Do you want to avoid the everyday struggle of managing transport to attain office, workplace, or college? The painstaking efforts of riding an overloaded bus or convincing an arrogant CNG driver can ruin your mood at the beginning of the day. Besides the common risks like accidents, harassment, and pick-pocketing, public transports are risky places for coronavirus contamination. In this situation, on-demand ride-sharing apps can serve as a windfall for the mass people who can hardly afford personal transports. Today we are going to discuss the best ride-sharing apps in Bangladesh.
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The international ride-sharing app Uber initiated its ride-hailing operation in Bangladesh from 22nd November 2016. Currently, Uber ride-sharing service is available in several major cities of the country including, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet. The registration process of Uber is hassle-free. First, download the Uber app from Google Play and sign up by entering your name, contact number, and email id.
After completion of the registration process, log in to your account through a mobile verification code and password. To take a ride through Uber, you need to input both the pickup point and destination location. Then the system will show you the estimated fare for the trip. After confirmation, you would get a call from the nearest ride. Knowing your exact location, the ride will pick you up from the ‘pickup’ point and drop you to the ‘destination’ point.
While placing the request for ‘ride-sharing’ through the Uber app, you can choose a suitable vehicle like a car, microbus, motorbike, or scooter. What is more? The Uber promo codes offer lucrative discounts on the rides.
The Bangladeshi digital platform ‘Pathao’ appeared as the first government enlisted the ride-sharing company of the country in May 2015. Headquartered at Dhaka in Bangladesh, this trend-setter start-up company was founded by three visionary youths; they are Fahim Saleh, Shifat Adnan, and Hussain Elius.
Pathao is a local Bengali word that means "send". Currently, this company is offering its ride-sharing service in three major cities of Bangladesh including Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet. Currently, Pathao owns above 20 lacs of registered vehicles around the country. Besides the ride-sharing services, Pathao operates courier services, food delivery, E-commerce services, etc.
Using the Pathao app, the passengers can hire a motorcycle or car. To avail of this on-demand ride-sharing service, both the passenger and the ‘Pathao’ driver need to carry an iOS/Android Smartphone with GPS technology and an internet connection. The Pathao platform operates through the GPS location tracking system to connect the passenger with the nearest 'Pathao' driver who is heading towards or willing to travel to the same destination.
You can easily download the Pathao app from the Google play store. Then, you put your pick-up and destination location, checkout the estimated fare, confirm the ride, and finally receive the rider’s call to get the pick-and-drop ride.
MUV started its ride-sharing service in Dhaka city in the year of 2016. This on-demand ride-sharing service aims to contribute to resolving the transportation crisis in the capital city of Bangladesh. Downloading and installing the MUV app from the Google Play Store, the passengers can send requests to their nearest roaming MUV bikers by pointing out their respective pickup and destination points.
This mobile-software based motorbike hailing service has started its operation in Bangladesh under the concern of ZP Technologies limited – a tech company who develop on-demand software for upgrading peoples’ lifestyle. MUV also provides on-demand food delivery and courier service.
MUV offers the lowest possible ride fares within Dhaka city. MUV Ride Charges is counted by BDT 49 for the first distance, from the next km the fare drops down to BDT 12. The MUV system charges only BDT 0.49 per minute. The base fare would be added to the distance cost. Furthermore, passengers can enjoy exciting discounts by applying coupons.
SAM (Share-a-motorcycle) is another well-known online motorbike ride-hailing platform from Bangladesh. The passengers can avail of this service through the SAM mobile app. This innovative app has been developed in the USA and then customized in Bangladesh and India. Through this application, you can find a biker who is heading towards your destination.
This on-demand e-hailing service has been exclusively designed for different cities in Bangladesh. The popularity of SAM is continuously increasing as an affordable mode of transportation within and around the cities. What is more? In 2020, SAM has launched the country's first female-only ride-sharing service called ‘Pink SAM’ which is a benevolent initiative for offering safe riding service for female passengers.
You can easily download and install the SAM app from the Google Play Store. Then, choosing your pick- and-drop points, send a request for the ride. The system will notify the nearest rider to communicate with you. Furthermore, the ‘SAM Pro’ option allows you to get your preferred kind of motorbike.
