BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.
May 28, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Today, Apple surprised everyone by announcing the iPod touch is getting a better-late-than-never hardware refresh just in time for the summer months.The new iPod touch retains the 1136-by-640 (326ppi) 4-inch display of the previous generation, but upgrades the internals to use an A10 Fusion processor for running iOS 12. The quad-core A10 was first used for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but also made its way into the 2018 iPad ($249.00 at Amazon), and it’s a major step up from the dual-core Apple Typhoon chip powering the old iPod touch. You can argue it’s an old processor, but there’s only a low resolution display to deal with and the upgrade allowed Apple to unlock augmented reality experiences as well as support for Group FaceTime.You’ll be able to purchase the new iPod touch from today online and later this week in stores. It’s available in six color options (Space Gray, Gold, Silver, Pink, Blue, and Red) and three capacities (32GB, 128GB, and 256GB). The rear camera is 8MP and capable of 1080p video recording, while the FaceTime HD camera on the front is 1.2MP and 720p video is supported. Wireless is up to 802.11ac and there’s Bluetooth 4.1 support as standard. Battery life is impressive, with Apple claiming up to 40 hours of music listening or eight hours of video watching on a single charge.As for pricing, the 32GB model costs $199, the 128GB model is $299, and the 256GB model is $399. All three are going to be tempting considering the cheapest iPhone XR ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) is now $749 with 64GB of storage.If you’re wondering as to the timing of this surprise hardware refresh, Apple gives a big hint as to why in its press release. This fall, the Apple Arcade games subscription service launches and the old iPod touch would surely struggle to play some of the “100 new and exclusive” games it will offer. There’s also Apple Music subscriptions to consider, with Apple keen to get more people signing up for the summer.The iPod touch forms a perfect device for younger music listeners and game players who don’t have the cash or the parents willing to spend close to four-figures on an iPhone.