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Old June 20th, 2016, 05:02 PM   #1661
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Big plan for mobile apps
Govt takes up Tk 282cr project to develop apps for local and international markets



The government has taken up a Tk 282-crore project to develop mobile applications for both local and international markets.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council yesterday approved the project, which will be implemented with domestic resources within 2018.

Mobile game and app development academies will be established at eight divisional headquarters, while mobile game and app labs, app testing labs and training points will be set up at local educational institutions in 30 districts.

Under the project, the government will take up awareness and publicity programmes about games and apps along with online quality assurance examination and evaluation of the apps.

A planning ministry official said a new foreign currency earning industry will emerge if the project becomes successful.

During 2011-2016, the number of customers of mobile games and apps increased 7.3 percent on average each year in the global market, according to a report of the ministry.

The planning ministry official said the number of customers will be 8.5 billion worldwide in 2016.


If youths of Bangladesh can be trained properly, they will contribute to the global apps market, the official said.

Ecnec yesterday approved six other projects worth Tk 3,044 crore; all the projects will be implemented with the government funds.

The government set aside Tk 504 crore for land acquisition and land development for a 350-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj.

Besides, a Tk 1,026-crore project has been taken to carry out repairs on different affected roads, drains and footpaths under Dhaka North City Corporation.

The government also revised the Buriganga river restoration project extending its deadline and raising allocation.

The cost of the project was set at Tk 944 crore in 2010 and it was scheduled to be completed by 2013.

But now the project cost has been revised up to Tk 1,125 crore with the project completion deadline in 2020. The aim of the project is to increase navigability of four major rivers around Dhaka city to pave the way for movement of vessels throughout the year.

After the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said waters of the four rivers around Dhaka are getting polluted due to domestic and industrial waste.

Kamal said the prime minister has directed different ministries to prepare a master plan to increase navigability of the rivers and prevent pollution. and prevent pollution.

Source: Daily Star
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Old July 15th, 2016, 06:06 PM   #1662
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Huawei opens innovation centre in Dhaka



China's telecom equipment vendor Huawei yesterday opened its first Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre (CSIC) in the capital to showcase its innovative technologies.

State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim inaugurated the centre in Gulshan, which is the company's 20th such centre globally, said officials.

Li Guangjun, economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Dhaka, and Zhao Haofu, chief executive of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh), were also present.

Tarana said the innovation centre will help digitise the country.

Haofu said their vision is to build a connected Bangladesh, together with their customers and partners.

“It is positioned to be an experienced centre to see the global best practices, to be a centre of idea exchange and business solution innovation, and to be a platform to develop a win-win eco-system,” said Haofu.

Huawei CSIC is a global network of dedicated and global innovative and state-of-the-art experience labs that allow interested parties to experience, validate and build information and communication technology solutions and applications, the company said in a statement.

Huawei also has a handset business in the country and they are now the number four handset importer.
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Old July 18th, 2016, 12:11 AM   #1663
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Question Quality internet coverage in...

Why doesn't mobile and internet companies improve internet coverage in areas like Dakshin (south) Surma and Bishwanath of Sylhet District?
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Why doesn't mobile and internet companies improve internet coverage in areas like Dakshin (south) Surma and Bishwanath of Sylhet District?
I expect it's a function of demand and supply. Also, if residents of those localities do not pressure the providers through campaigns (letter writing, etc.), quality may not improve for a long time.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 06:12 AM   #1665
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First IT training centre to open in three months
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The country's first IT training and incubation centre is set to start its operation in three months as part of the government's effort to train 480 youths in graphic and web designing and search engine optimisation.

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak will lay the foundation stone of Sheikh Kamal IT Incubation and Training Centre at the abandoned building of the old central jail in Natore today.

“This is a ready building and no big development work will be needed to establish the training centre here,” said Hosne Ara Begum, managing director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, which will develop the centre.

The government has allocated Tk 9.13 crore for the project that will run up to June 2018.

The park authority will select secondary and higher secondary students for training and each batch will contain 30 students, she said.

“We have already developed the curriculum for the training centres with the help of experts, and trainers will also be hired to run the course.”

The training provided by the centre will also help the students qualify for jobs abroad, she said.


The BHTPA also plans to develop another six centres in Chittagong, Comilla, Sylhet, Barisal, Netrokona and Magura.

A software incubation centre will also be developed inside the training centre, where 10 companies will be able to setup their firms.

The incubation centre will start its operation in July next year.
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