September 28, 2020 Dose 51

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Mahbubey Alam, longest-serving Attorney General of Bangladesh, has passed away after a month-long battle with COVID-19

TOP STORIES

The Ministry of Education has given the British Council the green light to conduct O and A-Level exams in October and November

Digging Deeper: Last week, English medium students protested against attending exams amidst the pandemic. The MOE's directive contains four conditions:

  • No more than 1,800 students will be allowed to sit a test in a day at the 35 centers across the country
  • The students will have to maintain a distance of at least six feet from each other
  • The government will exercise its authority to reverse its approval for the exams anytime if the situation demands
  • The British Council will be responsible if any student gets infected with the COVID-19 illness during the exams

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud will have discussions today after growing protests from migrant workers unable to return to their jobs

The Meteorological Department forecasted moderate-heavy to heavy rain today in northern parts of the country

Prime Minister Modi has pledged at the United Nations that his country's COVID-19 vaccine production capacity would serve people worldwide

The Premier called for U.N. reforms with respect to India's growing importance in present times

$50 Million Line of Credit to be offered to Sri Lanka's defense sector

Nepal's new ambassador to China refuted reports by Indian media of dwindling relationships with the country

Army chief General Purna Chandara Thapa has gone into self-quarantine after his cook tested positive for COVID-19

Missions in labor destinations grapple with sending Nepalis back as cost of air tickets skyrocket

PM Imran Khan called out "India's Hindu nationalist government and control over Kashmir" in his speech addressed to U.N.

At least 15 people were killed when a passenger van traveling in southern Pakistan crashed and caught fire

A top Afghan politician will be arriving to strengthen bilateral ties and address the ongoing peace process with the Taliban

Twenty-one containers of hazardous waste were sent back to the U.K.

The Education Ministry wants to increase the student cap in each classroom to 40 given the heightened demand for admissions

Authorities announced that they will offer live streams from the island nation's wildlife parks, in a move to help recover the tourism industry

MARKET UPDATES

Stocks have been wildly erratic this year, while bonds have mostly risen in the US

Tax revenue collection rebounded in August after remaining downbeat for four months since April

TECHNOLOGY AND STARTUPS

A judge halted Trump's ban on TikTok downloads

Amazon unveils indoor drone, spherical speakers, and car alarm in their new product rollout

A startup to follow:

Itsbeauticity based in Nepal sells hairties and scrunchies. They are here to add some color to your hair (and life) with these fun scrunchies. Fun fact, its all hand made! They have scrunchies in silk, rawsilk, medium, large, blue, floral, and anything else you can imagine. You can also customize them to your preference!

SPORTS CORNER

Bayern's 32-game unbeaten record ends with a 4-1 thrashing to Hoffenheim

Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan 92 run partnership led Kolkata to victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

It can be hard to manage yourself when you're up against so many deadlines. As a result, it might be wise to follow some stress-busting techniques. You want to divide this into three parts: screen time, distraction, and management.

With screen time, you want to give yourself at least a few minutes away from screens, especially if you're working from home. Shut your screen off and close your eyes - it might help you feel better, especially if you've been around devices all day.

During this time, distract yourself - listen to music, talk with your colleagues, meditate - all of these distractions help you focus on yourself, instead of your work. And once you're all relaxed - capitalize on it.

Start managing your work. Make a list of all your work and anxieties, and think about how you can avoid these issues. Take advantage of your brief period of relaxation to stamp out your stress permanently by managing what you will do going forward. Busting your stress is just adapting an issue, but the best stress buster is completely mitigating the problem.

KEEP IT SHARP

Always in you, sometimes on you. If I surround you, I can kill you. What am I?

OF ART AND ARTISTS

Maria Qamar is a Pakistani artist and the author of Trust No Aunty. Her book illustrates her experience with South Asian 'aunties' and offers some tips to survive the nosy ones. Every month she sells some of her art pieces from her home studio, and the processions go to a grassroots organization of her choice.

ANSWER

Water

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

-- Arundhati Roy (Indian Author)

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