Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, August 12, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 08122020 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· U.N. investigator says Facebook has not shared ‘evidence’ of Myanmar crime
· Rohingya in Rakhine State Express Concern for not being listed as voters
· Infection is less than feared in Rohingya camps
· Democrat Joe Biden chooses Senator Kamala Harris for White House running mate
· Putin hails new Sputnik moment as Russia is first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:10 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: ‘Electronic Skin’ Developed to Recreate Sense of Touch
Summary: Singapore researchers say they have developed a form of “electronic skin” that can recreate a sense of touch. The developers hope their invention will give people with prosthetic hands the ability to identify different objects. A team from the National University of Singapore created the skin device, which measures 1 square centimeter. The system contains 100 small sensors that attempt to recreate things like texture, temperature and even pain. The researchers call the device Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, or ACES. They say it can process information faster than the human nervous system. Machine learning methods trained the device to recognize 20 to 30 different textures. It can even correctly read Braille letters 90 percent of the time, the developers say. Research team leader Benjamin Tee told the Reuters news agency that the system does not require movement to work. “Humans need to slide to feel texture. But in this case the skin, with just a single touch, is able to detect textures of different roughness.” A demonstration showed that the device could identify the difference between a soft, squishy ball and a solid plastic one.
Tee said his idea for the device came partly from the movie Star Wars, when character Luke Skywalker loses his right hand and it is replaced with a robotic one. In the film, the new hand is able to experience touch sensations just like the real one.
Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:45 minutes
Topic: Small businesses are going bankrupt, has reduced trading in refugee camp - coronavirus.
Translation Summary: Mr. Azizur Rahman (35) is living Camp # 05, Block # B, Lambashiya, Kutupalong, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. He was a resident of Saraipara, Maungdaw, Myanmar. He came to Bangladesh in 2017 following the genocide by Myanmar government. Azizur said, he used to trade in cloth in Myanmar and now he is also trading in cloth in Bangladesh refugee camp, although he worked in an NGO early in his camp life. Mr. Azizur said his shop is in Madhur Chhara Bazaar inside the camp. He mentioned that if he brought goods from Balukhali and Teknaf and sold them, he would have earned a fair income. But due to the outbreak of the virus, he cannot bring goods from far away. Now he brings goods from Kutupalong market and sells them in very small quantities, because the demand of customers is very low. He said he mainly keeps products according to the needs of the Rohingya. He further added that he wears masks and does business with maintaining distance and does not allow crowding in the shop.
Duration: 3:00 minutes
Program Closing Announcement: Hamid Hussain
Production: Selim Hossain /Sanjana Feroz