Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) - Local handset brand ‘Walton’ has launched its new smartphone Primo EF8 which will be the most affordable full-view display 4G handset.
The regular price of the smartphone is Tk 4,999. However, Walton provides Tk 300 cashback on the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ smartphone which means customers will get it at Tk 4,699 only, said a press release on Sunday.
The 4G network-supported dual SIM smartphone comes in three attractive colours of Marine Blue, Black and Golden and is available at all Walton Plaza, brand and retail outlets across the country.
It sports a 4.95-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and bears BSI 5MP cameras on both sides with LED flashes and a set of attractive camera features, including Face detection, Face beauty, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Time lapse, Slow motion, Night mode, HDR and Panorama.
Powered by a 1.40 GHz Quad Core processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM and Mali-T820 as GPU, the handset features 8GB internal storage that is expandable up to 32 GB via SD card.
The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 (Go Edition) and features a 2050 mAh li-ion battery for sufficient power backup.
Asifur Rahman Khan, Chief of Walton Cellular Phone Sales Department, said the handset has been manufactured at their own plant in Chandra of Gazipur.
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) – Terming Walton as a pride of Bangladesh, notable speakers said
Walton products are available in many countries around the world as well as the company has set up an example of awesome success.
They made the remarks at the unveiling ceremony of the first ‘Made in Bangladesh’ labeled flagship smart phone of Walton at its corporate headquarters in the capital on Wednesday.
Tying up a marketing collaboration with the country’s leading telecom service provider Grameen Phone (GP), Walton opened the pre-booking option for its newly produced flagship smart phone ‘Primo X5.’
The interested buyers can make a pre-order in the outlets of both the companies.
At the event, Grameen Phone offered that their subscribers will enjoy free 6GB internet on the purchase of Primo X5.
Along with GP, Walton also offered a gift vouchers worth of Tk 3,000 and some other benefits.
Addressing the event, GP’s Deputy CEO Yasir Azman said that he witnessed the presence of Walton in every corner of the country.
“I am lucky to visit various sorts of factories in abroad. But, I was impressed on Walton Walton Hi-Tech Park while I visited there last month. It was beyond my imagination that there is a giant IoT devices and electronics appliances manufacturing unit like Walton in Bangladesh.
Walton’s factory is more advanced and bigger than those overseas factory, which I visited,” he said.
“Walton is our pride in Bangladesh,” he noted.
GP’s Head of Device Sarder Showkat Ali said, today will be a historical day in Bangladesh as Primo X5 like flagship smart phone is generally produced by the overseas brand. But, Bangladeshi brand Walton is now manufacturing and marketing international standard and high-configured flagship smart phones.
Along with the GP’s official, Walton Group’s Directors SM Ashraful Alam, SM Mahbubul Alam and Tahmina Afrose Tanna, Walton Digi-Tech Industries Limited Managing Director SM Monjurul Alam and Head of Walton Cellular Phone S M Rejoan Alam unveiled the flagship smartphone.
Priced at only Tk 24,999, the Primo X5 is opened for pre-order. Customers can pre-book the handset depositing only Tk 2,500 from all Walton Plaza, brand outlets, Grameenphone sales channel My GP and online shop Wowbox and will get gift vouchers worth of Tk 3,000 by which they can purchase products from Walton outlets. In addition, Grameenphone subscribers who will buy and insert their SIM card on the handset will immediately get 6 GB data free. They can also buy additional 4 GB internet at 99 BDT only for maximum 30 times in next 3 months.
Customers will enjoy instant replacement warranty for 30 days along with 1.5-year service warranty for the pre-bookers which they can avail from home.
The premium metal frame designed smartphone features a 5.99-inch full-view IPS display with the screen regulations of 2160X1080 pixels. It sports 64-bit 2GHz Octa-core processor, Mali-G-71 GPU, 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64 GB internal storage with expandable memory up to 256 GB.
