Dose 11 24th June, 2020

Guess what, we're at it again... India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are leading the South Asian rankings for COVID-19 cases

GIF credit to Jahid Hassan

Top Stories

NIFTY closes at new 3-month high as India's markets extend gains

Digging Deeper:The NIFTY 50 index is a benchmark based stockmarket index for the Indian equity market. It represents the weighted average of 50 Indian company stocks in 17 sectors

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed the country's first perpetual bonds to be issued

What it means:Perpetual Bond is a fixed income security with no maturity date. Instead of being redeemable, they provide never-ending stream of interest payments (which lose value over time due to inflation)

Pakistan to expel half of the Indian embassy's staff in response to India's treatment of Pakistan's diplomats

After no new cases over the weekend, a returnee from Maldivies tests postive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

China lays claim to Nepali land in Rasuwa district

Market Index

South Asia 1-day YTD
+ 0.03%
- 11.00%
 SENSEX 35,430
+ 1.49%
- 14.31%
 KSE 100 34,053
+ 0.93%
- 17.75%
 CSE Allshare 5,083
+ 0.72%
- 16.72%
 S&P 500 3,131
+ 0.43%
- 3.88%
 FTSE 6,320
+ 1.21%
- 16.89%
 Oil (Brent) 42
- 1.44%
- 36.00%
 Gold 1,767
+ 0.64%
+ 16.28%

Technology & Startups

Apple announces new Mac chips and more at WWDC 2020

OnePlus to launch an affordable smartphone in India

A startup you should follow:

Let me guess, it’s Friday Night and you have absolutely nothing to wear from your gigantic closet. It’s okay we feel you and so does Flyrobe. Flyrobe is India’s first and largest clothing rental platform. Their products range from trendy dresses to ethnic sarees. Read more here!

    Sports Corner

    New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh postponed

    Cheteshwar Pujara hits the nets after 3 months

    Professional Development

    Research focuses on open ended questions which may not have solutions. Doing research well requires one to tread on a path different to usual college courses. Try these tips:

      1) When stuck for long, pivot away from the current method because you might be pursuing a roadblock

      2) Focus on the big picture for motivation but have smaller manageable and measurable milestones every week to make consistent progress. For instance, the big picture might be 'early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder' but a smaller goal might be 'run a stability analysis on datasets generated by Guesswhat'

      3) Record, label, summarize and review past literature and findings regularly
      4) Write the paper as you research. Do not treat research and writing as parallel activities to be done one after the other

    Bonus resource: A fantastic TED Talk by Ramesh Raskar, the MIT Media Lab Inventor

    // Contributed by Srijon S., Stanford '22

    Keep it Sharp

    What can you keep, but cannot share, and once you share it, you can’t keep it anymore?

    ** Answer at the bottom of the newsletter

    Here's Something Interesting

    It was 2012. A company called Tiny Speck was trying to build a multiplayer game. It wasn't a big hit...

    But during development, the engineers built a chat application to communicate with each other. Since it was just meant to be an internal tool, they kept adding features they needed for their work - a chat search feature, file sharing etc.

    They shut down the game in 2013. But then they realized their internal chat app had some promise -- they called it Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge

    Eight months later, Slack marked a valuation of a billion dollars. Read more about their "happy accident" here and here.

    Of Art and Artists

    Be mesmerized by Pakistani band Bayaan’s song Farda - we guarantee you'll feel this one in your heart. Follow @bayaanofficial for more!

    By the way, we include a daily soundbyte on our instagram if you need more music recs!

    ** Answer: A secret

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