You can pay the fare through the SAM e-wallet cashless payment system. During the ongoing situation, this futurist initiative can get you rid of the risk of virus contamination that may occur while exchanging paper money.
Starting the journey in 2014, Shohoz is working to simplify the online ticketing services for long-distance trips through public transports and freight vehicles such as Bus, Truck, and Launch. Every year, people experience indescribable hassle for managing tickets, especially before the religious ceremonies. This creative service got massive popularity among the mass people of Bangladesh for saving both time and energy. Recently, Shohoz has launched a ride-sharing app to extend its service to more commuters.
Like other motorbike hailing services, the Shohoz ride app facilitates the passengers to take bike-rides to reach their respective destination locations. If you want to go somewhere through a ride-sharing service, simply download and install the ‘Shohoz’ app to your Smartphone. Then you need to point out the pickup and destination location to ask for a ride. Reaching the destination, you can either pay through cash or bKash wallet. The Shohoz app bestows amazing discounts to the passengers after each ride.
So far we have highlighted the most popular companies that are offering on-demand ride-sharing services in Bangladesh. Besides these platforms, there are some other ride-hailing services such as Taxiwala, Goti, Chalo, Obhai, Amarbike, Jabo, Garivara, Asojai, Jatri, Pearlcab, Pickme, etc.
The female passengers can take safe trips through the female-only ride-sharing apps, like PINK SAM, OBON, and Lily. These start-ups are also providing good services to the citizens of the country. These apps allow you to take trips through diverse types of vehicles including cars, motorbikes, CNG, microbus, etc. What is more? If you own a car or motorbike, you can earn through these ride-sharing platforms.
Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth decelerated in the face of U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.
Huawei Technologies Ltd., gave no sales figure for the most recent quarter ending in September, but growth for the first three quarters was down from the 13.1% reported for the first half of the year.
Huawei is struggling with U.S. sanctions that cut off its access to most American technology and components in a feud with Beijing over technology and security. The White House says Huawei is a threat and might facilitate Chinese spying, which the company denies.
Washington also is tightening curbs on access to U.S. markets or technology for other Chinese tech companies including telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp., video service TikTok and messaging app WeChat.
The conflict has fueled fears the global market might be dividing into competing U.S. and Chinese technology spheres with incompatible standards. Industry analysts warn that would slow down innovation and raise costs.
Executives have warned Huawei’s smartphone and network equipment sales would be affected. The company has launched smartphones based on its own chips and other components and says it is removing U.S. technology from its products.
On Thursday, the company unveiled its latest smartphone, the Mate 40, based on Kirin 9000 chips developed by Huawei.
Sales in the first nine months of 2020 rose to 671.3 billion yuan ($100.4 billion), Huawei reported. It said net profit was 8%, down from the first half’s 9.2% margin.
The company gave no details of its smartphone shipments. Sales outside China have weakened because its handsets no longer come preloaded with Google’s popular music, maps and other features. But sales growth in China, where Huawei phones already used local alternatives, have grown sharply.
Huawei’s global market share in smartphones rose to 19.6% in the three months ending in June, up from 17.7% a year earlier, according to Canalys. That was driven by strength in its home market, where Huawei had a 51% market share and sales rose 32% to 14.5 million handsets.
Huawei is owned by its Chinese employees who make up about 60% of its global workforce of 194,000. It began reporting financial results a decade ago in an attempt to appear more transparent and mollify foreign security fears.
Owning a personal website means holding a personal entity on the endless network of the World Wide Web. A personal website opens the door to versatile opportunities for an individual. With a personal website you can do personal branding through promoting your special talent like writing, designing, programming, storytelling, traveling, etc. Furthermore, a personal website can be used as a medium for advertising your own products. Now how to make a personal website? Does it require specific technical skills or a huge amount of money? Read this article to know the steps of setting up a personal website on WordPress.
WordPress is a kind of Content Management System (CMS) that is praised worldwide for its simplest user-friendly interface. An individual can easily create and run a personal website on WordPress CMS without any prior knowledge of programming or coding. The basic know-how on HTML and CSS can offer some perk; but not obligatory. In the next section, we are going to discuss how to create a WordPress personal website.
