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Google Drive, Docs, Sheets experience global outage
Many of Google’s services, including Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides are down for many users worldwide. Google Docs users are unable to create new documents and are being greeted with the following message from Google:
“Google Docs encountered an error. Please try reloading this page, or coming back to it in a few minutes. To learn more about the Google Docs editors, please visit our help center. We’re sorry for the inconvenience. – The Google Docs Team”
Google has acknowledge the issue. “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior”–reads a Google Update.
Global outage detector site DownDetector.com is showing a spike in complaints at the time of filing this report.
China GDP grows at record 18.3pc pace in Q1
China’s economic recovery quickened sharply in the first quarter from a coronavirus-induced slump earlier last year, propelled by stronger demand at home and abroad and continued government support for smaller firms.
Gross domestic product (GDP) jumped a record 18.3 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier, official data showed on Friday, slower than the 19 per cent forecast by economists in a Reuters poll, and following 6.5 per cent growth in the fourth quarter last year.
While the reading is heavily skewed by the plunge in activity a year earlier, the increase is the strongest since at least 1992, when official quarterly records started.
Aided by strict virus containment measures and emergency relief for businesses, the economy has recovered steadily from a steep 6.8 per cent slump in the first three months of 2020, when an outbreak of Covid-19 in the central city of Wuhan turned into a full blown epidemic.
The recovery has been led by export strength as factories raced to fill overseas orders and a steady pickup in consumption that comes despite sporadic Covid-19 cases in some cities.
On a quarterly basis, growth slowed to 0.6 per cent in January-March from a revised 3.2 per cent in the previous quarter, the data showed.
March industrial output grew 14.1 per cent year-on-year, slowing from a 35.1 per cent surge in the January-February period and lagging a 17.2 per cent on-year rise forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Retail sales increased 34.2 per cent year-on-year in March, beating a 28.0 per cent gain expected by analysts and stronger than the 33.8 per cent jump seen in the first two months of the year.
Fixed asset investment surged 25.6 per cent in the first three months from the same period a year earlier, versus a forecast 25.0 per cent increase, and slowing from January-February’s 35 per cent rise.
The world’s second-largest economy is expected to grow 8.6 per cent, according to a Reuters poll, following a 2.3 per cent rise last year, which was its weakest in 44 years but still made China the only major economy to avoid contraction.
That would easily beat the government’s 2021 annual growth target of above 6 per cent.
With the economy back on a more solid footing, China’s central bank is turning its focus to cooling credit growth to help contain debt and financial risks, but it is treading cautiously to avoid derailing the recovery, analysts said.
Policymakers, meanwhile, have vowed not to make any sudden policy shifts.
Authorities are especially concerned about financial risks involving the country’s overheated property market and have asked banks to trim their loan books this year to guard against asset bubbles.
Amazon launches $250m fund to support Indian startups
E-commerce major Amazon on Thursday announced a $250 million fund — Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund — to invest in startups and entrepreneurs focusing on technology innovations in SMB digitisation, agriculture and healthcare.
The fund was announced in the opening session of Amazon India’s flagship event Smbhav. A company said that the venture fund will invest in technology-led startups that are passionate about unlocking possibilities of a digital India.
The fund will specifically focus on encouraging the best ideas to digitise SMBs (small & medium businesses), and drive technology-led innovation in agriculture to improve farmer productivity.
Additionally, Amazon announced plans to digitally empower and bring 1 million offline retailers and neighbourhood stores online, on the Amazon India marketplace, by 2025 through the ‘Local Shops on Amazon’ programme.
At the same event, Amazon also launched the ‘Spotlight North East’ initiative to bring 50,000 artisans, weavers and small businesses online from the eight states in the north-eastern region of India by 2025 and to boost exports of key commodities like tea, spices and honey from the region.
In his address at Smbhav 2021, Amit Agarwal, Global Senior VP and Country Head, Amazon India said: “In 2020, we pledged to digitise 10 million SMBs, enable $10 billion in exports, and create 1 million jobs by 2025. Through our initiatives, we are committed to be a catalyst and a partner in unlocking the possibilities for a Digital India, and realise the vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat as put forth by the PM.”
“The launch of Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund aims to attract best ideas and empower entrepreneurs in the country to partner in this vision. Additionally, our initiatives to on-board 1 million offline shops on Amazon.in and digitally empower the northeast region will accelerate the progress towards a digital and self-reliant India,” he said.
