Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) - Speakers at a seminar stressed on the production of power efficient inverter technology’s appliances for the sake of Ozone layer protection and global warming control.
They came up with the remark at a special seminar on “Ozone Layer and Bangladesh” held at the conference room of the Walton Corporate Office in the capital recently, said a press release on Monday.
Marking the ‘World Ozone Day’, Department of Environment (DoE) and Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited (WHIL) jointly organized the seminar. Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury was the chief guest.
DoE’s Director General Dr. Sultan Ahmed presided over the seminar and Walton Corporation’s Managing Director SM Mahbubul Alam gave the welcome address.
Walton Group’s Deputy Executive Director Uday Hakim was the moderator in the seminar and
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. SM Manjurul Hannan Khan, DoE’s Addition Director General Kazi Sarwar Imtiaz Hashmi, UNDP Representative Arif Foysal, Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Dr MAA Shawkat Chowdhury, among others, addressed the function.
Walton Hi-Tech Industries Chief Executive Director Ashraful Ambia presented the key note paper in the seminar.
Speaking as the chief guest, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury said, “We will not be able to save our earth if we fail to take timely initiatives in protecting Ozone layer and controlling global warming.”
To this extent, he emphasized on the creation of awareness towards using power efficient appliances among the people, along with the production of energy efficient appliances.
In his welcome address, Walton Corporation’s Managing Director SM Mahbubul Alam said, Walton has been manufacturing fridges and air conditioners applying power saving inverter technology.
Informing that in Bangladesh labeling of star rating on fridges and ACs is not compulsory, he said, as a result, low quality appliances are being trading in the local electronics market, which are not only consuming huge power but also deteriorating the environment.
In the key note paper, WHIL’s CEO Ashraful Ambia highlighted the Walton’s green cooling technology in manufacturing energy saving appliances to contribute in the ozone layer protection and global warming control.
Emphasizing on the usage of inverter technology’s electronics and electrical appliances, BUET’s Professor Dr. MAA Shawkat Chowdhury said, inverter appliances is not only save huge power but also run longtime comparing to the general products.
UNDP’ representative Arif Foysal said, producing power efficient appliances is not enough to protect Ozone layer from depletion and to control global warming. To this extent, it is also essential to aware the people about the benefits of using energy saving products.
DoE’s Director General Dr. Sultan Ahmed said, Montreal Protocol is very successful around the world as most of the countries signed the protocol and Bangladesh is a role model in implementing the Montreal Protocol.
Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNB) - Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) has inaugurated its agent banking outlet in Badarkhali Bazar of Chokoria, Cox’s Bazar recently.
Jafar Alam, Chairman of Chokoria Upazila Parishad inaugurated the outlet as chief guest, said a press release on Monday.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director of the Bank addressed the programme as main discussant.
Presided over by Md. Nizamul Haque, Executive Vice President and Head of Chattagram South Zone, the programme was also addressed by Mohammed Shabbir, Senior Vice President and Head of Khatungonj Corporate Branch, Khairul Bashar, Chairman of Badarkhali Union Parishad, Nur-e-Hossain Arif, former Chairman of Badarkhali Union Parishad and Absar uz Zaman, Acting Principal of Badarkhali Degree College. Monjurul Alam, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head of Chiringa Branch delivered welcome speech.
Local businesspersons, professionals and dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Singapore, Sep 17 (AP/UNB) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday on reports that President Donald Trump will soon place tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods, even as officials worked to iron out tensions between the world's two largest economies.
KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi fell 0.8 percent to 2,300.83 on Monday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index tumbled 1.9 percent to 26,768.17. The Shanghai Composite index lost 1.0 percent to 2,654.13. But Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.3 percent to 6,183.30. Japanese markets were closed for a national holiday. Stocks fell in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
WALL STREET: On Friday, smaller U.S. companies posted gains on signs of sustained economic growth, while the rest barely moved. The S&P 500 index was almost flat at 2,904.98. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was less than 0.1 percent higher at 26,154.67. The Nasdaq composite gave up under 0.1 percent to 8,010.04. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks, which is less vulnerable to flare-ups in trade tensions, added 0.4 percent to 1,721.72.
US-CHINA TRADE: On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports. It cited unnamed people familiar with the matter who said the tariff level will likely be set at about 10 percent, below the 25 percent announced earlier this year. At the same time, U.S. officials, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are preparing to hold new talks on the tariff dispute with Beijing. Envoys from the two countries last met on Aug. 22 in Washington but reported no progress. The two governments have already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods. Beijing has issued a list of another $60 billion of American products for retaliation if Trump's next tariff hike goes ahead.
ANALYST'S TAKE: "Trade issues and their impact on the global economy are likely to dominate investor focus this week," Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary. "This good cop-bad cop routine continues to undermine Mr. Mnuchin's efforts as it's still not clear if anyone other the Trump himself is commissioned to cut a deal. And not too unexpectedly and quite ominously China could cancel the meeting," he added.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 3 cents to $68.96 a barrel on Monday. The contract added 0.6 percent to settle at $68.99 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 1 cent to $78.10 a barrel. It shed 0.1 percent to $78.09 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 111.99 yen from 112.03 yen. The euro rose to $1.1635 from $1.1632.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB)- Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Best Electronics at Islami Bank Tower recently aiming to provide Equal Monthly Installment (EMI) facilities to its Khidmah (credit) cardholders.
In presence of Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director & CEO and Mohammed Monirul Moula, Additional Managing Director, Abu Reza Md Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director of the Bank and Md Asaduzzaman, Managing Director of Best Electronics signed the agreement on behalf of respective organizations.
Under this agreement, IBBL Khidmah (credit) cardholders will enjoy Equal Monthly Installment (EMI) facilities for 3,6,9 or 12 months in case of purchasing electronics goods from any outlet of Best Electronics.
Muhammad Qaisar Ali and Hasne Alam, Deputy Managing Directors, Md Abdul Jabbar and Md Mostafizur Rahman Siddiquee, Senior Executive Vice Presidents, Abu Naser Mohammed Nazmul Bari, Executive Vice President, M Zubayer Azam Helali, Senior Vice President of the Bank along with top executive and officials of both organisations were present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB)- A day-long training workshop on prevention of money laundering and combating financing of terrorism was held at Al-Arafah Islami Bank (AIBL) Training & Research Institute recently.
Deputy Managing Director of the Bank Kazi Towhidul Alam inaugurated the course as Chief Guest, according to a press release.
Executive Vice President Abed Ahmed Khan and Principal of the Institute and Executive Vice President Md Abdur Rahim Duary were also present on the occasion.