Facebook abused dominant position, says German watchdog

NewsWorld365 - January 4, 2018

  Germany’s competition watchdog has found that Facebook abused its dominant market position, challenging the US social network’s model of monetising the personal data of its 2 billion users worldwide through targeted advertising. Presenting preliminary findings of its 20-month-old probe, the Federal Cartel Office said Facebook held a dominant position among social networks – a characterisation the company dismissed as ‘inaccurate’. The case is being closely watched in Germany, where concerns over data privacy are strong due to a history of state surveillance under Nazi and Communist rule. Facebook has been running an ad campaign to try to allay those […]

NBR to adopt ‘soft manner’ in revenue collection: new chair

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  The National Board of Revenue will adopt a ‘soft manner’ in revenue collection so that economic activities, investment and livelihood of people are not affected, said its newly appointed chief Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan. Harsh manner is not an effective means to collect revenue, he said at the first meeting with the tax officials at the NBR conference room in the city’s Segunbagicha area. He also said that he was getting suggestions of examining whether every tenants and apartment owners of residential buildings in Dhaka have tax files or not. Revenue collection would grow significantly if all of them […]

Sakib can’t wait to join MCC meeting

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  Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan said on Thursday that he was excited to get a chance to attend the prestigious MCC World Cricket Committee meeting, scheduled to be held on January 9 and 10 at Sydney in Australia. Sakib, who has been appointed as a member of World Cricket Committee of Marylebone Cricket Club effective October 1 last year, was expected to leave Dhaka on Sunday to attend the first meeting of the newly-announced committee. The 30-year old all-rounder is the first player from Bangladesh to be part of the esteemed committee and he is the only current player […]

4 hurt as helicopter crashes in Srimangal

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Four people were inured as a private helicopter crashed into Border Guard Bangladesh camp on Kalighat Road in Srimangal upazila of Moulvibazar on Wednesday. Srimangal Fire Service and Civil Defence fireman Zahir Hossain confirmed the incident. The injured were admitted to Srimangal Upazila Health Complex. Ripon Chandra Das, doctor of emergency department of the hospital, said, among the injured, two are BGB personnel and two are foreigners. Daily Observer

It’s not a revolution, but Iran’s regime ‘is embarrassed’

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The Iranian government appears to have contained the civil unrest across that country so far, but the protests could still evolve into a serious threat to the regime, current and former intelligence officials told NBC News. “At this moment, the government appears to have this under control — this is discontent, not revolution,” said a former senior intelligence official with long Middle East experience, after Iran was roiled by a sixth day of anti-government protests in more than 70 cities. The protests are both large and small, according to one official, who said that in some cities, demonstrators can be counted […]

Bangladesh disappearances ‘a matter of grave concern’

NewsWorld365 - December 26, 2017

by Faisal Mahmud 25 Dec 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh – An academic who went missing for over a month has returned home, saying “unidentified abductors” scooped him up in the middle of a busy road in Dhaka last month. Mubashar Hasan, an assistant professor of political science at North South University in Dhaka, was abducted on November 7. “If you look back, we will kill you,” Hasan cited his kidnappers as telling him when they released him last Friday, dropping him off from a microbus on a highway near Bangladesh‘s capital. Hasan had been dragged onto the bus, blindfolded, after spending 44 days […]

Sacked Shariatpur BCL leader held over ‘raping’ 6 women

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Source: The Independent, Dhaka Police on Tuesday arrested expelled Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Arif Hawladar for allegedly raping six women, taking video clips of the nefarious acts and releasing those on the internet. Thunder Khairul Hasan, senior assistant superintendent of police (Gosairhat circle), said a team of police arrested Arif from Saikha Bridge area of Gosairhat upazila around 4:30pm. Arif, general secretary of Narayanpur union unit BCL in Bhedarganj upazila, allegedly raped the six women, including housewives and college girls, on several occasions and captured those in his mobile phone. Later, he released the video clips on the internet. […]

Can Eating Fish Make Kids Smarter?

NewsWorld365 - December 25, 2017

Myth has it that fish is brain food — but it just might be more than myth, a new study suggests. Kids who ate fish at least once a week had intelligence quotients, or IQs, that were nearly 5 points higher than the IQs for kids who ate less fish or none at all, the study found. Fish eaters also slept better. Though the study was done among Chinese children, American kids are just as likely to benefit from fish, according to lead researcher Jianghong Liu, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in […]

U-19s embark in positive mood

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After a few disappointments, such as losing to Afghanistan and Nepal, the Bangladesh Under-19 team recovered well by reaching the final of the tournament in the Asia Cup in Malaysia and that will be the confidence booster for Saif Hasan and his troops, who left for New Zealand to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at midnight yesterday. The team will reach Christchurch tomorrow and will travel to Dunedin on the same day. Skipper Saif and Pinak Ghosh are the only two players who were part of the previous Under-19 World Cup at home in 2016, when they […]

Skill development is a must to attain SDGs: analysts

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Although 2 million people enter Bangladesh labour market every year the number of skilled workers is much less than the required, posing a challenge for the country to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, said analysts. They said workers’ skill development is a must to counter the challenge. Besides, freedom of expression, fair wages, decent workplace, job safety and protection of basic rights of the workers are also imperative. The analysts made the observations at a roundtable titled “Increasing productivity through decent work and favourable working condition” organised by Brac’s Skill Development Programme in the capital on Sunday. The government, recruiters […]

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