Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB)- United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB) has signed an agreement with a2i (Access to Information) project of Prime Minister’s Office in the city.
Arif Quadri, Additional Managing Director of UCB and Dr Md Abdul Mannan (PAA), Joint Secretary and Project Director of a2i project signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides on Thursday.
ATM Tahmiduzzaman, Senior Executive Vice President and Company Secretary of UCB, Md Khirkil Nowaz, Executive Vice President and Head of Agent Banking of UCB; Mr Md Tohurul Hasan, Program Manager-Digital Financial Service, a2i; Muhammad Shahadat Hossain, National Consultant- Project Implementation, Digital Financial Service, a2i and Nahida Murshed, Na tional Consultant-Partner Management, a2i along with other senior officials of both the organizations were present at the signing ceremony.
Under this agreement, UCB will provide financial services to the unprivileged people in the rural areas through Union & City Digital Centres.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB) - BRAC, the world-leading NGO of Bangladesh, has very recently returned the fund worth USD 64,115 that they have received from Foundation for Smoke-Free World (FSFW), an organization established and supported by Philip Morris International (PMI).
This is in fact a praiseworthy decision of returning the fund to FSFW knowing that it is, in essence, an offshoot of tobacco industry, Philip Morris International (PMI).
The moral stand taken by BRAC in this regard will go a long way in building a tobacco-free country as propounded by the government of Bangladesh taking apart from being a partner of tobacco industries and de-normalizing them, as FSFW is serving the cause and purposes of Philip Morris International (PMI).
With the decision to part ways with FSFW, BRAC has once again strengthened its trustworthiness and established a glorious example that is to be followed in the days to come. PROGGA, an anti-tobacco organization, hopes this experience will persuade BRAC to adopt a policy of no-collaboration with the tobacco industry to prevent a recurrence of such a situation in future.
PROGGA urged the other recipient of the Foundation’s fund in Bangladesh to follow the same footstep BRAC has pioneered and return the money. The Foundation for Smoke-Free World (FSFW) boosts its own reputation by partnering with another high profile organization, which works among the poor in Bangladesh.
According to record $92,620 is for research on The “harm reduction amongst slum dwellers”. It is most unfortunate that this Philip Morris funded Foundation is giving money for research among the poor so that Philip Morris can push its new products in Bangladesh. Slum-dwellers are struggling to put food on the table.
“Money spent on tobacco is money that is taken away from food and other more important basic necessities. We hope this recipient will also reject this harmful partnership with the Foundation and its funder, Philip Morris International”.
Anti-tobacco activists have already played an exemplary role in pointing out the sinister activities of FSFW in Bangladesh. They have already sent official letters to National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Health Services Division urging for issuing necessary directives to government and non-government organizations not to take any grant or fund or not to get involved with this Foundation in any way.
Dhaka, Aug 1 (UNB) - Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated its 345th Branch at Dumuria in Khulna on Thursday (August 1). Professor Dr. Qazi Shahidul Alam, Director of the Bank, inaugurated the branch as chief guest.
Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the bank, presided over the program. Abu Reza Md, Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director addressed the program as special guest.
Ezaz Ahmed, Chairman and Sharmina Parvin Ruma, Women Vice Chairman of Dumuria Upazila, ABM Shafiqul Islam, former Principal of Chuknagar College and Ashok Kumar Singha, Lawyer, addressed the program among others.
Md. Maksudur Rahman, Executive Vice President and Head of Khulna Zone gave the welcome speech. Md. Sadik Ali, Head of Dumuria Branch, also spoke at the function.
Local businesspersons, professionals and social elites attended the occasion.
Dhaka, Jul 29 (UNB)-The Munshigonj Branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) held a business development conference on its rural development scheme on Friday.
Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of the bank addressed the conference as chief guest where Md Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Managing Director and M. Zubayer Azam Helali, Executive Vice President were present as special guests, said a press release.
Presided over by Md Yeanur Rahman, Executive Vice President and Head of Dhaka South Zone, the conference was attended by AFM Anisur Rahman, Senior Vice President, Muhammad Mohitur Rahman, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head of Munshiganj Branch.