Your personal website represents your personal brand and portfolio. Pick an ideal name, depending on your specific field of interest, or niche. For instance, an individual named John Doe aims to open a personal website. Now he needs to ask himself some questions, like ‘is the website built for personal branding or selling services/products’? If John Doe is a writer, he can either name the website according to his name or pick relevant key terms that represent his profession/service/product while naming the website.
When you have decided on the name of your website, choose an appropriate domain name depending upon availability. As thousands of new websites are being created around the world every day, finding your chosen domain name won’t be easy. Invest some time to select the most appropriate domain address available. Try to pick a Top Level Domain (TLD) like Dot Com, Dot Net, or Dot Org.
After that, choose a hosting package from a reputed company depending upon your need. Domain and hosting can be purchased from international platforms using Master Card, Visa Card, International Credit card, PayPal, etc. You can purchase the domain and hosting services from the same or different platforms. The domain-hosting seller platforms include Godaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost, Name Cheap, Namesilo, etc.
If you have purchased domain and hosting packages from two different platforms, then add the hosting address to your domain. You can also seek help from the customer care section of your hosting company to complete the hosting propagation process efficiently. It would be wise to purchase the domain and hosting service from the same platform, to avoid this hassle.
After purchasing a domain or hosting, you get access to the C-panel of your website through a username and password. Now install the WordPress CMS from the ‘Script’ section under the Cpanel. With a few clicks, you can get this CMS installed within a few minutes. During the installation process, try to opt for some security features like changing the default ‘Admin’ username. These safety precautions can prevent your personal website from experiencing unfavorable consequences like being hacked or stolen.
WordPress CMS is enriched with a wide collection of plugins. From the dashboard, you can easily choose the free plug-ins and install those on your website. Each plug-in serves a unique purpose like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), creating tables, optimizing content, adding fonts, assuring website security, social sharing, etc. However, you can also upload and install plugins on your WordPress Personal Website without much effort.
Navigate to the Dashboard of your WordPress site. Then on the left panel, find the function namely ‘Plugin’. Under this option, you will find an option called ‘Add New’. Clicking on this button, you will reach another page. Here you get a search box to find out your chosen plug-in. You can also utilize the ‘upload’ button to install a WordPress compatible plug-in to your site.
The WordPress CMS features a massive collection of free themes. Those themes are simple, lightweight, and easy-to-customize. Each theme comes with a unique design, style, and features. You can choose a free theme and install it on your website. For your personal WordPress website, pick a special theme that is precisely built for ‘portfolio’ sites. Moreover, you can customize a free theme by hiring a programmer or applying some coding skills.
If you want to make your personal WordPress Website look more professional, get a paid responsive WordPress theme. In comparison with the free themes, the paid ones come with a wide range of features and options. You can purchase paid themes for prominent international platforms like Themeforest, etc. What is more? Paid themes can be further customized depending upon your precise need.
From the Dashboard of your WordPress site, navigate to the button ‘Themes’ aligned under the ‘Appearance’ function. When you click on the Themes, you reach the free Theme Library of WordPress. You can activate any theme you like, after checking the ‘preview’ option. What is more? The ‘Add New’ button allows you to upload a WordPress compatible theme to your website.
The design of every website varies depending on its purpose. Under the ‘Appearance’ function of WordPress Dashboard, you would find a bunch of options like widget, menu, header, background, etc. These options can assist you in customizing the theme after a successful installation.
Now add some basic pages such as About, Contact, Blog, etc. On the page titled ‘About’ or ‘About Me’, you can introduce yourself to the readers by describing your portfolio, and field of interest. The ‘Contact’ page can create a scope for the readers to contact you for sharing ideas or providing feedback about your posts.
You can build personal websites on several platforms, such as Blogger, WordPress, Drupal, Medium, etc. Each platform has a unique CMS. It doesn’t require much technical know-how to open personal websites on these platforms. Though free websites have limited features compared with paid ones, those are pretty much enough for running a personal website efficiently. The novice bloggers or entrepreneurs can start their journey in respective domains with free personal websites.
