Sera, a water tank brand of RFL Group, has recently donated waste bins to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).
Officials of Sera Water Tank handed over the dustbins to Dr Ashraful Hoque Sium, Associate Professor of the NICVD.
Zakaria Khan, Brand Manager of Sera Water Tank, said the use of protective items including mask and hand gloves, have been increasing to save lives from coronavirus infection.
It is advised to drop the used protective items in dustbin with a cover, he said.
“We have donated 10 dustbins to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases as part of corporate social responsibility.”, he added.
NOVOAIR, a private airline of the country offered free air tickets for the doctors and healthcare professionals who are involved with the treatment of coronavirus infected patients.
More than 3,000 tickets worth of Tk 1 crore has been offered by the domestic airline.
The free flights would operate from June 1 to December 31, said a press release.
Health professionals can avail the offer by online application through its website.
Managing Director of NOVOAIR, Mofizur Rahman said “Our highest respect for those health professionals who have dedicatedly working day and night amid risk.”
The offer also aimed to strengthen the treatment process of the country, he said.
More details will be available at www.novoair.com or people can contact for details at 13603.
Robi Axiata Limited has been recognized as the best socially devoted brand in the world for the first quarter (Q1’20) of 2020 by unified social media marketing platform and online analytics organization ‘Socialbakers’.
The ranking is based on a company’s score against three criteria; the number of fans and followers on its social media platform, response time and response rate, said a press release.
According to Socialbakers’ analysis, Robi topped the list with more than 11 million fans, an average response time of 6 minutes and a stunning response rate of 99.75 percent.
That means almost every query that was placed by the customers on Robi’s social media platform has been answered promptly in a quickest possible time, the press release said.
As a customer centric company, Robi strives to provide 24/7 correct, real-time and engaging responses to its customers and fans over the social media platform with its adequately trained resources.
Regular benchmarking of online response rate and adoption of state-of-the-art technology, tools and techniques have allowed Robi to top the global chart of Socialbakers.
PRAN-RFL Group started distributing food items among more than 11,000 needy families in the third phase in ten districts including Dhaka.
The organization has started food distribution in the third phase under "PasheAsi Bangladesh" program as a part of its corporate social responsibility during the global epidemic of coronavirus, said a press release.
Nurul Afser, head of Corporate Brand at PRAN-RFL Group, said, “Under "Pashe Asi Bangladesh" programme, we’re providing food to 60,000 helpless and poor families who have become workless during the general holidays.”
Meanwhile, PRAN-RFL has set up an isolation unit at Amjad Khan Chowdhury Memorial Hospital in Natore to ensure treatment of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infected patients, he added.
Besides, surgical masks, PPE, hand gloves, hand sanitizers and coronavirus sample collection booth have been donated to Director General of Health Services (DGHS) and 10 hospitals on behalf of the group, Chowdhury added.
Kamruzzaman Kamal, director marketing at PRAN RFL Group, said, “We’re distributing food among low-income people and providing assistance to the health sector.”
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries has expressed concern over imposing the container detention charges on importers amid the countrywide shutdown.
“Though the outbreak of the coronavirus has already taken a heavy toll on export and import, and increased the threat of business insolvency, some of the foreign shipping lines impose excessive demurrage/container detention charges arbitrarily on importers due to absent of uniform policy of governing demurrage charges,” said a DCCI release on Saturday.
Amid this unprecedented situation, despite government working towards smooth functioning of the seaports and to keep operational activities of the ports normal, delays in evacuation of goods from the ports have become inevitable due to the disturbance of the downstream services, it said.
The unregulated container detention charges levied by the shipping lines increase the price of imported raw materials used for manufacturing export items resulting in downgraded cost competitiveness of the country’s export-oriented sectors. It also inflates the price of imported products for local consumers, said the DCCI.
In the wake of this challenging business situation, the Department of Shipping has already issued a circular on April 29 last directing shipping lines not to realize container detention charges during the lockdown period.
“Despite the directives of the Department of Shipping, the shipping lines are imposing container detention charges putting huge burden on importers in this critical time,” said the business body.
“Considering the epidemic situation, the shipping liners and agents should waive container demurrage charge as well as they should be abstained from imposing any new or additional charges during the lockdown period,” the DCCI added.
The Chittagong Port Authority has its own authority as per Port Ordinance 1976 to look into the matter and it may take necessary measures against shipping lines if they breach any directives of Chittagong Port Authority in order to reduce port congestion, it said.
Moreover, there should be a uniform policy governing rational and logical detention charges on import and export shipment by foreign shipping lines, the business body said.
The pertinent Licensing Rules (Gazette Notification issued by NBR on 7th June 2006) under which Shipping Line’s agents or freight forwarders are being operated clearly stipulate that they should adhere to the rules, regulations, stipulations, notices, directives issued by Concerned Authority(s) failing which their Freight Forwarder License may by suspended &/or forfeited.
“We would therefore request the Bangladesh Bank taking cognizance of the law of the land not to allow outward remittance in foreign exchange applied by the shipping lines or their agents as demurrage charge collected during the lockdown period on importers violating the circular of DG, Shipping 07/2020 dated 29 April, 2020,” said the DCCI.
“It is also needed to fix a ceiling for maximum demurrage charges/container detention charges, as, sometimes; cumulative demurrage charges exceed the consignment value. In this context, section 76 of Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1983 may be reinstated which would help curb imposing arbitrary fees on the importers by the shipping lines without prior consent,” said the business body.
In this situation India and New Zealand have already asked their shipping lines not to collect any detention charge from import and export shipments. Accordingly, the shipping lines have been complying with the directives of their respective authorities in the two countries, it mentioned.
“We also request private ICDs/off-dock operators to waive the empty container handling charges and export goods stuffing package charges during this lockdown period. As businesses are suffering unprecedented crisis, Chittagong Port needs to reduce the different port user charges including all types of crane charges, loading and discharging containers, stuffing and un-stuffing charges,” said the DCCI.