The Blue color handset features 13 and 5 mega pixel dual rear cameras along with another 16 MP front camera with LED flash on both sides. Operated by Android 8.1 Oreo, it sports 3450 mAh battery for whole day power back-up.
The 8.4mm thin dual SIM 4G network supported smartphone has face unlock, fingerprint scanner, OTG, separate SD card slot features.
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) – Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya on Saturday urged the political parties to pledge in their manifestos to be announced for the 11th parliamentary elections not to interfere in the banking sector if they win the polls.
He made the call while addressing a CPD dialogue titled ‘What do we do with the banking sector of Bangladesh’ in the capital.
Debapriya, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, also announced to form a ‘Citizen Commission’ after the election to save the banking sector which is the heart of the country's economy.
He said the banking sector has experienced scams of Tk 22,000 crore recently.
CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun presented a research paper on the banking sector at the programme.
Blaming the banking sector’s prevailing situation on the lack of good governance, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed said, “Political interfere must be stopped if the sector is to be made strong. There’s no way other than the democratic practice to stop the culture. There should also be an independent bank commission.”
Renowned economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud said rules and regulations are being violated in various ways in the banking sector. “And many people commit corruption under the patronage of politicians. So, new rules should be formulated to stop the culture.”
He also underscored the need for making the politicians understand not to interfere in the banking sector for the sake of the country's economy.
Former BB Deputy Governor Khondker Ibrahim Khaled said the banking sector is passing through a critical time. “The central bank has failed to save self-interests. The government looks after the rich depriving the depositors.”
Tokyo, Dec 8 (AP/UNB) — Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders.
The contentious legislation passed only months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the plan despite opposition groups' demand for more thorough debate to address concerns about a drastic change of policy.
It's seen as an unavoidable step as the country's population of about 126 million rapidly ages and shrinks. Many short-handed industries, especially in the services sector, already rely heavily on foreign "trainees" and language students. Japan also selectively grants visas to white-collar professionals, often from the West.
Bringing in foreign laborers is a last resort after Abe's deeply conservative government tried to meet labor shortages by encouraging more employment of women and older workers and using more robots and other automation.
"Japan has come to a point where we had to face the reality that there is serious depopulation and serious aging," said Toshihiro Menju, an expert on foreign labor and population issues at the Japan Center for International Exchange.
"Shortages of workers are so serious ... that (allowing) immigrants is the only option the government can take," he said.
Abe's latest plan calls for relaxing Japan's visa requirements in sectors facing severe labor shortages such as construction, nursing, farming, transport and tourism — new categories of jobs to be added to the current list of highly skilled professionals.
The number of foreign workers in Japan has more than doubled since 2000 to nearly 1.3 million last year, out of a working-age population of 67 million. Workers from developing Asian countries used to stay mostly behind the scenes, but not anymore. Almost all convenience stores are partly staffed by Asian workers and so are many restaurant chains.
The fastest growing group of foreign workers is Vietnamese, many of whom are employed in construction and nursing. Construction workers are particularly in demand as Japan rushes to finish building venues and other infrastructure for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In many cases the workers are subjected to poor working conditions and other abuses.
"I had no time for a holiday. ... Even if I worked so hard I still had no money," said Eng Pisey, 33, from Cambodia, who came to Japan on a training program in 2016 and worked at a garment factory in Tochigi, north of Tokyo. She said she had to borrow $4,000 to pay a broker to arrange her job, and ended up quitting after becoming ill from overwork.
Under the legislation, two categories of workers will be accepted beginning in April: less-skilled workers and former interns with basic Japanese competency are allowed to stay in the country for only up to five years as visitors and cannot bring in family members. That is meant to encourage them to leave when their visas expire, preventing them from settling in Japan.
The second category, those with higher skills, Japanese language and cultural understanding, would be allowed to bring their families and apply for citizenship after living in Japan for 10 years if they commit no crimes.
"Creating new visa statuses to accommodate foreign human resources is our urgent task as we face serious labor shortages, especially at small and medium-size companies," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.