Now how to make a personal website on WordPress for free? Navigate to the site https://wordpress.com/. Choose a name for your website considering your niche. Then create an account with your email address. You can customize this free WordPress personal website by choosing a responsive theme and adding other elements such as pages, menu, Logo, etc. If you want to enjoy some premium features opt for paid plans like ‘Personal’ or ‘Premium’. In addition to these, the blogging platform of WordPress.com allows you to work with a paid domain. Happy blogging!
Nokia says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first cellular communications network on the moon.
The Finnish telecommunications equipment maker said Monday its Nokia Bell Labs division will build a 4G communications system to be deployed on a lunar lander to the moon’s surface in late 2022.
NASA is awarding $370 million to 14 companies to provide technology for the Artemis moon-landing program. The program’s aim is to establish a long-term human presence on the moon as a warm-up for missions to Mars.
Nokia released more details of its involvement after an announcement last week by NASA, which said it was giving the company’s U.S. unit $14.1 million for the network. The U.S. space agency is also funding other innovations in cryogenic fluid management, lunar surface innovation, and descent and landing capability.
Nokia’s network will provide critical communications capabilities for tasks astronauts will need to carry out, like remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and high-definition video streaming, the company said.
The equipment includes a base station, antennas and software and is designed to withstand harsh launches and lunar landings and extreme conditions in space.
Nokia is partnering with U.S. company Intuitive Machines, which NASA chose to build a small “hopper lander” that can access lunar craters and carry out high-resolution surveys of the lunar surface over a short distance.
“Reliable, resilient and high-capacity communications networks will be key to supporting sustainable human presence on the lunar surface,” Nokia’s chief technology officer, Marcus Weldon, said.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry’s Secretary Md. Ziaul Hasan termed the country’s electronics giant Walton’s factory as very clean, hygienic and environment-friendly.
At every stage of production, Walton’s engineers have been successfully using latest and environment-friendly technologies and machineries, he said adding: “I am very pleased witnessing the compliance maintained and environment-friendly Walton factory."
The environment secretary came up with the remarks after visiting Walton factory at Chandra in Gazipur on Saturday (October 17, 2020).
While visiting Walton AC Manufacturing Unit, the environment secretary unveiled a new model of Walton’s air condition named ‘Inverna.’ Worldwide recognized environment-friendly R410a refrigerant has been used in the Walton’s new model of AC.
During his visit, he also said, Walton is a great achievement and also a pride for Bangladesh. Walton reduced the country’s import dependency. After meeting the local demands, Walton is earning foreign currencies from export.
As per the Montreal protocol, Walton in association with Environment Division and UNDP has been implementing the phase-out projects of hazardous substances, he noted.
Ziaul Hasan also praised on the prevailing good relationship between workers and owners at Walton factory. For workers, he said, hygienic dinning and accommodation facilities have been available.
In fact, Walton established a compliance and environment-friendly factory in Bangladesh, he said adding that Walton made an example in setting up a compliance, hygienic and environment-friendly factory, saying it the environment secretary added, Walton’s such initiative could be followed by the country’s other private sectors.
Along with the environment secretary, Additional Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Mahmud Hasan, Senior Assistant Director Shahidul Hoque Patwary and Assistant Director of Department of Environment in Gazipur Ashraf Uddin also visited Walton factory.
Environment Ministry’s Additional Secretary Mahmud Hasan said, Today’s visit at Walton factory has enriched our knowledge on the establishment of a eco-friendly factory. Like Walton, other private industries should come forward in the development and progress of Bangladesh as well as preservation of environment.
Earlier on Saturday morning, Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited Directors SM Mahbubul Alam and Nishat Tasnim Shuchi welcomed the guests with flower bouquets.
Meanwhile, Walton’s Deputy Managing Director Md. Nazrul Islam, Eva Rezwana and Alamgir Alam Sarker, Executive Directors SM Zahid Hasan, Uday Hakim, Md. Tanvir Rahman, Tawfiq-ul-Quader and Yusuf Ali, Senior Deputy Executive Directors Shahajada Salim and Sharif Harunur Rashid, Media Adviser Enayet Ferdous, among others, were present.
Then the guests enjoyed a corporate document on Walton and visited Walton Product Display Center and some production units like refrigerators, mold and die, compressor, air conditioner, mobile phone and laptop.
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