The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has requested everyone to verify the authenticity of handsets by checking the IMEI before buying any phone to prevent the import of illegal cell phones.
Besides, customers have also been requested to collect receipts of mobile phones.
BTRC made the request through a notice.
Customers intending to purchase a device can get the 15-digit IMEI number by dialing *#06# from the handset.
The legality of the handset can be checked by sending an SMS with the IMEI to 16002 (for example: KYD 123456789012345). A return SMS will inform the user whether the handset was imported legally.
Mobile phones with fake/clone IMEI will be detected through National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) and disconnected from network, the BTRC said.
The telecom regulator has already built a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of mobile sets legally imported since January 2018.
Stakeholders at a meeting on Saturday suggested that the existing conflicting regulatory issues should be addressed before setting a price for liquified petroleum gas (LPG).
“There are a number of bodies issuing regulatory orders. Sometimes it seems Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is the regulator, sometimes it’s Energy and Mineral Division and sometimes it’s Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission. We’re still confused on the matter who is the actual regulator,” said Prof ASM Shamsul Alam, Advisor of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh.
The CAB advisor was echoed by Azam J Chowdhury, president of LPG Association of Bangladesh. He said that there a lot of conflicting regulatory roles being played by different bodies and agencies.
BERC organised the virtual meeting to exchange views on setting LPG price which was conducted by BERC member Syed Mokbul Elahi.
BERC Chairman Md Abdul Jalil also spoke on the occasion.
BERC deputy director Kamruzzaman, who made a presentation on overall market situation of LPG, said the regulatory body has moved for setting the LPG price following an energy division instruction in this regard.
As part of the move, the BERC has formed a committee consisting of representatives from different government organisations and agencies, he said.
He said now the country annually consumes 3.8 million metric tons of LPG while 27 companies are operating the business.
He said Bangladesh imports LPG from three countries—Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. The transportation cost has been a big matter in determining the LPG price in the local market.
Taking part in the discussion, speakers said the BERC committee was formed with only government representatives, with no representatives from the private LPG operators or from the consumers.
Azam Chowdhury said each of the LPG operating companies have to pay about Tk 56.25 lakh as fees to different government agencies which could be easily reduced in order to reduce the price of such petroleum fuel.
He also LPG companies have been investing huge amounts of money for bottling purposes, which makes the petroleum gas costly.
Prof Shamsul Alam said the BERC has to prove it is an independent body with full freedom to work as regulator before setting LPG price. “Otherwise, none of its moves will be successful in setting price,” he said.
Dr Hosne Ara Begum of TMSS LPG said that the government should provide subsidy in LPG like in neighbouring India, to make it affordable to low-income consumers.
Eminent energy expert Prof Nurul Islam said pricing of LPG should be settled along with the price of natural gas. “If necessary, the gas price could be increased to reduce the LPG price,” he said.
China will continue to exempt certain US goods from additional tariffs for another year, the Chinese Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said Tuesday.
The country announced in September last year that 16 items from the United States would be excluded from the first round of tariff countermeasures against the U.S. Section 301 measures, effective from Sept. 17, 2019 to Sept. 16, 2020.
After the extension, the exemption will last until Sept. 16, 2021, the commission said in a statement.
Bangladeshi electronics brand Walton is registering remarkable success by expanding the export market of its locally produced inverter technology’s air conditioner or AC.
Md Tanvir Rahman, executive director, and chief executive officer of Walton AC, said Walton’s Inverter AC is attracting buyers globally and its export demands are also on the rise, according to a press release.
Walton has shipped out several consignments of AC exports to Yemen, East Timor, Nepal and India after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted in different countries, he said.
Engineer Sondip Biswas, head of Walton AC Research and Development (RnD) Department, said that Walton has been exporting air conditioners to the countries of Asia, Middle East and Africa regions under the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) system by getting the quality control certificates of different international standards and testing protocols.
Through these brands, he said, Bangladeshi brand Walton’s produced sophisticated air conditioners are reaching different countries as well as winning the customers’ faith rapidly.
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The digital services provider, Robi has recently launched a brand new customer loyalty programme “Robi Elite”.
The loyalty programme, Elite will allow Robi to express its gratitude to the special group of customers who have been the staunchest supporters of the brand.
Robi Elite will enable top Robi users to experience special benefits, exclusive privilege, lifestyle offers and priority services.
More rewards will gradually be added to express Robi’s gratitude to its loyal customers.
Elite customers will be identified as Select, Platinum, Diamond and Gold tier customers based on their usage and duration with the brand.
Customers in the higher tiers will be able to enjoy exclusive offers at five-star hotels and free lounge access while travelling abroad.
Along with over 250 renowned partners from food, clothing, lifestyle, entertainment, healthcare and other industries, Robi Elite is partnering with various top digital services, so that customers can avail online based lucrative product and service offers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.