Experience of “Train-The-Trainers” program at HEC Montreal in Canada
Being a person with high ambitions, moving around the world and learning different skills and knowledge is what I dream for. I took the first step towards my dream earlier this September 2018. I am Rahnuma Islam Meem, Lecturer of CSE, Daffodil International University (DIU) stepped towards HEC Montreal, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world located at Montreal, Canada for a “Train-The-Trainers” program.Since my student life, I had been working in different sectors beside my field of study because of my ambitions and passion for learning.
All that hard work was paid off when DIU offered me the opportunity to attend the international training program in Canada. It was a part of Social Business Creation (SBC) competition, which is a 6-months long competition through which participants can learn how to create a business idea through experiencing the market themselves and look for investors. There were 53 teams that participated in this final round from different countries and “Medisure” was one of the teams and the team I was Mentoring.
One sunny day, Office of the International Affairs of DIU called to inform that they want me to go to Montreal for the training. Hearing this I felt like I was on top of the world as it was an opportunity for me to learn new experiences, knowledge, culture and observe a completely different world.It was my first time travelling alone. I was very nervous then. When I boarded in the plane the nervousness suddenly turned into excitement and uncertainty. After arriving in Montreal I was cordially received by Ms. Mai Thi Thanh Thai, Associate Professor and Head of SBC.
At first, I had faced some difficulties understanding road instructions because they were mostly in French, I even got lost once but then quickly I learned how things worked. The day I got lost in the city of Montreal and trying to find my way, a woman came on her own accord and helped me to find my way. I was so surprised by that because I didn’t even ask for help but she helped me even without asking. Then, I started my training and it was a completely different experience for me. Everything was so different from Bangladesh. All the class deliveries, the way the professors delivered their contents were thoughtful and organized. They were very sincere about time but also very helpful to cooperate in every aspect.
During the program, we were taken to some industrial visits to explore incredible businesses. We visited the “Young Project”, “Popup Camp”, “La station F-MR”. All the projects that I saw were unique in their own way. The most impressive business that they showed us was a real estate business which followed social business rules is called “Quo Vadis”. I could never imagine that a real estate business can be converted into social business. Another surprising thing about this successful business is that the owner of this business is a woman named Natalie Voland. It grew confidence into me a lot and the determination to succeed grew even stronger. I realized, the only thing that stops a woman from success are they themselves because Mai and the other women that I saw were examples that women are capable of acquiring success by their own power.
I feel myself fortunate to have been met Jorge, Graciella, Cloudia, Verronique, Esther who are Mexican Professors and also trainees of the same program as me. I was the youngest of all but still they made me feel their equal and were very friendly with me also helped me and took care of me. I hope to work further in the future with them and visit them if I ever get a chance to visit Mexico. SBC is a competition with high evaluation criteria and one of the top business competitions. I felt lucky to be a part of such an event and the icing on the cake was that my team from DIU got the position of 2nd runners up. When they were declaring the results I almost stopped breathing. After hearing the results I was really happy and proud of my students.
They also conducted sessions on student grooming, traditional learning processes and introduced a new type of learning process which are very important for teachers like me. I feel that after the sessions I have more self-confidence on my teaching capabilities. I am looking forward to use all the knowledge I gathered from this training in every possible way. I plan on applying them to develop my university which will ultimately help develop my country.Even though I had a very tight schedule I managed to find time to visit Niagara Falls, world’s largest waterfall. I lost myself in the view and felt glad I went there even after having such busy schedule. I suggest everyone visiting Canada to visit Niagara and get a ride on the “Hornblower” a ferry ride that takes the riders almost under the great Niagara Falls.
I was in Canada during the middle of September when it was just the starting of winter so it was not too cold or warm. The temperature fluctuated between 5-25 degrees. I like trying different foods so I made sure I didn’t miss their traditional “Poutine” which kept its reputation for being their signature food. Witnessing everything and everyone following all the rules and leading a systematic life made me feel admiration and at the same time envy for Canada.Every step of my journey was a new experience or I can say priceless experiences. I am now more determined to work harder and looking forward for getting the next opportunity to learn more new things and with Daffodil International University I feel that opportunity is not too far away.
