Dose 12 27th June, 2020

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Top Stories

India hits 5 lakh COVID-19 cases with over 5000 new cases in a day in Maharashtra alone

India will remove central control of gas prices

Facebook will appoint a local representative in Bangladesh within 4-6 weeks to oversee VAT payment on advertisement revenue

What it means: By removing government-controlled pricing on gas, India aims to attract investors by giving them more marketing opportunities and freedom to set prices. By doing so, the government expects to increase liquified natural gas (LNG) output and consumption

Pakistan raises prices of all petroleum products by Rs 26

Sri Lanka will re-open museums, cultural attractions from July 1

The Securities Board of Nepal is still undecided about when it will reopen Nepal Stock Exchange

Market Index

South Asia 1-day YTD
+ 0.11%
- 10.87%
 SENSEX 35,171
+ 0.94%
- 14.94%
 KSE 100 33,939
+ 0.68%
- 18.02%
 CSE Allshare 5,163
+ 0.35%
- 15.41%
 S&P 500 3,009
- 2.42%
- 7.64%
 FTSE 6,159
+ 0.20%
- 19.00%
 Oil (Brent) 41
- 0.79%
- 38.52%
 Gold 1,771
+ 0.06%
+ 16.57%

Technology & Startups

By paying ৳1 per minute, you can now rent bicycles in Dhaka with Jobike's app

Microsoft will permanently close all of its retail stores

A startup you should follow:

Smartpaani provides eco-friendly / economical solutions to water issues in Nepal. Their sustainable water sourcing projects include rainwater harvesting, water recycling, wastewater treatment etc.

Sports Corner

After 30 years, Liverpool become champions of English Premier League

England Cricket Board has placed a COVID-19 testing program in place ahead of Pakistan cricket team's arrival on Sunday for its summer tour

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Keep it Sharp

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Here's Something Interesting

Back in 2014, for April Fools Day, some Google employees thought of playing a prank -- they created a game where people would have to catch Pokemon in physical locations sprawled all over Google Maps. Just a silly joke...

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