authorities have agreed to take necessary measures to launch Google Merchant Account in Bangladesh. Google said this when the state minister met a team of Google authorities led by its Senior Council (Public Policy) Wilson L. White at the Silicon Valley in the USA, said an ICT Division handout. Palak said many Bangladeshi youths are now working in the IT sector with fame, but they cannot transfer their earned money as Google Merchant Account has not been introduced in Bangladesh. At the meeting, Wilson said ...

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Facebook to shut down fake accounts of MPs, VVIPs: Tarana

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Tarana Halim, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications, said Facebook authorities will delete the fake accounts registered using the names of members of parliament (MPs) and VVIP personalities of Bangladesh. “Once we provide the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of those fake accounts of MPs and VVIPs to Facebook authorities, they’ll shut down those,” Tarana said to journalists. She made the remarks at a press briefing in Secretariat on Monday after returning from a meeting with Facebook authorities in Singapore. “We will now send a letter to the parliament speaker for identifying the URL of the ...

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Google adds fact-checking tag to search results globally


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Google is adding a fact-checking tag to search results worldwide, its latest initiative to help curb the spread of misinformation and fake news, the company said on Friday. The new tags, to be used in all languages for users universally, will use third-party fact-checkers to indicate whether news items are true, false or somewhere in-between. “For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page,” Google said in a ...

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Facebook’s new weapon to fight against “revenge porn”

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook unleashed a new weapon in the war against ‘revenge porn’ at the leading social network as well as the messaging services Messenger and Instagram. When intimate images shared on Facebook without permission are reported, confirmed and removed, the company will use photo-matching technology to prevent copies from being shared on its platform anew. ‘Revenge porn’ refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them. The practice disproportionately affects women, who are sometimes targeted by former ...

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Facebook blocking at midnight not finalized yet


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has not taken any final decision on blocking Facebook for around six hours after midnight, said a notification on Monday issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. “The Department of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology is firmly opposing the news. The government has taken no such final decision yet. Everyone is requested not to be baffled regarding the issue”, said the notification. It reads that the news published in different newspapers and online portals on Facebook to remain inaccessible for six hours from midnight, is not correct. Earlier, the cabinet ...

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A woman fined $500,000 for false Facebook post

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: A judge in North Carolina has ordered a woman to pay $500,000 for writing a Facebook post falsely accusing her former friend of killing her son. Jacquelyn Hammond from Asheville wrote on Facebook, in 2015, of Davyne Dial: “I didn’t get drunk and kill my kid.” But Dial who claimed to have nothing to do with her son’s death sued Hammond for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Dial and Hammond’s friendship had broken down after the failed attempt to work together on the radio station. “There are no ...

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First bamboo-made telecom tower installed in Dhaka


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first bamboo-made telecom tower was installed at the rooftop of a building at Uttara in the city on Tuesday. The technology group developed the tower in association with Bangladesh University of Engineering (BUET). BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood, among others, was present during the installation ceremony. Tower management company Edotco installed the tower which was developed with home grown technology in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet). The company is focusing on the use of alternative material instead of the traditional steel structures in telecommunications. The company intends to roll out more ...

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‘Google Doodle’ celebrates Bangladesh’s 47th Independence Day


MNA Science & Tech Desk: World’s most popular web search engine Google has been celebrating Bangladesh’s 47th Independence and National Day by creating a special doodle on its homepage. The doodle, featuring a girl carrying the national flag of Bangladesh and the combination of red and green colours, which are the colours of the national flag, has been seen above the search box on the homepage of Google since early Sunday. Google for the first time in its history made a special doodle in celebration of Bangladesh’s Independence Day in 2013. However, it is a special, temporary alteration of the ...

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Twitter closed 6 lakh terror-related accounts


MNA Science & Tech: Micro-blogging social media website Twitter has blocked more than six lakh terror-related accounts in last one and a half years, reported news agency. According to a report in CNET on Tuesday that quoted Twitter’s ‘Transparency Report’, the micro-blogging site has suspended a total of 636,248 terror-related accounts since August 1, 2015. In the last six months of 2016, Twitter suspended 376,890 accounts for promoting terrorism. It had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier in 2016 which were primarily related to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. In addition to the account suspensions, Twitter’s ...

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Govt to start 100 technical schools, colleges in hundred upazilas

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has taken initiatives to start 100 technical schools and college in 100 upazilas for creating skilled human resources. The cost of project implementation is estimated Tk 2281.69 crore, according to an official document Administrative approval has been given for land acquisition for the institutes in 91 upazilas while budget has been disbursed for 59. In the second phase of the project, there will be 389 technical schools and colleges across the country. It was discussed in the second pre-evaluation committee (PEC) meeting held recently in the Planning Commission. “The PEC gave directives for ...

