Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB)- Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd (AIBL) on Monday opened its 165th branch at Elenga of Tangail district.
Chairman of Audit Committee of the Bank Amir Uddin formally inaugurated the new branch as Chief Guest at a function chaired by Managing Director and CEO Farman R Chowdhury.
Vice President and Head of Public Relations Jalal Ahmed moderated the programme, said a press release.
Executive Vice President and Zonal Head of Dhaka North Zone Md Monjurul Alam delivered the welcome speech in the programme where, Executive Vice President of the Bank Engr. Md Habib Ullah, prominent businessmen Manjurul Kader Babu and Abdul Halim Sarkar also addressed the function.
Md Amir Uddin said the AIBL was established not for making profit by doing business but for the welfare of society.
Managing Director and CEO of the Bank Farman R Chowdhury explained various statistics of the Bank.
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.”
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.