Rahnuma Islam Meem
Lecturer of Computer Science & Engineering, Daffodil International University
One of the Trainees of “Train-The-Trainers” program, HEC Montreal, Canada
Walton targets market expansion of local electronic products in Europe
After securing the top place in local market of electronic products, Walton, the country’s leading vertically integrated manufacturer, targets to strengthen its position in international market. To achieve the target, the Bangladeshi brand is exporting its electronic products to more than twenty countries of Asia, Middle-East and African territory. However, Walton now eyes to expand its market in European countries for which it has taken massive initiatives. The local company opened its offices in various countries including Germany and United Kingdom along with showcasing its products and service in international trade fairs.
In its latest initiative of targeting the European market expansion, Walton took part in Chillventa International Trade Fair in Germany which was held from 16 to 18 October at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre where manufacturers of refrigerator, air conditioner, ventilation and heat pumps around the world showcased their products and services.
First organized under the name of ‘Chillventa’ in 2008, the fair is now one of the most important events and is held in every two years. 981 exhibitors showcased their products in the last season the event in 2016. 63% of the exhibition visitors came from European Union, 17% from the rest of Europe, 15% from Australia, Asia and Africa, and 6% from America. 93% of the exhibitors made new business connections. Walton is the first and sole Bangladeshi company to join the fair.
According to Walton authorities, they were allocated a stall at hall number 7 in Chillventa Fair where various types of refrigerator, AC parts and industrial solutions including compressors, PET belt, Magnetic Stripes, Door Switch, LED lights, Power Cable, Fin type Evaporator, Wire type Evaporator, Lock & key, Accumulator, MS Tube, Filter Drier, Self-tapping Screw, Machine Screw, Bolt, Hexagonal Nut, Metal Casting etc. were showcased.
Many entrepreneurs from European Union and other countries visited Walton stall.
Imtiaz Ahmed, Bangladesh’s ambassador to Germany and Dr. Syed Masum Ahmed Choudhury, Commercial Counsellor, Bangladesh Embassy in Germany visited Walton stall in Chillventa Fair on its opening day. They welcomed Walton in European market and praised the Bangladeshi company for manufacturing and exporting high standard technology products and parts.
Abdur Rouf, Business Head (Developed Countries) of Walton International Business Unit, said, refrigeration and air conditioner parts have huge demand in European market as most of the European brands do not manufacture any parts but assemble them after buying bulk amount from different OEMs across the globe. To grab this huge market of spare parts, Walton took part in Chillventa Fair.
He also said that Walton is now manufacturing raw materials and chemicals of various electronic products. International standard eco-friendly energy efficient compressors are being manufactured at Walton Compressor Plant in Chandra of Gazipur. These compressors and spare parts are being exported to different countries after meeting local demand.
Ashraful Ambia, Chief Executive Office of Walton Refrigerator, Air-conditioner and Compressor, said: Walton Compressors are being manufactured maintaining hundred percent European standard as European machineries and technology are used in Walton factory. As a result, Walton compressors and their parts have huge demand in European market and to capture that demand Walton has taken various initiatives. He said, Walton has set up its office in Stuttgart of Germany along with offices in other countries including United Kingdom, China and Thailand.
Uday Hakim, Deputy Executive Director of Walton, said, ‘Made in Bangladesh’ in electronic products was a dream which Walton has successfully made true. Various Walton products and their spare parts are being exported to many countries which earns huge foreign currency along with branding Bangladesh in international arena. Now our target is to expand market in developed countries including Europe and America. According to him, Bangladesh will soon become the hub of technology products and Chillventa Fair will play vital role in this regard.
Samsung launches 55” smart-board ‘Flip’
Samsung Electronics Bangladesh launched one of its latest innovations, Samsung Flip, a smart flipboard for business, in the Bangladesh market. The device is specially designed for an enterprise business set up.
Flip is a 55” interactive digital flipboard ingeniously designed to make meetings and collaboration more efficient with its ease of use, top-notch technology, and unparalled connectivity. The board is tested to boost creative thinking, collaboration and business innovation making it an ideal choice for businesses, artists and startups alike.
