Chinese assisted National Data Centre in Bangladesh faces failure



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Beijing has often been in news for supplying sub-standard and faultyequipments/arms/airplanes to its neighboring countries.

Now, an incident of failure of Chinese assisted National Data Centre has been reported in Bangladesh. The Chinese-assisted National Data Centre (NDC) of the Bangladesh Data Centre Company Ltd. (BDCCL) is facing problems these days in storing government data owing to un-licensed/ pirated software supplied by the ZTE of China.

The use of pirated software has led to failure in updating software and hardware patches, damage to one of the firewalls and considerable reduction in storage capacity, claimed to be 2.1 Petabyte.ZTE has offered to rebuild the NDC using its Cloud service, which may involve huge costs.

Till then, they are holding back on offering full services. It has always been a ploy of Chinese companies to first set up a faulty infrastructure and then blackmail the recipient country with huge costs to rectify and restore the system to its full capacity.

Meanwhile, the failure of Data Centre has compelled Bangladesh Government to look for alternate data storage companies, for storing the government data, post-filling up of the storage capacity of NDC.

The Bangladesh government is already in talks with Oracle Cloud, US which has proposed to provide sovereign-hosted cloud services to the Bangladesh Government.

Simultaneously, negotiations are also going on with a few UK-based companies. The credibility of China in the protection of personal data was hit badly when during Feb 12-15, 2023 the express delivery sector of China was itself afflicted by cyber theft leading to the leakage of private data of 4.5 billion customers. Anheng Information Co.Ltd, one of the leaders in the network security industry in China, had reported that a ChatGPT or an automated query robot had leaked 4.5 billion pieces of personal information in China pertaining to e-commerce or express logistics industry.

Users only needed to enter mobile phone numbers to query private information such as name, mobile number and detailed delivery address.

This data breach reflected poorly on the data protection measures adopted by the Chinese government to protect the personal information of individuals. Data is the most valuable asset in today’s world and its loss can be detrimental to growth or, in the worst case, it could result in the collapse of an economy.

The Bangladesh government needs to think as to how can a country guarantee protecting data of other country when personal data of its own people has been compromised.

Source: Bangladesh Live News

   

Poet Asim Saha is no more



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Ekushey Award winner poet Asim Saha has passed away.

He breathed his last after cardiac arrest at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on Tuesday (June 18) afternoon.

Director General of Bangla Academy Poet Muhammad Nurul Huda confirmed the matter.

He said that after being ill for a long time, Asim Saha was fairly healthy. I met him a few days ago. I heard today that he is no more. Currently, Asim Saha is kept in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital. I am going there to see him.

Huda also said that without talking to the family, the last rites of poet Asim Saha will be informed later.

Poet Asim Saha was seriously ill and admitted to the hospital earlier this year. The doctors then informed that the poet is suffering from depression. Apart from this, he also suffered from Parkinson's disease, constipation and diabetes.

Poet Asim Saha was born on February 20, 1949 at maternal grandfather’s house in Netrakona district. He studied in the Department of Bengali Literature of Dhaka University. He received the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 2012 for his overall contribution to literature. He was later awarded Ekushey Padak, the country's second highest civilian honor, by the Government of Bangladesh in 2019 for his contribution to Bengali language and literature.

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1 killed, 6 injured in gunfight between two regional groups in Rangamati



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One person was killed and six were injured in an hour-long gun battle between two groups of tribal regional groups indulging in dominance in Baghaihat of Baghaichhari in Rangamati.

Local sources confirmed that at least 7 people were shot in the incident which started in the afternoon of Tuesday (June 18). The name of the deceased helper is Naeem. His house is Fatickchari Nazirhat. He was taken to Dighinala Upazila Health Complex in a coma and died in the afternoon while undergoing treatment. Deceased Naeem is a bus helper by profession.

Confirming the truth of the gunfight, the Nirbahi Officer of Baghaichhari Upazila, Shirin Akhter, said that immediately after the incident, members of the law and order forces went to the spot and brought the situation under control. He gave this information while talking to the reporter at five o'clock in the afternoon.

According to local sources, since Tuesday morning, two armed terrorist groups, the anti-mountain agreement organization United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and the reformist JSS, faced off in Baghaihat market. Shortly afternoon, both sides engaged in a gun battle. As a result, the local Bengali and hill dwellers left their shops and houses and took shelter at the foot of the hill.

Meanwhile, United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) Rangamati unit organizer Sachal Chakma has strongly condemned and protested the killing of a peace transport helper and injured several others in the firing by hill terrorists in Baghaihat on Tuesday afternoon and demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the killers.

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Abdul Jalil, the first flag hoister in Kushtia died



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The brave freedom fighter Abdul Jalil who hoisted the first flag of Bangladesh in Kushtia passed away (inna lillahi ... Rajiun).

