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October 13, 2016: Bangladesh’s first Catholic cardinal says his nomination will be enhancing inter-faith harmony in the predominantly Muslim country where he has served for more than four decades, most recently as archbishop of Dhaka.
Pope Francis on Sunday named Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, 73, and 16 other archbishops as new cardinals, at the end of a special Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The new cardinals will formally be elevated at a meeting of the church’s College of Cardinals on Nov. 19, according to news reports.
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D’Rozario heads the church in majority Sunni Muslim Bangladesh, where Christians form a tiny minority – less than half of 1 percent out of a total population of 160 million. The nation’s 400,000 Catholics dominate the Christian population, which numbers around 550,000, according to Bangladesh’s Christian Association.
Bangladesh has largely enjoyed inter-religious harmony during its 45 years as a nation, but Catholics, Christians and members of other religious minorities have been targeted since last year in sporadic acts of violence perpetrated by Muslim zealots.
“This is not my personal recognition, rather it is an achievement for all of Bangladesh,” D’Rozario told BenarNews, adding that Pope Francis was expected to visit the South Asian country next year.
“Bangladesh is a small country with few Christians … and far away from the Vatican, but we have been nurturing our long standing inter-religious harmony here for centuries,” he said.
‘A pinch of salt’
The rank of cardinal is the second highest in the Catholic church next to the pontiff. Because he is under 80 years old, D’Rozario, under the Vatican’s rules, will be allowed to participate in the College of Electors that will pick the pope’s future successor.
The new class includes another Asian, Msgr. Anthony Soter Fernandez, the emeritus archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s first-ever cardinal. But he is older than 80 and won’t be allowed to elect a new pope.
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Archbishop D’Rozario said Christians in Bangladesh had been working as “salt” in Bangladeshi society.
“For instance, you need a pinch of salt in a big plate of rice, but you will not get the taste without it. You do not need to be big always. My nomination as cardinal is papal recognition that we may be small but not a trifle,” D’Rozario said.
In the face-to-face interview in Dhaka on Tuesday, the soon-to-cardinal spelled out the contributions that Catholics and Christians had made to Bangladesh.
“We Christians have been contributing to Bangladesh’s development process through setting up schools, hospitals and other service-oriented entities for all faiths,” he said.
D’Rozario pointed out that 90 percent of the students at Catholic missionary schools nationwide represent different faiths, and these schools have earned great recognition.
“Every guardian wants their children to get admitted to our schools, which teach children to develop and practice mutual respect, human values and tolerance. For example, we enroll 50 percent of students at the Notre Dame College in Dhaka from rural areas. The mixture of students from the indigenous communities, minority faiths and well-off families helps create the culture of tolerance and mutual respect among the students,” he said.
The archbishop also talked about a wave of militancy that has gripped the country in recent years and erupted in attacks against members of religious minorities and other people.
“We see militancy and extremism in Bangladesh because the country’s education system has not been promoting the culture of mutual respect and tolerance. I have told this to the honorable home minister [Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal], who sought my opinion on the probable cause of militancy in Bangladesh,” D’Rozario said.
Unlike the Catholic missionary schools in Bangladesh, general education institutions have not focused on teaching students to develop human values, mutual respect and tolerance, he said.
“I am shocked to see that Class Seven students have been demonstrating in the street, chanting slogans demanding capital punishment. This word ‘capital punishment’ will certainly create brutality among the children. They should ask for justice instead of a death sentence,” D’Rozario said.
Catholic family values could counter terrorism and militancy, he said.
“Look at every case of youths who became militants – they deserted their families. Our pope has clearly stated that Islam cannot be blamed for terrorism and militancy,” D’Rozario said.
“Around the world, the culture of destruction has been pervasive. When there is fighting and confrontation, there is revenge. Nobody wins a war,” D’Rozario said. “The practice of glorifying war begets militancy.”
He said he hoped that his nomination would help him maintain strong communication with government leaders, pointing out that Christians in the 1980s initiated government leaders, pointing out that Christians in the 1980s initiated inter-religious dialogue for peaceful coexistence of all faiths in Bangladesh. Since then, the government has been implementing dialogues as means to promote religious harmony.
D’Rozario praised Home Minister Kamal for maintaining close communications with Christians and other minority faiths.
‘We are not forgotten’
Christians are rejoicing at the archbishop’s elevation to cardinal.
Nirmal Rozario, general secretary of Bangladesh’s Christian Association, thanked Pope Francis for recognizing Bangladesh.
“This is a historic and epoch-making event not only for Christians, but also for the whole country. Our archbishop is now a cardinal. We are grateful to the revered Pope,” Rozario told BenarNews.
The archbishop’s elevation demonstrated the importance of Bangladesh to the Vatican, he added.
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A leader from Bangladesh’s Hindu minority shared the joy.
“This is not only the achievement of Christians, but also of the whole country irrespective of faiths. We have congratulated him on this success,” Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian association, the country’s flagship association of minority communities, told BenarNews.
For Catholic priests in Bangladesh, the announcement is good news following recent insecurity facing minorities in Bangladesh.
Last October, a pastor in northwestern Bangladesh survived an attack when strangers entered his home and attempted to slit his throat. Six weeks later, an Italian priest was shot and wounded by gunmen on a motorbike in northern Dinajpur district.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas 2015, the Christian community and churches across the country received 28 threats, Rozario said.
“Christian community members have come under militant attacks. Nominating the cardinal from Bangladesh at this time means that we are not forgotten,” Catholic priest Khokom Vincent Gomes told BenarNews. (BenarNews)
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
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Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)