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Japan launched satellite to monitor North Korea


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Japan successfully launched a satellite on Friday, to track land and maritime movements in North Korea and conduct surveys on the weapons program of the rogue state, reported news agency. The H-2A rocket was launched at 10.20 a.m. local time from the Tanegashima base in the southeast of Japan. The mission is cooperation between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and aerospace manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which has been involved in the field since it was privatized in 2007. The launch, initially scheduled for March 15, was delayed due to poor weather conditions at the ...

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Woman burnt as headphones caught fire on flight


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A woman suffered burns to her face and hands after her headphones caught fire during a flight to Australia. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed on the flight from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a loud explosion. Flight attendants rushed to help and poured a bucket of water on the headphones, but the battery and its cover were both melted and stuck to the floor. The transport safety bureau, which did not identify which airline was involved, assessed that the lithium-ion batteries in ...

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‘Youthopia.bangla’ launched to facilitate informed decisions

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Youthopia.bangla, a new youth web portal for knowledge sharing, was launched here on Monday to help build bridges between the dreams of the Bangladeshi youth and the reality of the country by facilitating access to the information required to take informed decisions. The new web portal, intended to improve networking of youth organisations and thus address main challenges, has been initiated by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh. “This event and the new online platform are very important because they are building a network and a long-term vision, which ...

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Bangladesh govt requests Facebook to block 196 accounts


MNA Culture & Science Desk: State minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim on Saturday told parliament that the Facebook authorities have so far blocked 87 Facebook accounts, pages and links of Bangladesh at the request of the government. The government of Bangladesh requested Facebook authorities in the last 18 months to block a total of 196 account, pages and links for having “contents of violence, religious instigations and other objectionable matters”, she said. “Of these, the Facebook authorities blocked 87 accounts, pages and links responding to our requests within 48 hours,” said Tarana. Tarana also said a project titled ...

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Google doodle celebrates International Women’s Day


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google on Wednesday dedicated the International Women’s Day in a creative manner through its doodle. Women’s Day is celebrated across the world on 8 March. With eight slide shows, the doodle reminded of the female pioneers and their vast contributions in multiple fields – from arts to science. Instead of bedtime lullabies and fairy-tale stories, Google this time brought a change in the art of story-telling through the doodle. The doodle began with a grandmother narrating to her granddaughter the tales of real-life women who stood apart for their courage, made an ...

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BRACNet to provide internet services to 64 upazilas


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Internet service provider BRACNet will take affordable internet services to 64 upazilas this year. The company has already begun its work to provide internet services at the grassroots, reported news agency. The initiative was formally inaugurated on Saturday at a local school at Bhadeswar union of Golapganj upazila in Sylhet. Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid attended the programme as the chief guest. BRACNet began its grassroots operation with an ‘unlimited package’, which will give clients 24-hour internet access at affordable prices, said a press release. The company is Bangladesh’s ISO certified premier Internet Service Provider ...

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5 billion mobile phone users in 2017: GSMA


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The number of mobile phone users globally will surpass five billion by the middle of this year, according to a study released Monday by GSMA, the association of mobile operators. With populations in Asia, and notably India, on the rise, the number, which stood at 4.8bn a year ago, should mushroom to 5.7 billion, or three quarters of the world’s population, by 2020. Asia will account for around half total growth, according to GSMA’s ‘Mobile Economy’ report with India alone adding some 310 million new subscribers in the coming three years. The study also showed ...

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Nokia lunched revamped version of iconic 3310 model


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Finnish brand Nokia on Sunday launched three new Android smartphones and unveiled a revamped version of its iconic 3310 model more than a decade after it was phased out. Unlike the original, which was known for its sturdiness, the new Nokia 3310 will allow web browsing. The new version will bring back its predecessor’s popular ‘Snake’ game and distinctive ringtones, said Arto Nummela, the head of Finnish start-up HMD Global which will produce the phone under a licensing agreement with Nokia. Launched in 2000, Nokia’s original 3310 sold nearly 120 million units worldwide before it ...

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Annular solar eclipse on February 26

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: An annular solar eclipse of sun will occur on February 26, said an ISPR press release today. It will start at 18 hours 10 minutes 54 seconds (BST) and will end at 23 hours 36 minutes 00 seconds. The central eclipse will start at 19 hours 16 minutes 48 seconds and will end at 22 hours 30 minutes 54 seconds. The greatest eclipse will occur at 20 hours 53 minutes 24 seconds, the release said. So what’s an annular solar eclipse? When the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to ...

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