October 21, 2020 Dose 61

The Capsule

Presidential Debate Commission adopts rules to mute microphones

Source: Gulf news

TOP STORIES

A meeting will be held to discuss the government's plans to combat the second wave of COVID-19

ShopUp raises $22.5 million in Series A financing round

Digging Deeper: ShopUp aims to digitize neighborhood stores in Bangladesh. It provides three core services to stores: a wholesale marketplace to secure inventory, logistics (including last-mile delivery to customers), and working capital. The financing round was co-led by Sequoia Capital India and Flourish Ventures. It is the first time both companies are backing a Bangladeshi startup.

Construction workers attacked protesting students at North South University

The government is considering trade talks with Taiwan

PM Modi urges COVID-19 vigilance ahead of the festive season

China has asked the country to honor its pledge and return apprehended soldier

The Nepal government has decided not to bear the expenses of COVID-19 patients and not to bury infected people who died during home isolation

Kerala's Neem-G electric autorickshaws will be seen in the streets of Nepal

Twitter reacts to Pakistan's version of 'Money Heist' announced by actor Aijaz Aslam

The TikTok ban has been rescinded

Indian actor set to portray Muttiah Muralitharan withdrew after possible backlash from Tamils

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the country this month

The Supreme Court has ruled that four sections of a proposed bill are “inconsistent” with the country’s constitution

MARKET INDEX

Bangladesh trade is yet to fully gain from duty-free market access to China

Indian stocks gain for the third season consecutively led by tech options

TECHNOLOGY AND STARTUPS

Facebook moderators in India are forced to return to office

Coursera will now support credit-bearing online learning, student employability, and mobile offline learning

A Startup you should follow

Foodmario is a platform that connects home chefs with customers in a Kathmandu valley. Their goal is to connect healthy and home-made food to hungry customers.

SPORTS CORNER

Mohammad Amir has been left out of the Zimbabwe series while Shadab Khan has been appointed Vice-Captain

Historic knock by Shikhar Dhawan makes him the first player to score back-to-back hundreds in the IPL

KEEP IT SHARP

If 5 cats catch 5 mice in 5 minutes, how long will it take$ one cat to catch a mouse?

HERE'S SOMETHING INTERESTING

In Nepal, a movement is growing in its fledgling video game industry. Today, video games are among the most popular forms of entertainment. However, a significant complaint many have had is how much of the industry is concentrated in the United States. Of course, this trend is slowly dying out with the rise of developers in other countries such as China and Poland. It is amid this change that the Nepali gaming industry prepares itself for a good presence on the global stage.

Developers such as Red Tail Studios, Yarsa Games, and Semantic Creations have made various games. Granted, a large portion of these are small-scale video games, but many developers hope for a change in the future. According to several in the industry, the current issue is the lack of economic feasibility in Nepal. The industry - and the economy - simply is not confident enough to support the creation of more ambitious projects. This is naturally regrettable: many Nepalis work abroad today at several famous studios, and their talents could be put to fair use in this fledgling industry. However, until the industry is thriving enough, such a possibility is reportedly unlikely.

OF ART AND ARTISTS

Tanmaya Bhatnagar is a self-taught singer-songwriter based in Delhi. A.R. Rahman himself is a fan of her song "Kya Tum Naraaz Ho."

ANSWER

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."

-- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran