Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – The Energy Division will launch a campaign to raise awareness among consumers about the safe use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) across the country.
Private companies that are involved in the LPG business will also be engaged in the awareness campaign if needed.
“If need be, we’ll go for a mechanism to enforce the LPG companies to run a campaign at their own initiative through the electronic, print and other media to make people aware about the safe and secure use of LPG,” Energy Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said while addressing a press briefing at the Energy Ministry on Thursday.
The Energy Division arranged the press briefing against the backdrop of a series of recent incidents of fire and explosions from household LPG containers that killed a number of people.
Other senior officials of the Energy Division were present at the briefing.
“Actually, LPG is safe in its nature. It’s a by-product of natural gas which is bottled at very low pressure and normally, it carries no risk of any fire incident,” said the energy secretary.
He claimed that the fire incidents which took place in recent days were because of wrong use and leakage in the regulating point of a household LPG bottle.
Muneem said it was found during investigation that either there were leakages in the LPG bottles’ regulating points or the safety valves were not working. “As a result, gas comes out of the bottle and accumulates in a small room and it bursts into flames when people start an oven through a matchstick,” he said.
He said all the incidents took place for lack of awareness. “Many people try to heat the LPG container to get maximum gas which sometimes leads to fire incident.”
He urged the consumers to mandatorily maintain safety rules of the LPG container. “You must shut down the switch of the regulator of the LPG container and again open the door and windows of the kitchen before switching on the oven to be sure that gas goes out of the room.”
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB)- Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited (AIBL) on Wednesday opened its 195th agent outlet at Budpura Bazar in Patiya Upazila of Chattogram.
Chairman of KDS Group, President of Chattogram Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Chairman of AIBL Capital Market Services Ltd, Khalilur Rahman formally inaugurated the outlet as chief guest, said a press release.
Director of the Bank and Chairman of AIBL Capital Management Ltd, Ahamedul Hoque, Executive Vice President and Head of Agent Banking Division, Abed Ahmed Khan and Chittagong Zonal Head and Senior Vice President Mohammad Azam were also present there.
The programme was chaired by agent of the outlet, M Idris Chowdhury Apu while it was moderated by FAVP of agent banking division Mohammad Sakhawat Hossain.
Customers will be able to open accounts, deposit and withdraw money, collect remittance, check account balance, transfer funds, apply for investment, collect sanctions, pay utility bills, pay installments and can do all other banking activities more easily using the outlet.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB)- The Bangladesh’s multinational electronics brand ‘Walton’ reduced the prices of its big screen Android Smart and LED televisions marking the victory month of December.
According to Walton authorities, they reduced the prices of 32-inch Smart and LED televisions by Tk 1,100. Now, customers can buy Walton brand 32-inch Smart TV at tk 23,800 and LED tk18,800.
Prices of Walton Smart and LED televisions of both 39 and 43-inch were reduced by Tk 2,000. The new price of its 39-inch Smart and LED televisions is Tk 34,900 and Tk 29,900 respectively. Customers are now offered Walton 43-inch Smart TV at Tk 37,900 and LED TV at Tk 34,900.
Following the country’s victory month, Walton offered discounts up to 10 percent and free home delivery on its all sorts of televisions for the customers of its online sales network ‘e-plaza’.
Maruf Hasan, head of sales of Walton Television Department, said “Walton brand televisions has been turned into the customers’ top choices in the local market for having some uniqueness like application of world’s latest technology and features, world-class quality, lucrative and stylish designs, reasonable rates, products’ availability in every corner of the country and deliberation of swift post sales services.”
Walton is now offering 6-month replacement warranty for television panel, and two years warranty for panel and spare parts as well as free after sales of services for five years.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman on Wednesday asked the RMG workers not to get instigated by any vested quarter ahead of the national election.
He came up with the call at a press briefing at the BGMEA office at night.
The BGMEA chief also urged law enforcers to arrest those who were provoking the garment workers to wage demonstrations over their wages.
He urged the workers of 50 RMG factories in Gazipur and Ashulia who have been demonstrating for the last several days to return to work ending their work abstention.
"The gazette on the new wage structure for garment workers was issued on November 29 and it’ll be implemented from December while the workers will get their salary as per the new structure from January 7 to 10 in 2019,” Siddiqur said.
He also sought support from the workers, saying, “Without workers’ support, the garment industry will be ruined.”
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – Some 20,000 people in Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts benefitted from the Jibika project, a Chevron-Brac joint collaboration scheme, in the last three years.
The Jibika project was designed to develop local institutions and promote entrepreneurship for sustainable income growth of the poor and marginalised farming households around the Chevron-operated gas fields in the three districts, said press release of Chevron Bangladesh, a US-based hydrocarbon company.
Jibika’s economic development activities are steered through 112 community-based organisations known as Village Development Organizations (VDO). IDEA, a Sylhet-based NGO, has been working with Brac as its implementing partner.
An event was held on Tuesday to share the learning and experiences of the Jibika project where Md Kamal Uddin Talukder, Secretary of Rural Development & Cooperatives Division, was present as the chief guest, while Md Abdul Majid, Registrar and Director General, Department of Cooperatives, Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives; and Neil Menzies, President, Chevron Bangladesh, were present.