He breathed his last at his residence in Kuthipara area of Kushtia town on Monday (June 17) at 4:30 am.

On March 3, 1971, he hoisted the flag of Independent Bangladesh at the Kushtia Islamia College ground. Abdul Jalil was the convener of undivided Kushtia Swadhin Bangla Chhatra Sangam Parishad and the President of District Chhatra League. He had many memories with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He was 82 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by numerous relatives and well-wishers including 2 daughters and 1 son.

People from various walks of life including freedom fighters, social and voluntary organizations and professional organizations have expressed their deepest condolences to the bereaved family and wished the soul of this great man peace.

One of the organizers in the great liberation war, the first flag hooster of independent Bangladesh, Advocate Abdul Jalil was buried with state honors.

On Monday (June 17) at 5:30 in the afternoon, members of the law enforcement forces paid their last respects to this brave warrior in the presence of Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Partha Pratim Sheel at the Eidgah ground adjacent to the Model Mosque in Kuthipara of the town.

At this time, the general secretary of the district Awami League Azgar Ali, organizational secretary, doctor, leader Aminul Haque Ratan, Chamber Leader BRB Group Chairman Mujibur Rahman, Sadar Upazila Chairman Ataur Rahman Ata, District JSD President Haji Mohsin and other leaders were present.

At that time, the burial was completed in the Kushtia Pourshava graveyard after the funeral with the participation of the brave freedom fighters and the leaders of various political, social and cultural organizations, local residents and relatives of the city.

Abdul Jalil, the brave freedom fighter who hoisted the first flag of independent Bangladesh in Kushtia town had told Barta24.com on the occasion of Kushtia Freedom Day on December 11 last year, "The graves of the brave freedom fighters who were martyred in the long nine-month liberation struggle with the invading forces have been laid in Kumarkhali, Banshitala, Bittipara districts." There are about half a hundred mass graves. Thousands of people have been massacred indiscriminately in these places.'

However, 'those who dream of sacrificing millions of lives to liberate the country by responding to the call of the great leader of the liberation war, Bangabandhu, are still far from fulfilling that dream.'

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A bond of harmony in the distribution of meat in panchayats has existed for ages in Katiyadi



Saidur Rahman Naim, District Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The bond of social norms and harmony is still intact in Katiyadi of Kishoreganj. After finishing the Eid-ul-Azha prayers, everyone in the society offers Qurbani together. From there everyone leaves a portion for the lower class and less able people of the society. They are collected and deposited in the grounds of the government primary school next to it. One after another, various sacrifices started coming.

Once it becomes a huge pile All the collections are measured and stored after completion Later, the names on the list are taken and distributed. Even if no one was present, the meat reached his house. Such a social relationship and bond of harmony has been seen in Katiadi of Kishoreganj.

This custom, which is more than two and a half hundred years old, has been going on for ages in Purbapara Mahalla of Ward No. 3 of Katiyadi Municipal Area. The present generation has also retained this custom

Panchayat social system is no longer seen in modern society. But the Panchayat is one of the carriers of the social system. Panchayat means a council consisting of five or more persons. Panchayats are as old as the history of Bengal. Some of the activities of this panchayat system can be seen during Qurbani Eid. Panchayat system is still somewhat ongoing especially in villages.

Talking to local residents, it is known that this panchayat system of Purbapara Mohalla is very old. It was introduced to create unity by removing the disparity in the society and to reduce the disparity between the rich and the poor which is passed down from generation to generation. A list of five hundred houses was prepared and distributed.

Meraj Mia (75), an elderly person of the area, said, "I have been seeing this distribution since I was a child." This is how our fathers and grandfathers also distributed through panchayats. It has been going on since the British period.'

Sharif, Mizan and Abdullah of the area who are responsible for the distribution said that more than five hundred people have been listed and distributed. More than five thousand kg of beef has been collected. Two and a half kg has been given I have delivered home even if no one came Our goal is social unity and removal of rich-poor disparity. It will continue’

Locals also said that currently the number of members or 'houses' of this panchayat is around 500. An average of 40/46 families offer sacrifices every Eid al-Azha. And the rest of the large part cannot sacrifice for some reason or the other. So that the joy of Eid does not fade away, they are also given sacrificial meat through Panchayat.

On the morning of Eid, they will give one-third of their slaughtered animals to the Panchayat field. And keep the other half for themselves. Besides, he shall also deposit the skin of the slaughtered animal in the panchayat. After the meat is collected, it is cut and distributed by its own volunteers.

In this panchayat or society the one who sacrificed also gets the meat and the one who did not sacrifice also gets the meat. That is, the sacrificial meat reaches all the houses of this panchayat.

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