But details including a new immigration agency, competency tests for applicants and ways to eliminate abusive working conditions still need to be decided.
Many Japanese understand the need to solve labor shortages. Industry groups have urged the government to expand the work visa program so they can legally hire more foreign workers.
But Abe's traditional political base and opposition groups oppose the change — for different reasons.
Abe has denied that Japan is opening the door to immigrants. His right-wing supporters view Japan as a homogenous society and want to keep out outsiders, especially those from other Asian countries. They cite concerns over risks of more crime.
Human rights activists and lawyers have criticized the legislation, saying it has insufficient protections and support for foreign workers and lacks a vision for how Japan might create a more inclusive society that accepts diversity.
Since 1993, Japan's Technical Intern Training Program has provided on-the-job training in the name of international cooperation, mostly to workers from other Asian countries. The trainees often have worked under poor conditions. In 2017 some 7,000 of the 270,000 technical interns fled, citing underpay and mistreatment, according to government statistics.
Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer specializing in labor cases who aids victimized foreign students and interns, says the program is a guise for using cheap labor. He says it should be scrapped and replaced.
Ibusuki supports giving unskilled workers official status, but says the legislation fails to provide enough protections for workers. In particular, he is unhappy with the lack of restrictions on recruiting brokers who are cited as a cause of abuse. "The program seems to treat foreign workers like goods, not humans," he said.
Huang Shihu, a Chinese intern, said he came to Japan to study the language while working, but suffered a severe hand injury after being employed for about six months at a tin factory in Kobe. He said his employer claimed it could not pay him compensation because it was bankrupt.
"With this hand injury I can't work. I don't know what to do," Huang told reporters, showing his still bandaged fingers. "I really feel wronged by the company."
Menju said the lack of oversight in the existing trainee program allowed mistreatment to persist, with foreign workers seen as cheap labor willing to tolerate harsh conditions. He hopes the new program will allow a fresh start.
The legislation is not so great, he says, but may mark a turning point. "This is the first time people started to discuss the issue of foreign workers," Menju said. "Before that it was a taboo."
Dhaka, Dec 7, 2018 (UNB) - Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Friday said the Awami League-led government will roll out a budget of around TK one million crore if comes to power again.
“We are thinking to announce Taka 10 lakh crore budget if will come to power again,” said the senior minister while addressing an award giving ceremony titled “Jugsrestha Shikkhauddokta Sornapodok o Sommanona” organised by Campus Social Development Center (CSDC) at its office in the city on Friday.
The country’s development is being continued now, said the minister adding, “The construction of the much-talked about Padma Bridge will be completed by June 2019 and the country’s people will be able to commute through it from July.”
During observing the 36th anniversary of CSDC, the organisation awarded gold medal to former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain for his outstanding contribution to education sector.
AMA Muhith also said, “We have initiated 10 mega projects and expecting to implement these projects soon.”
He also claimed that his government has strengthened the country’s economy. “We are making Padma Bridge with our own funds. Syed Abul Hossain had to resign from his ministry following a ‘nonsense’ allegation of corruption of the World Bank officials.”
Some corruption might have been occurred in the lower level, but it could not reach up to his level, the minister added.
“Abul Hossain had vast contribution to the development of the country’s education sector. So, he is being honored,” he also said.
Thanking the finance minister, Syed Abul Hossain said, “I am very happy to receive the gold medal from the county’s honorable finance minister.”
“I set up six colleges with my own funding. Of them, four are university colleges. Besides, I have founded hundreds of secondary and primary schools. Of them, around 100 primary schools have already been nationalised,” he added.
Dr M Helal, Secretary General of CSDC, said they would like to initiate various social activities for the sake of the country’s people. “We are now trying to set up a research center in Dhaka.”
World University Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof D A Mannan, Green University VC Prof Dr Golam Samdani Fakir, Southeast University VC Dr Meshquat Uddin, among others, were present at the ceremony.