July 15, 2020 Dose 19

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The South Asian / American tech community lost an icon earlier today -- Fahim Saleh, the founder of Pathao, GoKada, Adventure Capital, and KickBackApps.


The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will initiate digital payments for VAT

Government issued 13-point directives for Eid-ul-Azha prayer

Google will invest $10 billion in India

Digging Deeper: Google for India Digitization Fund will invest ?75,000 crores into India over the next 5–7 years by way of equity investments, partnerships, and other arrangements to accelerate digitization. It has four primary goals:

  1. Provide economical access and information for Indians in their regional languages
  2. Set up new products and services that are catered to the local demands of India
  3. Supporting businesses as they enter and adapt to the digital ecosystem
  4. Implement technology and AI for public goods like education, healthcare, etc.

Sachin Pilot was sacked from his post as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and removed as state Congress chief after he skipped two meetings called by the Chief Minister

Workers’ remittances rose by 50.7% to reach a record high of $23 billion in FY 2019-20

Panic selling causes the CSE All-Share to decline by 5% leading the market to close for 30 minutes

Foreign investments drop by 24% during COVID-19


Airtel teams up with Verizon to launch Video-Conferencing tool BlueJeans

Walmart invests $1.2 billion in Flipkart

A startup you should follow: Recognized as the first ayurvedic men's grooming brand, The Veddas is a line of men's beard oil & balms created for the sole purpose of opening up the conversation about men's self-care and wellness through the promotion of grooming. Made in small batches, cruelty-free, without sulfates or parabens and in  eco-friendly packaging, they market their brand to the men looking for Zen while looking good.


Bangladesh ex-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza recovers from coronavirus

Manchester City F.C. has been cleared to play in the Champions League


Learning another language is a valuable addition to your skillset. Cognitive and social benefits include better employability, improved memory, enhanced communication skills, and diverse exposure to different cultures. With lockdowns forcing us to stay home, now would be a good time to pick up a new lingo. 

Offering 95 courses across 38 different languages, Duolingo is a streamlined platform to learn a language online. Its structure is like that of a videogame where you are rewarded "lingots" for completing levels. You can also see how you stack up against your friends with public leaderboards.


When can you have Halloween on Christmas?


Where there's a will, there's a way

(Part 1/4)

Many people may view it as a quote but let us talk about a real-world example - someone who turned this into a reality. Bangladeshi cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim is well known for his rather dogged determination on the field, but despite his workload, he never compromised with his academic aspirations. Throughout his 15 years of service for the national team, he finished his undergraduate studies, earned a master's degree in general history last year, and is currently pursuing a PhD in South Asian cricket. No amount of physical or mental strain from cricket could stop him; the 33-year old used to carry textbooks during tours and managed to study during leisure time at hotels.

Mushfiqur's will power has taken him to the highest level of both cricket and education. And, guess what? He is just not done yet. This is part 1 of a 4-part series with Stories with Saif, where we collaborated to tell the stories of 4 sportsmen who've demonstrated exemplary dedication to education. Next week, we will share the story of a special cricketer from India.


Maldives’ socio-political and environmental theme is the heart of Afu Hasan's art. Apart from his marvelous paintings, his sand-art will shorely blow your mind. Fun fact: he has also contributed to the Maldivian heritage with postage stamps.

"You can find tea in a tea cup.. but cannot find world in a world cup."

- Arjuna Ranatunga

Captain of Sri Lanka's first world cup winning team


In Blink 182's song, 'I miss you'

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