Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB) – The government on Monday withdrew all value added taxes and supplementary duties imposed against every SIM card replacement through the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service.
The Internal Resources Division of the Finance Ministry published a gazette notification exempting the MNP services from all taxes on several conditions.
The MNP is a service through which customers can switch from one mobile operator to another mobile while keeping their number unchanged.
On October 17, 2018, the government reduced the taxes for MNP service to Tk 57.50 from Tk 157.50 after only 17 days of imposition of such taxes.
As per the conditions mentioned in the new gazette, now all mobile phone operators will have to send their previous month’s information over the total stock of SIM cards, the number of subscribers who were ported in and ported out through MNP services as well as information over changing SIM cards for other reasons and collection of taxes and duties against it, to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in the first week of every month.
Also the mobile operators will have to send names and number of subscribers who were ported in and ported out availing the MNP services in line with the conditions.
In an instant reaction, the leading mobile network operator, Robi Axiata Limited, said the decision for removal of SIM replacement taxes through MNP service is very positive step. “We hope that it will enhance interests of clients to avail this service thus the government’s revenue will go up further.”
Besides, the decision will intensify the competition among the mobile phone operators to render the MNP services and the client will get better services, Robi said.
Dhaka, Jan 12 (UNB)- The pioneering digital content marketplace for photography, Pixmama, has recognised the winners of an exciting photo upload contest.
The contest aimed to encourage the growing photographers’ community to take up their passion for photography as a profession.
The winners were chosen based on the number of photo uploads that were approved by Pixmama. The award ceremony was held at the Robi Corporate Office located in Gulshan.
Tanvir Anik, a freelance photographer, was adjudged as the winner of the contest; he received 50,000 taka as grand prize. Ayman Nakib and Tapan Karmakar secured the second and the third position respectively. Ayman Nakib received 25,000 taka, while Tapan received 15,000 taka as prize money.
Contestants, who secured 4th to 10th position, received 2,000 taka each. The 11th to 20th position holders were given 1,000 taka and the 21st to the 30th position holders received 500 taka each. Crests, certificates and t-shirts were also given to the winners.
President of Bangladesh Photo Journalists’ Association (BPJA), Golam Mostafa, Eminent photographer Hasan Saifuddin Chandan, Prito Reza, CEO, Wedding Diary & Brand Ambassador of Fuzi Film, Senior Photo Journalist of The Daily Prothom Alo, Sudeepto Salam were present as special guests on the occasion.
Robi’s Chief Digital Services Officer, Shihab Ahmed, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Shahed Alam, Head of Enterprise Business, Md Adil Hossain and Pixmama’s CEO and Founder Md Mostafizur Rahman were also present on the occasion.
More than 800 photographers from different parts of the country uploaded more than 9,000 quality photographs for the contest. Starting on the 10th of December, 2018, the contest concluded on the 31st December 2018. Pixmama is an independent business venture that came out of an employee digital entrepreneurship development programme, r-ventures.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB)- Live streaming of all matches of Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL) is now available on Robi’s digital sports entertainment platform, My Sports.
Robi is the only mobile phone operator to be offering live streaming of BPL matches. Cricket fans from around the country can enjoy the action-packed matches.
Users can subscribe to the My Sports service through mobile application (http://bit.ly/MySportsApp) or by sending START SP or SPW to 22222 or through the portal: http://mysports.com.bd/ or simply by dialing 22222.
After subscribing through any of these channels, users can enjoy the full service from the mobile app, SMS, IVR, and WAP.
Subscription to My Sports is available for daily, five days and 14 days duration. The daily package costs Tk2.44, five days package comes at Tk6.09 and the fourteen days package costs Tk14.61.
The price is inclusive of VAT, surcharge and supplementary duty.
The daily and the five days packages are available on auto-renewal basis, whereas, the 14-day package is available on on-demand basis. There will be no additional charge for any content but data charge will be applicable.
Cape Canaveral, Jan 10 (AP/UNB) — The Hubble Space Telescope's premier camera has shut down because of a hardware problem.
NASA said the camera stopped working Tuesday. Hubble's three other science instruments are still working fine, with celestial observations continuing.
This third incarnation of the wide field camera was installed by spacewalking astronauts in 2009. The camera has backup electronics that could be called into action, if necessary, according to NASA.
The camera has captured stunning images of stars, galaxies stretching far back in time and assisted in deep sky surveys. It's also studied objects in our own solar system, discovering some of the tiny moons around Pluto, as well as a 14th moon around Neptune. It takes pictures in both visible and ultraviolet light, as well as near infrared.
Orbiting 350 miles (560 kilometers) above Earth, Hubble was launched in 1990 and visited by space shuttle astronauts, for repairs and upgrades, five times.
Last fall, Hubble stopped working altogether for three weeks because of a pointing problem. This is the first time the camera has acted up like this, said Cheryl Gundy, a spokeswoman with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which handle science operations for the telescope.
"NASA is trying to pull together the team to try to diagnose the issue," Gundy said Wednesday.
"We would like to have Hubble back up and working as quickly as possible, and NASA is making that happen," even with the partial government shutdown, she added.