“Flip is a digital and versatile replacement of traditional whiteboards making it an essential tools for brainstorming, meeting and all other tasks which require a board. The business and startup scenario in Bangladesh are getting more vibrant every day, and Flip is an ideal tool for taking productivity to the next nevel. We hope Flip will become a popular product in our market,” said Shahriar Bin Lutfor, Head of Business (CE & IT), Samsung Bangladesh.
The 55” interactive UHD display of Samsung Flip lets team can work smarter and faster enabling them to take notes, save files in its built-in memory, send emails to individuals and groups, and print directly from the device. In addition, the device has a versatile connectivity, thanks to its NFC and WiFi, the device can be connected to home or office network.
The Flip can be used either as vertical or a horizontal board while the built-in pen imitates a pen-to-paper feel with a variety of colours, styles and widths. Up to 4 people can write simultaneously on the Flip, using any object as a writing tool and bare hand as an eraser. With Samsung Flip, the enterprises can experience the collaborations and meetings like never before. For productive meetings and synchornized communications between the teams, Samsung Flip is here to deliver. The device is priced at BDT 360,000 and right now it is available with Samsung’s IT partners Smart Technologies, Flora and Fair Electronics in Bangladesh.
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IUB and Pathao Jointly Awards 26 Women in Leadership
This women’s day, IUB- one of the leading private universities in Bangladesh and one of the biggest tech companies of the country Pathao are joining hands to celebrate the excellence of women by awarding great women who are contributing to the welfare of this country in their own diverse ways everyday. The terrific event took place at the grand IUB auditorium.
Women who are continually striving for the betterment of Bangladesh, women who are leading and excelling, breaking the barriers of patriarchy everyday in their respective fields such as business, academia, healthcare, law enforcement, arts and media, sports , journalism etc. have been presented this award under the program titled ‘Ladies in Leadership’ , CelebratingWomenInAction.
After the initial opening ceremony a seminar titled- ‘Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights in Social Justice, Tech, Academia and Corporate World’ was held at 10 am. The hour-long panel was hosted by Dr. Shamim Matin Chowdhury, Founder Chairperson of Beautiful Mind. Salma Adil, CFO of Top of Mind; Advocate Alena Khan, Chairperson and Chief Executive, Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation, BHRF; Shusmita Anis, Managing Director, ACI Ltd. Mubina Asaf, Head of Legal and External Affairs, British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB); Sabrina Islam, CEO, Reflections, an architectural glass designs company were among others who were also present at the programme.
Following that, another seminar titled, ‘Changing Times and Changing Eras: Women in Journalism, Entertainment, Sports, and Media’ was held. This panel was moderated by Prof Niaz Zaman, IUB. Among others renowned writer, television director and filmmaker Chayanika Chowdhury; writer and women’s right activist- Noorjahan Bose; visual artist, Kanak Chanpa Chakma; designer and TV show host, Tootli Rahman; Director of Daily Ittefaq, Tareen Hossain; CEO of Bitopi, Sarah Ali were present.
The CEO of Pathao, Hussain M Elius in regard to this occasion shared his thoughts saying- “ Bangladesh is moving forward to become a middle income country; it is our responsibility to ensure the active participation of women to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).”
On this occasion, CEO of Pathao, Hussain M Elius said, “Bangladesh is walking towards the path of becoming a middle income country; it is our responsibility to ensure the active participation of women to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).” He went on to add – “ 49 years since independence, Bangladesh wouldn’t be able to stand where it is standing now, without the outstanding leadership of women. Women have showcased their expertise in multifaceted fields moving Bangladesh and leaving a trailblazer of brilliance at their wake , becoming amazing role models for the new generation. Thus, Pathao is incredibly honored to have presented these awards to these wonderful women.”
Vice Chancellor (Acting), Independent University of Bangladesh, Prof Milan Pagon also spoke in a similar manner of motivation saying “The state along with the society have to foster the idea of women in leading positions. This event stands as a testament to the brilliance of women , we are seeing how insanely successful they are in different sectors of the country. IUB and Pathao are extremely excited and proud to take part in this joint initiative to celebrate womanhood .”
Jack Ma, Alibaba foundations to donate medical supplies to Bangladesh
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation today announced plans to donate much-needed medical supplies to 10 more countries in Asia to help the global fight against COVID-19.
The governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will receive from the two foundations a donation totaling 1.8 million masks, 210,000 COVID-19 test kits, 36,000 pieces of protective clothing, as well as essential medical equipment and supplies that include ventilators and forehead thermometers.
“Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies to 10 more countries across Asia,” said Jack Ma, who announced the latest foundation pledges through his Twitter account. “Delivering fast is not easy, but we’ll get it done!”
Delivery of the donations will leverage the robust capabilities of the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) to overcome the significant logistical and transportation challenge presented by the vast number of countries and their geographical remoteness.
Singapore’s Grab to go public in world’s biggest $40b SPAC merger
Grab Holdings, the largest ride-hailing and food delivery firm in Southeast Asia, clinched a merger on Tuesday with special-purpose acquisition company Altimeter Growth Corp securing a valuation of nearly $40 billion and paving the way for a coveted US listing.
The merger, the biggest blank-check company deal ever, underscores the frenzy on Wall Street as shell firms have raised $99 billion in the United States so far this year after a record $83 billion in 2020.
As part of Singapore-based Grab’s agreement with the SPAC backed by Altimeter Capital, investors such as Temasek Holdings, BlackRock, Fidelity International, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala and Malaysia’s Permodalan Nasional Bhd will participate in a $4 billion private investment in public equity offering.
Funds managed by Altimeter Capital will lead the investment with $750 million.
“Institutional investors looking for Asian consumer internet exposure are keen to diversify their allocation beyond a handful of companies,” said Varun Mittal, head of emerging markets fintech business at consultancy EY.
Grab said its decision to become a public company was driven by a strong financial performance last year.
The transactions validate Grab’s co-founder Anthony Tan’s strategy of aggressively tapping growth in new sectors and ramping up market share by pumping billions of dollars to localise its services and invest in high-growth economies.
Tan told Reuters the funds will be used to double down on the last-mile delivery network and to bulk up its financial services business, such as digital bank and mobile payments.
The 39-year-old launched Grab as a taxi app in Malaysia in June 2012 with fellow Harvard Business School alumni Tan Hooi Ling, and then quickly took it regional.
The deals for Grab, which was valued at just over $16 billion last year, are a big win for its early backers such as SoftBank Group Corp and China’s Didi Chuxing.
Reuters earlier reported that Grab would announce the deal on Tuesday.
Altimeter Growth and Grab will become fully-owned subsidiaries of a new holding company, which is expected to be valued at $39.6 billion on an initial proforma equity basis.
“Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing digital economies in the world, with a population approximately twice the size of the United States. Yet online penetration for food delivery, on-demand mobility and electronic transactions are a fraction of the US and China,” said Brad Gerstner, founder and chief executive officer of Silicon Valley-based Altimeter.
The transactions will provide Grab with about $4.5 billion in cash proceeds.
The deals, which have been approved by the boards of both Grab and Altimeter Growth, are aimed to close by July.
“Grab is now synonymous with Southeast Asia’s exciting growth story,” said Greg Moon, managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers.
Grab attracted global attention in 2018 when it acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia business after a costly five-year battle in return for a stake in itself.
Reuters reported in January that Grab, which has so far raised about $12 billion, was exploring a U.S. listing.
“For us, it was about depth, it is highly liquid, it is large with global names, global investors,” Tan said on why Grab choose the U.S. markets for a listing.
Grab’s agreed transaction will surpass electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors’ $24 billion deal struck with a SPAC in February.
With operations in eight countries and over 400 cities, Grab is Southeast Asia’s most valuable start-up.
Leveraging its ride-hailing business, it has moved into food and grocery deliveries, courier services, digital payments, and is now making a push into insurance and lending in a region of 650 million people.
The listing will give Grab extra firepower in its main market of Indonesia, where local rival Gojek is close to sealing a merger with the country’s leading e-commerce business, Tokopedia.
Grab is also facing more competition from cash-rich, U.S.-listed Sea. Both Grab and Sea won digital bank licences in Singapore last year.
Grab, whose net revenue surged 70 per cent last year, has yet to turn profitable. The food delivery segment became its biggest business as more consumers shift to online food delivery after the pandemic.
Grab reported adjusted net revenue of $1.6 billion in 2020 and forecasts this to rise to $4.5 billion in 2023. It expects to turn positive on an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization basis in 2023.
Evercore was the lead financial advisor to Grab on the deal and JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley were co-advisors.