December 23, 2020Dose 84

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A new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in England and raising international alarms

TOP STORIES

Airport authorities have introduced four full-body x-ray scanners at Dhaka's International Airport
Bangladesh has moved up two notches in the Human Development Index this year
President Donald Trump conferred the Legion of Merit, one of America's highest military honors, on PM Narendra Modi
US International Development Finance Corporation pledged to invest $54 million in infrastructure projects in India
PM Oli has called for fresh elections after dissolving parliament
The Aviation Authority has banned entry for people arriving from the UK
Pakistan has issued visas to Indian pilgrims to visit historical temples
Prominent Pakistani rights activist Karima Mehrab Baloch was found dead in Toronto
Sri Lanka decided to waive parking and landing costs for international flights
The government has decided to suspend arrivals from the UK

MARKET UPDATES

Current account of Pakistan recorded a surplus for the fifth consecutive month
Foreign direct investment to Bangladesh dropped last fiscal year, the first decline in seven years

TECHNOLOGY AND STARTUPS

Google helps create two new social media unicorns in India

Bangladesh Bank has made it easier for buyers abroad to make e-commerce payments

A startup to follow

Glance delivers everything to your lock screen, whether it be the latest in news or sports. Every time a user unlocks his phone, Glance presents new information. It also has 100+ games. What is unique about this widget is it requires no app!

SPORTS CORNER

Mumbai Police have charged Suresh Raina for violating COVID-19 protocols in a party

England's tour of Sri Lanka to remain on schedule despite concerns of a new strain of COVID-19

KEEP IT SHARP

How can you take 2 from 5 and leave 4?

HERE'S SOMETHING INTERESTING

Science News has unveiled its 2020 SN 10 Scientists to Watch, with 29-year old Bangladeshi American Tonima Tasnim Ananna among those profiled. Tonima has drawn the most complete picture of black holes yet across the universe, says Science News. After completing her Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, she is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Dartmouth College.

OF ART AND ARTISTS

Sulaeyman Khan is a fingerstyle guitarist from Quetta, Pakistan. Besides his own covers for prominent songs, he has performed at NESCAFE Basement. Make sure to check his mesmerizing take on Aadat

ANSWER

F I V E- Remove the letters F and E and you end up with IV which is the Roman 4.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

Maya Angelou

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